NPL 2: Mount Druitt Town Rangers settle for 1-all draw with North Shore Mariners

Rangers player Scott Goodwin.

Rangers player Scott Goodwin.

Mount Druitt Town Rangers was held to a 1-all draw in its first home match of the new National Premier Leagues season.

The Rangers welcomed North Shore Mariners to Popondetta Park on Saturday and held a first-half lead through Japanese import Hiten Satoh.

Mount Druitt dominated proceedings at Emerton but were pegged back by a Marquin Smith goal on the stroke of half-time.

Rangers had the ball in the back of the net again in the final minute but the strike was ruled out for offside.

“We had 60 per cent possession and couldn’t score another goal,” Rangers coach Aidan Desmond told Football NSW.

“Then the referee disallowed a goal in the 89th minute, which would have won us the match. It’s very disappointing.”

“I thought that the back and middle thirds were all pretty tidy, they just needed to be clinical. We’re missing our nine (Kuag Reec) and ten (Nathan Ralph), which is really hurting us.”

Satoh fired the home side in front with a measured finish mid-way through the opening period after Lachlan Roberts did well to cut the ball back from the byline. 

North Shore found the equaliser on 44 minutes when Smith was found at the back post and headed home past Rangers keeper Carlos Saliadarre. 

It was the home side’s second draw in as many weeks. 

Mount Druitt sit ninth on the Division 2 table with two points so far this season.

The Rangers will search for a first win of the season when it returns to Popondetta Park on Saturday for a clash against Mounties Wanderers FC.

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