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Lochore 0 Kilsyth 4

                                                         SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP ROUND 2        22/10/16                                                          


A smooth progress through to the next round of the the Scottish cup for 

Rangers at Lochore. They were never really troubled and with two goals 

ion each half shared amongst four players the fans went home happy. A 

word of thanks to the Lochore committee and social club who provided a 

warm welcome and great hospitality to the visiting team, committee, and 


It was all Rangers right from the kick off, it was only a question of 

how long it would take for them to open the scoring. In only four 

minutes Tyrell had a long range effort hit the crossbar and F Kelly 

put another over the top. It took twelve minutes in fact, a cross ball 

in from Franny KELLY deceived the keeper and landed in the net, Rangers were 

ahead. A shot from Gary Kelly hit the base of the post and there were 

several others which came very close or were kept out by the good work 

of the Lochore keeper. It was almost half an hour in before Lochore 

made their first real attack but Carlin dealt easily with anything that 

came his way. Nearing the halftime mark Rangers forced several corners 

from one of which REID bulleted in a great header to put Rangers into a 

comfortable two goal lead .

Munro had come on for F Kelly at halftime and it was very much more of 

the same right from the restart. It took only five minutes to add 

another goal, this time it was  FLANNIGAN who got the shot in and from 

here on in the final result was never in doubt. Rangers eased off a 

little and for a brief spell Lochore had more of the play and Carlin 

did have to make a couple of good stops. With about ten minutes 

remaining Rangers stepped up the pressure again and with a home 

defender handling in the box Rangers were awarded a penalty, PRENTICE 

put his shot in rather straight and Inglis saved well but could not 

hold the ball, Prentice following up made it four on the day. The home 

centre half, Davies, received a second yellow card in the final minutes 

but it made no difference now, Rangers were through and await the third 

round draw where stiffer opposition will surely await them.

KILSYTH; Carlin, Waters, K McBride, Doyle, Reid, Tyrell, F Kelly, G 

Kelly, Davidson, Flanagan, Prentice.

Subs. Munro, McGlinchie, Hogg, Duke.

LOCHORE; Inglis, Warender, Urquart, Elliot, Davies, Brown, Eason, 

Cassells, Adam, Donaldson, Gray.

Subs. Habob, Parrish, Powrie, Carson.

Kilsyth 3 Lochgelly 0

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP THIRD ROUND                   18/11/16  


A fairly smooth passage through to the fourth round of the Scottish cup 

for Rangers over Lochgelly, after an uncertain start once they got in 

front they were never really troubled by their Fife opponents. On the 

day with quite a few of the other ties either postponed or drawn there 

are not too many other sides already through although both local 

rivals, Rob Roy and Cumbernauld are also in the hat for the draw.

It was Lochgelly who made the running early on; first Elder had a good 

effort which looked net bound stopped by Tyrell, then a minute later 

another fine shot from Rennie was just wide of the mark. Rangers 

struggled to get into the game for a while and Wilson never really had 

a decent shot to deal with in the opening half hour. However the 

pressure began to mount from Rangers and they were getting forward much 

more with Kelly and Paul McBride doing some good work, but it was a 

fine cross over from Flanagan which eventually brought the 

breakthrough. The ball went over to PRENTICE, unmarked at the far post 

and he knocked the ball in from close range to put Rangers ahead in 

thirty three minutes. Rangers confidence soared from this point on and 

other than one good attempt from Elder, Carlin was seldom troubled for 

the remainder of the half.

Rangers opened the second half well and only four minutes in a corner 

kick saw REID rise above the visitors defence to head in a great second 

goal. The eventual result was never really in doubt from this point 

onwards and when McGEE fired in a great strike from just outside the 

penalty area midway through the half to put Rangers three goals ahead 

the game was over as a contest. There could have been more goals with 

David Waters taking the ball through on several occasions but the 

visitors were not for giving up and defended valiantly. Rangers made a 

few changes as the game came to its conclusion with Gary Kelly, Doyle 

and Munro all being introduced. With the next round not due to be 

played until January, Rangers can now concentrate on consolidating 

their league position and push for a possible promotion place this season.

KILSYTH; Carlin, Waters, K McBride, Reid, Tyrell, McGee, F Kelly, 

Flanagan, Pearson, P McBride, Prentice.

Subs. Munro, Doyle, G Kelly, Davidson, Duke.

LOCHGELLY; Wilson, Brown, Greirson, Swan, Millar, Murray, Paterson, 

Bateson, Watt, Elder, Rennie.

Subs. Page, Gibson, McEwan, Sutherland, Rushford.

Kilsyth 2 Bonnyrigg 2



Rangers live to fight another day after losing a two goal lead to their 

East Region opponents in what was a pulsating cup tie and may yet have 

enough to ultimately win through. Their was always the question of how 

Bonnyrigg would respond to their crushing defeat to Hibernian last week 

and they certainly looked determined to come out fighting and make 

amends to their fans who had travelled through in good numbers for this 


A weakened Rangers side gave them a stiff test, taking an early lead 

before ultimately buckling under severe second half pressure, no thanks 

though to a very officious referee who was handing out yellow cards 

like they were going out of fashion. Hopefully he may not be in charge 

of next weeks game. 

