Scottish Cup Second Round 26/10/13 The game was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of Kilsyth captain Paul Doyle's late mother. Kilsyth almost took the lead inside the first minute when a speculative Callan Kerr drive from well over 40 yards almost caught Wallace off guard but the keeper somehow managed to scoop the ball over this crossbar. It was the visitors that would open the scoring when ANSON picked the ball up inside the Kilsyth box and turned past a defender before slotting his shot past Duke. The big striker looked a good yard offside but the flag stayed down and the goal stood. Both sides had chances to add to the scoring with Anson again coming close for Shettleston from 20 yards but his shot curled wide. Simon Eeles was looking dangerous for Kilsyth and was giving the 'Ton defence a torrid time. On the 30 minute mark Anson was again the danger man for Shettleston but Duke was equal to his effort this time. With just over 5 minutes to go in the first half Callan Kerr played the ball wide to Kilsyth's left back Ryan CARR, who took a couple of touches and let fly from fully 35 yards with his left foot, Wallace in the away goal made a valiant dive for the ball but couldn't get close, 1-1. This fine strike seemed to give the Kilsyth fans and the players a big lift. 2 minutes later and the powerful running of Eeles once again caused problems for the Shettleston defenders. Juskowiak made a lunge for the ball but got the man instead. The far side linesman waved his flag franticly, a penalty to Kilsyth was the decision. After a lengthy talking to by the referee Juskowiak was given a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Last season's player of the year, Francis KELLY placed the ball on the spot. However, it seemed that there was some "gamesmanship" from a few 'Ton players trying to delay the kick. Eventually Kelly took the spot kick and despite Wallace getting a hand to it put Kilsyth in front. 2-1 to Kilsyth at half-time. McPeake came on at half-time to replace the injured Desmond for Kilsyth. Kilsyth were again looking good going forward with Eeles again doing a lot of good running but was unable to deliver an end product, he definitely deserved a goal on today's performance. With the hour mark just upon the clock the ball broke to KELLY who rounded the keeper a slotted home from a narrow angle, 3-1 to the home side. Kilsyth were starting to turn the screw and captain Doyle came close to adding to the tally but his header went wide from a Dolan corner. With just over 10 minutes remaining Eeles again came close to scoring but this time he was denied by a goal line clearance. Eeles had another great run at the away defence but this time Wallace saved his shot, the ball broke to DOLAN who looked to have taken too many touches but still managed to fire the ball in to the net to increase Kilsyth's lead to 4-1. Less than 2 minutes later and the score would become 5-1. Dolan's corner broke to WATERS on the edge of the box and his low drive nestled in the bottom corner of the net. Shettleston would finish the game with 9 men when Boyle was shown a second yellow card. It might have been a tad harsh on him but off he trudged. Kilsyth are safely through to the 3rd round draw. Kilsyth Team: Duke, Waters, Carr, Doyle, Whiteford, Kerr, Dolan, Desmond, McLaren, Eeles & Kelly. Subs: Kouider-Aissa, McPeake, Duncan, Hogg & Smith(gk) Shettleston Team: Wallace, Jenner, Juskowiak, Martin, Dickson, J.Doyle, Parker, McCormack, Anson, Boyle & McCrone. Subs: Brown, McLean, T.Kelly, Robertson & Cairney This coming Saturday Kilsyth face Ashfield in a league encounter at Duncansfield, provisional kick off 2pm.
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP ROUND THREE 30/11/13 KIRKCALDY YM 2 KILSYTH RANGERS 6 In the end this was a pretty convincing win for Rangers and they now go into the draw for the fourth round with quite a few of the fancied clubs now having fallen by the wayside. It could have been rather different though if Kirkcaldy had been rather more disciplined in their approach; as it was they ended up with nine men on the park and with another half dozen booked. A great chance for Rangers in the opening seconds, Dolan put a great cross in front of goal and McLaren missed it by a whisker. Only three minutes in and Kirkcaldy were ahead, a high ball in was headed home by MEIKLE, goalkeeper Smith deputising for Duke who was out due to a foot injury might have been blinded by the low sun shining directly in his eyes. Rangers did not take long to reply though, KELLY took the ball into the box and hit a fine shot past Grey only two minutes later. Another four minutes and it was Kelly again, this time he made a fine pass to McLAREN who shot past the keeper. It was a good open game with both sides showing some nice play but it was Rangers who got the vital next goal in twenty five minutes and again it was MCLAREN whose header from a fine cross from Dolan made it three. Another five minutes and EELES made it four when he ran in on Grey and slipped the ball past him. Just on the interval and Kirkcaldy were awarded a rather dubious penalty which BISSET struck past Smith to pull them back into the match. Kirkcaldy made all the running from the restart and had Rangers pinned back in their own half for the first ten minutes or so. They were also racking up a few bookings to add the ones they had gathered in the first period. Rangers kept their composure though and weathered the storm and by the hour mark were starting to look the more likely to add to their score. Another goal did come with McLAREN completing his hat trick after some very good work between Kelly and Carr. The home team were now starting to really lose their cool and Meikle was first to go, getting a second yellow followed by another red card. Rodger followed him to the dressing room shortly after and YM were now down to nine. Rangers took the opportunity to bring on Waters and newcomer, Darren Walker, who celebrated his debut with a sixth goal for Rangers within a couple of minutes of taking the pitch. That was it; an easy win in the end, Rangers will learn who their fourth round opponents will be with the draw taking place this week and will be hoping for a home tie, on current form they have every chance of going further. KILSYTH; Smith. McPeake, Carr, Doyle, Whiteford, Kerr, Dolan, Desmond, McLaren, Eeles, Kelly. Subs. Walker, Waters, Duncan, Hogg, Duke. KIRKCALDY; Grey, Bisset, Pelosi, Quinn, Rodgers, Orrock, Ferguson, Greig, Schinvonne, Meikle, Westwater. Subs. Grubb, Paged, Forbes, Wilson, O'Neill. Game next Saturday, away to Greenock, league match KO 1-45pm.
