A POSITIVE display from Rangers B team saw them beat Vale of Leithen 9-0 in the Lowland League this afternoon.
A Ross McCausland hat-trick and a strike from Arron Lyall had Rangers four goals ahead at the break before Lyall, Tony Weston, a Juan Alegria double and Lewis McKinnon added to that in the second-half.
David McCallum named three changes to his side from last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Edinburgh University with Kyle McClelland, Mackenzie Strachan and Tony Weston all coming into the starting XI.
New signing Juan Alegria was named on the bench this afternoon after joining the club in midweek from FC Honka.
Inside the first 10 minutes, the young Gers had a great opportunity to open the scoring. Charlie McCann fed the ball out to the right to find Ross McCausland and the Northern Ireland international cut inside before drilling a left-footed effort at goal but it was well saved by Ross Gilpin.
It was McCausland that got the breakthrough with just 14 minutes on the clock. A cross from Robbie Fraser met McCausland in the box and he fired home his first goal of the Lowland League season.
Just three minutes later Rangers doubled their advantage as Tony Weston’s cross was touched down by Arron Lyall into the path of McCausland who beat the goalkeeper from close range for his second of the afternoon.
McCausland was causing problems for Vale of Leithen and was denied a hat-trick in the 22nd minute as Gilpin stood strong to block the 18-year-old’s shot.
The visitors had their first chance of the match from a corner as the ball fell for Andy Martin on the edge of the box but his shot was wide, before Charlie McCann saw a shot flash inches wide at the other end.
With 10 minutes until the break, Rangers made it 3-0 with a well-worked goal. Charlie McCann played in Arron Lyall on the edge of the box and he took a touch to create space for himself before driving the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
McCausland got his hat-trick in the final stages of the first-half as Robbie Fraser picked him out in the box with a good delivery which he headed in off the post.
Into the second-half, Tony Weston scored in the 56th minute as he hit a powerful right-footed shot beyond Ross Gilpin after being picked out in the box by Jack Harkness.
Mackenzie Strachan and Arron Lyall both saw shots saved by Ross Gilpin shortly after.
Lyall did get his second of the afternoon in the 63rd minute with a fantastic finish from the edge of the box as he curled a shot into the back of the net.
On his Rangers debut, Juan Alegria saw an effort go just wide of the post before Murray Miller had a goal disallowed for offside.
In the 82nd minute, that debut goal did come for Alegria. A ball forward by Greig Allen was touched on by Ross McCausland to the Colombian who made no mistake in drilling home a powerful shot.
Just a minute later Lewis McKinnon got in on the scoring as he diverted an Arron Lyall corner goal bound.
Alegria made it a double on his debut in the final stages of the game as he drove towards goal before slotting a low shot beyond Gilpin.
RANGERS: Cervantes, Harkness, Fraser, McClelland (Allen, 53), MacKinnon, Strachan, Lyall, Miller, Weston (Alegria, 60), McCann (Dunlop, 53), McCausland.
Subs: Budinauckas, Ewen, McKinnon, Lowry
Vale of Leithen: Gilpin, McParland, Martin, Crolla, Munro, Afedzie-Hayford, Sykes, Aitken, Melvin, Stewart, Kerr.
Subs: Meechan, Rossi