Slice of Cheese

Kingborough v Northern Rangers (NPL)

Live Blog Coverage From Andrew Cooling

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Kingborough 0-1 Northern Rangers 

The whistle blows and the Rnagers get the road win, took the lead then ground on the win from that point, doing a fine job containing and denying the Lions in the second half to secure the points,

88′ Time becoming a problem for the Lions. Northern Rangers have done a really professional job taking the tempo out of the game and eating up the seconds from throw in, corners etc.

83′ Lokoes tries the spectacular with a lashed half volley that skews over the bar.

78′ Baker with yet another promising run in behind the lines but again his options are well covered and McCallumsmith does well to slide in and block him.

73′ A ball is swung to the back post and an unmarked Nick LA heads an effort into the post.

71′ Cano has a chance fall to him but he fires straight at the keeper who palms it over the top.

67′ Save! O’Connel makes a tremendous save from the free kick, denying a fine headed effort Cano.

66′ Slice of Cheese! De Souza into the book for a cynical challenge on Cano.

63′ A great counter attack as Cooper did some fine hold up play and played a 1-2 with Baker who stormed into the box, after taking it the length. A corner the end result.

57 Downes skews his volley wide as he tried the spectacular from the top of the box.

52′ Shot on! Cano tries to catch O’Connell out who parries away his long range effort for a corner.

48′ Kantzos goes close! A dangerous ball in is headed over the bar by Kantzos.

Half Time

Kingborough 0-1 Northern Rangers 

42′ Downes tries the spectacular from inside his own half, trying a long volleyed chip that lands on the roof of the net.

33′ GOAL! 1-0 Rangers! A wonderful cross from Humphrey picks out Nick LA who volleys it home between the keepers legs. 

28′ Nick Lanau-Atkinson fires straight at the keeper when a chance falls his way following a counter, just lacked the power on the finish.

24′ Slice of Cheese! A late challenge from Schuth on Cano as he treads on his foot and goes into the book.

22′ Best chance of the game so far as Cano is played in and he fires from the angle with O’connel just getting a piece of it to keep it out.

17′ Another great run from Baker down the left leads to a cross into the mixer which a pressured Calvert can’t steer home.

10′ Pat LA puts in a quality cross that takes the defence out of the picture but a lunging Humphrey can’t quite reach it.

4′ Herwyenen with a vital defensive header to repel a Nick LA cross that almost picked out Cano.

3′ The wind is howling at the moment and wreaking havoc with the early goal kicks.

2′ Baker with a barsnstorming run down the left and tees one up for Downes who fires wide.

1′ A slight mix up at the back almost brings about an early Rangers goal but a shot is fired wide with the keeper out of position.

Kingborough will look to continue their strong form at home as they welcome Northern Rangers to the Den. These two sides are the big improvers in 2018 and whilst that might seem a strange statement in relation to a 7th placed Rangers side who picked up 20 points last year to finish in 5th, the eye test certainly backs it up. They are playing a much more stylish and skillful brand of football and offering plenty more in attack. They scored just 20 goals in 2016 and then 27 in 2017. After 5 rounds this year they have fired home 14 goals which puts them on pace for a total that would exceed the past 2 seasons combined! The confidence is growing and Sciulli has developed this side nicely, but can they get past the Lions? They’ve also lifted in 2018 with their big improvement coming at the other end of the pitch in defence. They have gone from a side shipping over 3 goals a game to a more miserly 1.2 goals per game. Throw in a couple of classy signings in Chris Downes and Timothy Baker and the Lions have made themselves a much tougher side to play against, and one who Rangers will have to be at their very best to take anything away from on Saturday.