Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 1
I took in my second Rangers/Dunfemline match in three days when I watched the under 17’s sides at Murray Park tonight. The Rangers side was made up of mainly first year 17’s, with David Brownlie earning a promotion from the under 15’s.
It was the visitor’s who took the lead with first real chance of the game on ten minutes, the shot from the edge of the box taking a wicked deflection and leaving Sam George in the Rangers goal helpless. There was almost half an hour gone before Rangers seriously threatened the Pars goal, but when it did come they were desperately unlucky not to draw level. Dylan Dykes breaking from midfield before sending a twenty-five yard shot off the crossbar with the keeper beaten.
A few minutes later Rangers hit Dunfermline with a lightning break after clearing a corner, Danny Stoney running from inside his own half before firing a shot straight at the keeper. Rangers were back on level terms on thirty-three minutes, Kjeld McIntyre sent the overlapping Jamie Mills down the left, his low cross was knocked against the crossbar by Gloady Ntumba and the Rangers striker reacted quickly to force the ball over the line.
When the visitor’s cleared a corner to the edge of the box five minutes before the break Kjeld McIntyre met the ball on the volley and was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. A minute later Danny Stoney broke forward from halfway before sending a pass to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, his return pass gave Danny Stoney a shooting chance from the right hand angle of the box that the keeper saved.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1
When a ball was played over the top of the Rangers defence eight minutes after the break Sam George had to be quick from his line to get to the ball before the Pars striker. Four minutes later Rangers took the lead, Charlie Telfer swung in a corner from the left and Tom Walsh arrived to volley the ball past the keeper.
Just over an hour had gone when Rangers grabbed a third to extend their lead, from Charlie Telfer’s free-kick thirty yards out wide on the right Ryan Sinnamon sent a looping header over the keeper into the net. Midway through the half the Pars keeper was called into action when he blocked a Danny Stoney volley from a Ross Kellock cross from the left.
The keeper did even better as the game entered the final fifteen minutes, Tom Walsh and Charlie Telfer worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s low ball to the near post he made a fine point-blank save to deny Danny Stoney.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 1
Rangers:- Sam George; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie (Ross Kellock 46mins), Craig Halkett, Jamie Mills (Lewis Morgan 79mins); Charlie Telfer, Dylan Dykes, Tom Walsh, Kjeld McIntryre (Robert McLardie 66mins); Danny Stoney (Scott Lochrie 75mins), Gloady Ntumba.
Not Used:- Liam Kelly (Gk)