Rangers 3 St.Mirren 0
Today gave me the opportunity to take in the Under 17’s game against St.Mirren at Murray Park. It was a comfortable win in a game they were always in control of against a St. Mirren side that never gave up and competed well without troubling the Rangers goal.
Rangers almost took an early lead when Danny Stoney was sent clear, with the St.Mirren keeper advancing from his line to block. Just before the fifteen minute mark Rangers had an even better chance when Stoney was tripped inside the box, but the the Rangers striker fired the spot kick over the bar.
A few minutes later Stoney again came close to opening the scoring when setup by Fraser Aird, only to be denied by a fingertip save from the keeper to turn the ball on to his right hand post. The visitors threatened briefly just before the half-hour when following a Craig Halkett clearance to the edge of the box the shot was powerful but straight at Liam Kelly.
A few minutes later Andy Murdoch fed Charlie Telfer on the right and he went past the full-back to the byline, his cutback found Stoney who’s effort was blocked with a suspicion of hand ball. Rangers finally made the break through four minutes before the break, good play down the right ended when Telfer’s low cross found Fraser Aird inside the box to shoot past the keeper.
A couple of minutes later Jordan Wilson won the ball in midfield and moved it on to Murdoch who sent it out to Telfer on right his dangerous cross brought a fantastic clearance from the Saints defender under his own crossbar. The goal was only delayed a further minute, Darren McGill’s reverse pass released Danny Stoney and this time the striker slotted the ball past the keeper.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St. Mirren 0
Just before the hour mark Fraser Aird’s free-kick from the right found the head of Stuart Urquhart, the Saints keeper parried the ball up into the air and Jordan Wilson could only nod the rebound over. Midway through the half Stoney was fouled right on the edge of box, up stepped Fraser Aird to give the keeper no chance as he blasted the ball high into the net.
The visitor’s keeper was called into action with ten minutes remaining, Aird and Stoney combined to set up a shooting chance for Dylan Dykes with the keeper diving low to his right to turn the ball wide. Then he did well to tip an Aird effort over when the Rangers player cut in and shot from the left hand angle of the box.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 St.Mirren 0
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Jamie Mills 57mins), Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson (Tom Walsh 72mins); Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird, Stuart Urquhart, Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill (Dylan Dykes 61mins); Danny Stoney.
Footnote:- At the same time on an adjacent pitch Rangers Under 15’s came from 2-1 down to beat St.Mirren 4-2. The goals coming from a Hussain Kaware hat-trick and Ryan Hardie.
On Saturday Rangers Under 19’s took on Queen’s Park in a friendly as their scheduled league opponents Dunfermline Athletic are in Youth Cup action weekend. The Rangers youngsters running out 9-1 winners with goals from Darren Ramsay, Kamil Wiktorski, Tom Skogsrud, Callum Gallagher 2, Robbie Crawford, Jack Werndly, Gregor Fotheringham, Sam McMahon
With the first team in action at Tannadice I was unable to attend, there is a good report on the official website:-
Rangers:- Blair Currie; Gregor Fotheringham, Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud (Robbie McIntyre 70mins); Darren Ramsay (Jack Werndly 58mins) , Adam Hunter, Kamil Wiktorski (Nicolaj Kohlert 58mins), Lewis McLeod (Barrie McKay 58mins), Robbie Crawford; Callum Gallagher (Sam McMahon 70mins).