This weekend saw The Garry Lynch Memorial tournament at Sommerville Park, Cambuslang. After the opening game, in which Clydebank overcame Alloa Athletic by six goals to one, it was on to the clash of the Rangers.
Cambuslang Rangers 3 Rangers 3
Rangers won 7-6 on penalties
The home side took an early lead after only four minutes, a free-kick on the right was headed past keeper Alan Smith. Rangers replied immediately, a good run by Dylan McGeough saw him challenged at the edge of the box, the ball broke to Rory Loy at the edge of the box his shot was tipped over.
Two minutes later and Rangers were level McGeough combined with Max Wright to set up Rory Loy who shot past the keeper. Ten minutes later and Loy was released by Kal Naismith as he tried to round the goalkeeper the keeper recovered to block his effort.
On 25 minutes good play from the home side saw them work the ball across midfield from left to right finishing with a shot just over. Two minutes later and Kal Naismith went for goal from a free-kick out on the right touch-line and the home keeper had to tip over.
Naismith again came close, shooting just wide after Archie Campbell broke forward and found him at the edge of the box. On 35 minutes Rangers took the lead, a Michael Noble cross from the left rebounded off a defender into the path of Rory Loy who shot home.
The home side came back strongly in the closing five minutes and when their striker was clean through he was brought down by keeper Alan Smith. The Rangers keeper then produced a fantastic save from the spotkick, diving to his left to parry. Smith then had another great save, diving to his left to touch a great effort on to the post. A minute later he was in action again parrying a shot up in to the air following a corner.
Half-Time:- Cambuslang Rangers 1 Rangers 2
The first chance of the second-half came from a McGeough short corner, when Naismith’s shot from a narrow angle was parried by the keeper. Cambuslang Rangers went straight up the other end and drew level, their striker scoring with a fine finish.
Rangers almost gained the lead straight away, Loy combined with Gordon Dick and his deflected shot saw the home keeper make a great save. On the hour mark a slack pass gave Dick a chance but the keeper saved bravely at his feet.
A minute later and a great run and low cross from Ewan McNeil looked to have set up a certain goal for Gordon Dick, but he failed to get a touch as the ball flashed across goal. With just under twenty minutes left, Christiano Kisuka played a one-two with Dick and was denied by a great save.
The next chance came when Dick and Loy combined to set up Naismith, but his shot was straight at the keeper. With ten minutes remaining Steven Hetherington had to clear of the line when substitute keeper Gary Inglis was under pressure following a corner.
The home side then took the lead with five minutes on the clock. A miss-hit corner from the left caught the defence out as it bounced across the box to be fired home at the back post. Rangers then piled forward to try and save the game and grabbed an equaliser in the final minute. Rory Loy set up Gordon Dick inside the box, the home keeper got a hand to his shot but couldn’t prevent it dropping in to the net.
There was still enough injury time for the home keeper to deny Rangers twice, first he made a great save from a McGeough effort from the edge of the box, then from the corner he got down to save from Kisuka.
So it was on to the shoot-out to decide the winner, with both sides scoring six of their first seven penalties. Anthony Marenghi stepped up to net Rangers eighth the Cambuslang player then saw his effort come back of the bar. So Rangers will meet Clydebank in the final.
Full-Time:- Cambuslang Rangers 3 Rangers 3
Rangers:- Alan Smith (Gary Inglis 53mins); Ewan McNeil, Kamil Wiktorski, Darren Cole, Michael Noble (Steven Hetherington 71mins); Archie Campbell (Christiano Kisuka 66mins), Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Max Wright (Kyle McAusland 56mins) ; Kal Naismith (Anthony Marenghi 79mins), Rory Loy
Clydebank 0 Rangers 0
Rangers won 4-3 on penalities
Sunday saw Rangers take on Clydebank in the final and eventually winning after another penalty shootout.
