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Rangers conquer Carbrain in cup final clash

Carbrain BC 1

Whitmore

Rangers SABC 3

Reilly, Brown
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Open Cup

Liam Dickson | YFS Central Region Journalist

Two Aiden Reilly goals either side of a Dylan Brown strike were enough to see Rangers Supporters Association defeat Carbrain Boys Club and claim Open Cup glory.

A Lee Whitmore penalty had briefly given Carbrain hope, but Reilly’s second capped a deserved victory for Rangers and ensured the trophy would be making its way to Glasgow.

Rangers looked the more dangerous of the teams from the first whistle, with Brown in particular causing the Carbrain defence all kinds of problems down the left side. In fact, it was another run of his that created the opening goal - driving at the opposition, he skipped past a number of Carbrain defenders before playing the ball to Reilly 15 yards from goal. Taking a moment to compose himself, he drove the ball low past Dan Stewart in the Carbrain net to give Rangers a deserved lead.

And one became two not long after as Brown, again driving inside from the left, smashed home a left-footed shot across the keeper and into the far corner at a period of the match when it looked as if Rangers could run away with it.

To their credit though, Carbrain did not let their heads drop and managed to create a number of half chances in the latter stages of the first half. Lee Whitmore in particular was a constant threat, fizzing a shot across the face of goal at one point and firing just over from a free kick at another.

  • Half Time:
  • Carbrain BC
  • 0-2
  • Rangers SABC

Carbrain began the second half well and were rewarded with a lifeline when Whitmore was brought down in the box by defender John Balsillie as he was getting a shot away. Whitmore made no mistake as he stepped up to convert it himself.

Rejuvenated by the hope the goal had given them, Carbrain began to take control of a rattled Rangers. Whitmore skewed wide from the edge of the box after a lovely passing move in the middle of the park whilst a header from Ryan Duffy rattled the bar.

However, Rangers were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when a fantastically weighted pass from standout John Wilson split the Carbrain defence and played in Reilly who, again, took his time and fired home past the helpless Stewart.

With their two-goal lead reestablished, Rangers again began playing with a spring in their step and confidence in their play. They almost had the perfect ending when a diagonal cross from Brown was met full on the volley by Craig Stott. Unfortunately for him, his strike struck the post and came back into play. Still, it did not deter from what was an otherwise fantastic day for Rangers. 

  • Full Time:
  • Carbrain BC
  • 1-3
  • Rangers SABC

Lineups

Carbrain BC
Rangers SABC
1. Dan Stewart
2. Kyle Gold
4. Ryan Duffy
5. Fraser Dawson
6. Zak Maher
7. Declan McGarvey
8. Dylan Simpson
9. Ryan Rooney
10. Lee Whitmore
11. Cameron Connor
12. Dylan Lee
15. Thomas Andrews
16. Kiegan McCrann
1. Robbie Walker
2. Joshua Gordon
3. Josh Barnwell
5. Lee Gemmell
6. John Balsillie
7. Dylan Brown
8. John Wilson
9. John Gilmour
11. Aiden Reilly
12. Alex Smith
14. Brogan Watson
15. Euan Andrews
16. Mainza Mutenge
17. Craig Stott
Star Player
Carbrain BC
Rangers SABC
Lee Whitmore - Was involved in everything for Carbrain and deserved his goal.
John Wilson - Was at the heart of everything in the Rangers midfield.
Magic Moment
Carbrain BC
Rangers SABC
Whitmore's penalty was just reward for Carbrain's bright start to the second half.
Wilson's inch perfect through-ball in the build up to Rangers decisive third goal was sensational.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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