Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0
With St.Mirren cancelling the Development League fixtures this weekend the only option for a youth game was a friendly against Queen’s Park at Murray Park this morning. The game was billed as an “Under 16 fixture” although the Rangers squad included Under 18 goalkeeper Lewis McMinn and two Under 17’s, Lewis White and Kyle Clark who were returning from injury.
Rangers created the first opening in the fifth minute, Mohamed Niang exchanged passes with Kyle Clark and his shot from inside the right side of the box was saved by Calvin Graham low to his right. Just over ten minutes later Rangers attacked again, this time it came down the left with Lewis White passing inside to Premyslaw Dachnowicz whose return pass inside the full-back sent Lewis White towards the byline, when his shot was cleared to the edge of the box Kieran Balfour’s drive was only just wide of Calvin Graham’s right hand post.
Rangers then took the lead on the twenty-minute mark, Premyslaw Dachnowicz’s delivered a corner from the left towards the back post where Robbie Smith headed back across goal for Mohamed Niang to nod past the keeper. Another corner thirteen minutes later, this time from the right, almost led to a second goal, with the Queen’s defence struggling to clear Kyle Bradley hooked the ball towards the net but a Queen’s Park defender popped up on the line to head clear.
Two minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead, Kyle Bradley progressed down the right and when Calvin Graham failed to gather his cross the ball broke for Andy Dallas to find the net from around the penalty spot.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 0
The visitors who had shown little in an attacking sense in the first half came close twelve minutes after the break, Marcus Connolly was the creator with a run and cross down the right with Ally Miller’s header going narrowly over. Rangers capitalised on that let off by scoring a third goal within a minute, Robbie Smith rising above everyone to head Premyslaw Dachnowicz’s corner from the right into the net.
As the last quarter-hour approached a scrappy piece of play on the edge of the box saw the ball eventually land at the feet of Kyle Clark, his shot beat Calvin Graham but rebound across goal from his right hand post, Premyslaw Dachnowicz looked certain to score bust was denied by a superb Andy Henderson challenge. The final chance came a couple of minutes later when the Trialist No. 15 charged down Calvin Graham’s clearance with the ball bouncing of the keeper’s left hand post and going behind.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Lewis McMinn HT), Kyle Bradley (Trialist No.14 68mins), Jack Wilson, Robbie Smith, Lewis White; Mohamed Niang, Kieran Balfour, Kyle Clark (Trialist No. 15 77mins), Premyslaw Dachnowicz; Liam Burt (Grant Nelson HT); Andy Dallas,
Queen’s Park Squad:- Calvin Graham (Gk), Darren Robertson, Johnny Devlin, Andy Henderson, Blair Murray, Liam Brown, Adam Stoddart, Calvin McGrory, Ewan McPherson, Joe Mandleson, Ally Miller, Connor Higgins, Marcus Connolly, Jordan Pender, Paul O’Brien.