Scottish League One
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Arbroath 1-2 Rangers

Rangers preserved their unbeaten Scottish League One record but were given a stern examination by Arbroath.

Jon Daly headed in from Fraser Aird's corner to give the division's winners a first-half lead.

Paul McManus took advantage of slackness in the Rangers defence to slot home Arbroath's leveller.

The hosts threatened to move ahead but it was Ally McCoist's side who claimed victory, Aird tucking away the winner late on.

The defeat leaves Arbroath seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with five matches to play.

However, Paul Sheerin's men started the brighter of the two sides and Kevin Nicoll fired over after being picked out by the player-manager early on.

Bobby Linn then dragged a low effort wide after racing clear of the visitors' back four and a Sheerin corner was then nodded over by Michael Travis.

Both sides had had penalty appeals turned down by the time Rangers took the lead, referee Euan Anderson disinterested by claims of handball against Arbroath's Alan Cook or Sebastien Faure's challenge on McManus.

Daly powered home a firm header from Aird's delivery to break the deadlock.

Undeterred, Arbroath continued to press and Linn's shot into the side-netting reminded Rangers they had a game on their hands.

Aird then drilled the ball off Sandy Wood's crossbar from 30 yards and also had a free-kick saved by the goalkeeper.

The Arbroath goal frame was struck again early in the second half as defender Travis narrowly avoided scoring an own goal with a wayward header.

Sheerin's men were then gifted an equaliser as Faure's header back to keeper Cammy Bell was intercepted and struck home by McManus.

Cook headed over another Sheerin delivery as Arbroath pushed for a crucial three points in their battle against relegation.

But they were undone when Daly's mis-hit shot was turned into the net by Aird.

There was still one more chance for the home side but Alex Keddie could not convert after Nicoll had headed on Sheerin's free-kick.

Line-ups

Arbroath

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Wood
  • 2Travis
  • 3Hamilton
  • 8Chisholm
  • 6LindsaySubstituted forRobertsonat 88'minutes
  • 5Keddie
  • 7Linn
  • 4NicollBooked at 44mins
  • 9McManus
  • 10CookSubstituted forAdamsat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Sheerin

Substitutes

  • 12Yao
  • 14Robertson
  • 15Scott
  • 16McWalter
  • 17Thompson
  • 18Adams
  • 21Morrison

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bell
  • 2FosterBooked at 72mins
  • 5Wallace
  • 8Hutton
  • 6McCulloch
  • 3Faure
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forGallagherat 73'minutes
  • 7Peralta Sosa
  • 10Clark
  • 9DalyBooked at 81minsSubstituted forShielsat 89'minutes
  • 4AirdSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Shiels
  • 14Smith
  • 15Gallagher
  • 16Simonsen
  • 17Hegarty
  • 18Sanchez Cribari
  • 19Telfer
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,400

Match Stats

Home TeamArbroathAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arbroath 1, Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arbroath 1, Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Keddie (Arbroath) header from very close range is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Arnold Peralta (Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Kevin Nicoll (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Scott Adams replaces Alan Cook.

  7. Post update

    Steven Smith (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Travis (Arbroath).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul McManus (Arbroath) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Jon Daly.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Steven Smith replaces Fraser Aird.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Dayle Robertson replaces Jonathan Lindsay.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Arbroath 1, Rangers 2. Fraser Aird (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Calum Gallagher.

  14. Post update

    Calum Gallagher (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Lindsay (Arbroath).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jonathan Lindsay.

  17. Booking

    Jon Daly (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jon Daly (Rangers).

  19. Post update

    Alex Keddie (Arbroath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Cook (Arbroath) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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