Lesser Hampden Defeat

Queen’s Park 3 Rangers 2

A Rangers Under 16 side lost to an impressive Queen’s Park side at Lesser Hampden last night. Although a bizarre incident midway through the second half denied them a draw.

With the score at 2-1 to the home side, great play on the right by Tom Walsh saw him skin the full-back and deliver a great ball across the box to give Darren McGill a simple tap in, unfortunately for him the ball went into the net and out through a hole in the net and behind, the referee awarding a goal-kick. Despite protest from the Rangers players the referee stuck with his decision and Rangers were denied a clear goal.

In the opening period Queen’s Park were well on top and missed a few chances before taking the lead. On ten minutes a shot from the edge of the box deflected off Jordan Wilson and only a great diving save from Liam Kelly prevented a goal. A minute later and it was Greg Pascazio that came to the rescue, his last-ditch tackle denying the Queen’s striker.

The long ball over the top was causing Rangers problems and when Jordan Wilson struggled to deal with another, the ball broke to the home side’s striker and his effort came back off the post. Rangers first attack saw the ball move from right to left across the 18 yard line from Darren Ramsay through Callum McConnell to Darren McGill but he screwed his shot wide.

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes, a good pass sent their striker clear and he ran to shoot past Kelly. The home side continued to dominate and another chance saw the shoot straight at keeper Kelly. On twenty minutes they had a great chance to double their lead when Dylan Dykes barged a Queen’s play inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Unfortunately for the home side as Liam Kelly dived to his left the Queen’s Park player struck his shot wide of the other post.

Two minutes later and Rangers equalised with a great goal. Mark Dyer picked the ball up at the edge of his own penalty area and passed to Robert McClardy, his driving run saw him carry the ball past two players and play to Darren Ramsay on the right, he carried on to the byline and his ball across the six yard box was hammered home by Callum McConnell.

A minute later and Rangers should have taken the lead, McConnell broke down the right and found Ramsay free inside the box but his effort was wide of the post. The home side then regained the lead on 27 minutes, a ball played up to the box saw a great turn and shot from the Queen’s Park striker beating Kelly low to his left.

Just after the half-hour McClardy went on another great run, this time it took him into the penalty area and his shot saw the keeper make a great save, Ramsay looked sure to score with the rebound but the keeper recovered to deny Rangers again. A few minutes later and it was the Rangers keeper in action, saving from a tight angle at the expense of a corner.

An Andy Murdoch pass then gave Ramsay a chance but he shot across goal. The home keeper then came for and missed a Dyer corner, but the defender was on hand to clear from the line. The final chance of the match saw former Ranger Blair Spittall volley just wide of Kelly’s goal from the edge of the box.

Half-Time:- Queen’s Park 2 Rangers 1

The second half was tame by comparison until the “goal that never was” incident midway through the half. Rangers were having more of the play without creating any real chances. With eight minutes remaining a great cross field pass gave the Queen’s Park player a clear run on goal and he made no mistake beating the advancing Scott Macauley.

With two minutes remaining Rangers got a goal back, Greg Pascazio finding the net with a looping header from a Tom Walsh corner.

Full-Time:- Queen’s Park 3 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Scott Macauley 67mins); Dylan Dykes (Jack Donaldson 65mins), Greg Pascazio, Jordan Wilson, Trialist N0.3 (Ciaran Summers 46mins); Mark Dyer (Tom Walsh 50mins), Robert McClardy, Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill (Trialist No.16 70mins); Callum McConnell (Craig Halkett 55mins), Darren Ramsay (Scott Roberts 42mins)

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