Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 6
Rangers under 19’s put their disappointing start to the season behind them with a high scoring win over Kilmarnock at Kilwinning Sports Club this morning. Archie Campbell was back from suspension to replace the injured Max Wright in attack, Dylan McGeough returned from injury and joined Steven Forbes in the starting line up, with Under 17 players Kyle McAusland and Adam Hunter dropping to the bench.
It was Kilmarnock who struck first taking the lead in the fourth minute, Ross Davidson broke down the left and he passed inside to Gavin Brown who in turn played it to Danny McKay, his shot from the angle of the box found the net via the underside of the bar. Five minutes later a great Rangers passing move saw Archie Campbell play the ball through to Kane Hemmings and keeper Russell Cadwell saved at the striker’s feet at the expense of a corner.
Rangers equalised on 16 minutes via the penalty spot when a Killie defender handled inside the box, Archie Campbell stepped up to beat the keeper from the spot. It was only eight minutes later when Rangers grabbed the lead, a long throw from the left by Rhys McCabe was met by the head of Kamil Wiktorski and his header looped over keeper Cadwell.
A minute later it looked like Rangers had extended their lead, Dylan McGeough played the ball through to Kane Hemmings and his shot across goal was knocked in at the far post by Archie Campbell but he was flagged offside. A few minutes later and a long range effort from Kyle Hutton was just wide. Ten minutes before half time a Rhys McCabe cross was met by the head of Archie Campbell but keeper Cadwell save easily.
Half Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 2
Rangers came close in the opening minute of the second half when a long diagonal ball from Kyle Hutton was controlled by Campbell and his shot brought out a fine save from Cadwell. Just before the hour mark a Darren Cole free kick was headed across goal by Hutton, as Wiktorski looked certain to score but he had an eye on the Kilmarnock defender’s boot and his header was weak and Cadwell saved.
On 65 minutes a corner on the left from Davidson gave Rangers a scare when Michael Doyle got his head to it but Grant Adam saved. A minute later a Gordon Dick corner looked netbound but Cadwell made an excellent recovery to make a great save. The move of the match came on 72 minutes when Dylan McGeough picked the ball up inside his own half and his run saw him go past three Kilmarnock defenders, his perfectly weighted pass gave Hemmings a great chance but he shot just wide.
With a quarter of an hour remaining Rangers finally got the two goal cushion they were seeking. Great play on the right by Hemmings gave the space to cross and Gordon Dick was on hand to head past Cadwell. A minute later Rangers scored again, an Adam clearance was controlled by Kane Hemmings, he then turned past the defender and sent an unstoppable shot past Cadwell from just inside the box.
Rangers added two further goals in the dying minutes. With three minutes remaining a great first time pass by Hemmings sent Campbell clear, his ball across goal was met by Kyle McAusland who’s effort was blocked, keeper Cadwell then denied Hemmings from point blank range, but was helpless when Gordon Dick netted the rebound. In the final minute a Michael Noble free kick had Cadwell struggling, he managed to get a touch to divert the ball onto the bar which gave Chris Scott a simple task to nod home the rebound.
Full Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 6
Kilmarnock:- Russell Cadwell, Stuart Currie, Callum McLuskey, Michael Doyle, Alan Cairns ( David McAuliffe 46 mins); Rory McKenzie (Joe Slattery 83mins), Craig Fisher, Gavin Brown, Ross Davidson (Jamie Lindsay 66mins); Reid Brown, Danny McKay.
Not Used :- Dylan Caddis, Aaron Wylie
Rangers:- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Steven Forbes (Michael Noble 87 mins); Kyle Hutton, Kamil Wiktorski (Kyle McAusland 79mins), Dylan McGeough, Rhys McCabe (Gordon Dick 58mins); Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.
Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Adam Hunter, Ewan McNeil