When I seen that Liverpool were bringing a couple of their youth teams to Murray Park I thought it would be worth a half day to see how we compare. As the age groups between Scotland and England differ slightly, it was billed as Rangers 13/14’s and 14/15’s. I was hoping to keep an eye on both games, unfortunately the pitches used meant that wasn’t possible, so I decided to take in the older game.
Rangers 6 Liverpool 0
As the teams emerged it became apparent that the Rangers side was on average was a bit older and stronger than their English opponents. It was Liverpool who threatened first when their central midfielder was allowed to break unchallenged and test Sam George from the edge of the box.
A few minutes later Tom Walsh almost gave Rangers the lead, picking up a slack pass he shot past the keeper only to see his shot come back off the post. The same player then created another chance when his corner from the left was headed goalwards by Darren Ramsay but the Liverpool defender cleared off the line.
Rangers Trialist No.7 then made good progress down the right and his cut back broke to Tom Walsh who was denied by the keeper at point-blank range.
Rangers then hit Liverpool with two goals right at the start of the second period. First Tom Walsh fired past the keeper, then a great cross from the left by Ciaran Summers, saw recent signing from Boys Club football Craig Halkett power his header into the net.
Darren McGill then came close when is shot from the edge of the box rebounded from the post with the keeper beaten. At the other end only a great piece of defensive play from Stuart Urquhart prevented the visitors pulling a goal back. Rangers went straight up the other end and extended their lead, Scott Roberts and Tom Walsh carved open the Liverpool defence and when the former was denied by the keeper, Tom Walsh was on hand to net the rebound.
With the Anfield youngsters heads going down, Rangers added a further two goals before the end of the second period. First Charlie Telfer sent Darren McGill clear to shoot home, then the ball was moved across the box from Trialist No7 via Charlie Telfer to Andy Murdoch who scored from just inside the box.
The third period saw the Liverpool lads rally and only fine save from the Rangers substitute keeper prevented them scoring, when he tipped a fine effort from the left hand side of the box on to the bar and over. The scoring was completed near the end when Blair Spittal sent Gloady Ntumba clear and he made no mistake.
Where as it was a good performance from the Rangers boys I also felt it was an opportunity missed. A better match up in the age and physique of the teams would have given an accurate comparison of the youth setups.
Rangers Squad:- Sam George, Johnny Bradley, Ciaran Summers, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson, Darren Ramsay, Scott Roberts, Craig Halkett, Tom Walsh, Darren McGill, Gloady Ntumba, Jack Donaldson, Willie McCall, Blair Spittal, Andy Murdoch.
There were three players I didn’t recognise so I assume were trialists. Sub Keeper (Scott ??), N0 7 (Eric ??) played the whole game, initially wide right then through the middle and No.18 (Josh ??) came on at right back.
Rangers 2 Liverpool 2
The younger team were held to a draw, but I can’t comment on this game as I didn’t see any of it. After Liam Kelly had saved an earlier penalty, Rangers went into a two goal lead with goals from Callum Shipcott & Danny Stoney. Only to be pegged back and the game finished all square.
Rangers squad:- Liam Kelly, Ryan Sinnamon, Liam Smith, Lewis Martin, Dylan Dykes, Scott Lochead, Kjeld McIntyre, Lewis Spence, Luke Hammond, Lewis Morgan, Jordan O’Donnell, Adam Wilson, Danny Stoney, Jamie Mills, Callum Shipcott.