Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0
Rangers youngsters dominated from start to finish against St.Mirren at Murray Park this morning, with goalkeeper Wayne Drummond a virtual spectator. Yet it was only a first-half goal from Kane Hemmings that separated the sides.
The first effort on goal came after seven minutes after good play from Dylan McGeough set up Kal Naismith who shot over. In what was a tame opening the visitors threatened on twenty minutes and it came from St.Mirren’s trialist full-back Abdul Abdulagay, who has been a trialist for Rangers under 17’s recently. Good play on the right by Mark Lamont gave Abdulagay a shooting chance, but his shot went across goal and wide.
A minute later and Rangers missed a great chance, Kane Hemmings worked his way along the left hand byline, Max Wright looked certain to score from his cut-back but shot over. Wright was to try his luck from distance seven minutes later but his shot was deflected narrowly wide.
Ten minutes before the break Wright broke forward and played the ball up to Hemmings who laid the ball back to Dylan McGeough, but keeper Adam McHugh saved his shot comfortably. Two minutes later and Rangers made the break through. Hemmings charged down a McHugh clearance and the ball broke to McGeough on the right hand side of the penalty area. His cut-back found the advancing Wright who’s miss hit shot landed perfectly for Kane Hemmings to net from six yards.
Two minutes later the Saints had a narrow escape when McHugh fumbled a Naismith corner from the right and the ball was scrambled behind. A minute before half-time and St.Mirren had their best chance, a free kick from Graeme Ramage was glanced wide from the head of Dominic Kennedy.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0
Three minutes into the second half and the visitors again threatened from a set play. A Ramage corner from the left saw Jason Naismith unmarked at the back post and he headed narrowly over. Rangers went straight to the other end and when Robbie Crawford cut-in from the right his shot was deflected across the box where Max Wright attempted an over head kick but McHugh came off his line to block.
Ten minutes into the half Ewan McNeil sent Gordon Dick clear on the right, his cross was cleared to the edge of the box where Naismith’s shot was deflected for a corner. The resultant flag kick was cleared to the edge of the box where McGeough fired in a great shot only to be denied by a fine McHugh save low to his left.
With twenty minutes left only a superb McHugh save prevented Rangers increasing their lead. Naismith released Wright on the left and his ball into the box saw some frantic defending, Christinao Kisuk’s header and Naismith’s shot were blocked. When Dylan McGeough sent his shot goalwards it looked a certain goal until McHugh dived high to his left to claw it away.
Five minutes later and McHugh fumbled a Naismith effort from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box and was fortunate when Chris Hegarty just failed to connect. The game finished on a controversial note, St. Mirren’s Ryan Frances had a wild kick at substitute Kyle McAusland on the touch-line, with everyone watching expecting to see a red card the referee incredibly deemed it only worthy of a yellow.
Full-Time :- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Michael Noble; Robbie Crawford (Christiano Kisuka 60mins), Max Wright, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Kal Nasmith (Kyle McAusland 83mins); Kane Hemmings (Kamil Wiktorski 46mins)
Not Used :- Gary Inglisk (GK), Steven Hetherington
St.Mirren:- Adam McHugh; Trialist No.2, Dominic Kennedy, Ryan Frances, Trialist No.3; Mark Lamont, Sean Burns (Craig Slater 46 mins), Jason Naismith, Graeme Ramage, ConnorRamsey (David ???? 46mins); Bradley Coyne (Joel Kasubandi 76mins)