Ninth win in a row for Arniston Rangers moves them to fourth

Arniston Rangers 3-2 Kennoway Star Hearts
Arniston Rangers 3-2 Kennoway Star Hearts

Arniston Rangers’ stunning ninth consecutive Premier League win moved them up to fourth top place in the league last Saturday.

Kevin Moffat hit the Kennoway woodwork in the first minute and in reply Arnie goalkeeper Dale Cornet grabbed a Scott Young effort at the second attempt.

Arniston went 1-0 up in only the fifth minute, a cross from Moffat being pressed home by striker Adam Murray. The visitors made a positive response and pressed for an equaliser with Cornet again in action, while at the other end a Nicky Faulds effort was pushed wide.

A minute later, it was 1-1 when winger Lyall Shaw weaved his way through the home defence before hitting a fine finish.

Arniston were having a shaky spelland it was underlined with a second Kennoway goal in 25 minutes, when a through ball picked out Kyle Wilson who netted from a suspiciously offside-looking position.

Arniston needed Cornet again to deny a Shaw chance for the visitors. Guy Kerr tried an overhead kick, then a header straight at Paterson. But on 40 minutes Young was thwarted by a brilliant one-handed save by Cornet while one on one.

Following early second-half pressure by Kennoway, Arniston replaced Leslie with Lumbert Kateleza and almost immediately forced a double goalline clearance as the visitors survived a serious Arnie attack.

In 63 minutes, Kataleza set up Danny McTiernan but he shot wide before a better effort by Moffat forcedPaterson to save low down to his left. Arniston were battling hard enough but a loose leg save by Paterson next denied Moffat.

Finally, in 74 minutes, it was 2-2 when a cracking run and fierce finish by Kyle Doig saw the ball rattle its way into the Kennoway net.

In 82 minutes again a double block of saves denied Arnie, who now pressed for the winner.

But there was an even closer call at the other end when Chris Lornie’s parting shot hit the outside of the post when he should have scored.

Finally, cue huge Arniston on and off the field celebrations in the 90th minute. Following another Moffat corner on the right, Nicky Faulds glanced the ball into the visitors’ net for the ultimate winner at 3-2, to the relief of the patient fans who saw the winning run continue.