Report: Rangers B Beat League Leaders Bonnyrigg Rose

RANGERS B Team collected three points in Edinburgh this afternoon after defeating league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.

The young Gers continue to show what they are learning in the Lowland League after a strong performance against the Lothian club.

Goals from Tony Weston, Robbie Ure, Charlie McCann, Kane Ritchie-Hosler and Cole McKinnon, and exceptional saves from Jay Hogarth saw the youngsters take all three points in front of an excellent crowd.

The hosts started the game brightly, creating a number of chances in the opening few minutes. Jay Hogarth calmly collected an early shot from Gray whilst Keiran McGachie headed the ball just wide of the Rangers post.

After a hectic and physical start, it was the young Gers who settled most and began to exert dominance and control of the first half. 

Rangers opened the scoring on nine minutes after a lovely strike from Tony Weston. The youngster picked up the ball on the edge of the Bonnyrigg box and his powerful strike hit the top right corner of the net. 

The Light Blues almost made it two just a few minutes later. Adam Devine made an excellent run down the right side before passing it to Charlie Lindsay whose first-time strike was deftly saved by the diving Andrews.

The youngsters continued to find and create opportunities, maintaining most of the possession to control the game and pile on the pressure. Charlie McCann did well to weave in between several Bonnyrigg players, managing to find some space on the edge of the box. Once again, the keeper got a touch to it to deny a second.

On 29 minutes Robbie Fraser dragged a shot just wide after excellent build up play from the youngster.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic and Bonnyrigg nearly found the equaliser in the 30th minute but Jay Hogarth saved from the headed effort.

This seemed to jolt the Light Blues back into action when Cole McKinnon made it two for the Gers on 36 minutes. Weston skipped past several Bonnyrigg defenders before cutting the ball across to McKinnon who took a touch before striking the ball past the outstretched and into the top left corner

The hosts did fight back in the closing 10 minutes of the first half; however, Hogarth made a number of excellent stops to deny the home side’s efforts.

The warning signs for Bonnyrigg continued in the second half as Andrews got a crucial hand to a Weston cross to deny Robbie Ure a goal scoring opportunity. 

It was Charlie McCann who made it three for the youngsters in the 60th minute. After an interception from Weston in the Bonnyrigg half, his pass to McCann was drilled into the back of the net.

Ure got the fourth goal of the game in the 77th minute. McCann made a driving run to the box with Ure running alongside him. McCann made a deft through ball to Ure who took a composed touch and lovely finish.

Although, Bonnyrigg manged to gain one back after Hall slotted the ball under Hogarth in the 83rd minute.

Kane Ritchie-Hosler found the fifth goal for the young Gers in 85th minute. After an excellent run past the Bonnyrigg defenders, the youngster calmly put it past the keeper to make it five for the Gers.

The game was not over however as Rangers were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute after Ritchie-Hosler was brought down in the box. McCann stood up to take the penalty, but Andrews made the save to deny the Gers a sixth goal and McCann his second.

Bonnyrigg found a second goal from Hall who scored in the dying seconds of the game.

RANGERS: Hogarth, Devine, Fraser (80), King, McClelland (C), Miller, Lindsay 76), McKinnon, Ure, McCann, Weston (60).

SUBS: Budinaukas, MacKinnon, Ritchie-Hosler (76), McCuasland (60), Ewen, McKay (80), Strachan.

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