Archive for November 24th, 2009

Champions League Youth Teams Draw

November 24, 2009

Rangers 2 VfB Stuttgart 2

When Rangers visited Stuttgart back in September the Bundesliga side agreed to bring a youth side to take on Rangers on the morning of the return game. This is a fantastic development and hopefully the first of many such games, perhaps it is something UEFA might consider including  before some if not all Champions League ties. The game was at the 15’s/16’s age group, with the Rangers squad  in the main under 15’s with a couple a year older and a couple a year younger. Unfortunately the West of Scotland weather meant the game had to be moved from grass to the astroturf pitch at Murray Park and was played over three thirty minute periods.

The Ibrox youngsters  got of to the perfect start, taking the lead in the first minute. Good work wide on the right by Charlie Telfer gave him the space to get in a cross from the byline to find Callum McConnell who fired home from just outside the six yard box. Just over ten minutes and a great move from left to right saw the ball go from Darren McGill  to Andy Murdoch via Callum McConnell and Frankie Owens, Charlie Telfer met Murdoch’s cross at the near post and his effort was deflected on to the post and wide.

Halfway through the first period the Stuttgart youngsters were starting to get their passing game going and their first chance ended with a shot straight at Blair Currie. A minute later they were denied by a fine save by the Rangers keeper, blocking with his legs at close range. At this stage Rangers were finding it difficult to retain possession and the visitors missed another chance when Currie made a comfortable save. It was no surprise when Stuttgart equalised on 24 minutes, a pass through the centre sent their striker through and he ran on to shoot past Currie.

The second period saw no real goal scoring chances although the visitors probably just edged it in term or possession and territorial advantage. Eight minutes into the third period Rangers regained the lead with a well worked goal. Ciaran Summers played the ball in from the left, a neat flick from Danny Hutchinson was dummied by Andy Murdoch and Blair Munn gave the keeper no chance from the edge of the box.

The lead was short lived however and a minute later a good passing move down the right saw the Stuttgart youngster clear inside the penalty area to beat substitute keeper Sam George and tie the scores. From then on the game could have gone either way with Rangers coming closest with ten minutes remaining. A cross from the right by Danny Hutchinson was met on the volley by Charlie Telfer only to see his effort rebound from the post.

Full Time:- Rangers 2 VfB Stuttgart 2

Overall a draw was probably a fair result in what was a great experience for the youngsters. I am sure both sides would have learnt something playing against a side from a different football culture. I look forward to similar initiatives in the future.

Rangers Squad :- Blair Currie, Sam George, Dylan Dykes, Greg Pescezio, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson, Andy Murdoch, Frankie Owens, Michael Mosson, Darren McGill, Callum McConnell, Charlie Telfer, Blair Munn, Ciaran Summers, Jack Donaldson, Danny Hutchinson, Blair Spittal.