Rangers 4 Hearts 1
After a first half where they were second best Rangers Under 17’s turned it around after the break and ran out comfortable winners. Hearts took the lead through former Rangers player Gary Oliver after thirteen minutes, taking the ball past Craig Halkett at the edge of the box before shooting past the trialist keeper. Fifteen minutes later only a brilliant save from the trialist keeper prevented the Edinburgh side doubling their lead, the Hearts player cut in from the left and the keeper dived to his left to touch the ball onto the post.
Ten minutes later Rangers created their first real chance, some great skill on the right hand byline by Danny Stoney setup a chance for Tom Walsh but he was denied by a brilliant defensive challenge. A minute later Rangers were level. Tom Walsh latched on to a poor passback to round the keeper and roll the ball into the empty net.
Five minutes before the break Hearts threatened again with an attack through the inside left channel and the trialist keeper advanced from his line to make a fantastic block. The trialist keeper again excelled on the stroke of half-time, the Hearts attacker got a touch on a free-kick from the left with the keeper diving to his left to save at point blank range.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 1
Two minutes into the second half Rangers took the lead, Danny Stoney was played through the inside left channel and with the keeper advancing from his goal he found the net with a superb lob. Rangers came close again four mintues later, Charlie Telfer was the creator on the right, Danny Stoney’s header from his cross came off the keeper’s left hand post before the keeper reacted to turn the ball over the bar.
Five minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Jordan Wilson was forward for a setplay and found himself out on the right, his cross found Tom Walsh at the back post to head past the keeper. Two minutes later Danny Stoney latched onto a through ball and brought out a fine save from the Hearts keeper.
With just less than twenty minutes remaining Rangers scored again, Kjeld McIntyre sent Jamie Mills down the left and from his cross Luke Hammond’s superb volley gave the keeper no chance. The visitors then forced a couple of saves from Sam George in the final twelve minutes, first he dived to hold onto a free-kick from the edge of the box. Then when the ball was worked in from the right the Rangers keeper dived to his left to turn the ball wide for a corner.
Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hearts 1
Rangers Squad:- Trialist (Gk), Sam George (Gk), Conner Thomson, Kris Gibson, Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson, Charlie Telfer, Andy Murdoch, Dean Briggs, Tom Walsh, Dylan Dykes, Danny Stoney, Ryan Sinnamon, Jamie Mills, Scott Roberts, Gloady Ntumba, Ross Kellock, Kjeld McIntyre, Luke Hammond.
Footnote:- On SaturdayRangers under 19’s won 2-1 against Kilmarnock with goals from Robbie Crawford and Jamie Burrows.With the game clashing with the first team fixture at Dunfermline I was unable to attend. Official site report can be found here:- http://www.rangers.co.uk/news/football-news/article/2607801