RANGERS turned in a stunning performance in their final day one match of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup to defeat previously unbeaten Rapid Vienna.
After earning creditable draws in their first two matches with Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin, Gers proved too strong for a side who had defeated Bayern 4-0 and Hertha 3-0 in their first two games.
Rangers started the game the brighter, dominating the ball and offering Rapid little attacking encouragement, while twice Stephen Kelly came close to opening the scoring with bursting runs down the right before aiming for the opposite corner and seeing his efforts slip just wide.
Kelly then turned provider for Josh McPake, splitting the defence with a wonderful pass but McPake’s first time attempted finish was off-target.
McPake, however, wasn’t to be denied as he opened the scoring with two minutes of the second half played.
Picking up the ball on the right, he did well initially to hold off marker Lukas Sulzbacher before skinning him and ramming the ball into the back of the net with aplomb.
Kelly then came close again with a fine solo run with his final shot coming back off the post before Kai Kennedy forced the goalkeeper into a fine save.
Rapid often threatened but rarely tested goalkeeper Lewis Budinauckas, with much of the credit for that being owed to a superb defensive showing from the young Gers.