Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 0
With the scheduled early kick-off for the under 15’s at New Douglas Park cancelled, what was going to be a double-header became just the one game, the under 14’s game with Hamilton Accies at Murray Park. Rangers were deserved winners in what was an entertaining game at a cold Murray Park.
It was the visitor’s who had the first real effort on target after thirteen minutes, from a free-kick just outside the left hand side of the box the shot was on target and Darren Montgomery saved low to his right, gathering at the second attempt. Five minutes later Stephen Kelly broke clear of the Accies defence on the halfway line and continued into the box but his shot was weak and the keeper saved low to his left.
A further three minutes had passed when Jordan Houston sent Zak Rudden clear on the left, the Rangers striker progressed into the box but his shot was too straight and it allowed the keeper to blog with his legs. A minute later Rangers passed up another great chance, Matifadza Zata passed into Matthew Shiels from the right and a neat back-heel released Stephen Kelly inside the box, but again the finish was disappointing and the keeper saved comfortably.
Five minutes before the end of period Accies attacked down the right, and exchange of passes created space for the cross and it took a superb Michael Hewitt clearance to clear the danger. Two minutes later the visitors attack came down the left, when the ball was cut back the shot was netbound until Darren Montgomery dived to his right to produce a fine one handed save.
Hamilton had the first chance in the opening minute of the second period, the cross came in from the left and the header on goal was only just too high. Rangers replied when Stephen Kelly on the left passed inside to Jordan Houston who exchanged passes with Zak Rudden before shooting across goal and only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.
Twenty minutes into the second period Rangers took the lead, Matthew Shiels beat the keeper to Jordan Houston’s through ball, knocking the ball past him on the edge of the box then taking his time to pick his spot in the net. It was almost two a minute later, Zak Rudden passed to Jordan Houston on the right and from his low cross Matthew Shiels was denied by the keeper at point blank-range.
The visitors created a decent chance five minutes before the end of the period, created on the right they progressed deep into Rangers penalty area but the shot went across goal. Rangers ended the period on the attack and from Scott Gray’s superb free-kick from the right Lewis Mayo’s header looked netbound until the keeper dived high to his right to claw the ball away.
Two minutes into the final period Rangers doubled their lead, Stephen Kelly and Scott Blacklaw worked a short corner on the left and from the former’s cross Matifadza Zata met it on the volley and the ball hit the inside of the keeper’s right hand post, as the ball went across goal Rhys Breen was well placed to bundle the ball over the line. Two minutes later Aaron Reid sent Zak Rudden clear on the left side of the penalty area but was again denied by the keeper.
Rangers were dominating at the start of the period and when Accies failed to clear a corner Rhys Breen was denied twice by the keeper, blocking his first effort then a few seconds later turning his shot wide of his right hand post. The game then went through a period where goalmouth chances were limited until the final minute when Matthew Shiels pass found Zak Rudden on the left side of the box, he went passed a defender to put himself in the clear, but not for the first time the keeper came off his line to block with his legs.
Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 0
Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Matifadza Zata, Jordan Houston, Carlo Pignatiello, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Cammy Wray, Rhys Breen, Aaron Reid, Scott Blacklaw.
Footnote:- The cancelled Under 15’s fixture was replaced with a game against Kilmarnock on Saturday morning that Rangers won 1-0.
At the same time of the under 14’s game, Rangers 13’s recorded a 4-2 win over their Hamilton Accies counterparts with the goals coming from Marc Leonard, Niyah Joseph, Dylan Patterson & Bill Gilmour.