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
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,
Game next Saturday, away to Greenock, league match KO 1-45pm.