Monday, June 30, 2014

Lions mauled by Rangers

Photo:  Rangers' Todd Hingston (left) wins the ball from Kingborough's Jack Turner [PlessPix]

Sixth-placed Kingborough Lions United were no match for fourth-ranked visitors Northern Rangers and succumbed 8-0 to the Launcestonians.

Both sides came into this game with two straight losses, but no-one thought it would be a near repeat of the last time the sides met, when Rangers won 7-1.

Date:  28 June 2014

Result:  Kingborough Lions United 0-8 Northern Rangers


Northern Rangers:

·        Brassington 2, 25, 35, 89

·        Rigby 18, 20, 79

·        McCarragher 52

Venue:  Lightwood Park

Attendance:  100

Match Overview:  The writing was on the wall for the Lions when Brassington headed Rangers’ opener after just 2 minutes.  When Brassington struck a post in the 6th minute, the Lions were definitely in trouble.  Two goals by Rigby within two minutes of each and two goals by Brassington to complete his hat-trick before the interval put the Lions 5-0 down and with no way of coming back.  McCarragher added Rangers’ sixth within 7 minutes of the restart, while Rigby and Brassington scored again before the end to complete the rout.  The Lions came close to the mark on three occasions, but most of their efforts were way off target.  When they finally did get the ball in the net in the dying moments, it was ruled off-side.  It was the only time they were off-side all game.

Key Moment:  Rangers’ drive and determination was clearly evident in the 25th minute when fullback Tenzing Anderson fired in a tremendous shot from range that Gillam could only parry.  Brassington was there to hammer home the loose ball and make it 4-0.  That said it all about the two teams and there was clearly no way back for a demoralised Lions outfit.

Man-of-the-Match:  Brassington, with a four-goal haul, but closely followed by Rigby, who netted a hat-trick at centre-forward and who might have had a couple more.

Matter of fact:  Rangers have now put 15 goals past the Lions in their two meetings this year.  This latest result was a clear signal that Rangers want to finish in the top four.  The Lions have now suffered three defeats in a row and alarm bells must surely be ringing in their camp as their famous roar becomes a meow.

Talking point:  Why was young goalkeeper Roan Gillam risked when he was injured (‘corkie’) earlier in the week at training?  He was taken off after 33 minutes with his side trailing 4-0 and the substitution was put down to a quadriceps injury.


Goal attempts

Kingborough Lions United 13

Northern Rangers 24

On target

Kingborough Lions United 3

Northern Rangers        17


Kingborough Lions United 1

Northern Rangers 3


Kingborough Lions United 10

Northern Rangers 13


Kingborough Lions United 1

Northern Rangers 9


Kingborough Lions United:

1  Gillam (21  Coleman 33)
19  W Davis
5  Cuthbertson
14  Pearce
16  D Watkins
15  Collins (3  David 46)
18  Turner
8  Verwoud
17  Young
7  Cowen
10  B Watkins (13  Bilson 75)

Northern Rangers:

1  Pooley (21 McKenna 83)
17  Dent
8  McCarragher
2  Demeijer
16  Anderson
9  Thannhauser
13  Hingston
14  Towns
3  P Lanau-Atkinson
5  Rigby
11  Brassington

Yellow cards:

Kingborough Lions United:

Cuthbertson 51

Northern Rangers:

Dent 50

Referee:  Mr Craig Phillips

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