Rangers Can’t Break Deadlock

Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

With Saturday morning’s game clashing with the first team fixture at Pittodrie it meant I couldn’t make it along, thanks to Laudrup1 for the match report.

Rangers couldn’t quite do enough to secure three points this morning against Kilmarnock. The two sides had met at the end of September and Rangers had been looking for a repeat of the 3 points gained in a 6-1 victory but it wasn’t to be.

Rangers started the better of the two teams and were finding space in the middle of the park. Rhys McCabe picked up a loose ball, drove at the defence and played Hemmings in on the right hand side but he couldn’t get his shot away. Hemmings then turned provider with a similar run to give Archie Campbell a chance but his shot was blocked.

Danny McKay, recently voted SPL u19’s player of the month, was looking impressive for Kilmarnock in the lone striker roll. Scott and Durie had to be at their best to force him wide on a few occasions to avert any danger.

The rest of the half was played out without any real threat from either side and a draw at 45 minutes was probably a fair reflection of proceedings.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

Unchanged at the start of the second half, Rangers had an almost immediate chance to take the lead. Campbell was played in down the left but his shot from 15 yards was blocked by the Killie keeper. From this point on, the second half was to be all Rangers.
Good work on the left hand side by Dylan McGeough saw space open up for a cross and he found Hemmings but the striker could only guide his header wide.

The out of sorts Archie Campbell was then replaced by Max Wright upfront.

On 60 minutes Hemmings caused the Killie defence problems again as he skipped past two challenges and found Dick with space to shoot but his attempt was turned round the post for a corner.
McCabe had a strike from distance that was turned over the bar by the keeper for another corner but the set piece was then cleared.

There were shouts, from the spectators, as Cole’s free kick on the right was headed towards the net and, as it bounced off the bar and downwards, seemed to cross the line, but the referee’s assistant on the near side had flagged for offside regardless.

Continual pressure provided a good few more chances but the finishing touch just wasn’t there and Gordon Dick was guilty of missing the best chance of the game on 80 minutes.

Hutton and McCabe combined well to play the midfielder in and his first touch was decent as he went past the defender. He pulled his shot though and it skidded past the far post when it seemed easier to hit the target.

Kilmarnock had one chance in the second half but Adam saved well. It was clear the Ayrshire side were happy with the point as the held the ball up at the corner flag from the resultant set-piece. The ref blew for full-time and Rangers can only be disappointed they never managed a win.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Darren Cole; Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Gregg Wylde, Gordon Dick, Rhys McCabe, Kyle Hutton; Dylan McGeough (Kamil Witkorski 70); Archie Campbell (Max Wright 55 mins), Kane Hemmings
Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Kyle McAusland, Michael Noble

Sunday Development Teams

I did manage along to take in the two games against Kilmarnock on Sunday. The Under 15’s game was a friendly and kicked off at midday and the under 17’s was a development league game and kicked off at 2pm.

Under 15’s

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 2

This was a friendly and played over the usual three thirty minute periods. The Rangers lineup included two trialists from Northern Ireland, a goalkeeper and a left back.

Rangers almost took the lead in the first minute,  good play in midfield saw Blair Munn play the ball forward to Callum McConnell on the right, the striker cut inside and his shot beat the keeper but rebounded from the post. Eight minutes later and it was Andy Murdoch that played Charlie Telfer through and he was denied by a fine save at the expense of a corner. From the corner the Killie defence failed to clear and the ball broke to Greg Pescizio who shot against the post with the keeper beaten.

Midway through the first period a long ball from Blair Munn gave Jordan Wilson a chance but he shot over. The remainder of the first period failed to produce and other chances ans the teams cancelled each other out.

A couple of minutes inf the second period and Rangers fell behind, Kilmarnock broke down the left and the pass through the middle sent the striker clear to carry on into the penalty area and beat the trialist keeper. Five minutes later and Rangers were back on level terms, Jordan Wilson with his back to goal outside the penalty area hooked the ball over his head and over the Killie defence, Darren McGill won the challenge with the keeper to head into the net.

Kilmarnock then had a chance when they broke down the right, but striker shot across goal. Rangers edged in front a couple of minutes later when Charlie Telfer’s cross from the left was met on the volley by Blair Munn who gave the keeper no chance.

Rangers trialist full back then made a great interception to deny Killie a chance at the expense of a corner. The Gers defence failed to clear and the trialist keeper made a fine save from point-blank range. Just before the end of the period Greg Pescezio volleyed a Blair Munn corner just wide.

A fantastic save denied Rangers at the start of the third period when a Blair Spittal cross was deflected goalwards by a defender, the Killie keeper despite being wrong footed managed to change direction and save at the post. Charlie Telfer’s diagonal ball then gave Blair Spittal a chance and the keeper produced another save. The corner was then helped on by Pescizio and the Trialist stooped to head goalwards only to see it cleared off the line.

Telfer and McConnell then combined on the left and Spittal was again denied by the keeper. With 13 minutes remaining Greg Pescizio was adjudged to have brought  down the Killie striker when through and they scored from the resultant penalty.

Substitute keeper Sam George then prevented Kilmarnock getting a winner on two occasions. First with ten minutes remaining diving high to his left after Rangers failed to clear a corner. The in the final minute coming from his line to block the Killie striker’s effort when through on goal.

Rangers:- Trialist (Sam George) ; Dylan  Dykes, Greg Pescizio, Jack Donaldson, Trialist; Blair Munn (Blair Spittal), Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill, Jordan Wilson (Ciaran Summers); Callum McConnell, Charlie Telfer.

Under 17’s

This was a development league game but was played over the conventional two 45 minute periods.

The first chance fell to Lee Cochane when he latched on to a through ball and brought out a fine save from the keeper. Rangers scored when Nicky Main made progress down the right and his low cross into the box was converted by George Scott at the second attempt after his first was blocked.

The next goal came when Kyle McAusland glanced a header from Anthony Marenghi’s free kick into the top corner. A good ball down the right from Robbie Crawford to Lee Cochrane saw him go past a defender and set up Anthony Marenghi who was only denied by a fine save.  Kilmarnock then pulled a goal back when the centre forward lobbed over Blair Currie when played through.

In second half the visitors keeper saved a McAusland header from a Marenghi corner. At the other end Kilmarnock’s substitute striker shot just wide. From another Marenghi corner this time deep to the back of the area saw Frankie Owens shot cleared off the line.

McAusland was then in action at the other end with a great challenge denying Kilmarnock. Rangers scored again when Marenghi’s free-kick from the right saw McAusland head against the post, but Frankie Owen was on hand to net the rebound.

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Nicky Main, Kyle McAusland, Stuart Urquhart, Michael Noble; Robbie Crawford, Frankie Owens, Steven Hetherington, Anthony Marenghi; George Scott, Lee Cochrane (Michael Mosson).

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