Rangers 4 DundeeUnited 1
It was a strong Rangers side that ran out comfortable winners in tonight’s Development League Fixture at Dumbarton’s Bet Butler Stadium. It was the usual sparse crowd for a Development League game but it included a fair representation from both clubs management teams. With Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall and Jim Stewart representing Rangers and Jackie McNamara, Simon Donnelly and Darren Jackson making the trip down from Dundee. Another interested spectator was Charlie Telfer taking in the clash between his current and former clubs.
United had the better of the early exchanges and when the ball was cleared from the Rangers box on five minutes Callum Butcher’s drive forced Liam Kelly to dive high to his right and make a fine save at the expense of a corner. Just before the quarter-hour Ole Adeyemo was breaking forward midway inside Rangers half right of centre, he passed inside to Scott Lochhead and his shot from distance had Liam Kelly stretching to tip over.
Midway through the half Dean Shiels attacked the left side of the United penalty area and when his shot deflected into the path of Fraser Aird he knocked the ball into the net from close range but the lineman flagged for offside. Chances started to come along at regular intervals in the closing eight minutes of the half, Nicky Clark left a defender in his wake as he attacked the United box with Michael Szromnik getting down to his left to save his shot from the edge of the box.
Within a minute Rangers took the lead, Ross McCrorie played the ball forward to Nicky Clark on the left who passed inside to Andy Murdoch who fired high past Michael Szromnik from the edge of the box. A few minutes later the visitors worked a chance on the right side of Rangers penalty area but Aaron Duke’s shot was straight at Liam Kelly.
United then got back on level terms in their next attack from a corner, Reghan Tumility took the corner from the left and delivered to the near post where Ryan Sinnamon inadvertently headed past his own keeper. Right on half-time a corner at the other end was sent over from the left by Fraser Aird, as the ball came over the heads of those at the near post it struck the shins of Mark Wilson and just crossed the line for another own goal, although the United players thought otherwise and left the field on the half-time whistle still debating the issue with the referee.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 1
Rangers had an early chance at the start of the second-half when Nicky Clark chased the ball to the left hand byline, he passed along the byline to David Templeton who tricked a defender before testing Michael Szromnik from a tight angle, the keeper parried and Dean Shiels stretched to reach the rebound but could only knock the ball high over. A minute later Nicky Clark dispossessed a defender on the edge of the box and Michel Szromnik dived high to his left to turn the striker’s shot wide.
United replied when Mark Wilson’s drive from a free-kick twenty-five yards out flashed narrowly wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Dean Shiels passed forward to Nicky Clark he attacked the left side of the United box before shooting wide of Michael Szromnik’s left hand post.
As the mid-point of the half approached Ryan Sinnamon broke froward from left-back, when he exchanged passes with David Templeton the play opened up ahead of him, he progressed to the edge of the box before forcing another save from Michael Szromnik. Rangers then increased their lead a minute later, when Fraser Aird lined up to take a free-kick just outside the left side of the box those in the middle were probably expecting a cross but he found the net with a powerful shot, firing into the near top corner.
In another attack straight from the kick-off Ryan Sinnamon’s cross was chested into David Templeton’s path by Nicky Clark on the edge of the box but the winger’s volley was just too high. United were still trying to get back into the match and as the last fifteen minutes approached Keith Watson’s cross from the right was headed goalwards by Reghan Tumility with Liam Kelly diving to his left to save.
Rangers made sure of the points with a couple of minutes remaining, Fraser Aird delivered a free-kick from close to the byline on the left which Michael Szromnik punched to the edge of the box where it was met by Andy Murdoch who shot through a crowded box and into the net.
Full-Time:-Rangers 4 Dundee United 1
Rangers :- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Sebastien Faure, Ross McCrorie (Ryan Finnie 62mins); Fraser Aird, Andy Murdoch, Kyle Hutton (Dylan Dykes 62mins), David Templeton (Scott Roberts 77mins); Dean Shiels; Nicky Clark.
Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Kris Gibson, Scot Whiteside, Ryan Hardie
Dundee United:- Michael Szromnik; Keith Watson, Mark Wilson, Harry Souttar, Euan Spark; Reghan Tumility (Jamie Montgomery 77mins), Callum Butcher, Brad Smith, Scott Lochhead; Aaron Duke; Ole Adeyemo.
Not Used:- Ryan Booth (Gk), Chris McLaughlin, Jamie Robson, Evan Horne, Greig McNaughton, Matthew Smith.