Youngsters Fall To United

Dundee United 2 Rangers o

A young youth side were a bit unfortunate to lose to a penalty and last-minute strike at St.Andrews this afternoon. A combination of injury, illness and suspension saw a few on the Under 17’s promoted to the Under 19’s for today’s clash. Those present at the St.Johnstone game a few weeks ago knew it would be “interesting” when they saw it was the referee that seems to have his own version of the rules of the game who was in charge.

Indeed in a first half with little incident it was the official that produced the first talking point. With quarter of an hour gone Chris Scott rose to head Kal Naismith’s corner goalwards where it struck a United defender and went behind with the Rangers players claiming handball. Where as a penalty would have been possibly a bit harsh the referee bizarrely awarded the home side a goal kick.

The half continued with little goalmouth action until around the half hour mark Grant Mosson and Ryan Dow combined on the left and the latter’s low cross saw John Murray shoot over. The only other effort of any note came just on the stroke of half time when Kris Irvine’s free kick found its way to Dow who’s shot was comfortably saved by Grant Adam.

Half-Time:- Dundee United 0 Rangers o

Just after half time Rangers threatened when Kal Naismith’s strike was saved at the post by home keeper Marc McCallum. On 50 minutes the home side took the lead from the penalty spot. Kamil Wiktorski missed a long ball and John Murray broke in to the penalty area, he hit the ground under pressure from Dylan McGeough and the referee deemed there was enough contact to award a penalty. Stuart Armstrong netted from the spot despite Adam getting his hand to his shot.

A minute later Dow tested Adam when he cut in from the right, with the Rangers keeper dealing without too much difficulty. On 55 minutes Rangers were unfortunate not to be back on level terms. A great delivery from Adam Hunter’s free-kick was met by Naismith, whose effort came back of the post the onrushing Scott Durie could only knock the ball wide with McCallum stranded.

As the game entered the last quarter of an hour Dow’s cross from the right was headed over by Armstrong. At the other end Christiano Kisuka cut in from the right near the byline and his shot across goal was touched wide by McCallum. With a couple of minutes remaining Durie’s throw-in saw Naismith produce a great piece on skill on the byline and Anthony Marenghi got a touch on his low cross and keeper McCallum had to save just under the crossbar. With Rangers pushing forward to chasing an equaliser United made the points safe in the final minute, Dow fed Stuart Armstrong and the United striker advanced to shoot past Adam.

Full-Time:-Dundee United 2 Rangers 0

Dundee United:- Marc McCallum; Kris Irvine, David Shaw, Craig Hill, Grant Mosson; Scott Allan (Craig Burns), Gavin Stokes, Michael Lee, Ryan Dow; Stuart Armstrong, John Murray (Robert Thomson)

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Scott Durie, Chris Scott, Kamil Wiktorski, Gregg Wylde; Ewan McNeil (Steven Forbes 60mins), Adam Hunter, Dylan McGeough, Gordon Dick (Anthony Marenghi 71 mins), Kal Naismith; Christiano Kisuka (Michael Noble 86mins)

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