SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP THIRD ROUND 18/11/16
KILSYTH RANGERS 3 LOCHGELLY ALBERT 0
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.