Renwick provide another goalfest at Cherryvale

16 Oct
  • Clinical Renwick hit 9 past Donegal Rangers
  • Michael Hawthorne has a stormer down the Left and hits 4 goals
  • Bob Parkes returns to take Renwick photos

Renwick F.C took some very positive steps towards the beginning of the Belfast Super League as they casually brushed aside a skillful and sprightly Donegal Rangers side. Renwick welcomed back Robert Cromie to the starting XI but with Manager McCullough keen to maintain consistency in his team, this was the only change and the Rangers kicked off at a chilly and overcast Cherryvale.

Renwick were coming out on top by making the most of the early exchanges with solid play from the Elmwood Avenue side however it was the Rangers who were to break the deadlock as a surging run resulted in a speculative shot from a midfielder which McCullough fumbled at the net and fell to the feet of the oncoming striker who buried the chance with ease. Determined not to let a sloppy goal ruin their recent good form, Renwick responded quickly, playing some attractive Football along the grass with Phil Aicken and Joel Cromie combining well down the right and it was a cross into the box which Michael Hawthorne latched on to which opened his and Renwick’s account for the game.


Michael Hawthorne proved to be Renwick's star man for the day


Renwick’s confidence began to grow and they soon asserted their authority onto the game with Andrew Peoples and Peter Fallows working hard in the centre of the park to ensure quality possession for the team. Renwick’s second goal came from a lovely ball played over the defence from Joel Cromie which again Michael Hawthorne stretched to get and slotted home his chance to make it 2-1 to Renwick. The side continued to dominate and significant progress was made down the left hand side with Alastair McCollum continuing his good form with long throws, they hassled the Rangers defence and Renwick had some corners and chances as a result. Renwick added a third to the scoreline soon after this with the ball being crossed in from the Renwick skipper Ben Hanna on the right hand side and it was Robert Cromie’s shoulder that had the deflection which saw it safely into the net.

Luke Campbell was performing well and looks to have found his feet at right back, being solid defensively but also making good runs to support the play, he found Phil Aicken on the right who after a bit of skill (probably inspired from some Fifa 11 at the Park) swung the ball in and again it was Hawthorne to pop up and secure his hat trick by guiding the ball home. The Donegal Rangers side picked themselves up after conceding three on the bounce and soon found their feet again with good passing and movement, a ball over the top into the box resulted in a penalty as Chris Carson gave a simple push in the back. Perhaps a contentious decision but the side slotted home despite McCullough choosing the right way to make it 4-2. They could have had a few more goals to their names but for Ben Hanna’s head, he deflected numerous shots safely behind, relieving pressure and showing his Manager that he is steadily growing into his new found Centre Back role.


Peoples distributing the ball from Centre Midfield


McCullough’s Half Time team talk was nearly prophetic as the words ‘2 goals in this League is nothing’ rang true as Donegal Rangers quickly grabbed a third goal as the second half began. Poor defending from a throw in on the left resulted in the ball bobbling which should have been cleared by McCollum but poor effort on his part resulted in the Rangers striking nodding past McCullough at the back post. This disappointed the Renwick side as they were keen to shore up their defence when it came to set pieces however they quickly responded and soon the two goal cushion was restored, making it 5-3, as more good work from Michael Hawthorne on the left flicked on to Joel Cromie who gathered the ball and buried his volley from 25 yards.

Renwick continued to hassle and pressure their opponents and this fine work rate resulted in a good amount of possession and territory, Andrew Peoples ‘rose like a Chilean Miner’ on several occasions to see off any aerial threats while Hawthorne continued to be busy on the left, doing well with the ball at feet. The Elmwood side grabbed their sixth goal following good play by Joel Cromie down the left, he floated a ball in for Michael Mitchell who slotted the ball home despite numerous calls for it being offside. It perhaps was a close call, but the D.R Linesman didn’t motion for any thing and so the goal was given to make it 6-3.

The Rangers tried to keep playing and McCullough was tested a few times in the second half, commanding his area while also pulling off a few brilliant saves, diving to his left and right to deny the strikers. Renwick continued to push on and they grabbed three more goals in the last 15 minutes, Joel Cromie scored a superb individual goal, working down the left side of the box to cut in and then curl the ball in at the near post. Shortly after it was 8-3, Michael Hawthorne again showing his prowess at the back post to knock home his fourth of the afternoon after a lovely delivery from the right side of the pitch by Luke Campbell. Renwick’s afternoon was made complete as Ben Hanna hit home his 3rd penalty of the season as Hawthorne was dragged down inside the area, this finishing the scoring at 9-3. The Donegal Rangers side were clearly showing the signs of a defeated team as their effort and workrate was minimal for the last 20 minutes, and some of their players were clearly going insane as they just dropped to the floor at spontaneous times.

There could have been more goals, with Michael Hawthorne missing a header in David Healy style fashion at the back post, and a few other shots just flying wide. Renwick saw out the game to the final whistle and proved themselves to have a good team mentality and they can now focus on getting the League started and carry these kind of results on through into the first few fixtures.

Man of the Match: Michael Hawthorne – A clinical performance from the left winger, showed great determination, workrate and skill and to come away with 4 goals was a fitting reward for his efforts all afternoon. One to watch throughout this season as he should continue to grow in his role down the left.


Man of the Match



Joel Cromie hitting in his near post shot



A Happy Manager



The victorious Renwick team


Renwick F.C: J. McCullough, L. Campbell, C. Carson, B. Hanna, A. McCollum; Phil Aicken, Andrew Peoples, Peter Fallows, Michael Hawthorne; Joel Cromie, Robert Cromie. Sub: Michael Mitchell


2 Responses to “Renwick provide another goalfest at Cherryvale”

  1. Brian B October 19, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Well done lads! Shows what 2 donegal men in the team can help to acheive, and I’m not being biased in any way! )
    Nice top Robert!

  2. James October 20, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    It was actually 3 Donegal men Brian! Peoples is another Raphoe Old Boy and we hope to add a further Donegal man to the squad this week. Watch this space!

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