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Peterhead hit for five at Ibrox

Tue 09 Aug 2016


By Glenn Moir


When the draw was made, the Betfred Cup tie against Rangers could not come quickly enough.

But there came a point during this Ibrox encounter when you were wishing it was over.

It was a long and tough night for Peterhead as Mark Warburton's side cruised through to the quarter finals.

The Gers scored five unanswered goals and credit to Graeme Smith, who made a series of saves to keep the score down.

Off the back of Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Alloa in their League 1 opener, the Blue Toon recalled the fit-again Simon Ferry to skipper the side.

Nathan Blockley came in as well, with Jordon Brown and Kevin Dzierzawski dropping down to the bench.

The visitors fell behind in the 19th minute but there was not too much they could have done about it as Niko Kranjcar rifled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

It will have disappointed boss Jim McInally that the second goal in the 35th minute came from a corner his team did not defend properly.

Veteran defender Clint Hill eventually prodded in at the far post, after the ball was trapped beneath his feet, from Kranjcar's delivery.

Trailing by two at the interval, the last thing Peterhead needed was to concede early in the second half. They did.

On loan Celtic youngster Fiacre Kelleher turned the ball into his own net from Michael O'Halloran's byline cross in the 48th minute.

The game was beyond Peterhead by the time Blockley was sent off in the 55th minute, the former Airdrie midfielder given his marching orders for rashly chopping down Joey Barton about 25 yards out.

Almost immediately, the home team added a fourth goal. Again it was Hill from another set-piece, guiding a header beyond Smith from Kranjcar's corner.

In the 65th minute, the Balmoor team fell further behind. Ghanian Joe Dodoo scored his first goal at Ibrox with a near post effort from James Tavernier's cutback.

Peterhead did manage to stop the bleeding in the last part of the match, despite the hosts continuing to pour forward.

It finished 5-0.

A hard shift for Peterhead, who will be pleased to return to Balmoor on Saturday after three tough trips on the road.

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