Development Side Fall To Late Goal

Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2

Rangers Development side fell to a last-minute goal against Brighton in tonight’s challenge match at Ibrox. After a fairly even first half where both sides created a few chances, the English side had the better of the second half although there were fewer opportunites.

Rangers threatened first when Scott Gray broke forward and passed inside to Zak Rudden whose through ball saw Tom McGill save bravely at the feet of Andy Dallas inside the right side of the penalty area. The visitors replied when Max Sanders played the ball out to Ryan Longman on the left and he cut inside before forcing Aidan McAdams to dive to his right and turn the ball wide.

Within a minute it took a superb double save from Tom McGill to prevent Rangers taking the lead. Serge Atakayi attacked the left side of the box before passing to Andy Dallas who’s flick set up Ryan Hardie he was denied by the keeper who was quickly back on his feet to block Andy Dallas’s effort from the rebound. The early period  was seeing plenty goalmouth action and Brighton took the lead on eleven minutes, Max Sanders broke into the box and cut inside a defender before shooting past Aidan McAdams.

Rangers drew level on twenty-six minutes, Lewis Mayo played the ball forward to Ryan Hardie on the left, his cross found its way to Jamie Barjonas on the right side of the box and he cut inside a defender before shooting past the keeper. On the half hour mark Andy Dallas broke down the right and Tom McGill did well to dive and cut out his low cross.

Rangers were having a good spell and two minutes later Serge Atakyi attacked on the left, from his cross Owen Moore miscued his clearance forcing Tom McGill to save. Serge Atakayi was again the creator sixty seconds later passing inside from the left to Ryan Hardie with Tom McGill getting down to his left to save.

Eight minutes before the break only a brilliant point-blank save from Aidan McAdams kept the teams level. David Ajiboye in possession on the right picked out Ryan Longman on the edge of the six yard box and the Rangers keeper somehow got a hand to the shot , with the rebound being deflected behind. Teddy Hoare then passed to Ryan Longman on the left and as he burst into the left side of the box Aidan McAdams came off his line to block.

Rangers finished the half on the front foot with Jamie Barjonas  forcing a save from Tom McGill with a shot from a free-kick. Andy Dallas then sent up another chance for Jamie Barjonas with a pass in from the left but his shot was straight at Tom McGill. There was still time for Jamie Barjonas to break forward and set up a shooting chance for Ryan Hardie that was saved by Tom McGill.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

The second half was tame by comparison and there was almost an hour on the clock when Max Sanders free-kick from the edge of the box forced Aidan McAdams to punch clear. Rangers replied with a free-kick of their own, Scott Gray’s effort going just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Brighton missed a great chance to edge ahead with ten minutes remaining, slackness gave possession to Max Sanders on the edge of the box and his pass freed Reece Meekums inside the left side of the box, he went past Aidan McAdams but was forced wide and could only fire his shot against the near post. With the game reaching the final minute a draw was looking likely until Reece Meekums neat back heel released Alex Cochrane down the left and his cross gave Ryan Longman a simple task to net at the back post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Zak Rudden, Jamie Barjonas (Grant Nelson 83 mins); Andy Dallas (Stephen Kelly 58 mins), Ryan Hardie (Matthew Shiels 75 mins), Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Mati Zata.

Brighton:- Tom McGill; Hamish Morrison, Owen Moore, Danny Barker, Alex Cochrane; Max Sanders, Teddy Hoare (Tyrese Fornah 75 mins); David Ajiboye (Reece Meekums 62 mins), Danny Cashman, Ryan Longman; Stefan Ljubicic (Issac Hutchinson HT).

Not Used:- Billy Collings (Gk), Charlie Ferguson.


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