Archive for September, 2010

First-Half Treble Against Pars

September 28, 2010

Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Three goals in the first half was enough to secure a win in tonight’s Under 16’s friendly against Dunfermline Athletic at Murray Park. The Ibrox youngsters threatened right from the start and the first real effort on goal came in eight minutes, Ryan Sinnamon played the ball inside to Dylan Dykes who in turn passed it on to Callum McConnell and the visitors keeper made a great save low to his left.

Two minutes later and Dykes combined with the Trialist No7 who went past the full-back to the byline and Dykes was on hand to fire in a shot from the cutback which again the keeper saved to his left. Rangers took the lead seven minutes later, Sinnamon played the ball forward on the right and a great dummy from the Trialist No 7 completely fooled the defender, his cutback from the byline saw Paul Kane’s effort blocked, the ball then fell to Dylan Dykes who found the net despite the keeper getting a hand to it.

The Trialist No 7 was the architect of Rangers second goal ten minutes later, breaking from the halfway line his run took him past two defenders before slipping a pass through to Dylan Dykes to shoot past the keeper. Rangers third came two minutes before the break, a good passing sequence saw Rangers keep possession before it was sent out right to Trialist No.7 who cut inside and hit a left foot shot from the edge of the box which the Dunfermline keeper probably should have saved, but it slipped through his grasp and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 0

The second half was a more even affair and the first real chance came on 64 minutes, Charlie Telfer breaking into the box from the right, his pass across goal found Craig Halkett who was denied by a brilliant tip over by the keeper. With fifteen minutes left a 25 yard effort looked to being heading to Liam Kelly’s top left hand corner, but the Rangers keeper produced a stunning save to touch the ball over for a corner.

Not to be out done the Dunfermline keeper excelled in the final ten minutes. Firstly Charlie Telfer beat the full-back on the right and his cross saw Halkett bullet a header goalwards which the keeper did well to turn over. He was again in action to turn a Telfer shot round the post after Dykes had played him through.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Rangers:- Trialist (Liam Kelly 46mins); Ryan Sinnamon (Trialist N0 17 46mins), Greg Pascazio, Trialist N0 4, Ciaran Summers (Jack Donaldson 54mins); Trialist N0 7, Dylan Dykes, Darren McGill, Scott Roberts; Callum McConnell (Craig Halkett 54mins), Pauk Kane (Charlie Telfer 46mins).

Friendly Win Over Jags

September 25, 2010

Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 1

Win this week’s league game against Dundee United postponed due to international call ups, Rangers took on Partick Thistle in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. It was another win, but like a few games this season an unconvincing performance.

Only a fantastic point-blank save from Ryan Scally prevented Rangers taking the lead in the fifth minute. Rhys McCabe sent a cross field pass from left to right where he found Robbie Crawford who’s cross was right onto the head of Max Wright and Scally somehow kept out the striker’s powerful header. Wright hand another chance on 12 minutes, Kal Naismith broke forward before releasing Wright who advanced into the box before shooting which Scally saved easily.

Thistle had a chance five minutes later when Wayne Drummond picked the ball up after releasing it from his hands, therefore conceding an indirect free-kick inside the box, Kieran Burns played the ball back to Paul Cairney who’s shot was blocked by the Rangers wall. Three minutes later and Rangers took the lead, Robbie Crawford gathered a poor kick from keeper Scally, his pass found Max Wright free inside the box and he calmly fired home.

At the other end Kieran Burns tried his luck from distance which Drummond saved comfortably at his right hand post. A minute later Kamil Wiktorski combined with Max Wright and the striker’s low cross was cleared at the back post by Ross McGeough with Rhys McCabe waiting to pounce.

Just after the half-hour a long pass from McCabe released Wright on the left, he passed inside to Gordon Dick and his shot brought out a fine save from Scally diving to his left. Rangers came close to adding a second on 34 minutes, Dick’s corner from the right was powered goalwards by the head of Chris Scott, only for Stuart Bannigan to pop up on the line to clear.

A few minutes later and Burns had a carbon copy of his earlier effort from distance with the same result, Drummond saving comfortably at his right hand post. Right on the stroke of half-time a poor kick from Drummond had Dick under pressure, he lost possession to  Cairney, he passed inside to Bannigan who’s shot was straight at Drummond.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

Two minutes in to the second half and the Jags were level, the ball was played up to Shaun Fraser at the edge of the box where he laid it back into the path of Kieran Burns who beat Alan Smith with a shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Smith had to look lively five minutes late, saving bravely at the feet of Bannigan after Fraser played the ball through.

