Macleay Valley Rangers win as Jarah Wyatt scores on debut

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August 16th, 2019

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A GOAL on debut for Macleay Valley Rangers’ Jarah Wyatt ensured a second straight win for last year’s premiers on Saturday.
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Dream debut: teenager Jarah Wyatt scored a sublime goal in his maiden first grade match for Macleay Valley Rangers away to Port FC last Saturday. Photo by Matt McLennan.

The teenager slotted home a superbly worked goal late in the match to complete a 2-0 win over Port FC.

But victory appeared to be beyond the visitors’ capabilities at Tuffins Lane the first 45 minutes.

Too often, Rangers were beaten to the ball. And too often, players tried fancy flicks and lay-offs, rather than simple touches.

This wasn’t the World Cup, after all.

For his half-time talk, coach Dean Riordan delivered a scathing, but measured, assessment of individuals’ and the team’s performances – coloured with nautical levels of swear words. The address verged on poetic.

The impact on his team was apparent right from the re-start, as was the regard the players have for Riordan’s coaching style.

A more disciplined Rangers re-imposed their physical style, muscling their way to possession firmly, but fairly, when required.

Wave after wave of attacking passages of play put the Port defence under increasing pressure.

Eventually, Kurt Riordan broke into an already crowded box. No sooner had he latched onto a Daniel Saul cross than he was brought down.

Josh Tynan dispatched the resulting penalty into the keeper’s right-hand corner to give the visitors a well-deserved lead.

Rangers pushed for a second, and the luckless Andrew Potter – who hassled and harried the defence throughout the half – found himself bearing down on goal with space to spare.

However, the seemingly untouchable finishing he enjoyed last season deserted him again, as he shot at the goalies’ legs.

Wyatt had appeared to flounder in the first half, and missed goalscoring opportunities that he might have converted in reserve grade.

But with confidence growing, FC legs tiring, and the clock ticking, the youngster pulled off a goal worthy of a certain tournament in Brazil.

Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, Wyatt navigated the ball away from the prying legs of two host defenders and opened up clear space for a finish.

He rounded the Port keeper and walked the ball into the net.

Kurt Riordan sustained a head injury in the build-up, with a cramp-afflicted Potter dropping to the ground after his through-ball to Wyatt.

Riordan needed four stitches, but is likely to figure in Rangers’ visit to Port Saints tomorrow.

The Hastings side has won three on the bounce, and while the Rangers coach is quietly confident, he will ensure his players are not complacent against a team they beat 4-3 at Dangar St earlier this season.

Steve Morn could figure for the Macleay men, in what should be an otherwise unchanged side.

Kick-off at Findlay Park, Port Macquarie, is at 3pm.

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