15’s Win At Ralston

St.Mirren 1 Rangers 6

Rangers Under 15’s had a comfortable win at Ralston tonight despite falling behind in the first half, once the Ibrox youngsters had edged ahead on the stroke of half-time the result was never in doubt. Rangers had the first serious effort on goal after ten minutes, Reece Rintoull cutting in from the left before firing a powerful shot that was straight at the keeper.

The home side then responded by taking the lead eight minutes later with a superbly worked goal, a fast, neat exchange of passes opened up the centre of the Rangers defence allowing their player to penetrate the penalty area and shoot past Josh Donaldson. Just before the half hour Zak Rudden combined with Jordan Houston with the latter lobbing the ball over the defence to Stephen Kelly breaking into the box but he was denied by the home keeper.

Within a minute Scott Gray’s pass released Jordan Houston breaking into the left side of the penalty area with the Saints keeper saving low to his left. Rangers were now creating chances at regular intervals and the next one came from a Scott Gray cross from the left , Stephen Kelly cushioned the ball back to Jordan Houston on the edge of the box, with his shot was saved by the keeper.

The Saints defence eventually succumbed to the Rangers pressure with the equaliser coming eight minutes before the break, when the ball was played up to Zak Rudden a superb first time flick released Stephen Kelly on the left side of the box, he exchanged passes with Cammy Palmer before slotting past the keeper. Rangers were soon threatening again, Stephen Kelly’s pass forcing the keeper to rush from his line to save bravely at Jordan Houston’s feet, Zak Rudden followed up and latched on to the rebound with the keeper producing another fine save.

Rangers eventually got in front on the stroke of half time and it was a disaster for the Saints keeper who had been keeping Rangers at bay. Stephen Kelly made the pass up to Jordan Houston on the edge of the box, the keeper appeared to have the shot covered but it slipped from his grasp and through his legs and into the net.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 2

There was only six minutes gone in the second-half when Scott Gray raced past the full-back to the left hand byline, Zak Rudden met his cutback on the edge of the six yard box with the Saints keeper saving a point-blank range and the Rangers striker blazing the rebound over. The same two players combined a minute later, Scott Gray’s pass sending Zak Rudden clear on the left, as he made his way into the penalty area the keeper came from his line to block.

In Rangers next attack the keeper was left helpless, a step over  on the edge of the box from Reece Rintoull took him past a defender and the ball onto his right foot before sending a shot over the keeper and into his top right hand corner. Rangers continued their whirlwind start to the second half and the chances were coming by the minute, Stephen Kelly’s pass releasing Jordan Houston on the left side of the box, the Saint’s keeper was again up to the task coming out to block.

Another minute and another chance, Jordan Houston’s pass allowing Zak Rudden to race into the right side of the penalty area before shooting across the keeper into the far corner of the net. Midway through the half Rhys Breen broke forward from defence and played a one two with Dylan Patterson before crashing a shot off the crossbar from the edge of the box.

The scoring was completed with a two goal burst in the final minute, the first came when Matthew Shiels sent a ball over the top of the Saint’s defence and Zak Rudden won the race with the keeper to prod the ball into the net. There was still time Jordan Houston to send in a low driven corner from the left into the box where Rhys Breen arrived to volley past the keeper.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 6

Rangers:- Josh Donaldson (Lewis Muir 60mins); Cammy Wray, Lewis Mayo (Jack Wilson 60mins), Rhys Breen, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer (Billy Gilmour 70mins), Stephen Kelly (Dylan Patterson 65mins), Mati Zata, Reece Rintoull (Matthew Shiels 70mins); Jordan Houston; Zak Rudden.

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