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