Junior Section Match Report – Rangers 2 – 1 Co. Armagh

Jul 25, 2016 | Junior Section

Glasgow Rangers opened their NI Supercup campaign with a match against County Armagh at the Coleraine Showgrounds . Rangers had the first chance of the game when Billy Gilmour was played in but his powerful low strike was well saved by David Walsh.  Walsh then came to County Armagh’s rescue once again as he tipped away a stinging effort from Zac Butterworth. Rangers did, however, take the lead on fifteen minutes thanks to a superb turn from Gilmour before he smashed it into the net, leaving Walsh with no chance of saving . 

Rangers were in control playing some fabulous football with Butterworth and Gilmour both impressing with their quick feet and body-shape really helping the Gers go forward . Walsh then made another superb save from Butterworth after a fantastic pull-back from Joshua McPake but his shot was superbly saved by the County Armagh goalkeeper. Rangers were creating chance after chance and had another as McPake got through on goal but Walsh thwarted him, coming out to flick the ball away from his feet . 

Rangers started the second half the same way as they ended the first on top creating another chance as Jay Mack shot just wide of goal after a mix up between County Armagh goalkeeper and defenders. Five minutes into the second half County Antrim levelled the match through Chris Hutchinson as his free-kick from twenty-five yards out slid off the ground and under Gers keeper Brian Kinnear. 

County Armagh had a great chance to take the lead in the game as a mistake in the Rangers back-line allowed Alberto Balde to get through on goal but his shot was well saved by Kinnear, Rangers then thought they had gone ahead again as Niyah Josephs free-kick sailed into the net but the goal was chalked off for an infringement in the lead up. David Walsh made yet another terrific save to deny Adepado -Awokoya-Mebude pushing the ball away from goal. 

Rangers then had another fine chance to go ahead as Jay Mack had a free header but he miscued his effort heading over from Gilmours corner. Walsh then made another fine save from Lewis McGratten as he parried a rasping drive from six yards out , However in the last minute Rangers did get the goal they deserved through Awokoya-Mebube as he raced through on goal to slot the ball home to seal the victory .