Archive for October, 2009

Hard Fought Win For Youths

October 31, 2009

Rangers 1 Hibs 0

A brilliant Kane Hemmings strike midway through the second half was enough to give Rangers Youths the points at Murray Park this morning. Billy Kirkwood had Jamie Ness and Gregg Wylde available and they replaced the injured Kyle Hutton and Steven Forbes respectively.

In the first notable action of the game only a stunning Grant Adam save prevented Hibs taking the lead. David Love’s cross from the left was met by the head of Fergus Bell,  the ball looked net bound but Adam at full stretch tipped over. Five minutes later Jamie Ness had a chance when Calum Burns failed to clear but his effort looped over the bar.

On the 20 minute mark Hibs appeared to have strong claims for a penalty when Lewis Horner looked to have been caught by Scott Durie’s challenge, it looked harsh when the referee deemed it a dive and cautioned the Hibs player. Two minutes  later at the other end Kane Hemmings had an incredible miss. He chased down a pass back and charged down Paul Grant’s attempted clearance. It left him with a simple task of walking the ball in to the empty net but he elected to shoot first time and knocked the ball wide.

The visitors then replied with a long range effort from Scott Taggart but it was straight at Adam and he saved comfortably. Just after the half hour Dylan McGeough won the ball in midfield and sent Hemmings clear on the left, the ball was then played inside to Archie Campbell who’s shot was saved by Grant.

Rangers then had a couple of half chances in the minutes leading up to half time. Kamil Wiktorski played the ball forward to Campbell,  he turned the defender at the edge of the box but Grant dealt with his strike easily. Then Wylde, Wiktorski and Hemmings combined on the left to give Jamie Ness a chance, but his attempted chip landed on the top of the net.

Half Time :- Rangers 0 Hibs 0

Six minutes after the break a Jamie Ness through ball gave Archie Campbell a great chance, he advanced in to the box but keeper Grant blocked his shot with his foot. A short time later Hemmings set up substitute Gordon Dick on the right hand side of the box, with options in the centre he shot into the side netting.

Rangers were now creating chances and just after the hour Campbell made progress on the left,  his cut back finding Dick around the penalty spot and his tried to pick his spot only to be denied by the legs of keeper Grant. The goal was only delayed and on 67 minutes Kane Hemmings broke the deadlock with a brilliant individual goal. He won the ball on the halfway line and set off towards the Hibs box, his run took him past two defenders and with support either side he carried on and shot past Grant from the edge of the box.

Almost immediately Grant Adam had to look smart to save at the feet of Love at the other end. In the last twenty minutes neither keeper was troubled and Rangers held on for a good three points in their first competitive game for a month.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Hibs 0

Rangers :- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Gregg Wylde; Rhys McCabe (Gordon Dick 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough (Kyle Hendry 81mins), Jamie Ness; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Ewan McNeill, Steven Forbes

Hibs:- Paul Grant; Calum Burns, Aaron Chalmers, Scott Smith, Callum Booth; Lewis Horner (Keith Murray 74mins), Scott Taggart, Tom McCready, Matthew Welsh (Mark Lancaster 74mins); Fergus Bell, David Love (Jon Wright 81mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Graham, Sturt Beveridge, David Crawford

17’s and 19’s Friendlies

October 15, 2009

With five Rangers players away at the European under 19 qualifiers this was is an opportunity to give some game time to a few that have not been playing in the under 19 league and also to look at a few trialists. Unfortunately I was unable to attend either game as I am currently out of the country on a short break.

Rangers 5 Stirling Albion 0

On Monday evening a Rangers under 19  side ran out comfortable winnners against Stirling Albion at Murray Park with goals from Christiano Kisuka, Kyle McAusland, Kane Hemmings and  two from the substitute Trialist striker.

Rangers Team:-Mark Weir, Steven Forbes, Trialist, Scott Durie, Adam Hunter, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Rhys McCabe, Kane Hemmings, Gregg Wylde, Christiano Kisuka.

Subs:-Trialist, Steven Hetherington, Kyle McAusland.

St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 7

On Tuesday evening an Under 16’s went a couple of goals better away to St. Johnstone. The scorers being Lee Cochrane 2, Gregor Fotheringham2, Frankie Owens, George Scott the other goal being scored by one of the two trialists.

Rangers:- Blair Currie, Andy Murdoch, Jordan Wilson, Stuart Urquhart, Gregor Fotheringham,Trialist, Robbie Crawford, Lewis McLeod, Lee Cochrane, Trialist, George Scott.

Subs:- Frankie Owens, Michael Mosson, Darren McGill, Sam George.


Grant Adam, Danny Wilson, Kyle Hutton and Archie Cambell have all played in Scotland victories over Romania (3-0) and Armenia (6-1). With Campbell scoring against Romania and Wilson finding the net against Armenia. Darren Cole , who has been an unused substitute in these games  is included in the starting lineup for tonights game against Austria, alongside Adam, Wilson and Hutton, with Campbell dropping on to the bench.

Livingston Friendly

October 2, 2009

Rangers 0 Livingston 3

With their league game postponed due to Aberdeen’s involvement in the youth cup this weekend, Rangers under 19’s lost to a Livingston reserve side at Murray Park this afternoon. Mark Weir made a rare start in goal. with Kal Naismith and a trialist replacing Rhys McCabe and Scott Durie from the side that won away to Kilmarnock last week.

They had a great chance to take an early lead when Archie Campbell was through but he was denied when keeper Craig McDowell handled outside the box. Kal Naismith had a go from the resultant free Kick shooting just over.

Livingston took the lead on 12 minutes when Tony McParland lobbed the ball over the Rangers defence and Mark McNulty beat Weir from inside the box. A few minutes later Darren Cole lost possession at the edge of the box and Weir saved at the feet of McNulty. A minute later Kyle Hutton’s headed clearance only went to Sheldon Jacobs and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected on to the cross bar.

Ten minutes before half time Livingston doubled their lead, Kyle Jacobs broke down the left and his ball in to the box found Cameron McDonald who scored from around 8 yards. Five minutes later and the Jacobs brothers combination almost produced a third. Sheldon found Kyle free inside the penalty area but Kyle’s effort went wide.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Livingston 2

Midway through the second half Rangers almost pulled a goal back. Dylan McGeough’s corner from the left was knocked towards goal by Christiano Kisuka and with keeper McDowell beaten Sheldon Jacobs cleared of the line. Livingston then went straight up the other end and increased their lead. McParland’s free kick from the left found Kyle Jacobs unmarked and he headed past Weir.

With eight minutes remaining a great run and pass by McGeough sent Kisuka clear but he shot  into the side netting.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Livingston 3

Rangers:- Mark Weir (Trialist 78mins); Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Trialist, Steven Forbes; Kyle Hutton (Christiano Kisuka 55mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough, Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Livingston:- Craig McDowell; Daniel Welsh, Callum Fordyce, Danny Griffin, Cameron McDonald(Dean Cummings 74mins); Tony McParland (Sean Kerr 74mins), Mark Torrance, Kyle Jacobs, Sheldon Jacobs; Mark McNulty (Callum McKinlay 46 mins), David Winters (Andy Russell 83mins).