Hibernian 1 Rangers 2
A stunning Myles Beerman injury time strike gave Rangers Development side the points at Hibs Training Centre this afternoon. Boosted by the inclusion of Danny Wilson, Harry Forester and Joe Dodoo they were deservedly in front when Billy Gilmour was red carded with twenty-five minutes remaining, it looked likely they would be heading for a point when the home side scored a late equaliser until that injury time stunner.
Rangers had a great chance to take the lead on seven minutes, a short corner on the left was played to Billy Gilmour, when his cross into the box was cleared to the edge Aidan Wilson’s goal bound effort was blocked and when David Bates pounced on the rebound he was felled by keeper Patrick Martin and the referee pointed to the spot. Joe Dodoo stepped up but he fired the spot kick high over the crossbar. Two minutes later Liam Burt played the ball forward to Joe Dodoo on the right hand angle of the box a great turn created the space and his shot forced Patrick Martin to turn the ball wide of his right hand post.
Rangers pressure was to tell on seventeen minutes, David Bates rose to head Harry Forrester’s corner from the right goalwards the ball was blocked but fell to the feet of Joe Dodoo who netted from close range. Hibs first threat to Rangers goal came n twenty-seven minutes when Jamie Gullan’s cross come shot from close to the left hand byline was tipped over by Robbie McCrorie.
Less than five minutes later Callum Donaldson’s pass inside Myles Beerman allowed Chris Humphrey to get to the right hand byline with Robbie McCrorie diving out to save his low driven cross. A minute later Jamie Gullen’s effort from a free-kick just outside the left side of the area saw Robbie McCrorie dive to his left to turn the ball wide.
Half-Time:- Hibernian 0 Rangers 1
Rangers started the second half on the front foot and on fifty-three minutes Billy Gilmour fed Liam Burt on the right hand angle of the box with Patrick Martin getting down to his right to save. Two minutes later Harry Forester’s pass sent Liam Burt breaking towards the box and he was again denied by Patrick Martin diving to his left to turn the ball wide.
Robbie McCrorie rescued Rangers on the hour mark, Scott Martin broke towards the penalty area before slipping a pass through to Oli Shaw with the big keeper saving bravely at the striker’s feet. Just under five minutes later Rangers were reduced to ten men when Billy Gilmour was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Scott Martin. It was a rash challenge by the youngster but I felt the red was harsh considering a couple of equally rash challenges before and after that did not receive the same sanction.
Rangers were comfortable until the home side were awarded a free kick on the left hand angle of the box with two minutes remaining. Jamie Gullen’s delivery took a flick on the way towards goal and Robbie McCrorie was at full stretch to touch the ball on to the bar but was helpless as Oli Shaw knocked the ball into the net. On the ninety minute mark the ball was played up to Oli Shaw on the right hand angle of the box, his turn created space for a shot which was straight at Robbie McCrorie.
We then saw an audacious effort from Harry Forrester, seeing Patrick Martin off his line his shot from halfway sailed narrowly over. Deep into stoppage time Myles Beerman intercepted on halfway and raced clear with four Hibs defenders in pursuit, Ryan Porteus’s attempted cynical foul failed and he continued to just inside the penalty area to fire the ball into Patrick Martin’s top left hand corner.
Full-Time:- Hibernian 1 Rangers 2
Hibernian:- Patrick Martin; Callum Donaldson, Ryan Porteous, Kevin Waugh, Calum Crane; Chris Humphrey (Adam Watson 76 mins), Scott Martin, Innes Murray, Jamie Gullan; Fraser Murray; Oli Shaw.
Not Used :- Jack Breen, Sean Mackie, Ali Smith.
Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Danny Wilson, Myles Beerman; Max Ashmore; Harry Forrester, Billy Gilmour; Liam Burt (Zak Rudden 76 mins), Joe Dodoo, Ross Lyon (Jordan Gibson 90 mins).
Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Serge Atakayi, Jason Krones, Amin Abaradan.