Development Teams Round Up

With various teams starting their pre-season games last weekend I thought it would be a good opportunity to take in a couple of games and report on the younger age groups.

Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 1

The under 17’s took on their counterparts from Hampden at Murray Park on Sunday morning. With Adam Hunter, Michael Noble, Kyle McAusland, Nicky Main and Dylan McGeough away on international duty both sides agreed  that a couple of over age players could be included in each side. The Queen’s Park youngsters were looking to complete an Old Firm double having defeated Celtic 2-1 at Lennoxtown a couple of days earlier.

Rangers were first to threaten when new signing from Hartlepool Steven Hetherington set up Christiano Kisuka and the Queen’s Park keeper made a save low to his left. At the other end a good move down the right gave the visitor’s a chance and Blair Currie made a similar save low to his right.

A poor kick from a pass back gave Rhys McCabe a chance but the keeper recovered to save his shot from the edge of the box at the expense of a corner.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 0

Soon after half time only a goal line clearance prevented Rangers from taking the lead. An Anthony Marenghi corner from the right was met by the head of Christiano Kisuka with the keeper beaten the defender cleared of the line. Around the hour mark the visitor’s keeper made a fine save after a good run and shot from Mark Taylor.

A few minutes later Queen’s Park took the lead, a long clearance sent them clear down the left and the Queen’s player advanced into the box to knock the ball past the advancing Blair Currie to put them ahead, despite a valiant attempt by Frankie Owens to clear on the line.

With 10 minutes remaining Lee Cochrane was sent clear only to be hauled back by the Queen’s Park defender, unfortunately the referee failed to spot it and the danger was cleared. This seemed to spur the Rangers youngsters on and a Marenghi shot from distance was deflected wide.

From the corner taken by the same player the ball was headed out to the edge of the box and the keeper had to pull of a fine save from Mark Taylor’s powerful shot. The goal was only delayed, Marenghi sending Rhys McCabe clear, the midfielder kept his cool and slotted it past the keeper.

The visitor’s goal was now under siege as Rangers sought a winner. Good play down the left by Hetherington and his cut back set up Ewan McNeil who’s power shot beat the keeper only to be cleared off the line. The McNeil burst down the right and his cross into the box broke to Trialist No.16, again the keeper was beaten and again it was cleared of the line.

In the final minute Rangers had one final chance, Lee Cochrane made great progress down the right and his cross to the edge of the box was met on the volley by Rhys McCabe only to see the keeper pull of a stunning save tipping the ball onto the bar from where it rebounded clear.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Ewan McNeil, Scott Rumsby, Trialist N0.4 (Mark Taylor 55mins), Frankie Owens; Lewis McLeod (Lee Cochrane 41mins), Trialist No.6 (Trialist No.16 50mins), Rhys McCabe, Steven Hetherington; Christiano Kisuka, Anthony Marenghi.

On Sunday afternoon the under 13’s and under 15’s had high scoring wins over Stirling Albion’s under 14’s and under 16’s. I took in the under 15’s game as there has been quite a change in this squad over the summer, so it was  a chance to have a look at the new players.

Central defender Stuart Urquhart was recruited from Hamilton Accies, midfielders Darren McGill and Jordan Wilson have joined from Kilmarnock and Falkirk respectively and striker Callum McConnell was signed from St.Johnstone. Full back/midfielder Gordon Young who was with Queen’s Park last season seem likely to be confirmed too.

There are also two new signings from boys club football, central defender Kieran McKenna and striker Willie McCall. All looked good additions but the real test will come against stronger opposition.

It was very comfortable win on the day, Stirling Albion competed well and were still in the game after the first 30 minute period. The longer the game went on the gap between the sides became apparent, with Stuart Urquhart, Darren Ramsay and Charlie Telfer being the standouts.

The Squad that took part was as follows

Liam Kelly, Dylan Dykes, Kieran McKenna, Stuart Urquhart, Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill, Darren Ramsay, Jordan Wilson, Calum McConnell, Charlie Telfer, Willie McCall, Gordon Young, Darren Lyon, Blair Munn, Craig Whyte, Ciaran Summers and Blair Spittal. This was augmented by one under 16 player Michael Mosson and an Australian trialist.

The under 14’s were also in action at Lesser Hampden where they took on Queen’s Park under 15’s, losing 4-3.


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