Templeton inspires Rangers win

David Templeton enjoyed a happier trip to Galabank as Rangers recorded their 11th consecutive Irn-Bru Third Division victory with a 3-1 win at Annan Athletic.

The winger, who was carried off with ankle ligament damage when Rangers drew 0-0 in Annan in September, opened the scoring and helped round it off when his 25-yard strike was deflected home by defender Harry Monaghan.

Robbie Crawford had earlier put Rangers back in front after Ally Love brought Annan level before the break with an almost identical goal to the opener, with his cross sailing straight in.

Rangers took the lead in the 26th minute shortly after Darren Cole's long ball over the top of the home defence put Francisco Sandaza through, and after Alex Mitchell had pushed the Spaniard's shot away from goal.

Templeton, who scored twice against Annan at Ibrox last month, retrieved the ball on the left wing and sliced a left-footed cross that beat Mitchell and nestled in the far corner.

Sandaza missed a glorious chance to open his Rangers account when Templeton's inswinging corner found him unmarked four yards out with the goal gaping. However, the Spaniard's downward header bounced off the surface and up on to the bar and away.

Annan were level in the 35th minute. Love got the better of Cole on the left wing and sent over a left-footed cross from near the touchline that sailed over Neil Alexander's head.

Cole pulled up after making a forward run and was carried off on a stretcher in the 56th minute with Sebastien Faure coming on.

Love soon had a shooting chance but sent a weak effort straight at Alexander before Rangers went ahead in the 63rd minute when Templeton's cross was only half headed clear and Crawford shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Annan sub Blair Currie had a shot blocked and then failed to get enough contact on Monaghan's header to beat Alexander from close range and the game went beyond the hosts in the 83rd minute when Templeton's 25-yard strike took a major deflection off Monaghan and flew high into the net.

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