Development Teams Round Up

With last weekends games cancelled due to a coaching conference at Hampden,  Rangers took the opportunity to arrange some friendlies against Clyde for this midweek.  I managed to take in a couple of these games and here is a brief report below.

Rangers 14’s -3- Clyde 15’s -0

On Tuesday night the under 14’s took on Clyde’s under 15’s in what was a entertaining game. After an even first period that finished goalless Rangers took the lead towards the end of the second period. The goal coming from a Tom Walsh corner on the left that was headed home by central defender Greg Pescezio.

In the third period Rangers added two further goals which in the end secured a comfortable win. The second goal came when Lewis Morgan played the ball in from the right which was helped on by Luke Hammond to Tom Walsh on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the net.

The third goal was started on the left by some good work by Mark Filshie and Tom Walsh, the later playing the ball inside to Luke Hammond, who in turn found Lewis Morgan wide on the right. Lewis’s cross come shot went high over the keeper and into the net.

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly, Ryan Sinnamon, Mark Filshie, Greg Pascezio, Jack Baird, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Clody Ntumba, Jamie Mills, Danny Stoney, Luke Hammond, Lewis Morgan, Elliott Ford

Rangers 12’s -3-Clyde 13’s -2

On Wednesday night it was the turn of the under 12’s, when they took on Clyde’s 13’s. The sides had shared 4 goals in a draw at Broadwood a few weeks ago. At this age group Rangers will be playing 7-a-side until the turn of the year when they move to 11-a-side. These games are an opportunity to give them some experience of the 11 a side game on the full size park before making the switch permanently.

Just like the game previous game the young Rangers side had to come back from two goals down. Clyde took the lead in the first period when keeper Robbie McCrorie was rather harshly judged to have fouled when challenging inside his penalty area, Clyde converting from the spot.

Early in the second period Clyde doubled their lead when Rangers failed to clear following their own goal kick. At this point the younger side were struggling to adapt to the 11-a-side game, but the longer the game went on the more they settled in to a rhythm.

Rangers had a great chance to pull one back midway through the second period when Anton Richardson was fouled inside the box. He stepped up to take the kick himself but knocked it wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The goal was only delayed and Rangers were back in the game when Josh Jeffries made progress down the left and he shot across the keeper who managed parry but only into the path of  Robbie Crawford who had an easy task to net from close range.

Going into the third period Rangers were much more in the game and it was no surprise when they equalised. Robbie Stirling broke in to the box and it looked like he had lost his chance, but when the Clyde keeper failed to gather Robbie found the ball back at his feet and he knocked it across goal to give the Trialist No.14 a simple tap in.

As time wore on it was looking like ending in a 2-2 draw just like the previous game, but the young Rangers side were not to be denied. When the Clyde defence failed to clear the ball it eventaully broke to Robbie Stirling who shot high past the keeper to give Rangers a hard fought win.

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Ballentyne, Danny Kelly, Ryan Hogan, Stuart Golley, Cameron Price, Jamie Brandon, Adam Frizzell, Robbie Crawford, Josh Jeffries, Lewis Smith, Kieran Miller, Robbie Stirling, Anton Richardson, Ross Doohan and the afore mentioned trialist.

Rangers 15’s -1- Clyde 16’s -2

This game took play on Monday night, unfortunately I couldn’t make it along so no report on that game.

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