Collins claims first-half double as Rectory pick up full points from road trip to Donaghmore

Michael Collins during his Portadown career.
Michael Collins during his Portadown career.

Michael Collins grabbed the spotlight as a striker on Saturday - with the former Portadown midfield general helping guide Rectory Rangers to away-day glory.

Collins arrived at the Brownstown Park club as a summer signing with the aim of adding experience to Rectory’s backline.

However, manager Tony Bell turned to Collins to increase the attacking threat against Donaghmore and he responded with a first-half double.

Injury prevented Collins from adding to his tally but the brace - including a delightful long-range lob over the stranded goalkeeper - left Rangers with a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Gareth Smith then added two after the break to increase the gap to 4-1.

Two goals in quick succession cut the gap before a Rectory red card - however Colin Corkin closed the afternoon with a crucial fifth goal.

“Not many sides will get anything from a visit to Donaghmore,” said Bell. “It was a really good win over probably the best side we have faced.

“We worked hard, especially after a red card.

“There was a sense of relief at the final whistle after leading 4-1 then Donaghmore getting it back to 4-3.

“Mickey was very good, with Philip Pedlow and Gareth Smith also strong as part of a quality team display.”

RECTORY RANGERS: Simon Kelly, Philip Pedlow, Gareth Willis, Wayne McClure, Colin Corkin, Joel McConnell, Scott Richardson, Gareth Smith, Willie Duke, Michael Collins, Dean Geddis. Subs: Graeme Bunting, Alex Henry, Sam Woods.