Archive for February, 2014

Youths Held By Hearts

February 26, 2014

Rangers 1 Hearts 1

A draw was probably a fair result when second top took on second bottom tonight at Murray Park. The visitors took the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the opening minute, when the ball came into the box from the right the referee saw an infringement and p0inted to the spot, Callum Tapping stepped up to fire past Scott Gallagher.

Rangers replied when Callum Gallagher gained possession wide of the right and the ball was moved through Jamie Burrows to Robbie Crawford who’s shot was saved by Mark Ridgers. Midway though the half Angus Beith played the ball up to Billy King on the edge of the box and he cut back onto his left foot before shooting just over.

Rangers came close to drawling level a few minutes later, Robbie Crawford’s free-kick found the head of Craig Halkett and it looked net bound until Mark Ridgers dived to his left to acrobatically turn the ball over. From the corner which Robbie Crawford took from the right, it was again met by the head of Craig Halkett and this time Mark Ridgers tip over was more comfortable.

On the half hour Callum Tapping broke forward from defence before exchanging passes with Billy King that took him into the right side of Rangers box with Scott Gallagher saving at his near post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hearts 1

Rangers drew level on fifty-eight minutes, Robbie Crawford’s corner from the right found its way to Charlie Telfer just inside the left angle of the box and his shot through a crowd of players found the bottom corner. Midway through the half  Gary Oliver attacked the right send of Rangers defence turning Kris Gibson a couple of times before shooting narrowly over.

With less than fifteen minutes remaining Robbie Crawford sent Ryan Sinnamon towards the byline on the left, he picked out Dylan Dykes with his cutback, but his shot was weak and Mark Ridgers saved comfortably. As the game entered the last ten minutes it was Hearts than had the last real effort of the game, from a free-kick just outside the box Angus Beith was denied by a fine Scott Gallagher save diving low to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 1

Rangers:- Scott Gallagher; Kris Gibson, Craig Halkett, Chris Hegarty (Ryan Finnie 58mins), Ryan Sinnamon; Jamie Burrows, Charlie Telfer, Robbie Crawford, Dylan Dykes; Danny Stoney.

Not Used:- Lima Kelly (Gk), Scott Roberts, Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, David Brownlie.

Hearts:- Marek Ridgers:- Jack Simpson, Liam Gordon, Jordan McGhee, Liam Smith; Callum Tapping; Nathan Flannigan, Billy King, Aaron Scott; Angus Beith; Gary Oliver

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Late Strike Stuns U15’s

February 25, 2014

Rangers 1 Motherwell 2

Last night’s Under 15 game turned on a missed penalty and a stunning last-minute strike that saw Motherwell come from a goal down to win the game. A slack pass across the back four presented Motherwell with a chance on the left side of the box, the shot was powerful and Kieran Wright saved at the near post.

Motherwell were on the attack again, this time on the right of Rangers penalty area with Kieran Wright getting down to his left to make the save. Rangers replied when a long Jamie Barjonas pass freed Sam Jamieson on the inside right channel but the Rangers striker shot straight at the keeper.

Sam Jamieson was sent clear again this time on a Grant Nelson pass, with the Motherwell defence claiming offside he was through on the keeper, bet with too much time to think about it when he knocked it past the keeper it was also wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The same combination the produce the opening goal, Grant Nelson’s crossfield pass from the right found Sam Jamieson on the left side of the box, a great first touch took him clear of the defender and he slotted the ball past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 0

Motherwell got back on level terms early in the second half, it was created with a run along the left hand byline, when the ball was cut back Kieran Wright made a superb point-blank save but was left helpless as the rebound was knocked into the net. Rangers replied with a Jack Thomson pass releasing Andy Dallas on the left side of the box with the keeper making a decent save.

On the hour mark Dean Picken played the ball up to Sam Jamieson on the edge of the box, he passed inside to Liam Burt who stepped passed a defender before crashing a shot against the crossbar. When Sam Rutherford was robbed on the edge of the box it presented Motherwell with a chance but the danger was averted by a superb Kyle Bradley block.

As the game enter the final ten minutes Alex Lynn’s pass inside the left-back saw Liam Burt break into the box where he was brought down by a combination of keeper and defender for a clear penalty. Sam Jamieson stepped up but his shot was weak and it allowed the keeper to save low to his right. In the dying minute Motherwell moved the ball across Rangers box from left to right, when the ball arrived on the right angle of the box the full-back unleashed a stunning shot into the far top corner giving Kieran Wright no chance.

