All Square With Russians

There was a change to the under 19’s schedule in the training camp in Turkey. Yesterday they took on the youth team from top Russian side Lokomotive Moscow, the game ending in a 3-3 draw.

Lokomotive Moscow 3 Rangers 3

Rangers under 19’s came from a 3-1 deficit at half time to draw 3-3 with top Russian youth side Lokomotive Moscow at the Adora Golf Resort in Turkey. The Ibrox youngsters threatened early when Max Wright played Kane Hemmings through, only to see his shot rebound from the keeper’s left hand post. The goal was only delayed and they took the lead on eight minutes, a Kal Naismith corner on from the right was headed home by Chris Scott.

The Russians equalised in 21 minutes through a goalkeeping error from Grant Adam, he allowed Voynov’s shot from the edge of the box to slip through his grasp and into the net. Lokomotiv then took the lead five minutes later from a very soft penalty. Chris Scott was harshly adjudged to have fouled inside the penalty area and Lokomotive’s skipper Fomin netted from the spot.

The Moscow side extended their lead on 32 minutes when Garakoev broke down the left and cut inside to shoot past Adam.

Half-Time:- Lokomotiv Moscow 3 Rangers 1

Another soft penalty award gave Rangers a life line two minutes into the second half. Naismith combined with Kyle Hutton to play the ball into the box where Max Wright was adjudged to have been impeded, Kyle Hutton stepped up to net from the spot. Rangers equalised on 76 minutes when substitutes Ewan McNeil and Steven Forbes combined with Max Wright to send Forbes to the byline, his cutback was slotted home by Max Wright from the edge of the six yard box.

Full Time:- Lokomotive Moscow 3 Rangers 3

The Lokomotiv squad: Stepanov (Korshunov, 46), Sharifi (V. Samohvalov, 46), N. Samohvalov, Bykov (Barsov, 60), Semyonov (S. Gatagov, 63), Garakoev (Vasyukov, 46), Fomin, Mironov (Kucharchuk, 46), Voynov (Smorodin, 46), Ozdoev (Kalaydzhan, 46), Murzaev (Djioev, 46).

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Rhys McCabe, Chris Scott, Kamil Wiktorski, Gregg Wylde; Archie Campbell, Gordon Dick, Kyle Hutton, Max Wright; Kal Naismith, Kane Hemmings.

Subs:- Ewan McNeil, Steven Forbes

A short video and pics from the game be found here:-

 I have to say a big thanks to Lokomotiv Moscow here. Before I trawelled their excellent site with my basic knowledge of cyrillic, I sent them an e-mail requesting some details of the game. Not only did they give me their lineup and scorers but they said if I needed any more information to call their press officer who is in Turkey with their youth team, and gave me his mobile number !!!

Thankfully I managed to put this together without having to disturb Pavel. I think we could maybe learn something from Lokomotive Moscow here.

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