Youths Suffer Heavy Defeat

Rangers 2 Hibernian 5

Rangers Under 19’s suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of  Hibs at Murray Park this afternoon. It is perhaps stating the obvious to say it was a poor performance from Billy Kirkwood’s side, especially defensively where the visitors threatened to score with almost every attack.

It took only three minutes for the Edinburgh side to take the lead, Ross Caldwell got to the byline on the right and his cutback gave Danny Handling the simple task of knocking the ball past Alan Smith from the edge of the six yard box. Rangers responded immediately, Kamil Wiktorski passed the ball inside from the left touchline and Lewis McLeod’s shot from 25 yards gave Paul Grant no chance as it found the net via the underside of the crossbar.

On eleven minutes Darren Ramsay’s cross from the right saw Callum Gallagher challenge keeper Grant, with the ball rebounding off the Rangers striker and behind for a goal kick. Hibs then missed two great chances in as many minutes, first Kim Skogsrud was caught in possession by Handing and the striker was through on goal, but he shot across goal and wide of Smith’s right hand post. Then Caldwell found himself clear coming in from the left again the  shot was across goal and wide.

On 28 minutes Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right saw another duel between keeper Grant and Gallagher this time both missed the ball and it bounced wide. Sixty seconds later Rangers were in front from the penalty spot, McLeod’s superb pass split the defence and sent Callum Gallagher through on goal, as he broke into the box and was about to shoot  he was brought down by Jack Verth for a clear penalty, with keeper Grant diving to his right the Rangers striker just managed to squeeze his spot kick under him and into the net.

Five minutes later the visitor’s were level with a superb individual piece of skill, Ross Caldwell went pass a defender at the left hand angle of the box and his sublime chip left Smith stranded as it found the net at the far post. Four minutes before the break things got worse for the home side when Hibs took the lead from the penalty spot. Phil Addison was unchallenged when he broke forward and when he played in Handing the striker was brought down by Gregor Fotheringham, Ross Caldwell stepped up to send Smith the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 3

In the opening minute of the half Hunter’s dangerous cross from the right had Jordan Forster diving full length to head towards his own goal where he was rescued by keeper Grant who turned the ball round his left hand post for a corner. Hibs had their keeper to thank again on the hour mark, from Ramsay’s  right-wing cross Robbie Crawford’s volley was heading for the bottom corner until the keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide of the post. Hunter’s cross from the corner bounced of the face of the crossbar and clear.

Less than five minutes later Rangers fell further behind when Hibs were awarded their second penalty of the game, Handling chased a long ball towards the byline on the right hand side of the box, he went down under a challenge from Tom Skogsrud and the referee pointed to the spot. Ross Caldwell stepped up to confidently beat Smith to complete his hat-trick. Rangers misery was complete ten minutes later, Harry Monaghan rising to head Addison’s free-kick from the left past Smith.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 5

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Gregor Fotheringham (Ants Marenghi 46mins), Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Darren Ramsay (Jack Werndly 69mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Adam Hunter, Lewis McLeod (Nicolaj Kohlert 83mins), Robbie Crawford; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Blair Currie (GK), Robbie McIntyre, Adel Gafaiti, Sam McMahon

Hibernian:- Paul Grant; Jamie Doris, Jordan Forster, Jack Verth, Marc Lancaster; Dean Horribine (Sam Stanton 70mins), Harry Monaghan, David Gold, Phil Addison; Danny Handling (Brad Donaldson 84mins), Ross Caldwell (Euan Smith 81mins)

Not Used:- Dougie Horne (GK),  Alex Harris, Jay Doyle, Sam Todd

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