20’s Ease Through

Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

Four first half goals saw Rangers Under 20’s ease through in tonight’s Challenge Cup tie against Stirling University at Forthbank. The Ibrox youngsters were unable to add to their tally after the break but the first half goals were enough to see them through to meet Stenhousemuir in the next round.

Rangers opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Jamie Barjonas broke forward and passed to Liam Burt wide on the right who moved the ball on to Josh Jeffries on the right hand angle of the box and he gave Tim Hughes no chance as he fired across him and into the far top corner of the net. The students tried to reply and a Chris Geddes flick setup a shooting chance for Lewis Bonar that had Robbie McCrorie diving to his left to save.

A good move led to Rangers second goal on seventeen minutes, it started with Scott Gray who moved the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas on the left, he passed inside to Jordan Thompson and his pass sent Ryan Hardie racing clear through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to slot the ball past Tim Hughes. Just over five minutes later a free-kick from the left was headed from the Stirling box but only as far as Jordan Thompson who’s shot was powerful but straight at Tim Hughes.

With twenty minutes of the half remaining Josh Jeffries won the ball on the edge of the box just right of centre and he sent another unstoppable shot past Tim Hughes and into the net via the underside of the bar. The game had almost reached the half hour mark when Tim Hughes dived to his left to parry Jordan Thompson’s shot from the edge of the box. Zak Rudden collected and made his way along the right hand byline, his shot was blocked but Liam Burt was on hand to net from close range.

Five minutes before the break Kyle Bradley sent a ball over the top of the Stirling defence and a great touch sent Ryan Hardie into the left side of the penalty area, he tried to go round Tim Hughes but the keeper combined with Jack Nixon to clear the danger.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

The away side had an early chance after the break when Chris Geddes and Lewis Bonar exchanged passes on the right hand angle of the box and the former’s shot was saved low to his right by Robbie McCrorie. On the hour Josh Jeffries fed Liam Burt wide on the left and he cut inside before going for goal which Tim Hughes saved at his near post.

With eighteen minutes remaining Josh Jeffries ball over the top of the defence allowed Zak Rudden to break into the left side of the box but again Tim Hughes made the save. A couple of minutes later Scott Gray passed to Andy Dallas inside the penalty area, the linesmen appeared to flag for offside but put his flag down as the Rangers striker was bundled over inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. With a great chance to complete his hat-trick Josh Jeffries fired the spot kick high over the crossbar.

With ten minutes remaining Ross McCrorie passed to Josh Jeffries on the right, he cut inside and his shot saw Tim Hughes produce a fine save diving high to his right to push the ball wide. Three minutes later following another Rangers attack the ball broke for Andy Dallas on the left hand angle of the box with Tim Hughes saving at his near post.

Rangers had two further chances in the final five minutes. Ross Lyon passed to Zak Rudden who took on Ross Kellock on the right and broke into the penalty area with Tim Hughes saving bravely at the striker’s feet. Ross Lyon was again the creator hitting the right hand byline, his cross was eventually gathered by Andy Dallas beyond the far post, his shot back across goal looked netbound until a deflection took it just wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross Lyon, Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, Scott Gray; Jordan Thompson (Stephen Kelly 59 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Josh Jeffries; Liam Burt (Max Ashmore 77 mins), Ryan Hardie (Andy Dallas 68 mins), Zak Rudden.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Lewis White, Jordan Gibson.

Stirling University:- Tim Hughes; Ben Cuff, Jack Nixon, Danny Ashe, Ross Kellock; Paul McAfferty, George Leigh, Kyle Faulds (Dan Fitzpatrick 66 mins), Andrew Gillen; Lewis Bonar; Chris Geddes (Rory McEwan 59 mins).

Not Used:- Sean Quinn (Gk), Lewis Hunter, Michael McAnespie, Michael Touhy, Harvey Moyes.

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