Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0
Following on from last week’s superb performance against Aberdeen Rangers under 17’s hit another six in today’s Glasgow Cup tie against Queen’s Park at Murray Park. It was is sharp contrast to the reciprocal fixture at Lesser Hampden when it took an injury time Dapo Mebude goal to secure a 2-1 win.
Rangers took the lead in the first serious attack on four minutes, Jack Thomson played the ball down the right to Zak Rudden who dribbled past two defenders on the byline before beating the keeper from a very tight angle. Queen’s tried to reply immediately with an attack down the left, when the ball was played inside the attempt on goal was screwed wide of the far post.
Straight to the other end and Billy Gilmour picked the ball up twenty-five yards from goal, he went past two defenders into the left side of the box and was only denied when the keeper got a touch to divert the ball wide of the far post. Rangers doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Zak Rudden played a short corner on the right to Billy Gilmour who’s cross from the angle of the box was headed past the keeper by a Queen’s Park defender for an Own Goal.
On twenty-five minutes Billy Gilmour fed Matthew Shiels on the left side of the box, a neat step over took him past a defender but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers third goal came just after the half hour, Zak Rudden attacked the centre of the Queen’s Park defence and when challenged the ball broke to Mati Zata inside the right side of the penalty area, he stepped inside a defender before curling a superb shot past the keeper and into the far top corner.
Within a couple of minutes a Billy Gilmour pass released Zak Rudden inside the box, the keeper came off his line to make the block with Mati Zata’s effort from the rebound being cleared off the line. The next attack came barely sixty seconds later, Billy Gilmour played the ball out to Scott Gray on the left who picked out Zak Rudden inside the box and again he was denied by the keeper.
Rangers continued to dominate and another Billy Gilmour pass presented a shooting opportunity on the left side of the penalty area for Matthew Shiels that the keeper stood tall to make the save. In first half injury time Rangers grabbed a fourth, Cammy Palmer passed to Matthew Shiels on the right side of the penalty area, he nicked the ball past a defender before poking the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net off the far post.
Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 0
It only took Rangers seven minutes of the second half to added to their tally, Zak Rudden started the move by passing to Billy Gilmour who sent the ball out to Jordan Houston on the right, he stood up a cross for Zak Rudden, who had made a great run into the box, to head past the keeper. Rangers next chance came when Billy Gilmour passed to Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area, on this occasion a defender got in a block that diverted the ball wide of the far post.
Midway through the half Rangers broke quickly from a Queen’s Park corner with Billy Gilmour’s pass sending Matthew Shiels clear, he advanced into the box and tried to dink the ball past the keeper who managed to get a touch and divert the ball wide of his left hand post. The visitors then had their best spell with two chances in as many minutes. the first came when an attack on the right took them to the byline, from the cutback Brian Kinnear did well to block with his legs at the near post and a great Rhys Breen block completed the clearance from the rebound.
A couple of minutes later Queen’s had a shooting opportunity on the edge of the box that Brian Kinnear got down to save. The scoring was completed in the final minute, when a Queen’s Park corner dropped to Carlo Pignatiello just inside his own box his clearance sent Zak Rudden racing clear from halfway to complete his hat trick with a superb chip over the keeper.
Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0
Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen, Scott Gray (Michael Hewitt 58 mins); Jack Thomson (Carlo Pignatiello HT); Cammy Palmer, Billy Gilmour; Matthew Shiels, Zak Rudden, Mati Zata (Zac Butterworth HT).
Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk).