Enniskillen Rangers 5 Magheraveely 0

Enniskillen Rangers boss Michael Kerr felt they produced their best performance of the season to date on Saturday as they secured the points at the Ball Range with a 5-0 win over Magheraveely.

Nathan Khan opened the scoring after 15 minutes and this was followed by a Ciaran Brough penalty and a Jordan McClure effort to leave it 3-0 at the break.

And Jason Cluff and McClure wrapped up the scoring in the second half to seal a comfortable win for the home side.

“The three points was the most important thing but I was delighted with the performance as well.

“I felt it wa our best performance of the season so far,” said Kerr.

“I thought we looked dangerous and getting five goals was pleasing as was the clean-sheet although we were maybe fortunate to come away with that as Magheraveely hit the post three times.”

The ‘Gers manager has been hindered in the early stages of the season with player unavailability but he says that his squad is now getting stronger and that is telling in the performance.

“We are a lot stronger as a squad than we have been all year and that helped us.

“I felt we were sharp on the day,” he added.

Rangers started the game well and Ciaran Brough had an early effort from the edge of the box that was pushed over by the Magheraveely goalkeeper.

At the other end though the visitors were close to taking the lead as a corner came off the head of Davy Elliott and hit the bar before it was cleared.

With a quarter of an hour played though Rangers took the lead.

Richard Johnston won possession in his own half and Khan, Jake Browne and Christopher Currie were all involved before the ball was played out to Cluff. His cross was met by Khan who had continued his run and he tucked the ball away to make it 1-0.

And soon after, Rangers doubled their advantage.

Currie clipped a deep cross to the back post where it was picked up by Cluff and he eas upended with the referee pointing to the spot.

Brough stepped up and dispatched his spot kick to the back of the net to put the home side two goals to the good.

Rangers continued to probe and they extended their lead ten minutes before the interval. Browne did well to pull the ball back after breaking down the left hand side and McClure was on hand to sweep the ball home to leave it 3-0 at the break.

It was nip and tuck in the period after half time but the ‘Gers went on to add to their advantage.

Browne and Currie combined to release McClure and his cross was met by Cluff who sidefooted home for 3-0.

Magheraveely were then twice more denied by the frame of the goal as the home goal lived a charmed existence.

Kerr then made a string of changes and three of his substitutes - Adam McDonald, Joel Byrne and Mark Cutler - were involved in number five as Cutler fed the ball across the goal for McClure to turn home at the back post to leave it 5-0 at the finish.

With no league games this weekend, next up for Rangers is an Irish Junior Cup trip to Kilrea on October 1 with Maghervaeely away to Ballynure OB on the same day in the competition.