RANGERS finished runners up in the 2018 HKFC Soccer Sevens tournament after a brilliant weekend of work in Hong Kong.
The Development Squad team, which was mainly made up of Under 18s and Under 19s, was defeated by Newcastle United in the final on Sunday after extra-time. The game was goalless in normal time.
In a cruel ending the Premier League outfit grabbed a golden goal less than a minute into the four minutes of sudden death time. The tournament is a seven-a-side competition but teams are reduced to four-a-side for extra-time.
It is the third time the Gers have finished second in the competition, that happened in 2009 and 2010. They reached the semi-final last season.
Rangers’ tournament record in Happy Valley this time around was impressive. In a group with Australia’s Newcastle Jets, hosts Hong Kong Football Club and fellow finalists Newcastle United, they grabbed two wins and a draw.
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A Liam Burt double and an Andy Dallas strike got a 3-0 win over the Jets to kick the weekend off before Kyle Bradley scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over HKFC. As with the eventual final, Rangers and Newcastle played out a 0-0 draw in the group stages.
Onto the quarter-finals and Liam Burt added another goal to his tally in a 2-0 win over West Ham United. Jamie Barjonas was the other goal scorer in a superb win.
Italian side Cagliari Calcio lay between the Gers and a final spot and it took extra-time to get the win. Rangers went behind but with five minutes to play Kyle Bradley popped up to draw his team level. In extra-time outfield player Jack Thomson put the goalkeeping gloves on for the 4v4 and pulled off some tremendous saves to keep his side in it. Scott Gray then finished off an excellent counter-attacking move to slot a golden goal home and send his side to the final.