RANGERS fell to their second defeat in a row after failing to capitalise on second half pressure against Stirling University.
A first half goal from ex-Ger Lauren Doran-Barr sparked Rangers into motion but their efforts couldn’t find the back of the net before Stirling University’s Beth McKay unleashed a powerful long-range effort to seal the points for the home side.
Most of Rangers’ attempts in the first half came through Sarah Robertson and Hayley Sinclair, with the midfield being restricted by the home side’s defence.
Clare Gemmell chipped the ball over the top of the Stirling back line and Robertson timed her run perfectly, but the ball bobbled awkwardly on the pitch and bounced favourably for Chloe Logan in the Stirling goal.
Robertson and Sinclair continued to work together, both creating chances for each other. Robertson won the ball on the left wing and dashed forward, she layed off the ball to Sinclair but her shot was ultimately straight at Logan.
Moments later, Sinclair looked to turn provider as she made a gut busting run to the by line, beating Demi Falconer and flashing the ball across the face of goal but Robertson couldn’t connect at the back post.
Despite Rangers pressure through the flanks, Stirling began to push back as the game approached the half hour mark and after a warning free kick from McKay, Doran-Barr scored the opener.
The ball was played forward and Doran-Barr slipped past Coakley and Gallon, beating the offside trap, and slotted home past Baillie.
Rangers searched for the equaliser straight away, Gemmell trying something similar to Doran-barr as she found herself high up the park. The Rangers’ captain was flagged offside and her side entered the break a goal down.
Rangers came out in the second half fighting and won a free kick almost instantly. Rebecca Galbraith fouled Sinclair and Rangers had the chance to push forward. The free kick came to nothing but it spurred the light blues on.
Amy Muir made a darting run up the right channel and won a corner. Gemmell stood over it and whipped it into the back post but the on coming Lauren Gallon couldn’t make the connection.
On the hour mark, Rangers made their first change with Carla Boyce replacing Sinclair. The substitute made an instant impact as she played the ball down the touchline to Robertson. The striker cut inside and went to take the shot but Stirling cleared a croner.
Boyce continued to try and get the ball into the box, producing some excellent long throws into dangerous areas but Rangers couldn’t crack the Stirling defence.
Despite Rangers’ effort to find the equaliser, they were dealt a blow with 10 minutes to play. After already showing how dangerous she was from free kicks, McKay found herself in space on the left wing 25 yards out. McKay had enough time to steady herself and take the shot, looping over Baillie and into the net.
Rangers continued to try and get into the Stirling box, Boyce coming closest to scoring after the ball fell to her in space but the shot was blocked at the back post as Stirling’s defence tightened.
Rangers were unable to breakdown the defence and the game finished Stirling University 2-0 Rangers.
Rangers next match is against Glasgow City at New Tinto park, on Thursday 17th May, kick off at 8pm.