A windy day heralded the Scottish Cup Quarter Final; Rangers SABC would be host to Motherwell’s Jerviston FC. Rangers had the first move of the game, moving forward with Luke McNiven on the right. He dribbled into the middle creating space on the right for an overlap before Luke Higgins cut out the attempted killer ball.
It was a high impact game with both sides giving their all to cancel out the opposition’s attack, with Rangers looking the more likely to score. But a quick corner from Andrew Gallacher and Dean Bell almost caught the Gers defence napping.
David Sinclair was the first goalkeeper to be called upon though, as the wind caught a Rangers clearance all the way to his penalty spot. But the Jerviston goalie’s safe hands were never in doubt.
Sinclair was called on again by Louis Gordon’s shot. The midfielder picked up the ball off some patient play around Jerviston’s area and it was all that Sinclair could do to tip it wide with his full stretch dive.
Dylan Brown took the corner and this time Sinclair was helpless as it bounced down to Andrew Paulley who hammered into the back of the net on the half volley.
Jerviston looked to respond immediately, as Kian Marshall was pulling the strings of every attack with tremendous vision and creativity. But it was apparent that both teams had done their homework, as Zach Brown was on hand to deny Jerviston time and again.
The game went back and forth, with neither team progressing beyond the midfield – Rangers looked the more dominant however evidenced by John Gilmour beating the offside trap with lightning pace. A deft touch through his marker’s legs took him into shooting range but Luke Higgins absolutely flew in, to dispossess him.
Rangers continued their momentum, the next attack leading to Luke McNiven being fouled just inside the penalty area – the ref blew for a penalty and John Wilson took it himself. He picked out the corner and despite his best efforts Sinclair couldn’t reach – making it 2-0 to Rangers.
Play seemed to stall as Jerviston reeled. Both touchlines were doing what they could to give their team the edge but neither seemed able to break each other down and soon the ref called for half time.