Hopes of shock result dashed by Rangers

Steven Jackson pulls a goal back with a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box.
Steven Jackson pulls a goal back with a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box.

Brechin City’s hopes of recording a shock result against title favourites Rangers at Ibrox ended in a comfortable 4-1 win for the home side.

Rangers started off at a whirlwind pace, and Smith was picking the ball out of the net after just 90 seconds after HEGARTY fired home the opener after a Law shot had been blocked by the City defence.

The Ibrox men then laid siege to the City goal for the remainder of the half with Smith performing heroics to deny Black and Lee Wallace while Jon Daly scorned a couple of great goalscoring opportunities.

It was only a matter of time until the hard-pressed City defence conceded a further goal and it came five minute before the break when LAW picked up the ball around 30 yards from goal and moved forward a couple of paces before drilling home a superb right-foot drive.

Rangers started the second-half at a more leisurely pace and this allowed City to get back into the game, string some passes together and try and make an impact and they got themselves back into the reckoning with a fantastic goal in the 65th minute.

A Derek Carcary corner was half cleared by the Rangers defence and JACKSON swivelled round in the box to unleash a wonderful overhead drive which flew into the top corner of the net.

City were now clearly gaining in confidence and enjoying a much larger share of the possession but they were dealt a terminal blow in the 80th minute when Rangers were awarded a penalty.

Andy Little went down in the box after a challenge by Paul McLean who was dismissed by referee George Salmond. Although Ian Black’s spot-kick was saved by Smith, Black midfielder blasted the rebound home. A further goal from substitute Dean Shiels three minutes later sealed the win for Rangers.