17’s Overcome Ayr

Rangers 3 Ayr United 1

Rangers eventually overcame stiff resistance from Ayr United at Murray Park tonight, it wasn’t until Kyle Clark’s late third goal that the game was made save. The first chance of the game came after ten minutes, Ross McCrorie was sent down the left and he cut inside a defender before going for goal with the Ayr keeper standing up to make the block. A couple of minutes later Josh Jeffries cut in from the right and drove towards the Ayr penalty area before shooting just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Midway through the half patient passing across midfield gave Jamie Brandon the chance of a shot from the right side of the box, the ball broke kindly for Adam Edgar around the penalty spot and it took a brilliant save low to his right from the Ayr keeper to deny the trialist. A few minutes later Kyle Clark wide on the right passed inside to Jamie Brandon who moved the ball onto Josh Jeffries at the edge of the box and his shot beat the keeper low to his left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

Only two minutes of the second half had elapsed when Rangers increased their lead, when the ball came in from the left Adam Edgar took a great first touch before beating the keeper with a neat finish. A piece of slackness at a goal kick at the other end presented the visitors with a chance and it took great challenge from Aidan Wilson to clear the danger.

On fifty-two minutes Adam Edgar on the left side of the penalty area played in Andy Dallas, he looked to have sidestepped the keeper but when he attempted to knock the ball into the net the keeper dived to his left to make a great recovery and produce a fine save. A minute later Ayr capitalised by reducing the deficit, from a cross midway into to Rangers half wide of the left and a header at the right side of the box beat Lewis McMinn.

Rangers grabbed the clinching third with seven minutes remaining, Adam Edgar got a flick on to a long ball which was collected by Andy Dallas, who passed to Kyle Clark on the left side of the box and despite the keeper getting a touch on the shot he was beaten to his left as the ball rolled into the net. Rangers had one final chance when Adam Edgar had a great turn and shot on the edge of the box but was denied by the keeper who dived to his left to turn the ball wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Ayr United 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Ross McCrorie, David Brownlie, Kyle Bradley, Max Ashmore, Kyle Clark, Jamie Brandon, Adam Edgar, Andy Barrowman, Josh Jeffries, Andy Dallas, Ross Lyon, Kieran Balfour.

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