Rangers A kicked off on home turf on Saturday against a Strathfield side that had won five of its previous seven matches.

The Rangers looked in complete control until the 30th minute, when Akio Matsui instinctively raised his arm to stop a Strathfield shot inside the six-yard area. The referee pulled out the red card and pointed straight to the penalty spot.

Erwin Wong from Rangers B had an excellent first half in goals but could not stop the well-struck penalty, making the score 2-1.

The second half continued much like the first with the referee’s every decision seeming to go against the Rangers. The drama continued as Timmy saved the penalty only for the referee to order it to be retaken, saying the Rangers’ players ran into the box too early.

The Strathfield penalty kick flew over the bar, much to the relief of the Rangers supporters and coach on the sideline.

Another great team passing move saw George Khouzame break free down the right channel and coolly slot home to make the score 4-1 and seal the points.

Rangers A’s next game is against Stanmore A on Saturday, May 26, 1.15pm at Steel Park #1, Marrickville.

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