RANGERS B picked up three points this afternoon after a 3-2 win over Cowdenbeath at Dumbarton Stadium in the Lowland League.
Young Gers hosted Maurice Ross’ side at home today and managed to take three points in the league campaign after Charlie McCann scored a second-half brace followed by a last-minute winner from Connor Young .
Adam Devine entered the defensive line this afternoon alongside Robbie Fraser, Connor Allan and Lewis MacKinnon with Lewis Budinauckas behind them in goal.
Charlie Lindsay joined Mackenzie Strachan and Charlie McCann in midfield, with Alex Lowry and Zak Lovelace supporting Robbie Ure up front.
The Light Blues started the game calm and serene as Ross’ side created early pressure in the final third for Rangers.
The visitors had a few early chances to threaten the Light Blues box, but Budinauckas made crucial saves with the backline defusing any remaining danger.
Following this, McCallum’s side began creating dangerous chances to threaten Daniel Farrell in the Cowdenbeath goal. Lindsay made a great run down the left side to get past several redshirts and into the box and sent a rhythmic effort into the face of goal but Ure just couldn’t connect with his delivery to the back post .
Cowdenbeath was on the next after David Struthers sent in a strike from outside the Rangers box but his effort fell just wide of the back post.
Both teams continued to battle fiercely on the pitch as they each looked to score the opening goal and take the lead.
With fifteen minutes remaining in the first half, the Light Blues were close to breaking the deadlock and securing the lead.
Lowry sent a terrific through ball to a running McCann in the box, and the midfielder then sent a sail shot towards goal, but Farrell made an excellent save to prevent Rangers from opening the scoring. Ure found himself in space to recover the deflection, but his shot drifted over the crossbar.
Less than a minute later, the young Gersois was awarded a penalty after Lovelace was knocked down in the Cowdenbeath area. The in-form youngster got up to execute the kick, but Farrell made another important save to keep the scoreline level as they headed into the half-time break.
As the team returned for the second half, the young Gers started with momentum as they looked to find the opening goal, but it was the visitors who took the lead after Aidan Gilmartin sent on the ball into the back of the net from a corner kick. one minute after the second 45.
Cowdenbeath capitalized on that momentum and found his second a few minutes later to double his advantage after Scott Sinclair collected the ball in the Rangers half and ran towards Budinauckas in goal where he was able to slip past the youngster Ger.
McCallum’s team quickly sought to rectify this and close the gap. McCann managed to do so in the 53rd minute after unleashing a low shot towards goal his effort then deflected and fell into the bottom corner of the net.
Cowdenbeath continued to pressure Buinauckas in goal and came close to scoring a third, but McCann was again on hand to earn his second of the game and tie the score line for the home side.
The youngster collected the ball a few yards from outside the box and sent a shot wide past the keeper and into the top corner to give his side the equaliser.
The Gers looked eager to capitalize on that and find the third to take the big lead. Connor Young came on as a substitute for Zak Lovelace and made an immediate impact after scoring the game-winning third goal in the 88th minute.
Similar to McCann’s second goal, the young Ger found the ball several yards from Cowdenbeath’s penalty area and sent a flying effort into the back of the net past Farrell in goal to secure the afternoon victory.
RANGERS: Budinauckas, Devine, Fraser, Allan, MacKinnon, Strachan (McCausland, 56), Lowry (Graham, 65), Lindsay, Ure, McCann, Lovelace (Young, 79).
UNDER: Pazikas, Harkness, Ewen, Lyall.
COWDENBEATH: Farrell, Robinson, Newman, Armstrong, Lemon, Garrad, Thomson, Struthers, Sinclair, Trialist (Gilmartin, 3) (Donaldson, 73), Love.
UNDER: McCready, Weekes, Aikamhenze, Berry, Jarron.
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