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Chris Geddes hails University’s ‘complete performance’ in Rangers B rout

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The University of Stirling men’s football team made it four Lowland League wins from four on Saturday with a stunning 4-0 win over Rangers B.

The Glasgow giants sit almost 30 points ahead in fourth place but were shocked by a clinical Uni side who cruised to victory at Forthbank.

First-half goals from Scott McArthur and Conor Doan handed the hosts a comfortable lead heading into the break.

Rangers looked most like scoring first in the second half but Jamie Penker extended Stirling’s lead after excellent work from James Stokes, before Euan McGill grabbed a late fourth.

University of Stirling head coach Chris Geddes said post-match: “I’m over the moon, and the boys are delighted. It was a tough game, the score line will say it wasn’t but everyone here knew it was tough.

“We had to keep our shape and throw ourselves in front of things at times and Ben made some really good saves, but we were clinical and that killed the game. It’s a great win for us, I don’t know how many teams have taken four off the old firm teams this year.

“When you play these teams, you need all of your individual players to play well, and we did that. We got a complete performance and that contributed to getting four goals and a clean sheet.

“We’ve got five or six games left now and they’re all against teams we feel we can get something against. It’s great to beat a team like Rangers 4-0 moving into a cup final on Wednesday, so I’m delighted.”

The colts expectedly enjoyed plenty of possession early on but did not trouble Geddes’ side in the opening exchanges.

The University looked as comfortable defending as the forwards did at the other end and after 20 minutes took the lead.

A productive Jason Jarvis found Scott McArthur on the right, who cut into the box past two defenders and slotted past Aaron Cervantes in the Rangers goal.

Conor Doan was the next midfielder to get on the scoresheet. A pinpoint corner from Jarvis caused the Gers defence problems and Doan was on hand to tuck away the loose ball.

Stirling were forced into defending well in the second half as the visitors came out firing. Ben Fry was called upon twice with two great saves before Penker compiled more misery on the young Gers.

The striker was in the right place at the right time to tap home on 50 minutes after excellent work from James Stokes.

And with a minute left Euan McGill capped a fine team performance, as the ball broke to the substitute on the edge of the box before coolly finding the far corner.

The win leaves The Uni 13th in the Lowland League table, two points ahead of Broomhill below.

Featured image credit – Rangers FC

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