East Kilbride: Lyle (GK), MacDonald, Coll (C) (Munro 45'), Page, Bronsky (Morgan 45'), Black (McManus
45'), R. Hughes, Victoria (B. Hughes 75'), Elliott, McHugh (McGuire 59'), McLaughlin
Unused East Kilbride subs: Mortimer, McLean (GK)
Rangers B: Budinauckas (GK), Harkness, Fraser (C), Allan, MacKinnon, Strachan, Lovelace (McCausland
15'), Lindsay, Ure, Ritchie-Hosler, Graham (Young 54')
Unused Rangers B subs: Pazikas, Webster, Pasnik, Lyall
East Kilbride looked to extend their winning streak to two against a Rangers B side who opened their
2022-23 season with a 2-1 loss against Civil Service Strollers.
Rangers B kicked us off, lofting a pass deep into Kilby's defence as David McCallum's side looked to
apply pressure early.
Following a defensive mix-up along the right flank, Rangers B forward Zak Lovelace found himself
inbounding on 'keeper Lyle's goal. The Englishman kept his composure and fired low into the right
corner to give Rangers B the advantage with under 30 seconds on the clock.
East Kilbride initially found it difficult to break inside Rangers' half, however, Joao Victoria's quick
movement would earn Kilby their first free kick early beyond the half-way line. Neil McLaughlin's
delivery found Bob McHugh, whose headed flick was claimed by 'keeper Budinauckas.
Kilby reverted into a defensive shape against a well-organised Rangers B side. Stephen Bronsky kept
Rangers' aerial attacks at bay, while looking to push his teammates into a counter with progressive long-
Goalscorer Zak Lovelace left the pitch for Ross McCausland in the 15th minute after receiving an injury.
Lewis MacKinnon picked up the first booking of the night for a late challenge on Neil McLaughlin in the
21st minute. McLaughlin's lofted free kick failed to beat Rangers' first defender, as Kilby continued
searching for attacking avenues.
Despite this, East Kilbride were unable to contend with the pace of Kane Ritchie-Hosler, who went on a
daring run deep into Kilby's box and shot across Lyle in goal to double Rangers' lead on 31 minutes.
Rangers B made it three in the 39th minute after Robbie Fraser curled his left-footed free kick over the
'Kilby wall and past 'keeper Lyle.
East Kilbride made sure not to finish the first-half goalless however, as Ronan Hughes' foray into Rangers'
box saw him brought down and a penalty given. Neil McLaughlin stepped up and slotted home to give
fans hope of a potential comeback in the second-half.
Kevin Rutkiewicz made three substitutions ahead of the second-half, as Stephen Bronsky, BJ Coll and
Andy Black were exchanged for Conor Morgan, Kyle Munro, and Daniel McManus respectively.
Conor Morgan received a yellow card in the 47th minute for pulling down Robbie Ure outside the Kilby
Kyle Munro had East Kilbride's first chance in the second-half, as his half-volley grazed the far post in the
49th minute following a positive attack along the right wing.
Rangers B made their second change of the night, as James Graham made way for Conor Young in the
Rangers B started to enter the game, contributing neat passing interchanges and adept off-the-ball
movement. A fast 1-2 play inside the Kilby box left substitute Conor Young free to tap-in past 'keeper
Lyle and make it 4-1 just short of the hour mark.
Kyle Munro was productive for Kilby in terms of attacks, as he made a marauding run down the left
flank and fired a shot towards Budinauckas, who met his effort to save in the 62nd minute.
East Kilbride were dominant in the second-half, as Rangers B were on the back foot heading into the
final 20 minutes.
Cami Elliott saw an opening along the right flank, and used his pace to break through Rangers' defence
and force Budinauckas into saving from a tight angle in the 71st minute.
Kilby had their second goal when Neil McLaughlin latched onto a threaded delivery and blazed his shot
past 'keeper Budinauckas in the 75th minute.
Ronan Hughes came close to scoring East Kilbride's third, however, his free kick glanced narrowly over
the bar with five minutes of regular time left.
However, Kilby were not finished with their attacking exploits yet. Daniel McManus lofted a shot over
and past an onrushing Budinauckas in the 90th minute to see the game's seventh goal.
Full-time - (3-4)
Overall; The high-scoring affair left Kilby shorthanded, however, the team will be hoping
for another clinical display against Hearts B on Saturday at K-Park.
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