Development League Low

Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 0

Having witnessed the opening Development League game against Partick Thistle at Firhill I thought it would be a season’s low in terms of performance. Tonight’s display at New Douglas Park at least ran it close and was possibly a new low. Yet early in the game there was no real indication of what was to come, as Rangers created a couple of half chances.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Fraser Aird attacked down the right and went past Scott McMann before stepping inside Mikey Devlin and bringing out a save from Darren Hill low to his right. Less than a minute later Fraser Aird tested the keeper again, this time from around twenty-five yards and Darren Hill again got down to his right to turn the ball wide of his post.

Midway through the half a quick Kris Gibson free-kick gave Tom Walsh a chance on the left side of the Hamilton penalty area but his shot was into the side netting. As the half hour approached Kyle Hutton moved the ball to his left for the overlapping Kris Gibson to shoot from the left hand angle of the box with Darren Hill saving as his near post.

The home side then took the lead with their first real effort on goal on thirty-three minutes, Jaison McGrath picked up a flick on just outside the right side of Rangers penalty area, he cut inside before laying the ball into the path of Steven Boyd who beat Lee Robinson low to his left from just outside the penalty area. Accies came close to a second goal six minutes later, from Danny Armstrong’s free-kick close to the byline on the left Mikey Devlin rose to head back across goal and just wide of the far post.

The goal was delayed barely sixty seconds, there seemed little danger when Greg Docherty elected to shoot from a round thirty yards until Lee Robinson allowed the ball to slip through his grasp and into the net. Rangers tried to respond when Andy Murdoch passed to Darren Ramsay on the left side of the box, he had an opportunity to shoot first time but elected to cut inside onto his stronger right foot and shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Halft-Time:- Hamiton Accies 2 Rangers 0

The home side continued to have the upper hand and ten minutes after the break Jaison McGrath broke forward before firing a powerful shot straight at Lee Robinson. The third goal came on seventy minutes, when Luca Gasparotto allowed a long ball to bounce inside Rangers penalty area Eamonn Brophy got the better of the aerial challenge and when the ball landed at his feet he spun to shoot past Lee Robinson low to his right.

From here on in the home side looked much more likely to increase their lead then Rangers reducing the deficit, Accies having a decent shout for a penalty and picking up a bizarre yellow card when their player was clearly fouled on the edge of Rangers penalty area. Former Rangers player Ben Reilly had the best chance to increase their lead breaking into the right side of the box but he failed to execute his attempted chip properly and the ball was easily saved by Lee Robinson.

The most disappointing aspect was that after Accies third goal the body language of the players and silence from the dugout suggested this Rangers side had given up. Was it a new low after Firhill ? It was close, but in my opinion the desperation of throwing a centre back upfront and the bizarre sight of Callum Gallagher finishing the game at left back means the Firhill game just edged it.

Full-Time:-Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 0

Hamilton Accies:- Darren Hill (Blair Currie 80mins); Craig Watson, Shaun Want, Mikey Devlin, Scott McMann; Darren Lyon; Danny Armstrong (Ben Reilly 60mins),Steven Boyd (Jack Simpson 61mins), Greg Docherty; Eamonn Brophy, Jaison McGrath.

Not Used:- Jack Harrison, Darren Smith, Ryan Tierney, Colin Granger.

Rangers:- Lee Robinson; Sebastien Faure, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Kris Gibson (Ryan Finnie 58mins); Fraser Aird, Andy Murdoch, Kyle Hutton, Darren Ramsay (Junior Ogen 77mins); Tom Walsh (Scott Roberts 55mins); Kyle McAusland.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), David Brownlie, Jordan Hamill.

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