Rangers regained the lead on 64 minutes, Dick passed the ball to Kal Naismith on the halfway line and his pass split the Thistle defence sending Max Wright clear, the striker ran on into the box before beating Graeme Shepherd with a low shot. Five minutes later substitute Ewan McNeill won the ball in midfield before beating a defender and shooting narrowly wide.

With eleven minutes left McNeil’s low cross was sliced by Colin Stevenson and only a fine save from Shepherd prevented the ball spinning into the top corner.  McNeil then setup a chance for George Scott with his fellow substitute shooting just wide. In the final minute a George Scott long ball saw trialist Fredrik Epsling get the better of Stevenson in the chase for the ball, only to be denied by the legs of Shepherd at the edge of the penalty box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond (Alan Smith 46mins), Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty (Ewan McNeil 55 mins), Chris Scott, Steven Hetherington; Robbie Crawford (Gregor Fotheringham 71mins), Gordon Dick (George Scott 78mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright (Fredrik Espling 75mins), Kal Naismith.

Partick Thistle:- Ryan Scally (Graeme Shepherd 46mins), Ross McGeough, Colin Stevenson, Kyle Lochead, Lance Pearce (Jonathan Baxter 46mins); Paul Cairney, Stuart Bannigan, Jamie Campbell, Kieran Burns, Daniel Sweeney (Mark Burbridge 59mins); Shaun Fraser.

17’s Second-Half Show Seals Win

September 23, 2010

Rangers 5 Hamilton Accies 1

After a first-half that had little to write about, Rangers Under 17’s second half performance secured a comfortable win over Hamilton Accies at Murray Park tonight. With Blair Currie out with a broken leg it was a trialist between the sticks for Rangers, and he was joined by another three trialists in tonight’s squad.

It was Accies that took the lead with the first real chance of the game in nine minutes, a superb crossfield pass saw their wide right midfield player go past Robbie McIntyre to beat the trialist keeper from a narrow angle. Rangers were to suffer a further blow three minutes later, when Sam McMahon fell heavily while challenging for a cross inside the box and had to leave the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

In what was a tame first-half in term of goal scoring chances, Rangers equalised on the half-hour mark. A great delivery from a free-kick out on the left by Robbie McIntyre saw trialist Fredrik Espling rise to head past the Accies keeper. Hamilton then threatened just before the break with a good passing move down the right and it took a superb Andy Murdoch challenge when the ball was played into the box to clear the danger.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers came out on the attack and a move involving George Scott, Lee Cochrane and Gregor Fotheringham seemed to break down at the edge of the box but the ball fell to Fredrik Espling who’s shot was deflected over. From Marc Dyer’s corner Scott Rumsby powered a header goalwards and it was cleared off the line at the keeper’s left-hand post.

Rangers took the lead on 58 minutes and the goal was created by substitute Darren Ramsay’s first involvement, taking a pass from Cochrane out on the right touchline his ball into the box was perfect for Gregor Fotheringham sliding in to knock it past the keeper. A couple of minutes later and it was Ramsay again, creating space on the byline to get in a cross which the Accies keeper just got to ahead of Espling.

Midway through the second-half the visitors had a chance when awarded a free-kick just outside the box and former Ranger Gary Fraser’s effort bounced of the top of the bar on the way over. That proved costly for Accies as Rangers increased their lead a minute later. Espling won the ball in midfield and played it to Callum Gallagher who showed great skill and strength to shrug off two challenges and shoot past the keeper.

A couple of minutes later and Cochrane was trying his luck from the edge of the box which was deflected over. On 73 minutes Rangers netted their fourth, Fredrik Espling drove towards the penalty box and played a one-two with Gallagher before slotting past the keeper.

A minute later Fotheringham won the ball before combining with Trialist No.17 to setup a chance for Lee Cochrane which was only just wide and ruffled the side netting. The same player was cursing his luck a minute later, cutting in from the left hand side of the box Cochrane’s effort came crashing back off the underside of the bar.

