SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP FIRST ROUND 27/9/14
KILSYTH RANGERS 4 BLAIRGOWRIE 1
A good win for Rangers, It
takes them through to the next round of the Scottish, and perhaps more
importantly, restores some confidence in the team after the recent run
of poor results. It was not quite as easy as the final score might
suggest though, it was only in the final stages that Rangers strength
prevailed and the result was put beyond dispute.
Rangers won the toss
and had the advantage of the gusty breeze for the first period. It only
took one minute before they made use of it; in their very first foray
upfield a Duffy shot was cleared off the line, in the resulting
scramble Craig Hughes headed the ball past O'Brien to provide the best
possible start. It was all Rangers for the next twenty minutes and they
could have had another couple of goals with a little luck, Prentice had
a couple of good efforts and O'Brien made several good saves. Then in
the twenty seventh minute Maloney broke down the right, the linesman
had raised his flag to signal offside but the referee waved play on,
the home defence hesitated waiting for the whistle and meantime the
ball was crossed to NEAVE waiting at the far post to knock the ball in
and Blairgowrie were back on level terms. It only took a couple of
minutes more though before Rangers had gone ahead once more; O'Brien
turned a fine thirty yard freekick by Prentice round the post, from
the resulting corner kick P McBRIDE bundled the ball into the net.
Rangers had quite a few more chances before the interval but there was
no further score.
Phil Dolan, clearly not fully fit, had been replaced
by Hrenak at halftime and Rangers continued to dominate although
Maloney was looking quite sharp up front for the visitors. Duffy was
very lucky not to be booked when he fouled an opposition player well
after the whistle had been blown for a foul. The chances continued to
come and McPeake came very close with a long chip shot which hit the
crossbar. Joe Barclay came on for Paul McBride and was soon in the
thick of things. Blairgowrie had also made a couple of changes in an
effort to come back on level terms but finally, in the seventy fifth
minute Chris REID got in a good header to ease Rangers worries. Then
with five minutes remaining Paul Doyle touched a freekick forward to
McPEAKE whose great shot from eighteen yards sealed the result. For an
encore Barclay tried an overhead kick from close range but it landed on
the roof of the net. A relatively smooth passage to the second round of
the National trophy, but the big guns await.
KILSYTH; Duke, Reid,
Crawley, Doyle, Hughes, G Livingstone, Dolan, McPeake,
Duffy, P McBride, Prentice.
Subs. Janick, Wilson, K McBride, Hrenak, Barclay.
BLAIRGOWRIE; O'Brien, Simpson, Nicholl, Millar, Brash, Bremner,
Axworthy, McDonald, Maloney, Duncan, Neave.
Subs. Tovey, Menzies,
Findlay, Kelly, Middleton.
Game next week, home to Largs Thistle,
league match K.O. 2pm
A new, but familiar face in the Rangers line-up
on Saturday was Craig Hughes who was transferred from Kirkintilloch Rob
Roy. He had previously been with Rangers a couple of years ago and had
also had a spell with Dunipace in between times.