St.Mirren 3 Rangers 3
Tonight was an opportunity to take in the Under 13’s game against St.Mirren at Ralston. Played over three periods, Rangers were a bit unfortunate to be behind at the end of the first period, they dominated the second period to take a two goal lead, with St.Mirren coming back strongly in the final period when they probably should have won it.
Rangers had the first opportunity when a neat Alex Lowrie flick released Robbie Fraser breaking towards the St.Mirren box, his pass played Reegan Aitken through the inside right channel but shot across goal and wide of the far post. Within a minute Lewis Robertson and Alex Lowrie combined on the right side of the box to create a chance for Reegan Aitken who was denied by a last-minute block in front of goal.
Saints took the lead with their first real effort on goal, the pass was through the right side of the box and it was finished with a shot past Jay Hogarth. Rangers ended the period on the attack and Robbie Fraser had a shot that was powerful enough but straight at the keeper.
Rangers drew level when Robbie Fraser headed a St.Mirren goal-kick back towards their penalty area leaving Reegan Aitken in the clear to slot the ball past the keeper. Rangers were soon in front when a Matthew Collins pass released Aaron Lyall inside the right side of the box, his initial effort was blocked by a combination of defender and goalkeeper but he followed up to squeeze home the rebound.
A third goal soon followed, Kai McGivern passed to Aaron Lyall wide on the right and when he crossed into the box it was knocked past the keeper by a Saints defender for an Own Goal. It was a different St.Mirren that came out for the final period and they soon reduced the deficit, the attack came on the right and when the ball came into the six yard box Adam Devine’s miscued clearance went past Grant Thackary and into the net.
When the home side attacked again this time through the centre of Rangers defence it took a brave save at the striker’s feet from Grant Thackray to avert the danger. The leveler was only delayed and it came when the impressive, diminutive No.8 was played through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to slot the ball past Grant Thackray.
St. Mirren had a great chance to win it when Grant Thackray’s slack pass presented a great chance, the Rangers keeper redeemed himself with a great save and Greg Chalmers was quick to react and complete the clearance.
Full-Time:- St.Mirren 3 Rangers 3
Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Rhys Caves, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Liam Houston, Alex Lowrie, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Lewis Robertson, Callum McComb, Aiden Berry, Greg Chalmers, Kai McGivern, Aaron Lyall, Matthew Collins.