'Well Beat at Ibrox

Last updated : 01 May 2004 By Firparkcorner

Under the 'Well flag
There were three changes in the 'Well line-up in the May sunshine. Marshall was back in goals, Fagan got the nod to replace the suspended Lasley and David Clarkson got his first start for a few games when he was chosen over Kenny Wright.

It was clear right from the first whistle that the team were up for this encounter and they took the game to Rangers whenever possible. Despite the best attempts of both teams, the first real chance of a goal came in twenty five minutes when Marshall got under a pass back and skyed the ball high only to see it fall to Thomson still inside the eighteen yard box. Happily he made the save to spare his blushes.

Marsh grabs a corner in the first half
Our best chance of the half appeared ten minutes later when Craig had a chance from close in on the left. He blasted into the side netting to the anguish of his colleagues who had massed at the far post.

We went one behind a minute from the break when Adams was adjudged to have pushed Arteta. His curling free kick from twenty five yards could not be stopped.

Then we saw the collapse.

A minute into the second half saw the first of three quick goal as we seemed still to be enjoying the half time cuppa.

Rangers started the half at full speed and we seemed unable to stop them. Ross, Namuchi and Thomson shattered the confidence of the defence in succession.

It was all the more disappointing as the back line had looked solid in the first period.

The game then ceased as a contest though we were fortunate on a couple of occasions not to concede a fifth. Craig and Dair made way for Wright and McDonald in the last fifteen minutes but to no great effect.

Our best chance for a consolation came with five minutes remaining. Good work on the left resulted in a square ball to Clarkson who had only to get the ball past Klos fromabout seven yards. He hit the keeper with his first time attempt.

The final whistle came as something of a relief to the small band of travellers. The team will have to take a few days to lick wounds and recover from the mauling.

Can we can a victory in the top six? Next week’s game against United may provide our best chance. Let’s hope we can stay alert for ninety minutes!