Strong Side Draw A Blank

Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

A strong Rangers side were held to a goalless draw by a young Partick Thistle side in tonight’s Development League game at Forthbank. It was a poor game with goalmouth chances few and far between with neither side really looking like breaking the deadlock.

On twelve minutes Matthew McInally burst past Danny Wilson into the right side of Rangers penalty area, he knocked the ball past Robbie McCrorie but his touch was heavy and the ball went across the face of Rangers goal. Rangers carried little threat in the first half hour with only a Harry Forrester twenty- five yard effort that was straight at Tomas Cerny who saved comfortably.

Thistle threatened on thirty four minutes when James Penrice hit the byline on the left, his cutback found Mark Lamont inside the penalty area but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved easily. 

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

Four minutes into the second half Matt Crooks won the ball and sent it out to Harry Forrester on the left, he cut inside Matthew McInally before firing in a shot that was punched clear by Struan Herd. A couple of minutes later Josh Jeffries and David Bates combined on the right with Josh Jeffries shooting just over form the right hand angle of the box.

Rangers almost grabbed the lead on seventy-two minutes, Josh Jeffries sent a free-kick from the right towards the back post, Zak Rudden was stretching to head it back across goal but headed it high into the six yard box., Matt Crooks rose above everyone to nod against the junction of post and bar, Zak Rudden’s attempt from the rebound was blocked by Matthew McInally.

Thistle had a strong penalty claim with six minutes remaining, Matt Crooks was dispossessed inside the box by Dom Docherty who went down under the Rangers player’s challenge but the referee waved play on.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; David Bates, Phillipe Senderos, Danny Wilson (Ross McCrorie 61 mins), Myles Beerman; Matt Crooks; Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore (Jordan Gibson 75 mins); Liam Burt, Zak Rudden, Harry Forrester (Jamie Barjonas 61 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Serge Atakayi, Amin Abaradan, Ross Lyon.

Partick Thistle:- Tomas Cerny (Struan Herd HT); Matthew McInally, David Syme, Michael McMullin, James Penrice; Mark Lamont, Dom Docherty, Callum Wilson, Neil McLaughlin; Andrew McCarthy; Declan McDaid (James Stokes 80 mins).

Not Used:- Ian Stokes, Ross Fleming, Jamie Hall.

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