Rangers kicked off their Scottish Cup campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Hamilton Accies, ensuring they’re in the hat for the third round draw next week. Mary Anne Orr reports from the John Cummings Stadium in Carluke
A first half goal from Megan Foley and second half efforts from Hayley Cunningham and Rebecca Storrie along with a brace from Natalie Ross saw off their Lanarkshire rivals/.
Rangers started the game brightly but their first real chance of the game came after 10 minutes, a Cunningham corner was headed goal-ward by Hollie Thomson but was well cleared off the line by Hamilton’s Kirsten McGuire.
For the first half hour, Rangers dominated possession with Hamilton breaking on occasion but neither keeper had much to do. With just ten minutes remaining until half time, Rangers broke the deadlock.
A well-timed through ball from Ross played in Megan Foley who calmly finished from inside the box. The lead could have been extended before half time as Rangers continued to press forward, hitting the woodwork twice, first from a Sneddon header off the post after 40 minutes and a speculative ball into the goalmouth by Leslie Condie striking the crossbar in the 44th minute. Cunningham also had a chance to double the lead when her shot from 30 yards was well held by the Hamilton keeper in the dying stages of the half.
Rangers started the second half with intent, Foley doing well down the right side fired a ball across the face of goal but Hill couldn’t make contact. Continued pressure saw a corner to Rangers, the clearance fell to Karen Penglase but the shot was deflected just wide of the post. After 57 minutes Ross laid the ball off to Thomson just outside the box. She sidestepped the defender but her shot flew wide of the target.
Rangers’ second came eventually after 60 minutes when a Katherine Hill shot was deflected past the Hamilton keeper by Hayley Cunningham. The lead was again increased only a few minutes later, when Ross added her first of two goals for the day. Michelle Barr drove at the Hamilton defence before playing a well-timed ball through for Sneddon who played a self-less square ball for Ross to tap in.
Three minutes after coming on as substitute, Rebecca Storrie scored her first competitive goal for Rangers when she evaded two Hamilton defenders, swivelled and shot home from 12 yards to make it 4-0. The final goal of the match came from a Megan Sneddon long throw-in which Natalie Ross headed in at the front post to round off a great afternoon for the light blues.
Head Coach Angie Hind was pleased with her team’s display, she said: “We did really well today in what was every bit a team performance. I felt we dominated the play for much of the first half but failed to really capitalize from the amount of possession we had. In the second half however I felt we had more of a cutting edge and were sharper and more determined in front of goal. Even more pleasing was the impact that the substitutions made and it was fantastic to see Rebecca Storrie score today. We are delighted to progress into the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup.”