David Hagen Benefit Match

Falkirk/Hearts XI 0 Rangers 4

On the final whistle at Hamilton a quick dash got us to The Falkirk Stadium in time for the 4pm kick-off for the David Hagen Benefit Match. The match was between a Falkirk and Hearts youth select against Rangers Under 20’s. The scheduling for the game meant there was a disappointing attendance.

Rangers threatened early when Dapo Mebude advanced down the right and his ball into the box found Liam Burt but he shot high over. On the twenty-minute mark Stephen Kelly’s pass inside Josh Doig allowed Liam Burt to break into the right side of the box but he was denied when Brett Young came off his line to block the shot.

Just after the hour mark Dapo Mebude in possession on the right passed inside to Stephen Kelly, his turn and shot forced Brett Young to save low to his right. The select side had a chance when Rangers failed to clear and the ball fell for Marky Munro whose shot was parried by Robbie McCrorie who gathered in the ensuing scramble.

Just before the break Jack Thomson tried his luck from fully thirty yards and the shot beat Brett Young high to his left but came back of his left hand post.

Half-Time:- Falkirk/Hearts XI 0 Rangers 0

Just before the hour mark Rangers had a fortunate break, Robbie McCrorie seemed to have Euan Henderson’s shot from the edge of the box covered as he dived to his right but the ball squirmed from his grasp and just wide of the post. Rangers took the lead on sixty-eight minutes, Josh McPake showed a great piece of skill to go past a defender and into the right side of the penalty area before shooting across the keeper and into the far corner.

Rangers doubled their lead two minutes later, Josh McPake and Stephen Kelly worked a short corner on the left and from the latter’s cross Lewis Mayo knocked the ball over the line from close range. With the game inside the last quarter-hour a good passing moved ended with Stephen Kelly’s reverse pass on the edge of the box releasing Andy Dallas who was denied by Brett Young. Almost immediately Scott Gray broke down the left and passed to Stephen Kelly on the angle of the box and his shot was parried by the keeper.

Rangers were now making chances regularly and Brett Young was soon in action again, Cammy Palmer sending Andy Dallas into the right side of the box with the keeper turning his shot behind. With five minutes remaining Stephen Kelly sent Josh McPake down the left and his pass along the eighteen yard line was cleverly left by Kai Kennedy allowing the ball to run for Stephen Kelly to force anther save from Brett Young from his shot.

Rangers added two goals in the closing minutes, the first came at the end of a good move when Josh McPake and Stephen Kelly combined to play in Andy Dallas who shot past the keeper. The scoring was completed when Josh McPake twisted and turned past a defender on the right side of the box and fired into the net.

Full-Time:- Falkirk/Hearts XI 0 Rangers 4

Falkirk/Hearts XI:- Brett Young; Kyle Mitchell, Bartlomiej Gajda, Alex Petkov, Josh Doig; Marky Munro; Aidan Lafferty, Tom Owen Evans, Cieran Dunne; Euan Henderson, Kevin O’Hara. Rolling Subs UsedLeo Watson, Brodie Strang, Jason Jarvis.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Nicky Hogarth 74 mins); Harris O’Connor, Aidan Wilson (Nathan Patterson HT), Lewis Mayo (Murray Miller 74 mins), Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 74 mins); Cammy Palmer; Jack Thomson, Stephen Kelly; Dapo Mebude (Kai Kennedy 59 mins), Andy Dallas, Liam Burt (Josh McPake 67 mins).


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