Youths Hit Five

Rangers 5 Queen Of The South 0

With Celtic postponing this week’s youth league match the Rangers youngsters entertained Jim Thomson’s Queen of the South in a friendly at Murray Park. The Queen’s coach made a second-half appearance as Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

The break through came after fifteen minutes, Dylan McGeough winning the ball on the halfway line and his attempted through ball to Max Wright was cut out by the visitor’s central defender, Dylan McGeough reacted to pounce on the loose ball and burst clear, he advanced into the box, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

A minute later and it should have been two, Kamil Wiktorski and McGeough combined to send Max Wright clear, but he was a bit too deliberate with his finish and knocked the ball just wide. Just on the half-hour mark Kal Naismith played the ball back in to the path of McGeough at the edge of the box and the midfielder’s shot was deflected wide.

A couple of minutes later and a superb pass from Queen’s central midfielder looked to have released their left-sided midfield player breaking into the box but a great challenge from Kyle McAusland cleared the danger. With seconds to go before the break Gordon Dick played the ball inside to Wiktorski who made space for a shot from the edge of the box which the keeper saved to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen Of The South 0

It only took the Murray Park youngsters just four minutes to increase their lead after the break, Steven Hetherington breaking forward from full-back and sending Max Wright clear, he carried on into the box before shooting past the keeper. Two minutes later and Wright tried his luck again, his effort from a free-kick 25 yards out beat the wall but the keeper saved.

Max Wright was to come even closer five minutes later, Rangers worked the ball out to McAusland on the right and his low cross went all the way across the six yard box to find Wright coming in at the back post only see his shot hit the post and go behind. A minute later a great run from Rhys McCabe saw him cut in past two defenders and test the keeper.

Rangers were now creating chances at will, the next coming when Naismith passed to Wiktorski who’s ball over the top sent Wright clear, he ran on shoot from just inside the box which the keeper saved. Just beyond the hour mark Alan Smith rolled the ball out to Dick who sent Ewan McNeil galloping down the right, his low cross was almost deflected past his own keeper by the Queen’s defender but the keeper saved.

Rangers eventually increased their lead with just under twenty minutes on the clock, McCabe advanced to the byline on the left, his cut back found Kal Naismith who’s first effort was blocked, but he fired the rebound high past the keeper. A couple of minutes later and a fantastic effort from Rhys McCabe almost produced a fourth. The keeper came out of his box to clear a through ball, McCabe firing it straight back from the halfway line, it looked destined for the net but just cleared the cross-bar.

Rangers then added a further two goals in the closing five minutes, Dick played the ball up to Wright at the edge of the box, the striker retained possession and fed McCabe on the left who laid it back into the path of Hetherington, his cross to tha back post was superbly controlled by Ewan McNeil who fired high into the net. The scoring was complete when McNeil cut in from the right and his left foot shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Robbie Crawford who had a simple task to net the rebound.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen Of The South 0

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty (Ewan McNeil 60mins), Darren Cole (Chris Scott 75mins), Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough (Robbie Crawford 60mins), Rhys McCabe; Kal Naismith, Max Wright.

Not Used:- Gary Inglis


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