Report: Rangers 2-2 Hibernian

TWO goals in the final three minutes helped the Development squad come from behind to draw with Hibs at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon.

Graeme Murty’s side were 2-0 down after goals either side of half-time for Hibs, but the young Rangers side got back into the game thanks to an 87th minute penalty scored by Nathan Young-Coombes and equalised in the dying stages through Jamie Barjonas.

There was disappointment for Rangers as they were forced into a very early change as Jack Thomson was on the end of a strong challenge straight from kick off. The midfielder was unable to continue as Ben Williamson came on to replace him after just two minutes of the game.

Hibs came close to opening the scoring on the 15th minute as Jamie Gullan played out wide to Fraser Murray who shot across goal but just wide of the target.

Rangers broke up the other end of the pitch as Nathan Young-Coombes was through on goal but his effort was saved by the feet of Patrick Martin before Eros Grezda shot just wide from outside the box.

Graeme Murty’s side almost opened the scoring on the 26th minutes as Kai Kennedy swung a cross into the box which met the head of Lewis Mayo, but his effort was cleared off the line by Hibs.

Hibs had a chance as Fraser Murray threatened again with an effort from outside the box but his low curling shot was saved comfortably by Andy Firth.

A few minutes later a free-kick was swung into the box by Murray but was just too far for Josh Doig who touched the ball into the side netting.

The visitors took the lead just five minutes before the break as Josh Doig headed home a Fraser Murray corner.

Jamie Barjonas had an effort for Rangers just before half-time but his shot from outside the box was saved by Patrick Martin.

Keeper Andy Firth had a busy start to the second 45 as he denied Fraser Murray with a good block from his close range effort before he pushed wide a long-range shot from Innes Murray.

However, the visitors second goal did come on the 51st minute as Jamie Gullan fired past Andy Firth from a tight angle.

Graeme Murty made a couple more changes to his side midway through the half as he looked for a route back into the game with Eros Grezda and Zac Butterworth being replaced by Rhys Breen and Ciaran Dickson.

James Maxwell fired a dangerous cross into the box for Rangers on the 75th minute after finding himself in space on the left but the ball was cleared by Hibs.

Rangers were pushing to find a way back into the game with Jamie Barjonas seeing his header go just wide from a Kai Kennedy corner.

The Gers were awarded a penalty with three minutes remaining as Nathan Young-Coombes was taken down in the box. The 16-year-old stepped up to the spot and calmly fired a right footed effort beyond Patrick Martin.

In the dying stages of the game Rangers got their equaliser as Young-Coombes worked into the box before chipping the ball across goal which was headed home by Jamie Barjonas.

Rangers: Firth, Butterworth (Breen, 70), Maxwell, Finlayson, Mayo, Thomson (Williamson, 2), Grezda (Dickson, 70), Barjonas, Young-Coombes, Kennedy, Murphy (Atakayi, 46). Subs: Budinauckas, Balde, McCausland.

Hibernian: Martin, James, Yeats, Sadiki, Doig, Stirling, Murray, Block, Gullan, Campbell, Murray. Subs: Woods, Shanley, Hodge, Combe.

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