Rangers 1 St. Mirren 0
An Aidan Wilson header proved enough to give Rangers Under 17’s a win at Murray Park this morning, the Ibrox youngsters should have had the game wrapped up but a failure to covert chances saw them hang on in the closing stages as the visitors came close to an equaliser. Fresh from what was the best performance from the first team for quite some time, Ally McCoist took in the second half of the game from the sidelines.
Rangers came close to taking the lead on twelve minutes, Josh Jeffries delivered a corner from the left which was met on the volley by Kyle Bradley and the Saints keeper just managed to stop the ball crossing the line with his legs. Just less than ten minutes later Josh Jeffries attacked the right side of the St.Mirren penalty area before cutting inside and going for goal with his left foot with the visitor’s keeper getting down to his left to turn the ball wide of the post.
Only a couple of minutes later Max Ashmore found Aidan Wilson overlapping down the right and his superb cross looked perfect for Kyle Clark to give Rangers the lead but he miscued his header and the ball went high over the bar. Another enterprising overlap from Aidan Wilson took him to the byline on the right, his low cross forced a unorthordox clearance from the Saints keeper as kicked the ball away from Andy Dallas.
Rangers pressure paid off as the half entered the final ten minutes, Josh Jeffries swung a corner from the right towards the back post where Aidan Wilson rose highest to power a header past the keeper. Despite their dominance Rangers could have gone in level at the break when the visitors came close in the half’s dying seconds, the attack came down the left and when the ball was played inside to the edge of the box the striker’s shot beat Robbie McCrorie but bounced clear off his right hand post.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0
Rangers had a great chance five minutes after the break, Jamie Barjonas sent a superb pass inside the right full-back to setup a chance for Grant Nelson who’s effort from a narrow angle was turned wide by the keeper. Jamie Barjonas was the architect of Rangers next chance, setting up Josh Jeffries to try his luck from distance, the short was powerful enough but straight at the keeper.
Rangers increased the pressure as the hour mark approached, Jamie Barjonas passing to Ross Lyon on the right hand angle of the box and his shot was just too high. Within seconds Max Ashmore picked out Grant Nelson inside the right side of the box, as he was challenged by a defender the ball broke across the goal with Kyle Clark looking certain to score but was denied by a fine brave save by the Saints keeper.
Midway through the half Lewis White sent Kyle Clark down the left and he picked out Kieran Balfour on the edge of the box, again the shot was powerful but too straight as the keeper saved comfortably. With ten minutes remaining the visitor’s looked likely to draw level, the attack was created on the left and when their attacker was picked out around the penalty spot his shot beat Robbie McCrorie but his brother Ross popped up to clear from the line.
With four minutes remaining Saints sent a free-kick from wide left and close to the halfway line into the box, when it was headed clear the ball was gathered by a St.Mirren player, his shot took a deflection but there seemed little danger until the ball squeezed under the body of Robbie McCrorie diving to his right and just wide of the post. Another free-kick and clearance setup a final chance for St.Mirren in injury time with this time, Robbie McCroie getting down to his left to push the shot away.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0
Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Aidan Wilson (Robbie Smith 53mins), Kyle Bradley (Kieran Balfour 62mins), Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Ross Lyon, Jamie Barjonas (Trialist No 17 73mins), Max Ashmore, Kyle Clark (Trialist No 18 86mins); Josh Jeffires; Andy Dallas (Grant Nelson HT)