McGookin at the double for Grange

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SAMMY McGookin, who top scored for Grange Rangers Reserves last season, is certainly staking a strong claim for promotion to the first-team.

His double on Saturday against Carnmoney brought his total to six in two pre-season friendlies, and his strike rate must have impressed player-manager Paul McAllister who also got his name on the score-sheet in the impressive 5-1 win at Mallusk.

The game was only four minutes old when Rangers drew first blood. Left-back Dave Mulholland made a penetrating run before being brought down in the box, with Marc Campbell scoring the resultant penalty.

The good start from Rangers continued, but in the 12th minute they lost midfielder John Davey to a nasty knee injury, which looks like ruling him out for the start of the season.

Rangers shrugged off this blow and scored the goal of the day on 25 minutes when McAllister rifled a left-footed drive into the top corner of the net from 20 yards.

With the Ballyclare lads dominating possession, goalkeeper Joel Loughridge barely had a touch before the half-time break, with his side deservedly turning round 2-0 up.

McGookin opened his account early in the second half when he confidently nut-megged the keeper.

McGookin then took his tally to six in two matches with a neat bottom-corner finish after good work by Andy Gilmour.

McGookin could have sealed his hat-trick shortly after, but had two efforts well saved by the Carnmoney custodian.

When Campbell was fouled in the box he doubled his tally by netting his second spot-kick, before Carnmoney landed a late consolation.