Rangers 0 Celtic 1
A Greig Spence goal seven minutes from time was a major blow to Rangers Under 19’s league hopes. It now leaves their city rivals seven points ahead although the Ibrox youngsters have two games in hand. The task ahead for Billy Kirkwood’s side is to win their six remaining games, which are all away from home and hope Celtic slip up in one of their remaining for games.
Once again the fixture clashed with a first team game so I was unable to attend. The link below will take you to the official site’s match report.
Rangers 15’s Win Italian Tournament
There was also some good news on the youth front at the weekend, with Rangers Under 15’s emerging top of the pile at the Torneo Internazionale “Memorial Stefano Gusella”.
The tournament include Spartak Moscow, Lyngby, Den Hagg, HJK Helsinki, Sampdoria as well a few smaller Italian clubs. Rangers were drawn in the same group as Lyngby, Chisola Calcio and Pinerolo. Rangers had wins against Pinerolo (1-0) and Chisola Calcio (2-0) and lost to Danish side Lyngby (0-1). With both Chisola Calcio and Lyngby over coming Pinerolo, the Danes lost their other game to Chisola Calcio. It meant three teams on six points, but Rangers topped the group on goal difference.
Rangers then met Italian side Belinzona in the semi final winning through by 3 goals to 2, to setup a final against Sampdoria who over came Spartak Moscow on penalties after an 0-0 draw. The Murray Park youngsters then edged out the Italians 2-1 to lift the trophy, with the goals coming from Dylan Dykes and Willie McCall.
To quote someone who was there to cheer on the boys.
“2-1 flattered the Italians and the team played very good football.The squad was also very young, with no fewer than five players eligible to play under 14’s.Well done to the coaching staff and the parents who travelled. Once again the behaviour was superb and we sang our hearts out to support the boys, well done to all.”
Rangers Team in the final was as follows:-
Sam George; Dylan Dykes, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson, Ciaran Summers; Andy Murdoch, Jack Donaldson, Darren Ramsay, Darren, McGill; Willie McCall, Charlie Telfer.
Subs:- Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Johnny Bradley, Greg Pascazio, Blair Spitall, Kjeld McIntyre.