20’s Progress To Next Round

Hearts 2 Rangers 5

For the second time in seven days Rangers Development side travelled to face Hearts, this time it was in the Youth Cup and a first for me, a competitive game played indoors, at the Oriam Performance Centre. Like last week’s league encounter Rangers were a bit older than their opponents and the second half performance ensured a more comfortable win than the previous game.

Rangers threatened on eleven minutes Myles Beerman broke forward on the left before passing to Ryan Hardie and his shot forced a fine save from Kelby Mason low to his right. Two minutes later Hearts took the lead, when a free-kick was cleared from Rangers penalty area it was picked up on the left by Harry Paton, from his cross Chris Hamilton, from what looked like an offside position, headed past Robbie McCrorie.

The home side held their lead for just over ten minutes then Rangers moved the ball across the penalty area from Liam Burt on the right via Ryan Hardie to Zak Rudden on the left, his shot was parried by Kelby Mason diving to his left but when the ball arrived back to Liam Burt at the back post he fired into the net from close range. Hearts replied a couple of minutes later, Callumn Morrison exchanged passes with Rory Currie on the right side of the box before setting up Andy Irving who shot straight at Robbie McCcrorie from the edge of the box.

On the half-hour a pass from Euan Henderson setup another shooting chance for Andy Irving, this time Robbie McCrorie stretched to clutch under the crossbar. Four minutes before the break Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot, Max Ashmore sent a great ball out to Liam Burt on the left, his first touch took him past Yves Vladislav who brought him down inside the penalty area, Ryan Hardie stepped up to send Kelby Mason the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 2

Rangers had a chance early in the second half, Callumn Morrison was short with pass back which was collected by Ryan Hardie who went past a defender and tried to dink the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. The ball went across the face of goal to Ross Lyon who laid it into the path of Liam Burt with Kelby Mason diving to his left to push the shot wide. When the half reached the ten minute mark a passing move between Jamie Barjoans, Liam Burt and Ryan Hardie created a chance for Max Ashmore who shot narrowly over.

The Hearts keeper was called into action again two minutes later, Kyle Bradley sent Ross McCrorie down the right from his low cross Chris Hamilton almost turned the ball past Kelby Mason who produced a fine save at close range with Ryan Hardie knocking the rebound wide. The home side came close to capitalising on that let off two minutes later, Euan Henderson sent Aaron Reid to the byline on the left and his cross found Callumn Morrison at the back post, he made space for the shot which bounced of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post.

Within sixty seconds Leon Jones rose to meet a corner from the left that Robbie McCrorie gathered at the second attempt. Rangers extended their lead on sixty-three minutes, Ross McCrorie passed to Liam Burt who took on and went past a defender inside the right side of the box before squaring for Ryan Hardie to provide the simple finish.

A fourth goal looked certain as the half reached its mid-point, Ross McCrorie hit the right hand byline before picking out Ryan Hardie who was denied by a brilliant Kelby Mason point-blank save. The goal was only delayed around four minutes, Ross Lyon’s pass sending Ryan Hardie racing clear through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to beat Kelby Mason with a cool finish.

As the game entered the final quarter-hour the home side reduced the deficit, Harry Paton delivered the corner from the left and Leon Jones’s header squirmed over the line. The goal of the game came in injury time, Liam Burt took possession thirty-five yards out and wide on the right touchline, he spotted Kelby Mason off his line and sent the perfect shot over the keeper’s head and into the far corner of the net.

Full-Time:- Hearts 2 Rangers 5

Hearts:- Kelby Mason; Yves Vladislav, Chris Hamilton, Leon Jones, Aaron Reid; Callumn Morrison, Harry Paton, Harry Cochrane (Marc Leonard 71 mins); Andy Irving; Rory Currie (Russell McLean HT), Euan Henderson.

Not Used:- Wojciech Gajda (Gk), Alex Petkov, Kyle Smith, Jack Gillan, Jay Sandison.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jamie Barjonas; Ross Lyon (Jack Thomson 77 mins), Max Ashmore (Billy Gilmour 77 mins); Liam Burt, Ryan Hardie, Zak Rudden (Serge Atakayi 69 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jordan Houston, Josh Jeffries, Jordan Gibson.


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