It’s raining goals for Ripley Rangers

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Ripley Rangers Under 13s 14

ADASC Under 13s 0

Rangers stay top of the table after a crushing defeat of ADASC.

After not having a fixture last weekend, the lads seemed to be ready for action and determined to maintain their brilliant early season form.

It was a dry, sunny morning but it rained goals. The first few minutes were scrappy with both teams trying to take control but it was Rangers that opened the scoring on 8 minutes. Some neat play between Chester Norman and Kyle Gregory ended with Gregory finding Luke Gee with a great ball forward and Gee headed the ball on to Joe Martin, who didn’t hesitate and smashed an unstoppable shot into the far top corner from fully 25 yards out.

The score was soon 2-0 when Max Didcock was on hand to fire home from close range after another good cross from Gregory.

At this point Rangers were dominating and it was 3-0 after 20 minutes when Gregory himself beat a player and smashed a great shot high into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

A few minutes later Norman got on the scoresheet himself when the ADASC defence cleared a ball straight to him and, from fully 20 yards out, he took one touch and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

Rangers were hungry for more and the fifth goal was just around the corner when Keilan Harrison received a neat pass from Luke Jaques andfound the net with a curling shot into the bottom corner.

Harrison didn’t leave it there and on 25 minutes he scored another goal which was virtually the same as his first but this time it was a curling shot from the edge of the box high into the top corner.

Rangers were rampant and finished the half with the seventh when a goalkick went straight to Didcock, who controlled the ball well, went past a couple of defenders and slotted a shot wide of the keeper into the bottom corner.

It was a magnificent first half for Rangers in a game that had been fairly equal for the first ten minutes.

Rangers started the second half kicking uphill with a few changes being made. It soon became apparent that the scoring wasn’t finished when Didcock went on to complete his hat-trick within minutes of the kick-off.

It came from some neat work by Danny Bain who skipped past two players to lay a good pass for Didcock to fire in his third. There was the odd breakaway by ADASC in the early parts of the second half but goalkeeper Sam Linford was still alert enough to come off his line well and rule out any additions to the scoresheet for the away team.

Harrison was looking goal hungry still and tucked away his hat-trick goal on 40 minutes to make the score 9-0. Double figures were brought up when some good play down the right between Archie Paskin and Sam Clifton ended with Clifton crashing home his first goal of the season from the edge of the box.

Rangers were now passing the ball around brilliantly and were keen to keep pushing ADASC back and their next goal wasn’t long coming when Bain put a great ball between two defenders for Martin to run onto, take a touch and coolly fire past the advancing keeper to make it 11-0.

More good passing between Ben Rose and Josh Lomas provided Luke Gee with a good opportunity and his great lob beat the keeper but amazingly a defender had got back in time to clear the ball from off the line. Gee was soon rewarded for his hard work when he raced onto a through ball to smack the ball home to make it 12-0.

There was still time for Luke Jaques to get his name on the scoresheet with another great, but simple goal. A high goal kick from Linford was expertly brought down first time under control by Joe Martin, who then made an inch-perfect pass through to Jaques who then crashed another brilliant Rangers goal home from the edge of the box into the far top corner, giving the keeper no chance. The scoring was finally complete when good pressure from George O’Neill at a corner meant the ball was only half cleared, where Luke Gee picked it up from the edge of the box, danced past two defenders and scored with a neat finish into the bottom corner to make the score 14-0.

It was a harsh score line for ADASC, who kept battling, but they had been beaten by a superb attacking performance by Rangers who had taken their chances with some brilliant goals, which were mostly unstoppable.

MOTM was Joe Martin for two brilliant goals and some great skill in a game where there were 15 really great performances.

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