Youths Beat Blackburn In Final Warm Up

Rangers 3 Blackburn Rovers 1

Rangers Under 19’s had a fine win over Blackburn Rovers in their final warm up match before starting their league campaign against Kilmarnock next Saturday. They survived an early scare when Filip Pivkovski appeared to be brought down as he burst into the box but the referee waved played on.

Rangers took the lead after eighteen minutes when Adam Hunter’s free-kick from the right saw Callum Gallagher challenge at the near post and when the ball bounced behind him, Kim Skogsrud was well placed to nod passed Christian Paulat-Brigg. Rangers came close to scoring an identical goal three minutes later, this time Kim Skogrud’s header from Hunter’s free-kick slipped narrowly past Paulat-Brigg’s right hand post. The goal was delayed only two minutes when Rangers increased their lead from a rather soft penalty. Adam Hunter went down under a challenge from Alex Hauge and the referee awarded a penalty, Jack Werndly scoring from the spot.

The referee awarded his second soft penalty of the match two minutes before the break, this time Josh Robinson was adjudged to have impeded Filip Pivkovski and Sean Cooke stepped up to beat Alan Smith from the spot.

Half-Time:-Rangers 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

Smith had to be on his toes two minutes after the break when Cooke cut in from the right and the Rangers keeper tipped over. Rangers then were under a bit of pressure without the visitors creating any clear-cut chances and with just over ten minutes remaining they made the game safe. Robbie Crawford kept the ball in play out on the left touch-line, his pass inside found Barrie McKay who’s superb pass inside the full-back sent Darren Ramsay clear inside the box and he shot across the keeper into the net.

Nikolaj Kohlert then had a great chance to add a fourth when through on goal but he shot past the keeper’s right hand post. In the final ten minutes Rovers called Blair Currie into action on a couple of occasions. First Cooke played in Danny Laverty with a pass from the right with Currie saving low to his right, then Laverty and Cooke combined to set up Ryan Humphreys who’s shot was parried by the Rangers keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Blackburn Rovers 1

Rangers:- Alan Smith (Blair Currie 59mins); Kyle McAusland, Josh Robinson (Gregor Fotheringham 46mins), Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Adam Hunter (Darren Ramsay 66mins), Kamil Wiktorski (Robbie Crawford 66mins), Nikolaj Kohlert, Lewis McLeod (Robbie McIntyre 66mins); Jack Werndly ( Barrie McKay 54mins),Callum Gallagher.

Blackburn Rovers:- Christian Paulat-Brigg; Brad Mason (Tom Paul 59mins), Hugo Fernandez (Johnny Spittle 59mins), Jack O’Connell, Alex Hauge (Will Beesley 46mins); Filip Pivkovski (Ryan Humphreys 70mins), Luke George, Sean Cooke, Callum Holden (Antoine Bolland 59mins), Jadan Hall (Danny Laverty 59mins; Curtis Haley.

Footnote:- At the same time a young Rangers under 17’s side were taking on Lisburn Distillery and ran out 3-0 winners with goals from Danny Stoney, Trialist No.4 & Dylan Dykes.

Rangers Squad:- Sam George (GK),Ryan Sinnamon, Trialist No. 4, Craig Halkett, Jamie Mills, Dylan Dykes, Kjeld McIntyre, Tom Walsh, Danny Stoney, Charlie Telfer, Luke Hammond, Kris Gibson, Jordan Wilson, Darren McGill, Glody Ntumba.

I just heard that Rangers have released 1st year under 17 Lewis Martin. I have to say I was surprised and I think he is player that could progress and have a career in the game. It is thought he is joining his local club Falkirk and I would like to take the opportunity to wish him all the best and I will watch his progress there with interest.

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