Development League Closes With A Draw

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers Development League side completed their fixtures by sharing the spoils with Kilmarnock at Murray Park tonight. I was pleased to make it along for the final fixture and provide a report/update for those that are interested. The club appears to have given up on reporting on these games, with no report on on any of the last seven fixtures, they even have the Dunfermline game of a few weeks ago listed as a 1-0 loss, where as it was a win by the same score.

Tonight was a much better performance although it was disappointing to lose a two goal lead. The other real positive tonight was an eighteen minute cameo from fourteen your old Billy Gilmour, and he didn’t look out of place against a Killie team that had three first team players in their line up.

Rangers had the first effort on nine minutes which was a long range strike from Dylan Dykes that was powerful enough but straight at keeper Ross Miller. The keeper was called in to action again three minutes later, Jordan Gibson chased a long ball into the left side of the penalty area his shot was parried by the keeper diving to his right, Scott Roberts followed up but hit the rebound straight at Ross Miller allowing him to save.

On nineteen minutes Jason Krones struck a powerful free-kick from the edge of the box that had Ross Miller at full stretch to save low at his left hand post. Rangers made the breakthrough midway through the half with a superb team goal, Ross  Lyon passed to Scott Roberts wide on the right on halfway, he cut inside and attacked the penalty area before his pass into the box sent Lewis White to the right hand byline, his ball across the six yard box was knocked into the net by Dylan Dykes. Killie responded when Scott McLean’s cross from the right picked out Aaron Splaine who volleyed over.

On the half hour a Dale Carrick pass sent Jack Whittaker sprinting clear, he progressed into the area but was denied by a fine Kieran Wright save. Eight minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Mills winning the ball and sending an unstoppable twenty-five yarder past the diving Ross Miller.

Killie should have reduced the deficit three minutes later, Scott McLean’s cross from the right picked out Dean Hawkshaw right in front of goal but he volleyed over. On the stroke of half-time Josh Jeffries shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Taylor Queen, Dylan Dykes looked certain to net from the rebound until Taylor Queen got another slight block but enough to divert the ball wide of the left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Kilmarnock pulled a goal back five minutes after the break and it was a bad goal from a Rangers perspective. Dale Carrick robbed Dylan Dykes on the edge of Rangers penalty area before shooting past the right hand of Kieran Wright. A couple of minutes later Dale Carrick got a flick on Scott McLean’s low corner from the right and the ball flashed across the face of goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers responded with Scott Roberts attacking the Killie box on the right, his ball into the box broke to Lewis White and his close range shot was brilliantly tipped over by Ross Miller. The visitors drew level midway through the half, Scott McLean’s corner from the right was sent beyond the back post where the unmarked Kevin McHattie volleyed through a ruck of players and into the net.

The final effort to secure all three point came for Killie five minutes before the final whistle, Chris Johnston cutting in from the right before forcing a save from Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Ross Lyon, David Brownlie, Jason Krones, Jamie Mills; Max Ashmore (Billy Gilmour 72 mins); Josh Jeffries, Dylan Dykes; Scott Roberts (Sam Jamieson 67 mins), Jordan Gibson, Lewis White (Rhys Breen 75 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Scott Gray.

Kilmarnock:- Ross Miller; Scott McLean, Taylor Queen, Aidan Wilson, Kevin McHattie; Chris Johnston, William Graham (Lewis Clark 58 mins), Dean Hawkshaw, Jack Whittaker; Aaron Splaine, Dale Carrick.

Not Used:- Curtis Lyle (Gk), Lewis Morrison, Ewan McLevy, Andy Sibbald.

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