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Newington Rangers 0-3 Iveagh United
Back to back away wins for an improving Iveagh side and another clean sheet against an in-form Newington Rangers, who battled well throughout the ninety minutes in what was a tight match until two late goals swung the game in the away sides favour. The win moves Iveagh up to fifth in the 1C table and the comfortable three goal winning margin was well deserved for a hard-working Iveagh team on a cold winters afternoon in Larne. A third goal of the season for forward Liam McShane saw the away team lead at the interval and two late headed goals from substitutes Peter Cunningham and Niall McGarry rounded off an impressive team performance.
The game was a close affair early on with little in the way of goal mouth action for either team and most of the play was in the middle of the park as each side battled for a foothold in the game. These early exchanges were littered with stray passes from both sides and it took twenty minutes for the first decent attempt on goal to be carved out. Midfielder John McNaughton intercepted a Newington pass in the centre circle and immediately fed Flood, who was through on goal but his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by the home keeper and the game remained goalless. The home side were relying on the long ball at this point but Iveagh central defenders Fox and Burns were equal to any high ball played up to them and the away side continued to play their passing game with Smith in centre midfield linking up well with Flood and McShane.
With their passing game coming on, Iveagh began to take over the run of play and dictate the tempo of the game. Laverty and Dorrian were combining well down the right and Heron and Gavin Fox were doing likewise on the left. The opening goal was soon to follow as a neat move down the Iveagh left involving Flood, Heron and Fox saw Flood cross to the back post for Laverty to nod the ball down and McShane to volley home into the top corner. This was well deserved for a battling performance but Iveagh were soon under pressure from more Newington long balls into the box and keeper McEvoy was called upon to ensure the score stayed 1-0 going into the half-time break.
The second half, just like the first, began quite scrappily and neither team took control of the game but it was the away side who were playing the more attractive football without really creating much. Rangers finally began to get some reward from their constant use of the long ball as they created a couple of half chances from Iveagh failing to clear their lines but again McEvoy was equal to any attempts. The away side knew they had to up their game and left winger Heron tried to do just that as he broke through the middle of the Rangers defence only to be upended on the edge of the box. However, Gavin Fox saw his well struck shot saved low down by the keeper and the chance to double the lead passed. Iveagh substitutes McGarry and Cunningham came on to help turn the match in their sides favour with half an hour to go. Some good passing moves began to wear down the home defence and Rangers were clearly tiring when a great team move started by Burns at centre half ended with Fox crossing for Cunningham to head in for 2-0 with twenty minutes remaining.
The second goal seemed to end the home teams chances and Iveagh began to get more and more space going forward with chances falling to Daire McKee and McShane in quick succession but it was McGarry who would score the killer third goal. Dorrian and McKee combined well on the right and this resulted in a foul on the corner of the home teams box. Fox turned provider again and floated the cross in for McGarry to head the ball past the keeper to wrap up the three points for his side.
Iveagh are on the road again next week as they travel to lowly Groomsport hoping to extend this recent run of fine away form and move further up the table in the process. The reserve side lost on penalties on Saturday after a tough 1-1 draw in the cup with Ards Rangers reserves at Twinbrook.
IVEAGH UNITED RESERVES OUT OF THE WALTER MOORE ON PENS
Iveagh reserves were very unlucky against 3A's Ards Rangers. After dominating most of the match Iveagh went a goal down via dubious goal with the Ards winger crossing the ball from way behind the line. Iveagh came back shortly after when Seamus McCleary converted via the penalty spot after Ciaran was brought down in the box. Iveagh continued to press for a winner but their efforts where fruitless. The game went into extra time then penalties. Paddy Flood saved the first Ards pen, but Seamus also failed to hit the net, Ards converted their 2nd with Iveagh's Bee sloting into the bottom corner, Iveagh's James Reid and Hendo then failed to score and with Ards taking full advantage. Iveagh lost 3 v 1 on pens.
IVEAGH UNITED UNDER 19S KICK OF THE SEASON WITH A WIN AGAINST CSP