US Visitors Too Strong For Young Gers

A young Rangers side took on the Under 18 Academy team from MLS side Houston Dynamo at Murray Park on Sunday afternoon. In what was a close game for the first hour, the US side which was on average two years older, ran out comfortable winners in the final half hour.

Rangers 0 Houston Dynamo 4

The first chance came when the Houston keeper came out of his box and missed his attempted header, Zane Powell appeared to being held back as he tried to shoot goalwards, but his effort lacked power and was easily cleared.

Gary Inglis then had to look sharp to rush from his penalty area to clear a through ball. On 18 minutes a good passing move by the US side saw them move the ball from wide left to wide right but the shot was wide of the goal.

Midway through the half  Dylan McGeough play the ball through to Lee Cochrane, under pressure from the central defender he shot straight at the keeper. With ten minutes of the first half remaining Adam Hunter and Lewis McLeod combined down the right and Hunter’s cross had visitor’s keeper Pat Wall stretching to claw the ball away from under his bar.

Half Time :- Rangers 0 Houston Dynamo 0

A few minutes after the break only a stunning save from keeper Wall prevented Rangers taking the lead. Anthony Marenghi got to the byline on the left, his cross was met by the head of Nicky Main at the back post, it looked like a certain goal till Wall dived across goal and touched the ball on to the post and wide.

On the hour mark Houston took the lead, a long ball out of defence by Sebastien Ibeagha was headed on and substitute Jade George ran on to shoot past Blair Currie in the Rangers goal. A couple of minutes later and the visitors doubled their lead. Abe Matamoros and Ibeagha combined down the right the latter’s shot was ajudged, rather harshly, to have been handled by Stuart Urquhart and the referee pointed to the spot. Abe Matamoros stepped up to beat Currie low to his right.

The young Rangers side was now struggling and with just under 20 minutes remaining thy lost a third goal. Josue Morales play the ball forward into the Rangers box, it should have been cleared by Stuart Urquhart, but the 14 year old was out muscled by Jade George who fired past Currie.

With eight minutes left on the clock Jade George completed his hat trick, Another long ball by Ibeagha and a great first touch by George, set him up to beat Currie from just inside the box.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Houston Dynamo 0

Not a great afternoon for the young Gers, it was a bit disappointing the way they capitulated after losing the first goal. Up to that stage they looked the more likely team to score. Perhaps the opponents were under estimated by the coaches, and in hindsight they may have fielded a few older players.

There were certainly a few players in the American side that impressed. The pick being 17 year old central defender Chibuzo Odenigwe, three goal striker Jade George,  17 year old Sebastien Ibeagha and 15 year old Bryan Celis in midfield. They now taken on Celtic, so it will be interesting to see what side Celtic put out and of course the result. After that they move on to Spain where they take on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villareal.

Rangers:- Gary Inglis (Blair Currie 46mins); Adam Hunter (Mark Taylor 65mins), Scott Rumsby, Stuart Urquhart, Michael Noble; Christiano Kisuka (Lewis McLeod 27mins), Nicky Main, Dylan McGeough, Anthony Marenghi (Frankie Owens 63 mins), Zane Powell (Lee Cochrane 13 mins( Trialist No. 17 46mins), Trialist No. 9.

Houston Dynamo:- Pat Wall, Reagan Haisler, Chibuzo Odenigwe, Robert Kelley, Benji Saenz (Leo Ayala 80mins), Sebastien Ibeagha, Bryan Celis (Adrian Mandoza 60 mins), Steven Salinas (Christian Camera 55mins), Josue Morales (Sebastian Karpen 75mins), Abe Matamoros (Irvinn Ramirez 75mins), Erik Sanchez (Jade George 75mins).

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