Glebe Rangers Reserves (A)

Reserves
Friendly
Sat 6th Aug - 11:00am
W
3-1
Alexander
Adams
Speirs
The Strollers travelled to Ballymoney this morning with the hope of extinguishing the memory of Wednesday night’s poor result against Clough and came away with a solid victory after a good performance against Ryan Gurney’s Glebe Rangers’ Reserves.
 
After a relatively open first quarter of an hour, Wakehurst took the lead on 18 minutes when excellent work on the left from David Johnston freed up John Alexander to slot home from inside the box on his left foot.
 
Alexander was again involved minutes later and set up strike partner Peter Adams who converted but the goal was harshly chalked off for an offside call before Adams did make it 2-0, latching on to a ball from Charles Allen and dinking the ball over Glebe goalkeeper Gary McKendry and in to the net.
 
Glebe pulled one back from the penalty spot but Jamie Speirs made it 3-1 on his return to the team when he lashed a powerful strike in to the net via the crossbar from outside the box.
 
Half Time: Glebe Rangers Reserves 1-3 Wakehurst Strollers
 
Glebe came back strongly in the second half and had good chance but some terrific saves from Strollers stand in ‘keeper Stephen Quigley and brilliant defending by the outstanding Charles Allen and Matthew Logan kept them out and Alexander could have had a second after collecting a good through ball from Jason Connolly but McKendry kept him out.
 
As the game wore on, chances kept coming and young Aaron Campbell was very unlucky not to make it 4-1 when his shot was excellently saved by the Glebe goalkeeper from close range.

Special mention to Stephen Quigley who donned the gloves today while regular 'keeper Dean Adams was absent and put in a top drawer performance.
 
Starting Team: Stephen Quigley, Chris Worthington, Charles Allen (C), Roy Colville, Matthew Logan, Ross Hunter, Jason Connolly, Paul Gilchrist, David Johnston, Peter Adams, John Alexander.
 
Subs: Peter Thompson, Aaron Gault, Aaron Campbell, Tom Campbell, Jamie Speirs.
 
Next up for the Strollers is a big test against Rathcoole at the Diamond next week - Stephen Coppen’s side have been playing Intermediate football for the past number of seasons and will provide tough opposition for the Strollers’ young team.