19’s Double Header

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.

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