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Manoj the start man despite conceding 12 goals as Rangers romp past Rathnew

RATHNEW AFC……….. 0 AUGHRIM RANGERS…….. 12

By PAUL DOWLING

SIX GOALS in each period powered Aughrim into the Quarter Final of the WDSL U14 Prem Div JAKO Cup.

Amid dark clouds on Thursday evening at bitterly cold Shamrock Park, Rangers had eight different players on the score-sheet during their qualifying round success.

In truth, the match was never a contest after the visitors took a fifth minute lead.

Home goalkeeper Midhnav Manoj was the man of the match. Despite conceding in double figures, he made no less than remarkably 23 saves.

A break-down in communications had already seen the Villagers scramble a team together.

Although in the official fixtures list, they claimed to not know about the tie until a few hours before kick-off. That meant that were missing some players.

In fairness though, the away side could only beat the 11 players put in front of them.

They went ahead when Manoj parried Eoin Canna’s corner and Oisin Keegan volleyed in.

That lead was doubled five minutes later. Manoj saved Joe McGuckian’s drive and Cian Keogh tapped in. Keegan placed in an effort past a crowded goalmouth to make it 3-0 on 18 minutes after McGuckian’s effort was blocked.

Moments later, Canna nipped in to convert Keogh’s centre. Substitute Eoghan Carroll followed up Canna’s long-range free to register Aughrim’s fifth in the 25thminute. Then McGuckian drilled in low off the far post on 29 minutes to make it 6-0 by the interval.

Ten minutes after the turnaround, Laci Jane Shannon grabbed the seventh with a low poked finish.

She then turned provider on 50 minutes to set-up Canna. The striker’s clever back-heel helped Oliver Doyle get in on the scoring act on 54.

Cian Keogh beat the offside to make it into double figures five minutes later. Substitute Ben Keogh applied the finishing touch to Leo Byrne’s cross on 68.

Less than 60 seconds later, Doyle was teed-up by Cian Keogh. His first attempt was blocked. But reacted to steer in a low left-footed drive from 15-yards.

The result means that Aughrim will take on Ashford Rovers in the last eight after they overcame Arklow United 4-1 the same evening at Ballinalea Park with goals by Shane Greene, Glenn Connolly and Luke Fitzpatrick (2).

RATHNEW AFC: Midhnav Manoj; Alex Doyle, Dylan Massey, James O’Reilly, Brandon Eager; Matthew Porter, Michael Cash, Dean White, Conor Snell; Adam O’Toole, Matt Gleeson. SUBS: Leo Maguire, Kevin Bujauskas.

AUGHRIM RANGERS: Mark Shannon; Finn Byrne, Adam Healy, Oliver Doyle, Leo Byrne; Joe McGuckian, Eoghan Murphy, Oisin Keegan, Leo Byrne; Laci Jane Shannon; Eoin Canna, Cian Keogh. SUBS: Eoghan Carroll, Ben Keogh.

REFEREE: Seamus Ferguson.

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