Archive for August, 2010

Narrow Win For Youths

August 28, 2010

Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers youngsters dominated from start to finish against St.Mirren at Murray Park this morning, with goalkeeper Wayne Drummond a virtual spectator.  Yet it was only a first-half goal from Kane Hemmings that separated the sides.

The first effort on goal came after seven minutes after good play from Dylan McGeough set up Kal Naismith who shot over. In what was a tame opening the visitors threatened on twenty minutes and it came from St.Mirren’s trialist full-back Abdul Abdulagay, who has been a trialist for Rangers under 17’s recently. Good play on the right by Mark Lamont gave Abdulagay a shooting chance, but his shot went across goal and wide.

A minute later and Rangers missed a great chance, Kane Hemmings worked his way along the left hand byline, Max Wright looked certain to score from his cut-back but shot over. Wright was to try his luck from distance seven minutes later but his shot was deflected narrowly wide.

Ten minutes before the break Wright broke forward and played the ball up to Hemmings who laid the ball back to Dylan McGeough, but keeper Adam McHugh saved his shot comfortably. Two minutes later and Rangers made the break through. Hemmings charged down a McHugh clearance and the ball broke to McGeough on the right hand side of the penalty area. His cut-back found the advancing Wright who’s miss hit shot landed perfectly for Kane Hemmings to net from six yards.

Two minutes later the Saints had a narrow escape when McHugh fumbled a Naismith corner from the right and the ball was scrambled behind. A minute before half-time and St.Mirren had their best chance, a free kick from Graeme Ramage was glanced wide from the head of Dominic Kennedy.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Three minutes into the second half and the visitors again threatened from a set play. A Ramage corner from the left saw Jason Naismith unmarked at the back post and he headed narrowly over.  Rangers went straight to the other end and when Robbie Crawford cut-in from the right his shot was deflected across the box where Max Wright attempted an over head kick but McHugh came off his line to block.

Ten minutes into the half Ewan McNeil sent Gordon Dick clear on the right, his cross was cleared to the edge of the box where Naismith’s shot was deflected for a corner. The resultant flag kick was cleared to the edge of the box where McGeough fired in  a great shot only to be denied by a fine McHugh save low to his left.

With twenty minutes left only a superb McHugh save prevented Rangers increasing their lead. Naismith released Wright on the left and his ball into the box saw some frantic defending, Christinao Kisuk’s header and Naismith’s shot were blocked. When Dylan McGeough sent his shot goalwards it looked a certain goal until McHugh dived high to his left to claw it away.

Five minutes later and McHugh fumbled a Naismith effort from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box and was fortunate when Chris Hegarty just failed to connect. The game finished on a controversial note, St. Mirren’s Ryan Frances had a wild kick at substitute Kyle McAusland on the touch-line, with everyone watching expecting to see a red card the referee incredibly deemed it only worthy of a yellow.

Full-Time :- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Michael Noble; Robbie Crawford (Christiano Kisuka 60mins), Max Wright, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Kal Nasmith (Kyle McAusland 83mins); Kane Hemmings (Kamil Wiktorski 46mins)

Not Used :- Gary Inglisk (GK), Steven Hetherington

St.Mirren:- Adam McHugh; Trialist No.2, Dominic Kennedy, Ryan Frances, Trialist No.3; Mark Lamont, Sean Burns (Craig Slater 46 mins), Jason Naismith, Graeme Ramage, ConnorRamsey (David ???? 46mins); Bradley Coyne (Joel Kasubandi 76mins)

Friendly Win Over Falkirk

August 24, 2010

Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

A Rangers youth side took on a Falkirk side that featured a couple of over age players in a friendly at Murray Park this afternoon. In a closely fought game it took a late own goal to separate the sides.

It was the visitors that threatened first when Conor McGrandles broke down the left, cut inside and Wayne Drummond saved. On nine minutes Nicky Main won the ball at the edge of the Falkirk box, passed to Anthony Marenghi who in turn passed to Dylan McGeough and the midfielder tested keeper Graham Bowman from around 25 yards.

A minute later and only a fine Drummond save prevented Falkirk taking the lead. James Bloom sent a cross from the left towards the Rangers box where it was helped on by Ally Graham into the path of Conor Kelly and the Rangers   keeper made a great save at point-blank range. On 24 minutes McGeough went on a great run from deep inside his own half taking him past two defenders before playing the ball out to Michael Noble who’s shot from 25 yards was only just too high.

