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Ranger 5 V 2 Clyde (After Extra Time)

Tue, 20th Sep 2005 12:00am

With seventeen minutes left of this tie it was Clyde who were heading for a place in the quarter-finals!

Rangers had gone ahead after five minutes when Nacho Novo spotted Thomas Buffel unmarked inside the box and the Belgian slotted the ball past goalkeeper Paul Jarvie. It was a start to raise the worst fears of the travelling support but Craig Bryson equalised forty-six minutes later to get Clyde back into the tie when Tom Brighton squared the ball into the path of Craig who forced the ball over the line.

Sensationally, Clyde took a 2-1 lead in the seventy-third minute when Stephen O'Donnell scored from the penalty spot when Rangers youngster Lowing made a rash lunge at Robert Harris.

The glimpse of a place in the quarter final draw proved fleeting. Sixty seconds later Thomas Buffel pounced on a Jarvie mistake to score his own and his side's second goal to restore parity.

After ninety minutes it was 2-2, a fantastic achievement for the Bully Wee. Eight minutes into the extra period Rangers' Federico Nieto put the home team ahead after Lovenkrands had chested the ball down to create the chance.

Marvin Andrews then made it 4-2 in the 111th minute and two minutes later Federico Nieto scored his second, and Rangers' fifth. with a header from a Lovenkrands cross. .

That's the way it finished, a 5-2 victory for the holders, but nevertheless a memorable night for all of a Clyde persuasion.