Rangers 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
A fine first half performance was enough to secure a win in the youths opening pre-season game at Murray Park this afternoon. They took an early lead in the 4th minute, good work on the right from Dylan McGeough and the Trialist No.9 gave Ewan McNeil a chance to cross and the unfortunate Wolves defender turned it past his own keeper.
Two minutes later and it really should have been 2-0, The Trialist N0.9 combined with Kamil Wiktorski to send Gordon Dick clear, he looked certain to score but shot just wide. The visitors then had a chance on ten minutes and keeper Alan Smith got the slightest touch to divert for a corner.
Five minutes later and Smith had to be alert to save a shot from the right hand side of the box. Back at the other end and the Trialist No.9 went past two defenders and sent the ball out to McGeough on the right who’s low cross found its way to Christiano Kisuka at the back post and he shot just wide.
The second goal was only delayed 60 seconds, Wiktorski played Kisuka down the left and his pass found Dylan McGeough free inside the box and he produced a composed finish to beat the keeper.
Rangers were playing well and McGeough and Gordon Dick combined to set up a chance for the Trialist No.9 who shot narrowly wide. Then on 26 minutes Gordon Dick burst into the box leaving two Wolves defenders in his wake and his shot brought out a fine save from the keeper who tipped over. From the resultant corner Rangers increased their lead when Chris Hegarty headed McGeough’s flag kick past the keeper.
The visitors responded by pulling a goal back inside a minute, after a break down the left and ball into the box, the striker shot past Smith into the corner of the net.
Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
The Premiership youngsters came out in a determined mood and took the game to Rangers, Smith saving a powerfully struck shot. Five minutes after the break following a corner they had another great chance but volleyed over.
The visitors continued to have the better of the second half but without troubling the Rangers defence until the 70th minute when they had a similar chance following a corner but again volleyed over. Rangers then finished stronger and should have added to their lead in the final ten minutes. McGeough and Anthony Marenghi worked a short corner to Andy Mitchell at the edge of the box and his shot rattled the Wolves cross bar.
A solo run by McGeough from the halfway line saw him glide past two players but his shot from the edge of the box went narrowly over. Then in the final minute Kyle McAusland was denied by the Wolves keeper at close range, the ball clearing the penalty area where it was volleyed goalwards by Marenghi and the keeper produced a stunning save to turn it round the post.
Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Rangers:- Alan Smith; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Chris Scott, Steven Hetherington; Dylan McGeough, Andy Mitchell, Gordon Dick (Anthony Marenghi 62mins), Kamil Wiktorski (Nicky Main 81mins), Christiano Kisuka (Kyle McAusland 75mins); Trialist No.9.
Not Used:- Blair Currie (GK)
Earlier in the day a young Rangers side was on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat against an experienced Sunderland side that included internationalists, Martin Fulop, David Healy and Teemu Tanio.
First-half goals from Adam Reed and Nathan Luscombe gave the Wearsiders and 2-0 lead. Rangers only real chance came at this stage when Darren Cole released Archie Campbell, but a double save by Fulop at the feet of the Rangers striker kept the two goal lead intact.
The visitors added second half goals from David Healy, Craig Lynch and Jordan Cook.
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Rhys McCabe (Kyle McAusland 72mins), Krister Wemberg, Darren Cole, Michael Noble; Archie Campbell, Kyle Hutton, Stephen Stirling, Thomas Kind Bendiksen (Max Wright 27mins); Rory Loy, Trialist No.10 (Anthony Marenghi 80mins).
Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK)