Rangers B were hammered 5-1 by Cove Rangers on Tuesday night as they crashed out of the SPFL Trust Trophy at the quarter-final stage.
However, it was always going to be a tough night against a Cove side boasting experienced pros like Shay Logan, Iain Vigurs and Fraser Fyvie.
Fyvie opened the scoring in just the second minute and it was clear that it was going to be a long evening when Charlie McCann was adjudged to have fouled Logan in the box just two minutes later. Mitch Megginson stepped up and doubled the hosts’ advantage from the spot.
The Young Gers showed fight and pulled one back just before the ten-minute mark, through Robbie Fraser.
The promising 18-year-old left-back impressed against Broomhill in the Lowland League ten days ago and he found the net here, firing home after Weston had seen an effort blocked.
9' 2-1 | GOAL!! Rangers pull one back. After a number of deflected shots in the Cove box, the ball eventually falls to Robbie Fraser who fires it into the back of the net. pic.twitter.com/msqF9I9U6b
— Rangers B & Academy (@RFC_Youth) November 30, 2021
Rangers’ defence still hadn’t clicked, though, and Cove restored their two-goal advantage in the 13th minute through Jamie Masson.
Centre-back Lewis MacKinnon was forced off with an injury midway through the first half and Fyvie ensured it was 4-1 by half-time with his second of the night in the 35th minute.
Kane Ritchie-Hosler and Juan Alegria were brought on for the second half and a red card for Cove’s Harry Milne on the hour mark gave the Young Gers some hope of pulling off a dramatic comeback.
But those hopes were dashed a few minutes later when Leighton McIntosh made it 5-1 and the hosts saw out the contest comfortably from there.
It’s a disappointing result for the squad but it was a good effort to reach this stage of the competition and now attention must turn back to their Lowland League and UEFA Youth League campaigns, with fixtures coming thick and fast.
The first team are in action against Hibernian on Wednesday night. Here’s our Predicted XI for the match.