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP FOURTH ROUND 18/1/14 KILSYTH RANGERS 3 LARGS THISTLE 3 A cracking Scottish junior cup tie that had just about everything; excitement, some very good football and the drama of a last minute equaliser that keeps Rangers in with a chance of going through to the last sixteen in the competition. It is Largs though, that should really count themselves lucky to be having a second crack at it, they were outplayed for most of the game and can have no complaints at the final result. The game kicked off before a very decent crowd and fortunately the rain which had made the pitch very soft stayed on for the duration. Rangers took the initiative from the start and were soon making a few good openings. McLaren got past Weir but was being hampered and could not get his shot on target. Whiteford had a try from distance but was wide of the target. Dolan was causing all kinds of problems and C. Little received an early booking for his attempts to stop him. It was quarter of an hour before Largs had their first shot on target which was well saved by Duke. Dolan was still the main threat and in twenty four minutes he was rewarded when he put Rangers ahead with a great shot from around sixteen yards. They did not hold the lead for long though, four minutes later LINDSAY put in a long, dipping, shot which Duke failed to counter put Largs level, which they hardly deserved. Rangers continued to dominate and although Kelly, Eeles and others all had some good efforts it was all square at the halftime whistle. Largs had a short spell on the attack early in the second half but Rangers soon came back at them and McLaren and Kelly both had good attempts on goal. Dolan was still proving the main threat though and Largs were putting several defenders on him every time he had the ball. The referee was keeping a tight control on the game, issuing a few yellow cards although it was far from being a bad tempered affair. Then with sixty nine minutes gone Rangers mounted a big attack and after a scramble in the Largs goalmouth WHITEFORD shot home from close range. Once again the lead was to be short lived; Largs were awarded a penalty when Eeles put up his hand to protect his face in the box. Substitute N LITTLE scored from the spot and it was back to equality. With about ten minutes remaining Rangers made a couple of changes, Kerr and Walker coming on for Desmond and Kelly. Within a minute Kerr put in a good freekick from thirty yards which Weir saved well. Then the same player had a great chance to put Rangers ahead but somehow managed to hook the ball over from six yards. With only two minutes of official time remaining Largs mounted their big effort and again after a scramble LINDSAY put in a shot which came off the underside of the bar to give Largs the lead. Rangers were not finished yet though, and with the game well into the time added on they were awarded a freekick just outside the Largs penalty area. After a little delay while the kick taker was sorted out, EELES stepped up and sent a great shot through the wall for a thoroughly deserved equaliser. There was barely time to restart the game and hopefully Rangers can finish the job at Largs next week, no reason why not, they are clearly the better side on this display. KILSYTH; Duke, Waters, Carr, Doyle, Whiteford, McPeake, Dolan, Desmond, Eeles, Kelly. Subs. Kerr, Walker, Duncan, Barr, Smith. LARGS; Weir, Fisher, C Little, McLaughlin, Walton, Stanton, Muir, Thomson, Struthers, Marks, Lindsay. Subs. Keogh, McClure, N Little, Boyd, McWilliams.
LARGS THISTLE 3 KILSYTH RANGERS 3 (RANGERS WIN 4-3 ON PENALTIES)
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP ROUND 4 (REPLAY) 25/1/14
LARGS THISTLE 3 KILSYTH RANGERS 3 (RANGERS WIN 4-3 ON PENALTIES)
go through to the fifth round of the Scottish after a game full of
excitement, and with the drama of a penalty shootout to settle the tie
it kept fans on tenterhooks for the full ninety minutes, and beyond.
One of only a handful of games to go ahead on saturday due to the
inclement weather, the artificial surface of Largs 4g pitch allowed
both sides plenty of scope to play to their strengths, although the
football probably did not quite reach the standard of the previous
Rangers made a good start and forced a few early
corners from one of which a Whiteford header was not far away. It soon
settled down to a fairly even contest and Phil Dolan was being closely
marked after his great display in the first game, but was still
managing to get over some good crosses. Then in twenty five minutes
Largs goalkeeper Weir spilled a simple shot and McLAREN following up,
rounded him and tapped in to put Rangers ahead. Their lead though, as
in the first game was short-lived, within five minutes Largs were level
when WALTON fired in a great low shot from a wide left position.
