Rangers left it until the last kick of the ball in their final game to secure qualification for the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens today, picking up two win and a draw from their opening three games in the prestigious competition.
The young Gers side faced Hong Kong FC in their first match of the day and went a goal behind through a first-half mistake by keeper Nicky Hogarth.
Graeme Murty’s side roared back after the break though and drew level through Kai Kennedy before goals from Cammy Palmer and Josh McPake sealed a comfortable win.
Next up was Premier League opposition as the Gers faced Wolves as they came up against the toughest competition in the group.
Despite having some great chances to score, Murty’s side just couldn’t find the breakthrough in front of goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw, leaving it down to the final game to determine Rangers’ fate.
After again failing to show a killer touch and open the scoring, Matty Shiels scored in the final moments against HKFA Red Dragons to book the Gers’ place in the last eight tomorrow.
Murty’s side created an huge number of chances and should have put the game to bed earlier in an otherwise impressive showing.
The Light Blues could face any one of a number of talented sides in the quarter-finals as they look to go one better and win the competition after losing to Newcastle last year.
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