Saturday at Hickory Road in Athlone is when FN Rangers hosted Greenwood for their SAB League encounter. The venue has become the home ground of a few teams in the league because of the drought taking place and the City calling on no play allowed on grass turfs.
FN Rangers was responsible for most of the action in the first fifteen minutes of the match but were not able to break the Greenwood defence. Goalkeeper Kyle Martin from Greenwood made a crucial save when he dealt with a one on one situation at the end of the box, keeping the ball out with his feet.
The away side fought back and piled on the pressure creating a few chances but none of which made any real opportunity. Greenwood were not allowed to settle on the ball and their usual attacking prowess was snubbed by some good pressing and clinical defending.
In the last 3rd of the half FN Rangers were back in it and controlling the game. It was a tough battle between Antonio Quissanga from Rangers and the Greenwood left back Monray Leonard. On one occasion Antonio managed to pass the left back and deliver a good cross into the danger area but the oncoming striker scuffed his shot wide of the poles.
Greenwood had their captain Mark Nefdt sent off when he deliberately fouled a Rangers attacker in the area resulting in a penalty for the home side. Danny Bowers stepped up to the spot but had his attempt saved by Martin and the ball was cleared by the Greenwood defence for a corner.
Bowers made amends for his penalty miss by delivering a pin point corner kick for Waylin Smith to head home for a goal, giving Rangers the lead.
It was all Rangers from then on as they took advantage of some indecisive defending by the team in Green. Thaabiet Baartman, the Rangers midfielder was quick to close the Greenwood midfield as he robbed Dean Williams of possession to mount a counter attack which resulted in Daniel Malapo scoring the team’s second goal.
With a man down the team from Steenberg continued to soldier on looking for their opener. Greenwood’s Kyle Segers was noticeable in his efforts to get his team going with right back Tyron Petersen putting in a hard shift considering his team was a man short in defence.
Greenwood’s efforts were in vain as FN Rangers played smartly, by breaking with the counter attack causing Baartman and Bowers to score and ending the match at 4-0 to the home side.
With the loss of Junction Rovers to Silver Spurs later in the day, Rangers secured the summit of the table with games in hand.