Rangers 1 Falkirk 0
With the league game against Inverness CT postponed due to international commitments Rangers youths took on what was a very young Falkirk side in a friendly at Murray Park. A first half goal from Barrie McKay was enough to give Rangers a win in what was a uninspring performance.
There was almost a half-hour played before anything of note happened in the first-half and it was a long-range effort from former Rangers player Connor McGrandles which Blair Currie saved comfortably. Immediately at the other end Barrie McKay’s cross from the left had Graham Bowman struggling to claw the ball clear from under his crossbar.
Ten minutes before the break the ball was worked out to Adel Gafaiti on the right and Bowman did well to dive and gather his low cross. A minute later Rangers took the lead, Gafaiti’s cross from the right found Barrie McKay in space inside the box and he controlled the ball before shooting past Bowman.
Rangers then came close twice in as many minutes before the break, first Lewis McLeod sent Jack Werndley clear on goal with Bowman coming off his line to divert his shot for a corner. From McLeod’s corner from the left Tom Skogsrud’s net bound header was cleared off the line by another former Ranger, Blair Munn.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 0
Ten minutes into the second-half a great piece of skill from McLeod on the right took him past Liam Dick, his low cross was knocked just past the near post by Callum Gallagher. The visitors then replied when Thomas Grant made progress on the left and his pass inside found McGrandles who shot wide of Currie’s left hand post.
Midway through the half a great turn inside the box from Gallagher saw him hit the byline and from his cutback McLeod looked certain to score only to be denied by Bowman with a fine point-blank save. Falkirk then had a couple of chances in the final ten minutes to snatch an equaliser, great play from McGrandles released Kieran Campbell on the right, the ball was moved via Conor Kelly to Ryan Miller with Currie diving to his left to save his shot from the edge of gthe box. Then in the final minute substitute Sandy Cunningham found himself through but he shot across goal and wide of the post.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 0
Rangers:- Blair Currie; Adel Gafaiti (Marc Dyer 87mins), Kyle McAusland, Tom Skogsrud, Robbie McIntyre (Adam Hunter 75mins); Callum Gallagher, Kamil Wiktorski, Gregor Fotheringham (Robbie Crawford 70mins), Lewis McLeod, Barrie McKay (Danny O’Rourke 63mins), Jack Werndley ( Ewan McNeil 63mins).
Not Used:- Liam Kelly (GK)
Falkirk:- Graham Bowman; Liam Rowan, Jamie Barclay, Liam Dick, Lee Robertson ( Tyler Fulton 46mins); Lewis Small (Keiran Campbell 61mins), Blair Munn, Connor McGradles, Ryan Miller, Thomas Grant ( Sandy Cunningham 73mins); Conor Kelly.