A few minutes later McGeough sent another great ball out left, this time to Steven Hetherington who tried his luck, shooting just wide. Seven minutes before the break Marenghi was impeded outside the box, he stepped up to take the kick himself which Bowman saved comfortably. At the other end Craig McLeish tried his luck from distance, shooting just over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 0

The second half began like the first with McGrandles testing the Rangers defence this time firing across goal and wide. On 56 minutes McGrandles was again involved, combining with Kelly to set up Graham but again the effort was wide of target.

Max Wright tried his luck with a snap shot on 62 minutes after Falkirk lost possession following a throw-in near their own box. A few minutes later Chris Hegarty won the ball on the halfway line and sent Hetherington clear on the left, keeper Bowman saving his shot when he cut inside.

Substitute Sam McMahon had a chance with quarter of an hour remaining, Kamil Wiktorski sending him through after winning the  ball midway inside the Falkirk half, but he was forced wide and the danger was cleared. Five minutes later and McMahon had a better chance when sent clear by Nicky Main, this time he got his shot away but Bowman made a fine save.

The breakthrough came with eight minutes left on the clock. Wiktorski’s cross was deep inside the left hand side of the penalty box where Max Wright headed it back across goal, under pressure from Sam McMahon former Ranger Murray Wallace could only knock the ball over his own goal line and into the net.

Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond (Gary Inglis 46mins); Ewan McNeil (Christiano Kisuka 46mins), Scott Rumsby (Gregor Fotheringham 46mins), Chris Hegarty, Michael Noble; Nicky Main, Dylan McGeough ( Max Wright 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Steven Hetherington; Fredrik Espling (Sam McMahon 58mins), Anthony Marenghi.

Falkirk:- Graham Bowman; Grant Santi, Callum McLean, Murray Wallace, Jmaes Bloom; Dale Fulton, Craig McLeish, Jay Fulton; Ally Graham, Conor Kelly, Conor McGrandles

Subs Used:- Aaron Sekhon, Kris Faulds, Steven Brisbane, Liam Rowan, Ryan Miller

Not Used:- Jordan Roberts (GK)

Youths Edge Out Killie

August 21, 2010

Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 2

A Kane Hemmings double was enough to secure the points at Kilwinning Sports Club this morning. In a game that Rangers were in control once they had taken the lead, they had to survive an injury time scare to hold on for the win.

The windy conditions made it difficult for both teams and there was little goalmouth action in the early period of the first-half. It was midway through the half before either defence was tested, Kal Naismith went past two defenders on the right and his cross broke to Kane Hemmings but the Killie defence blocked out his attempt. A minute later and the big striker should have put Rangers ahead, Christiano Kisuka played the ball inside to Dylan McGeough and his lob sent Hemmings clear, he looked certain to score but miss hit his shot and it bounced wide.

On 27 minutes the home side missed a great chance, a long ball down the right from Callum McCluskey sent Rory McKenzie clear and as Wayne Drummond advanced he lobbed the Rangers keeper but his effort just cleared the bar. On the half-hour Ewan McNeil produced a powerful run down the right and his swirling cross came back of the Killie crossbar.

Four minutes later and a long ball caught out Darren Cole and Rory McKenzie seemed likely to score but he delayed his shot and Darren Cole got back to block. Four minutes before the break Rangers took the lead, Kane Hemmings broke down the left from the halfway line and when he cut inside the penalty box he was tripped by Ross Fisher and the referee pointed to the spot, the Rangers striker stepped up to send keeper Chris Treacy the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 1

The half started with Hemmings charging down a Treacy clearance, but the keeper recovered. Five minutes in and a great run and cross from McNeil saw Ross Fisher apply enough pressure on Naismith to allow Treacy to save at the back post.

A minute later and only the post prevented Rangers increasing their lead, Kisuka and McNeil combined on the right and Hemmings was there to meet McNeil’s low cross only to see it bounce clear off the keeper’s left hand post. Four minutes later and Treacy dived low to his left to touch a McGeough effort round the post after he was sent up by Michael Noble.

Kilmarnock were not out of things and missed a great chance two minutes later, when the ball was played down the left Reid Brown out muscled Chris Hegarty and was through on goal, but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post.  Straight to the other end, Max Wright played the ball out to Kisuka and he fed the overlapping McNeil who’s driven cross was parried by Treacy.

