17’s Hit Saints For Six

Rangers 6 St.Mirren 1

It was a wet and windy Murray Park for this afternoon’s Under 17 fixture against St.Mirren. Rangers lineup was strengthened with the recent Under 20 performers restored to the starting eleven. Once Rangers made the breakthrough there was only going to be one winner and they comfortably secured the three points.

There was only twelve minutes on the clock when the Ibrox youngsters took the lead, the initial effort came from a Jamie Barjonas free-kick on the left hand angle of the box that had the keeper diving to his left to parry, when the ball was cleared out to the right hand angle of the box Kyle Bradley shot for goal, the Saints keeper knocked up in the air but he was out jumped by Andy Dallas who nodded the ball into the net. The lead was doubled three minutes later and again Andy Dallas was on the score sheet, this time he shot across the keeper from the left hand angle of the box and into the far corner of the net.

The visitor’s hadn’t troubled Kieran Wright in the Rangers goal until midway through the half when a long range effort was gathered by the Rangers keeper at the second attempt. As the half-hour approached Liam Burt passed to Andy Dallas on the right side of the penalty area, he cut inside a defender and when his first effort was blocked it to took a fine save to turn the ball behind when he pounced on the rebound.

Within a couple of minutes Rangers had grabbed a third from a brilliant Liam Burt solo effort, from midway inside the Saints half his run took him deep into the left side of the penalty area leaving three defenders in his wake and he shot across the keeper and into the net off the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 St.Mirren 0

Rangers began the half on the front foot and when Mati Zata won possession he sent Zak Rudden through on the right side of the box, his shot beat the keeper but bounced off his left hand post with Mati Zata firing the rebound straight at the keeper. Within sixty seconds Zak Rudden was brought down as he attacked the right side of the St.Mirren penalty area and Jamie Barjonas stepped up to make his usual excellent job of the penalty.

 Rangers came close to adding to their tally from a Jamie Barjonas free-kick on the edge of the box that had the keeper diving to his left to push the ball clear. Rangers fifth goal soon followed, started and finished by Stephen Kelly, he attacked the left side of the penalty area before passing to Mati Zata, he made his way into the box to collect the back-heeled return pass and coolly roll the ball past the keeper.

Rangers sixth came with eighteen minutes remaining, Premyslaw Dachnowicz attacked on the left and went past the full-back into the box and shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.The visitors responded with an attack that took them deep inside the right side of Rangers box and Kieran Wright did well to divert the ball behind for a corner with his legs.

Saints eventually grabbed a consolation in injury time and it was a goal worth the wait, seeing Kieran Wright advanced from his line the midfielder shot from the halfway line and the ball sailed over the head of the Rangers keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley (Rhys Breen 68 mins), Jack Thomson (Jordan Houston HT), Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Jamie Barjonas (Premyslaw Dachnowicz 56 mins); Kieran Balfour, Liam Burt (Mati Zata HT); Stephen Kelly, Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas (Aidan Wilson 75 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk)

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