Youngsters Rue Missed Chances

Rangers 17/19’s 0 Clyde 19’s 2

A young Rangers side failed to take any of a series of chances in tonight’s friendly at Murray Park. A goal in each half saw Clyde’s under 19’s make the most of fewer opportunities.

Clyde took the lead in the 1st minute, when a long ball saw some hesitation between the central defence and keeper and the vistor’s centre forward nipped in to score. Rangers first chance came on 15 minutes, a long clearance from Grant Adam was chased by Isa Bagci who looked to have lobbed the keeper, but he managed to get back in time to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.

A couple of minutes later great play from Kyle McAusland created a good opening, just when it looked like he must score he blazed the ball over. On 20 mins a good run from Gordon Dick was brought to a halt with a foul at the edge of the box. He took the free kick himself and forced the keeper to tip over. From the corner the trialist central defender had a chance but headed straight at the keeper.

Clyde went straight up the other end and their N0 7 missed a great opportunity, shooting well wide when he should really have hit the target.  A few minutes later and another long ball gave the Clyde centre forward a chance to shoot, this time Grant Adam saved comfortably. A minute later only a last ditch challenge by Scott Durie prevented a goal when Grant Adam failed to gather.

Eight minutes from half time a good passing move gave Gordon Dick a chance but he shot over.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Clyde 1

Rangers first chance of the second half came from a Gordon Dick free-kick, which the keeper saved easily. On 54 minutes Clyde went two up, a ball wide on the right was picked up by Clyde No. 11 who cut inside and knocked it past the advancing Adam.

Rangers almost got a goal back 5 minutes later, a good run and cutback by Gregg Wylde was almost forced home by trialist substitute but was deflected behind for a corner. The next chance came from the other side, with Scott Durie’s cutback eventually falling to Max Wright, who was denied by a great save at the expense of a corner. The corner was headed clear to the edge of the box where Gregg Wylde advanced to shoot narrowly over.

Chances were now coming at regular intervals, first Gordon Dick was denied when the keeper saved to his left. Then good work by the trialist put Max Wright through, he looked certain to score, but the keeper produced another great save.

With 10 minutes remaining Max Wright slipped a ball through and the keeper came rushing out to save bravely at the feet of the trialist striker. Max Wright then had a chance from a Gregg Wylde corner but headed tamely straight at the keeper.

With 2 minutes left Max Wright played a one-two with Gordon Dick, only to then see his goal bound shot deflected wide. It was not going to be Rangers night when from McGeough’s resultant corner Gordon Dick headed against the post with the keeper beaten.

Full Time :- Rangers 0 Clyde 2

A disappointing scoreline, but an opportunity to get  a game for a few who haven’t been playing recently and a test for the under 17’s stepping up to the physical challenge of the older age group.

Rangers Lineup:- Grant Adam; Rhys McCabe, Trialist, Scott Durie, Micheal Noble (Trialist 46 mins); Max Wright, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Andrew Milne (Gregg Wylde 25 mins); Kyle McAusland, Isa Bagci.

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