Youths Bounce Back

Falkirk 0 Rangers 3

Rangers youths bounced back following Wednesday’s Youth Cup Final disappointment with a comfortable win over Falkirk at Stirling University this morning. Billy Kirkwood took the opportunity to bring in some of the younger players although it was a hat-trick from Wednesday’s unused sub Max Wright that secured the points,

Rangers took the lead on 12 minutes with the first real chance of the match. Adam Hunter’s corner from the left was headed back across goal by Kyle McAusland and Max Wright had the simple task to head home from close range. He almost scored a second a minute later, this time he was denied when home keeper Kevin Walker blocked with his legs.

His second goal was only delayed until the 22nd minute, a move started by a great challenge and forward pass from Kamil Wiktorski saw Wright lay off to Kal Naismith who’s shot was blocked by a home defender, but Max Wright was on hand to shot past Walker, who despite getting a touch failed to prevent the ball ending up in the net.

And it was Wright again who came close four minutes later, Ewan McNeil’s right wing cross broke into his path off a defender  and only a fine save low to his right by Walker prevented a goal. A few minutes before half-time it was Grant Adam at the other end who stopped an addition to the scoreline. When Darren Cole mis-controlled a low driven cross it broke to Scott Davidson who side-stepped Cole and brought a fine save from the Rangers keeper.

Half-Time:- Falkirk 0 Rangers 2

The home side came out in a determined mood in the second-half and five minutes in Ally Graham broke down the left to test Adam who saved comfortably. A few minutes later Scott Davidson an Stephen Kingsley combined to tee up Lewis Bonar who gave Adam a slightly sterner test. The home side continued to threat and a few minutes later had strong penalty claims when  Blair Aiston’s shot from the edge of the box appeared to strike the arm of Kal Naismith but the referee waved play on.

On 58 minutes Rangers were awarded a penalty when the referee indicated holding in the box following Adam Hunter’s corner. Up stepped Max Wright to beat Walker from the spot and complete his hat-trick.  Ten minutes later and Walker prevented Rangers from extending their lead. Stephen Forbes played the ball out to Naismith wide on the left and his shot from almost on the touch-line had Walker scrambling to touch the ball on to the bar and over.

Falkirk had not given up and twice with in the next ten minutes Davidson flashed the ball across the six yard box with no takers. They came closer still with seven minutes remaining when Blair Young’s lob bounced on the top of the bar on the way over.

Falkirk again came close to a consolation via a 25 yard effort from Aiston, with Adam saving low to his right at the expense of a corner. The resultant corner should have led to a goal, but at the other end, a lightning break from Rangers with several quick passes saw Archie Campbell clear inside the box, but he elected to try to find Wright instead of shooting , his pass being just ahead of his strike partner.

In the closing minutes Davidson and Aiston combined for the former to test Adam. Max Wright in a good shooting position tried to find Campbell instead and like his colleague a little earlier his pass was not accurate enough. With the final effort coming when  Jay Fulton flicked over a Davidson cross.

Full-Time:- Falkirk 0 Rangers 3

Falkirk:- Kevin Walker; Johnathan Cooper, Murray Wallace, Euen Grant, Stephen Kingsley; Scott Davidson, Dale Fulton, Blair Aiston, Ally Graham (Blair Young 77mins); Joe McCaffery (Connor ??? 84mins), Lewis Bonnar (Jay Fulton 84mins)

Not Used:- Grant Santi

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Adam Hunter, Kamil Wiktorski, Darren Cole, Rhys McCabe; Ewan McNeil, Dylan McGeough (Kyle Hutton 66 mins), Gordon Dick (Stephen Forbes 33mins), Kal Naismith; Kyle McAusland (Archie Campbell 79mins), Max Wright

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Steven Hetherington, Scott Rumsby

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