Youths Lose At Beith

Beith Juniors 4 Rangers 1

Rangers Under 20’s lost their friendly at Beith this afternoon but the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story. After taking the lead they proceeded to create and miss a series of first half chances that should have put him out of sight, this added to a bit of slackness at the other end meant they actually went in at the break behind. The second half was a completely different story with Rangers rarely threatening the Beith goal, the home side added another couple of goals to run out comfortable winners.

Rangers first chance came on twelve minutes when Dylan Dykes found himself free on the left side of the box, but the keeper stood tall to block his effort. Rangers took the lead a minute later, Darren Ramsay sent a free-kick into the box from the left, when it was headed to the edge of the box Ryan Hardie gathered before beating the keeper with the aid of a slight deflection.

Five minutes later another Darren Ramsay cross from the left was headed out this time as far as Dylan Dykes, his shot beat the keeper but bounced of the top of the crossbar and over. On twenty minutes Luca Gasparotto got on the end of a Ryan Hardie cross from the left, his header looked destined for the net until the keeper dived to his left to knock the ball away.

Next to have an effort on goal was Danny Stoney, he drove at the Beith defence before shooting from the edge of the box with the keeper saving low to his left. Barely less than sixty seconds later Dylan Dykes fed Ryan Hardie on the right side of the penalty area and his shot across the keeper bounced  of his right hand post.

The home side then equalised just before the half-hour, the attack was created down the right and when the cross came into the box a glancing header beat Robbie McCrorie low to his right. Three minutes later they took the lead, Darren Ramsay was caught in possession twenty-five yards from goal and one pass sent the Beith attacker clear on the left side of the box and he slotted the ball past Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers tried to reply when Dylan Dykes passed forward to Darren Ramsay who drove towards the penalty area, with options right and left he opted to go for goal but shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. In the next attack Ryan Hardie played the ball out to Danny Stoney on the right, his cutback found Darren Ramsay arriving just inside the box and the keeper did well to turn his shot over.

The keeper was soon in action again when he got down to parry Junior Ogen’s shot from just outside the box and was quickly back on his feet to block Luca Gaparotto’s close range effort from the rebound. Junior Ogen then too a quick corner to Darren Ramsay on the left hand angle of the box with the keeper diving to his left to save.

Half-Time:- Beith 2 Rangers 1

It took a great challenge from Luca Gaparotto to prevent the home side increasing their lead, it was created by some neat play on the left hand byline and the cutback opened up an opportunity for a shot which Luca Gasparotto  did well to deflect the ball over. A long ball and knock on then created another chance for Beith, the shot from inside the right side of the penalty area was saved by Lewis McMinn at his near post.

Midway through the half Rangers threatened for the first time in the second half, Craig Halkett rising to head Darren Ramsay’s corner from the left towards goal and the keeper got down low to save on the line. Ten  minutes later an exchange of passes through the centre opened up the Rangers defence and the ball was placed past Lewis McMinn.

With just over five minutes remaining Beith completed the scoring, a mistake from Ross McCrorie allowed their player to break into the right side of Rangers penalty area and shoot across Lewis McMinn and into the bottom corner.

Full-Time:- Beith 4 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Lewis McMinn HT); David Brownlie (Josh Jeffries 55mins), Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Kris Gibson; Danny Stoney, Darren Ramsay (Max Asmore 81mins), Dylan Dykes, Adam Wilson (Ross McCrorie 73mins); Junior Ogen (Kyle McAusland 59mins), Ryan Hardie.


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