The scoring was complete with ten minutes remaining, a good move down the left was finished off when Callum Gallagher played a one-two with Cochrane before netting his second and Rangers fifth.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers:- Trialist (Sam George 78mins); Andy Murdoch (Trialist No.17 68mins); Scott Rumsby, Jordan Wilson (Trialist No.18 77mins), Robbie McIntyre; Mark Taylor (Darren Ramsay 57mins); Gregor Fotheringham, George Scott, Marc Dyer (Callum Gallagher 63mins); Sam McMahon (Lee Cochrane 12mins), Fredrik Espling.

Youngsters Overcome Older Opponents

September 20, 2010

Rangers 13’s -4-Ayr United 14’s -0

Tonight was an opprtunity to take in one of the younger sides as Rangers Under 13’s took on an Under 14 side from Ayr United. The game was played over three thirty minute periods.

Rangers created a chance as early as the fifth minute, Danny Kelly played the ball up to Sam Jamieson at the edge of the box and the striker laid it back into the path of Craig Kincaid who fired over. Five minutes later they came even closer to opening the scoring, Robbie Crawford’s pass releasing Rhys Proctor and he was denied by Ayr keeper Lewis McMurdo.

The opening goal was only delayed a further eight minutes, Craig Kincaid won the ball at the edge of the box and played it to Sam Jamieson, the striker’s neat back-heel set up Rhys Proctor to shoot past the keeper. Six minutes later and Rangers doubled their lead, Kincaid again won the ball, this time in midfield and played the ball up to Proctor at the edge of the box, the winger slipped the ball through to Sam Jamieson to fire home.

A couple of minutes later Josh Jeffries cut in from the left and passed to Proctor who again played in Jamieson this time he was denied by keeper McMurdo.  The final chance of the period came for the visitors, a ball over the top sent Sean McKenzie clear his shot was powerful but Robbie McRorie stood tall to parry.

It took Rangers only two minutes of the second period to increase their lead and it was a superb solo effort from Sam Jamieson, picking up a loose ball at the left hand edge of the penalty box he cut inside past a defender and curled a superb shot past the keeper.  Ayr then threatened immediately when a cross from the left was controlled inside the box by Ryan Wilson but his shot lacked power and McRorie saved comfortably.

Rangers were soon back on the attack, Craig Kincaid  breaking forward to fire an effort from 25 yards just wide.  At the other end Rangers had to thank Ryan Hoggan who’s tackle prevented McKenzie getting a shot at goal as he ran on to a Craig Barn pass.

Ten minutes into the second period and a fast break from Rangers lead to goal number four. Rhys Proctor running from inside his own half beating two defenders before releasing Sam Jamieson who again gave keeper McMurdo no chance with a great strike. The Ayr keeper then denied Jamieson by bravely saving at the striker’s feet after Jeffries and Crawford combined to sent up the chance.

Ayr United were still a threat and when  a long pass from Lewis Neilson gave Craig Barn an opportunity which Rangers keeper Ross Doohan saved.

There were fewer chances in the final period although both keepers had to make saves. Jamie Brandon and Ross Brown combined to play in David McSorley and keeper McMurdo blocked. At the other end Rangers keeper Doohan saved from Roy Barr following a break down the right. Rangers keeper Doohan then left the best to last, diving low to his left to save from Barr after he was played through by Jordan Bruce.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Ayr United 0

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McRorie (GK), Ross Doohan (GK), Adam Baird, Cameron Price, Ross McRorie, Ryan Hoggan, Danny Kelly, Rhys Proctor, Craig Kincaid, Sam Jamieson, Robbie Crawford, Josh Jeffries, Stuart Gauley, Jamie Brandon, David McSorley, Ross Brown

Ayr United Squad:- Lewis McMurdo (GK), Stuart Donnachie, Reece Lapham, Lee Williamson, Blane Swift, Aiden Connor, Lewis Neilson, Craig Barn, Ryan Wilson, Declan Adam, Sean McKenzie, Donnie Campbell, Jordan Bruce, Roy Barr.

17’s Grab Late Winner

September 19, 2010

Rangers 3 St.Johnstone 2

A Darren Ramsay goal two minutes from time was enough to secure a win for the Under 17’s in a friendly against St.Johnstone at Murray Park this afternoon. Rangers should have had the game win in the early period of the match but a spirited Saints pegged them back and the second-half was much more even before the late winner.