Rangers had one last chance to draw level, Grant Nelson progressed down the right and his pass into the box found Jack Thomson but he screwed his shot wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 2

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Dean Picken, Scott Gray, Jason Krones, Kyle Bradley, Kieran Balfour, Grant Nelson, Jamie Barjonas, Sam Jamieson, Liam Burt, Andy Dallas, Jack Thomson, Sam Rutherford, Ben Andoh, Alex Lynn, Kieran Liang.

Youth Progress To Semis

February 23, 2014

Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Rangers Under 20’s progressed to this season’s Youth Cup Semi Finals with a comfortable win over Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox this afternoon. With the Dunfermline lineup having already recorded over seventy appearances at League One level between them and four players that featured in the recent Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox it looked likely to be a stiff test for the Rangers youngsters.

The early play was in the main a midfield tussle and action in the goalmouths was at a premium. There was twenty-one minutes on the clock when Jamie Burrows switched played to Ryan Sinnamon on the left, the full-back cut inside on to his stronger right foot before going for goal which Cammy Gill saved comfortably low to his left. On the half-hour Dylan Dykes fed Danny Stoney on the left and he cut inside before letting loose with a powerful shot that Cammy Gill saved under his crossbar.

A couple of minutes later Callum Gallagher dispossessed Declan O’Kane on the left side of the Dunfermline area and his effort on goal just cleared the crossbar. As the half entered the final minute Rangers came close to taking the lead on no fewer than three occasions. Charlie Telfer delivered a corner from the left and Luca Gasparotto’s netbound header was headed off the line by Ross Drummond.

Dylan Dykes and Charlie Telfer then combined on the left to move the ball inside to Danny Stoney and his shot from the edge of the box had Cammy Gill diving to his left to turn the ball wide for a corner. When the flag kick was cleared from the penalty area Danny Stoney found himself in possession on the right, his cross caused panic in the visitor’s defence and Declan O’Kane in attempting to clear knocked the ball over Cammy Gill but Ryan Williamson got back to clear before the ball crossed the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Dunfermline started the second half brightly and two minutes in Ross Drummond cut inside past Greg Pascazio before going for goal with Liam Kelly saving comfortably to his left. Two minutes later Ross Drummond’s cross from the left saw Ryan Sinnamon miscue a header that allowed Ross Millen to tee up a shot for Finn Graham but his effort was just too high.

As the hour mark approached Craig Halkett’s header from defence sent Jamie Burrows clear, he progressed into the box before shooting, his shot was a bit too straight and Cammy Gill saved. Midway through the half Ryan Sinnamon progressed on the left before passing inside to Charlie Telfer and his daisy cutter from a round twenty yards brought out a fine save from Cammy Gill low to his left to divert the ball for a corner.

From that corner Rangers took the lead, Charlie Telfer delivered from the right and Craig Halkett’s header was bound for the top corner until Ryan Williamson popped up to head clear, with the Dunfermline defence struggling to clear, Greg Pascazio knocked the ball forward for Jamie Burrows to spin and fire past the keeper from the edge of the six-yard box. As the game entered the final quarter of an hour the visitor’s tried to respond, an enterprising run down the right from Ryan Williamson took him into the Rangers penalty area but his low driven cross come shot flashed a cross goal.

Rangers were soon back on attack and from another Charlie Telfer corner from the right was again met by the head of Craig Halkett and on this occasion it was powerful enough but straight at Cammy Gill. Rangers then made the tie safe in the final minute, Craig Halkett’s header forward should have been intercepted by Finn Graham but when he failed to gather Ryan Hardie was left in the clear to continue into the box and slot the ball past Cammy Gill.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Ranger:- Liam Kelly; Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Kris Gibson; Jamie Burrows (Ryan Hardie 73mins), Charlie Telfer, Dylan Dykes (Scott Roberts 88mins), Danny Stoney; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Junior Ogen, Jordan Hamill.

Dunfermline Athletic:- Cammy Gill; Ryan Williamson, Declan O’Kane, Lewis Martin, Ross Drummond; Ross Millen (James Thomas 76mins), Lewis Spence, Finn  Graham, Scott Mercer (Paul-Joseph Crossan 59mins); Jordan Moore, Gavin McMillan.

