Rangers B have made it three wins from three in the Lowland League, beating East Stirlingshire 1-0 at the Falkirk Stadium thanks to a stunning effort from Cole McKinnon.
With a sell-out crowd in attendance at the Falkirk Stadium, David McCallum and Brian Gilmour’s side have quickly caught the attention of supporters in their debut campaign in the fifth tier.
A lively opening ten minutes saw the best of the early chances fall to the visitors, Aaron Lyall doing brilliantly to slide Robbie Ure in behind the Shire defence, forcing a smart save from home keeper Connelly.
Rangers B continued to press looking for an opening goal, really taking control of proceedings but being frustrated as the Shire kept themselves in the game.
Temperatures of around 20°c made things difficult for either side to play with a consistently high tempo but there was plenty of patience shown by the Rangers Colts as they tried to finally take the lead.
The Gers’ use of the ball and retention of possession was fantastic for such a young side, making East Stirling chase shadows for long spells and leaving their part-time opponents struggling to get any sort of foothold in the game.
Midfielder Charlie Lindsay, in particular, was pulling all the strings for Rangers and the Northern Irishman almost grabbed a stunning opener when he bamboozled everyone with a clever free-kick under the wall, leaving the Shire keeper scrambling to keep it out.
Just over ten minutes before the break, Robbie Ure really should have fired Rangers into a deserved lead, doing brilliantly to take down Adam Devine’s long ball on his chest bit screwing his effort wide of the near post and not even forcing a save from the keeper.
As the opening 45 ticked away, it was a chance the Gers striker will have been unhappy with getting the finish so wrong as the opener started to look inevitable.
The impressive Lyall was next to try his luck, rattling the underside of the bar with a wicked effort from the edge of the area that looked goalbound – sparking a frantic final few minutes that ended with Rangers taking the lead right before the break.
Excellent work by Tony Weston to recover the ball deep inside the East Stirling half saw him feed McKinnon on the edge of the area before he unleashed a lovely curling strike into the far corner.
The hosts come out with renewed vigour after the second half, forcing a strong save from Jay Hogarth to keep the Light Blues in front just a few minutes after the restart.
The young keeper showed fantastic reactions to get down and stop what looked like a certain equaliser and keep Rangers in front.
Rangers found the chances tougher to come by in the second 45 and the young Gers seemed to struggle to really find any sort of rhythm as the hosts began to look more and more dangerous.
Hogarth was again called into action, tipping a volley from distance over the bar as the young keeper defied the hosts to keep his untarnished record so far this season.
Having had to show patience to pick up wins in their previous two games, it was an impressive performance from the young Rangers stars to see out the win and pick up another three points.