Rangers 1 Hearts 4
A poor second half proved costly for Rangers Under 19’s at Murray park this afternoon, the win was enough to take their opponents to the top of the league. With both Kane Hemmings and Kal Naismith out injured the attacking burden was with Christino Kisuka supported by Dylan McGeough.
The early chance came for the visitor’s after only two minutes and Wayne Drummond had to stretch to tip Denis Prychenko’s free kick over the bar. Rangers then took the lead with their first attack five minutes later, Gordon Dick out on the right passed inside to Dylan McGeough who side-stepped a defender before shooting past Jack Hamilton from the edge of the box.
Hearts replied when Robert Ogilby broke from halfway and had an effort from just outside the box which Drummond saved comfortably. Midway through the half Rhys McCabe tried his luck from all of thirty yards which Jack Hamilton gathered at the second attempt.
Five minutes later and another long-range effort from Kamil Wiktorski had Jack Hamilton scrambling to turn the ball round his right hand post.The home side immediately had to make a change when McGeough limped off to be replaced by Ewan McNeil.
Ten minutes before the break Gordon Dick tested Jack Hamilton from a free-kick wide on the right which the Hearts keeper tipped over.
Two minutes later the Edinburgh side missed a great chance, Fraser Mullen and Jamie Walker combined on the right to send Mullen to the byline, the fullback’s cross was controlled on his chest by Ogilby and just when he looked likely to score he knocked the ball over the bar. Right on half-time Walker went past Steven Hetherington and hit the byline, His low cross was met by Ogilby at the near post but went just wide.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 0
Within four minutes of the restart Rangers found themselves behind, three minutes in David Smith sent the ball into the box from the left and Jason Holt had time to control the ball, turn and shoot past Drummond. A minute later Colin Hamilton rose to head a corner from the right goalwards, it appeared to be going just wide but it was handled by Hetherington at the far post, it was a clear penalty and a red card for the Rangers defender, Denis Prychenenko made no mistake from the spot.
Rangers were now up against it and only a fine save low to his right from Drummond denied Walker after Ogilby had laid the ball back into his path. Midway through the second half Hearts increased their lead, the ball was worked to Denis Prychenenko at the edge of the box and he sent an unstoppable shot high past Drummond.
Five minutes later following a free-kick to Rangers a quick break forward saw Jason Holt break from his own half, he evaded Kyle McAusland’s challenge to go on and fire past Drummond. It could have been worse two minutes later, Walker cut in from the right, his shot was parried by Drummond straight to Ogibly who screwed his shot wide.
The home side had created little after going down to ten men, with nine minutes left of the clock Sam McMahon got his head to Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right which Jack Hamilton saved comfortably.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 4
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Kamil Wiktorski (Sam McMahon 55mins), Rhys McCabe, Robbie Crawford; Christiano Kisuka (Adam Hunter 76mins), Dylan McGeough (Ewan McNeil 28mins).
Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Andy Mitchell, Anthony Marenghi, Gregor Fotheringham
Hearts:- Jack Hamilton; Fraser Mullen, Jamie McCormack, Colin Hamilton, Kevin McHattie; Jordan Morton (Chris Kane 37mins), Jason Holt, Denis Prychnenko, David Smith; Robert Ogilby (Billy King 87mins), Jamie Walker (Chris Tobin 78mins)
Not Used:- Connor Fairley (GK), Callum Patterson