Rangers Reserves 4-0 Gateshead Reserves
Gateshead reserves faced a Glasgow Rangers side containing no fewer than seven full internationals at the SPL giants impressive training complex today.
The Tynesiders gave a good account of themselves against their star studded hosts but succumbed to two goals in each half to lose 4-0.
On loan Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was again impressive between the posts and defender Ewan Moyes put in a good shift back in his native Scotland.
On a hot afternoon against such a strong Rangers side it was no surprise that Gateshead's second string struggled to create openings.
There was, however, no lack of endeavour and commitment and it was another great work out, just as the previous game at Premier League Sunderland had been.
"It was a great experience for the lads," said assistant manager Terry Mitchell "and we gave a very strong Rangers side a really competitive game.
"We would have liked to have tested their keeper more but you have to look at the quality of the opposition we faced.
"It is a compliment to Gateshead that Rangers put out such a strong side and it was a great work out for us.
"James Marwood got his first 45 minutes of the season in and was nice and bright while Jak Alnwick again did well in goal.
"Ewan Moyes was solid at the back and Newcastle defender Lee Toland, who guested for us, was impressive at left back.
"The players worked their socks off and Rangers reserves manager Tommy Wilson was complimentary about the way we played."
Rangers are likely to return the compliment by sending a side to Gateshead and Tynesiders chairman Graham Wood was delighted with the link up.
"Rangers got in touch with us asking for a game and it shows how far we have come that a club of Rangers stature believe Gateshead are worthy opponents.
"We have now played Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United and Middlesbrough's reserves side over the past year or so and it's great for the club."
As well as seven full internationals Rangers starting X1 included another four under 21 internationals.
Lee McCulloch opened the scoring from the edge of the box on 11 minutes after clever play from Alejandro Bedoya.
David Healy hit the post but then scored the Gers second just before half-time.
Matt McKay found the net with an edge of the box volley after 75 minutes and then, after Craig Baxter had blocked Bedoya's shot, McKay scored his second and Rangers fourth.
Rangers Res: Adam; Broadfoot (Cole 60), Perry, Weir (McMillan 46), Wallace (Kerkar 46); Bedoya, McCulloch (Mitchell 60), Ness (McCabe 46), McKay; Healy (Hegarty 60), Fleck.
Gateshead Res: Alnwick, Baxter, Toland, Moyes, Lay (Berj 62), Fisher, Briggs, Nix (Marwood 46), Brittain, Mulligan, Danquah (Marshall 62)
. Gateshead's U.19s meanwhile opened their Football Conference Youth Alliance home campaign with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City.
Alex Osborne gave the Blues a 13th minute lead but Gateshead sub Michael Sweet equalised nine minutes from time.
Ewan Moyes. Photos by Rangers FC.