Aussies Visit Murray Park

Rangers 5 Melbourne Stars 0

Rangers Under 17’s took on Australian visitors Melbourne Stars at Murray Park this afternoon. It was a return visit for the Aussies, having beaten a Rangers side 3-0 on a visit last year.

Melbourne Football Stars are an organisation that provides Melbourne’s elite Youth players with an opportunity to travel to Scotland & England to gain an insight into the world of professional Football. Today’s game saw them take on a much more recognisable Rangers Under 17 side than last year.

After a quiet opening period where Rangers dominated possession, the home side took the lead. Dylan McGeough set up Lee Cochrane with a chance at the edge of the box, his first effort was blocked but when the ball came back to him he sent it into the top right hand corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

Rangers doubled their lead on the half hour, Anthony Marenghi sent Christiano Kisuka clear on the right hand side of the box and his ball across the six yard box gave Lee Cochrane a simple tap in for his second goal. Five minutes later and Melbourne had what proved to be their only real chance of the game. A ball in from the right broke to the No. 9 on the six yard box but his shot past the post.

On the stroke of half time Rangers when three up with a fantastic solo effort. Christiano Kisuka picked the ball up 40 yards out, his run to the edge of the box took him past three defenders where he shot low past the keeper.

Half Time :- Rangers 3 Melbourne Stars 0

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Rangers scored again. Another Marenghi pass sent Kisuka clear, this time on the left, and again his ball across goal set up a simple tap in , this time for substitute Callum McConnell.

There was no further scoring until the final minute, when Lee Cochrane, who had come back on to replace the injured Callum McConnell, latched on to a Frankie Owens pass to shoot across the keeper and into the net to complete his hat-trick.

The Australian youngsters now go on to play Hibs, Dundee United, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers. I hope they enjoyed their game at Murray Park today and wish them luck in the rest of their games.

Full Time:- Rangers 5 Melbourne Stars 0

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Frankie Owens, Kyle McCausland, Michael Noble, Michael Mosson; Nicky Main, Dylan McGeough (Darren McGill 46 mins), Steven Hetherington, Anthony Marenghi; Christiano Kisuka, Lee Cochrane (Callum McConnell 46mins).

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