After a quiet opening period Rangers were denied by a brilliant double save on the 13th minute. The Clydebank keeper diving to his left to save a Kamil Wiktorski shot from the edge of the box, then managing to divert Gordon Dick’s effort from the rebound wide for a corner. At the other end following a free-kick the ball was headed across goal and where it was headed narrowly over.
On twenty minutes Rangers keeper Wayne Drummond had a great save to his left from a long-range effort from the Bankies right-back. The Clydebank keeper then had two decent saves in the closing five minutes of the half. Saving a Kal Naismith free-kick from the edge of the box, then denying the same player by blocking his shot from a narrow angle with his legs.
Half-Time:- Clydebank 0 Rangers 0
The second half opened with a decent save from Drummond, after which the teams cancelled each other out for a period and goalmouth incidents were rare.
On 67 minutes Anthony Marenghi came close, shooting just wide. A minute later a slack pass from Dylan McGeough gave Clydebank a chance which Drummond saved. Straight to the other end and a Chris Hegarty run and cross saw Archie Campbell’s effort tipped over.
With twenty minutes remaining Campbell had another chance when a poor clearance fell to him inside the box which the keeper blocked. Ten minutes later and the keeper again denied Campbell, after the striker latched on to a long ball and turned the defender.
Drummond was back in action smothering the ball after a goalmouth scramble, then saving a long-range effort. The final chance of the game after a Rangers breakaway through McGeough down the left, he advanced into the box and was denied by a decent save.
On to the shootout and with both sides missing one of their initial three penalties, Wayne Drummond saved Clydebank’s fourth and with Chris Hegarty and Anthony Marenghi netting for Rangers the Ibrox youngsters took the trophy.
Full-Time:- Clydebank 0 Rangers 0
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Kyle McAusland, Steven Hetherington (Michael Noble 57mins); Christiano Kisuka (Anthony Marenghi 62mins), Kamil Wiktorski (Nicky Main 70mins), Dylan McGeough, Kal Naismith (Sam McMahon 80mins); Rory Loy (Max Wright 53mins), Gordon Dick (Archie Campbell 46mins)
Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 8
On Sunday I had the choice of going to watch the first game at Cambuslang or stopping on the way there at Lesser Hampden, and taking in Rangers Under 15’s pre-season friendly. No contest there, and the young Rangers side which included three trialists, who I believe were from Northern Ireland ran out easy winners.
The first goal came when the Trialist No.9 was but through from a long ball by Trialist N0.5 and he ran on to shoot past the keeper. The second came when Kjeld McIntyre’s throw in was knocked on by the Trialist N0 9 and volleyed home by Danny Stoney.
The third came when the Trialist No 3 broke forward on the left, cut inside and played a one-two with Danny Stoney, advanced into the box and shot home. The fourth saw a Johnny Bradley release Trialist No 3 down the left, his low cross was netted at the back post by Kjeld McIntyre.
A great move down the left set up the 5th goal, Johnny Bradley and Jamie Mills combined to send Kjeld McIntyre clear, he went past the full-back to the byline and his cutback was netted by Danny Stoney. Number six came when a Liam Kelly clearance was flicked on by Kjeld McIntyre, for Danny Stoney to race clear and beat the keeper.
Next was a fantastic solo goal from Tom Walsh, cutting in from the right-wing, past two defenders and beating the keeper from just inside the box. The scoring was complete when Trialist No 3 sent Scott Roberts clear and the left, the goalkeeper parried his shot from a tight angle, but Danny Stoney was on hand to knock the ball home for his fourth and Rangers eighth.
The trailists were a left back (N0 3), centre defence (N0 5) and striker (No 9). The rest of the Rangers squad was as follows:-
Liam Kelly (GK), Ryan Sinnamon, Jack Baird, Kjeld McIntyre, Johnny Bradley, Tom Walsh, Luke Hammond, Danny Stoney, Lewis Morgan, Jamie Mills, Scott Roberts.