Under 20’s Remain Top

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.

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