17’s Grab Win From Jaws Of Defeat

Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 2

With twelve minutes remaining in tonight’s Glasgow Cup match at Murray Park Rangers Under 17’s were staring at defeat, trailing Queens Park by two goal to nil they managed to turn things around with three goals in an eight minute spell for a unlikley victory. Where as the comeback showed great resilience and spirit it doesn’t hide the fact that for the previous 78 minutes they were second best.

In a first half where the Ibrox youngsters never got going the visitor’s threatened in the thirteenth minute with a break on the right hand side of the box with the shot going across goal and wide. Rangers then had a narrow escape on twenty minutes, Liam Kelly was caught in possession following a pass back and in the ensuing scramble Craig Halkett cleared from the goal line.

Eight minutes later the Hampden side came closer still, a long ball caught out the centre of Rangers defence and the striker was through on goal, his chip over Kelly looked to have given them a deserved lead only for the ball to strike the crossbar. Almost thirty-five minutes had gone before there was any threat from the home side, then Charlie Telfer broke through but his shot lacked power and the keeper saved low to his left.

A minute later and Queen’s Park took the lead,  a free-kick from around ten yards into the Rangers half was sent into the box and missed by defenders and attackers alike and bounced into the corner of the net. Rangers tried to reply immediately and after good work down the right by Scott Roberts, Darren Ramsay fired his cutback wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers finished the half on the front foot, with three minutes remaining Stuart Urquhart broke forward from defence,played a one-two with Ramsay and sent a shot from the edge of the box just wide of the right hand post. Ramsay the fed the overlapping Jordan Wilson who brought out a fine save from the Queens keeper low to his left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers started the second half with a flurry but a series of corners failed to create any clear goalscoring opportunities, with Queen’s Park settling into the second half they doubled their lead on the hour mark. From a break down the right hand side Liam Kelly was forced into a fine diving save low to his right, as the ball ran loose Craig Halkett fouled the Queens player inside the box and the resultant penalty was duly converted.

Midway through the half a Ramsay corner from the left broke to Wilson who saw his close range effort deflected wide. Within sixty seconds Telfer created space on the right and his cross was knocked wide of goal at the back post by Tom Walsh. The visitors immediately went to the other end and a shot from the edge of the box forced another save from keeper Kelly.

In a desperate measure to get back into the match central defender Craig Halkett was moved up front to assist in attack and Rangers were thrown a lifeline with twelve minutes left on the clock. Charlie Telfer sent a free-kick in from the right and it was handled by a Queen’s Park defender for a clear penalty which Charlie Telfer stepped up to convert.

Five minutes later only a stunning Liam Kelly save prevented the Hampden side scoring, a low cross from the left looked harmless until it was left by Urquhart with keeper Kelly showing brilliant reactions to save low to his left. Rangers were to capitalise on their keeper’s excellence by grabbing and immediate equaliser, Jamie Burrows rising to head Telfer’s corner from the left past the keeper.

The home side now had the momentum and two minutes later good play on the left and another fine cross from Telfer saw make shift striker Craig Halkett leap to head a winner that only eight minutes earlier looked highly unlikely.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson, Jamie Mills (Tom Walsh 40mins); Scott Roberts (Danny Stoney 46mins), Andy Murdoch, Stuart Urquhart, Charlie Telfer; Darren Ramsay; Jamie Burrows.

Not Used:- Sam George (GK), Dylan Dykes

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