RANGERS have stormed into the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens after a sensational 3-1 win over English Premiership giants Manchester City.

Brilliant goals from Robbie Crawford, Andy Murdoch and a cool Charlie Telfer penalty put City to the sword in some style.

It was a superb performance from Ian Durrant’s boys who were superior throughout the game against one of the best youth academy sides in the world.

Durrant had been confident that his talented squad could do well in the quarter-final but even he must have been surprised by how well they won the game.

The youngsters got the dream start when skipper Robbie Crawford fired them ahead 30 seconds into the game with a terrific right foot finish after a sweeping move down the right side.

It gave Rangers the belief they could go and win the game and their possession was excellent as they failed to let City dictate the play.

However, the English side grabbed an equaliser just before half-time when Jack Byrne drilled in a right foot shot in what was their only real chance of the game.

The kids did not feel sorry for themselves as they came back out for the second half and they regained their lead early with a wonderful goal from Andy Murdoch.

Kyle McAusland had broken from the back and squared the ball to Murdoch on the edge of the City box and Murdoch clipped a delightful left foot shot which dipped over the keeper to put Rangers 2-1 up.

Jamie Burrows and Charlie Telfer were brought on for Tom Walsh and Fraser Aird and Burrows had a glorious double chance to seal the win.

He was one on one with keeper Angus Gunn but the City kid made a brilliant block with his head outside of his box. The Burrows was in again and for the second time Gunn saved this time with his legs.

Time was the enemy for City and Rangers were going to see the game out when they won a penalty with just seconds remaining.

Telfer, whose ability on the ball is a joy to behold, was barged in the box by James Hardy and grabbed the ball to take the spot kick himself.

With a bit of swagger he sent keeper Gunn the wrong way to make it 3-1 for Rangers and absolutely seal a slot in the last four.

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