A minute later and Noble cut in from the left and passed to Kisuka who’s effort went just wide.  Rangers were dominating but were only that one goal ahead and on 64 minutes Alan Cairns sent a 25 yard effort just over. Rangers were soon back on the attack and on 73 minutes Treacy dived to his left to touch substitute Gordon Dick’s shot wide.

With ten minutes left Rangers looked to have made the points save when Kane Hemmings grabbed his second, Kamil Wiktorski send the ball out wide to Ewan McNeil and his cross was perfect for Hemmings to volley home from close range. What looked like a comfortable victory was anything but that when Kilmarnock pulled a goal back with two minutes remaining, the ball was played up to the edge of the box and McKenzie laid it back into the path of Reid Brown who gave Drummond no chance with a great strike.

This seemed to spread panic through the Rangers side and they had to survive a scare in injury time, with the Rangers defence failing to clear the ball broke to Killie’s trialist substitute and he was denied by a fine save from Drummond, the danger still wasn’t cleared and bobbled around the box before Hegarty eventually cleared from just in front of goal.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 2

Kilmarnock:- Chris Treacy; Ross Fisher, Callum McCluskey, Lee Ashcroft, Greig Thorburn (Trialist No 12 68mins); Rory McKenzie, Ross Davidson ( Ross Lindsay 73mins), Gary Fisher, Alan Cairns (Trialist No 14 68mins), Joe Slattery; Reid Brown

Not Used:- Russell Caldwell (GK), Matthew Kennedy

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Michael Noble; Christiano Kisuka (Gordon Dick 71mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough, Max Wright, Kal Naismith; Kane Hemmings

Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Steven Hetherington, Kyle McAusland, Robbie Crawford

Irish Visitors To Murray Park

August 15, 2010

Rangers entertained three youth teams from Ireland over the weekend, on Saturday the 17’s took on Home Farm’s under 18’s from Dublin, on Sunday the under 16’s played a select from the North Dublin Schoolboys League and the under 15’s entertained Lisburn Distillery.

Rangers 5 NDSL Select 0

Rangers with five under 15’s in the side, got off to a whirlwind start and where three goals up within the opening ten minutes. The first came on two minutes when Darren Ramsay crossed from the right and Paul Kane was on hand to head past the keeper. Five minutes later and a good run from midfield by Darren McGill saw him play a one-two with Ramsay and advance into the box to make it 2-0.

Rangers scored their third on ten minutes when a Ramsay pass sent Paul Kane clear to beat the keeper. Rangers came close to a fourth on 19 minutes when McGill  played the ball to Charlie Telfer he beat a defender before firing a shot off the keeper’s right hand post.

Credit to the visitors as they settled after the poor start and threatened the Rangers goal before the break. On 37 minutes a cross from the right was headed against the crossbar with Liam Kelly beaten. Three minutes later and Kelly produced a fine save, touching a drive from the edge of the box on to the bar and over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 NDSL Select 0

The Dublin side came close five minutes after the break when a shot from out on the left touch-line only went just wide. Rangers were back on the attack and the substitutes combined when Jack Donaldson setup Ciaran Summers but the visitor’s keeper was quick off his line to block.

Just on the hour mark Liam Kelly produced another fine save, he seemed unsighted when the striker shot from the edge of the box, but he dived low to his left to turn the ball wide for a corner. Three minutes later Rangers increased their lead, a fine through ball from Andy Murdoch sent PaulKane through to slot past the keeper.

On 73 minutes the scoring was complete when Ryan Sinnamon won the ball at the edge of the box and when the ball broke to Paul Kanehe gave the keeper no chance with a great right foot shot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 NDSL Select 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Scott Roberts (Trialist N0 15), Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill, Charlie Telfer (Ciaran Summers 51mins); Darren Ramsay (Jack Donaldson 51mins), Paul Kane

Rangers 4 Distillery 1

In the other game today Rangers ran out comfortable winners against what I believe was a slightly side. Goals from Gloady Ntumba, Kjeld McIntyre (2) and Lewis Morgan had them well in command before Distillery pulled one back in the final minute.

Rangers Squad:- Scott McAuley (GK), Dylan Dykes, Lewis Spence, Jack Baird, Lewis Martin, Kjeld McIntyre, Johnny Bradley, Gloady Ntumba, Lewis Morgan, Luke Hammond and a Trialist.