Not Used:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Jordan Orru, Cammy McClair.

Strike Duo Down Motherwell

February 19, 2014

Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

Goals from the prolific strike duo Junior Ogen and Ryan Hardie were enough for Rangers under 17’s to record a win at Murray Park tonight. If truth be told the Lanarkshire side got off lightly with the Rangers youngsters unfortunate not to add to their goals tally.

In the opening minute Ross Lyon progressed down the right and his ball into the box setup Junior Ogen but on this occasion the Rangers striker blazed over. A superb Ryan Hardie reverse pass on the tenth minute released his strike partner on the right side of the penalty area and with a bit of composure a goal looked likely but Junior Ogen pulled his shot wide of the near post.

It was midway through the half before the visitors threatened, the attack was built down the right and when the cross was cleared from the box Robbie McCrorie saved the incoming shot comfortably. Rangers came close just after the half-hour, a superb run from Ryan Hardie down the right took him deep into the Motherwell penalty area, he stepped inside a defender before beating the keeper but was denied by a fine goal line clearance from a defender.

A minute later Ryan Hardie came even closer, latching onto a long ball on the right side the box he went past the keeper but was forced wide and his effort from a tight angle came back off the near post. On the half-time whistle Ryan Hardie passed to Junior Ogen on the right and his cross bounced off the top of Motherwell’s crossbar on the way over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 0

Motherwell created and missed a great chance in the opening minute, created down the right a pass into the middle created a chance for their striker who sent his powerful shot wide of Robbie McCrorie’s left hand post. Barely sixty seconds later Max Ashmore’s flick on set Ryan Hardie clear on the right side of the box, he again beat the keeper only to see the ball come back off the near post.

Rangers took the lead on fifty-eight minutes with a superb goal, Ryan Hardie played the ball forward to Junior Ogen on the right side of the box, he showed great skill to flick the ball over a defender and lob the ball over the keeper. The visitors replied with a great run down the left taking him past Kyle Bradley and Jordan Hamill, from the cutback the trialist keeper dealt a powerful shot.

Within two minutes Rangers had doubled their lead, Kyle Clark slipped a pass to Ryan Hardie on the right side of the box and he shot across the keeper into the far corner. With a quarter of an hour remaining the ball was cleared from the Motherwell box and Liam Burt’s effort was just too high.

It was the visitor’s who had the final chance with six minutes to go, when the pass inside came from the left the resultant shot was on target with Rangers trialist keeper diving to his right to make a fine save.

Full-time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Chris McDonald, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Jordan Hamill, Ross Lyon, Max Asmore, Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, Kyle Clark, Jamie Brandon, Liam Burt.

13’s Overcome Saints Resistance

February 16, 2014

St.Mirren 0 Rangers 4

The only youth game of the day saw Rangers under 13’s take on St.Mirren at the Paisley club’s Ralston Training Ground.The Rangers youngsters dominated but were finding the breakthrough difficult against a stubborn home side and it was the third period before the opening goal came.

Rangers first opportunity came when Adedapo Mebude passed the ball across the edge of the penalty area to Niyah Joseph on the left side of the box and his shot beat the keeper but bounced clear off the keeper’s right hand post. The woodwork again came to the home side’s rescue in Rangers next significant attack, Nathan Patterson made his way to the byline on the right and his cut back found Billy Gilmour who’s shot came back off the keeper’s left hand post.

Lewis McGrattan then slipped a pass through the centre of the Saint’s defence with the keeper rushing from his line to save bravely at Adedapo Mebude’s feet.  Rangers continued their dominance at the start of the second period and when the ball broke for Billy Gilmour at the edge of the box and his shot crashed off the keeper’s left hand post with the keeper beaten.

Despite Rangers domination the home side missed a great chance to take the lead, capitalising on a poor clearance they broke into the left side of Rangers penalty area but the shot could only find the side netting. Rangers were soon back on attack and when Dylan Patterson progressed through the inside left channel before exchanging passes with Niyah Joseph and forcing the St.Mirren keeper to save low to his left.

Before the end of the second period the ball was played up to Niyah Joseph at the edge of the box, as he tried to bring the ball under control it broke to Billy Gilmour who again beat the keeper but this time it was the crossbar to the home side’s rescue. At the start of the third period Zac Butterworth progressed on the left before finding Lewis McGrattan at the edge of the box and the Saints keeper did well to tip his shot over.