Rangers took the lead as early as the third minute, the ball was worked from left to right from Marc Dyer via Callum Wylie and Lee Cochrane to Callum Gallagher who cut into the box to shoot across the keeper and into the net. On nine minutes it should have been two, a long pass from Wylie saw a superb piece of control inside the box by Marc Dyer but he shot wide.

Two minutes later Callum Gallagher was through and he knocked it past the advancing keeper only to see it cleared off the line, it went straight to Dyer and with the goal at his mercy he managed to hit it straight at the defender on the line. A minute later and a great run from full-back by Mark Taylor saw him finish with a shot that the keeper saved low to his right.

Taylor was again involved when his free-kick from the right broke off a defender to Lee Cochrane and the keeper saved at the post. Rangers doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Taylor played it forward to Gallagher on the right and his low cross was met first time by Callum Wylie to beat the keeper.

On the half-hour mark a great challenge from Taylor denied the visitors a goal scoring opportunity. From the resultant corner the referee adjudged Lee Cochrane to have handled inside the box, despite a valiant effort low to his right by Blair Currie St.Johnstone converted the penalty.

With ten minutes of the half remaining a sweeping move created another chance for Rangers. George Scott passed inside to Dyer who in turn played it out right to Gallagher who fed the overlapping Taylor, from the full-back’s cross Cochrane’s shot was deflected over. A couple of minutes later a Gallagher cross saw Wylie attempt a spectacular overhead kick that was too straight and the keeper saved.

St. Johnstone grabbed an equaliser in the 39th minute, Mark Taylor was short with a pass back and as Blair Currie and the St.Johnstone player collided it left the visitor’s striker an easy tap in. Unfortunately keeper Currie sustained what looked like a bad injury from the collision and was strectchered off, his place being taken by Saints substitute goalkeeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 2

The visitors were first to threaten in the second half and the replacement keeper made a good save after the chance was created down the left. He was in action again when the ball was cleared out of the box he dived to his right to parry the shot from Saints midfielder.

On the hour mark a great pass from Darren Ramsay looked to have sent Gallagher clear but he was pulled down right on the edge of the box. Robbie McIntyre fired the free-kick into the wall and the danger was cleared. Just when it looked like Saints would hold on for the draw Rangers scored with two minutes remaining. Gregor Fotheringham won the ball and played it to Robbie McIntyre on the left, a great run and turn on the byline saw him deliver a superb cross with his right foot and Darren Ramsay was at the back post to power home a header. Ramsay almost scored again in the final minute, Gallagher battled well to retain possession on the right and fed Ramsay who cut inside and fired goalwards with the Saints keeper producing a fine save to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 St.Johnstone 2

Rangers:- Blair Currie (Saints sub Keeper 39mins); Mark Taylor (Jordan Wilson 58mins), Scott Rumsby, Gregor Fotheringham, Robbie McIntyre, Callum Gallagher, George Scott, Andy Murdoch, Marc Dyer (Charlie Telfer 73mins); Lee Cochrane (Darren Ramsay 54mins), Callum Wylie (Callum McConnell 70mins).

16’s Stroll Against Aussie Tourists

September 18, 2010

Rangers Under 16’s had what turned out to be a bit of a miss-match against an Australian touring side coached by former Hearts defender George Cowie. The visitors managed to hold out for just over twenty minutes after which the flood gates opened with Rangers winning 13-0.

When the opener came it was a superb solo effort from Scott Roberts, Jordan Wilson played it forward to Roberts on the left-wing, his run down the left and along the 18 yard box took him past three defenders finishing with a low right foot shot into the bottom corner. Roberts was gain involved in the creation of the second goal, Darren Ramsay found him inside the box and he unselfishly rolled it across the box for Paul Kane to stroke home.

Roberts who can still play at Under 15’s was the architect of the third, cutting in from the left he set up Darren Ramsay with a superb reverse pass and the striker shot home. The fourth goal came when Robert McLardie’s ball from the back sent Paul Kane clear and as the keeper advanced from his goal he coolly lobbed the ball over him and into the net.

Number five came soon after the break, Charlie Telfer sending the ball out to Callum McConnell on the right and he cut inside to beat the keeper at his near post. The sixth goal soon followed, Kane passing to Ramsay who beat a defender as he advanced into the box and rolling the ball across to Charlie Telfer for a tap in.

