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Rangers 2009

One day after the first team’s victory at Easter Road, the Football Aid Rangers Teams took to the hallowed turf of Ibrox knowing that a subsequent Rangers victory was certain. Twenty-seven Light Blue fans showed their enthusiasm by donning their fully personalised strip and stepping out of the tunnel to play alongside former club legends Derek McInnes, Gordon Durie, Billy Dodds and Trevor Steven.

Monday 20th April 2009
Rangers Home vs Rangers Away
Ibrox Stadium
K.O: 6.30pm
Legends: Derek McInnes, Gordon Durie, Billy Dodds and Trevor Steven 
Match Officials: Craig Winning, Craig Napier, Jordan Patterson and Adam Barclay

The game began in lively fashion when in the 2nd minute the Home Team took the lead with Dave Buglass heading the ball into the back post from a corner. The Home side were very much in the ascendancy during the early stages, and as such it was a bit of a surprise when the Away team levelled the scores in the 19th minute by Robert Anderson. The ball was crossed in from the right wing, with the Home defence bizarrely leaving the ball, only for it to fall at the feet of Anderson, who smashed it home with his right foot.

Only moments later the Home side created an opportunity to regain the lead when Derek McInnes brought the ball out from defence, played a quick pass into the frontline, which was then fed into the path of David Reynolds. The striker subsequently took a shot at the bottom left hand corner, forcing the Away keeper Mark Armstrong to perform a great save with his legs.

The Home side were still dominating proceedings when on the 39th minute the Away team took a surprise lead, with Paul McPherson playing the ball through for Jamie Florence to casually slot the ball under the on-coming keeper. Only 4 minutes later, the Home team levelled things up, much to the dejection of the Away side. McInnes played a nice pass into Craig Beatt’s feet, with the midfielder producing a classy drag-back to get the ball away from his marker, and then hitting a fantastic right foot shot into the top left corner of the net!

Half Time: Rangers Home 2 – 2 Rangers Away

The second half began with the Home team once again showing early initiative - their greater possession finally paying off in the 56th minute. Craig Beatt’s precise slide-rule pass into the area landed at the feet of Mark Reid, with the winger taking one touch before smashing the ball high into the back of the net for the third goal. 

Nearly 15 minutes later, the Home team should have extended their lead. David Reynolds played through on goal after an awkward attempt to play the offside trap by the Away team, however the chance was wasted when his shot went high and wide of the goal.

The game was beginning to heat up and in the 70th minute Away midfielder, Captain Jamie Florence, tried to lob the Home keeper when played through on goal. Gary Mitchell managed to get his fingertips to the ball, but it was still heading for the equaliser before Dave Buglass intervened with a last-ditch clearance. The missed attempt was arguably the telling moment of the match as 3 minutes later it was a fourth goal for the Home team. Colin Hendry picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch and ran towards the goalmouth before unleashing a cracking right foot shot into the bottom left corner.

Almost straight from the re-start the game was effectively over as Derek McInnes reminded everyone of his ability; running with the ball from inside his own half, playing a neat one-two before receiving the ball back inside the area, controlling it easily and firing into the net for the Home team’s fifth goal of the game.

The match was rapidly becoming a procession for the Home team, with Gordon Durie and Derek McInnes showing they were still in great shape as they took full control of proceedings. With only ten minutes of play remaining, a long pass over the top of the Away defence was taken on by David Reynolds, who hit a right footed strike into the left corner to make it 6-2.  A few minutes later, another goal came for the Home team, with Alan Ramsay getting his name on the score sheet. The ball should have been cleared by a host of Away defenders, however McInnes was able to steal the ball and lay it off to Ramsay to score the seventh. 

The Away team did grab a consolation goal on 87 minutes, with a great cross from the right being met by a terrific header from Robert Anderson, who directed the ball back across the keeper and into the right of goal to make it 7-3. Within 2 minutes however the Home side had a 5 goal advantage once again, with David Reynolds scoring what was almost an exact replica of his first goal by shooting into the left hand corner after the ball was played in just to the right of goal.

With the match entering injury time, it was the Home legends that provided the final goal. Gordon Durie intercepted a pass on the edge of his own box before sprinting up the left touchline and driving infield before sending a pass out to Derek McInnes on the left of the area. McInnes jinked past 2 defenders as he ran into the box and ended the move by scoring the ninth goal, with a fantastic right foot finish. 

Full Time: Rangers Home 9 – 3 Rangers Away

Home Team: Mitchell, Hendry, Durie, McInnes, Buglass, Galbraith, Millar, M Reid, J Reid, Reynolds, Hendry, Ramsay, Beatt, Maclennan, Kerr

Away Team: Armstrong, Fisher, Dodds, Steven,  Ross, McNee, Russell, McPherson, Lilley, Johnstone, Florence, Anderson, Matheson, Durward, Davis, MacDonald

Mascots: Caroline Reynolds and Robert Johnstone

Man of the Match (home): Dave Buglass
Man of the Match (away): David Lilley

Moment of the Match 1: Craig Beatt
Moment of the Match 2: Marl Armstrong