Rangers 2 Home Farm 0

On Saturday the under 17’s had a 2-0 win over Home Farm.

Rangers took the lead through a close range effort from Scott Rumsby following a corner. Then a superb Sam McMahon striker made it two, he chased a ball down the right channel and when the keeper came out to meet him he produced a superb lob from almost on the touch-line, over the keeper and into the net.

Ranger:- Blair Currie; Mark Taylor, Scott Rumsby, Gregor Fotheringham, Frankie Owens; Trialist N0 8 (Ewan McNeil), George Scott, Lee Cochrane (Steven Hetherington), Marc Dyer (Sam McMahon); Callum Wylie (Trialist No 12), Trialist No 9.

19’s Double Header

August 14, 2010

Rangers Under 19’s had a double-header against Queen’s Park and Clyde last night at Murray Park. With the Queen’s Park game kicking off at 7pm and the Clyde game 45 minutes later, it meant I could take in the first game and half of the second.

Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers took on a Queen’s Park side that included five players from their 19’s squad from last season. It was the Murray Park youngsters that threatened first on seven minutes, Max Wright playing Hemmings in and he was denied when the keeper saved with is foot.

The Queen’s keeper was in action again three minutes later, good play along the right hand byline by Christiano Kisuka and when is low cross broke to Max Wright again the keeper blocked with his legs. A few minutes later and he was to surpass that with an incredible block from Kal Naismith. A long ball down the right channel was chased by Kane Hemmings, his low cross found its way to Naismith, he looked certain to score but somehow the keeper got a block on his shot and the defence cleared the danger.

Rangers eventually took the lead on 18 minutes, Kisuka won the ball on the right and laid it back into the path of Adam Hunter who sent in a perfect cross for Kane Hemmings to head past the keeper. Three minutes later and Rangers and Kane Hemmings doubled their tally. Kisuka cut in from the right and was tripped as he went past the full-back for a clear penalty. Hemmings stepped up to net from the spot, despite a valiant attempt from the keeper.

On the half-hour a solo run from Naismith cutting in from the left saw him leave two defenders in his wake, but his shot across goal went wide of the far post. Three minutes before half-time Queen’s Park pulled a goal back,  agreat cross from the right by Owen Ronald was headed past Wayne Drummond by Steven Hepburn.

A minute later and another break on the right gave the visitors a chance but the shot failed to trouble Drummond and he saved easily.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Two minutes into the second half and Rangers missed a great opportunity to extend their lead. Kamil Wiktorski was free on the right and his cross found Max Wright unmarked, with everyone expecting to see the ball hit the back of the net he shot just wide. Two minutes later Dylan McGeough’s shot from the edge of the box broke off a defender in to the path of Sam McMahon, but a poor first touch from the substitute gave the keeper the chance to clear at the striker’s feet.

Just before the hour the Queen’s keeper was again in action, Wiktorski sent Kisuka clear on the right and the keeper dived to cut out his low cross with two Rangers players waiting to pounce. A minute later the visitors had a chance when they broke down the right, but a tame header from the resultant cross failed to trouble Drummond.

Queen’s Park had a great chance to equalise on 72 minutes, a break down the left saw  them go past Chris Hegarty, Drummond  made a good block from the initial shot, with the goal at his mercy the Queen’s player could only fire over the bar from the rebound.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Adam Hunter, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Michael Noble; Christiano Kisuka, Dylan McGeough (Frankie Owens 70mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Kal Naismith; Kane Hemmings (Sam McMahon 46mins), Max Wright.

Rangers 7 Clyde 1

A slightly younger Rangers side took on Clyde, kicking off 45 minutes after the Queen’s Park game. The Murray Park youngsters came from a goal down to lead 2-1 at half-time, both goals coming from Callum Wylie. Rangers started the second-half with the substitute from the other game, Sam McMahon replacing goalscorer Callum Wylie.

It took Rangers only two minutes to extend their lead when a corner from the right  was played low into the box where it was met by Nicky Main who shot past the keeper. Five minutes later Robbie Crawford had a chance when through but the Clyde keeper made a decent save.

On 55 minutes Clyde had a chance, a corner from the right was headed back across goal, and was headed narrowly over. Two minutes later Rangers grabbed a fourth through Sam McMahon, although the big striker didn’t know too much about it. Anthony Marenghi cut in from the right, his shot from a narrow angle was parried by the Clyde keeper only to strike Sam McMahon in the midriff and into the net.

