Rangers 2 Motherwell 2
Rangers and Motherwell shared four goals in an entertaining game at Murray Park this afternoon. There was one change to the Rangers lineup from recent weeks, Gregg Wylde returning from first team duty replacing the injured Gordon Dick with Rhys McCabe moving into midfield.
After a quiet opening period it was the visitors that took the lead with the first real attempt at goal on 12 minutes. A long ball forward saw Gary Smith beat Chris Scott in the air, this wrong footed Kamil Wiktorski and his attempted clearance appeared to be looping over Grant Adam into the net. The Rangers keeper managed to keep the ball out with a fantastic save, only for Steven Lawless to collect the ball on the byline and roll in back to Gary Smith to score from close range.
Rangers almost replied immediately threatening the Motherwell goal three times in quick succession. A Kal Naismith cross from the left had keeper Ross Hyslop struggling and when the ball came out to the edge of the box Rhys McCabe’s shot was blocked a couple of yards from the line. Archie Campbell then had a chance but shot straight at Hyslop. Next up Kane Hemmings got on the end of a Naismith cross and headed narrowly over.
On 24 minutes Rangers equalised with a well worked goal. Patient play on the right saw Darren Cole, Kyle Hutton, Max Wright and Archie Campbell exchange passes to release Hutton to the byline, his low cross was met at the near post by Kane Hemmings who sent the ball high into the net.
Just less than ten minutes later after Naismith was fouled on the left, Max Wright’s free-kick was met at the back post by Kyle Hutton and his looping header was cleared off the line with Hyslop beaten. The goal was only delayed a couple of minutes and there seemed little danger when Darren Cole played the ball into Kane Hemmings but a fantastic turn and shot gave keeper Hyslop no chance and put the young Gers in front.
Half Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 1
Right at the start of the second half Rhys McCabe collected a pass from Cole and tried his luck from 25 yards shooting narrowly wide. With ten minutes gone Rangers looked certain to extend their lead, Hemmings broke down the left and his low cross set up Archie Campbell and just when everyone was expecting the net to bulge he shot wide.
A couple of minutes later a similar run and cross from Hemmings brought a good save from keeper Hyslop with Campbell waiting to pounce. Rangers were to pay the penalty when Motherwell equalised with twenty minutes remaining. Ross McKinnon picked the ball up in midfield and broke forward unchallenged, Grant Adam failed to hold on to his shot from the edge of the box and Gary Smith was on hand to net the rebound.
There were no real chances for a winner with half chances at either end. First a cross from the left by Jamie Pollock was headed over by Gary Smith, with five minutes remaining Ross McKinnon cut in from the left hand edge of the box and shot straight at Adam. At the other end right on the final whistle, keeper Hyslop beat Hemmings to a Cole cross to punch clear.
Full-Time:-Rangers 2 Motherwell 2
Rangers:- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Kamil Wiktorski, Gregg Wylde ( Scott Durie 73mins); Max Wright (Kyle McAusland 78mins), Kyle Hutton, Kal Naismith (Dylan McGeough 65mins); Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.
Not Used:- Mark Weir, Steven Forbes, Ewan McNeil, Cristiano Kisuka.
Motherwell:- Ross Hyslop; Liam Sloan, Dario Quinn, Dan Parker, Jordan Halsman; Ryan Scanlon (Grant Brown 69mins), Peter Innes, Jamie Pollock, Ross McKinnon; Steven Lawless, Gary Smith.
Not Used:- Shaun Thomson, Greg Pollock, Lee Erwin, Josh Horne, Josh Watt, Kieran McDonald.