United man Stewart Nixon had the first opportunity of the evening as he drilled
a low shot into the arms of ‘keeper Ross Glendinning.
Smith then picked up the ball on the left wing and dribbled into the box,
sending a shot high and wide.
the other end, Cathair Friel had a glorious chance on the half hour mark, but his
shot from inside the box was well saved by the trailing leg of Aaron Hogg.
Jeffrey’s men then had two chances in two minutes as Andy McGrory sent a
25-yard-freekick over the bar before Ryan Harpur’s shot from distance was
easily gathered by Hogg.
‘Gers then had a great chance of their own as Reece Neale delivered a pinpoint
corner-kick to James Ferrin who headed just off target.
the final chance of the first half, a close-range Leroy Millar header went over
the bar as the sides went into the changing rooms level at the break.
minutes after the interval, the hosts almost broke the deadlock as Lloyd Anderson
got a shot off inside the box only to be denied by a great Glendinning save.
low, driven cross then found Lee Chapman at the back post although he couldn’t
stretch far enough at the back post to convert.
after, Friel went close again as he curled a shot wide of the post from just
outside the penalty area.
on the hour mark, the Braidmen found the net. Following a brief bit of pinball
in the box, it was Jude Winchester who was in the right place at the right time
to stroke the ball home.
just got on the front foot, the away side were then dealt a blow when a
reckless tackle from Jonathan Addis gave referee Steven Gregg no choice but to
show the defender a straight red card.
on from their one-man advantage, Rangers then went close as a powerful Anderson
strike was denied by Glendinning.
twenty minutes remaining, Dylan Smiley replaced Michael Smith in attack.
good Neale delivery then found the head of Nixon, however Glendinning held his
the visitors shut up shop and held on to their one-goal lead, Caolan Loughran
came on for Daniel Kelly as the home side continued to press.
the end, the ‘Gers were unable to find an equaliser as they cruelly lost a
third home game so far this season by a single goal.
Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers, Surgenor, Ferrin; Chapman, Faulkner, D. Kelly
(Loughran, 87), Neale; Anderson; Nixon, Smith (Smiley, 69).
substitutes: Carson, Magill, McDermott, Nicholl.