St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1 After Extra Time
A Darren Ramsay strike on the stroke of half-time of extra-time was enough to take Rangers through to meet Hearts in the Youth Cup Final, with the date and venue still to be decided. The victory was throughly deserved as Rangers dominated the game, missed chances and good goalkeeping allowing St.Mirren to take the game to extra time.
Rangers first chance came on thirteen minutes when Darren Ramsay latched on to a poor clearance from keeper Chris Dilo, with his shot being deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Four minutes later Craig Halkett got on the end of Darren Ramsay’s corner from the left with Chris Dilo reacting to block his powerful header at close range, Dylan Dykes followed up to head the rebound over.
On twenty-one minutes a slip from Luca Gasparotto allowed Thomas Reilly a sight of goal, his shot from just outside the box going narrowly wide of Lima Kelly’s right hand post. Rangers missed another great chance just after the half-hour, Darren Ramsay’s free-kick from wide right was headed back across goal by Dylan Dykes but Jamie Burrows could only head straight at Chris Dilo from the edge of the six yard box.
Two minutes before the break Rangers came even closer to talking the lead. Dylan Dykes crossed from the left and Callum Gallagher looked certain to score until Chris Dilo made a fine point-blank save to keep out his header, Jamie Burrows couldn’t force the rebound over the line and the Saints defence scrambled clear.
Half-Time:- Rangers 0 St.Mirren 0
Rangers had an early chance in the second half when Callum Gallagher’s flick released Jamie Burrows through the inside left channel but the striker screwed his shot wide of the near post. A minute later Dylan Dykes passed inside from the right and Darren Ramsay’s twenty-five yarder tested Chris Dilo low to his left.
Ten minutes into the half Charlie Telfer’s pass found Darren Ramsay breaking into the left side of the penalty area where he was brought down by Barry Cuddihy. After the initially pointing to the spot the referee changed his mind after speaking to his linesman, awarding a free-kick right on the edge of the box and showing the St.Mirren player a red card. Darren Ramsay touched the free-kick to Charlie Telfer and his shot forced another save from Chris Dilo low to his right. As the hour mark approached Craig Halkett’s pass released Callum Gallagher on the right side of the box, his shot was powerful but straight at Chris Dilo at the near post.
In a rare St.Mirren venture forward Josh Beattie sent in a dangerous cross from the right that took a fine defensive header at the back post from Craig Halkett to clear the danger.
Full-Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 0
In the opening minute of the extra time period Dylan Dykes got a glancing header on Darren Ramsay’s free-kick from the right that Chris Dilo got down to his left to make a decent save. He was to surpass that two minutes later, Danny Stoney took on Mark Barrowman and hit the byline on the right, his cross found the head of Callum Gallagher and the ball looked destined for the net until Chris Dilo threw himself to his right to divert the ball for a corner.
With five minutes till the break in extra time Jon Scullion’s corner from the right was met at the near post Declan Hughes and his header just cleared the cross-bar. Right on the half-time whistle Ryan Sinnamon appeared to be fouled when he cut in from the left angle of the box, the ball broke to Darren Ramsay who sent an unstoppable shot into the opposite top corner of the net.
With just over five minutes remaining Ryan Hardie latched on to a mistake in the centre of the St. Mirren defence but was denied by keeper Chris Dilo. Deep into injury time Chris Dilo advanced to take a free kick on the halfway line. His attempt to send the ball into Rangers box was short and Danny Stoney intercepted to run clear from just outside his own box, after running the length of the pitch his last touch was a poor one allowing Chris Dilo to save at his feet. The referee then blew for full-time and Rangers had deservedly booked their place in the final.
After Extra Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1
St.Mirren:- Chris Dilo; Jack Baird, Mark Williams, Mark Barrowman; Declan Hughes; Barry Cuddihy, Lewis McLear (Josh Beattie 56mins), Adam Brown (Danny McDonlad 75mins), Lewis Morgan (Jon Scullion 99mins); Thomas Reilly, Anton Brady.
Not Used:- Jamie McGowan (Gk), Connor Murray
Rangers:-Liam Kelly; Greg Pascazio (Danny Stoney 70mins), Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Dylan Dykes, Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Darren Ramsay(Scott Roberts 115mins); Jamie Burrows (Ryan Hardie 97mins), Callum Gallagher
Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie, Kris Gibson
Rangers 3 Hibernian 1
Sunday morning gave me the opportunity of making it a doubled header with Rangers Under 15’s taking on Hibernian. It was a comfortable win for the Ibrox youngsters who played some good stuff.
Rangers first chance came on seven minutes, Ben Andoh won possession on the right and passed inside same Jamieson who played in Liam Burt breaking into the box, he shot across the keeper and the ball clipped the right hand post on its way past. As the midway point of the half approached Aidan Wilson broke forward from right back to test the Hibs keeper with a powerful shot.
On twenty-eight minutes Rangers took the lead, Ben Andoh on the right picked out Kieran Balfour’s run into the box and the midfielder slotted past the keeper. Ten minutes before the break Jason Krones rose to meet Liam Burt’s free-kick but his header was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
Four minutes later Sam Jamieson latched on to a defender’s poor touch on the edge of the box but he was denied by the keeper who advanced from his line to make a fine block.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 0
Rangers doubled their lead, when a Hibernian defender attempted a clearance and cannoned off one of his team mates, Sam Jamieson won the race to the ball and as he knocked it past the keeper he was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot, with Jamie Barjonas stepping up to convert.
Just before the hour mark the visitors reduced the deficit, a corner was delivered from the right, deep to the back post from where it was headed past Kieran Wright. A couple of minutes later it took a fine save from Kieran Wright to keep Rangers lead intact, diving high to his left to clutch a shot from around twenty-five yards.
Rangers were soon back on attack and Liam Burt’s pass released Sam Jamieson who was again denied by the keeper coming off his line to save. On seventy-two minutes the Rangers striker eventually got the better of the Hibs keeper, Liam Burt broke down the right before passing inside to Sam Jamieson who rounded the keeper before firing into the net.
A minute later Grant Nelson’s thundering shot from the right hand angle of the box crashed off the underside of the bar and clear. Hibs replied with a long-range shot that gave Kieran Wright some trouble but he managed to divert it wide of his right hand post. The final chance game when Grant Nelson pounced on a slack defensive pass, advanced into the box but couldn’t get the ball past the keeper who made a fine block.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 1
Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Aidan Wilson (Kieran Laing 66mins), Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Kyle Bradley (Sam Rutherford 73mins); Ben Andoh (Andy Dallas HT), Kieran Balfour (Joe McMullan 73mins), Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson; Liam Burt; Sam Jamieson.