Rangers eventually made the break through a few minutes later, Dylan Patterson’s cross from the right hand angle of the box appeared to be missed by defenders and attackers alike as the ball found the bottom corner. Andy Rodden then played the ball forward to Zac Butterworth on the left who cut inside before shooting a cross goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers then doubled their lead when Andy Rodden broke forward from full-back and gave the keeper no chance from fully twenty-five yards. A Billy Gilmour pass then sent Zac Butterworth free  and he exchanged passes with Dylan Patterson before forcing a fine save from the keeper, Dylan Patterson’s shot from the rebound was destined for the net until it was somehow deflected over by a Saints defender. Andy Rodden swung over the resultant corner from the right and Ben Williamson found the space to head past the keeper.

The scoring was completed when a fine passing move saw the ball move from Nathan Patterson through Niyah Joseph and Billy Gilmour to Zac Butterworth inside the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Full-Time:- St. Mirren 0 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Reece Murdoch (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Jamie Walker, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Lewis McGrattan, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Adedapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Niyah Joseph, Ruaridh McIntyre, Kyle Ewing, Andy Rodden, Ben Williamson, Zac Butterworth.

Ruaridh McIntyre

15’s Net Late Winner

February 13, 2014

Rangers 4 St.Mirren 3

With a Scotland Under 15 squad heading for Turkey this weekend’s fixture against St.Mirren was brought forward to this evening at Murray Park. And with the rain staying away it made a pleasant evening to take in an entertaining game. Rangers were completely in control for three-quarters of the game, building a three goal lead before being pegged back in the final quarter and then grabbing a last-minute winner.

Rangers opened the scoring in the third minute, Dean Picken passed to Liam Burt inside the left side of the penalty area, a superb turn took him past a defender and to the byline and when he passed the ball across the six yard box Sam Jamieson knocked the ball past the keeper. Quarter of an hour later Rangers doubled their lead, when a clearance bounced inside St.Mirren’s half Andy Dallas nodded inside to Liam Burt who gave the keeper no chance with a superb strike from around twenty-five yards.

Just after the hour mark Jason Krones sent the ball out to Kieran Laing on the right, the full-back did well to keep the ball in play and head for the byline, when his cross came into the box Sam Jamieson, under pressure from a defender shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s left hand post. A few minutes later a Liam Burt pass sent Andy Dallas racing through the inside left channel with the keeper advancing from his line to save bravely at the Rangers players feet.

Five minutes before the break Andy Dallas on the left passed inside to Dean Picken who’s shot from the edge of the box had the keeper diving to his right to save, the rebound was collected by Sam Jamieson but the angle was too tight and his shot went across the face of goal.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 0

Rangers started the second half the way they finished the first, when Robbie Smith won a challenge at the edge of Rangers box he passed to Jamie Barjonas who drove forward to the edge of St. Mirren’s penalty area before testing the keeper. Saints eventually created a chance when Jason Krones misjudged a through ball and the visitor’s broke clear but failed to trouble Kieran Wright when the shot sailed over.

They threatened again when a corner from the right was headed clear of Rangers box the Saints player’s drive was only just wide of Kieran Wright’s right hand post. St.Mirren were having their best spell and ten minutes into the half a pass through the middle sent their striker clear but he dragged his shot wide of Kieran Wright’s left hand post.

Rangers replied by increasing their lead a minute later Sam Jamieson exchanged passes with Dean Picken who’s superb return pass sent the striker clear on the left side of the penalty area and he continued to beat the keeper with a cool finish. Just after the hour Andy Dallas set off on a solo run at the heart of the visitor’s defence, he went past two defenders before slipping in Ben Andoh on the right side of the box, his shot beat the keeper but bounced clear off the crossbar.

As the game approached the midpoint of the half an incredible refereeing decision changed the course of the game. Jamie Barjonas sent a pass through the middle of the Saint’s defence and Andy Dallas got the better of keeper and defender when they converged at the edge of the box, with the goal at his mercy he was about to roll the ball into the empty net before being bundled over by a Saints defender. Incredibly the referee somehow decided the Rangers player had dived and awarded the visitor’s a free-kick and yellow carded the Rangers player. When the ball went up the other end sixty seconds later Robbie Smith bundled over a St.Mirren player on the right side of the box for a penalty which was duly converted to reduce the deficit.

Three minutes later St.Mirren attacked on the right and when a cross came in from the byline the header came off Kieran Wright’s left hand post and had crossed the line before being cleared. The visitor’s now had their tail’s up and two minutes later Kieran Wright held a long-range effort just under his crossbar.

Rangers replied with Jamie Barjonas passing forward to Alex Lynn who took on a defender before shooting from the edge of the box which the keeper saved. St.Mirren looked to have completed an impressive comeback with twelve minutes remaining when a corner from the right was met by a near post header to beat Kieran Wright.

Both sides were intent on a winner and when Liam Burt fed the overlapping Jack Thomson on the right the full-back’s effort was just too high. As the game entered the final minute Rangers grabbed the winner, Liam Burt cut in from the right and his shot from the angle of the box beat the keeper but bounced of the inside of his right hand post and into the path of the following up Andy Dallas who fired the rebound into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 St.Mirren 3

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kieran Laing, Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Dean Picken, Grant Nelson, Jamie Barjonas, Sam Jamieson, Liam Burt, Andy Dallas, Jack Thomson, Ben Andoh, Alex Lynn.

17’s Hit Jags For Seven

February 6, 2014

Rangers 7 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers Under 17’s hit seven past Partick Thistle in tonight’s Glasgow Cup tie at Murray Park. The young Gers dominated the early stages with Thistle defending stoutly and a defender invariably got a block or a deflection on any shots Rangers had at goal. As the twenty-minute mark approached the visitor’s ventured forward through Kyle Turner breaking from midfield before trying is luck from distance with Robbie McCrorie saving comfortably.

Rangers responded by taking the lead midway through the half, when Jordan Hamill crossed from the right Connor Bruce came from his line and with Nathan Gallagher heading the ball up into the air Junior Ogen knocked the ball into the unguarded net with a fine overhead finish. The Jags responded by creating a chance at the other end, it came on the left side of Rangers box with former Ranger Daniel Bonnar testing Robbie McCrorie at his near post.

Rangers were soon back on the front foot and doubled their lead two minutes later, Kyle Clark released Ryan Hardie on the left side of the Thistle penalty area, he shot a cross the keeper but the ball rebounded of the post into the path of Kyle Clark who followed up to knock the ball into the net. Rangers third was soon to follow Ryan Hardie won a race with keeper Connor Bruce to Robbie McCrorie’s long clearance, knocking the ball past the keeper and walking the ball into the net.

The first half scoring was complete five minutes from the break, Ross McCrorie releasing Ryan Hardie on the right side of the penalty box and he unselfishly rolled the ball across the box for Junior Ogen to score with ease.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers hit Thistle with two goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half, the first came when Chris McDonald hit the byline on the left, his cross went all the way through to Kyle Clark at the other side of the box, his cutback found Junior Ogen who was denied at point-blank range by Connor Bruce, who was left helpless as Ryan Hardie netted the rebound from close range. The Rangers strike duo then combined to create and execute the next goal, Ryan Hardie passed to Junior Ogen inside the box and his neat back-heel teed up his strike partner to shoot past Connor Bruce.

As the hour mark approached Ryan Hardie broke down the right and passed across the box where Junior Ogen seemed set to complete his hat-trick but Connor Bruce got down to his left to make a fine save. Just after the hour Rangers scored again, when the Thistle defence cleared the ball from their box it only went as far as Jordan Hamill who’s fine shot gave Connor Bruce no chance.

With fifteen minutes remaining two Rangers substitutes combined to carve out the next opening, Jamie Barjonas broke from midfield before feeding Lewis White on the left side of the box, he shrugged off a couple of challenges before forcing Connor Bruce to turn the ball wide at his near post.The Thistle keeper then denied Rangers with a double save on eighty-five minutes, Jamie Barjonas burst into the left side of the penalty area before passing inside Ryan Hardie, the striker stepped inside a defender with Connor Bruce blocking his shot, when the ball broke back to Jamie Basrlonas the Thistle keeper was back on his feet to dive to his left and save again.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Michael Mossie, David Brownlie, Chris McDonald (Liam Burt 75mins); Ross Lyon (Lewis White 49mins), Jordan Hamill, Adam Wilson (Jamie Barjonas 58mins), Kyle Clark; Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright(Gk), Sam Jamieson.

