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Queen's Park 1-2 Rangers Scottish League Cup R1 26/08/14


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Couldn't find a stream for this match, so all I know is the final score and the starting line up, which included Arnold Peralta making his first start for the club:

 

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RANGERS: Simonsen; McGregor, Zaliukas, Mohsni, Wallace; Peralta, McCulloch, Law, Macleod; Clark, Boyd.

 

SUBS: Robinson, Smith, Black, Templeton, Faure, Shiels, Gallagher.

 

Match report to follow.

 

 

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As promised, the match report from the official site:

Queen's Park 1-2 Rangers

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KRIS BOYD’S goals in the early stages of each half were enough to put Rangers through to a second round meeting with Inverness in the League Cup at Queen’s Park’s expense.

The strike took his tally for the campaign up to five as he edged his team through from a game in which they were largely comfortable without ever having an edge to their play.

Including offside efforts, Boyd has now hit the net nine times in competitive matches this month and is coming into form.

But after a couple of better showing recently, Ally McCoist’s men weren’t always at their best at Airdrie’s New Broomfield.

And although they can now look forward to hosting the Highlanders at Ibrox next month, they’ll hope to lift their performance levels again in the weeks leading up to that tie.

Having scored 12 times in their last two outings, Rangers went into this contest with the confidence considerably higher than it was a couple of weeks ago.

That showed as they came storming out the blocks, with Lee McCulloch drawing an excellent save from keeper William Muir just two minutes in with a strong header.

Arnold Peralta, making his first start of the season after a decent cameo in the weekend league victory against Dumbarton, then drove wide but the opener wasn’t far away.

Having broken his duck in his second spell at Gers last week with a hat-trick against Clyde in the Petrofac Training Cup, it was Boyd who netted once again.

His finish with a back-post header was a good one as he steered home Nicky Law’s cross after a short throw from Peralta.

A minute later it appeared to be two as Lewis Macleod also nodded in but this time the Spiders were let off the hook as assistant referee Alan MacFadyen flagged for offside.

Nevertheless, it had been a rip-roaring start from the visitors and their League Two hosts were struggling to contain them.

The away side kept pushing forward and McCulloch should have done better than hammer Peralta’s knock down into the ground and well past Muir’s right-hand post.

Macleod’s shot then landed as the skipper’s feet and he laid off for Boyd but his toepoke was stopped by the keeper’s outstretched arms.

As the half wore on, Queen’s Park settled and Rangers had to be more patient with their approach play.

In turn, their tempo dropped and they eased off enough to allow Gus McPherson’s men a cheap leveller just after the half-hour mark.

McCulloch was penalised for a foul deep in midfield and when the free kick came in, a ruck of bodies went up for it.

Among them were Steve Simonsen and Bilel Mohsni but both missed out as Tony Quinn got there first to nod over each of them and into the empty net.

Suddenly, having seen their team look so assured early on, there was anxiety in the stands among travelling fans.

And as the Light Blues failed to edge themselves back in front again, it was with great frustration they went into the half-time break tied at 1-1.

Gers left their opponents waiting on the pitch for some time ahead of the second half but they almost made a rapid fire start through Mohsni.

His bullet header flashed just off target after good work by Nicky Clark in the right channel to rescue a loose ball and centre it.

Where the Tunsian missed out, Boyd made no mistake with his second of the match to put Rangers back in front shortly after.

A loose ball broke to Clark on the edge of the area and appreciating there was nothing on, he laid off for McCulloch but his shot deflected away from goal.

Peralta was quick to react and as defenders and the keeper were sucked out wide to narrow his angle, he picked out Boyd in the middle who headed into the empty net.

Clark nearly added a third when Wallace’s perseverance down the left earned him a lucky break and a chance to set up his colleague but his shot fired over.

Back came Queens with a rare attack and Ross McPherson forced a good stop from Simonsen at the keeper’s back post with a header after a cross looped in dangerously.

Macleod responded well to that, driving a crisp attempt against the post and wide from outside the area with a similar effort to one he did the same thing with at the weekend.

The 20-year-old then sent another shot raking just beyond the crossbar after Mohsni released Clark down the left and he clipped back into the middle.

And although Mohsni thought his header in the closing stages was over the line from Macleod’s corner, nothing was given and it remained 2-1.

There were late chances to put a final gloss on the result, with Clark nodding over and Macleod having another try blocked.

Enough had been done by then, however, and Rangers can look forward to welcoming Caley Thistle to Govan.

QUEEN’S PARK: Muir; Mitchell, Quinn, McGregor, Gallacher; Woods (McElroy 83), Miller, Berry (Carter 88), Fraser, Fotheringham (Burns 27); McPherson.

SUBS NOT USED: Lochhead, Baty, Gibson, Wharton.

SCORER: Quinn 31.

BOOKINGS: Woods, Fraser.

RANGERS: Simonsen; McGregor, Zaliukas, Mohsni, Wallace; Peralta, McCulloch, Law (Black 75), Macleod; Clark, Boyd.

SUBS NOT USED: Robinson, Smith, Templeton, Faure, Shiels, Gallagher.

SCORER: Boyd 7, 53.

BOOKINGS: Law, Black, McGregor.

REFEREE: Alan Muir.

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