Youths Shocked by Accies

Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

In what was one of the poorest performances I have seen from a Rangers youth side, the Under 19’s lost to a Hamilton Accies side that had lost eleven goals without reply in their previous two league games.

There was one change from the side that defeated Hearts  in their last league match, with Gregg Wylde coming in for the injured Kane Hemmings and new Polish signing Kamil Witorski among the substitutes.

In the opening minute Max Wright had a chance when played in by Kal Naismith, but shot straight at keeper Darren Dolan. On 10 minutes at the other end the ball broke to Lee Kilday following with a corner and with his back to goal he hooked the ball just over. Five minutes later Grant Gillespie won the ball in midfield, shrugged of a challenge and shot narrowly over from the edge of the box.

On 26 minutes good play by Max Wright and Gordon Dick down the right, saw Wright advance into the box and shoot across goal and just wide of the far post. Rangers then had a great chance to take the lead on the half hour mark, Gillespie was short with a pass back and Archie Campbell broke clear, as he rounded the keeper he was forced wide and Brian McQueen got back to clear from the line.

Three minutes later Rangers took the lead, a free kick by Rhys McCabe from inside his own half was flicked on by Gordon Dick into the path of Max Wright who beat keeper Dolan from around the penalty spot.

On 37 minutes Accies came close to drawing level, John Sullivan broke down the right and played the ball inside to Ali Crawford who in turn sent it out to Jordan Kirkpatrick on the left, he cut inside Darren Cole and forced a fine save from Grant Adam.

Rangers then suffered a double blow in differing circumstances. First Gordon Dick had to leave the field injured to be replaced by Christiano Kisuka. Then in an off the ball incident spotted by the linesman, Archie Campbell was shown a red card and Hamilton’s Grant Gillespie a yellow, with Rangers being awarded the free kick.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers startred the second half with Kamil Wiktorski replacing Max Wright, but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score. On 50 minutes good play down the right by Gillespie and Padraic Ormsby saw the later denied by a great challenge by Cole. Five minutes later only a fine save from Adam prevented an equaliser, again the play came down the Accies right and the ball fell for McQueen to shoot from the egde of the box, with Adam saving high to his left  to save at the expense of a corner.

Another last ditch clearance this time from Scott Durie on 67 minutes kept Rangers in front. The goal was only delayed and from the resultant corner Kyle Hutton headed clear, his clearance was met on the volley by Jordan Kirkpatrick and the ball flew into the net from around 25 yards.

Only 60 seconds later and the visitors were in front, Gregg Wylde lost possession at the edge of his own box to John Sullivan who took a step forward and gave Adam no chance from just inside the box. With 12 minutes remaining Hamilton should have extended their lead. Darren Cole was short with a pass and Gillespie raced clear, he played the ball across goal to the unmarked Chris Roxburgh who shot over.

Rangers had one chance to salvage a point they didn’t deserve, Wiktorski and McCabe combined on the right and Wiktorski’s cross fell to Steven Forbes just inside the box but his shot went narrowly past.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

Rangers:- Grant Adam, Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright (Kamil Wiktorski 46mins), Gordon Dick (Christiano Kisuka 38mins), Kyle Hutton (Steven Forbes 68 mins), Gregg Wylde; Archie Campbell, Kal Naismith.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Ewan McNeil

Hamilton Accies:- Darren Dolan, Padraic Ormsby, Brian McQueen, Lee Kilday (Connor McGlinchey 55mins), Declan McAvoy; Jordan McCue (Gerry O’Connell 46mins), John Sullivan, Grant Gillespie (David Hopkirk 86mins), Jordan Kirkpatrick; Ali Crawford, Chris Roxburgh.

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