Kelty Hearts................. 2
Kilsyth Rangers............. 0
Emirates Scottish Junior Cup,
RANGERS crashed out of the Scottish cup at exactly the same stage, and the same venue, as they did six years ago, the last time they reached the fifth round of the competition.
Yet if they could have reproduced the same form as they did against Kinnoull a week earlier then they might well have been in the quarter-final draw which takes place this week. Kelty were no great shakes, but took the two chances they were given, while Rangers had few scoring chances and made nothing of what did come their way.
A good contingent of fans had made the journey up to Fife and in bright, but very cold conditions, the game kicked off on a very soft pitch with a fearsome slope which Kelty had elected to face in the first half.
They had made a good choice as they were soon getting up into the Rangers half. McCabe had a good try with a low shot which slipped just wide, then after only nine minutes Philips took advantage of a defensive slip-up to shoot Kelty into the lead. There was no doubt that the homesters could move the ball around well but the Rangers defence was keeping them at bay with McLaren and Doyle particularly prominent.
By the half hour mark Rangers were starting to come into the game much more and were gaining quite a few corners, Mcpeake getting in a good header from one of them. Just before the half-time whistle Dolan made a good strike which Fleming turned ovcer the bar.
Play resumed with Forsyth replacing Mansare at the interval sand a re-arranged defence.
Rangers made quite a good start with Kelly making a few good runs but finishing was not up to the same standard with Fleming rarely troubled. A couple of free-kick awards gave Rangers chances to hit back but McLaren’s try was punched out, and another by Forsyth was off target.
A couple of changes were made in quick succession, first Felvus came on for Jor Barclay, then Dempsey came on for Dolan. It must be said that neither change significantly improved Rangers’ chances. Kelty were looking fairly comfortable although only with a one goal advantage but with ten minutes remaining Smith was gifted a clear chance and plenty of time to pick his spot and put in a low shot which Duke could not get dopwn to in time.
It was all over now and although Rangers kept up some pressure till the final whistle they never looked likely to save the game. Now they must look to climbing up the league table and maintain a Super League presence next season.
KILSYTH RANGERS: Duke, Reid, McLaren, Doyle, Mansare, McColligan, Dolan, McPeake, Barclay, Desmond, Kelly. Subs: Felvus, Forsyth, Dempsey, Smith.
KELTY HEARTS: Fleming, Duffin, T. Coutts, Clark, Philip, McCabe, Smith, Ritchie, C. Coutts, O. McCabe, Gray. Subs: Winnarski, Cargill, A. Gray, Penman, Lunn.
This Saturday, Kilsyth are away to Rutherglen Glencairn in a league match, kick-off 2 pm.¶