Rangers 5 Hamilton Accies 1
After a first-half that had little to write about, Rangers Under 17’s second half performance secured a comfortable win over Hamilton Accies at Murray Park tonight. With Blair Currie out with a broken leg it was a trialist between the sticks for Rangers, and he was joined by another three trialists in tonight’s squad.
It was Accies that took the lead with the first real chance of the game in nine minutes, a superb crossfield pass saw their wide right midfield player go past Robbie McIntyre to beat the trialist keeper from a narrow angle. Rangers were to suffer a further blow three minutes later, when Sam McMahon fell heavily while challenging for a cross inside the box and had to leave the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
In what was a tame first-half in term of goal scoring chances, Rangers equalised on the half-hour mark. A great delivery from a free-kick out on the left by Robbie McIntyre saw trialist Fredrik Espling rise to head past the Accies keeper. Hamilton then threatened just before the break with a good passing move down the right and it took a superb Andy Murdoch challenge when the ball was played into the box to clear the danger.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 1
Rangers came out on the attack and a move involving George Scott, Lee Cochrane and Gregor Fotheringham seemed to break down at the edge of the box but the ball fell to Fredrik Espling who’s shot was deflected over. From Marc Dyer’s corner Scott Rumsby powered a header goalwards and it was cleared off the line at the keeper’s left-hand post.
Rangers took the lead on 58 minutes and the goal was created by substitute Darren Ramsay’s first involvement, taking a pass from Cochrane out on the right touchline his ball into the box was perfect for Gregor Fotheringham sliding in to knock it past the keeper. A couple of minutes later and it was Ramsay again, creating space on the byline to get in a cross which the Accies keeper just got to ahead of Espling.
Midway through the second-half the visitors had a chance when awarded a free-kick just outside the box and former Ranger Gary Fraser’s effort bounced of the top of the bar on the way over. That proved costly for Accies as Rangers increased their lead a minute later. Espling won the ball in midfield and played it to Callum Gallagher who showed great skill and strength to shrug off two challenges and shoot past the keeper.
A couple of minutes later and Cochrane was trying his luck from the edge of the box which was deflected over. On 73 minutes Rangers netted their fourth, Fredrik Espling drove towards the penalty box and played a one-two with Gallagher before slotting past the keeper.
A minute later Fotheringham won the ball before combining with Trialist No.17 to setup a chance for Lee Cochrane which was only just wide and ruffled the side netting. The same player was cursing his luck a minute later, cutting in from the left hand side of the box Cochrane’s effort came crashing back off the underside of the bar.
The scoring was complete with ten minutes remaining, a good move down the left was finished off when Callum Gallagher played a one-two with Cochrane before netting his second and Rangers fifth.
Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Hamilton Accies 1
Rangers:- Trialist (Sam George 78mins); Andy Murdoch (Trialist No.17 68mins); Scott Rumsby, Jordan Wilson (Trialist No.18 77mins), Robbie McIntyre; Mark Taylor (Darren Ramsay 57mins); Gregor Fotheringham, George Scott, Marc Dyer (Callum Gallagher 63mins); Sam McMahon (Lee Cochrane 12mins), Fredrik Espling.