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Rangers 2006

Wednesday 10th May, Ibrox, Att 198

Rangers (Home) 4 Rangers (Away) 4

A goal from striker MacDonald looked to have given Rangers Home victory before a rare mistake from legend Alan McLaren salvaged a draw for a tenacious Away side.

Despite both sides starting brightly, it took until just after the half hour for the game to truly light up. Strong positional play left substitute Florence perfectly placed in front of goal and he confidently chipped the ball over an advancing Griffiths to give Home the lead.

Striker Gray doubled Home’s score 5 minutes later, driving the ball in from 8 yards but celebrations were short lived as immediately after the restart, Away responded with a goal of their own.

Catching Away’s defence napping, Kennedy broke through into the area before expertly passing the ball to team mate Fyfe who clinically finished off the move, powering the ball past Burnside. The score at half time 2-1.

The second half mirrored the first as a spate of substitutions made for a hesitant start. Determined to equalise, Away piled on the pressure and finally broke through in the 73rd minute with a cracking header from Kennedy.

This spurned the Home side into action and they quickly formulated an aggressive counter attack. Midfielder Davidson handed Home the lead once more with his low drive under Griffiths and striker MacDonald looked to have sealed victory in the 80th minute with his cheeky chip that deflected off the right hand post into goal.

With only five minutes to go, the Away team roared back into the game. Great forward play led to an under pressure Home defence giving away a penalty which substitute Kerr coolly slotted into the back of the net.

And in the final minute, after a tense goalmouth scramble, the Home team could only watch in horror as the ball deflected off legend McLaren and bounced into goal. The final score 4-4 in one of the most nail biting games of the season.

As Brian Kennedy commented after the match, “What an experience and a dream debut for me at Ibrox! Scoring a header and helping to set up another – what more could I do?! See you next year, Football Aid”