Rangers progressed to the next round of the U15s Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over Aberdeen FC Ladies Reds. A pair for Jodi McLeary and singles for Rebecca Taylor and Eve Pollock were enough for Jordan Boyd's young side to triumph on their travels.
Aberdeen began the game brightly, running with purpose at the heart of the Rangers defence. Millie Urquhart's strike was deflected wide, moments before Demi Taylor and Alexandra Curry whipped in two dangerous corners. The hosts off to a vibrant start.
A neat surface at Aberdeen Sports Village allowed the teams to move the ball around with intent in the early stages, both seeking composure and a measure of control in the haste of midfield. Rangers first threatened when Kirsten Love picked out the run of McLeary on the right. She beat her opponent to the byline before pulling it back for the arriving Emma Watson to rasp an effort off the crossbar from twelve yards.
In the fifth minute, Rangers made the breakthrough, the combination this time working in reverse. Left footed, Watson dropped a beautifully weighted long ball beyond the Aberdeen backline with precision. It appeared initially as if Kayla Jardine was best placed to take up the chase for the Light Blues, but McLeary was in position to win the race. Sky Cameron did well to get fingertips on her shot, but could only help it up and into the goal.
We saw bright interchange in reply for Aberdeen over the next few exchanges, with Demi Taylor and Emma Lawson battling hard, and Curry an outlet for some crossing opportunities. Forwards Urquhart and Carlijn Dashort were also responsible for asserting flashes of pressure with their workrate.
Rangers though, would extend their advantage on 11. Daly again sharp and alert to tuck away the ball as she matched Madison Finnie for pace in the right channel and swept this one across the face of goal for the second. The visitors were rolling.
Midway through the half, Demi Taylor watched her shot lift inches over Jodie Baker's crossbar, prior to a spate of chances at either end. First, Watson was close to rounding off a Rangers move, Cameron out swiftly to smother at her feet. Not to be outdone, Baker got her gloves on the ball as Dashort burrowed a way through.
Despite the deficit, it was clear that the young Reds were testing the Govan side. Dashort again gambled on a loose out-ball to find herself one-on-one, but could only guide the final shot wide of the target. A minute later, Demi Taylor stood over a promising freekick, which she had earmarked for the top corner. It was carved there with venom, only for Baker to produce a wonderful stop.
Eilidh Austin sprinted clear to create another decent sight of goal for Rangers, the girls in the knowledge that a third would be pivotal.
Whilst it hadn't arrived by the interval, Aberdeen could maintain hope that a fortnight of football comebacks may shine some fortune on them.