Rangers 2 Celtic 1
Alan Kernaghan’s under 17’s retained the Glasgow Cup tonight with a deserved victory over Celtic at Broadwood, although a late goal made it a nervy last few minutes.
After a quiet opening period where neither side created any clear-cut opportunities Rangers took the lead on 27 minutes. An excellent Adam Hunter delivery from a free-kick wide on the left was missed by everyone and found the net via Robbie Thomson’s left hand post.
Rangers again threatened two minutes later when Dylan McGeough released Kyle McAusland, the big striker’s first touch made the angle tight and he flashed the ball across the Celtic goal, Anthony Marenghi collected the ball on the byline and he played it back across goal again but there were no takers. Seven minutes before half-time Rangers went two up. A great move ended with McGeough playing the ball through for Kyle McAusland, in a challenge with keeper Thomson the ball broke back to the Rangers striker who shot past the two Celtic defenders on the line.
In a first-half were Celtic had their fair share of possession but without looking likely to score the closest they came was a couple of minutes before half-time. A great piece of skill by Paul George took him past Ewan McNeil on the left, when his cutback gave Celtic a chance Chris Ketterer was on hand to deflect it wide for a corner.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 0
In the first minute of the second half Anthony Marenghi and Steven Hetherington combined on the left to create a shooting opportunity for McGeough and Thomson did well to hold his powerful shot just under the bar. Three minutes later and another chance created on the left, this time by Marenghi and Michael Noble again saw Thomson save McGeough’s shot.
At the other end George released the overlapping Filip Twardzik who’s cross come shot drifted wide of Blair Currie’s left hand post. On 57 minutes Rangers keeper Currie produced a fine save, Patrik Twardzik tried to burst through at the edge of the box but his path was blocked by Hunter and Ketterer, the ball broke to Callum McGregor who’s effort saw the Rangers keeper save low to his left.
A minute later McAusland was fouled and keeper Thomson was stretching to hold on to Hunter’s rising shot from the free-kick. With fifteen minutes remaining Celtic were awarded a free kick just outside the box which Filip Twardzik struck powerfully but it lacked direction and Currie saved comfortably.
With ten minutes left Ewan McNeil missed a crossfield pass and it left George a clear run to the byline, were his cut back found Filip Twardzik who’s effort was well over the bar. With six minutes remaining Celtic struck the woodwork, a quick free-kick gave Patrick Twardzik a shooting chance and his shot from around 25 yards struck the crossbar.
A minute later another long-range effort this time from Liam Madden was just too high. With three minutes left Celtic pulled a goal back. Another shot from distance from Madden was parried by the unsighted Currie and Curtis Jones netted the rebound from close range. Despite a few nervous moments the Rangers youngsters defender a couple of set plays well and saw the game out to clinch the trophy for the second year running.
Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 1
Rangers:- Blair Currie; Ewan McNeil (Lee Cochrane 85mins), Chris Ketterer, Kamil Wiktorski, Michael Noble; Robbie Crawford (Lewis McLeod 46mins), Dylan McGeough, Adam Hunter, Steven Hetherington; Kyle McAusland, Anthony Marenghi.
Not Used:- Liam Kelly (GK), Gregor Fotheringham, Scott Rumsby, George Scott, Frankie Owens
Celtic:- Robbie Thomson, Marcus Fraser (Mo Yaqub 75mins), John Young, Curtis Jones, Filip Twardzik; John Herron, Liam Madden, Callum McGregor (Ryan Hutchinson 75mins), Patrik Twardzik, Liam Gormley, Paul George
Not Used:- Kames Wightman (GK), Michael Fulton, Michael Devlin, Joe Chalmers, Jordan Moffat