U21s Fall to Rangers

Last updated : 20 January 2004 By Evenflow

Rangers started the game well and should have taken the lead in the eighth minute. A long ball through the middle sent Ostenstad in the clear. With only the Corr to beat, the young ‘Well goalie came up trumps with a magnificent stop.

Only three minut’s later and that man Ostenstad should have scored his second. Good left wing play from Alex Walker produced a good ball into the box. Ostenstad met the ball at the back post and his tame effort was splendidly turned aside by Corr again.

Corr produced more heroics on the half our mark, as he managed to turn away a twenty-yard free kick that looked net-bound all the way. Corr made it four fantastic saves three minutes later as once again the Norwegian found himself in the clear. His shot was no match for the on-form Corr who did brilliantly to turn it wide for a corner.

Unfortunately for the young ‘Well goalie, it was a defensive mix up that caused the Rangers opener on the stroke of half time. A cross ball from the Rangers right saw both Mathie and Corr seemingly leaving it for each other, which allowed McCormack to take full advantage and net the first for the away side.

Into the second half and Motherwell started the brighter. A few long-range shots from McDonald and O’Donnell respectively failed to trouble the Rangers goal and it looked inevitable that Rangers would double their advantage.

The Motherwell rear-guard dealt poorly with a long ball into the box, and McCormack was on hand to smash his second goal of the game with a vicious first time effort that left Corr with no chance.

Things went from bad to worse for the young ‘Well side as five minutes later they found themselves three down. A break away found Emerson who found McCormack who in turn slid in Maurice Ross and the full back made no mistake in slotting the ball past Corr.

Well tried in vain for the last fifteen minutes or so in the match, and Ryan Russell made another appearance at left midfield, but it was all in vain as Rangers ran out 3-0 winners.

Motherwell: Corr, Keogh, Bollan, MacDonald, Higgins, Mathie, Wright, Fagan, McDonald, O’Donnell, Fitzpatrick (Ryan Russell 78) Subs not used: Reid, Donnelly, Barkey, and Scott