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.