Rangers 4 Ayr United 1
A Rangers side made up of mainly first year Under 17’s had a comfortable win over Ayr United at Murray Park on Tuesday night. The young Rangers side had to come from behind after the Ayrshire side took the lead after only three minutes.
A corner from the right was cleared from the Rangers penalty area and a great strike crashed of the crossbar, Blair Currie in the Rangers goal was helpless as the ball struck his back and bounced over the line. The Ayr youngsters had no time to settle of their lead with Rangers replying almost immediately. The trialist strikers combined to draw Rangers level, Trialist No 9 broke down the right and his pass inside found Trialist No 10 who had time to pick his spot.
Two minutes later Rangers were in front and it was a second goal for Trialist No 10, capitalizing on a slip by the Ayr defence he broke through to beat the keeper. Ten minutes later the visitors had a great chance to draw level, from a corner on the left the ball was knocked goalwards and Danny Stoney was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line, but the Ayr player blasted the spot kick high over the bar.
Rangers were straight back on attack and when a ball from the right was cleared to the edge of the box Stoney brought out a fine save from the keeper low to his left. The Ayr keeper then had to be smart of his line to save at the feet of Trialist No 10 after he was played through by Scott Roberts. Just after the half-hour Stoney and Jamie Mills combined on the left and from the latter’s cross Tom Walsh headed just wide of the right hand post.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Ayr United 1
Rangers increased their lead eight minutes into the second-half, Mills cross from the left was glanced towards the back post by an Ayr United defender where Scott Roberts was on hand to net from close range. The scoring was complete on 63 minutes with the goal of the game, a great run from full-back by Kjeld McIntyre took him past two defenders before he found Luke Hammond, his pass split the defence and Trialist No 10 completed his hat-trick with a sublime finish over the diving keeper.
Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Ayr United 1
Rangers:- Blair Currie; Kjeld McIntyre, Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett (Robert McLardie 46mins), Jamie Mills (Ross Kellock 62 mins); Scott Roberts, Dylan Dykes (Lewis Morgan 63mins), Tom Walsh (Trialist No 14 55mins), Danny Stoney (Luke Hammond 54mins); Trialist No.9, Trialist No.10.