Archive for May, 2009

Ibrox Youngsters Net For Scots

May 28, 2009

Scoland 2 Slovakia 1

Goals from Stephen Stirling and Jamie Ness gave Scotland a perfect start in their Elite Qualifying round for the European Under 19’s Championships.

Trailing to Spartak Trnava’s Martin Guldan’s first half penalty Scotland equalised from the spot through Rangers Stephen Stirling. Scotland’s winner came midway through the second half when Rangers Jamie Ness volleyed home from 15 yards.

Team line as follows: Michael Andrews(Falkirk), Johnathan Brown (Hearts), Ross Perry (Rangers), Danny Wilson (Rangers), Callum Booth (Hibs); David Wotherspoon (Hibs), Stephen Stirling (Rangers), Jamie Ness (Rangers), John Fleck (Rangers); Johnny Russell (Dundee United), Leigh Griffiths (Livingston).

Subs:- Alex McDonald(Burnley,For Russell 57 mins), Craig King (Leicester City, For Griffiths 73mins), Lee Currie (Hibs for Ness 88mins).

Not Used:- Mark Ridgers (Hearts), Paul Hanlon (Hibs), Bradden Inman (Newcastle United, Jim Forrest (Celtic).

In the group’s other game England beat Bosnia 2-0, with a “Ranger” scoring here too, Newcastle United’s striker Nile Ranger netting the second goal. The first having been scored by Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Scotland’s next game is on Friday, when they take on Bosnia at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, Kick-Off 7pm.

Comfortable Win for 13’s over Dumbarton

May 14, 2009

Rangers (13’s) 6 Dumbarton (14’s) 0

Tonight was an opportunity to taken in and report on one of the younger teams as Rangers under 13’s took on the under 14’s from Dumabarton.  The Murray Park youngsters ran out comfortable winners in a game played over three 30 minute periods.

The Rangers squad was as follows:-

Liam Kelly(GK);

Defenders :- Brett Ward, Johnny Russell, Jack Baird, Lewis Martin, Ryan Sinnamon, Neil McPherson, Liam Smith.

Midfielders :- Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Lewis Spence, Lewis Morgan, Mark Filshie, Jordan O’Donnell.

Strikers:- Trialist (No 4), Danny Stoney, Robbie Buchanan, Andy Kay, Trialist (No. 22).

Rangers took the lead early in the first period when the Trialist No.22 got to the byline on the left and his cut back left Trialist No.4 with a simple tap in. The second came midway through the opening period, Jordan O’Donnell’s corner from the right was volley home at the back post by Jack Baird.

Just before the end of the period Rangers added a third, Lewis Morgan did well on the right and found Tom Walsh in centre midfield, he made a great pass inside the right full back and Jordan O’Donnell made it 3-0.

Two further goals were added in the second period, first the two Trialists combined and this time Trialist No.4 returned the favour and set up Trialist No 22 for an easy goal. The great work down the right by Mark Filshie took him past two defenders and Danny Stoney converted his cut back.

In the final period great work again by Mark Filshie set up Robbie Buchanan to complete the scoring. It was a good way to spend a nice spring evening and a wee change to be able to report on one of the younger teams.

15/16’s Friendly Win Over Clyde

May 12, 2009

Rangers 6 Clyde 3

A side made up of under 15’s and 16’s took on a slightly older Clyde team at Murray Park tonight. In a high scoring game Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

Clyde were first to threaten and Blair Currie made a fine save from close range on 7 minutes. Ten minutes later Rangers trialist striker broke down the right and out muscled the Clyde defender, his cut back was met by Nicky Main who knocked the ball just wide of the post.

On 21 minutes Clyde striker was clean through and Blair Currie came out to narrow the angle and make a fine save. Four minutes later Clyde took the lead, a free kick from out on the left touchline was crossed deep into the penalty area and was misjudged by keeper Blair Currie and end up in the back of the net.

Their lead was short lived when three minutes later Frankie Owens broke forward and fed Anthony Meringhi who’s excellent cross was knocked home by Trialist No. 10. A minute later good work on the right by Gregor Fotheringham and Lewis McLeod saw the Clyde keeper save at the feet of the Trialist striker at the expense of a corner.

On 35 minutes Rangers took the lead, following a corner from the left the ball was played back into the box and collected by Murray Wallace who passed across the 18 yard box to Lewis McLeod who made no mistake with a cool finish. Good play down the right by McLeod then set up a chance for Robbie Crawford, but he was denied by a fine diving save.

Five minutes before half-time Rangers extended their lead, the trialist striker made his way down the left and his cut back from the byline was knocked home by Lewis McLeod.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Clyde 1

After a quiet start to the second half Clyde pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on 59 minutes. Their striker made progress down the left and as he made his way into the box he was brought down by Scott Rumsby, the well taken penalty gave keeper Currie no chance.

Almost immediately Rangers restored their two goal lead, Robbie Crawford playing the Trialist No. 10 through the inside right channel to slot home. The same combination produced a fifth goal two minutes later, this time Crawford’s pass was through the inside left channel for the Trialist No.10 to beat the keeper.

Next chance came when Owens broke forward and his pass across the 18 yard box found McLeod who’s shot brought out a fine diving save. With 20 minutes remaining Fotheringham released McLeod on the right, his cut back was miss hit by Mark Taylor but looped over the keeper and came back off the crossbar.

On 78 minutes the Clyde keeper denied Taylor from a tight angle when he dribbled along the byline. Clyde were still battling on and pulled a goal back two minutes later, they broke through on the right and Currie could only parry leaving the striker with a simple tap in.

