15’s Net Late Winner

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.

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