Report: Under-18s Win In Scottish FA Youth Cup

RANGERS under-18’s progressed to the fourth round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup this afternoon with a 12-1 victory over Elgin City.

There were nine different goalscorers for the young Gers in a strong display at Rangers Training Centre.

The Light Blues started well and got the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes. Captain Mackenzie Strachan swung in a dangerous ball from a corner which met the head of Greig Allen who guided the ball into the back of the net.

Cameron Campbell’s side were pushing for a second but Elgin goalkeeper Arran Anderson denied Jack Roberts and Tyler Pasnik from adding to the scoring.

Just before the half-hour mark, the home side did manage to get that all important second goal. Robbie Ure delivered a good ball into the box which was tapped in by Mackenzie Strachan.

It was a strong four minutes for Rangers as they scored three quick-fire goals. In the 31st minute Strachan returned the favour to Ure, as the captain played a lovely forward ball into the path of the striker and he slotted a right-footed finish into the back of the net.

From the restart, the young Gers made it 4-0 as they went on the attack instantly with the ball falling for Leyton Dunlop and he fired into the back of the net.

Arran Anderson in the Elgin goal continued to pull off some good saves to prevent Rangers from further adding to the scoring as he got a strong hand to a shot from Tyler Pasnik to push it wide.

However, it was 5-0 before half-time as Robbie Ure and Mackenzie Strachan once again linked up with Strachan delivering a short corner into the box which met Ure at the back post and he tapped home his second goal of the game.

Into the second-half at Rangers Training Centre, Pasnik saw a shot pushed wide by Anderson as he looked to get on the scoresheet.

The goal did come for the 16-year-old just minutes later as Robbie Ure’s ball was flicked on by Jack Roberts into the path of Pasnik and he slotted beyond Anderson.

On the hour mark, Rangers made it 7-0 as they were relentless in their push for more goals. Zak Mackay showed strength down the left to drive forward before delivering a good ball into the box which Jack Roberts tapped home from close range.

Roberts got his second of the afternoon in almost identical fashion just three minutes later as he got on the end of another good delivery from Mackay to make it 8-0.

Elgin had their best chance of the match as they looked for a consolation goal as a shot from distance was tipped onto the bar by Rangers goalkeeper Scott Cowie before the danger was cleared.

The young Gers continued to show their attacking threat as Leyton Dunlop’s shot was blocked but fell to Kelsey Ewen who had made a good run into the box and he curled a left-footed effort beyond the goalkeeper.

Elgin did get a goal back with 10 minutes of the game remaining as a cross into the box was headed in by visiting captain Jack Royan.

Second-half substitute Rory Wilson got his first of the afternoon in the 82nd minute as Rangers netted another three goals in the final eight minutes of the game. Wilson drilled a low shot beyond Anderson to make it 10-1.

Two minutes later a corner was delivered into the box and headed towards goal, goalkeeper Anderson pushed the ball away but it fell into the path of Kristian Webster who fired home the rebound.

Wilson rounded off the scoring for the afternoon with a good finish as he beat the keeper with a powerful shot from inside the area on the 86th minute to make it 12-1.

RANGERS: Cowie, K. Ewen, McKay, Allen, Allan, Dunlop, Strachan, McInally, Ure, Roberts, Pasnik.

Subs: Pazikas, H. Ewen, Semple, Wester, Duncan, Wilson, Graham.

ELGIN CITY: Anderson, Blanchard, Payne, Cormack, Royan, Bremner, Matczak, Riddell, Taylor, Allen, Henderson.

Subs: Imlach, Hamilton, Smith, Souter, Kwolik , Cruickshank, Crawford.