Three In A Row For Youths

Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

A Max Wright penalty and a late Ewan McNeil strike made it three wins in a row for Rangers Youths at Murray Park this afternoon. Again the Murray Park Youngsters dominated the game, but it terms of chances created, like the previous games it was an unconvincing performance, with the result in doubt right up until Ewan McNeil’s strike in the ninetieth minute.

There were five changes to the team that beat St.Mirren, some due to injury and some down to choice of selection. Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot in the thirteenth minute. Kamil Wiktorski sent Dylan McGeough clear on the left and as he cut into the penalty box he was bundled over by Martin Laing for a penalty, Max Wright stepped up to send Murray Kinnaird the wrong way from the spot.

Neither side were troubling the keepers much until just before the half-hour mark when Gordon Dick won the ball in midfield, although his shot from 25 yards was too straight and Kinnaird punched clear. Five minutes later a great throw out from Wayne Drummond sent Dick down the right, his run took him past two defenders and into the box, but his shot was easily dealt with by Kinnaird.

A minute later at the other end Andrew Greig and Neil Erskine combined to set up a shooting chance for Calum Dingwall and only a great block by Chris Hegarty deflected the ball for a corner. A couple of minutes later  Greig’s cross from the right had Drummond struggling, the ball rebounding off the far post. Dingwall collected the rebound and a great piece of skill saw him flick the ball over Kyle McAusland but he dragged shoot across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Inverness CT 0

Rangers started the second-half with Sam McMahon on for Chris Scott, but it was at the other end the first chance was created. Andrew McAskill won the ball and played a one-two with David Chambers before shooting just wide. Two minutes later McGeough beat a defender on his way to the byline and his ball across goal was laid in to Dick’s path by Wright but the midfielder’s effort was deflected wide.

With twenty minutes remaining the ball was played up to the edge of the box, McMahon did well to hold of the defender and his ball across the six yard line was cleared by Chad Stewart for a corner. Rangers had a scare with ten minutes remaining when Drummond had to divert Liam Polworth’s free kick from the left behind for a corner.

Five minutes later Robbie Crawford sent Ewan McNeil down the left and his cross was flicked goalwards by Wright and Kinnaird stretched to save. In the final minutes Rangers started to create the chances that previously had eluded them. Great skill on the left from Robbie Crawford saw him create space and his cross from the byline was met by McAusland at the back post only to see his shot cleared off the line by an Inverness defender.

With a minute remaining Steven Hetherington broke forward from full-back and keeper Kinnaird dived to his right to divert his 25 yard shot wide. Then as injury time approached Ewan McNeil cut in from the left and his shot from a similar distance gave Kinnaird no chance to tie up the three points.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Chris Scott (Sam McMahon 46mins), Steven Hetherington; Max Wright, Gordon Dick (Ewan McNeil 81mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Darren Cole, Dylan McGeough; Rhys McCabe (Robbie Crawford 60mins).

Not Used:- Gary Inglis, Nicky Main, Gregor Fotheringham

Inverness CT:- Murray Kinnaird; Martin Laing, Jack Sutherland, Chad Stewart, Tom Smith; Andrew Greig, Liam Polworth, Andrew McAskill, Neil Erskine (Adam McLeod 80mins), David Chambers; Calum Dingwall

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