Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 1
Rangers Under 15’s with five Under 14’s included in the squad had a comfortable victory against Queen’s Park at Murray Park tonight. Although it took them a while to get into gear and there was twenty minutes on the clock before either keeper was troubled, Sam Jamieson cut in from the left past two defenders and his shot from the edge of the box had the Queen’s Park keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide for a corner.
Four minutes later Rangers took the lead, from midway inside the Queen’s Park half and wide on the right Grant Nelson’s cross was headed into the net by Sam Jamieson. Ten minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Kieran Balfour sent the ball out to Sam Jamieson on the left, from his cross Ben Andoh held off a defender before shooting past the keeper.
Just before the break Grant Nelson played a corner short to Liam Burt who worked his way into the penalty area before forcing a save from the keeper at his near post. Liam Burt took the resultant corner which Jason Krones volleyed high over from close range.
Half-Time;- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers started the second half in whirlwind fashion, hitting the Hampden side with three goals in six minutes. First up Sam Jamieson hooked the ball over his head at the edge of the box to send Andy Dallas clear to grab Rangers third. Two minutes later Liam Burt sent a free kick from just outside the left side of the penalty area into the far corner of the net.
Three minutes later Ben Andoh shot from just outside the right side of the box which the keeper failed to hold and following up Andy Dallas knocked the ball into the net. The visitor’s had their first real chance a few minutes later with an attack fashioned on the right, when the ball was played inside the shot on goal was saved by Kieran Wright diving to his right.
Five minutes later Kieran Wright was called into action again when he stood tall to block after an attack through the inside right channel. Just after the sixty-fifth minute it was Rangers substitute keeper that was called into action, following an attack through the centre Ryan Millar dived to his right to turn the shot wide of his right hand post.
Rangers went straight to the other end and Stephen Kelly progressed from the left along the eighteen yard line before setting up Kieran Balfour, with the Queen’s keeper getting down to save his shot. This period of the game was end to end and when Queen’s Park moved the ball from right to left it took a fine Jason Krones challenge to divert the ball for a corner.
With six minutes remaining Rangers grabbed a sixth from a superb strike, there seemed little danger when Alex Lynn picked the ball up outside the right side of the penalty area but he sent a superb shot into the top corner of the net. The visitor’s then grabbed a consolation goal when a pass sent their player through one-on one with Ryan Millar and he poked the ball past the keeper and into the net.
There was still time for Matthew Shiels to get a touch on Ben Andoh’s right-wing cross but he was denied by the Queen’s Park keeper who made a decent save.
Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 1
Rangers Squad;- Kieran Wright (Gk), Ryan Millar (Gk), Dean Picken, Scott Gray, Robbie Smith, Jason Krones, Jack Thomson, Alex Lynn, Kieran Balfour, Sam Jamieson, Liam Burt, Grant Nelson, Ben Andoh, Andy Dallas, Stephen Kelly, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels.