McCabe Double Secures Points

Rangers 3 St. Mirren 1

A Rhys McCabe double went a long way to securing the points for Billy Kirkwood’s Under 19’s this afternoon. With Murray Park passing a morning inspection it saw Rangers line up with three changes to the team that win the cup tie at Pittodrie a fortnight ago. Gregg Wylde, Gordon Dick and Dylan McGeough coming in to replace Ewan McNeil, Scott Durie and Kamil Wilktorski.

It was a great start for the youngsters taking the lead as early as the fourth minute. Gordon Dick was fouled just outside the box and Rhys McCabe stepped up to fire a tremendous strike past Jake Cunningham in the St.Mirren goal. St.Mirren first threatened on 18 minutes when Darren Cole allowed a long ball to go over his head giving Fraser Team a chance but Gregg Wylde blocked at the expense of a corner.

On 22 minutes Kyle Hutton played the ball through and Cunningham was quick from his line to beat Archie Campbell to the ball. Campbell then had a chance on the half hour mark when through on a Grant Adam clearance, his attempted lob over the advancing Cunningham drifted wide.

A couple of minutes later saw St.Mirren’s best chance of the half. Fraser Team crossed from the right to the unmarked Kenny McLean who tried to head over Adam, but his effort lacked height and the keeper saved comfortably. Straight to the other end and Cunningham denied Kane Hemmings  with a fine block with his legs after the striker was played in by Kyle Hutton.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Two goals in as many minutes sealed the points for Rangers early in the second half. On 52 minutes Dick played the ball into the box from the right, a great first touch from Rhys McCabe gave him a chance, he miss hit his first attempt but prodded the ball past Cuuningham when the it broke to him of the defender. A minute later Cunningham saved at the feet of Hemmings as he chased a through ball, only to see the ball break to Dylan McGeough who side-stepped the keeper and scored with ease.

To the visitors credit they pulled a goal back two  minutes later. A free kick swung in from the left was headed back across goal where Fraser Team found the net from close range.  On 64 minutes Rangers had a similar chance to McLean’s first half effort for St. Mirren. A McCabe cross from the saw Campbell attempt to head over keeper Cunningham, but like McLean’s it lacked height and the keeper saved.

With quarter an hour remaining McGeough set up the overlapping Wylde and keeper Cunningham did well to divert the ball wide with his legs. St. Mirren then had a chance with a free-kick on 85 minutes, Adam saving John McShane’s shot from just outside the box. The last effort came in the final minute when Hutton played through substitute Max Wright who’s shot from a tight angle brought out a fine save from Cunningham.

Full Time:- Rangers 3 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Rhys McCabe, Chris Scott, Darren Cole; Kyle Hutton, Gordon Dick, Jamie Ness, Dylan McGeough; Archie Campbell (Max Wright 87 mins), Kane Hemmings

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Kyle McAusland, Nicky Main, Anthony Marenghi, Christiano Kisuka

St.Mirren:- Jake Cunningham; Mark McLennan, Rhys Devlin, Dominic Kennedy, Ally Love (No.16 69 mins); Fraser Team (no 14 77 mins),Kyle Faulds, Kenny McLean, Sean Burns; John McShane, Graeme Ramage (no 12 58  mins)

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