A slack pass from defence  lead to the next goal, Ramsay pouncing on the mistake to setup Paul Kane who knocked it over the line from the six-yard box. Seconds after substitute keeper Scott Macauley produced a superb save to deny the tourists a goal Rangers scored their eighth. Craig Halkett was sent clear down the right and his pass inside saw Scott Roberts find the net from the edge of the box.

Number nine came from the penalty spot, Telfer’s pass found Darren Ramsay inside the box and as he went past a defender he was clearly tripped and stepped up to net from the spot. Double figures came from Darren Ramsay again, this time converting after Halkett setup the chance from the right wing.

Craig Halkett then got his name on the score sheet netting at the back post after a good run and cross from Jordan Wilson on the left. Paul Kane was the creator for number twelve  with some good play on the left and a cut back for Darren Ramsay to net his fourth. The scoring was complete when Telfer sent the ball out left to Ramsay and his ball across the box was converted by Paul Kane.

Rangers:- Sam George (Scott Macauley 50mins); Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Robert McLardie, Jordan Wilson; Callum McConnell (Ciaran Summers 50mins), Charlie Telfer, Darren McGill (Craig Halkett 46mins), Scott Roberts; Darren Ramsay, Paul Kane.

Youths Hit Five

September 17, 2010

Rangers 5 Queen Of The South 0

With Celtic postponing this week’s youth league match the Rangers youngsters entertained Jim Thomson’s Queen of the South in a friendly at Murray Park. The Queen’s coach made a second-half appearance as Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

The break through came after fifteen minutes, Dylan McGeough winning the ball on the halfway line and his attempted through ball to Max Wright was cut out by the visitor’s central defender, Dylan McGeough reacted to pounce on the loose ball and burst clear, he advanced into the box, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

A minute later and it should have been two, Kamil Wiktorski and McGeough combined to send Max Wright clear, but he was a bit too deliberate with his finish and knocked the ball just wide. Just on the half-hour mark Kal Naismith played the ball back in to the path of McGeough at the edge of the box and the midfielder’s shot was deflected wide.

A couple of minutes later and a superb pass from Queen’s central midfielder looked to have released their left-sided midfield player breaking into the box but a great challenge from Kyle McAusland cleared the danger. With seconds to go before the break Gordon Dick played the ball inside to Wiktorski who made space for a shot from the edge of the box which the keeper saved to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen Of The South 0

It only took the Murray Park youngsters just four minutes to increase their lead after the break, Steven Hetherington breaking forward from full-back and sending Max Wright clear, he carried on into the box before shooting past the keeper. Two minutes later and Wright tried his luck again, his effort from a free-kick 25 yards out beat the wall but the keeper saved.

Max Wright was to come even closer five minutes later, Rangers worked the ball out to McAusland on the right and his low cross went all the way across the six yard box to find Wright coming in at the back post only see his shot hit the post and go behind. A minute later a great run from Rhys McCabe saw him cut in past two defenders and test the keeper.

Rangers were now creating chances at will, the next coming when Naismith passed to Wiktorski who’s ball over the top sent Wright clear, he ran on shoot from just inside the box which the keeper saved. Just beyond the hour mark Alan Smith rolled the ball out to Dick who sent Ewan McNeil galloping down the right, his low cross was almost deflected past his own keeper by the Queen’s defender but the keeper saved.

Rangers eventually increased their lead with just under twenty minutes on the clock, McCabe advanced to the byline on the left, his cut back found Kal Naismith who’s first effort was blocked, but he fired the rebound high past the keeper. A couple of minutes later and a fantastic effort from Rhys McCabe almost produced a fourth. The keeper came out of his box to clear a through ball, McCabe firing it straight back from the halfway line, it looked destined for the net but just cleared the cross-bar.

Rangers then added a further two goals in the closing five minutes, Dick played the ball up to Wright at the edge of the box, the striker retained possession and fed McCabe on the left who laid it back into the path of Hetherington, his cross to tha back post was superbly controlled by Ewan McNeil who fired high into the net. The scoring was complete when McNeil cut in from the right and his left foot shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Robbie Crawford who had a simple task to net the rebound.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen Of The South 0

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty (Ewan McNeil 60mins), Darren Cole (Chris Scott 75mins), Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough (Robbie Crawford 60mins), Rhys McCabe; Kal Naismith, Max Wright.

