Riada 1 Enniskillen Rangers 6

Holders Enniskillen Rangers sealed their place in the last 16 of the IFA Junior Cup with a comprehensive 6-1 win away to Ballymoney outfit Riada on Saturday.
The game was well poised at 1-1 but goals from Stevie Chambers and Jason Keenan put the ‘Gers in charge at half time.
And they pushed on in the second half with Andy Johnston striking twice and Neil Coulter also getting on the scoresheet to leave it 6-1 at the finish.
“I thought we played really well considering it was a bobbly pitch,” said ‘Gers boss Michael Kerr. “We brought much more intensity into the game which was something that we spoke about and I didn’t think that the scoreline flattered us at all as we could have scored more.”
Belfast side Willowbank are next up for Rangers in another away tie and Kerr stresses that the aim is to retain the cup.
“We are now one game away from the quarter final and I’ve said all along that our goal is to retain the title but we will just be taking it one game at a time and Willowbank are going to be a big test for us. They knocked Town out two rounds ago and like ourselves they have only been beaten once all season. Before that though we have two big league games against Killen and Magheraveely and that is all we are concentrating on now.”
The away side started Saturday’s tie on the front foot and with ten minutes played they took the lead. Kerr’s throw in found Ciaran Smith in the box and he took a touch before smashing home a volley under the crossbar for 1-0.
The lead though was short lived as Riada hit back to level things five minutes later.
Davy Crozier’s pass was intercepted and the ball was fed into the home striker who slotted past Jerome Carleton for 1-1.
However, the ‘Gers continued to press and Keenan was denied by a good save from the home goalkeeper before the Enniskillen side regained the lead.
Kerr was again involved as he squared the ball into the path of Chambers whose crisp strike flew into the back of the net.
And it got even better for Rangers on the stroke of half time when Smith played the ball in behind the two centre halves and Keenan raced in and rounded the goalkeeper before sliding the ball home to leave it 3-1 at the interval.
That third goal was a killer blow for Riada and Rangers went on to put the game out of sight as Kerr, Willie Burleigh and Mark Cutler linked up to set up Johnston for number four.
Kerr was then denied by the crossbar as the visitors went in search of more goals and a fifth duly arrived with Johnston bagging his second. Davy Crozier exchanged passes with Christopher Keenan before picking out Johnston who backheeled home.
And the scoring was wrapped up late on as Coulter’s free kick was fumbled into the net by the home goalkeeper to send the holders through to the last 16 on a 6-1 scoreline.