20’s Go Top

Rangers 2 Hibernian 0

Rangers Under 20’s took full advantage when tonight’s league fixture was reversed and moved to Murray Park when Livingston’s Energy Assets Arena was deemed unplayable. They produced one of their best performances of the season to overcome the league leaders and go two points clear at the top.

The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges and put pressure on the Rangers defence through a series of corners. The Rangers youngsters coped with these set plays and took the lead on twelve minutes ironically through a corner of the own, Darren Ramsay’s corner from the left was delivered to the near post and Luca Gasparotto attacked the ball and powered a header into the net.

Five minutes later the visitors had another corner and Ryan Baptie’s set play from the right hit the top of Scott Gallagher’s crossbar. Rangers replied when Robbie Crawford played the ball out to Callum Gallagher wide on the right and when he passed inside Darren Ramsay he forced Sean Murdoch into a fine save diving to his left.

Just after the hour Hibs had a free-kick to the left of Rangers penalty area, Ryan Baptie went for goal and Scott Gallagher had to be alert to push the effort over. Three minutes later Ryan Baptie delivered another corner into to Rangers box, this time from the right and Tom Gardiner’s looping header was destined for the net until Darren Ramsay popped up to head off the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 0

As the hour mark approached Kyle McAusland hit the byline on the right, his cutback found Robbie Crawford with Sean Murdoch in the Hibernian goal keeping his shot out, although he didn’t seem to know too much about it, the ball then arrived at the feet of Callum Gallagher on the edge of the box and this time the Hibs keeper produced a fine save low at his left hand post.

A few minutes further had elapsed when Callum Gallagher and Robbie Crawford worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s cross Craig Halkett headed against the crossbar. As the midpoint of the half passed Andy Murdoch broke forward before trying his luck from distance with Sean Murdoch saving comfortably.

As the game entered the final quarter of an hour Rangers had a free-kick close to the byline on the left, Darren Ramsay played the ball in low, Craig Halkett got a touch but the ball was just wide of the far post. Rangers then grabbed the clinching goal with six minutes remaining, Charlie Telfer won the ball in midfield and it broke for Darren Ramsay, seeing the keeper slightly off his line his shot from fully forty yards found the net via the keeper’s left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 0

Rangers:- Scott Gallagher; Kyle McAusland, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Andy Murdoch; Jamie Burrows (Dylan Dykes 73mins), Robbie Crawford, Charlie Telfer, Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 89mins); Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Kris Gibson, Greg Pascazio

Hibernian:- Sean Murdoch; Andy Black, Tom Gardiner, Robert Wilson, Ryan Baptie; Euan Smith, Dean Horribine, Jamie Beaton, Rowan Vine (Max Todd 32mins); Danny Handling; Jason Cummings.

Not Used:- Kleton Perntreau, Aaron Dunsmore, Neil Martynuik, Gareth McCaffrey, Scott Martin, Jay Doyle.

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