Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 2
Rangers kept up their recent good run with a hard-fought win against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park tonight. Leading 1-0 the points weren’t secure until Callum Gallagher’s superb solo effort three minutes from time. It was a young Rangers squad with no over age players in the lineup, there were few goalmouth incidents in the early period with the home side having the territorial advantage.
There was full twenty-five minutes gone when Lewis Spence won the ball midway inside Rangers half and broke towards the penalty area before shooting wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Three minutes later from a throw in close to the corner flag on Rangers right, Finn Graham throw the ball to Allan Smith and when it was returned he sent a cross into the box where Faissal El Bakktoui rose to head goalwards with Liam Kelly saving low to his right.
Just after the half hour Ross Drummond played the ball forward to Faissal El Bakktoui on the left when he cut inside and shot, the ball took an awkward bounce in front of Liam Kelly who did well to turn the ball wide of his right hand post. A minute later Rangers troubled Ryan Goodfellow for the first time, Callaum Gallagher won possession thirty yards out and his drive forced the keeper to dive to his left to turn the ball wide.
The home side were soon back on the attack with Ryan Ferguson and Scott Mercer working the ball to Faissal El Bakktoui on the right side of the penalty area with Liam Kelly standing up to divert his powerful shot wide of the near post. The next chance came when Robert Thomson’s reverse pass released Faissal El Bakktoui inside the box with Liam Kelly saving at his near post.
Just before the break Danny Stoney and Andy Murdoch combined to spread the play out to Barrie McKay on the left and his low cross flashed across goal with no takers.
Half-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 0
Rangers took the lead five minutes after the break, Callum Gallagher showed great strength and skill to hold of a defender and turn on the halfway line, he headed toward the penalty area and played the ball toRyan Sinnamon overlapping on the left, he hit the byline before cutting the ball back for Andy Murdoch to place a shot behind Ryan Goodfellow. Dunfermline replied three minutes later, Faissal El Bakktoui laid the ball back to Ross Drummond who’s cross found Allan Smith at the back post but his header was just wide.
The next chance for the home side came from a similar source, this time it was Scott Mercer’s pass the set up a Ross Drummond cross and again Allan Smith headed wide at the back post. Just after the hour mark Rangers came close to increasing their lead, Craig Halkett rose to head Barrie McKay’s corner from the right towards the net but Scott Mercer popped up to head the ball off the line and over.
Ten minutes later Faissal El Bakktoui had possession on the left byline and laid the ball back for Ross Drummond to cross to the back post, Ryan Sinnamon miscued his clearance straight to Ryan Ferguson at the edge of the box but he blazed his shot over. Two minutes later only the woodwork denied Rangers, Andy Murdoch passed to Danny Stoney and his thirty yarder beat Ryan Goodfellow but rebounded clear off his left hand post.
As the final five minutes approached Danny Stoney passed to Darren Ramsay on the right and he cut inside before unleashing a long-range shot narrowly over. With three minutes remaining the points were secured with a superb solo effort, Jamie Mills played the ball forward to Callum Gallagher on the left, he went past a defender into the box, took on another to create the space to slot the ball past Ryan Goodfellow.
The home side had a last chance to record a goal in the final minute, Ross Drummond’s cross into the box broke for Finn Graham and only a superb Andy Murdoch block prevented a goal.
Full-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 2
Dunfermline Athletic:- Ryan Goodfellow; Finn Graham, Declan O’Kane, Kerr Young, Ross Drummond; Allan Smith, Scott Mercer (Gavin McMillan 77mins), Lewis Spence, Ryan Ferguson, Faissal El Bakktoui; Robert Thomson.
Not Used:- Cammy Gill (Gk), Scott Gray, Jordan Orro, Scott Russell, Robbie Crawford.
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Kris Gibson, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Barrie McKay (Jamie Mills 62mins), Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Danny Stoney; Darren Ramsay; Callum Gallagher.
Not Used:- Alan Smith (Gk), Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, Adam Wilson