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Rangers 2007

Football Aid Championships, Tuesday May 8th, Ibrox

Rangers (Home) 3 – Rangers (Away) 9

A blazing first half performance from the Away team, including 4 goals from an on fire Logan, secured an emphatic victory over Hateley’s outfit at Ibrox.

Steven Kerr – in a man of the match performance - gave Rangers Away the lead after just 1 minute, netting one of the quickest goals of the Football Aid season with a sizzling strike that whizzed past keeper Butchard.

It didn't take long for the Gers to double their lead as Archie Logan scored the first of his four goals, rounding Butchard for an easy tap-in from 3 yards.

As Gers Away continued to press, the Home side – with Bobby Russell in defence – looked slightly out their depth with the exception of Maher who provided an element of danger in front of goal, coming close on the half hour with a fierce attempt that skimmed the bar.

In the meantime, Away were racking up the goals. Their third came in rather dubious circumstances, the referee waving aside Home’s cries of a handball to let Logan smash the ball into the back of the net.

A great through ball set Kerr clear on target to swing in number four while substitute Roberston made it 5 nil, pouncing on a rebound.

The rout continued with Kerr getting his second of the day, on hand to pick his spot and calmly slide the ball home.

Slick passing enabled Logan to nab his hat trick but this wasn’t enough for the determined striker, slotting in his fourth following a great run through.

At 8 nil down, many a side would have given up hope, but Hateley’s men continued to fight, a near miss in the 43rd minute was followed by a tremendous point-blank save by Butchard to keep the score a 0-8 going into the break.

Team talks must have been particularly rousing at half time as the Home team gave a blinding performance in the second half, Cowie scoring just minutes after the restart.

The striker had two good chances shortly after but both shots flashed over the bar. There was no such mistake in the 35th minute though when substitute Dick unselfishly squared the ball to Cowie to make it 2-8.

Dick had his own opportunities to get on the score sheet –but his strike in the 37th minute lacked power allowing Goodfellow to easily scoop it up while in the 39th minute, his volley, resulting from a great cross from Duncan, drifted just wide of the upright.

Midfielder Brian Ross finally found the back of the net to make it 3-8, showing his skill with a great run before dancing around keeper Goodfellow to calmly slot the ball home.

And Douglas Dick nearly pulled back another one for the valiant side immediately after – racing downfield before a one on one with Goodfellow saw the midfielder drag his shot just wide.

However, despite a brave performance, Away’s first half tally of goals proved too much for Hateley’s men with Away midfielder Kerr, stealing the show right on the stroke of full time with a spectacular goal that earned him ‘moment of the match’. Charging through to the byline, Kerr cut inside a defender before sending the ball home with flair, making the final score 3-9 to a triumphant Away side.

Man of the Match: (H) William Don (A) Steven Kerr

Moment of the Match: Steven Kerr’s two goals

Home Team: L. Butchard, G. Lenaghan, B. Russell, W. Don, R. Warden, B. Ross, P. Maher, J. Cowie, S. Duncan, L. Grant, D. MacFarlane, D. Torrance, D. Dick, R. Kricke

Manager: M. Hateley

Away Team: T. Blake, S. Bell, M. Thomas, J. McKenna, N. O’Donnell, B. Donne, G. Louis, N. Humphriss, D. McClure, D. Lee, A. Bembridge, I. Newell, P. Shanahan, M. Carron, D. Conwell, M. McDowell

Mascot: Oliver Donne