Rangers 7 St.Johnstone 0
Callum McConnell showed little mercy to his former club, bagging five goals in tonight’s Under 16 friendly. If McConnell was the executioner then Charlie Telfer was the chief architect with a superb display in midfield.
Yet it was the Perth side that had the first chance in six minutes when the ball was played in from the right their striker was stretching to reach it and he could only knocked it over the Rangers keeper and over the bar. It took the Rangers youngsters some time to settle and almost twenty minutes had passed when a great run from Charlie Telfer ended with his pass setting up Paul Kane, but he failed to connect properly and the keeper saved easily.
A couple of minutes later Craig Halkett combined with Telfer to create another chance for Kane this time his shot was blocked by a defender. Rangers were now creating chances and barely sixty seconds later Kane returned the compliment, his pass giving Telfer a chance inside the box but he shot across goal and just wide.
Rangers took the lead on 24 minutes, Andy Murdoch’s pass sending Callum McConnell clear on the left just inside the Saints half, he carried on into the penalty area and shot past the keeper. A minute later and it was Murdoch coming close, shooting just over when Telfer’s corner was cleared to the edge of the box.
Saints then had a decent effort on goal just after the half-hour mark with their striker shooting just wide of the post from distance. As often happens they then conceded a second two minutes later, their keeper came and missed a Telfer corner from the right allowing Jordan Wilson to volley home at the back post.
Rangers came close again within a couple of minutes, McConnell and Telfer combining to set up the chance for Danny Stoney, the visitor’s keeper saving with his legs. With a couple of minutes left before the break McConnell broke down the right and passed inside to Telfer who laid it back to Murdoch and he shot just wide from around 25 yards.
Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 0
Within a minute of the break Rangers grabbed their third, Charlie Telfer sending Callum McConnell clear and with the Saints keeper coming out of his area the Rangers striker went round him and shot into the empty net. The fourth goal came on 58 minutes, Wilson played the ball up to Telfer at the edge of the box, a superb turn and shot saw the keeper make a fine diving save only for Callum McConnell to pounce and knock home the rebound.
Five minutes later and number five looked to be on the cards when Telfer sent McConnell away on the right, his pass across the box looked like a certain goal for Luke Hammond but the substitute shot wide. On 64 minutes only a brilliant save denied McConnell a fourth, Jamie Mills broke forward from full-back and passed on to Ciaran Summers, McConnell got on the end of his cross and it looked a certain goal until the keeper diving to his right turned the ball away for a corner.
Three minutes later and Rangers did grab another, Hammond made progress on the right before feeding McConnell who rolled the ball across the box to give Charlie Telfer the goal his performance deserved. The next chance fell to Ciaran Summers when he latched on to another superb Telfer pass, this time the keeper blocked his effort from a tight angle.
Summers almost grabbed his goal on 73 minutes when sent clear by McConnell he beat the keeper, but the ball clipped the outside of the post and bounced wide. Four minutes later the visitors gifted Callum McConnell his fourth, the keeper clashing with a defender when they both went for a Hammond cross from the right leaving the Rangers striker an easy tap in.
McConnell then looked sure to grab another when Telfer sent him clear, this time he dragged his shot wide. His fifth goal was only delayed till three minutes from time, Hammond pass sending Callum McConnell clean through and this time he made no mistake.
Full-Time:- Rangers 7 St. Johnstone 0
Rangers:- Connor ???? (Scott Macauley 46mins); Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson, Stuart Urquhart (Ciaran Summers 46mins), Jamie Mills; Danny Stoney (Luke Hammond 57mins), Andy Murdoch, Jack Donaldson, Callum McConnell; Charlie Telfer, Paul Kane (Tom Walsh 57mins)