Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 3
Rangers Under 16’s edged out Kilmarnock in the latest in a series of friendlies at this age group tonight at Grange Campus. Rangers dominated the early stages and the first chance fell to Callum McConnell after Darren Ramsay headed on, with the Killie keeper saving comfortably.
Two minutes later the home keeper needed two attempts to save Darren McGill’s effort after he combined with Scott Roberts on the right to create the opportunity. The keeper then produced an excellent tip over from McConnell’s header when he got on the end of a McGill cross from the left.
Rangers eventually took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark, McGill played the ball out to Scott Roberts on the right, he was challenged as he drove towards the edge of the box and the ball broke to Darren Ramsay who beat the keeper with a powerful strike. Just over fifteen minutes later Ciaran Summers and Charlie Telfer combined on the left and the keeper saved Summer’s effort from a narrow angle.
Eight minutes before the break only a brilliant Liam Kelly save kept Rangers lead intact, diving to his right to divert a 25 yard effort wide. From the resultant corner the ball was headed goalwards but Ramsay was perfectly placed on the post to clear from the line. With a couple of minutes to go before the break Rangers almost doubled their lead in bizarre fashion, Ramsay’s corner from the right was beyond the far post, Jordan Wilson sliced his attempted cross into the air, as the keeper tried to gather he fumbled the ball against the post but recovered to gather before any Rangers attacker could pounce.
Rangers were pegged back only sixty seconds later, Callum McConnell’s crossfield pass thirty yards out was intercepted and the Killie player went past the defence to shoot beyond Kelly and in off the post. McConnell almost redeemed himself when he latched on to a long Ciaran Summer’s pass, but the home keeper was alert and saved at the striker’s feet.
Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 1
A sweeping move almost gave Rangers the lead a couple of minutes after the break, Summers played the ball up to Ramsay at the halfway line, great chest control saw him turn away from the defender and find Scott Roberts on the right, who’s first time pass freed Darren McGill inside the box only to be denied when the home keeper blocked with his legs. Two minutes later the home side took the lead with an excellent goal, the striker picked the ball up wide on the left and left Wilson for dead, as Kelly advanced he neatly chipped over the Rangers keeper and into the net.
Rangers were only behind for three minutes, Ramsay won the ball inside his own half and sent McConnell clear on the right, his low cross into the box saw Charlie Telfer beat the keeper to the ball at the near post and stroke the ball home. Seconds after coming on as a substitute on 57 minutes Tom Walsh came close after a good run on the left, his shot flashing across goal and just wide of the far post.
What proved to be the decisive goal came with just under twenty minutes remaining, a great run from Dylan Dykes saw him go past two defenders and into the box, from his ball across the six-yard box Jordan Wilson’s effort saw the Killie keeper save at point-blank range, only for Darren Ramsay fire the rebound into the net. Rangers almost added a fourth just before the end, Charlie Telfer and Paul Kane combined to setup what looked a certain goal for Dylan Dykes only for the Rangers midfielder to fire over.
Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 3
Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Greg Pascazio (Trialist No 16 45mins), Jordan Wilson, Ciaran Summers (Jack Doanldson 57mins); Scott Roberts (Tom Walsh 57mins), Dylan Dykes, Darren McGill, Charlie Telfer; Darren Ramsay, Callum McConnell (Paul Kane 55mins)