Youths Disappoint Against Saints

Rangers 1 St.Mirren 3

It was a disappointing result and performance in the youth side’s final pre-season game at a rain soaked Murray Park on Friday afternoon. Things stated to go wrong early when on 7 minutes Andy Milne was short with a pass back and the St.Mirren striker advanced into the box and smacked the ball past Grant Adam to give them an early lead. Two minutes later the same player almost added a second, Grant Adam misjudging his shot and was fortunate to see it rebound from the post.

Rangers had there first chance on 13 minutes a long ball sent Max Wright clear on the right and his cut back gave Archie Campbell a chance but he shot wide. A minute later a quick free kick by Steven Forbes saw Rhys McCabe’s shot deflected and the keeper had to scramble across goal to divert for a corner. Next Gregg Wylde made progress down the left and his cross was knocked just past the near post by Max Wright.

On the half hour mark a free kick on the right hand side of the box saw Kal Naismiths’s effort deflected wide for a corner. Five minutes later a good move involving McAusland, Campbell and Wright set up McCabe but he shot weakly straight at the keeper. St. Mirren then had a chance when their left midfielder had an effort saved by Adam. Just before half-time Wylde won the ball in midfield and fed Campbell who cut inside and saw his shot saved.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 St.Mirren 1

A few minutes after the break a great run and pass by Gordon Dick saw Kane Hemmings thwarted by the keeper who advanced from his area to block. Just before the hour mark St. Mirren increased their lead when Darren Cole was adjudged to have fouled just inside the right side of the penalty area and the Saints striker scored easily from the spot.

A couple of minutes later Scott Durie was denied by the keeper at point blank range when a Dick corner broke to him in front of goal. Dick then returned the ball into the box and Durie beat the keeper to the cross but headed over. With just under 20 minutes remaining Rangers pulled a goal back, Rhys McCabe picked up a loose ball and his shot from 25 yards seemed to deceive the keeper and find the net.

Rangers did not get an opportunity to build on that when the visitors striker completed his hat-trick with a superb goal. He took on the Rangers defence beating two players then finishing with an exquisite lob over Mark Weir. In the final minute Kane Hemmings burst past two defenders and with only the keeper to beat he shot wildly past, summing up Rangers afternoon.

Billy Kirkwood will be looking for a big improvement when their league campaign starts at home to Falkirk next week. The line up in that game should give an indication what players will make up the youth squad this season. So far Jamie Ness and Danny Wilson have not been used much at this level.

Rangers :- Grant Adam (Mark Weir 46mins); Kyle McAusland, Scott Durie, Darren Cole, Andy Milne (Gordon Dick 46 mins); Kal Naismith (Kane Hemmings 46mins), Steven Forbes, Rhys McCabe, Gregg Wylde; Archie Campbell, Max Wright.

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