Partick Thistle:- Connor Bruce; Nathan Gallagher, Jeff Fergus, Cammy Orr, Michael McMullan; Matt Ashelby (????? 79mins), Kyle Turner, Cammy Ferrier, Anton McGuigan; Neil McLaughlin, Daniel Bonnar (Marc Hood HT).

Not Used:-

Under 20’s Remain Top

February 4, 2014

Rangers 4 St.Mirren 0

Rangers Under 20’s continued from where they left off last week with an unchanged side, another good performance produced a comfortable win over St.Mirren at Murray Park tonight. The first significant incident after five minutes gave the referee a decision to make and produced a bit of controversy. Callum Gallagher chased a through ball and as keeper Chris Dilo came rushing from his penalty area, the Rangers striker got the ball first and the Saints keeper send him crashing just outside the penalty box. Referee Colin Steven opted to show the keeper a yellow card another referee may have seen the offence as worthy of a red.

As the quarter-hour approached the visitor’s attacked the Rangers penalty area, Luca Gasparotto’s clearance only went as far as Thomas Reilly on the left side of the box and the St.Mirren striker’s effort was just too high. A couple of minutes later another Saints attack started down the left, the ball was passed inside and Lewis Morgan’s twenty-five yarder had Scott Gallagher diving to his right to turn the ball wide.

Rangers capitalised by taking the lead on eighteen minutes, Luca Gasparotto sent Darren Ramsay clear on the left and he continued deep into the Saint’s penalty area before beating Chris Dilo with a cool finish. A further eighteen minutes had passed when Rangers missed a great chance to double their lead, Andy Murdoch won the ball before feeding Darren Ramsay on the left, when he drove the ball across the six yard box Callum Gallagher looked certain to score, but the Rangers striker stumbled over the ball a couple of yards out.

Just before the half-time whistle Lewis Morgan sent Barry Cuddihy to the byline on the right, when his cross came into the box Adam Brown’s spectacular overhead kick just cleared Scott Gallagher’s crossbar.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers were quick out the blocks at the start of the second-half and doubled their lead after only four minutes. Robbie Crawford attacked the left side of the penalty area before passing inside to Callum Gallagher who beat Chris Dilo from just inside the box. Rangers were now dominating and the next effort on goal started when Kyle McAusland passed inside to Charlie Telfer who exchanged passes with Dylan Dykes before testing Chris Dilo with the keeper holding the ball under his crossbar.

The third goal soon followed on sixty-four minutes, Robbie Crawford picked up the ball on the right side of the box, his cross picked out Darren Ramsay at the back post and he placed a header past Chris Dilo into the bottom corner. With quarter an hour remaining Kris Gibson replaced Callum Gallagher with Kyle McAusland taking on the striking role, turning the clock back to his early days at Rangers. Five minutes later a pass through the right side of Rangers defence gave Saints a glimmer of a chance that was snuffed out when Scott Gallagher raced from goal to save at Jon Scullion’s feet.

With five minutes remaining Kyle McAusland’s move to the striking role paid dividends, Robbie Crawford’s through ball sent him through on goal and he continued into the box before slotting past Chris Dilo. The visitor’s responded by coming close to a consolation goal a minute later, the attack started down the left and when the ball came into the middle Jon Scullion beat Scott Gallagher but his shot bounced off the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers were soon back attacking St.Mirren’s goal, Robbie Crawford  attacked the St.Mirren penalty box and when challenged the ball broke to Darren Ramsay who’s powerful strike was deflected just over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 St.Mirren 0

Rangers:- Scott Gallagher; Kyle McAusland, Craig Halkett (Greg Pascazio 85mins), Luca Gaparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Andy Murdoch; Jamie Burrows (Dylan Dykes HT), Robbie Crawford, Charlie Telfer, Darren Ramsay; Callum Gallagher (Kris Gibson 75mins).

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (Gk)

St.Mirren:- Chris Dilo; Barry Cuddihy, Jack Baird, Mark Williams, Jordan Stewart; Adam Brown, Kenny McLean (Jon Scullion HT), Declan Hughes, Lewis Morgan; Anton Brady (Lewis McLear 64mins), Thomas Reilly (Danny McDonald 64mins).

Not Used:- Jamie McGowan (Gk), Mark Barrowman, Josh Beattie, Robbie Mitchell.