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Kilmarnock and Rangers serve up a draw in Development League

Kilmarnock 1

Kiltie 11

Rangers 1

Ramsay 52
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2015
  • Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League
Kilmarnock and Rangers battled their way to a hard earned point in the SPFL Development League on Wednesday night at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock fielded two experienced pros in Lee Miller and Paul Cairney, and their influence helped a young Killie side settle early on.
 
A win would have seen the home side go level with the men from Auchenhowie, and Killie started the game far brighter. Some nice interchange between Lee Miller and Greg Kiltie within the first ten minutes led to the Scotland Under 19's regular clipping the crossbar with a shot from outside the area. 
 
The opener would come soon enough though, and it was the exceptional Kiltie that got it. Cairney slipped a slide-rule pass through the Rangers defence, Kiltie outpaced Greg Pascazio before rounding ‘keeper Liam Kelly and knocking into an empty net.
 
Kilmarnock could have doubled their lead soon after, but Lee Miller saw his free header nestle on the roof of the net after a delightful cross from Scott McLean on the right wing. 
 
Greg Kiltie had a chance to double his and the home side’s tally on the half hour mark, but after another excellent through ball from Paul Cairney he could only knock his effort wide of the post.
 
Rangers started to impose their physicality on the home side, and could have soon equalised. Calum Gallagher found Robbie Crawford in space, who then watched as his accurate shot was heroically cleared off the line by Killie defender David Syme.
 
The best piece of play of the evening came on the 37th minute, with Kilmarnock pressing for a second goal. Lee Miller played a cute through-ball to Greg Taylor, who turned and found Kiltie in space down the left wing. Kiltie’s cross to the back-post was nodded down by Dean Hawkshaw and Miller, who started the move, saw his half volley well saved by Kelly in the Rangers goal. 
  • Half Time:
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1-0
  • Rangers
The home side made a change at half-time, bringing Lee Miller off for Dylan Pooler, but it would be Rangers that would soon get back into the game. 
 
Calum Gallagher used his pace to get to the by-line and cut the ball back for Darren Ramsay who rifled a shot low and hard into the corner of Conor Brennan’s goal.
 
Killie were then reduced to ten men on 59 minutes when substitute Aaron Splaine was sent packing for a two footed challenge. Killie boss Alan Robertson quickly changed things, bringing Mark Dempster on for Paul Cairney, which saw Dempster slot into right back and Dean Hawkshaw join Greg Taylor in the middle of the park.
 
Rangers didn’t ever look like taking advantage of the extra man, however substitute Scott Roberts’ lightning pace did cause one or two problems late on for a tiring Kilmarnock side. 
 
But, it could have been the home side that won all three points late on, with Syme heading a great chance over at the back-post after a pin-point cross from Kiltie.
 
A point apiece at Rugby Park, with Kilmarnock and Rangers remaining separated in the table by five places but only three points. 
  • Full Time:
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1-1
  • Rangers

Lineups

Kilmarnock
Rangers
1. Conor Brennan
2. Dean Hawkshaw
3. Sam Lidington
4. Euan Smith
5. Lewis Clark
6. David Syme
7. Scott McLean
8. Paul Cairney
9. Lee Miller
10. Greg Taylor
11. Greg Kiltie
12. Devlin MacKay
14. Jack Whittaker
15. Dylan Pooler
16. Mark Dempster
1. Liam Kelly
2. Ryan Sinnamon
3. Jamie Mills
4. Greg Pascazio
5. Craig Halkett
6. Scott Whiteside
7. Robbie Crawford
8. Fraser Aird
9. Ryan Hardie
10. Darren Ramsay
11. Calum Gallagher
12. Kristian Gibson
14. Scott Roberts
15. Daniel Stoney
16. Dylan Dykes
17. David Browne
18. Ross Lyon
21. Lewis McMinn
Star Player
Kilmarnock
Rangers
The star player for the home side was Greg Kiltie. His touch and turn of pace caused problems for Rangers all evening. His goal was a superb piece of composure to just round the 'keeper rather than attempting a shot.
The star player for the away side was Ryan Sinnamon. Just back from a lengthy injury, he struggled early on to deal with Paul Cairney drifting between left midfield and a more central position. However he grew into the game and shackled the Killie threat down their left for most of the second half.
Magic Moment
Kilmarnock
Rangers
The magic moment for the home side was a fantastic bit of play on the 37th minute. Some lovely one-touch football culminating in a great chance to double the lead. Scintillating football.
The magic moment for the away side was Darren Ramsay's equaliser. A fantastic finish that no 'keeper could have stopped.
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