Sunday 18 March 2018

Ryan to the rescue

RANGER'S Ryan Lee pulled off an outstanding collection of second-half saves to deny Glenmuir Utd all three points when the sides met last Tuesday in Bellew Park.

The goalkeeper was in sensational form as he produced save after save to deny the visitors from winning comfortably.

The first half was an even affair as both teams created chances as they went looking for goals. Glenmuir had the first chance of the match after five minutes after a good pass by Lukoseuicius sent Harry Graham through but his shot went wide.

It was the hosts' turn to go close nine minutes later but Hoey made poor connection with the ball after being played through by Scot Hearty.

Rangers were made to pay for that miss just a minute later when Graham raced through the heart of the defence before finishing in style to make it 1-0.

The home team responded well and created three good chances as the half progressed but Jake McConville and Hearty were denied by the Glenmuir 'keeper.

If the first half was notable for the chances created by both sides then the second was notable for the performance of Ryan Lee in the Rangers goal.

First to be denied by Lee was Graham who saw his goal bound shot brilliantly tipped onto the post after only two minutes of the second half.

Next to try his luck was Nathan Kirk but he was thwarted by the 'keeper as he tried to beat him one-on-one.

With the home side coming under more and more pressure they managed to create a chance on the break but the shot by Hoey was tipped around the post.

Following that scare Glenmuir settled back into their rhythm and Wilson finally found a way past the brilliant Ryan.

As Glenmuir pushed more players forward looking for a second goal that would seal the victory they got hit on the break as Hearty managed to race through the middle of their defence before firing home to make it 1-1 with only five minutes left.

The visitors were stunned to find themselves - somehow - on level terms but they created one last chance in the final minute but it was blasted clean over the bar.

The result means Glenmuir missed the chance to close the gap even further on leaders Rock Celtic as both teams fight it out for the championship.

Rangers: Ryan Lee, Aaron Markey, Jack McKay, Stephen Myles, Oisin Dixon, Jake McConville, Scot Hearty, C. Hoey, Aiden O'Brien.

Glenmuir Utd: Josh Ekperuoh, S. Babulga, M. Adegboyega, M. Wilson, L.Eghaghe, H. Graham, B. Lukoseuicius, N. Kirk, B. Keogh.

The Argus