Under 13’s Win United Juegd Cup


Rangers Under 13’s led by coaches Ally Dawson and Davie Stewart, Physio Gerry McGeogh and Scout John McPherson went one better than last year by winning the United Jeugd Cup in Holland over the weekend.

They opened their group games against English Premership academy side Blackburn Rovers. It proved to be a bit frustrating for the young Gers, after taking the lead through Hussain Kaware and dominating the game. They were pegged back when the English side were awarded a rather soft penalty, who then hung on to secure a 1-1 draw.

Next up were local side JSV Nieuwegein and Rangers took an early lead through Hussain Kaware who went on to complete his hat-trick. Ryan Hardie also grabbed a hat-trick and single goals from Sam McKenzie and Callum Shippcott completed a comfortable win.

The final group game was against a SC Heerenveen side that had won their two games. This meant the Rangers youngsters had to win to top their group. In a game that they never looked like losing goals from Hussain Kaware and Ryan Hardie saw them through to the quarter finals as group winners.

Their quarter final opponents were German cracks Hertha Berlin, who came  2nd in their group to an Ajax team coached by Dutch legend Denis Bergkamp. Hot shot Hussain Kaware grabbed another hat-trick and great free kick goal by Adam Wilson had the light blues cruising, Hertha did grab a late consolation to make the final score 4-1.

The Semi Final was what many felt should have been the final, the opponents being a very talented Russian side Konoplev FA. In a very difficult game the sides were only separated by another brilliant Adam Wilson free-kick and Rangers were in the final for the second year running.

The task in the final was Dutch side FC Utrect, who had eliminated Bolton Wanderers, SC Heerenveen, Werder Bremen, FC Groningen and FC Cologne in their passage to the final.

The young Gers took the lead with a magnificent goal from Hussain Kaware beating two players on the edge of the box he curled an unstoppable shot into the Utrecht net. They started the 2nd half were they left off and it was no surprise when they went two up, again Hussain Kaware was the scorer racing through and beating two Utrecht defenders to finish with ease.

With the young Rangers boys now thinking of lifting the cup, they went to sleep and Utrecht pulled a goal back within a minute. The Murray Park youngsters reply was to go straight up the park to make it 3-1 , substitute Callum Shippcott raced clear to slot past the Utrecht keeper. So 3-1 was the final score and Rangers were the Champions, a great achievement from the Ibrox youngsters. Hussain Kaware also winning the top goalscorer award with 9 goals.

The Rangers squad was as follows:-

Goalkeepers :- Max Currie, Robbie McCrorie

Defenders:- Ross Lyon, Greg Taylor, Michael Mossie, Craig Burke, Darren Whyte, Sam Liddington

Midfielders:- Rory Currie, Adam Wilson, Sam McKenzie, Scott Lochead, David Fair

Strikers:- Hussain Kaware, Ryan Hardie, Callum Shippcott, Ross McNeil

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