Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 2
Rangers Under 17’s had to come from behind to secure the win that ensures they will finish top of the group after the round robin stage. The Firhill pitch was showing the effects of their ground share with the Glasgow Warriors, so it was never going to a night for silky soccer.
Rangers came close to taking the lead in the very first minute, Marc Dyer’s corner from the right was headed goalwards by Greg Pascazio but David Brown was well placed to head off the line. Seven minutes later and a great piece of skill saw Dyer go past three defenders at the left hand angle of the box, but he dragged his shot across goal and wide.
The Jags took the lead on twenty-five minutes, Michael Mosson’s ball over the Rangers defence released Callum McArthur and his ball across the penalty area was volleyed past Liam Kelly by Jordan McGrotty.
Rangers came close three minutes before the break when Dyer’s free-kick from the right was headed narrowly over by Scott Rumsby. The equaliser was only delayed sixty seconds, George Scott broke forward and fed Dyer on the left, his cross into the box was headed up into the air by Michael Gould just as keeper Blair Lochead was coming off his line and Callum Gallagher had the simple task to knock the ball into the empty net.
Half-Tme:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1
Rangers took the lead on the hour mark, Dyer’s corner from the right somehow evaded everyone and dropped right on the goal line where Lee Cochrane fired it into the net.
It wasn’t until the final ten minutes when either goal was threatened again.Darren McGill won the ball in midfield and passed to Gallagher who sent Cochrane clear on the right, his ball across the box looked a certain goal when it reached Marc Dyer at the back post, but he was denied by a fine Lochead block at close range. Lochead thwarted Dyer again in the final minute with a save low at his right hand post after McGill’s pass gave the midfielder the shooting chance.
Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 2
Partick Thistle:- Blair Lochead; David Brown, Michael Gould, ????? ????, Malky McLean; Kieran Melville, Michael Mosson, Chris McInnes, Callum McArthur (Juluvi Karenzi 46mins); Jordan McGrotty, Ryan ????? (????? ???? 67mins)
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett (Charlie Telfer 73mins), Scott Rumsby, Greg Pascazio, Jordan Wilson; Callum Gallagher, Gregor Fotheringham (Darren McGill 63mins), George Scott, Marc Dyer; Freddy Espling (Lee Cochrane 51mins), Sam McMahon.
Not Used :- Sam George (GK)
Footnote:- Rangers will meet Celtic in the final, despite the Parkhead side’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Queens Park at Lesser Hampden tonight.