Midway through the half Rangers scored again, Kyle McAusland combined with Gordon Dick before going through to shoot past the keeper. The keeper then denied McAusland on 72 minutes when he was through on another Dick pass.

The sixth goal came with thirteen minutes remaining, a corner from the right was cleared back out to Marenghi, this time his cross found its way to Ewan McNeil at the back post he controlled the ball before shooting home. Marenghi then crossed from the left on to the head of George Scott which the keeper saved.

At the other end Gary Inglis produced a smart save low to his right diverting the ball for a corner. With a couple on minutes remaining the Rangers keeper produced and even better stop, a cross from the left saw Gregor Fotheringham miscue his header, Clyde looked certain to pull a goal back till Ingles dived high to his right to claw the header away.

The scoring was complete in the final minute, George Scott got to the byline on the right, his cross was met by the head of Andy Mitchell, the Clyde keeper made a great block on his initial effort but was helpless as the Rangers midfielder knocked the ball home.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Clyde 1

Rangers:- Alan Smith (Gary Inglis 68mins); Abdul Abdulagay (George Scott 72mins), Ewan McNeil, Kyle McAusland, Steven Hetherington; Nicky Main, Andy Mitchell, Gordon Dick, Robbie Crawford; Callum Wylie (Sam McMahon 46mins (Gregor Fotheringham 64mins)), Anthony Marenghi.

Youths Hit Late Winner

August 7, 2010

Rangers 3 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rangers youngsters came back from losing as goal in the opening seconds to grab a late winner against Blackburn Rovers at Murray Park this morning. Losing the ball straight from kick-off it ended when Robbie Cotton’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected past Wayne Drummond to give Blackburn the lead.

Rangers first effort on goal came on 18 minutes but Rhys McCabe’s effort from around 25 yards was an easy save for Matthew Urwin in the Blackburn goal. McCabe then came close just after the half-hour mark, cutting in from the left and shooting just wide.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Adam Hunter fired a free-kick from the edge of the box just wide. A minute later and Rangers were level, a good build up saw the ball sent out wide to Robbie Crawford, his cross was perfect and Kal Naismith headed home for eight yards.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

The visitors had a great chance five minutes into the second half, a clearance from keeper Unwin sent Osayamen Osawe down the left, he went past Ewan McNeil and his cutback found Micah Evans who shot wide. Five minutes later Wayne Drummond had to make a good block after John O’Sullivan had played in Osawe.

Rangers then took the lead just after the hour mark, a Robbie Crawford corner from the right saw Kyle McAusland challenge  in the air, the ball dropped and Christiano Kisuka met it on the volley to give the keeper no chance.  Five minutes later and Kisuka broke down the right, his cross found the head of McAusland, but his header lacked power and substitute goalkeeper Chris Dillow saved comfortably.

With twenty minutes left Blackburn equalised, Robbie Cotton played a corner from the right low and short, substitute Jaiden Hall met it at the near post and to fire past Drummond. Rangers were back on the attack two minutes later and when Max Wright’s cross from the left broke to McAusland, keeper Dillow blocked his shot with his legs.

Willow again saved, this time a Kamil Wiktorski shot from the edge of the box. With six minutes remaining it was Rangers keeper Drummond in action, denying Osawe after a solo run took him past two defenders and clear inside the box.

That save was to prove crucial and Rangers grabbed what was to prove the winner a minute later.  Michael Noble played the ball up to the edge of the box and a sublime back-heel from Max Wright set up Robbie Crawford breaking into the box, Dillow got down to block his first effort but was helpless as he calmly stroked home the rebound.

Blackburn had one more chance in the final minute when Osawe was through on the right, Drummond again did well to parry his effort and Naismith was on hand to clear the danger.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Blackburn Rovers 2

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Adam Hunter (Ewan McNeil 46mins), Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Steven Hetherington (Michael Noble 46mins); Robbie Crawford, Andy Mitchell (Christiano Kisuka 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Rhys McCabe (Max Wright 46mins); Kyle McAusland, Kal Naismith.

Not Used:- Alan Smith, Chris Scott.

