Two Games, Two Wins for New Manager

15 Oct

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Renwick House FC 8-0 Donegal Rangers

  • First Half performance secures second victory.
  • McCavery makes it 9 in 2 games whilst the Renwick defence is yet to concede.
  • Morrison keen to keep players’ feet on the ground.

For the second week running Renwick House FC, who started with the same side as against the C of I, managed to seize an unassailable lead before the interval. Donegal Rangers held out longer than pitiful 19 seconds managed by the Anglicans but within 5 minutes McCavery opened the scoring in the final friendly before the start of the league season. Shortly afterwards Gareth Smith rose high above the defence and goalkeeper to convert Ian Buchanan’s goal-bound free-kick before Dunwoody’s free-kick directly beat the hapless Donegal goalkeeper giving his side a commanding lead. Inside the 20 minute mark the Renwick no.7 scored from range with a delightful curling shot, an early contender for goal of the season. This opening dominance was built upon the centre midfield of Lynch, Blackwell and Buchanan who always looked in control and provided ample justification for manager Morrison’s daring decision to break from the 4-4-2.

The centre-midfield was altered before the break to give the coach the oppertunity to look at others players in the same positions and perhaps this unfamilarity was partly to blame for Rangers begining to get a foothold in game but this hope for the Donegal men was short-lived as McCavery punished the opposing defence for dwelling on the ball and finished with ease past an inexperienced keeper. Apart from themselves, Donegal’s worst enemy was Robert McCaughan who’s mazy runs could only be halted by clumsy tackles, one of which split the winger’s shinguard, drew vehement protests from his teammates and would have surely resulted in the referee reaching for his cards in a competitve fixture.

Donegal Ranger’s threat increased in the early stages of the second half but they failed to create any meaningful oppertunities. Ben Hanna attempted an ambitious shot as he counterattacked from leftback and to the surprise of his teammates it hit the bar and provided McCaughan with an easy finish. Chris Carson and Mark Porter continued to work hard in the centre of the park and what looked like a harmless strike from range from the Foyle Old Boy sneaked through the keeper’s legs. Ranger’s tempers began to flare as the vocal centre back clashed with the Renwick captain but Robert McCaughan placed an early bid for Steelo’s Refereeing Award by stepping in to diffuse the situation. The debut of youngster Philip Aicken was particularly noteworthy as he added a different dimension to the Renwick attack controlling the ball and linking play well, it appears Morrison has unearthed a very promising player. Stevie McCollum was handed a much longed for run in midfield in the last 10 minutes but it was his central defensive partner that claimed the Man of the Match Award. Gareth Smith thwarted many attacks and was perhaps primarily responsible for the side claiming their second clean sheet, especially as he cleared the ball off the line in the final minutes and gave McCullough the pleasure of 3 hours without conceding. His performanced was capped with an exquisite long ball to find McCavery for his third hatrick of the the season giving Renwick an emphatic 8-0 lead. Manager Morrison could not have wished for a more successful preseason and with potentially influential players still to return he has admitted it will be hard to keep his players’ feet on the ground yet was keen to stress that “Despite 17 goals without reply we still haven’t played a minute of league football”.

Simon Barnes, The Times

Renwick: James McCullough, Andrew Morrison, Gareth Smith, Steven McCollum, Ben Hanna, Gavin Blackwell, Andrew Lynch, Ian Buchanan, Philip Dunwoody, Mark McCavery, Robert McCaughan, Subs: Chris Carson, Philip Aicken, Mark Porter (all used)

Scorers: Dunwoody 2, McCavery 3, Smith, McCaughan, Porter

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The unbroken defence

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Speed-skating Andy

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Skills prowling in centre midfield

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For Peter: Hands-on-hips-well

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Renwick striding on to victory

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McCullough sees the ball wide

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Donegal thinking of countering

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Buchanan closing down

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Philip about to score from the set piece

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Celebrating the goal

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Returning for another kick off
 
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Giant Goalkeeper

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Or maybe not

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Ranger’s heads beginning to go down

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Rangers only had the hoof

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Preparing for lift-off

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Renwick’s pin-up boy

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An uphill battle against a dirty defence

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Mark waiting to be released

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Hanna’s throw

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 Much needed goalkick practice

Man of the Match

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Gareth Smith, Institute Football Club and Renwick House FC

In Other News

Trinadad and Tobago won 7-2 against the Bar Staff.

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Piecam

Morrison has issued a plea for supporters to get behind the team and show their support by attending the opening fixture of the league season next week against Union.

The Belfast Superleague website is now online.

You can keep up to date with Renwick football via the Renwick Pundit on Twitter. The feed is also displayed on the right hand side of the screen and will give you the breaking news along with the latest result shortly after the final whistle.

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One Response to “Two Games, Two Wins for New Manager”

  1. Peter October 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    “For Peter: Hands-on-hips-well”

    Excellent! I appreciate your upholding of the ancient tradition!

    On this particular occasion though, I might have been more inclined to go for the caption:
    Looking-on-in-disgust-horror-shock-and disbelief-at-Ben’s-white-boots-well

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