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Rangers Game 2 2011

The sun was still shining at our evening event at Ibrox as 25 excited Gers fans arrived for Football Aid’s second game of the day eager to do themselves justice on their big night. Excitement among the Ranger’s fans would only be heightened with the involvement of Alex Rae, Gary McSwegan and Dougie Bell pulling on the treasured jersey for another time. The pitch was in fantastic condition after the First team played on it the night before beating Dundee United 2-0.

Wednesday 11th May
Rangers Home vs. Rangers Away
Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Kick Off: 19:00pm
Game 2
Legends: Alex Rae, Gary McSwegan and Dougie Bell
Match Officials: Paul Salina, Frank Queen, Garry Robertson and Stephen Queen

Home Captain Jamie Doyle and Away Captain Steven Adam shook hands after the toss but you could feel the tension between them, both Captains wanting to be victorious. Adam’s team in Red and White stripes got the game underway. The quick pace from the off showed real promise to this highly anticipated match. A short pass from the Away goalkeeper to his centre half saw the ball nipped away by Home no.11 Paul Robertson. He went over on his shoulder aggravating a previous AC joint injury and had to go off for a short while. No.10 Douglas Moore stood over the ball delivering a dangerous ball across the face but no one could open the scoring.

5 minutes in both teams wanted to get off the mark but both goalkeepers made two comfortable saves from Graeme Maxwell and Jamie Doyle respectively, both players setting a good example for their sides. Alex Rae showing real composure slotted in at left back, organising his defence well. Rae got his foot on the ball and started a few threatening plays from the back.

Both sides were evenly balanced and playing free flowing football but couldn’t split either defence until 20 minutes in. Away winger Colin Hendry’s splitting pass saw Maxwell take his touch past the goalie but away from goal. Cutting back onto his favored right foot, he smashed his shot goal bound but brave Alex Rae headed off the line saving his team.

However it wasn’t long before the fans got to see the first goal of the game, a Home goal kick fell to Gary McSwegan who showed real quality, playing a first time ball into the path of Sean Guidera. One on one with the goalkeeper rushing out, Guidera touched the ball over the goalkeeper. Alex Rae rushed back but couldn’t stop the ball crossing the line. The centre forward ran away with his hand held high towards the Away fans, turning round and pointing to Guidera on the back of his shirt. (0-1) 28min

The Away side created more clear cut chances throughout the half but the Home side linked up well from defence to attack with Rae, Moore and Robertson. Overall a great end to end spectacle just lacking goals. Both sides were desperate to find the net.

Half Time: Rangers Home 0 - 1 Rangers Away

The Away team got the 2nd half underway with the hope that Gary McSwegan and Dougie Bell’s half-time team talk offered the vital knowledge and experience to gee the players up for another hard fought half. Substitutions were made by both sides hoping they could come on offering a new dimension to their team’s game. Dougie Bell a European Super Cup winner instantly linked up well with his team mates creating the first chance for the Red and White stripes. The ball fell nicely to Guidera but his shot from inside the edge was pulled past the post.

The Home team goalkeeper Mark Wilson was alert to the dangers and rushed from his line clearing the threats before the Away side could fashion any half chances. 10 minutes in the no.1 pulled off a phenomenal double save! A first time strike by centre half Lee Gray from 30 yards was tipped off the post bouncing to the feet of Guidera who fired the ball across to the far corner. Wilson somehow managed to scramble back to his feet and parry the ball away. Alan McGregor would have been thrilled to pull off that save!

The Blues won a corner 20 minutes into the second half and this was a great chance to level the game. A goal mouth scramble had the Away team worried but the Home side just couldn’t get the ball across that white line. It wasn’t long after that chance before Graham Donald delivered a dangerous ball towards the front post that wasn’t dealt with by the Away defence. Moore latched on to McGarry’s fumble squaring the ball for Robertson’s effort then Calvin Berry tried his hardest to knock it over but two defenders on the line kept their lead.

A slip from the Blue defender Kemp left striker Marshall diving forward, the no.9 was at a hard angle to beat the goalie so intelligently squared it to Guidera. Wilson slipped but somehow managed to dive onto the ball.

A counter attack sparked from the Blues when Martin Snedden played a superb ball over the back of the Away defence. Paul Robertson’s run latched onto the ball, and seeing McGarry rushing out towards him, calmly chipped the ball over the rushing goalkeeper and into the net. The referee looked across to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside. You could see the disappointment in the Home team’s eyes.

The Home team pilled on the pressure striving to get the equaliser. Legend Alex Rae sent himself upfront to help and it paid off. Robertson helping his defence out at the back picked up the ball, and spotting a run from Rae looped a delightful ball round the back. The defence were still rushing back as Rae beat one man, beat another, and slotted the ball under the goalie and over the line. 1-1 and still 10 minutes to play, the Blues were ecstatic! (1-1)

Time was ticking away and there was only 3 minutes to go before Moore out of nowhere hit a rocket from 45 yards. The ball flew towards the top corner but hit the underside of the crossbar. The ball bounced back to Grant Jeans but the centre forward couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and the keeper pounced on it.

A thoroughly entertaining match, evenly contested and 1-1 was a fair result. A great standard of play!

Full Time: Rangers Home 1 - 1 Rangers Away

Man of the Match Home: Douglas Moore
Man of the Match Away: Ian McGarry
Moment of the Match: Sean Guidera

Home Team: Wilson, Snedden, Alex Rae, Kemp, McCandlish, Donald, Doyle, Reid, Jeans, Moore, Robertson, Berry, Guy

Mascot: Kieran Snedden

Away Team: McGarry, Murray, Gary McSwegan, Dougie Bell, Gray, Burrell, Young, Colin Hendry, Maxwell, Marshall, Adam, Guidera, Cunningham, Scott Hendry, Smith

Mascot: George Hendry