17’s Hit Jags For Seven

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).

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