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Sinnamon 10”, Hardie 19” & 56”, Stoney 24”

Spartans FC 0

  • Wednesday, 05 November 2014
  • Ibrox Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup
In the build up to this Scottish Youth Cup 3rd round tie, the last few weeks had seen the talented Spartans side gather some excellent momentum in the East of Scotland under 20's League. In their last three matches, Spartans recorded two wins, scoring 13 goals in the process. As for Rangers, the past three weeks had provided mixed fortunes for the Glasgow side, who had won only once in three matches, collecting a draw away to Inverness, an impressive 3-0 victory over Motherwell and a disappointing 4-1 loss against Hibernian in Leith.
It was clear from the off, that Spartans were looking to build the attacks bravely from the back. However, Rangers high pressure forced the Spartans defence into making mistakes. In the seventh minute, Rangers nearly profited from this. Junior Ogen nicked the ball in an advanced position, before spreading the ball into the path of Tom Walsh on the edge of the box, whose tame shot was easily collected by Spartans keeper Brian Carswell.
Despite sustained pressure from Rangers, it wasn't until the ninth minute that the deadlock was broken. Ross McRorie slipped a perfectly weighted pass into the feet of Ryan Hardie on the right flank. Hardie impressively evaded a few tackles before floating an inviting cross to the attacking minded full back Ryan Sinnamon, who cleverly side footed past Carswell and into the corner of the net.
Five minutes after the goal, the Rangers players continued to flood forward at every opportunity. Daniel Stoney impressed throughout the match and at 13 minutes, after jinking past three Spartans defenders, only an impressive save denied him from scoring his first goal of the evening.
Just before the 20 minute mark, Rangers doubled their lead through an individual piece of genius from Hardie. A looping Rangers corner was headed into the feet of Hardie, who with just one touch swiftly turned away from three Spartans defenders, before dispatching the ball into the net.
Only three minutes later, Rangers looked dangerous going forward again. Walsh played a precise through ball inside the box to Sinnamon who was cynically pulled back by a Spartans defender for a Rangers penalty. Up stepped Daniel Stoney, whose composed finish added a third for Rangers.
Spartans first real chance came with six minutes left of the first half, George Hunter impressively outpaced Luca Gasparatto, however, Hunter's shot was struck into the palms of Liam Kelly.
A minute after Spartans first opportunity, Rangers countered brilliantly and almost scored a fourth. The pacey and direct Ogen brilliantly drove into the Spartans box, before firing a low cutting shot narrowly past the goal.
  • Half Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 3-0
  • Spartans FC
In the opening minutes of the second period, Rangers looked reasonably content with knocking the ball around the pitch and dominating possession. However, it was Spartans who had the first chance of the half. Blair Atkinson slipped a ball through to the dangerous Hunter, who cleverly turned inside Pascazio, almost creating a clear shot on goal, until Gasparetto cleared the ball from the impressive striker.
With 53 minutes played, Harry Oliff's driving run from deep almost resulted in a goal for Spartans. Oliff's pinpoint cross nearly reached Jamie Dishington, however, just before the cross met the head of the midfielder, the Rangers keeper Liam Kelly somehow grasped onto the swirling cross.
Four minutes from the 60 minute mark, Rangers added a fourth goal. Andy Murdoch slipped a delightful ball to Hardie just to the right of the Spartans box. Hardie audaciously chipped the ball over the Spartans keeper and into the back of the net from an acute angle. Another fantastic individual goal from the 17 year old.
With only 12 minutes to go, Spartans created their best chance of the entire match. Dishington's defence splitting pass saw Hunter go one on one with the Rangers keeper, but much to Spartans frustration, Hunter's thunderous shot was struck well over the bar.
With 85 minutes on the clock, only an unbelievable save from Carswell denied Rangers from a fifth goal of the evening. Again Hardie was at the forefront of the move, the big striker slipping a ball inside the box to Walsh, whose venomous shot was superbly knocked behind by the Spartans keeper.
After an impressive performance by Rangers and a spirited display from Spartans, Rangers are now through to next months Scottish Youth Cup 4th round.
  • Full Time:
  • Rangers FC
  • 4-0
  • Spartans FC


Rangers FC
Spartans FC
1. Liam Kelly
2. Ryan Sinnamon
3. Ross McRorie
4. Greg Pascazio
5. Luca Gasparetto
6. Kristian Gibson
7. Junior Ogen
8. Andy Murdoch
9. Ryan Hardie
10. Daniel Stoney
11. Tom Walsh
21. Robby McRorie
12. David Brownlie
14. Josh Jeffries
15. Adam Wilson
16. Sam Jamieson
1. Blair Carswell
2. Alex Imlah
3. Harry Oliff
4. Paul Dickson
5. Kris Buchanan
6. Scott McCrory-Irvine
7. Sean Stewart
8. Jamie Dishington
9. Blair Atkinson
10. George Hunter
11. Sam Daniel
12. Jordan Brown
14. Andrew Mair
15. Ross Davies
16. Dylan Tait
17. Kyle Brown
Star Player
Rangers FC
Spartans FC
Ryan Hardie was instrumental for Rangers in this match, scoring two fantastic goals as well as assisting another. Hardie's eye for goal was obvious, as was his ability to spot a pass.
George Hunter looked dangerous through-out with his pace and willingness to take on defenders. A bit more composure and he would have certainly been on the score sheet.
Magic Moment
Rangers FC
Spartans FC
Ryan Hardie's turn for the first goal was a delightful piece of skill, he showed the touch, skill and awareness to be able to turn away from the Spartans defence, before slotting the ball into the back of the net from an awkward angle.
Jamie Dishington's pass into George Hunter. It should have been a goal for the visitors, but it wasn't to be.
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