Enniskillen Rangers 1 Killen Rangers 0 (aet)

Although it required an extra time Jason Keenan goal to seal Enniskillen Rangers path in Round Two of the Mulhern Cup, manager Michael Kerr was in no doubt that his side deserved to progress as they saw off Killen Rangers 1-0 at the Ball Range on Saturday.

“I thought that we totally dominated the game from start to finish but we couldn’t get the ball in the net. We missed chances and their goalkeeper made a string of quality saves and I must admit that I’m relieved that it didn’t go to penalties such was the form he was in. The boys kept pushing and pushing and in the end they got the goal which was just reward for the performance” said Kerr.

“Overall, I would be pleased with our display and on another day we could have hit four or five. We are through to the next round and that was the goal at the start of the day.”

Rangers were on the front foot from the off with Mark Cutler having the first sight of goal for the home side when he was put through by Ciaran Smith but he side footed over the bar.

Killen goalkeeper Gareth Barbour was to prove a difficult obstacle to pass for Rangers and he pulled off two fine saves to deny Keenan.

The chance continued to flow for Kerr’s men with Keenan side-footing wide when well placed while Conor Watson clipped a free kick just past the post.

It was more of the same in the second half as Killen continued to defend for their lives as Barbour saved from William Burleigh while Turley saw an effort hit the post as the contest moved to extra time.

Again Barbour was to the rescue for Killen as he somehow got his feet to a Keenan shot that looked bound for the corner.

Just when it looked as if it was going to be one of those days for Rangers though they came up with what proved to be the winner in the second period of extra time.

Burleigh raced through before poking the ball into the path of Keenan who tucked the ball home to secure the victory for Rangers.

It is back to league matters this week for the ‘Gers and a meeting with Mountjoy.

“It won’t be easy,” said Kerr. “Mountjoy beat Strathroy away in the cup last week and have also beat Killen in their last league game so it will be a test and we will have to be more clinical than we were last Saturday.”