RECAP: RANGERS 6 - 1 MOTHERWELL
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
DaMarcus Beasley scored for the second match in a row capping off a festival of goals for Rangers who had no trouble with visiting Motherwell on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Beasley got the starting nod from head coach Walter Smith for the fourth match in a row and justly rewarded the head man with another solid effort from the right midfielding spot which also included an assist in addition to his strike.

Fellow American Maurice Edu did not take part as he nears his complete recovery from knee surgery.

Rangers' Kenny Miller continued his goal scoring ways and put the hosts on the board first in the fifth minute when he curled in a shot that glanced off the post and into the back of the net.

The Glasgow club had numerous chances to add a second during the first half including a 20th minute left-footed shot from Beasley that was saved by the Motherwell goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Six minutes after halftime, the Light Blues were finally able to double the margin and started with an attack by the Indiana native who fed a ball down the right side to Steven Davis who then expertly crossed to team leading scorer Kris Boyd who tapped the ball in with his right foot for the goal.

Just five minutes later Miller got back into the act with his second goal of the match when he received a long ball in from Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra and went around Ruddy before sliding in his shot.

Motherwell avoided the shutout with a goal in the 67th minute as Shaun Hutchinson smacked a header past newly healthy primary goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Seven minutes later, Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty scored a goal of his own when Kirk Broadfoot unselfishly played a ball over to the lanky Lafferty who had an empty net from just a couple yards away.

Beasley notched his second goal in as many games in the 84th minute when he gathered in a pass from Miller down the right side and slipped a shot under Ruddy.

The former PSV Eindhoven man capped off his stellar day with a last minute assist to Lafferty to complete the thrashing.

The win keeps Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League standings with a date versus Hibernian next up for Beasley and company.
phil
Sunday December 20, 2009 9:08 am
I have been a harsh critic of Beasely as well, but am happy to say that it looks like I stand corrected. Player form rises and falls, and when a player hits a rough patch they can come back. When DMB plays well he is of international quality. He's earned back his starting spot at Rangers and has been consistently performing--and scoring. He should get at least an invite back to a USMNT camp.

If he keeps this consistency he could either become a tremendous sub asset or even start at right MF, which would free Dempsey to move into the forward spot with Altidore (assuming CD9 does not come back in time).

Now if only Davies, Onyewu, Jones and Edu would get match fit already... all of the sudden we'd have depth!
Parrot
Sunday December 20, 2009 7:57 am
As a rangers season ticket holder it's great to see beasley finally put in the performances we know he can, however they are for the wrong reasons. You should want to play for rangers for the pride of the shirt not to make SA next year. Can't wait to see Mo Edu back in the coming weeks he really started to show huge talent toward the tail end of last year.
Nick
Saturday December 19, 2009 5:51 pm
I've been a harsh critic of Beasley for the past few years and would love to be proven wrong about him but lets be honest...he scored the 5th goal in a 6-1 thrashing of Motherwell. Sorry but I'm still skeptical that he's ready to contribute at the international level again.
Desi
Saturday December 19, 2009 5:47 pm
Clearly I was referring to league play. But since you brought it up, in that game against Valencia - by far the best team he played against - he was awful and got yanked at half time.
brian
Saturday December 19, 2009 5:19 pm
Actually one of the four games was in the champions league so check your facts. Secondly, he is doing this against top European competition which is far more than what you're doing. He's doing everything that is asked of him and I'm thrilled to see him back in form because this gives us another dimension on the US team
Drew
Saturday December 19, 2009 4:49 pm
Hibs are good, though. A good game next weekend would tell us alot. Playing 80 minutes for Rangers is solid.
dude
Saturday December 19, 2009 4:48 pm
I thoroughly wish Beasley was a becoming a different person. But unfortunately, I still believe his run of form will last only until he has got himself firmly back in the national team. It's just who he is, and his words in the press have indicated he is trying to prove a point rather than trying to stabilize his loopy career.

That said, please keep it up and make me eat my words, because not much else is developing on the offensive front.
Desi
Saturday December 19, 2009 4:42 pm
While it's nice and all that Beasley is actually doing something, these four games have been against Falkirk, St. Johnstone, Dundee United and Motherwell. None of these four teams would even make the MLS playoffs. I'm not impressed.
The Beagle
Saturday December 19, 2009 4:30 pm
Beasley is rising like a phoenix all of the sudden.
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