Archive for January, 2011

Youth Players Move On

January 31, 2011

In the last few weeks a few players have left the Under 17’s and 19’s Youth squads. Following a struggle with injury and illness Chris Scott has left the club after both parties agreed the best way forward. Michael Noble who started the season at left-back has been frustrated and being unable to reclaim his place after injury and  requested that he be released to which the club agreed.

Three players who have been on the fringes have left the Under 17’s squad, Callum McConnell has returned to his former club St.Johnstone.

Jack Donaldson & Ciaran Summers have left in search of a more regular game elsewhere. I am sure we all wish these lads all the best for the future.

A late addition to this list, following discussions between the player and the club it was agreed by mutual consent that Max Wright would be released from his contract, as with the others, I hope Max does well in the future with his new club.

19’s Progress In Cup

January 29, 2011

Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 2

Billy Kirkwood’s side edged past Hamilton Accies in entertaining game at Murray Park. The first half saw few chances with both teams battling for midfield supremecy, but really open up after the break.

A Rhys McCabe long throw gave Kane Hemmings a half chance just before the ten minute mark  but the Accies defence blocked him out. Two minutes later and the home side took the lead from the penalty spot, Dylan McGeough’s ball over the top sent Kane Hemmings clear and he was sent crashing  from Lee Kilday’s challenge for a clear penalty, Kane Hemmings stepped up to beat Andy Kennedy low to his left despite the keeper getting his hand to it.

The only other goalmouth action of the first half came four minutes before the break when Andy Ryan’s effort from 30 yards saw Gary Inglis produce a great save high to his left as the ball to a swerve in flight.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Just after the break Jordan Kirkpatrick progressed down the left, cut inside and shot just wide of the far post. Rangers went straight up the other end and Kal Naismith released Hemmings who shot across goal from a tight angle. Ten minutes in and Christiano Kisuka went past Conner McGlinchey on the right and his shot was saved by Kennedy, next up came a Naismith shot from the edge of the box that Kennedy gathered at the second attempt.

Good play on the Hamilton left from Kirkpatrick just before the hour mark saw Inglis produce a decent save, almost immediately Kisuka broke from deep inside his own half to setup a chance for Hemmings who’s effort was deflected narrowly over.  With twenty minutes of the half gone Hamilton drew level, Michael Devlin rising to head a corner from the left past Inglis.

Rangers were soon back on attack and Rhys McCabe tested Kennedy when he strode forward from midfield, the Accies keeper touching his shot wide for a corner. On 67 minutes Kisuka cut in from the right and was fouled right on the edge of the box by Kilday, the Rangers substitute couldn’t continue and was replaced by Andy Mitchell. From the resultant free-kick Rangers regained the lead, Naismith’s original effort rebounded from the wall to Max Wright who’s lob saw Kennedy at full stretch to touch the ball onto the bar, Kyle McAusland’s diving header from the rebound looked netbound, and Kane Hemmings was there just to make sure form a couple of yards.

Barely four minutes had elapsed when Rangers scored again, Andy Mitchell sent Hemmings clear on the right and his low cross found Max Wright on hand at the back post to net from close range. The visitors then made sure of a grand stand finish when they grabbed a second with twelve minutes remaining, again Devlin got his head to a corner, this time from the right and Andy Ryan forced the ball over the line.

Accies now sensed the possibility of forcing extra-time and came close when Kirkpatrick’s cross into the box was only cleared as far as Scott Pittman who shot just wide. Kirkpatrick again was the source on the left, this time Ryan was just too late to connect with his ball across the six-yard box. Their final chance game with four minutes remaining, following a free-kick on the right Kieran Millar played in Andy Ryan and Inglis was quick off his line to block, with the ball spinning high in the air Lee Kilday headed over under pressure from the Rangers defence.

Billy Kirkwood’s side will now travel to Somerset Park to face Ayr United in the Quarter Finals.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 2

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Rangers:- Gary Inglis; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty, Darren Cole, Robbie McIntyre; Dylan McGeough, Gordon Dick (Max Wright 57mins), Rhys McCabe, Robbie Crawford (Christiano Kisuka 46mins (Andy Mitchell 67mins)); Kane Hemmings, Kal Naismith.

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (GK), Lewis McLeod

Hamilton Accies:- Andy Kennedy; Ziggy Gordon, Lee Kilday, Michael Devlin (Jordan McCue 82mins), Conner McGlinchey; Chris Roxburgh (Euan Lindsay 57mins), Scott Pittman, David Hopkirk, Kieran Millar, Jordan Kirkpatrick; Andy Ryan.

Not Used:- Darren Dolan (GK), Ryan Finnie, Gary Fraser

An added bonus was a game in the afternoon with Alan Kernaghan’s under 17’s taking on Queen’s Park in a friendly.

Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

The game had a tame start and it was midway through the first half before any action of note, and it was the visitors that had Chris Johns under pressure from a free-kick out on the left, the Rangers keeper punching clear. A minute later Rangers looked certain to take the lead, Aaron McGregor played a one-two with Darren Ramsay and was in on the keeper but his shot was just wide.

In their next attack Rangers did take the lead when Lewis McLeod played in Gregor Fotheringham who shot past the keeper. On the half-hour mark Fotheringham tested the keeper with a long range effort that the keeper saved. The second goal was delayed a minute when a fine move carved out the second. McGregor sent the ball out to McLeod wide on the right and his low cross was converted by Freddy Espling at close range.

At the other end a great defensive challenge from  Stuart Urquhart cleared the danger when a cross came in from the left.  Rangers were soon back on attack and Aaron McGregor saw his long range effort saved by the Queen’s Park keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queens Park 0

A mixup between Urquhart and Johns gave the visitors a chance but the Rangers keeper recovered to touch wide. A great move from Rangers almost produced a third, McLeod’s crossfield pass saw Andy Murdoch control the ball instantly and cut back for Ramsay who was denied with a superb save from the Queens keeper.

The visitors then  carved out a chance after a break down the left and with the striker through on goal Chris Johns produced a great block with his left foot. Midway through the half a superb turn and pass from McLeod created an opening for Ramsay which the keeper saved.

With three minutes remaining Rangers got a fortuitous third, Callum Gallagher played the ball inside to Darren McGill, his shot from just outside the box took a massive deflection of a Queen’s Park defender to leave the keeper stranded. Before the end Rangers substitute keeper Filip Nilsson  had to stretch to tip over a long range effort.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Chris Johns (Filip Nilsson 55mins); Craig Halkett (Callum Wyllie 55mins), Jordan Wilson (Darren McGill 55mins), Stuart Urquhart, Matty Clarke; Andy Murdoch, Gregor Fotheringham, Aaron McGregor, Lewis McLeod; Darren Ramsay, Freddy Espling (Callum Gallagher 55mins)

 

 

 

Youth Double Header With LASK Linz

January 27, 2011

Rangers welcomed two youth teams from Austrian side LASK Linz to Murray Park today. In the morning Rangers Under 15’s took on the Austrian side’s Under 16’s. Then in the afternoon a Rangers side made of U16’s/U17’s took on a U17’s/U18’s side from the visitors.

Rangers 3 LASK Linz 3

This visitors were first to threaten and keeper Liam Kelly made a fine block with his legs as the striker advanced into the Rangers box. Rangers then went straight to the other end where Tom Walsh and Dylan Dykes combined to set up a chance for Lewis Martin who was denied by a fine save.

The Austrian side then took the lead on the 25th minute when Robert McLardie was short with a pass back and the Linz player evaded Kelly before shooting into the net. Two minutes later and they doubled their lead, a through ball saw a superb turn from the Austrian N0. 10 and he calmly stroked the ball bast Kelly.

Rangers were soon back in the match, the ball was played out to Dykes wide on the right, his cross was just missed by Gloady Ntumba but found its way to Kjeld McIntyre at the back post who shot home. Eight minutes before the break McIntyre split the defence with a superb pass to send Dykes in on goal, the keeper advancing from his line to block his effort. The ball was eventually cleared to Ryan Sinnamon out on the right, and the full-back’s cross had the keeper struggling but rebounded off the crossbar.

Just before half-time there was a chance at either end, only a great challenge by Robert McLardie prevented the Linz striker getting in on Kelly. At the other end Ryan Sinnamon hit a powerful free-kick straight at the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 LASK Linz 2

Three minutes into the second half and a great move saw the visitors increase their lead, the impressive N0. 10 sent a superb pass inside Jamie Mills to allow the midfielder to send the ball across the six yard box for a simple tap in.  Seven minutes later Rangers pulled a goal back, Scott Robert’s free kick from wide on the left was missed by everyone and found the corner of the net.

Twenty minutes into the half and great play down the right from Luke Hammond saw him send the ball flashing across the six-yard line with no takers. Just over five minutes later and Rangers were level, the goal was created on the left by Gloady Ntumba who’s low cross was converted from inside the six yard box by Dylan Dykes.

Rangers 3 LASK Linz 3

Rangers:-Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Robert McLardie, Greg Pascazio, Jamie Mills; Scott Roberts (Luke Hammond 55mins), Lewis Martin (Lewis Morgan 58mins), Tom Walsh, Danny Stoney (Kjeld McIntyre 27mins); Dylan Dykes, Gloady Ntumba.

Rangers 5 LASK Linz 1

After a quiet opening period the visitors were first to threaten on the quarter-hour mark when a cross field pass from left to right gave the wide midfielder a chance which Filip Nilsson parried over. Four minutes later and the Rangers trialist keeper was in action again, comfortably saving a long-range effort.

