League Season Ends On A High

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers Under 20’s brought the curtain down on their league season with a fine win against Hamiton Accies at Forthbank tonight. Fielding only under 20 players it was their best performance for some time and they ran out comfortable winners.

Yet it was Accies who came close first on fourteen minutes, Steven Boyd passed to Danny Armstrong who was just right of centre and twenty-five yards from goal, his shot beat Liam Kelly but crashed back of the crossbar. Rangers responded by taking the lead six minutes later, from a free-kick on the right touchline and around twenty yards out Jamie Mills sent a free-kick to the back post where it broke of Ben Reilly into the path of Luca Gasparotto right in front of goal and he beat Darren Hill from close range.

The visitors where shouting for a penalty nine minutes before the break when Danny Armstrong went down when challenged by Fraser Aird close to the byline inside the right side of Rangers penalty area but the referee waved their claims away. Rangers replied within a couple of minutes with Ryan Sinnamon passing to Jamie Burrows who entered on the right hand angle of the penalty area before testing Darren Hill who saved low at his near post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Hamilton were first to create a chance after the break, Scott McMann played a one-two with Danny Armstrong on the left side of the box and his shot was diverted wide and into the side netting. Rangers were soon back on the attack, Darren Ramsay fed Scott Roberts wide on the left, he cut inside before going for goal that had Darren Hill stretching to tip over. From Darren Ramsay’s corner from the right Luca Gasparotto’s header was blocked on the line and he didn’t quite get a true connection on the rebound allowing Darren Hill to save.

Within a minute Scott Roberts on the left found Jamie Mills inside the box, with the Accies defence eventually forcing the ball out of the area it was collected by Dylan Dykes who ‘s shot from the edge of the box bounced clear from the crossbar. Rangers doubled their lead on sixty-five minutes, Darren Ramsay cut in from the right and let fly from twenty-five yards, Darren Hill appeared to have the shot covered but let the ball slip through his grasp and into the net.

Rangers increased their lead five minutes later, Dylan Dykes pass from inside his own half sent Ryan Hardie down the right, he cut into the penalty area and past Colin Granger before beating Darren Hill at his near post. As the final quarter-hour approached Rangers hit Accies with a quick break, Dylan Dykes  passing to Ryan Hardie who sent Fraser Aird through the inside left channel but his attempted chip lacked a bit of elevation and Darren Hill saved.

Accies showed they could still threaten Rangers goal when Danny Armstrong won possession and he attacked the Rangers box, the ball broke for Marc Kelly who shot just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. With five minutes remaining Rangers scored a fourth, Fraser Aird passed inside Scott McMann and Dylan Dykes got to the ball on the byline, his pass into the box was laid back into the path of Callum Gallagher by Ryan Hardie and the Rangers striker fired past Darren Hill from just inside the box.

In the last action of the match Steven Boyd showed neat skills to set up Ross Cunningham deep inside Rangers penalty area but he was denied by a superb Liam Kelly save to ensure the fine performance also ended with a clean sheet.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Jamie Mills; Jamie Burrows (Dylan Dykes 56mins), Fraser Aird, Kevin Mbabu, Danny Stoney (Scott Roberts 56mins); Darren Ramsay (Callum Gallagher 75mins); Ryan Hardie.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Greg Pascazio.

Hamilton Accies:- Darren Hill; Ben Reilly, Shaun Want, Colin Granger, Scott McMann (Rico Quitongo 87mins); Jack Simpson; Danny Armstrong, Steven Boyd, Greg Docherty (Ross Cunningham 83mins);Ryan Tierney, Nicolas Sumsky (Marc Kelly 76mins).

Not Used:- Alex Marshall, Jack Harrison, Scott Granger. Conor Scullion.

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