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.