The younger youth sides were all in action this weekend, the under 13’s were participating in a youth tournament in Holland, while the others took on youth sides from Queens Park. I managed to take in the under 17’s game on Sunday morning and the under 14’s on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers 4 Queens Park 1
The Rangers under 17’s took on Queens Park for the second time this pre-season, the previous meeting ending in a 1-1 draw. The Rangers starting lineup this morning included two Polish trialists, central defender Kamil Slaby and left sided midfielder Bartek Szeliga. It was the Polish midfielder who almost opened the scoring in the 5th minute, Ewan McNeil and Adam Hunter combined down the right and Hunter’s low cross found its way to Bartek Szeliga at the back post, his effort coming back off the post.
Five minutes later Ewan McNeil dispossessed the full back and his cross saw the keeper dive to punch, his clearance falling to Anthony Marenghi just inside the box and his net bound shot was cleared off the line. Marenghi then rose to flick on a Blair Currie punt and set Christiano Kisuka clear the Queens keeper making a fine save.
At the other end Currie made a decent save from a header after a cross from wide on the right. On 20 minutes Kisuka broke down the left and his ball into the box found Dylan McGeough who was foiled by another fine save. Queens Park had a chance from a free kick on 32 minutes, Currie saving comfortably.
With ten minutes to the break a great cross field pass by Nicky Main released McNeil and again the visitors keeper kept the score sheet blank. A minute later Szeliga played in Marenghi this time it was a much more comfortable save by the keeper.
Half Time:- Rangers o Queens Park 0
Seven minutes after the break Rangers took the lead, McGeough won the ball and fed Ewan McNeil on the right side of the penalty area and he made no mistake with a fine strike. Two minutes later Ewan McNeil struck again, this time Marenghi found him on the right, he cut inside past two defenders and found the net from the edge of the box.
Just after the hour mark a long range looping shot from Adam Hunter brought out a fine save from the keeper. The goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, a good run and pass by Kisuka set up Steven Hetherington who advanced in to the box from the left and slotted past the keeper. Ten minutes later Ewan McNeil completed his hat trick, Frankie Owens was fouled just outside the box and McNeil’s effort beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.
Queens the had a couple of chances first shooting wide, then Currie made a fine block at point blank range. With 10 minutes remaining a long clearance bounced through in to the box and McGeough’s header was saved. The trialist substitute then fed Hetherington on the left, his ball into the box eventually fell to McNeil who shot across goal. On 85 minutes the trialist exchanged headers with McGeough that sent him clear only to be denied by the legs of the keeper.
With three minutes left Queens Park got a consolation goal, Blair Currie made a great save from a shot from well inside the box, put was helpless as the rebound was netted from close range at the back post. The final effort fittingly came from McNeil when played through by McGeough and the Spiders keeper capped a fine performance with another good save.
Rangers 4 Queens Park 1
Rangers:- Blair Currie, Adam Hunter, Scott Rumsby, Kamil Slaby, Michael Noble; Ewan McNeil, Nicky Main, Dylan McGeough, Bartek Szeliga (Steven Hetherington 61mins); Christano Kisuka (Frankie Owens 74mins), Anthony Marenghi (Trialist 68mins)
Under 13’s Triumph in Holland
Late news, Rangers under 13’s have just won the United Jeugd Cup in Holland. A tournament involving Ajax, Feynoord, Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers among others.They opened their group games with a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers, followed with wins against JSV Nieuwegein (8-0) and SC Heerenveen (2-0) meant they topped their group a point ahead of SC Heerenveen.
This was followed with wins agianst Hertha Berlin (4-1) and Konoplev FA (1-0) to set up a final against FC Utrecht with the young light blues coming out on top by 3-1. More details to follow in the next few days.
Under 14’s Record Big Win
I took in the under 14’s game in the afternoon and despite going behind to a superbly struck free kick the under 14’s won by a big score. There were a few new players added from last season and will update this post with details the squad that took part. One of the new players Kjeld McIntyre scored four goals including two sublime lobs when through on the keeper.
With last seasons stalwarts Jack Baird, Lewis Martin, Ryan Sinnamon, Tom Walsh, Lewis Spence and Scott Roberts starting along side for new players and Under 15’s keeper Sam George (Liam Kelly is on holiday) the young Gers had soon established a clear lead at the end of the first 30 minutes period.
The Rangers squad was :- Sam George, Ryan Sinnamon, Lewis Martin, Greg Pescezio, Jack Baird, Scott Roberts, Kjeld McIntyre, Lewis Spence, Luke Hammond, Tom Walsh, Clody Ntumba, Lewis Morgan, Liam Smith, Jamie Mills, Elliott Ford, Mark Filshie.