Sublime strikers see Gers safely through

Lee Feeney (left) netted his first goal for Rangers on Saturday.
Lee Feeney (left) netted his first goal for Rangers on Saturday.
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Banbridge Rangers are through to the third round of the Marshall Cup thanks to a 4-1 win over St Mary’s at Cheney Park on Saturday.

Despite missing six key players, Banbridge Rangers never looked like losing the contest with some of the most fluid football seen at Cheney Park this season.

The partnership of Lee Feeney and Colin Cunningham was causing the Saints all kinds of problems and the duo were both on the score-sheet in a quickfire double.

Cunningham first hammered home and effort into the top corner from 20 yards out then Feeney left the keeper flat footed with a neat shimmy and a curling finish for his first goal for the club.

In the second half, Banbridge Rangers continued to play the ball with pace and conviction and could have put the game out of sight through the impressive Stephen Teggart and then through Cunningham but it was St Mary’s who found the back of the net next through a well taken free-kick.

Goalkeeper Chambers, in his desperation to save the effort, flew into the post and had to come off, replaced by full-back Matthew McCrum in nets.

However, the Gers fired on and Cunningham made it 3-1 after great work from Captain Jeff Brady won the ball and fed the pass in to the striker.

Cunningham had two chances for a hat-trick but pulled his first effort wide and then unselfishly crossed for Coly Cousins to volley home and complete the scoring.

This week it’s back to league action after a four week run of cup matches. A trip to Brownstown Park to take on Hanover awaits.

RANGERS: Christopher Chambers (Matthew McCrum ‘65), Ben Wilson, Jonny Porter, Nathan Baird, William Frazer, Colin Cousins, Ryan Gregg (Matthew McKnight ‘75), Stephen Teggart, Jeff Brady (c), Lee Feeney (Danny McKinstry ‘55) & Colin Cunningham.