Yesterday was a good opportunity to take in a couple of games when two of the development teams played at Ibrox. With the under 17’s taking on Dundee United in the morning and the under 15’s playing St.Mirren in the early afternoon. The results were mixed with the games ending in a victory and a defeat.
Rangers 4 Dundee United 2
Rangers started brightly and had a ew chances in the first quarter of an hour. First chance came when Steven Hetherington fed Anthony Marenghi and he cut in from the left and shot across the keeper and narrowly wide of the far post. Then the United keeper, Phillip Anderson, who was with Rangers last season made a fine save to deny Lewis McLeod. From the resultant corner keeper Anderson blocked Scott Rumsby’s point-blank header. Right on the 15 minute marked he was again in action, tipping over a Ewan McNeil shot from around 25 yards.
Just before the half hour mark Rangers took the lead, Kyle McAusland chased the ball down the left channel and played it back to Anthony Marenghi who shot across the keeper and into the net. The visitors were soon level when a free kick from just outside the box was deflected into the United player’s path and he scored from close range.
Only a great challenge from Scott Rumsby prevented United taking the lead, this proved vital with Rangers scoring a couple of minutes later. Gregor Fotheringham played the ball out to McLeod on the right, his cross was flicked on by McAusland and Lee Cocharne was on hand to knock the ball into the net.
Rangers scored again soon after the break, good play involving Marenghi, Cochrane and McAusland, with the keeper parrying the latter’s shot Robbie Crawford had a simple tap in. Within a couple of minutes United pulled a goal back when Rangers failed to clear a cross from the right their striker netted from close range.
Robbie Crawford scored his second when Dundee United had several attempts to clear the danger, the ball eventually falling to Robbie and he scored from the edge of the box. Rangers then missed a few more chances in the final ten minutes. Lewis McLeod shot across goal after being played in by George Scott. Fotheringham played the ball out to Mark Taylor on the left and after cutting inside he was denied by the keeper. Then the final chance came when McLeod sent Callum Wylie clear on goal but he just wide.
Rangers:- Blair Currie; Ewan McNeil (Abdul Abdulagay46 mins), Scott Rumsby, Adam Hunter, Michael Noble (Frankie Owens 46mins); Lewis McLeod, Gregor Fotheringham, Steven Hetherington (Robbie Crawford 46mins), Anthony Marenghi (Mark Taylor 52mins); Kyle McAusland (George Scott 52mins), Lee Cochrane (Callum Wylie 52mins).
Rangers 2 St.Mirren 4
St.Mirren’s impressive front two were the difference between the teams as the younger Rangers side fell to defeat. On a more positive note no fewer than five under 14’s were in the Rangers squad.
The Paisley side took an early lead when their front two combined and the No. 10 curled a shot past Sam George. An it was the Rangers keeper who made a fine block to deny the visitors a few minutes later. Rangers first opportunity came when a move involving, Ciaran Summers, Darren Ramsey, Darren McGill and Charlie Telfer end with Ramsay’s shot being deflected just wide.
The goal was only delayed a few minutes when Ramsey fed Callum McConnell he was tripped as he went past the defender inside the box and Charlie Telfer stepped up to score from the spot. The same player almost scored again when Jack Donaldson’s cross was helped on McConnell, Charlie Telfer was denied at close range by the Saints keeper.
St. Mirren then had a great chance when their right full-back was through but shot wide from a good position. Right on half-time the Rangers defence were caught out by a cross from the right and the Saints played headed home at the far post.
St. Mirren score again early in the second half when a shot deflected in to the path of their No. 9 to score from close range. Rangers replied with a great run from Ramsey who fed Danny Stoney, his cut back was met by Tom Walsh which brought out a fine point-blank save. Just before the hour Rangers got a goal back, Ramsey picked out Stoney and when his shot was saved Craig Halkett was on hand to score.
The visitors extended their lead soon after, their impressive front two combined again, a great pass from No 10 sending No 9 clear and he cut inside Stuart Urquhart to shoot past Liam Kelly. Rangers pressed to get back into the game and when Greg Pascazio’s cross found its way to Blair Spittal he shot across goal. Halkett then had another shot across goal when Ramsay and Spittal set him up.
The visitors keeper then made a decent double save from Halkett when a long pass from Andy Murdoch created the chance. He then touched a long-range Blair Spittal shot round the post. The final chance of the game came at the other end when only a save from Kelly denied the impressive No 10 after a fine solo run.
Rangers squad:- Sam George (GK), Liam Kelly (GK), Scott McAulay (GK), Ryan Sinnamon, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson, Ciaran Summers, Andy Murdoch, Jack Donaldson, Darren Ramsey, Darren McGill, Charlie Telfer, Callum McConnell, Tom Walsh, Danny Stoney, Craig Halkett, Greg Pascazio, Blair Spittal