Blackburn Rovers:- Matthew Urwin (Chris Dillow 61mins); Peter Wylie, Tony O’Connor, Ryan Edwards, Alex Billington; Robbie Cotton, Hugo Fernandez Molnia (Will James 61mins), Andy Parry (Cameron Lindsay 61mins); John O’Sullivan, Osayamen Osawe, Micah Evans (Jaiden Hall 61mins).


Craigroyston Hit For Six

August 6, 2010

Rangers 6 Craigroyston 0

Rangers Under 17’s, with three from the 19’s squad took on Edinburgh side Craigroyston’s Under 19’s and Murray Park tonight and ran out comfortable winners.

The first chance of the came in seven minutes, a great Frankie Owens cross from the left was headed just wide by Cristiano Kisuka. Three minutes later Rangers took the lead from a fantastic strike from Stuart Urquhart, from fully thirty yards the ball skidded of the wet surface and into the bottom corner.

Anthony Marenghi then had a shot cleared of the line, the chance created by a great overlapping run from Nicky Main and his cross finding Marenghi at the back post. Just after the midway point in the first-half the visitors broke down the right and it ended with a comfortable save from Blair Currie.

A minute later Christiano Kisuka cut in from the right and forced a fine save from the keeper low at his left hand post. Approaching the half-hour mark the keeper was in action again, saving a Marenghi free-kick from the right hand angle of the box.

The Craigroyston keeper was the barrier between Rangers and a second goal, his next save was a brave dive at the feet of Sam McMahon after he was played in by  Marenghi. This was quickly followed by another two saves from the same Rangers player. First from a narrow angle  to concede a corner and this was surpassed when from the resultant flag kick the ball broke to McMahon on the edge of the six yard box, he poked it goalwards and the keeper produced a brilliant save low to his left.

On 36 minutes he denied Sam McMahon again, Scott Rumsby sent him clear, the keeper blocked his effort, but could only knock it into the path of Lee Cochrane for a simple tap in. Two minutes later and the Craigroyston keeper continued his personal battle with McMahon, the big striker latched on to Frankie Owens ball into the box but the keeper diverted his shot wide.

With five minutes of the half remaining Gregor Fotheringham sent Cochrane through, he tried to lob the on rushing keeper, but it didn’t quite have the height and the keeper saved. But he was exposed a minute later, a great run along the byline from Kisuka, his cutback was cleared to the edge of the box where Gregor Fotheringham was on hand to net Rangers third with a fine strike.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Craigroyston 0

Seven minutes into the second half and McMahon was out of luck again, he went through and this time rounded the keeper (a half-time sub, not the same one) and it looked a certain goal but an incredible goal-line clearance from the Craigroyston defender diverted the ball over the bar. The fourth goal was only delayed three minutes and  it was a great solo effort from Anthony Marenghi, he went past two defenders cutting in from the right and shot past the keeper from just inside the box.

Two minutes later he almost scored again from another great run, this time shooting just wide. Just after the hour it was George Scott’s turn to try his luck with a great shot from around 25 yards that the keeper tipped over. A minute later the impressive substitute trialist No 15 won the ball thirty yards out, carried on into the box and setup Mark Taylor who shot just over.

Frankie Owens was the  architect of Rangers fifth goal, his run down the left took him past several defenders and his cross was met by the head of Trialist No 15 who nodded past the keeper.

The keeper then produced a great save, touching Mark Taylor’s drive form the edge of the box on to the bar, after good work by Owens. Taylor then played in the Trialist N0 15, as the keeper came out he unselfishly squared the ball to Callum Wylie for a simple tap in. The final chance came with five minutes left on the clock when Taylor’s good run and shot brought out a fine save from the keeper.

Rangers 6 Craigroyston 0

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Nicky Main (Abdul Abdulagay 73ins), Scott Rumsby, Stuart Urquhart, Frankie Owens; Christiano Kisuka (Mark Taylor 58mins), George Scott, Gregor Fotheringham, Anthony Marenghi (Callum Wylie 73mins); Sam McMahon (Trialist No 15 Callum ??? 73mins), Lee Cochrane (Marc Dyer 46mins)

Glenavon Visit Murray Park

August 5, 2010

Two youth teams from Lurgan’s Glenavon FC visited Murray Park yesterday. The pitches used meant I could only take in one game and had to make a choice, I decided to take in the game involving the older lads.

Rangers 2 Glenavon 2

A Rangers under 15 squad supplemented with three under 16 players took on Glenavon’s Under 16’s, in what was an entertaining game played over three thirty minute periods. The first chance of the game came on six minutes when a one-two at the halfway line between Danny Stoney and Luke Hammond sent the former clear, he advanced into the box and the Glenavon keeper blocked his shot with his legs.

The Northern Irish side took the lead on ten minutes, the Rangers defence failed to clear and the ball broke to the Glenavon striker inside the box and he shot past Liam Kelly. Things got worse for the Rangers youngsters on 23 minutes when a cross from the left deceived everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

Rangers pulled a goal back three minutes into the second period, when the Glenavon keeper failed to gather a Kjeld McIntyre corner from the left Gloady Ntumba was on hand to knock the ball over the line. Five minutes later and a break down the left gave a chance to the visitors which Kelly saved.

Rangers were back on level terms after 48 minutes, Luke Hammond shot from around 25 yards and it went in off the keeper’s right hand post. A minute later when Hammond played in Ntumba the keeper blocked with his legs.

With ten minutes of the period remaining Rangers were denied by the woodwork, a Lewis Morgan corner was headed out, where Johnny Bradley met it on the volley, with the keeper beaten it came back off his right hand post. Glenavon then had a great chance following a fine passing move, the ball eventually coming in from the right, it was controlled by the midfielder who had made a great run into the box, he tried to poke it past Kelly but the Rangers keeper saved.

The Ibrox youngsters were then denied when Hammond set up Craig Halkett who knocked it past the advancing keeper, as the ball rolled towards the empty net a defender got back to clear from the line.  The first chance of the final period saw Kelly make a fine save from a free-kick from just outside the box and only a great challenge from Ciaran Summers prevented a certain goal from the rebound.

Rangers then had a couple of efforts before the end, good play on the right by Ntumba, his cross was controlled by the trialist N0. 16, who’s shot was saved low down at the post. Then with four minutes remaining a good run and shot from Hammond was saved by the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Glenavon 2

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly (GK), Ryan Sinnamon, Ciaran Summers, Jack Baird, Lewis Martin, Jack Donaldson, Kjeld McIntyre, Johnny Bradley, Danny Stoney, Scott Roberts, Luke Hammond, Gloady Ntumba, Lewis Morgan, Craig Halkett, Trialist (No.16).

Note:- In the other game Rangers 14’s beat their Glenavon counterparts 6-1.

Lesser Hampden Defeat

August 4, 2010

Queen’s Park 3 Rangers 2

A Rangers Under 16 side lost to an impressive Queen’s Park side at Lesser Hampden last night. Although a bizarre incident midway through the second half denied them a draw.

With the score at 2-1 to the home side, great play on the right by Tom Walsh saw him skin the full-back and deliver a great ball across the box to give Darren McGill a simple tap in, unfortunately for him the ball went into the net and out through a hole in the net and behind, the referee awarding a goal-kick. Despite protest from the Rangers players the referee stuck with his decision and Rangers were denied a clear goal.

In the opening period Queen’s Park were well on top and missed a few chances before taking the lead. On ten minutes a shot from the edge of the box deflected off Jordan Wilson and only a great diving save from Liam Kelly prevented a goal. A minute later and it was Greg Pascazio that came to the rescue, his last-ditch tackle denying the Queen’s striker.

The long ball over the top was causing Rangers problems and when Jordan Wilson struggled to deal with another, the ball broke to the home side’s striker and his effort came back off the post. Rangers first attack saw the ball move from right to left across the 18 yard line from Darren Ramsay through Callum McConnell to Darren McGill but he screwed his shot wide.

The home side took the lead on 17 minutes, a good pass sent their striker clear and he ran to shoot past Kelly. The home side continued to dominate and another chance saw the shoot straight at keeper Kelly. On twenty minutes they had a great chance to double their lead when Dylan Dykes barged a Queen’s play inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Unfortunately for the home side as Liam Kelly dived to his left the Queen’s Park player struck his shot wide of the other post.

Two minutes later and Rangers equalised with a great goal. Mark Dyer picked the ball up at the edge of his own penalty area and passed to Robert McClardy, his driving run saw him carry the ball past two players and play to Darren Ramsay on the right, he carried on to the byline and his ball across the six yard box was hammered home by Callum McConnell.

A minute later and Rangers should have taken the lead, McConnell broke down the right and found Ramsay free inside the box but his effort was wide of the post. The home side then regained the lead on 27 minutes, a ball played up to the box saw a great turn and shot from the Queen’s Park striker beating Kelly low to his left.

