Youths Ease Into Next Round

Rangers 4 Spartans 0

Rangers Under 20’s eased into the next round of the Youth Cup with a functional rather than spectacular win over a Spartans side that knocked out Partick Thistle in the last round. In a game where Liam Kelly was virtually a spectator the real surprise was that Rangers only found the net on four occasions.

Rangers took the lead on nine minutes, Ryan Hardie was in possession on the left side of the Spartans penalty area and his cross to the back post found Ryan Sinnamon arriving  to slot the ball past Blair Carswell. A few minutes later Danny Stoney cut in past a defender from the left and his shot forced Blair Carswell to save at his near post low to his right.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Ryan Sinnamon passed inside to Junior Ogen from the right, he moved the ball past a defender and onto his left foot with keeper Blair Carswell saving his on target shot. Rangers doubled their lead a couple of minutes later with a superb goal, there seemed little danger when the ball was played to Ryan Hardie on the edge of the box but a superbly executed Cryuff turn took him clear of the defence and allowing him to shoot past Blair Carswell.

Within two minutes scored again, Andy Murdoch’s pass inside Harry Oliff was perfect for Ryan Sinnamon breaking into the box, he was hauled to the ground by Sam Daniel for a clear penalty that Danny Stoney stepped up to covert. The half-hour mark had just passed when a cross from the left was headed out as far as Danny Stoney and his twenty-five yard effort forced a save from Blair Carswell diving to his left.

The next effort came when Danny Stoney passed the ball out to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, he passed inside to Junior Ogen who’s shot was powerful but straight at Blair Carswell. Four minutes before the break Rangers missed a great chance to score again, Ryan Sinnamon attacked down the right and his cross was perfect for Junior Ogen, with the goal at his mercy he headed straight at Blair Carswell.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Spartans 0

Rangers found the net again just over ten minutes into the second-half, Ryan Sinnamon sent Ryan Hardie down the right and heading into the box, keeper Blair Carswell forced him wide out of the area and towards the byline, the Rangers striker looked up and calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper and defence into the net from a narrow angle. A few minutes later Tom Walsh’s cross from the right found Ryan Sinnamon around the penalty spot, on this occasion he was denied by Blair Carswell’s one handed save.

With twelve minutes remaining Spartans passed up their one clear chance to get on the scoresheet, Jamie Dishington broke towards Rangers box before playing in George Hunter on the right side of the penalty area, but the striker who had put Thistle to the sword in the previous round blazed over. Rangers had one more chance to add to their tally with five minutes left on the clock, Ryan Hardie attacked down the right and passed inside to Tom Walsh who’s shot looked likely to find the net until Blair Carswell turned the ball over with a spectacular save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Spartans 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Luca Gasparotto, Ross McCrorie; Junior Ogen (Adam Wilson 65mins), Kris Gibson, Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh; Danny Stoney (Josh Jeffries 87mins); Ryan Hardie (Sam Jamieson 87mins).

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

Spartans;- Blair Carswell; Alex Imiah, Kris Buchanan (Jordan Brown 59mins), Paul Dickson, Harry Oliff (Ross Davies 79mins); Sean Stewart, Scott McGrory-Irving, Jamie Dishington, Sam Daniel (Andrew Mair 63mins); Blair Atkinson; George Hunter.

Not Used:- Dylan Tait, Kyle Brown.

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