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Enniskillen Rangers 6-0 Lisbellaw United

This really was an afternoon to forget as we lost 6-0 away to reigning champions Enniskillen Rangers at the Ball Range. The opening period was fairly uneventful, with Rangers best chance coming from an inch perfect Stuart Rainey cross but Mark Cutler headed over. At the other end, Paul Elliott cut inside following a superb pass from Chris Beacom, and his cross come shot was fumbled by Barbour in the Rangers goal but the ball bounced out harmlessly for a corner. Then, we created a great chance to open the scoring. A fine move eventually found Paul McGrath with time and space, and he clipped a perfect cross to Robbie Little at the back post but his volley was superbly saved. Rangers had a good chance when Jake Browne raced through on goal after a defensive slip, but Sam McDonald came out quickly to clear the danger. Rangers took the lead after 25 minutes in very fortuitous circumstances. A soft free kick was awarded and Neil Coulters free kick took a huge deflection, which bounced agonisingly in to our net. We responded well and Sam Lindsay went on a brilliant surging run, bursting past three players but he shot was again well saved by Barbour. We came within a whisker of equalising when a Leon Carters header nearly ended up in his own, only for Barbour to make the save, however he the dropped the ball behind him but somehow it squirmed wide of the post and behind for another corner. A sign of our luck on the day.

To make matters worse, Ciaran Brough doubled the hosts advantage again with another massive slice of luck. He went to flick the ball out wide but took a poor touch which bounced over his head and after confusion in our area Brough nipped in to stab home a dreadful goal. We conceded a sucker punch just before half time when another defensive mix up allowed Mark Cutler to tap in to an empty net. It could have been worse before half time when we gifted Brough another chance following yet another error but he failed to get his shot away.
At the start of the second half, we had a glorious chance to get a goal back but Little was way off target with his header when well placed from an Andy Reilly free kick. Then, Reilly was shown a red card for a second booking so we had to play the remaining half an hour with 10 men. We conceded twice shortly after, allowing Brough to complete his hat trick first when he blasted home from the edge of the area and next slotting home from a yard out despite looking well offside. We scored an own goal to compel a miserable day at the office in a game where absolutely nothing went for us, and Rangers must be rubbing their hands at the goals we gifted them. We must draw a line under the game and move on quickly ahead of a huge game against Omagh Hospitals on Saturday.

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