Saturday, December 19, 2009
DaMarcus Beasley scored for the second match in a row capping off a festival of goals for Rangers who had no trouble with visiting Motherwell on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Beasley got the starting nod from head coach Walter Smith for the fourth match in a row and justly rewarded the head man with another solid effort from the right midfielding spot which also included an assist in addition to his strike.
Fellow American Maurice Edu did not take part as he nears his complete recovery from knee surgery.
Rangers' Kenny Miller continued his goal scoring ways and put the hosts on the board first in the fifth minute when he curled in a shot that glanced off the post and into the back of the net.
The Glasgow club had numerous chances to add a second during the first half including a 20th minute left-footed shot from Beasley that was saved by the Motherwell goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Six minutes after halftime, the Light Blues were finally able to double the margin and started with an attack by the Indiana native who fed a ball down the right side to Steven Davis who then expertly crossed to team leading scorer Kris Boyd who tapped the ball in with his right foot for the goal.
Just five minutes later Miller got back into the act with his second goal of the match when he received a long ball in from Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra and went around Ruddy before sliding in his shot.
Motherwell avoided the shutout with a goal in the 67th minute as Shaun Hutchinson smacked a header past newly healthy primary goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Seven minutes later, Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty scored a goal of his own when Kirk Broadfoot unselfishly played a ball over to the lanky Lafferty who had an empty net from just a couple yards away.
Beasley notched his second goal in as many games in the 84th minute when he gathered in a pass from Miller down the right side and slipped a shot under Ruddy.
The former PSV Eindhoven man capped off his stellar day with a last minute assist to Lafferty to complete the thrashing.
The win keeps Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League standings with a date versus Hibernian next up for Beasley and company.