Great start in the Challenge Cup ahead of the new season. 16 year old Darren Ramsay headed us in the lead after a whipping cross from Kal Naismith. Rhys McCabe then put us 2-0 up. This time a cross from Lavery. It took McCabe 3 attempts to put the ball in net after the 2 attempts had rebounded off the post. Ramsay then put us 3-0 after firing in from a tight angle and flow passing move. Lavery continued to show his potential by finding the net after Andrews dilly dallied on the ball and Lavery nicked it off him and completed the rout.
We faced Queen of the South in the SLC 1st Round. Things got off to a positive start with Ross Perry heading us in the lead from a Kyle Hutton corner. It stayed 1-0 at half time and I encouraged the team and they seemed to have listened as Rhys McCabe put us 2-0 and into the next round following a good turn of pace and a cross for Kevin Caddis.
First game of the S2D had us against Stenhousemuir and we didn't disappoint by dominating the game and cruising to a 4-1 victory. Kevin Caddis put us in the lead scoring from close range with his weaker foot. Things got bad as we conceded a goal following poor defending which allowed Keith Murray to find the net with a powerful strike. I was certainly not pleased about that. Rangers Newco were then awarded a free kick which Kyle Hutton took and found Chris Hegarty who scored with a diving header. Kevin Caddis then put us 3-1 up with a powerful strike just outside the area. I chucked on Darran Ramsay and I'm glad I did as he put us 4-1 up safe and sound after an excellent pass from Kyle Hutton that put Ramsay 1 on 1 with the keeper who blasted it in the top right corner. Very good win and an excellent all round performance.
Back to the Challenge Cup round 2 we faced Annan Athletic and had a comfortable 2-0 victory with Lavery and Harper getting us the goals. Lee McCulloch had a penalty saved by the keeper. Round 3 we face Livingston.
Heading back to the SD2 we faced QOTS at Ibrox and recorded yet another comfortable victory by winning 4-0. We completely outplayed them. Lavery who I am running out of words with to praise him, put us in the lead after a short pass from Chris Hegarty who then grabbed a goal for himself soon before half time from a Kyle Hutton free kick. On the 62nd minute John Potter saw a moment of embarrassment after trying to clear the ball for a corner yet the ball trailed into the back of the net. It was rather amusing to see. Lavery got his 2nd goal of the game after a good passing move and saw Ryan Harper feed the ball to Lavery as he moved into space. Another excellent performance from Lavery.
The referee was certainly busy in this game as it was quite a dirty game and also controversial handing out 7 bookings (2 to forfar and 5 for rangers newco), a penalty and a red card. The game started off fairly slowly with Rangers picking up a few yellow cards before yes that man again, Lavery put us ahead from close range as McCabe had found Caddis who passed the ball to Lavery. Rhys McCabe was then received a 2nd yellow card following a challenge on Robertson which seemed to be a clean challenge. Forfar were awarded a penalty on 45+4 minute after Broadfoot had brought down Cronesberry in the box. I feared that Forfar would equalise. Up stepped Chris Templeman and...........NEIL ALEXANDER PARRIED THE BALL AWAY GREAT SAVE! 1-0 at half time. I was certainly pleased and showed in the 2nd half that we are capable of playing with 10 men as Lavery found the net again as the opposing keeper had flapped at a shot by Wallace which fell to Lavery and tapped it into the net and that is how it finished.
We then faced St Johnstone in the SLC Round 2 who were favourites for the tie. We showed that we are no pushovers as we knocked them out thanks to Kal Naimsith who put us in the lead just before half time after an excellent pass from Harper. Through to the next round where we face Celtic. Oh dear.
Great month for Rangers Newco as they collect 3 awards
Caolan Lavery collected the player of the month as he netted 4 league goals in 3 appearances and 6 in 6 in all competitions. Hegarty finished in 2nd whilst McAnespie of Arbroath was 3rd.
Hegarty meanwhile collected the young player of the month after impressing in games and grabbing 2 goals in 3. Kyle Hutton finished 2nd and Martin Boyle of Montrose 3rd.
Patrick McKeown collected the manager of the month after guiding his team to all 3 victories in the 3 league games. Paul Sheerin of Arbroath finished 2nd and Brian Reid of Ayr finished 3rd