Celtic 2 Rangers 0
Rangers 17’s suffered a disappointing defeat against Celtic at Hampden tonight, after a poor first half display they came into the game after the break and had the best two efforts on goal before going down to two goals from uncharacteristic goalkeeping errors.
Neither side carried much of a threat in the early stages and there was eighteen minutes on the clock before Celtic had the first real effort on goal, Calvin Miller attacking the centre of Rangers defence before shooting over from the edge of the box. Two minutes later a reverse pass released Regan Hendry inside the box but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved easily.
As the half approached the final twenty minutes Tony Ralston in possession on the right passed inside to Calvin Miller and his shot from just outside the box curved narrowly wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. A few minutes later Calvin Miller’s cross from the right found the head of Regan Hendry at the back post but his header was across goal and wide.
Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 0
Eight minutes after the break Rangers with their first real effort on goal came closest to breaking the deadlock, Sam Jamieson dispossessed Daniel Higgins inside the Celtic penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle forced Ross Doohan to turn the ball over. Just before the hour a ball over the top caught out the Rangers defence but Mark Hill’s shot was comfortably dealt with by Robbie McCrorie.
When Theo Archibald cut in from the left six minutes later his shot from outside the box never really troubled Robbie McCrorie who saved low to his left. As the game entered the final twenty minutes Rangers had a free-kick on the left angle of the box, Max Ashmore touched the ball to Ross Lyon and with the Celtic defence expecting him to tee up a shot for Sam Jamieson he turned and shot just over the bar.
Two minutes later Sam Jamieson chased a ball down the left and when it was laid back to Jamie Barjonas around twenty-five yards out his shot had Ross Doohan diving to his right to turn the ball wide. The same time had elapsed when Celtic broke the deadlock at the other end, Robbie McCrorie came for and failed to gather a corner from the right and the ball landed at the feet of Josh Kerr who had a simple task to fire into the net from a couple of yards.
A further two minutes and Celtic doubled their lead, Mark Hill sent a free-kick from wide left and midway inside Rangers half into the penalty area where it was missed by attackers and defenders alike, this seemed to wrong foot Robbie McCrorie who fumbled the ball over the line. Rangers then created a chance to get back in the game, Max Ashmore passed forward to Liam Burt who played in Sam Jamieson and the Rangers striker was denied by a fine Ross Doohan save low to his right.
The final chance came for Celtic when Calvin Miller outpaced Jack Thomson chasing a long ball, as he broke into Rangers penalty area Robbie McCrorie came off his line to save bravely at the attacker’s feet.
Full-Time:- Celtic 2 Rangers o
Celtic:- Ross Doohan; Tony Ralston, Daniel Higgins, Josh Kerr, Daniel Church; Ciaran McKenna, Mark Hill; Calvin Miller, Regan Hendry, Theo Archibald (Innes Murray 89mins); Rory Currie (Jack Aitchison 63mins).
Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Lewis Bell, Aidan Quinn, Michael Johnston, Shaun Bowers.
Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Jack Thomson; Josh Jeffries (Liam Burt 53mins), Jamie Brandon (Jamie Barjonas 53mins), Max Ashmore, Ross Lyon (Grant Nelson 72mins);Sam Jamieson.
Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Andy Dallas, Kyle Clark, Jason Krones.