Davey hat-trick helps sink Temple

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A John Davey hat-trick was the highlight of Grange Rangers’ 5-2 win at Temple Rangers on Saturday.

The hosts opened the scoring when the ball was bundled past Joel Loughridge from close range but the Ballyclare lads drew level in the 19th minute when Marc Campbell set up Davey who applied the finishing touch.

On the half-hour Davey doubled his tally, curling a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Grange increased their lead in the second session when a nicely weighted pass from David Thompson was collected by Campbell who rifled thee ball home.

Temple were restricted to sporadic forays into the visiting goalmouth, where Matt Cooper and Pat Lutton ensured that Loughridge was rarely tested.

All hopes of a home revival were minimised in the 66th minute when Campbell made it 4-1 from the spot, after Gilmour had been fouled. However, a Temple strike in the 83rd minute made Grange redouble their efforts.

Grange finishing stronger had the edge in the closing stages, and two minutes from time David Trew was denied by an excellent save.

Davey had the final say, completing his treble in injury-time, stroking the ball into the unguarded net after Campbell had drawn the keeper off his line.

Club secretary, Wayne Lewis, said: “After three league defeats we have now gone undefeated in two, and the four points from a possible six lifts us to a mid-table position.”

Grange Rangers: Loughridge; White, Murray, Cooper (c), Lutton; Mulholland, McConnell, Thompson; Campbell, Davey, Gilmour. Subs: McAllister, Trew, Hunter.