Just after the half-hour McClardy went on another great run, this time it took him into the penalty area and his shot saw the keeper make a great save, Ramsay looked sure to score with the rebound but the keeper recovered to deny Rangers again. A few minutes later and it was the Rangers keeper in action, saving from a tight angle at the expense of a corner.

An Andy Murdoch pass then gave Ramsay a chance but he shot across goal. The home keeper then came for and missed a Dyer corner, but the defender was on hand to clear from the line. The final chance of the match saw former Ranger Blair Spittall volley just wide of Kelly’s goal from the edge of the box.

Half-Time:- Queen’s Park 2 Rangers 1

The second half was tame by comparison until the “goal that never was” incident midway through the half. Rangers were having more of the play without creating any real chances. With eight minutes remaining a great cross field pass gave the Queen’s Park player a clear run on goal and he made no mistake beating the advancing Scott Macauley.

With two minutes remaining Rangers got a goal back, Greg Pascazio finding the net with a looping header from a Tom Walsh corner.

Full-Time:- Queen’s Park 3 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Scott Macauley 67mins); Dylan Dykes (Jack Donaldson 65mins), Greg Pascazio, Jordan Wilson, Trialist N0.3 (Ciaran Summers 46mins); Mark Dyer (Tom Walsh 50mins), Robert McClardy, Andy Murdoch, Darren McGill (Trialist No.16 70mins); Callum McConnell (Craig Halkett 55mins), Darren Ramsay (Scott Roberts 42mins)

17’s Win Over Queen’s Park

August 3, 2010

Rangers Under 17’s continued their build up to the start of the season with a comfortable win over Queen’s Park at Murray Park last night. The lineup included two of the four French trialists that featured against Livingston last week, and another trialist (Scottish) came on as a substitute.

The first real chance came in the eighth minute when a slack pass gave Sam McMahon a chance but the Queen’s keeper saved bravely at the striker’s feet. Four minutes later and Rangers took the lead, a Frankie Owens corner from the right saw Adel Gafaiti rise too bullet a header off the underside of the bar and over the line.

Rangers double their lead on twenty minutes, Adel Gafaiti won the ball in midfield and played it to George Scott at the left hand angle of the penalty box from where he curled a superb shot over the keeper and into the top corner of the net. The same player came close seven minutes later after a great run and cross from Abdul Abdulagay, Scott controled the ball, turned the defender and shot just wide.

A minute later and Rangers scored again, a great through ball from Gafaiti sent Sam McMahon clear, he advanced into the box, held off a defender and shot past the advancing keeper. The visitors had a chance on the half-hour mark, but Blair Currie saved the shot diving to his left.

A minute later and Queens Park really should have scored, through on Currie and with the goal at his mercy the striker blazed high and wide. Rangers went straight up the other end and came close to adding a fourth, a superb chipped pass from McMahon sent Lee Cochrane clear, he lobbed the advancing keeper only to see the ball go just wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

The second half saw a spirited performance from The Spiders and they held Rangers for a long period and indeed should have got a goal back on 68 minutes, their striker was through but under pressure from Scott Rumsby his shot lacked power and Currie saved. With twenty minutes remaining Mark Dyer came close with a superb effort, Scott found him on the left with a  crossfield pass and a great touch and volley had the keeper scrambling as it just missed the near post.

Rangers had a few chances to increase their lead in the final ten minutes, from a corner on the right the ball was flicked on and Scott Rumsby headed narrowly wide. The substitute trialist then created and chance for himself, winning the ball thirty yards out he ran on into the box, rounded the keeper only to see his shot drift wide of the post.

Latching on to a long pass from Mark Taylor he had another chance a minute later, this time he tried to lob the keeper, but his effort lacked height and the keeper saved.  The Queen’s keeper then got down to save a long-range effort from Scott. And in the final minute Sam McMahon completed the scoring with a great goal. Winning the ball he then beat a defender and fired a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Blair Currie; Abdul Abdulagay (Callum ??? 60mins), Scott Rumsby, Stuart Urquhart, Frankie Owens (Mark Taylor 50 mins); Gregor Fotheringham, Lambert Lemlembe (Callum McConnell 62mins), Adel Gafaiti (Mark Dyer 55 mins), George Scott; Sam McMahon, Lee Cochrane.