Not Used:- Gary Inglis

Three In A Row For Youths

September 10, 2010

Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

A Max Wright penalty and a late Ewan McNeil strike made it three wins in a row for Rangers Youths at Murray Park this afternoon. Again the Murray Park Youngsters dominated the game, but it terms of chances created, like the previous games it was an unconvincing performance, with the result in doubt right up until Ewan McNeil’s strike in the ninetieth minute.

There were five changes to the team that beat St.Mirren, some due to injury and some down to choice of selection. Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot in the thirteenth minute. Kamil Wiktorski sent Dylan McGeough clear on the left and as he cut into the penalty box he was bundled over by Martin Laing for a penalty, Max Wright stepped up to send Murray Kinnaird the wrong way from the spot.

Neither side were troubling the keepers much until just before the half-hour mark when Gordon Dick won the ball in midfield, although his shot from 25 yards was too straight and Kinnaird punched clear. Five minutes later a great throw out from Wayne Drummond sent Dick down the right, his run took him past two defenders and into the box, but his shot was easily dealt with by Kinnaird.

A minute later at the other end Andrew Greig and Neil Erskine combined to set up a shooting chance for Calum Dingwall and only a great block by Chris Hegarty deflected the ball for a corner. A couple of minutes later  Greig’s cross from the right had Drummond struggling, the ball rebounding off the far post. Dingwall collected the rebound and a great piece of skill saw him flick the ball over Kyle McAusland but he dragged shoot across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Inverness CT 0

Rangers started the second-half with Sam McMahon on for Chris Scott, but it was at the other end the first chance was created. Andrew McAskill won the ball and played a one-two with David Chambers before shooting just wide. Two minutes later McGeough beat a defender on his way to the byline and his ball across goal was laid in to Dick’s path by Wright but the midfielder’s effort was deflected wide.

With twenty minutes remaining the ball was played up to the edge of the box, McMahon did well to hold of the defender and his ball across the six yard line was cleared by Chad Stewart for a corner. Rangers had a scare with ten minutes remaining when Drummond had to divert Liam Polworth’s free kick from the left behind for a corner.

Five minutes later Robbie Crawford sent Ewan McNeil down the left and his cross was flicked goalwards by Wright and Kinnaird stretched to save. In the final minutes Rangers started to create the chances that previously had eluded them. Great skill on the left from Robbie Crawford saw him create space and his cross from the byline was met by McAusland at the back post only to see his shot cleared off the line by an Inverness defender.

With a minute remaining Steven Hetherington broke forward from full-back and keeper Kinnaird dived to his right to divert his 25 yard shot wide. Then as injury time approached Ewan McNeil cut in from the left and his shot from a similar distance gave Kinnaird no chance to tie up the three points.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Chris Scott (Sam McMahon 46mins), Steven Hetherington; Max Wright, Gordon Dick (Ewan McNeil 81mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Darren Cole, Dylan McGeough; Rhys McCabe (Robbie Crawford 60mins).

Not Used:- Gary Inglis, Nicky Main, Gregor Fotheringham

Inverness CT:- Murray Kinnaird; Martin Laing, Jack Sutherland, Chad Stewart, Tom Smith; Andrew Greig, Liam Polworth, Andrew McAskill, Neil Erskine (Adam McLeod 80mins), David Chambers; Calum Dingwall

16’s Draw At Motherwell

September 7, 2010

Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Rangers under 16’s were held in an entertaining goalless draw at Dalziel Park tonight. It was a continuation of midweek friendlies to provide game time for first year under 17’s and an opportunity to promote some of the under 15’s.

It was the home side that had the better of the early exchanges and in the fifth minute Sam George had to dive to his left to save a 25 yard effort from the Motherwell midfielder. He surpassed that a minute later when Greg Pascazio missed a long ball it left the home striker in the clear, but Sam George came off his line to make a fine save with his leg.

A couple of minutes later and Rangers created their first opportunity, Charlie Telfer and Paul Kane combined on the right and when the later cut the ball back the home keeper dived to his left to save Telfer’s shot. Motherwell again came close on ten minutes, a break down the left saw a great challenge from Darren McGill to clear when the cross came in, but the ball broke to the edge of the box an the Motherwell player shot wide.

