Rangers 5 Lisburn Distillery 0
Following on from yesterday’s game at under 17’s Lisburn Distillery were at Murray Park with games at under 12’s, 13’s & 14’s this morning and Under 15’s in the afternoon. The game I took in this afternoon saw a Rangers side almost entirely made up of Under 17’s take on the Northern Irish side’s Under 18’s.
It took Rangers only three minutes to take the lead, Glody Ntumba broke down the right and showed good skill and strength to get past the defender and his cut back into the box found Freddy Espling who shot past the keeper. On the quarter-hour mark Fraser Aird sent Freddy Espling clear and he carried on into the box before finding the net for his second goal.
Midway through the half the visitor’s carved out a chance with a one-two at the right hand angle of the box with Rangers trialist keeper blocking with his legs then reacting quickly to save the rebound. Ten minutes before the break Darren Ramsay played a short free-kick to Fraser Aird who fired narrowly over.
Four minutes later Ntumba sent Espling clear this time the Distillery keeper diverted his shot on to his left hand post and wide. The corner was cleared to the edge of the box but only as far as Aird who sent a shot crashing off the underside of the bar with the keeper beaten. A minute later it was Darren McGill’s turn to be denied by the woodwork when his long-range shot came back off the keeper’s right hand post.
A minute later Freddy Espling completed his hat trick and grabbed Rangers third, Ntumba’s turn and pass sent the Swedish striker clear and this time he made no mistake. From the trialist keeper’s goal kick Kris Gibson got a flick on to find Aird on the right, he cut inside and shot for goal with the keeper touching over. The corner was then played short to Aird on the left and from his cross Ntumba headed against the bar.
Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Lisburn Distillery 0
Rangers increased their lead after only two minutes of the second half, Aird sending Ntumba down the right, he held off the defender and his low cross found Danny O’Rourke arriving inside the box to turn the ball past the keeper. Distillery came close to pulling a goal back on 55 minutes, a corner from the left was headed goalwards but Andy Murdoch was well placed to head off the line.
On the hour mark Rangers scored again, Darren Ramsay’s shot from outside the box was deflected into the path of Sam McMahon and the big striker rolled the ball across the six yard box for Stuart Urquhart to knock the ball home. Rangers next chance came when Callum Wyllie turned a defender and raced clear with the keeper advancing from his line to block with his legs.
With quarter of an hour left on the clock a defender’s miscued header fell for Wyllie and his shot from the edge of the box brought out a fine save from the keeper diving to his left. At the other end Blair Currie had to stretch to tip over a long-range effort. Rangers were soon on the attack and McMahon laid the ball back into the path of Ramsay and the Distillery keeper saved low to his left. Right on the final whistle Distillery had a great chance when their player beat Currie to the ball as he came outside his area but he could only knock the ball wide of the empty net,
Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Lisburn Distillery 0
Rangers:- Trialist (GK) (Blair Currie 64mins); Andy Murdoch, Greg Pascazio, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Fraser Aird, Darren Ramsay, Kris Gibson (Danny O’Rourke 46mins), Darren McGill; Glody Ntumba (Sam McMahon 58mins), Freddy Espling (Callum Wyllie 58mins)