A STRONG away display from Rangers saw them beat Aberdeen 6-2 in the CAS Under-18 League this afternoon.

A double from Umaro Balde and goals from Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Ross McCausland, Chris McKee and a Malcom Ebiowei saw the Gers leave Cormack Park with all three points.

The Light Blues set the pace from kick-off opening the scoring inside the first 15 minutes as Kane Ritchie-Hosler turned well on the edge of the box to find space to fire beyond Tom Ritchie.

Rangers doubled their advantage just five minutes later as Umaro Balde won the ball back on the edge of the Aberdeen box before taking a touch and drilling an effort into the back of the net.

It was a fantastic start for the under 18s as they went three ahead with just 25 minutes of the game played.

Ross McCausland made a good run down the right before cutting into the box and curled a shot beyond Ritchie.

The Gers were in control of the match as they came close to adding another a few minutes later. Ross McCausland and Adam Devine worked well together down the right-hand side before the ball fell to Chris McKee in the box but his shot was blocked by the Aberdeen goalkeeper.

However, the fourth goal did come on the 34th minute as Chris McKee held the ball up well before laying it off to Umaro Balde who fired another strike at goal, beating Ritchie and getting his second goal of the afternoon.

Aberdeen got a goal back before the break as a long ball over the top fell for Michael Ruth who took a touch low beyond Jay Hogarth.

The hosts added another goal after the break as Connor Barron’s cross was bundled over the line.

Kevin Hanratty had a shot drift over the bar, while Hogarth blocked a shot from Lewis Duncan as the Dons searched for a route back into the game.

However, it was the Gers who were next on the scoresheet as Malcolm Ebiowei picked out Chris McKee and the forward fired beyond Tom Ritchie.

Rangers were awarded a penalty on the 78th minute as a cross from Kane Ritchie-Hosler came off the hand of an Aberdeen defender.

Second-half substitute Ebiowei stepped up to the spot and sent the keeper the wrong way for the Gers sixth goal of the afternoon.

Rangers: Hogarth, Devine, Fraser (Henderson, 79), Miller, McClelland, King, McCausland, Balde (Hampl, 79), McKee (K. Ewen, 84), Lowry (Ebiowei, 46), Ritchie-Hosler (K. Ewen, 84). Subs: Thackray

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