19’s Under Par

Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 2

A late Kane Hemming goal saved the youth team from defeat today at Murray Park. With the Youth League in shutdown until the end of the month, Hamish French’s Dunfermline side provided the opposition in a friendly at Murray Park.

After a low key start Dunfermline took the lead with the first real effort of the game in the 18th minute. A corner from the right was met by the central defender Lee Graham who had come up for the corner and he headed powerfully past Vaiculus. Rangers responded 5 minutes later, with three efforts in as many minutes. First Chris Scott headed narrowly over from a Gregg Wylde Corner, then Isa Bagci was played through and he poked the ball past the advancing keeper, but the effort was weak and the defender got back to clear comfortably. Then Archie Campbell had an effort from the edge of the box which the keeper dealt with comfortably.

Rangers equalised in 32 minutes, Chris Scott picked up the ball at the edge of his own box, he then advanced Bougerra like up through the middle of the park. He released the ball to Isa Bagci at the edge of the Pars box, who fired home low past the keeper.

The half ended with a couple of bright moments from Craig McShea. Now back playing after his leg break at the end of last season, he had great run along the byline but the Dunfermline defenders cleared his low cross for a corner. He then got on the end of a Danny Wilson cross, his effort though was to straight and easily held by the Dunfermline keeper.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Ten minutes into the second Stephen Stirling and Isa Bagci both had efforts that didn’t give the keeper too much of a problem. In 57 minutes Dunfermline almost took the lead, a long ball was controlled on his chest by the centre forward, he then slipped but as he was falling managed to hook the ball towards goal. Arturs Vaiculus was off his line, and was at full stretch to hold on as the ball threatened to loop over him.

Dunfermline did take the lead in 71 minutes, their substitute left winger  Chris Lennon advanced past Steven Forbes and headed for the byline, his cut back was then fired home by Jordan White.

With four minutes remaining substitute Kane Hemmings chased a ball down the right. It should have been dealt with by the Pars defender, but as he tried to shepherd the ball out, he was robbed by Hemmings. Who then moved along the byline and blasted home from a tight angle.

Full Time:- Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 2

Rangers Team:- Arturs Vaiculus; Steven Forbes, Chris Scott, Ross Perry, Danny Wilson; Craig McShea, Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness (Dylan McGeough 64 mins), Gregg Wylde; Archie Campbell (Kyle McAusland 76 mins), Isa Bagci (Kane Hemmings 76 mins).

Dunferlmine Athletic  Team:- Craig Bald; Steven Lynch, Stuart Deardon, Lee Graham, Harry McGregor; John McDonald, Ryan Thomson, Jed Hiroz (Laurie Cannon 15mins (Chris Lennon 35mins)), Lewis Turner; Jordan White, Conner Schivone.

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