Rangers 13 Deveronvale 0
It was a quick dash from New St.Mirren Park to see the Rangers youngsters coast into the next round of the SFA Youth Cup. The final score could have been more but for some last-ditch defending and some great saves from Devronvale keeper Blair Tait. The game kick-off ten minutes late so it meant I didn’t miss quite as much as expected and just arrived as Rangers took the lead on nine minutes. Kal Naismith sent Max Wight clear and he ran on to shoot past keeper Tait.
Five minutes later it was 2-0, good play on the left by Wright saw his pass inside flicked on by Naismith and Rhys McCabe shot home from around the penalty spot. The third goal came less than five minutes later, the ball broke to Wright at the edge of the box and his neat back-heel left Kal Naismith in the clear to shoot past the keeper.
The goals seemed to be coming at five-minute intervals and on 22 minutes McCabe’s pass sent Max Wright clean through, the Rangers striker advanced into the box and rounded keeper Tait before rolling the ball into the empty net. Again it was approximately five minutes that had elapsed when Rangers scored again, a good run and cross by Kyle McAusland on the right saw the Deveronvale defence fail to clear and Kal Naismith shot home from the edge of the box.
The highland side the managed to stem the tide leading up to the break and indeed a nice bit of skill saw Jamie Blackhall create a chance and volley just wide.
Half-Time:- Rangers 5 Deveronvale 0
It took the Ibrox youngsters only three minutes after the break to increase their lead, it was created on the right by Wright and his pass inside was converted by Kal Naismith to complete his hat-trick. Number seven came on the hour mark, Max Wright and Gordon Dick combined on the right and when Wright drove the ball across the six yard box Kal Naismith bundled the ball over the line at the back post.
A few minutes later and Devoronvale almost pulled a goal back, Jordan Cassie’s cross from the right was fumbled by Wayne Drummond and Craig Simpson just failed to force the ball home at the back post being thwarted by a fine Ewan McNeil challenge. The home side when soon back on the attack and scored again with just under twenty minutes remaining, a neat interchange between Ewan McNeil and Robbie Crawford on the right saw Crawford’s pass send Max Wright clear, he beat the defender then crossed for Rhys McCabe head past Tait.
Five minutes later and McCabe and Crawford played a one-two and the edge of the box, Rhys McCabe then went past another defender before firing home. A couple of minutes later and Rangers reached double figures, the visitor’s lost possession inside their own box and Crawford rolled the ball to Max Wright who knocked the ball into the net.
With the Deveronvale youngsters tiring the chances where now coming thick and fast and the next goal came on 81 minutes, a solo run from halfway by Christiano Kisuka saw him go past two defenders, when the third challenged at the edge of the box the ball broke to Robbie Crawford who shot past Tait. With six minutes to go Max Wright was sent clear and ran on into the box to grab his fourth.
The final goal came a minute later and it was an unlikely scorer, Ewan McNeil sent in a cross from the right and there was Darren Cole arriving inside to the box to head past Tait, his first for a few years I believe. Despite the scoreline the lads from the highlands did their club proud and I am sure they enjoyed their day out at Murray Park.
Rangers 13 Deveronvale 0
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland (Ewan McNeil 62mins), Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough (Robbie Crawford 31mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright, Kal Naismith (Christiano Kisuka 67mins)
Not Used :- Alan Smith (GK), Andy Mitchell
Deveronvale:- Blair Tait, Calum Wilson, Tom Hutchings, Andy Bain (N0.14 54mins), Liam Forbes; Scott Porter, Jamie Blackhall, Jordan Cassie, Kieran Davidson (Martin Anderson 54mins), Adam Innes; Craig Simpson
Not Used :- Matthew Hancock (GK), Lewis Ingram, Ryan Cameron