Queen of the South 0 Rangers 2
Rangers Under 20’s progressed to the fifth round of the Youth Cup at Palmerston this afternoon, the tie was still in the balance until Ryan Hardie scored Rangers second a couple of minutes before the final whistle. The young Rangers side deserved their win over the ninety minutes with Queen’s having their best spell in the twenty minutes before the break.
Rangers were first to threaten on three minutes when Tom Walsh on the left, passed inside to Darren Ramsay who’s shot from the edge of the box took a slight deflection forcing the keeper to save low to his left. Just under ten minutes later the home side threatened with a shot from the edge of the box that was just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.
Within a couple of minutes Rangers missed a great chance to take the lead, when a corner was cleared from the Queen’s penalty area Adam Wilson’s cross from the left found Ross McCrorie totally unmarked right in front of goal but he miscued his header and the ball went well wide of the far post. Rangers continued to press and Tom Walsh cut in from the left before shooting over.
Within sixty-seconds the home side missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock, a cross from the right broke to their striker right in front of goal but he dragged his shot wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Rangers replied with an enterprising run from Ross McCrorie that took him into the left side of the penalty area with the keeper saving at his near post.
On twenty-seven minutes Tom Walsh sent a corner from the left towards the far post where Ryan Hardie headed just wide. Queen’s went straight to the other end and came close to breaking the deadlock, their striker latched on to a slack Adam Wilson pass, went past Greg Pascazio into the box and was only denied when Liam Kelly blocked his shot with his foot.Soon after a pass from the left-wing into that side of the penalty area setup another shooting chance that had Liam Kelly diving to tip over.
Half-Time:- Queen of the South 0 Rangers 0
Rangers came out the blocks quickly at the start of the second half and soon had the home defence under pressure, from Ryan Sinnamon’s right-wing cross Ryan Hardie headed just wide of the far post. Two minutes later Ryan Hardie held the ball up inside the box before teeing up Tom Walsh for a shot that the keeper saved.
A minute later Rangers came closer still, Ryan Hardie got a flick on to a long ball and Darren Ramsay’s volley from the from the edge of the box left the keeper stranded but the ball bounced clear off the inside of his left hand post. Rangers early second half pressure was to pay off when they took the lead soon after, Tom Walsh delivered a corner from the left and Scot Whiteside’s near post header beat the keeper and the defenders on the goal line.
There then followed a period where goalmouth action was at a premium until the move of the game created a chance for Rangers with nine minutes remaining, Scott Roberts cut in from the left past two defender before spreading the play to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, he passed inside to Darren Ramsay who’s pass released Tom Walsh inside the right side of the box, the move deserved a goal but the home keeper saved at his near post.
As the game entered the last couple of minutes Ryan Hardie made some progress on the right hand byline before picking out Darren Ramsay on the edge of the box who’s shot was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. With clock ticking down Rangers made the game safe by scoring a second, Scott Roberts on the left passed inside to Darren Ramsay who’s drive from fully thirty yards crashed off the crossbar, the ball went high into the air allowing Ryan Hardie to make up the ground and nod the rebound past the keeper.
Full-Time:- Queen of the South 0 Rangers 2
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Scot Whiteside, Greg Pascazio, Ross McCrorie; Kris Gibson; Darren Ramsay, Adam Wilson (Scott Roberts 70mins), Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh; Ryan Hardie.
Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Junior Ogen, David Brownlie, Ross Lyon.
Rangers 9 Forth Valley 0
Before heading to Dumfries I took in the Under 15’s game against Forth Valley at Murray Park in the morning, where Rangers Under 15’s supplemented by Under 16’s Andy Dallas and Premyslaw Dachnowicz recorded a high scoring win.
Rangers took the lead almost straight from kick-off, Stephen Kelly releasing Andy Dallas on the left and when his low cross came into the box Premyslaw Dachnowicz was on hand to shoot past the keeper. Within a couple of minutes Zak Rudden tried his luck from distance with his effort only just going wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
Within in a minute Rangers scored their second, Andy Dallas released the overlapping Scott Gray who headed to the byline and when his low cross arrived in the box Zak Rudden converted from close range. Just before the quarter-hour Andy Dallas’s shot from the right side of the box was saved, Dylan Patterson fired the rebound across goal where it was collected by Zak Rudden who teed up Stephen Kelly who hit the bar from the edge of the box.
Five minutes later Jordan Houston in possession on the left passed inside to Stephen Kelly, on this occasion it took a touch from the keeper to divert his shot from the edge of the box on to the crossbar. Midway through the half Andy Dallas and Dylan Patterson exchanged passes on the edge of the box to set up Zak Rudden who on this occasion shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.
Forth Valley created their first real chance a few minutes later with an attack that took them into the right side of the Rangers box with Josh Donaldson standing tall to save at his near post. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Andy Dallas cut in from the left the Forth Valley keeper saved his shot at his near post.
Seven minutes before the break Zak Rudden was played through with the keeper saving bravely at his feet, Dylan Patterson followed up to fire the rebound goalwards with a defender getting back on his line to clear. Within in a minute Zak Rudden was trying his luck from the edge of the box that the keeper saved low to his right.
Three minutes before the break Rangers scored a third, the initial attack came when a neat Zak Rudden flick sent Andy Dallas clear with the keeper diving to his left to turn the ball wide for a corner Rangers took a short corner that allowed Scott Gray to fire in a left foot shot the keeper parried into the path of Zak Rudden who knocked the ball into the net. The final chance of the half came with Cammy Palmer winning possession on the right before passing forward to Jordan Houston who continued into the box and shot across goal and wide.
Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Forth Valley 0
Early in the second half Rhys Breen played the ball over the top of the Forth Valley defence that sent Zak Rudden through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Within two minutes an Andy Dallas pass released Zak Rudden inside the right side of the box, as the keeper dived at his feet he lifted the ball over him with a neat chip.
Near the hour mark Zak Rudden progressed a long the left hand byline leaving two defenders in his wake, the keeper saved his effort from a narrow angle but Andy Dallas was well placed to net the rebound. The next goal soon followed, Andy Dallas broke into the right side of the area, from his cutback Zak Rudden’s initial shot was blocked but he followed up to knock the ball into the net.
Number eight came when Premyslaw Dachnowicz cut in from the right and passed to Zak Rudden, his shot from the edge of the box was saved but Premyslaw Dachnowicz made up the ground to beat the keeper to the rebound and prod the ball home. The scoring was completed when Rhys Breen sent Scott Gray heading to the byline on the left, from his low cross Zak Rudden found the net with a neat back-heel.
Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Forth Valley 0
Rangers Squad:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Cammy Palmer, Scott Gray, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Stephen Kelly, Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Mati Zata, Jordan Houston, Zac Rudden, Andy Dallas, Dylan Patterson, Cammy Wray, Aaron Reid.