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Rangers 2016

Ibrox Stadium, one of the most famous grounds in world football, played host to our annual Rangers game on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. The Gers players involved played their part in what was an unforgettable night and their spectators were treated to a high scoring spectacle that ended 8-5 to the Home side.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Venue: Ibrox
Rangers (Home) vs Rangers (Away)
Kick Off: 19:00 pm
Legends & Managers: Ally Dawson, Gordon Smith & Ian Murray
Match Officials: Craig Napier, Russell Murphy, Scott Anderson & Steven Noble

The Away team wearing the Red and Black change kit kicked us off and we were straight into an early chance when No 7 Kevin Blackadder found his Captain John Stott, whose shot caught the fingertips of Home No 1 Darren Cairns.

The Away team were making the most of the early possession when No 9 John Stott threaded the ball through to No 8 Scott Bain, however the Left Midfielder saw his shot expertly saved by Cairns.

Both teams showed they had plenty of skills to offer, with a succession of players pulling off back-heel passes and tricks. The 1st Home chance of the game came after a quick dribble from No 11 Graeme Thomson got him to the penalty spot before a superb last ditched challenge by Away team No 10 Sean Guidera ensured the game stayed scoreless.

Another chance came soon after when a ball got fizzed to Home No 9 Derrick McMillan’s chest, he controlled the ball well 1st time, spun and shot but it was a comfortable save for Away No 1 Peter Carson.

We got the 1st goal of the game in the 19th min and it was the Away team who broke the deadlock, with No 11 Brian Smith breaking free of the defence and coolly slotting the ball past the keeper (0-1).

The Away team weren’t holding back and they scored again in the 23rd min when No 9 John Stott capitalised on a short goal kick and elegantly lobbed the keeper to put his side 2 goals ahead with a quarter of the game gone (0-2)!

The chances kept coming for the Away team and No 10 Sean Guidera carved the defence open with a through ball to No 11 Brian Smith, who tried rounding Home No 1 Darren Cairns, but the impressive GK was quick to the floor to prevent the goal.

The Away team had their dander up and they sure knew how to pick each other out, and they scored their 3rd goal on 30 mins when a defence splitting pass from Away No 4 Scott Macleod found No 11 Brian Smith who rounded the keeper for a simple tap in (0-3).

The Home side were getting closer to their 1st goal though and had a good chance after some strong combination play between strike partners Graeme Thomson and Derrick McMillan, however the opportunity ended with McMillan struggling to get some power in the shot due to the alert defending from the Away team.

Perseverance paid off though and the Home team got their 1st goal in the 40th min. It came about when No 7 John Bremner sprinted past the Away defence and cleverly beat the goalkeeper at his near post (1-3).

The Home side had found their rhythm now and made it 2-3 in the 43rd min after a cross from No 7 John Bremner found No 6 Scott Dowling on the edge of the box, the all action midfielder delightfully controlled the ball and volleyed home (2-3)!

There was a huge chance for the Home team to equalise right before the half-time whistle, as again No 11 Graeme Thomson & No 9 Derrick McMillan combined and played a great one-two with each other leaving Thomson one-on-one with the goalkeeper, however he couldn’t steer his left-foot shot past the keeper.

However a great comeback from the Home team was complete when they equalised in 1st half stoppage time. Their lively striker Graeme Thomson picked up a loose ball, shrugged off his marker and slotted past the keeper to make it (3-3).

That signalled the end of the 1st half and a very open game, the Away side dominated the early stages and took a commanding lead before a strong comeback by the Home side allowed them to go into the break all even.

Half Time: Rangers (Home) 3 - 3 Rangers (Away)

The Home team restarted the match and looked to have changed their game plan and tried to retain possession more. It paid off as they took the lead for the 1st time in the game on the 50th min mark. Another assist for No 11 Thomson found No 9 Derrick McMillan in space and his shot snuck under the goalkeeper making it (4-3).

With the Away team chasing for an equaliser, the chances started to come thick and fast. A header by No 9 John Stott over the Home team’s high defence fell into the path of No 11 Brian Smith, but his strong shot was parried by Home No 1 Darren Cairns and he quickly gathered the loose ball.

With 55mins on the clock some quick thinking from Home keeper Cairns to start a counter attack paid off when No 14 Richard Davison finished calmly to put his side 2 goals clear and seemingly in control (5-3).

We didn’t have to wait long for the Home team to strike again, and it was their 2nd half sub Stuart Hay who expertly curled the ball home from outside the area in the 59th minute (6-3).

The Away team were searching for a way back into the game and nearly scored when No 4, Scott Macleod fizzed a fierce volley at goal, however Home GK Darren Cairns produced another great acrobatic save.

However it was the Home team who would strike again, No 9 Derrick McMillan challenged the keeper in an aerial duel and won the header to send his side even further ahead in the 72nd min (7-3).

The Away team weren’t finished yet though and they looked to mount a comeback when No 14 Scott Drummond lofted the ball to striker Brian Smith, the No 11 squared it to No 10 Sean Guidera and the skilful midfielder finished comfortably with 77th mins gone (7-4).

However the Home team weren’t done scoring either; and No 17 Stuart Hay scored a sublime chip in the 80th min to seal the Home team victory (8-4)!

The Away team came right back though and another fantastic acrobatic save from Home keeper Darren Cairns, saw Away No 10 Sean Guidera’s long distance lobbed effort pushed onto the crossbar.

The Away team weren’t giving up by any means and in the 84th min they added to their tally in fine style when Away No 9 John Stott curled the ball beautifully into the top right hand corner of the goal (8-5).

That was it. A fantastic spectacle for the fans was over with the Home team running out 8-5 winners in a game where both teams gained huge credit for strong attacking performances throughout. A huge thank you to Rangers FC and to our legends on the night, Ally Dawson, Gordon Smith and Ian Murray who shared great stories and insights to many a famous occasion at Ibrox.

Full Time: Rangers (Home) 8 - 5 Rangers (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Darren Cairns
Man of the Match Away: Sean Guidera
Moment of the Match: John Stott

Home Team: Darren Cairns, Derek McLeod, Ian Murray, Craig Mackinnon (C), Paul Dunnachie, Scott Dowling, John Bremner, Darren Robertson, Derrick McMillan, Stewart Henderson, Graeme Thomson, Richard Davison, Craig Smith, William Mackay, Stuart Hay
Home Mascot: John Kulduff

Away Team: Peter Carson, Stuart Stephen, Gordon Smith, Scott Macleod, John Nicol, Bob Davison, Kevin Blackadder, Scott Bain, John Stott (C), Sean Guidera, Brian Smith, Scott Drummond, Gary Thorburn, Gary Bayley, Max Carson
Away Mascot: Amy and Ellie Rochford

Match Report written by Matt Annis