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Report: Rangers 1-0 St Mirren



By Maryanne Orr at Ibrox Stadium

St Mirren lost out on a share of the spoils after a late winner for Rangers snatched all three points in a tightly contested match at Ibrox Stadium.

Both teams had early chances in the goalless first half as Jamie Langfield and Wes Foderingham were both called into action within the first three minutes.

For the rest of the opening ten minutes chances continued to swing between the two sides. Lee Wallace had a chance to open the score but his run was broken down by Andy Webster.

At the other end of the park, Calum Gallagher had his first attempt with a header which was easily collected by the keeper.

Both teams continued to pass the ball around well and St Mirren broke on a number of counter attacks in quick succession however, none were successful as they failed to make it to the final third.

Both sides had their share of shots but both sides also wasted chances by blasting the ball high over the goal.

With almost 40 minutes on the clock, Rangers had the best chance of the half. It looked almost certain for Kenny Miller to score from three yards out but somehow he skied his shot over and St Mirren were off the hook.

It was then St Mirren’s turn as after Kyle McAllister and Lawrence Shankland battled for the ball in midfield, the ball fell perfectly for Stephen Mallan who wasn’t able to connect well enough and the ball soared into the stand.

Half-Time: Rangers 0-0 St Mirren

The opening fifteen minutes of the second half saw some end to end football and McAllister almost saw his name on the scoresheet. The youngster skipped past the Rangers defence but in the end he couldn’t get his shot away.

The second half saw Langfield pull off some great saves to keep his side in the match. Michael O’Halloran played Miller in and the Saints stopper blocked the shot with his legs.

It was then back up the other end as McAllister crossed the ball and saw Rangers make a poor clearance as the ball fell to Shankland however, he miss-kicked and the ball was collected and cleared.

The Saints introduced Steven Thompson and Sean Kelly as Langfield made yet another crucial save when he was equal to a Tavernier free kick. The keeper was called into action again as King sneaked past the St Mirren defence and Langfield made a great reaction save to keep the score level.

After the great stops it was heartbreak as four minutes from time Harry Forrester curled the ball past Langfield to open to scoring.

Despite the harsh blow, St Mirren didn’t completely lose heart as they won a free kick in an advantageous area in stoppage time. However, despite a great hit from Mallan, Foderingham held the shot stopping the hopes of an equaliser for the visitors.

Full-Time: Rangers 1-0 St Mirren

Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Wallace, Law (Shiels 60), Miller, Halliday, McKay (King 60), Holt (Forrester 70), Wilson, O’Halloran.
Subs Not Used: Ball, Clark, Burt, Bell (GK).

St Mirren: Langfield, Webster, Mallan, Baird, Watson, Gallagher (Kelly 77), Clarkson (Thompson 64), Shankland, Quinn, Irvine, McAllister (Stewart 59).
Subs Not Used: Goodwin, Gow, Agnew, Wilks (GK).

Referee: John McKendrick.
Assistant Referee: Michael Banks.
Assistant Referee: Alan Hogg.

Attendance: 46,366 (TBC St Mirren fans)

Match report pictures by Allan Picken – © Allan Picken Photography.

Match Gallery Pictures © John Millar.

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