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Queens Park went into their game against Rangers with nothing to lose and it was QP's Brian Swales that took the first attempt at goal and it was a chip pass from Tom Randles who found Geoff Taylor unmarked on the edge of the penalty area who hit the ball with such force that it hit the underside of the cross bar and bounced back out, but the referee decided it was a goal as it crossed the line.
With Alan Gurney at captain did not let his team cave in as they have in previous encounters and made his team face the gauntlet and within a short time had Rangers in trouble. A great save by Daryll Shepherd from another bullet shot by Taylor inspired the team and a move that included at least eight QP players saw Guido Beullens get his head to a flying ball and just sent it past the uprights, and soon after a Gary Rose header also went away.
Rangers struck back with John Oliver driving his forwards on to kicking long floating balls into QP territory, it was only the tight defence and the skill of QP goalie, John Hunter that stopped another goal.
A long ball by John Hunter was chased by Ken Cresswell with the Rangers defence right beside him, but Cresswell managed to gain better speed at a crucial time and caught Ranger's keeper Nicky Oorschot by surprise and Cresswell waited with great paitence for Oorschot to get closer to the ball and then he kicked the ball right under him to score a great goal.
In the 7oth minute Goudie was injured and replaced by Steve Hutchby who didnt waste anytime to get into the game and sent Cresswell down the line and sent the ball across the face of the goal which Oorschot dropped but unfortunately there was no-one there to gather it.
In the 80th minute QP slipped up on defence leaving Geoff Taylor unmarked and supporters held their breath waiting for the ball to go into the goal but it thundered over the upright, this frustrated the Rangers and their coach who had to be spoken to sternly by the referee. A draw was a fair indication but QP could have won if they had an ounce of luck their way
Reference: The Southland Times July 1975.
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