On 24 minutes only a stunning save prevented Rangers taking the lead, a Tom Walsh corner from the left saw Greg Pacazio’s looping header come back off the crossbar, Stuart Urquhart’s header from the rebound looked a certain goal but the Motherwell keeper diving to his left somehow got a touch to divert the ball on to the crossbar. A minute before the break  the home side threatened when a shot from the left hand angle of the box went across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Five minutes after the break the Rangers defence failed to clear and only a great save from George diving to his left kept the score sheet blank. Just before the hour mark Paul Kane was pulled back when breaking towards the penalty box and Urquhart fired the free-kick narrowly over.

On 70 minutes Rangers almost took the lead in bizarre circumstances, Robert McLardie charged down the home keeper’s clearance and the ball only just cleared the crossbar for a goal-kick. Ten minutes later and  a fine driving run from midfield by Darren McGill set up Charlie Telfer, as he advanced into the box the ‘Well keeper came off his line to block.

Straight up the other end and the home side broke into the box from the left, substitute keeper Scott Macauley blocked and the Motherwell striker’s effort from the rebound came back off the bar.  In the final minute Paul Kane came close, cutting in from the right and shooting just wide. The home side had the final chance deep into injury time, shooting wide after a break down the right.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Rangers:- Sam George (Scott Macauley); Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Tom Walsh (Callum McConnell 63mins), Robert McLardie, Darren McGill, Ciaran Summers (Craig Halkett 54mins); Charlie Telfer, Paul Kane.

Friendly Ends Goalless

September 2, 2010

Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers youths took on Queen’s Park in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. The Rangers team was made up of mainly of the younger under 19’s players and included two trialists, a left-back from Belgium and Northern Ireland under 17’s youth player Matty Clarke.  It took several saves from both Rangers keepers to deny the Hampden side victory.

In the early part of the game it was the Rangers youngsters that looked most likely to open the scoring, seven minutes in and Sam McMahon chased a long ball from Kamil Wiktorski, under pressure from a defender he tried to head over the keeper who saved comfortably. Three minutes later and good play on the left by Matty Clarke saw him cut inside and the Queen’s Park keeper blocked his shot with his foot.

A few minutes later and the visitors created their first chance, a pass from midfield sending the striker clear, he lobbed the ball over the advancing Alan Smith and just wide. Ten minutes later and the Queen’s Park keeper was in action, diving to his left to parry a Christiano Kisuka shot after he cut in from the right.

The keeper was again in action on the half-hour mark, McMahon out muscled a defender running on to a long pass from Kyle McAusland the keeper saving bravely at his feet. McAusland then did well to blocked a shot at the other end after a break down the right and pass across the box.

This period saw a burst of end to end action and a minute later McMahon won the ball in midfield which was then picked up by Kal Naismith who made space to get a shot away which the keeper saved to his left. The visitors then again broke down the right and when the ball was played inside their midfielder shot narrowly wide.

Half-Time:-Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 0

The visitors came out the offensive and Alan Smith made a decent save from a shot from the angle of the penalty area. He bettered that a few minutes later when the Queen’s Park striker was free inside the box the Rangers keeper saved with his legs.

Smith again came to the rescue on 56 minutes, a slip by Michael Noble left the visitors striker in the clear, Smith producing a great save to his right. Ten minutes later and it was Nicky Main to the rescue, clearing a header of the line following a corner from the right.

Rangers changed keepers with twenty minutes left but the pattern was the same and when the Queen’s Park player was through he knocked the ball past Gary Inglis but Kamil Wiktorski won the race for the loose ball and cleared for a corner. Ten minutes later and Inglis produced a great save to his right when the striker was through one on one.

The final chance came with five minutes remaining when the impressive Owen Ronald cut in from the left and his shot saw Inglis make another fine save to ensure the game remained goalless.

Full-Time :- Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers :- Alan Smith (Gary Inglis 70mins); Kyle McAusland (Ewan McNeil 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Michael Noble (Scott Rumsby 66mins), Trialist No 3; Christiano Kisuka (George Scott 46 mins), Nicky Main, Kal Naismith, Matty Clarke; Sam McMahon (Gregor Fotheringham 66mins), Anthony Marenghi (Lee Cochrane 70mins)