Rovers men sink Seapatrick to continue rise up the rankings

Tandragee Rovers' Cecil Corbett.
Tandragee Rovers' Cecil Corbett.
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Tandragee Rovers’ rise up the Intermediate League top-flight standings resulted in a 2-0 triumph at Seapatrick.

Cup commitments across multiple fronts have left Rovers part of the senior division’s chasing pack.

However, league form in 2015 has helped close the gap.

Rovers lined out against a Seapatrick side enjoying impressive form but Rovers carved out chances for Johnny Black and AJ Gallagher before Jamie Rooney just missed out on steering in Philip Pedlow’s teasing cross.

Black picked out Lee Wells early in the second half and Gallagher gained the decisive final touch to break the deadlock.

Wells and Cecil Corbett both finished frustrated at the crossbar, plus the latter dragged a shot just wide of the target.

However, Seapatrick remained a threat on the counter-attack.

Rovers wrapped up the points thanks to Gary Whiteside’s clearance, a Corbett pass to release Gareth Dobbs and a final delivery that Mark Bicker converted courtesy of a deflection.

Rovers now sit level with Banbridge Rangers in third on 19 points. However, Scott Walker’s Tandragee men remain the only side in the top-four positions with fewer than a double-figure tally of league games on the board.

Rovers have six wins and one draw from the seven league fixtures to date, having conceded just seven times.

Ballymacash Rangers top the standings on 33 points from 12 games, followed home by Camlough Rovers.

TANDRAGEE ROVERS: Richard McGivern, Philip Pedlow, Jamie Rooney, Colin Bingham, Gary Whiteside, Iain Latimer, Lee Wells, AJ Gallagher, Johnny Black, Mark Bicker, Simon McClean. Subs: Jamie Uprichard, Cecil Corbett, Gareth Dobbs, Simon Andrews, Scott Walker.