Rangers 9 Queen’s Park 0
A Rangers side made up of mainly U16’s & U17’s crushed their Queen’s Park counterparts at Murray Park tonight, although going by appearance the visitor’s eleven was possibly younger on average.
It took the Murray park youngsters only three minutes to take the lead, Scott Rumsby sent Callum Gallagher clear on the right and his cut back from the byline setup Freddy Espling to shoot past the keeper from close range. On nine minutes only a stunning Liam Kelly save kept Rangers ahead, diving low to his left to parry a shot from the edge of the box with the rebound being fired over.
Approaching the twenty-minute mark Rangers hit four goals in an incredible five-minute spell. Aaron McGregor played the ball forward to Callum Wyllie on the left and his cross deceived the keeper and ended up in the net. A Matty Clarke pass then sent Darren McGill clear and he proceeded into the penalty area and coolly beat the keeper.
The next was a pretty similar effort, this time Freddy Espling running clear to score on a Wyllie pass. The fifth goal came after good work on the left from Lee Cochrane ending with a Callum Gallagher header converting his cross at the back post.
Rangers then completed the first-half scoring seven minutes before the break, with Scott Rumsby heading a McGill corner from the right past the keeper.
Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers almost added another only a minute after the break, the Queen’s keeper diving to his left to make a fine save from Callum Wyllie’s free-kick. The goal was only delayed a further two minutes and it was a superb effort from Sam McMahon, receiving the ball from Charlie Telfer wide on the right, his run along the byline saw him dribble past two defenders before knocking the ball past the keeper.
Ten minutes of the half had elapsed when a solo run from left-back by Matty Clarke was ended with a challenge at the edge of the box, the ball breaking to Callum Gallagher with his effort bringing out the best in the Queen’s keeper with a fine tip over. From the resultant corner Rangers grabbed another, with the Queen’s Park defence struggling to clear, Gallagher’s effort was blocked on the line but it fell to Freddy Espling who bundled it over the line.
On the hour mark the visitor’s keeper produced another fine save from a Wyllie shot. At the other end Kelly produced a decent save when Queen’s had an effort from the right hand angle of the box.With just over ten minutes remaining it was the Rangers substitute keeper Scott Macauley who was called into action, getting down to save a shot from the right hand side of the penalty area.
A minute later Rangers completed the scoring with well worked goal, Mark Taylor broke from full-back and played it forward to McMahon who held it up well before setting Paul Kane free on the left his low cross giving Freddy Espling a simple tap in. Espling then showed great imagination with a lob over the defender to create a chance for Luke Hammond, his shot producing another tip over from the Queen’s keeper.
With two minutes remaining Queen’s Park almost got a consolation goal, a break down the left and run along the byline ended with their striker hitting Macauley’s post from a narrow angle and the Rangers defence cleared.
Full Time:- Rangers 9 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Scott Macauley 67mins); Charlie Telfer (Paul Kane 67mins), Scott Rumsby (Mark Taylor H/T), Adel Gafaiti, Matty Clarke; Callum Gallagher (Luke Hammond 67mins), Darren McGill (Ross Kellock 67mins), Aaron McGregor, Callum Wyllie; Lee Cochrane (Sam McMahon H/T), Freddy Espling.