ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Maurice Edu picked up an assist as Rangers put three past Motherwell while Dominic Cervi and Greenock Morton came from behind in Scottish action.
Rangers 3 - 0 Motherwell
Ally McCoist got the exact result he wanted as Carlos Bocanegra and company won big at home against Motherwell.
Maurice Edu was reinstated to the starting line up as the Gers went on to win comfortably, despite sensational goalscorer Nikica Jelavic being ruled out through injury. To make matters worth back up goalscorer Kyle Lafferty pulled up with a strain just nine minutes in, making way for John Fleck.
The goal came in the 35th minute through David Healy who had already had a few chances go begging, including a header that bounced up and over the crossbar. Edu was the difference maker as the American slotted the striker through and Healy turned to score from six yards out.
Sone Aluko started to come into his own in the second half and nearly handed Bocanegra a goal, only for the American's header to be cleared off the line off of a corner kick. Aluko eventually got his just rewards after being picked out by Healy. The Gers new boy doubled their lead which was his first goal for his new club, scoring in the 55th minute.
Aluko tried his luck again in the 73rd minute but Well keeper Darren Randolph pushed his effort back into the field of play. Lee Wallace was on hand to fire goalwards, but his shot was deflected in by Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan who was credited for the own gaol.
Edu picked up a yellow card along with Rangers player Jordan McMillan, while Steven Hammell picked up the lone card for Motherwell.
Rangers turn around and play Arbroath on Sunday in the Scottish Cup.
Greenock Morton 3 - 1 Ayr United
Dominic Cervi and Greenock Morton picked up another massive win on Monday against Ayr United.
The game means Morton have won back-to-back games and are tied for fifth place. Cervi and company were up against it from the off as United scored in the 19th minute, but were able to bounce back to put together a solid performance.
Ayr striker MIchael Moffat drew first blood at Cappielow Park. Michael McGowan proved to be one of Ayr's most dangerous players, and he turned provider to Moffat who got the scoring started from close range.
McGowan tested Cervi multiple times throughout the game, but the American keeper was equal to everything English midfielder threw at him. Morton got the equalizer at a crucial moment, just one minute before the half time whistle. David O'Brien took the honors of kicking off Morton's come back as the goal scorer converted through Archie Campbell's cross from six yards out.
Two opportunities went begging for Campbell before finally getting on the score sheet himself. The game winning goal in the 63rd minute. Alone in the box Campbell was able to shape his shot as he sent his effort into the top corner from 12 yards out.
With the game entering the final minutes Paul Di Giacomo added the insurance goal to make sure Morton walked away with all three points in front of their home fans. Morton's Andrew Graham and Darren McGeouch were both booked in the game.
Ayr had a slue of players booked in Moffat, McGowan, John Robertson, Alan Trouten, and Gareth Wardlaw.
Up next for Morton is a Saturday match up with Raith in the Scottish FA Cup.