Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (6-1 agg): Miserable Gers miss out on promotion to Scottish Premiership

first_img1 Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas reacts after he deflected in both of Motherwell’s first two goals Rangers missed out on a third successive promotion, and a long-awaited return to the Scottish Premiership, as play-off final rivals Motherwell completed an emphatic 6-1 aggregate victory at Fir Park.Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at Ibrox left Stuart McCall’s team needing a miracle in the second leg.But strikes from Marvin Johnson and Lionel Ainsworth – both of which deflected off Gers defender Marius Zaliukas – and a late John Sutton penalty ensured Rangers’ lower-league nightmare will go on for at least another year, despite having Scotland’s second biggest budget.Their were shameful scenes at the end as Gers substitute Bilel Mohsni threw punches and kicks at Motherwell’s Lee Erwin, sparking a mass brawl.Home supporters also flooded onto the pitch to taunt the visiting fans despite several warnings to remain in their seats.McCall was back at his old workplace for the first time quitting as Motherwell boss last November but his return could not have ended any worse, with his hopes of landing the Ibrox job he has held on an interim basis since March appearing to be in tatters.The Light Blues knew they were seriously up against it after their first-leg collapse, and the visitors knew they had to set the pace as they chased a lifeline.Kris Boyd was on the end of his side’s first chance two and a half minutes in but headed straight at George Long, while Well defender Stevie Hammell had to scramble clear after Lee Wallace caused some panic with a long throw.But the Ibrox side struggled to maintain their early tempo and Motherwell, growing in confidence, had chances to kill the tie stone dead before a goalkeeping howler from Cammy Bell saw the hosts finally break the deadlock seven minutes into the second half.Former Kiddieminster Harriers player Johnson’s strong effort looped off a luckless Zaliukas but it was Bell who was at fault for the goal, the goalkeeper mistiming his punch to instead bat the ball into his own net, when he looked well placed to gather.And there was worse to come after 70 minutes. Johnson’s pace again proved the difference as he outstripped Nicky Law before squaring to Ainsworth, whose low shot skipped up off Zaliukas to wrong-foot Bell for a second time.Well were in a party mood by the time Erwin won a stoppage-time penalty after tricking Wallace into a rash penalty, with Sutton tucking away the spot-kick.But there was drama to follow when Mohsni lashed out at Erwin as Gers’ campaign ended in disgrace.last_img read more

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Holiday toy drive expands efforts

first_img“These kids are taking care of their moms, and they don’t have chance to be children,” Markell said. “So to have toys at Christmas time, these kids can be children.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – For the past six years, local volunteer Chris Rodriguez and Uptown Whittier chiropractor Sheila Harrod have held a holiday toy drive for abused children and needy families in East Los Angeles. Harrod waives her co-payments – which range from $10 to $25 – for patients who bring in toys for the Bienvenidos Family Services center in East Los Angeles, while Rodriguez helps distribute them to the center’s children. But this holiday, Rodriguez and Harrod are dreaming bigger. They’re raising toy donations for two additional nonprofit groups – Angel Step Inn in Pico Rivera, and Maryvale in Rosemead. “These children are going through hard times. They can’t fend for themselves,” Rodriguez, 41, said. “Most of these kids, they’ve never had a Christmas. … We’re trying to get them two gifts each this year.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Angel Step Inn serves battered, substance-addicted women and their children, while Maryvale offers residential treatment programs for girls. Bienvenidos Family Services offers support programs for needy families. Rodriguez, a Pico Rivera resident, is soliciting more Whittier doctors to give up their patient fees in exchange for a child’s gift this holiday. Toy drive organizers also need the public’s support to meet their goal of collecting 500 gifts for children. Most donations traditionally come in just before Christmas, but if donations are made sooner, “I know we could get more,” Rodriguez said. The toy drive began this week and will continue through Dec. 23. Organizers are collecting gifts for newborns through teenagers. Lisa Markell, director of public relations at Angel Step Inn, said Christmas gifts will invoke joy in children who have become “parentified.” last_img read more

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