Odd Goal In Five Gives 17’s Win Over Hibs

Rangers 3 Hibernian 2

Rangers under 17’s edged out Hibs in friendly at Murray Park, with the visitors having the better of the first-half a strong showing after the break gave the young Gers a win.

Hibs started strongly and Callum Shaw was in action after only two minutes, saving a shot from the edge of the box low to his left. Five minutes later and Rangers had their first chance, Freddy Espling sent the Trialist N0.8 down the right and then arrived just inside the penalty area to meet his cutback and shoot narrowly wide.

Hibs were soon back on the attack and a solo run from their No.9 took him from the halfway line to the edge of the box to setup a great chance and only a superb Scott Rumsby challenge saved the day. A minute later the visitors came close again, a free-kick from the left was headed just wide of Shaw’s right had post.

Rangers then came close to taking the lead just after quarter of an hour, Trialist No.8 won the ball and played it forward to Sam McMahon who went past a defender before sending Freddy Espling clear. His attempted chip over the keeper was almost perfect but the Hibs keeper got his finger tips to it and that gave him enough time to get back and gather as the ball rolled towards the empty goal. A minute later and it was great chance at the other end, a misplaced Adel Gafaiti pass  saw Hibs break to sent up a chance inside the box but the shot was just wide.

The Edinburgh side then took the lead from the penalty spot, a break down the left saw Rumsby beat for pace and as they both entered the box he brought the attacker down for a clear penalty, former Rangers  player Jay Doyle stepped up to fire the spot-kick under the diving Connor Shaw. The lead was to last only four minutes, a free-kick from the left broke to Gafaiti inside the box and the referee adjudged he was bundled over under a challenge and pointed to the spot, Sam McMahon sending the keeper the wrong way to bring the scores level.

Just after the half-hour a fine inter passing move on the left between Aaron McGregor and Lee Cochrane created a chance for McMahon with his effort being deflected wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 1

It took the Murray Park youngsters ten minutes after the break to get their noses in front with a great goal. A superb pass from Trialist No.8 split the Hibs defence and Freddy Espling shot high past the keeper with a great finish. The Hibs keeper was in action a few minutes later, a short free-kick saw Matty Clarke shoot from distance which the keeper saved.

That was followed by a couple of substitutions and George Scott’s first involvement was to crash a 25 yarder against the bar. Hibs were not out of it and a shot from the left hand angle of the box had Sam George at full stretch to tip wide.

Rangers were soon back on the attack,  Cochrane fed Mark Taylor on the right, the full-back’s cross broke to the Trialist No.8 in a great position inside the box but he shot over. Sam George then had a comfortable save from a header following a right-wing corner.

With twenty minutes remaining Rangers grabbed what proved to be the winner. There seemed little danger when Scott played the ball inside to Lee Cochrane but he took a step forward to send a great shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards. There was just over five minutes on the clock when the visitors  pulled a goal back, a break from midfield and pass opened up the chance on the right hand side of the penalty area and this time the ball was fired past George into the bottom corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 2

Rangers:- Connor Shaw (Sam George 38mins); Trialist No.2 (Mark Taylor 59mins), Scott Rumsby, Adel Gafaiti, Matty Clarke; Trialist N0.8, Trialist No.7 (George Scott 59mins), Aaron McGregor, Lee Cochrane; Freddy Espling, Sam McMahon.

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