Feeney fires home second-half double as Saints seal success

St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.
St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.

Ruairi Feeney’s double helped St Mary’s secure three points with home success against Banbridge Rangers.

The 3-1 victory arrived despite a positive start by Rangers - with Sean Brady’s goal handing the Saints a welcome half-time advantage.

St Mary’s enjoyed regular joy at exposing the high defensive line deployed by Rangers but Feeney finished frustrated on a number of occasions from promising positions.

Rangers got back on level terms entering the closing 15 minutes but St Mary’s produced a late surge to reclaim control.

Feeney discovered his finishing touch to convert a strong run by substitute Brendan Hagan.

The striker followed up that close-range strike with a volley from distance to cement St Mary’s control.

The match marked a debut for Ciaran Rooney following the midfielder’s switch from Dollingstown. Rooney, who started out on the books at Portadown, also counts Lurgan Celtic as a former club.

Two key saves by Daniel Devine with the goal scoreless proved vital.

Confirmed Mid-Ulster Football League transfers for January:

James Wright (Dollingstown-Hill Street), Christopher Hynds (Armagh City-Lurgyvallen 12), Jason Greenaway (Loughgall-Seagoe), Aaron Black (Loughgall-Seagoe), Harry Proctor (Loughgall-Seagoe), Adam Proctor (Loughgall-Seagoe), Ciaran Rooney (Dollingstown-St Mary’s), Jonathan Corry (Annagh Utd-Derryhirk Utd), Morgan Dodds (Loughgall-Banbridge Rangers), Pearse Donaghy (Armagh City-Armagh Celtic), Matthew Lutton (Annagh Utd-Dungannon Rovers), Dwayne Kerr (Dollingstown-Hill Street), Andrew King (Dollingstown-Hill Street), Matthew Brown (Annagh Utd-Hanover).