Nine Man Youths Held

St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 0

Rangers 19’s failed to overcome a spirited St.Johnstone side and a bizarre refereeing performance at Stirling University. The Ibrox youngsters finished the game with nine men when Gregg Wylde and Archie Campbell were red carded for “expressing an opinion” on the referee’s performance.

St. Johnstone started the better and had an early chance when ball broke to Stevie May inside the box and he volleyed narrowly over. For the next twenty minutes it was a battle for supremacy on what was a tight bumpy pitch.

The home side again came close to opening the scoring when a Ricky McIntosh corner was headed goalwards by Vinny ??? fortunately Gregg Wylde was on the line to clear. Rangers immediately threatened at the other end, good play on the right by Max Wright saw Rhys McCabe just fail to covert his cross and Ross Alexander cleared over his own bar for a corner. From Max Wright’s corner Kyle Hutton headed straight at keeper Neil Duffy.

A minute later Rangers had another chance created down the right by Archie Campbell and McCabe volleyed his low cross narrowly over. Just after the half-hour mark Rangers were denied by Duffy, a free-kick from the halfway line by Jamie Ness was headed on by McCabe and Max Wright’s goal bound header was tipped round the post by Duffy. A couple of minutes before half time May had a chance for the home side from the edge of the box which Grant Adam saved comfortably. At this point the referee had managed to yellow card three Rangers players, Chris Scott’s being the most bizarre when the ball bounced up and hit his hand, but more was to come in the second half.

Half-Time:- St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 0

After a quiet start to the second half Rangers looked to have taken the lead on 63 minutes, following a Dylan McGeough corner from the left , the ball broke to Kamil Wiktorski inside the box and his shot looked net bound all the way only to come back off the cross bar. At the other end good play on the right by May gave Stephen Reynolds a chance but Scott Durie was there to clear the danger.

The Referee continually penalised Rangers for dubious offences where as similar infringements from the home side went unpunished. On 67 minutes the woodwork denied Rangers again, Archie Campbell played through by McCabe saw his shot beat Duffy but clip the outside of the post.

Five minutes later and Gregg Wylde let his frustrations get the better of him and when harshly adjudged to have fouled, he was straight red carded when he said something to the referee. Things were to get worse with ten minutes remaining when only the referee saw a foul by Archie Campbell and when he made a comment he was shown a second yellow and subsequent red card. The frustration was highlighted when between those red cards the home side’s May blatantly kicked the ball away when flagged offside, an offence that went unpunished.

With six minutes remaining Matt Helmsley made progress down the right and his ball into the box gave David Heagney a chance and he was denied by a fine Chris Scott block. Despite being down to nine men Rangers were looking just a likely to score as the home side, and with three minutes left McGeough’s effort from 25 yards had Duffy at full stretch to tip over. Right at the end St.Johnstone had a great chance to win the game, with Rangers pushing forward for a throw down near the St.Johnstone byline, the ball eventually finding its way to keeper Duffy. His long kick saw Reynolds win the battle with the lone defender Scott Durie, he set up May for what looked a certain goal, but he shot past with only Adam to beat.

Full-Time:- St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 0

St.Johnstone:- Neil Duffy; Ross Alexander (Liam Caddis 21mins), Sean Porter, Vinny ????, Johnny Lindsay; Darren Kelly, Matt Helmsley, Ricky McIntosh, David Heagney (Kieran O’Hear); Stephen Reynolds, Steve May.

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Scott Durie, Chris Scott, Darren Cole, Jamie Ness; Max Wright (Dylan McGeough 57mins), Kamil Wiktorski (Kal Naismith 79mins) , Kyle Hutton (Kyle McAusland 86mins), Gregg Wylde, Archie Campbell, Rhus McCabe.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Ewan McNeil, Christiano Kisuka.

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