Young 17’s Ease Past Morton

Rangers 6 Morton 0

It was a young Rangers Under 17’s side that took the field against Morton at Murray Park this morning and once the deadlock had been broken in the sixth minute there was little doubt about the outcome.

Rangers first chance came a couple of minutes earlier when Carlo Pignatiello’s superb pass sent Mati Zata through the inside right channel, he continued into the box but was denied when the keeper advanced from his line to block. The goal came in the next significant attack, Matthew Shiels effort was blocked as was Carlo Pignatiello’s from the rebound but it was third time lucky when Cammy Palmer’s effort found the bottom corner.

On the quarter-hour mark Matthew Shiels exchanged passes with Carlo Pignatiello that allowed the former to break into the left side of the penalty area but he was again denied by the keeper. The second goal came just four minutes later, Danny Finlayson passed the ball forward to Billy Gilmour who’s twenty-five yarder gave the keeper no chance.

As the half-hour mark approached Matthew Shiels broke into the left side of the box but once again he lost out to the keeper who blocked with his legs at the near post. Rangers finished the half with a flurry of three chances in the last four minutes. Billy Gilmour played the ball to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box, he laid it back to Billy Gilmour who’s effort forced a fine save from the keeper low to his right.

Billy Gilmour and Carlo Pignatiello combined to send Matthew Shiels clear, but the pattern of the half continued with the keeper coming out on top of this personal duel. Rangers got their third goal on the stroke of half-time, Matthew Shiels in possession on the left passed to Mati Zata inside the box who was tripped as he stepped inside a defender with Billy Gilmour stepping up to convert the penalty.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Morton 0

Rangers came close to increasing their lead in the opening minute of the second half, Danny Finlayson sent Matthew Shiels to the byline from the left, from his cutback a superb defensive challenge deflected Mati Zata’s close range effort over. Six minutes later Matthew Shiels persistence paid off, Jamie Walker’s pass sent him through on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper and into the far corner.

The half was almost twenty minutes old when Billy Gilmour was played through, the keeper saved the initial shot but as the Rangers midfielder went for the rebound the keeper bundled him over with the penalty converted in similar fashion to the first half. Rangers sixth came seven minutes later, Billy Gilmour picked out Matthew Shiels inside the box, he  unselfishly squared for Cammy Palmer to finish from around eight yards.

Rangers continued to create chances and when Lewis McGrattan latched of to a slack pass he continued into the box before forcing a save from the keeper. He then combined with Josh McPake to create an opportunity for his fellow sub which was once again saved. The visitors who kept plugging away had their best chance with six minutes remaining, the attack came down the right and deep into Rangers penalty area but the shot was fired wide of Brian Kinnear’s near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Morton 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Michael Hewitt, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Jamie Walker; Cammy Palmer (Ben Williamson 71 mins); Billy Gilmour (Ross Young 71 mins), Carlo Pignatiello; Mati Zata (Josh McPake 51 mins), Matthew Shiels (Lewis McGrattan 71 mins), Zack Butterworth (Niyah Joseph 58 mins).


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