Glebe Rangers Reserves played Heights FC in the Coleraine & District League at the weekend.
The Glebe started well and it was Chris Mawhinney who was on form scoring four of the five Glebe goals in Coleraine.
Mawhinney got on the scoresheet with his first of the day when he finished off a good move involving Josh Elliott and Paul Lyttle.
Kirk Brace was next on the scoresheet for Glebe when he popped up in the box from midfeild onto ‘new boy’ Davy Reid’s clever pass to fire past the Height’s keeper and make it 2-0.
Glebe kept looking for their next goal and a long distance rocket of a free kick from Nicky McCook rattled the crossbar. Heights weren’t letting Glebe have it all their own way and they countered, carving through the defence to pulled a goal back.
Glebe Reserves then put game beyond doubt after Chris Mawhinney converted goalkeeper McCcullough’s long clearance. He then cut in from the wing and fired home from the edge of the box.
Glebe were then playing into the strong wind in the second half. They kept the ball down and played some excellent football, creating several decent chances without reward.
Lee Magill was unlucky as his free kick clipped a post and Kirk’s ‘not so clever’ chip into the home keeper’s hands from penalty spot suggested no more goals were coming for Glebe until the impressive Gerard Kane combined well with Chris Wilson.
Wilson’s superb cross was converted by Mawinney for his fourth of the day.
Manager Gary Lyttle commented: “This was a good away performance at a tricky venue, however I would still like to get that clean sheet as a reward for our defender’s exellant efforts.
“There’s no doubt we have loads of attacking quality within the squad from midfeild and forward. It was good that Jason (Wilmont) was down to see how things are progressing and with lots of good performances on show again he will have plenty of options and headaches in near future.”
Glebe Rangers Manager Jason Wilmont was on hand to see the performance of the Reserves and was fairly impressed by their performance.
“I thought the lads did alright. A couple of the young lads who are involved with me got a run out and it didn’t do them any harm getting some game time.
“There were a couple of other players who came to my attention. Kirk Brace could play in my team but I think he’s just lacking in a bit of fitness at the moment.
“Josh Elliott, who we signed from Coleraine, is a decent player and I like the way he plays.
“I will get a proper chance to have a look at them tonight (Tuesday) when we play Coleraine Reserves. I have a few boys missing for the next couple of games through suspension and holidays so I will need some players who can step up.
“The lads trained hard last Tuesday and Thursday night and because a few were carrying niggles I gave them Saturday off. I wanted this game against Coleraine Reserves to get them sharpened up again for Saturday against Sport & Leisure and then we have Ballymena on Tuesday in the County Antrim Shield.
“Sport & Leisure are very physical and its a big ask for young players who are 16 or 17 but its their chance to show what they are made off.
“We have them at home so at least we have that advantage but it will still be a tough game.
“We will play Tuesday, train Thursday and see what happens. We knew the last couple of games that we let ourselves down and its time to turn it around . It’s easy to get into a losing habit and we don’t want that. We need to start winning again.”