Rangers hit back just three minutes later when BARR shot home from
six yards following a freekick. Rangers were well on top now and looked
to have scored a good third goal when McLaren again netted but the
linesman's flag was up for offside, although it appeared to be a very
Largs came out determined to claw back the
deficit and had Rangers pinned back in the early part of the second
half. Their attempts on goal though were generally pretty poor with few
on target and Duke easily dealing with the few that were. Then just
after the midway point of the half a shot struck Ryan Carr and although
he had made no move towards the ball a penalty kick was awarded, a
seemingly very harsh decision but B McLAUGHLIN made no mistake from the
spot and it level once again. The game was mirroring almost precisely
last weeks encounter as with just under ten minutes left LINDSAY scored
for Largs with a fine shot. Then justice was done a few minutes later
when Rangers were also awarded what was probably another fairly soft
penalty for a foul on McPeake. Francis KELLY stepped up and although
his shot hit the inside of the post on its way to the net it was all
square once more and the contest was set to go to a penalty shoot out
Largs and Rangers both failed with their first attempts, it
was 3-2 in favour of the home side as Paul Doyle stepped up for Rangers
last one, he had to score to keep them in the hunt and he did to set up
a sudden death decider. The tension was almost unbearable as Duke faced
Stanton for the first of the kicks and he saved brilliantly as he had
done with two earlier attempts. Then it was the turn of Ryan Carr and
he fired a well placed shot past Weir to take Rangers into the next
round. A great finish to a very exciting contest and full credit to
Largs for their sporting attitude and hospitality shown to the Kilsyth
fans on the day.
LARGS; Weir, N Little, C Little, B McLaughlin,
Walton, Thomson, Stanton, Muir, Marks, Lindsay,D McLaughlin.
Subs. McWilliams, McClure, Struthers, Boyd, Keogh.
KILSYTH; Duke, Barr,
Carr, Doyle, Whiteford, McPeake, Dolan, Desmond, McLaren, Eeles, Kelly.
Subs. Kerr, Walker, Waters, Hogg, Smith.
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP ROUND 5 15/2/14 KILSYTH RANGERS 0 CUMNOCK 4 Rangers tumble out of the Scottish at the hands of Premier division club, Cumnock Juniors, and the gulf in class between the divisions was pretty evident here; it was never really a contest after the visitors went two up just before the interval. Now Rangers must put all their energies to maintaining a place in the superleague. This was one of only two Scottish ties to survive the weather and Duncansfield was looking good by kick-off time with a bright sun overhead although the ground was still pretty soft underfoot. A big support had come up from Cumnock and with many neutrals also in attendance it was easily the biggest crowd seen at Duncansfield for quite a few years. rangers had won the toss and elected to play with the breeze but inside the first minute Cumnock had the ball in the net although it was clearly offside. Rangers responded with Dolan making a very good run down the right but no-one was in place to meet his cross. Johnson tried a shot from distance for Cumnock but it sailed well over. Cumnock won their first corner in ten minutes and although the ball was initially cleared it fell to LOVE, some twenty five yards out, who unleashed a fine, low shot to the bottom right corner of the net. For Rangers Kelly was proving the main threat and he made some good runs, from one the ball bounced around in the goalmouth and it eventually bounced clear of the top of the crossbar. Then Semple spilled another of his efforts and McLaren was in on top of the keeper, there were appeals for a penalty but none was given. Eeles was also making a few good runs down the middle but by this time the Cumnock defence could see where the danger lay and were pretty effective in cutting it out. There was still only one goal in it as halftime neared, but another corner to Cumnock resulted in LOVE nipping in to hit home his second from close range. It was expected that Rangers would have a go at reducing the deficit after the interval but they were being closely marked and never really got going. Cumnock seemed happy to sit on their lead and looked the more likely to get the next goal if one was to come. They had McGuire yellow carded for taking a dive in the box, Eeles also was shown a card but generally the game was being played in a good spirit with few rash tackles or fouls. Changes were made in an effort to revitalise the Rangers attack with Walker and Desmond coming on but within a few minutes it was Cumnock who struck again; JOHNSON was given far too much space and ran through to score with a well placed shot. Cumnock also made changes but it was now the case that they felt they had the game won and when McGUIRE ran in almost unchallenged to add a fourth near the end there was no doubt remaining. A very convincing victory for Cumnock who must now take their place as amongst the favourites to lift the trophy. KILSYTH; Duke, Duncan, Carr, Doyle, Whiteford, Kerr,Dolan, Mcpeake, McLaren, Eeles, Kelly. Subs. Walker, Desmond, Barr, Waters, Smith. CUMNOCK; Semple, Brown, Crawford, Lundie, Woods, Montgomerie, Johnson, Williamson, McGuire, Love, McInnes. Subs. Bradford, Hanvey, Dickie, McMenamin, McKnight. Kilsyth Rangers wish to thank the Coachman Hotel for their sponsorship of the game and post match hospitality shown to both teams. Game next week Away to St. Rochs, 2nd Round Central League cup, ko 2pm.
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