Rangers 3 Queen’s Park o
Rangers took the opportunity to give game time to some of the Under 19’s squad that haven’t featured recently and also have a look at a few trialists. Under 15’s keeper Liam Kelly was between the sticks and lined up against his brother Sean who was in the Queen’s Park defence.
The first real chance of the game came after thirteen minutes when Trialist No.9 got a flick on to a long ball and presented a chance for Anthony Marenghi who elected to square to Robbie Crawford and his attempted chip lacked a wee bit of height and the keeper saved. In a closely contested first-half the next effort came just after the half-hour when a Marenghi free-kick from all of thirty yards was turned wide of his left hand post by the Queen’s keeper.
Ten minutes before the break Rangers took the lead, Ewan McNeill played the ball up to Trialist No.9 wide on the left on the halfway line, his superb pass sent Anthony Marenghi clear to round the advancing keeper and roll the ball into the empty net. Two minutes later McNeill played the ball up to the edge of the box where it broke off Crawford into the path of Trialist No. 9 who saw his shot saved.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 0
Straight from the kick-off Crawford cut in from the left and sent a sublime chip over the keeper only to see it rebound clear off the keeper’ s left hand post. Seven minutes in and Rangers doubled their lead, good play on the right between McNeil and Marenghi released McNeil and his low cross caused panic in the Queen’s Park defence allowing Freddy Espling shoot home.
Two minutes later it was Andy Mitchell’s pass that sent McNeil clear, another superb low cross was somehow kept out by a combination of keeper and defender as Espling tried to bundle the ball over the line. Queen’s then had their best chance of the match from a left wing cross deep to the back post, Liam Kelly coming out to block the close range effort.
Midway through the half another attack down the right produced Rangers third, Mitchell sending the overlapping McNeil clear and yet another superb low ball across the six yard box from the full-back was converted by Freddy Espling. The final chance of note almost produced a superb fourth, Adam Hunter sent a cross field pass out to Marenghi on the left and his superb chip had the Queen’s keeper clawing the ball away at full stretch.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ewan McNeil (Adel Gafaiti 77mins), Adam Hunter, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Andy Mitchell (Fraser Aird 68mins), Gavin Stokes (Gregor Fotheringham 59mins), Michael Thomson ( Marc Dyer 61mins), Robbie Crawford; Anthony Marenghi, Trialist No.9 (Freddy Espling 41mins)