17’s Grab Late Winner

Rangers 3 St.Johnstone 2

A Darren Ramsay goal two minutes from time was enough to secure a win for the Under 17’s in a friendly against St.Johnstone at Murray Park this afternoon. Rangers should have had the game win in the early period of the match but a spirited Saints pegged them back and the second-half was much more even before the late winner.

Rangers took the lead as early as the third minute, the ball was worked from left to right from Marc Dyer via Callum Wylie and Lee Cochrane to Callum Gallagher who cut into the box to shoot across the keeper and into the net. On nine minutes it should have been two, a long pass from Wylie saw a superb piece of control inside the box by Marc Dyer but he shot wide.

Two minutes later Callum Gallagher was through and he knocked it past the advancing keeper only to see it cleared off the line, it went straight to Dyer and with the goal at his mercy he managed to hit it straight at the defender on the line. A minute later and a great run from full-back by Mark Taylor saw him finish with a shot that the keeper saved low to his right.

Taylor was again involved when his free-kick from the right broke off a defender to Lee Cochrane and the keeper saved at the post. Rangers doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Taylor played it forward to Gallagher on the right and his low cross was met first time by Callum Wylie to beat the keeper.

On the half-hour mark a great challenge from Taylor denied the visitors a goal scoring opportunity. From the resultant corner the referee adjudged Lee Cochrane to have handled inside the box, despite a valiant effort low to his right by Blair Currie St.Johnstone converted the penalty.

With ten minutes of the half remaining a sweeping move created another chance for Rangers. George Scott passed inside to Dyer who in turn played it out right to Gallagher who fed the overlapping Taylor, from the full-back’s cross Cochrane’s shot was deflected over. A couple of minutes later a Gallagher cross saw Wylie attempt a spectacular overhead kick that was too straight and the keeper saved.

St. Johnstone grabbed an equaliser in the 39th minute, Mark Taylor was short with a pass back and as Blair Currie and the St.Johnstone player collided it left the visitor’s striker an easy tap in. Unfortunately keeper Currie sustained what looked like a bad injury from the collision and was strectchered off, his place being taken by Saints substitute goalkeeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 2

The visitors were first to threaten in the second half and the replacement keeper made a good save after the chance was created down the left. He was in action again when the ball was cleared out of the box he dived to his right to parry the shot from Saints midfielder.

On the hour mark a great pass from Darren Ramsay looked to have sent Gallagher clear but he was pulled down right on the edge of the box. Robbie McIntyre fired the free-kick into the wall and the danger was cleared. Just when it looked like Saints would hold on for the draw Rangers scored with two minutes remaining. Gregor Fotheringham won the ball and played it to Robbie McIntyre on the left, a great run and turn on the byline saw him deliver a superb cross with his right foot and Darren Ramsay was at the back post to power home a header. Ramsay almost scored again in the final minute, Gallagher battled well to retain possession on the right and fed Ramsay who cut inside and fired goalwards with the Saints keeper producing a fine save to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 St.Johnstone 2

Rangers:- Blair Currie (Saints sub Keeper 39mins); Mark Taylor (Jordan Wilson 58mins), Scott Rumsby, Gregor Fotheringham, Robbie McIntyre, Callum Gallagher, George Scott, Andy Murdoch, Marc Dyer (Charlie Telfer 73mins); Lee Cochrane (Darren Ramsay 54mins), Callum Wylie (Callum McConnell 70mins).

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