Rangers 4 Dunfermline Athletic 1
On a lovely sunny afternoon I took the opportunity to take in the under 15’s game against Dunfermline at Murray Park, having just heard about a few players being released from this squad, including arguably the most technically gifted player, I was interested to see how the side would line up. The promotion of Ross Lyon and Josh Jeffries from the U14’s meant Rangers had 13 players in the squad.
After only two minutes keeper Jamie Wilson was called into action, the chance was created on the left side of the box and the Rangers keeper dived full length to his left to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Rangers first real chance came just before the twenty-minute mark when Ben Reilly played Ryan Hardie through the inside right channel but the striker fired his shot into the side netting.
Five minutes before the end of the first period Rangers had their keeper to thank again, a pass from the left inside Rangers left back area created the chance with Jamie Wilson doing well to divert the shot over. Rangers immediately responded and within in sixty seconds came close at the other end, Josh Jeffries worked his way across the box before passing to Nathan Gallagher who’s shot was narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post.
As the whistle to end the first period approached the home side were caught out with a ball over the top of their defence, with the Rangers players claiming offside the Pars striker raced into the box and was only denied by a superb David Brownlie challenge. There was still enough time left in the period for Rangers to go to the other end and take the lead, after some good work on the right by Callum Shippcott , his cross into the box deceived the Dunfermline keeper, who wasn’t the tallest and the ball looped over his head into the net.
Rangers started the second period on the attack and from a free-kick on the left hand side of the box Steven Chatterton’s cross came back off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. A minute later Ben Reilly created a chance on the left side of the penalty area for Ryan Hardie that the keeper parried with Ben Reilly knocking the rebound just wide. Ben Reilly then broke forward in centre midfield leaving two defenders in his wake and his powerful shot from around twenty-five yards tested the keeper.
Rangers were dominating this period and when Adam Wilson played Ryan Hardie through a combination of defender and keeper diverted the ball for a corner. Seven minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Ryan Hardie robbed a defender thirty yards from goal went past another defender as he carried on into the box to shoot past the keeper.
Two minutes later the visitors had a great chance to get back into the game, a slack pass across his own penalty area by David Brownlie gave them the chance and another great save by Jamie Wilson diving to his left to turn the ball wide kept the two goal lead intact. Rangers should have scored again five minutes before the end of the second period, Steven Chatterton’s deep cross from the right found Adam Wilson breaking into the box but his header was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
There was barely two minutes of the third period gone when Dunfermline got back into the game, Adam Wilson was caught in possession thirty yards from goal and the Pars player took a few steps forward before sending a great shot past Jamie Wilson. This saw the visitors rally for a few minutes without creating any clear-cut chances. With twenty minutes remaining Rangers regained their two goal lead, Adam Wilson’s ball over the top saw Ryan Hardie outpace the defence and go on to beat the keeper with a cool finish.
Five minutes later Rangers made the game safe, from a free-kick just outside the box ten yards from the byline on the right Josh Jeffries sent a superb cross to the back post where Ryan Hardie rose highest to head past the keeper. The final significant effort on goal came from a Ben Reilly twenty five yarder that the keeper dived to turn round his right hand post.
Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Dunfermline Athletic 1
Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Ross Lyon, Steven Chatterton, David Brownlie, Michael Mossie, Peter ?????, Callum Shippcott, Adam Wilson, Ryan Hardie, Nathan Gallagher, Ben Reilly, Josh Jeffries, Ryan Smith.