Rangers U17s defeated Kashiwa Reysol on penalties in the Alkass Cup on Friday following a 2-2 draw in normal time, with Zak McKay scoring a stunning first-half goal.
The Young Gers were knocked out of the prestigious competition proper by the Mohammed VI Academy of Morocco earlier in the week, and are now competing to determine their final standing.
Mohammed VI Academy 3 Rangers 2 full time
— Rangers Youth Updates (@rfcyouthupdates) February 19, 2020
Leyton Dunlop gave Rangers the lead in the 24th minute when he was quickest to react to a rebound off the left post.
It was then 2-0 on the stroke of the interval as Zak McKay produced a moment of magic.
When a blocked effort fell to him around 25 yards from goal, he took one touch with his chest to control, before sending a stunning strike into the top right corner.
At that point, it looked as though the Gers would run away with it.
However, Kashiwa Reysol hit back early in the second half, through Shoma Kurita, and when the same player finished from close range to the level the scores with the final kick of the match, the contest went to penalties.
Showing real character, the club’s youngsters stood up to the challenge, though, and won the shootout 4-3.
Remarkably, the captain and the standout performer of the tournament, Charlie Lindsay, was once again named Man of the Match [Alkass International Cup Twitter].
Today’s win over the Japanese opposition ensures the Gers progress to Sunday’s 5th and 6th place playoff.
While the clear aim ahead of the competition was to defend last year’s win, finishing fifth in a tournament featuring some of the world’s biggest clubs including PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona would still constitute a fine achievement.