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Rangers 4-1 Dumbarton


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Another kickoff clash, another three points on the table.

 

Match Report from the official Rangers site:

 

Rangers 4-1 Dumbarton

 

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RANGERS notched their first home win of the SPFL Championship season with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Dumbarton at Ibrox.

Ally McCoist’s men were rarely troubled by the Sons and cruised into a good lead at the midway point through goals from Lee McCulloch and Darren McGregor.

Nicky Clark got in on the act after the restart before own goals were exchanged in the closing stages to round off an entertaining afternoon in Govan.

Having toiled in the first couple of games of the season, Gers appear to be finding their rhythm at last.

And although they conceded once more – as they have done in all bar one game so far in 2014/15 – there were more positives to build on.

Having shown plenty of confidence as they beat Clyde 8-1 in the Petrofac Training Cup five days ago, the Light Blues were keen to keep it up against the Sons.

Sure enough, they dictated much of the first half and built a good two-goal lead by the interval before

That said, it was the Sons who had the first opportunity to net through Colin Nish’s low shot on the turn early on.

Thankfully goalkeeper Steve Simonsen – continuing to deputise for Cammy Bell – got down well at his near post to smother.

Rangers hit back with David Templeton, in for dead leg victim Fraser Aird, playing in the lively Clark.

He turned the ball on for Kris Boyd to chase but having scored a hat-trick against the Bully Wee, he stumbled at the crucial moment this time and couldn’t get on the end of it.

Undeterred, the hosts continued to press and Boyd had a go again as McGregor found him at the second attempt.

But although the forward made a connection after falling before, he was off target and he watched the ball run wide.

It wasn’t to be long before Gers did edge in front, however, and when they did with 15 minutes on the clock it was with a fine strike by McCulloch.

Nicky Law’s perseverance won a corner and when Lewis Macleod swung it in from the right, the captain volleyed home well with good technique at the near post.

Macleod tried to get in on the act soon after with a low shot when he received a Lee Wallace pass and was unfortunate to see his 25-yard drive cannon off the foot of the post.

Clark then hit the woodwork too as he turned his man after a flicked header from Boyd and beat keeper Danny Rogers but smacked the other upright.

It seemed only a matter of time before a second goal came and it duly arrived after half an hour as McCulloch turned provider.

He slipped in McGregor at the end of a good team move, with the defender stepping past a lunging tackle and rifling home his first competitive strike for the club from 15 yards.

Dumbarton had to do something to get themselves back into the game and Nish came closest to pulling one back but Simonsen saved then smothered at the second attempt.

He also got down well to keep out Chris Turner’s header but the flag had already gone up from near side assistant referee Michael Banks for offside.

Rangers looked hungry for a third goal after half-time and Law got away from one man before lifting over Scott Linton and bringing out an excellent stop from Rogers with a volley.

Moments after, the home team was lucky to keep a full complement of players on the park when Bilel Mohsni brought down substitute Scott Agnew.

The Tunisian saw a yellow card for his foul just outside the area but if truth be told, the away player would have had a goalscoring opportunity had he got past.

For that reason, Mohsni was fortunate not to be sent off just three weeks after a dismissal in a friendly at Derby which led to a two-game ban.

Gers went three ahead nine minutes into the second period through Clark, who grabbed his second goal of the season with a crisp finish.

He passed the ball into the net after McCoist’s men had broken forward with pace and Boyd set up his attacking team-mate.

With that, the game was finished as a contest and the tempo dropped as the Light Blues enjoyed their lead and Dumbarton showed little sign of getting back in contention.

With 14 minutes to go, the home side made it 4-0 but it was with a somewhat comical own goal they extended their advantage further.

Dean Shiels corner from the left appeared to pose little threat as it came but Rogers missed it and Turner headed it down in the centre of the goalmouth a yard out.

Panicked by the prospect of conceding again, the midfielder tried to lift the ball over his own bar but succeeded only in hammering into the roof of his own net.

Seconds later, Boyd appeared to have grabbed a fifth with a strong header but for the third game in a row and the fourth time this term he had a goal disallowed for offside.

And after that setback, there was another one for Gers as Mohsni then scored an own goal too as he diverted a cross past Simonsen.

By then, the goal was a mere formality and had no bearing on the final outcome. This was a game Rangers always looked likely to win and they were deserving victors in the end.

RANGERS: Simonsen; McGregor, Zaliukas, Mohsni, Wallace; Macleod (Peralta 74), McCulloch, Law (Black 78), Templeton (Shiels 74); Clark, Boyd.

SUBS NOT USED: Kelly, Smith, Faure, Crawford.

SCORERS: McCulloch 15, McGregor 30, Clark 54, Turner OG 76.

BOOKING: Mohsni.

DUMBARTON: Rogers; van Zanten, Graham, Mair, Linton; Gilhaney, Kirkpatrick (Megginson 73), Turner (Murray 81), Taggart (Agnew 46), Campbell; Nish.

SUBS NOT USED: Ewings, Fleming, Prunty, McDougall.

SCORER: Mohsni OG 81.

BOOKING: Megginson.


REFEREE: Brian Colvin.

ATTENDANCE: 31,175.

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