Southside Rangers shook off a run of back-to-back defeats with a 4-2 South Belfast Youth League victory over St Patrick’s on Saturday.
The severe windy conditions would no doubt have an affect on the outcome of this game with Southside winning the toss and opting to play against the strong wind first half.
St Pat’s on the attack tried their luck from long range on a number of occasions but big Stuart Wylie in the Southside goal was not troubled as they all sailed either high or wide of the goal. Josh McCready, Ross Swan and Daniel Hogg worked tirelessly frustrating the visitors in the opening quarter.
The first goal arrived on 22nd minute when a text book quick passing move between Richard Wilson and Ryan Corrigan provided the chance for Ross Swan to score his first goal for the club.
Seven minutes later it was two nil when another eye catching long range pass from skipper Dylan Graham released the hardworking Richard Wilson who made no mistake and slotted home from inside the box.
St Pat’s continued to look a threat going forward but amazingly went further behind on 35 minutes when another scintillating piece of play this time between Jack Livingstone and Ryan Corrigan created the chance for Corey McDowell to poke home number three.
The game looked to be over only three minutes later when the skilful Corey McDowell cleverly lifted the ball over the head of the St Pats central defenders to find Ryan Corrigan who calmly side footed home number four a reward for his impressive first half display.
St Pat’s gave themselves a lifeline with a goal just as the half time whistle was about to blow making it 4-1 at the interval.
The next goal in this game would be important and it went to the visitors when they scored only 5 minutes into the second half. For the next five minutes Southside looked edgy as the visitors pressed forward believing they could salvage something from the game. A shifting of personnel in the Southside line up helped to nullify the threat from St Pats and steady the ship.
The only down side from the game was the recurrence of a hamstring injury to right back Jordan Kirk who limped off after only 10 minutes of the game adding to the already long list of players out through injuries.
Southside: Wylie, Kirk, Livingstone, McCready, Allen, Graham, Erwin, Swan, Corrigan, Wilson, McDowell, Hogg, R Stewart.