Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2
Rangers Under 17’s had to work hard to secure their win in the Glasgow Cup section game at Firhill tonight, they came up against a Thistle side determined to avoid a defeat similar to the one suffered at Murray Park a few weeks ago.
The home side had the better of the early stages without really threatening to trouble Liam Kelly in the Rangers goal and the first close call came at the other end after sixteen minutes. When Tom Walsh was fouled just outside the right hand side of the penalty box Stuart Urquhart stepped up to send a strike thundering of the cross-bar with Marc Watters in the Thistle goal helpless.
Less than ten minutes later Rangers took the lead, when a free-kick delivered from the right was cleared from the Thistle box Fraser Aird knocked the ball back and found Jamie Burrows in space inside the area, Marc Watters did well to block the striker’s shot with his legs but was left stranded as Tom Walsh knocked the ball into the empty net.
Four minutes later Rangers doubled their lead when goalscorer Tom Walsh turned creator, his superb pass inside the Thistle defender found Charlie Telfer inside the box and he coolly side-stepped a defender before firing past Watters.
Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2
The home side came close to reducing the deficit in the opening minute of the second half, frpm a short corner on the left the ball was delivered into the box and the resultant header was deflected just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. With just over twenty minutes remaining a superb save from Watters kept Thistle in the match, Charlie Telfer’s low free-kick from the right was cleared to the edge of the box where Dylan Dykes shot was diverted goalwards by Gloady Ntumba, with the keeper diving low to his right to turn the ball wide.
With five minutes to go Jamie Burrows chased a Kris Gibson long ball and keeper Watters was quick to leave his penalty area to clear, his clearance setup a Thistle attack down the left flank and when the ball was played into the box their substitute had a great chance to score but his effort was wide of Lima Kelly’s left hand post.
Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2
Partick Thistle:- Marc Watters; Chris ?????, Euan Conroy, Liam Lindsay, Declan Hannaway; Gary Hynes, Kyle Doherty, Lee Gallagher, Dominic Farrell; Martin Maguire, Yamikani Misanjo.
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Kris Gibson, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson (Ross Kellock 70mins); Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird (Dylan Dykes 68mins), Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 59mins), Tom Walsh; Jamie Burrows, Gloady Ntumba.
Not Used:- Sam George (Gk), Jamie Mills, Kjeld McIntyre, Scott Lochrie.