Aberdeen additionally advance after extra-time aim took them previous Dundee
Final Up to date: 18/08/19 9:22pm
Rangers cruised into the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a 3-Zero conquer East Fife.
The Scottish Premiership aspect, who will face Livingston within the subsequent spherical, didn’t have all of it their very own method within the first half in opposition to the part-timers however broke the impasse within the 17th minute with an beautiful aim from Jermain Defoe.
Ross Dunlop inadvertently turned the ball in his personal web within the 57th minute to double Rangers’ lead earlier than Joe Aribo accomplished the scoring six minutes from time.
Glen Kamara was the one survivor from the 3-1 victory over Danish aspect Midtjylland within the Europa League qualifiers three days earlier and regardless of the dimensions of the alterations, Rangers wasted little time entering into their stride.
There have been sturdy appeals for a penalty inside 5 minutes when Jordan Jones fell to the bottom within the field as he raced away from Stewart Murdoch however referee Don Robertson was not .
After a shiny begin, nonetheless, Rangers went by way of a interval of being careless in possession that gave the Scottish League One aspect confidence and Darren Younger’s aspect created a fantastic probability after 17 minutes.
Liam Watt dug out a cross from the left that was missed by Rangers defender Andy Halliday as he challenged with striker Anton Dowds.
Aaron Dunsmore picked up the unfastened ball on the again publish however goalkeeper Wes Foderingham unfold himself effectively to make the block.
Six minutes later, Defoe’s chic first contact took him away from Dunlop and Chris Higgins, having had his again to aim outdoors the field when he obtained debutant Filip Helander’s move, and the previous England striker coolly positioned a low shot previous Hart from shut vary.
Rangers started the second half with designs of making a two-goal cushion however Hart saved out Aribo’s try on the close to publish after the midfielder related with Jones’ nook. Defoe continued to pose issues contained in the field however might solely discover the side-netting after wriggling free.
The second aim did arrive within the 57th minute courtesy of an personal aim from East Fife defender Dunlop. Jones nodded Greg Stewart’s free-kick again throughout aim and Helander’s glancing header struck Dunlop earlier than touchdown within the web.
Aribo grabbed the third and closing aim six minutes from time, poking house a lose ball within the field after goalkeeper Hart flapped at Barker’s nook.
Gerrard: Aribo has massive future
Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard believes Aribo has “the world at his feet” after lavishing reward on the midfielder for his efficiency on Sunday.
He mentioned: “Everybody will go away speaking about Joe Aribo and rightly so. I am unsure what number of good gamers have been at this stadium, however I do not assume you will note many higher than Joe.
“He was excellent from begin to end. He appeared very good all day. He has 4 objectives in eight video games, nevertheless it is not nearly that, it’s about your all-round performances.
“Prime gamers flip up wherever, it does not matter whether it is in entrance of 50,000, or 1500, your requirements are at all times the identical and from day one Joe has accomplished that.
“He can go so far as he desires. I hope he stays alongside me for a few years, however he is obtained the world at his ft.”
Aberdeen want further time to beat Dundee
Sam Cosgrove clinched Aberdeen’s place within the quarter-final of the Scottish League Cup due to his extra-time winner in opposition to Dundee at Dens Park.
Aberdeen have been inside minutes of exiting and struggling a fourth straight defeat till Andrew Considine’s stoppage-time equaliser cancelled out Danny Johnson’s 43rd-minute penalty.
The Dons, who received this competitors in 2014, discovered themselves outplayed by James McPake’s Scottish Championship hopefuls for lengthy spells of this last-16 encounter, earlier than Cosgrove’s 113th minute header noticed them advance to play Hearts within the quarter-finals.
McInnes: We dug deep
Aberdeen supervisor Derek McInnes was thrilled to see his gamers cease their dropping streak after a troublesome Europa League exit in midweek.
He mentioned: “I must applaud Dundee. I watched them final Saturday and never solely did we now have to take care of a group motivated, enjoying with confidence and who had ready all week, they have been actually prepared for it.
“We turned up for the sport and made the gamers conscious of how troublesome it could be, particularly after enjoying with 10 males for thus lengthy on Thursday [in their Europa League loss to Rijeka].
“We weren’t sensible. It was all about digging deep and getting the consequence… Dundee gave us a proper recreation and made it troublesome for us. Cup video games are all about discovering a technique to win and my gamers deserve a lot reward for that.”
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