Relegation trapdoor opens wider for Welly Rec

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The Division 1A relegation trapdoor opens ever wider for Amateur League side Wellington Rec after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Rathfriland Rangers.

Wellington are now depending on Rosario losing at Downpatrick in their final match, as well as ending the season themselves with four straight wins – which is a big ask, given that they’ve only won two matches all season. Next up at Brookvale Park on Saturday is unbeaten league leaders Derriaghy Cricket Club.

With manager Graham McConnell on a touchline ban, it was Graham Humphrys who was holding the fort. “We played good enough football, but we were missing a few players, and once more we struggled to score goals - something that has been a problem for us all season,” he said.

Rec were able to welcome back Josh McAllister from Larne, and he almost re-opened his account, forcing a top save from the Rangers custodian.

Rathfriland drew first blood five minutes from half-time, with keeper Brendan Quinn giving away a penalty which the home side duly dispatched.

There was just no way back when a home forward was left one-on-one with keeper Quinn.

Wellington Rec: Quinn – Todd, Magee (Mundell), Nelson, J Steele – Jamie McAllister (Burns), Beggs, Mulvenna, Z McAllister – McFall (Cahoon), Josh McAllister.

Player in: Josh McAllister, S, Larne.