17’s Hit Double Figures

Rangers 10 Airdrie 1

Both clubs agreed that tonight’s Reserve League Cup tie would be an U17’s fixture, Rangers seen it as a warm up for the side before Monday’s Glasgow Cup final. With the Ibrox youngsters hitting double figures, including six from Ryan Hardie, I don’t think either side would have taken much from this game.

Rangers took the lead after only four minutes, David Brownlie’s long ball was controlled by Ryan Hardie as he moved into the box and rounded the keeper to roll the ball into the net. Only a further three minutes had passed when Rangers increased their lead, it was created by Junior Ogen coming in from the right before finding Tom Walsh inside the box and he calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.

Rangers next attempt on goal came after ten minutes, from a free-kick on the right side of the box Tom Walsh brought out a save from the Airdrie keeper diving to his left. Two minutes later the visitor’s had a chance to reduce the deficit, when a free-kick from the right broke to the Airdrie player just outside the six yard box his shot was weak and Liam Kelly saved comfortably low to his left.

On the quarter-hour mark Rangers scored again, David Brownlie headed Dylan Dykes corner from the right goalwards and Ryan Hardie positioned just in front of the keeper glanced a header into the net. A great piece of skill from Ryan Hardie at the edge of the box created a chance put his shot was just too high.

On twenty minutes the Airdrie central defence failed to deal with a ball right through the middle and Ryan Hardie ran through to slot the ball past the keeper. A minute later Danny Stoney waltzed through the middle of the Airdrie defence leaving three defenders in his wake to score the fifth.

The sixth goal came on twenty-four minutes when Ryan Hardie turned provider, progressing down the right before passing inside to Junior Ogen to shoot past the keeper. Rangers looked like scoring with every attack and the next goal arrived barely sixty seconds later, Danny Stoney supplying the pass after a run down the right, which Ryan Hardie converted.

Credit to Airdrie, just before the half-hour mark they pulled a goal back, a corner from the right was headed back across goal and knocked past Liam Kelly from inside the six yard box. A few minutes later and the visitors almost scored again, when the ball came in from the right the effort on goal was deflected just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

Four minutes before the break a superb turn from Ryan Hardie took him clear of the defence, as he approached the penalty area he lobbed the keeper only see the ball rebound clear off the crossbar.

Half-Time:- Rangers 7 Airdrie 1

Five minutes after the break Danny Stoney set off on a run through the middle, this time timing his pass to release Ryan Hardie to beat the keeper from just beyond the penalty spot. Three minutes later the same players combined to breach the Airdrie defence again, Danny Stoney’s pass allowing Ryan Hardie to find the net with a similar finish.

The visitor’s kept going and following an attack and cross from the left the header at goal was only just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Midway through the half another Airdrie attack, this time down the right, saw the ball break to their attacker when the cross came in but he fired into the side netting.

The scoring was complete a couple of minutes from time, Steven Chatterton and Danny Stoney combined to release Ben Reilly on the right, with the keeper anticipating a cross he found the net at the near post from a tight angle.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Airdrie 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Steven Chatterton, Greg Pascazio, David Brownlie, Adam Wilson; Junior Ogen, Michael Mossie (Ben Reilly HT), Dylan Dykes (Kris Gibson 67mins); Tom Walsh (Lewis Morgan HT); Danny Stoney; Ryan Hardie.

Not Used:- Jamie Wilson

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