Report: B-Team Defeat Albion Rovers At Auchenhowie

RANGERS B beat Albion Rovers 3-1 at Rangers Training Centre this evening as they continued their pre-season preparations.

The League Two outfit took the lead early in the match, but Tony Weston’s strike saw Rangers level at the break.

Alex Lowry’s penalty gave the Light Blues the advantage in the second-half before Arron Lyall added a third with 15 minutes remaining.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock as the ball broke for Scott Roberts just inside the box and he fired a low shot beyond Aaron Cervantes.

Shortly after Roberts broke down the right and drove to the byline before cutting the ball back to Charlie Reilly but his effort curled just over the bar.

Alex Lowry had a shot as he was fed in by Robbie Fraser but this time his effort from a tight angle hit the side netting.

With 20 minutes on the clock, Scott Roberts picked out Declan Byrne in the box but the striker didn’t get a clean connection and the ball bounced wide of the target.

Just after the half-hour mark Rangers were back level as Jake Hastie drove forward before picking out the run of Tony Weston to leave the forward one on one with the keeper, who slotted beyond Cameron Binnie.

Rangers made two changes at half-time as goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes was replaced by Jay Hogarth and Charlie Lindsay came on in place of the trialist.

Into the second-half the Gers thought they had a second as Robbie Fraser delivered a dangerous ball across the face of goal which was turned behind by Cole McKinnon but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

Fraser was again causing problems down the left as he beat Aron Lynas before cutting inside and getting a shot away but it was pushed clear by Albion Rovers goalkeeper Chris Smith.

Rangers were awarded a penalty on the 66th minute as Jake Hastie was bundled over in the box as he looked set to get a shot away. Alex Lowry stepped up to the spot and made no mistake in slotting beyond Smith.

Jay Hogarth was called into action for the first time as a corner fell for Charlie Reilly on the edge of the box but his low effort was held comfortably.

Aaron Lyall made it three on the 73rd minute as Charlie Lindsay fed the ball forward to the winger and despite offside calls from Albion Rovers, Lyall held his line and touched the ball beyond Chris Smith.

A host of substitutes got minutes during the second-half as David McCallum’s side continue to build-up their minutes on the pitch.

Julian Kouame came close for Albion Rovers with 10 minutes remaining as his header bounced back off the crossbar.

RANGERS: Cervantes, Devine, Fraser, McClelland, MacKinnon, Strachan, Lowry, McKinnon, Weston, Trialist, Hastie. Subs: Hogarth, Ewen, Lindsay, Allan, Lyall, Ebiowei, Ure.

ALBION ROVERS: Binnie, Lynas, Sylla, Fagan, McGowan, McKernon, Roberts, Wilson, Byrne, Doherty, Reilly. Subs: Wright, Wilson, Leslie, Dolan, Smith, Kouame, Fernie, Fee, Robinson

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