ANDREW VORCE - Monday, May 2, 2011
Maurice Edu and Rangers showed no mercy at Motherwell as they top the Scottish Premier League after their demolition at the weekend.
Fir Park Stadium was the venue as Kyle Lafferty opened the scoring just 18 minutes in. Motherwell broke down and Lafferty was allowed to run straight into the penalty area with possession. Darren Randlolph tried to close down the striker but Lafferty would not be denied, rounding the keeper and finishing past the player on the line.
Rangers doubled their lead in the 51st minute as Randolph initially denied Steven Naismith's shot. Naismith's falling shot was parried at the front post but it was pushed straight back into the area but Steven Davis tucked his shot into the far post.
Rangers made it three in the 64th minute when Sasa Papac was allowed the space to cross after being released down the left flank. Papac picked his head up to spot the run of Nikica Jelavic who was generally unmarked at the back post for the easy header home.
Naismith finally got onto the scoresheet in the 76th minute after a clever one-two with Gregg Sylde. Naismith was released into a pocket of space before blasting a 20 yard shot past Randolph, leaving the keeper no chance. Naismith completed the massacre with an absolutely beautiful outside of the boot shot into the top far corner in the 90th minute from a very difficult angle.
Lafferty was the only Gers player booked while Mothwell had Gavin Gunning, Francis Jeffers, and Steve Jones all booked. Rangers are on top of the Scottish Premier League by one point, however Celtic should still take the title should they win out as they hold a game in hand over their Glasgow rivals.