first real chance of the game didn’t come until the 27th minute, and
it resulted in a goal. Ryan Strain’s cross from the left wasn’t cleared and was
picked up by Aiden McGeown who found space before firing a low shot into the net.
on the 43rd minute, the ‘Gers made it two. Jake McNeill’s tackle was
picked up by Strain whose curled shot deceived Dylan Stewart and gave the hosts
a two-goal advantage at the break.
almost grabbed a great goal shortly after the interval as his in-swinging
free-kick from the left flank crashed off the crossbar.
the other end, ‘keeper Liam McAuley had to be alert to save Callum Ferris’ shot
with his feet.
and Academy product Alex Weir then went so close to grabbing a brilliant goal,
as his strike from outside the box whizzed just past the post.
later, a foul on Strain in the penalty area saw referee Diarmuid Harrigan point
to the penalty spot. Craig McMillen assumed responsibility from 12 yards and coolly
dispatched the spot-kick for his first Rangers goal.
15 minutes remaining, a double substitution saw James Nesbitt, son of ‘Gers
physio Jim, make his debut in place of Craig McMillen while Danny Magill
returned to action for the first time since dislocating his knee and rupturing
his ACL in July of last year, replacing James Turk.
minutes from the end, a great Ashton McDermott pass found Strain who worked
himself a yard of space before curling the ball into the top corner from the
edge of the area, rounding off a superb league campaign for Niall Currie’s outfit.
XI: McAuley; Coyle, Turk (Magill, 75), Gage, McCauley; McDermott, McNeill;
McMillen (Nesbitt, 75); Weir, McGeown, Strain.
substitutes: Adamczyk, Rodgers, Chapman.