Back to the other end and an own goal restored Rangers three goal margin, Meringhi’s dangerous corner from the right was knocked into his own net by the Clyde defender trying to clear.

With four minutes remaining an audacious chip from Taylor came back of the crossbar, it was collected by Crawford who tried his luck with a similar effort which was tipped over by the Clyde keeper.

Rangers :- Blair Currie; Gregor Fotheringham, Scott Rumsby, Murray Wallace, Frankie Owens (Blair Smith 77mins); Lewis McLeod (Trialist 83 mins), Robbie Crawford, Nicky Main, Anthony Meringhi; Trialist, Mark Taylor.

Glasgow Cup Victory For Under 17’s

May 12, 2009

Rangers 2 Celtic 1

A man of the match performance from Kane Hemmings gave Alan Kernaghan’s under 17’s victory in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Final against their Old Firm rivals. They almost took the lead in the 3rd minute, good play on the left by Kal Naismith set up Max Wright and only the right foot of Celtic keeper Robbie Thomson prevented a goal at the expense of a corner.

On 9 minutes Rangers threatened again when a long throw from Kane Hemmings broke to Rhys McCabe and his goal bound shot was deflected wide. From the resultant Dylan McGeough corner the ball was headed back across goal by Chris Scott and Kal Naismith only just failed to force it home at the keeper’s right hand post.

Following a period of midfield stalemate Rangers took the lead on 31 minutes. Kane Hemmings was sent clear by Max Wright, keeper Thomson did well to block is effort, but it rebounded off the onrushing defender Matty Hughes and was about to cross the line for an own goal but Hemming was on hand to help it on its way and claim the opener. Eight minutes later keeper Thomson had to rush from his line to save at the feet of  Wright as he raced on to a McCabe through ball.

Five minutes from the break Celtic equalised with their first real effort at goal. A free kick out of the left touchline was crossed to the edge of the box by Jordan Lowdon where it was headed on by Hughes to James Keatings who headed past Gary Inglis.

Half Time Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Rangers took the lead in the first minute of the second half with a superb goal. A long clearance from Gary Inglis was brilliantly controlled by Kane Hemmings, he held off the attentions of defender Hughes and played the ball to Kal Naismith, Naismith got to the byline and his cross was met on the volley by Kane Hemmings which gave keeper Thomson no chance as it found the net of the underside of the bar.

Only a fine double save from Thomson a minute later prevented Rangers extending their lead. A corner from Naismith was headed back out to him and his cross was met by the head of Rhys McCabe which was blocked by the keeper, Darren Cole then set up Max Wright but Thomson made a fine diving save to his left. Ten minutes later a free kick out on the left was sent into the box by Gordon Dick broke to Chris Scott who’s goal bound shot was deflected past.

Celtic were struggling to cope with the pace and power of Hemmings and on 65 minutes he broke down the left and his ball into the box was met by Dylan McGeough and was deflected for another corner by the legs of keeper Thomson. Rangers had plenty chances to make the game save and another came along with seven minutes remaining. The two substitues combined when Kyle McAusland’s great turn on the right set him free his cut back was miss hit by Cristiano Kisuka but it almost looped over keeper Thomson who was forced to tip over.

As time was running out Celtic had a bit more possesion but failed to create any real opportunities and only a coner from the right had Gary Inglis under any pressure but the Rangers keeper punched clear and the Ibrox youngsters held out for a well deserved victory.

Rangers 2 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Gary Inglis; Ewan McNeil, Chris Scott, Darren Cole, Andy Milne; Dylan McGeough, Gordon Dick, Rhys McCabe, Kal Naismith; Max Wright (Cristiano Kisuka 64mins), Kane Hemmings (Kyle McAusland 80 mins).

Not Used:- Blair Currie, Murray Wallace, Nicky Main, Anthony Meringhi, Robbie Crawford.

Celtic:- Robbie Thomson; Lewis Toshney, Matty Hughes, Grant Mosson (John Young 64mins), Jordan Lowdon; Callum McGregor, Stephen McDonnell, Callum Bagshaw ( Islam Feruz 64mins), Keiran Brennan; John Marsden (Laurie Donald 84mins), James Keatings.

Not Used:- Connor Fairley, Kieran McDonald, Michael Lynch.

Disappointing Finale For Youths

May 11, 2009

Inverness CT 2 Rangers 0

It was a disappointing result and performance for the under19’s in their final league game. I was unabe to attend due to other commitments so the report is a bit limited. The Ibrox youngsters failed to recover from the loss of two goals in the opening five minutes.

A double from Stuart Leslie gave the home side all three points, his first a right foot shot after 3 minutes and he doubled the highlanders lead with a header two minutes later.

Full Time:- Inverness CT 2 Rangers 0

Inverness CT:- Keiran Wilson; Struan Scott-Woodhouse, Shaun Porter, Michael Finnis, Graeme Shinnie; Stuart Leslie, Matthew Hemsley, Connor Rennie, Nicky Ross; Shane Sutherland, Kevin Fraser (?? Armstrong).

Not Used:- Shaun Carroll, David Chambers.

Rangers:- Arturs Vailculis; Scott Durie, Ross Perry, Chris Scott, Darren Cole (Gordon Dick); Gregg Wylde, Steven Forbes, Jamie Ness, Kal Naismith ( Rhys McCabe); Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings (Max Wright).

Not Used:- Gary Inglis, Dylan McGeough, Andy Milne.