Rangers then took the lead with their first real chance on 25 minutes, Craig Halkett overlapped down the right and his cross saw Matty Clark rise to challenge the keeper, the ball breaking to Callum Wyllie to net from close range. A couple of minutes later and Darren Ramsay came close, breaking from midfield he saw his effort deflected just wide.

Just after the half-hour Clarke won the ball in midfield and burst into the box only to shoot straight at the keeper.  A few minutes later Rangers seemed sure to score when Darren McGill’s free-kick broke to Jordan Wilson but he just couldn’t quite force the ball past the keeper.

In the final ten minutes the Austrians had a couple of efforts that Nilsson saved with out too much difficulty.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 LASK Linz 0

It only took Rangers three minutes into the second-half to increase their lead when good work on the left by Ramsay saw Stuart Urquhart convert his low cross  from close range. Substitute keeper Sam George was then called into action, blocking a shot from a narrow angle at the expense of a corner.

On 57 minutes the home side extended their lead, Lee Cochrane advancing forward and his one-two with Callum Gallagher sent him clear to shoot past the keeper. Ten minutes later and a flowing move carved out a fourth, Clarke, Cochrane and Stoney combined, with Danny Stoney’s superb pass freeing Lee Cochrane to knock the ball past the keeper.

The fifth goal arrived only two minutes later, a corner from the right found its way to Stuart Urquhart at the left hand angle of the box and his shot evaded defenders and forwards alike to find the bottom corner.  On 73 minutes the visitors got their consolation goal, the scorer picked the ball up in midfield wide on the right, cutting inside past a couple of challenges he fired a superb 25 yard shot into the top corner giving George no chance.

In the final five minutes Rangers twice came close to adding to their tally. Following a free-kick the ball broke too Cochrane at the edge of the box and he was denied his hat-trick by the Linz keeper with a fine save low to his right. Then when Urquart won the ball and broke forward to feed  Cochrane the later’s pass sent Wyllie through with the keeper coming out to block his effort with his legs.

Full Time:- Rangers 5 LASK Linz 1

Rangers:- Filip Nilsson(Sam George 50mins), Craig Halkett (Andy Murdoch 45mins), Chris Gibson, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Callum Wyllie, Darren Ramsay (Paul Kane 70mins), Darren McGill, Matty Clarke; Lee Cochrane, Callum Gallagher (Danny Stoney 57mins)

Footnote:- At the same time a Rangers 17’s/18’s side lost 2-3 to the Scottish Schools Under 18’s. Rangers goals coming from Freddy Espling and George Scott.

Rangers:- Trialist (Filip Nilsson 46mins), Cameron Lindsay, Michael Noble, Scott Rumsby, Adam Hunter, Gregor Fotheringham, Lewis McLeod, George Scott, Freddy Espling, Marc Dyer, Anthony Marenghi.

Youths Hit Eighteen !!

January 17, 2011

Kestal 0 Rangers 18

Rangers youths rattled in the goals in what was a total mismatch in their final game in Turkey. Where as last year’s trip included games against Lokomotive Moscow and the Azerbaijan Under 21 side, you have question the benefit of today’s game. Anyway the scorers were, Kane Hemmings (8), Max Wright (4), Robbie Crawford (2), Gordon Dick, Andy Mitchell, Ewan McNeil and Gregor Fotheringham.

Rangers Starting lineup was:- Gary Inglis; Ewan McNeil, Kyle McAusland, Rhys McCabe, Steven Hetherington; Andy Mitchell, Gordon Dick, Gregor Fotheringham, Robbie Crawford; Max Wright, Kane Hemmings

The Youths are back in League action this Saturday with a home game at Murray Park against Kilmarnock, Kick-Off 11am.

Easy Win For Youths

January 11, 2011

Manavgatspor 0 Rangers 9

Rangers Youths romped to a 9-0 victory in their second game in their winter training camp in Turkey. I am still trying to find out who the opposition was (just heard they were local side Manavgat), but the Rangers goalscorers were Max Wright (4), Kane Hemmings (2), Rhys McCabe (2) and Ewan McNeil.

The Rangers starting line was:-

Gary Inglis; Ewan McNeil, Adam Hunter, Rhys McCabe, Michael Noble; Robbie Crawford, Gordon Dick, Gregor Fotheringham, Anthony Marenghi; Max Wright, Kane Hemmings

Youths Open With A Win In Turkey

January 7, 2011

Alanyaspor 1 Rangers 2

Rangers under 19’s opened with a win against the reserve side of local club Alanyaspor at their winter training camp in Turkey, with striker Max Wright grabbing both goals.  The Rangers starting lineup was a follows:-

Alan Smith; Ewan McNeil, Kyle McAusland, Rhys McCabe, Steven Hetherington; Andy Mitchell, Adam Hunter, Gordon Dick, Robbie Crawford; Kane Hemmings, Max Wright.

Footnote:- Former Ranger Demarcus Beasley’s new club Hanover 96 are at the same complex and they took on Alanyaspor’s first team, winning 1-0.