Manor Rangers continued on their wining Sligo Leitrim Super League run and stayed on top of the table on Sunday when the North Leitrim side overcame a stern test when claiming a narrow 3 – 2 victory margin over Strand Celtic in a knife edged contest at Sligo IT Astroturf pitch.
Strand drew first blood in this showdown when Ronan Walsh outpaced his marker James Murray and shot to the net on the 19 minute mark after sliding the ball wide of alert Manor ‘keeper Ali Alniyadi.
But Brian McDonald got Manor back on level terms in the 43rd minute when after a fine individual effort McDonald gave the slip to two tight marking Strand defenders and fired home from close range, giving the Sligo side’s ‘keeper Graham Lee no chance.
Shortly afterwards McDonald put the North Leitrim men in front for the first time in the game when found the Strand net again from inside the box after being put through by a spot on pass from sub Hassan Aajip.
It was some thirteen minutes after the restart when the resurgent Strand men made it level pegging once more after Conor Gray rose highest in the Manor box to head home goal number two for his side following a free that was hit into the area from the right wing.
Both teams put in a do or die effort in the remainder of the game in search of the all exclusive match winner. Perhaps the gods smiled a little more on Manor when Colm Callinan managed to nudge home the crucial score from two yards with the outside of his boot in the 88th minute after David Brick delivered a corner into the Strand box.
Manor Rangers face Calry Bohs in their next Super League outing when the sides will clash at 11am on this Sunday morning November 2 at the local community sports grounds in Hazelwood.
Manor Rangers: Ali Alniyadi; James Murray, Shane Loughlin, Garry Hickey, James Glancy; Adrian Croal, David Brick, Colm Callinan, Seamus Pender (Hassan Aajip 6, Alan Harvey 88); Brian McDonald Cian Rock (Aaron Hickey 70).
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