Rangers 5 Hibernian 1
Rangers Under 20’s produced their best performance of the season to cruise past Hibernian in today’s SFA Youth Cup 4th Round tie at Ibrox this afternoon. Hibernian has started the brighter but it was Rangers who took the lead with the first serious attempt at goal, Tom Walsh played a corner on the left to Barrie McKay on the left hand angle of the box, he moved the ball inside for Charlie Telfer to shoot high past Dougie Horne.
Less than five minutes later the goalscorer left the action injured and was replaced by Darren Ramsay. Midway through the half Callum Crane had a pop from distance that had Liam Kelly stretching to touch the ball onto the bar and over. Ten minutes later Rangers doubled their lead with another superb goal, Dylan Dykes played the ball up Callum Gallagher at the edge of the box and when he laid it back into the path of Barrie McKay his shot again left Dougie Horne helpless as it flew past him into the net.
The visitor’s had a great chance to get back into the game five minutes before the break, when Sam Stanton sent the ball towards the right side of the Rangers box Ryan Sinnamon was hesitant which allowed Euan Smith to get towards the byline and when his cross came into the box David Paul looked certain to score but Liam Kelly blocked his close-range effort.
Rangers replied with a Barrie McKay pass sending Callum Gallagher through the inside right channel but the striker’s shot was wide of the near post. Right on the half-time whistle Rangers increased their lead from the penalty spot, Darren Ramsay broke forward from halfway before finding Tom Walsh breaking into the left side of the box, as he steadied himself to shoot Andrew Black brought him down from behind, Dylan Dykes stepped up to net confidently from the spot.
Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 0
Any thoughts the visitor’s had of a comeback were dashed after only two minutes of the restart, Tom Walsh was the creator on the left and when his cross came in Callum Gallagher was well placed to head past Dougie Horne. Rangers were now playing with confidence and Barrie McKay showed some neat skill before sending Callum Gallagher down the right, Darren Ramsay got his head to his cross with Dougie Horne saving low to his right.
The Hibernian keeper was soon called into action again, getting down to his left to turn Tom Walsh’s effort from the left side of the box wide of his left hand post. As the hour mark approached David Paul broke forward but his shot from the edge of the box gave Liam Kelly little trouble.
Neat footwork from Tom Walsh on the left took him past two defenders and a back heel fed Callum Gallagher who turned a defender and forced a save from Dougie Horne from a narrow angle. At the other end when a free-kick was cleared from Rangers box Callum Crane’s thirty yarder was just too high.
As the game entered the final quarter of an hour Sam Stanton’s thirty yard free-kick saw Liam Kelly save high to his left and from the rebound Jason Cummings fired high over from a tight angle. The visitor’s managed to grab a consolation goal with six minutes remaining, substitutes Jay Doyle and Max Todd combined on the left and when the latter’s cross came into the box David Paul headed past Liam Kelly.
There was still time for Rangers to restore their four goal advantage, Jamie Mills progressed to the byline on the left, his cut back found Tom Walsh who’s effort was blocked but it rebounded to Danny Stoney who took his time and picked his spot to place the ball past Dougie Horne.
Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Hibernian 1
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Kris Gibson, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Barrie McKay, Charlie Telfer (Darren Ramsay 19mins), Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh; Dylan Dykes (Danny Stoney 68mins); Callum Gallagher (Jamie Mills 83mins)
Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie(Gk), Greg Pascazio.Hibernian:- Dougie Horne, Andrew Black, Bob Wilson, Tom Gardiner, Callum Crane (Ryan Baptie 77mins); Euan Smith, Jordan Sinclair (Jay Doyle HT), Sam Stanton, Jamie Beaton (Max Todd 59mins); David Paul; Jason Cummings. Not Used:- Kleton Pentreau (Gk), Aaron Dunsmore.