Bonnyrigg were applying the pressure right from the start, they were 

coming forward in numbers and shots were raining in, fortunately not 

with any great accuracy in most cases. Carlin did have a few saves to 

make but looked to be well in control. By way of contrast the young 

Bonnyrigg keeper, signed from Hearts in midweek, looked rather nervous 

and was the one weakness in their team. Twenty minutes in and although 

Rangers had been pinned back for much of the time they actually looked 

the more dangerous when they did attack. Francis Kelly was cutting into 

the visitors penalty area when he was fouled although it looked like a 

marginal decision as to whether it was actually inside the box. No 

matter, the penalty was given and Gary KELLY put it past Mason to put 

Rangers ahead. Bonnyrigg redoubled their efforts, to little effect, and 

just ten minutes later another fine piece of play by Rangers gave Paul 

McBRIDE an opportunity and he doubled the advantage. Bonnyrigg were 

clearly rattled and Rangers enjoyed probably their best period of the 

game until normal service was resumed with Bonnyrigg regaining the 

advantage but sterling work by the Rangers defence, and Carlin in 

particular, kept them at bay up till the interval.

The pitch was holding up well, despite being soft from the start, and 

with a constant light rain from the start. It was again Bonnyrigg who 

were running the game, even more so than during the first forty five 

minutes. Rangers were rarely seen in attack and it seemed only a matter 

of time before something had to give. In fact it was the sixty fifth 

minute before the inevitable goal came, after some particularly severe 

pressure MOYES finally netted to reduce the deficit. The referee was 

issuing cards with abandon although Rangers were trying to frustrate 

their opponents with some doubtful tactics. A golden opportunity for 

Rangers to hit back came when F Kelly broke away and got past the 

keeper but put the ball over instead of going for goal, unfortunately 

there were no takers for his cross. Then Pearson received his second 

yellow card of the day and Rangers were down to ten men. It really was 

backs to the wall from this point onwards but it must be said that the 

defence stood up well to what was unrelenting pressure.

Davidson came on for F Kelly who had gone down with severe cramp. With 

about seven minutes of regulation time remaining the big Bonnyrigg 

defender, HOSKINS, who had been a threat all game got the equalising 

goal for Bonnyrigg, to the immense relief of the visiting fans. A full 

five minutes of added time was played but both teams seemed tired and 

content to go to a replay. Hopefully next weeks game will be as 

exciting as this one had been, Bonnyrigg are no superstars, they are 

there for the taking, and hopefully Rangers can get the result.

KILSYTH; Carlin, Waters, K MCBride, Doyle, McGee, McCroary, F Kelly, G 

Kelly, Pearson, P McBride, Prentice.

Subs. O'Neill, Livingstone, Davidson, Hogg, Duke.

BONNYRIGG; Mason, Horne, Hoskins, Young, Moyes, Stewart, Craig, Kidd, 

McGachie, Nelson, Donaldson.

Subs. Brown, Archibald, Mcintosh, Jamieson, Andrew.  

Replay next Saturday 04/02/17 at Bonnyrigg.

Bonnyrigg 3 Kilsyth 0



Rangers' cup dreams are ended for another season and there can be no 

excuses, they were well beaten by a better team who perhaps should have 

completed the job in the first game, but made no mistake in the second. 

Rangers must now regroup and concentrate on their real objective for 

this season of attaining promotion.

New Dundas Park was looking in good condition after the heavy rain 

which resulted in postponement of a few other matches, a decent crowd  

was present for what was hoped would be another exciting cup tie. It 

started very much as had last weeks game with Bonnyrigg dominating 

although Paul McBride had a very good chance within the first few 

minutes but his shot was well wide. Thereafter it was the home team, 

who threatened and made a few good chances themselves. It took fifteen 

minutes for them to get ahead, from a corner kick a McINTOSH shot beat 

Carlin. There after they had plenty more opportunities with the ball 

twice coming off the inside of the post and back into play, another 

came off the crossbar and Carlin made more than a few saves. Rangers 

struggled to get forward, they were being shut down by the big 

Bonnyrigg defenders and could not get into a position to put any 

pressure on the young goalkeeper who did appear to be the only weakness 

in their team. Just before halftime Rangers did have a short spell 

where they threatened but ultimately it came to nothing.

Two changes were made at the interval, Danny O'Neill and Gary 

Livingstone had replaced Hamilton and G Kelly but it made little 

difference, Bonnyrigg were just as dominant and they confirmed their 

superiority with a second goal from DONALDSON in the fifty first 

minute. The game was as good as over at this point and although Rangers 

did not give up on the unequal struggle it seemed only a question of 

how many more they might concede. However poor finishing and some good 

defending kept Bonnyrigg at bay for most of the remainder of the second 

half and it was only in the last few minutes that NELSON completed the 

scoring after a spell of very heavy pressure on the Kilsyth goal. A 

tame ending to what many Rangers fans had hoped could be a good cup run 

with the prospect of another good tie against Petershill in the next 

round before them. It was not to be however and now any local hopes of 

cup success lie with Rob Roy whose game against Musselburgh was 

postponed yet again.

BONNYRIGG; Mason, Horne, Donaldson, Young, Hoskins, Stewart, Gray, 

Kidd, McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh.

Subs. Brown, Jamieson, Archibald, McLaren, Andrews.

KILSYTH; Carlin, Waters, K McBride, Doyle, Hamilton, Tyrell, McGee, G 

Kelly, McCroary, P McBride, Prentice.

Subs. O'Neill, Pearson, Livingstone, Davidson, Duke.  

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