DANNY STONEY gave Rangers their first win of the Under-20 SPFL season in a 5-4 victory over feisty Dunfermline at Dumbarton.

Jamie Burrows, Luca Gasparotto and Tom Walsh all scored before the interval to give Gordon Durie’s side a 3-2 lead at the midway point.

In a game which saw three equalisers scored, Dylan Dykes then struck in the closing stages before Stoney ultimately settled an entertaining contest.

After last week’s 0-0 draw at Hamilton where there was no sign of a goal, this deluge continues Durie’s side’s solid start to the campaign.

The first half was a really open affair, with Dunfermline taking the lead twice before finding themselves a goal down at the break.

They opened the scoring with just five minutes gone after Craig Halkett had headed just over the bar at the other end.

And Gers keeper Alan Smith was at fault as the Pars forged ahead when he had only partially-cleared a cross with a two-handed punch.

The loose ball went only as far as Faissal El Bakhtaoui, with the French Moroccan slotting into the far corner.

It wasn’t long before the Light Blues were level, with Burrows doing really well to make it 1-1.

The striker latched on to a long ball up the line and with Athletic keeper Ryan Goodfellow favourite to get there first, he was beaten to it by the Jersey-born striker.

With Goodfellow stranded, Burrows lifted over him and into the net with a well-measured finish.

Back came Dunfermline though and they were back in front again on the 19-minute mark, with El Bakhtaoui on the mark again.

This time his finish was more impressive as he volleyed in from the edge of the area after Scott Mercer’s free kick wasn’t dealt with properly.

But just as Rangers had responded within four minutes before, they did so again and they restored parity with barely a quarter of the game gone.

Gasparotto was the scorer, forcing the ball over the line despite Goodfellow’s best efforts to keep it out after Walsh’s floated free kick was knocked down.

Walsh then got in on the act himself with an emphatic finish to give an advantage for the first time.

Calum Gallagher had been really unfortunate to see his shot rattle back off the bar and away with Goodfellow beaten.

The rebound fell to Walsh 18 yards out and he shaped superbly to curl a powerful shot into the top corner of the net.

Dunfermline will have rightly felt a touch aggrieved to have trailed at the midway point and this time they were the ones coming back with another excellent effort which made it 3-3.

Gasparotto was penalised for a cynical foul 20 yards out and Stephen Husband stepped up to drill home a fierce low free kick which gave Smith no chance on 58 minutes.

Husband clearly took confidence from that because when another set piece was awarded almost twice the distance out moments later, he tried his luck again.

But while he connected really well once more, his shot was too high this time and a relieved Smith saw it whistle over his upright.

The Pars were in the ascendancy and Jordan Moore’s attempt needed a deflection to divert it away from goal for a corner when it might have sneaked in.

Gers then almost grabbed a fourth against the run of play when substitute Dykes had his shot saved and the loose ball was put over by his fellow replacement Stoney.

With that, the momentum swung back in Rangers’ favour and Kyle McAusland’s curled was saved before Burrows nodded wide.

Stoney put another effort wide and a strong Gasparotto header was held by Goodfellow on the line.

Finally, with 12 minutes to go, Durie’s team’s pressure paid off as it went 4-3 up through Dykes, who tapped in after McKay’s free kick was glanced back across goal.

And Stoney made sure of the points with a good, low finish after being released down the line by Burrows with four minutes remaining.

Scott Gray did pull one back almost immediately but it wasn’t enough to salvage a point and at last the Pars were beaten.

RANGERS: Smith; Sinnamon, Halkett, Gasparotto, Argyriou (Gibson 32); McAusland; Gallagher (Dykes 46), Walsh, Ramsay (Stoney 68), McKay; Burrows.

SUBS NOT USED: Kelly, Pascazio, Mills, Hardie.

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