Youth Round Up

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers Under 19’s got their league campaign under way with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Murray Park on Saturday morning. With the first team in action at Inverness I was unable to attend. After a goalless first-half Rangers took the lead through an own goal, with a Jack Werndly header from an Adam Hunter cross providing the second.

Rangers:-Alan Smith; Gregor Fotheringham, Kyle McAusland, Kim Skogsrud, Tom Skogsrud; Adam Hunter, Kamil Wiktorski, Nicolaj Kohlert (Robbie Crawford 62mins), Lewis McLeod; Callum Gallagher, Jack Werndly (Darren Ramsay 62mins).

Not Used:- Blair Currie, Robbie McIntyre, Ewan McNeil, Josh Robinson

Kilmarnock:- Russell Caldwell; Mark Brown, Greig Thornburn, Andy Rankin (Michael McKitrick 45mins), Lee Ashcroft, Ross Fisher, Matthew Kennedy, Ross Davidson, Rory McKenzie, Ross Lindsay (????? McNeil 85mins), Chris Johnston (Mark Thomson 75mins).

Not Used:- Andy Hainey

Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 2

On Friday night an Rangers Under 17’s side had a similar win over Queen’s Park at Lesser Hampden with goals from Jamie Burrows and Danny Stoney. I didn’t know the game was on until after the event so I didn’t attend.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Luke Hammond), Darren McGill, Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Dylan Dykes (Trialist), Fraser Aird, Tom Walsh (Kjeld McIntyre), Glody Ntumba (Andy Biddulph), Jamie Burrows (Charlie Telfer), Danny Stoney (Jamie Mills)

Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0

On Sunday morning I managed to get along and watch the Under 14’s take on Queen’s park at Murray Park. The Rangers youngsters took the lead early in the first period with Josh Jeffries scoring from the edge of the box. Rangers extended their lead when Scott Moore met a goal kick  from the Queens keeper and headed on for John Cunningham to advance into the box and knock the ball over the keeper.

The visitors replied with a shot from the edge of the box and Robbie McCrorie had to get down to his right to turn the ball wide for a corner. John Cunningham then grabbed Rangers third before the end of the first period with a neat finish.

Rangers then hit the bar twice in quick succession, Moore advanced on the left and Robbie Crawford got his head to the cross only to see it come back off the crossbar, when it was cleared out of the box Josh Jeffries fired it straight back and again the crossbar came to Queens rescue. A superb pass from Max Ashmore sent Jeffries clear on the left and his low cross was turned past the keeper by John Cunningham.

Rangers got another goal at the start of the third period when the keeper picked up a pass back to concede a free-kick inside the box, with Max Ashmore rolling it sideways for Josh Jeffries to shoot past a packed defence. The final goal came when Crawford combined with Moore on the right, from Moore’s low cross Crawford’s effort was blocked by the keeper but only as far as John Cunningham who shot home.

Robbie McCrorie then had to dive full length to his right to clutch a shot from the right hand angle of the box and keep his clean sheet intact. Moore then won the ball midway inside the Queens half and broke clear but saw the keeper make a fine save.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (GK), Danny Kelly, Greig Taylor, Ross McCrorie, Reagan ?????, Max Ashmore, Jamie Brandon, Josh Jeffries, John Cunningham, Scott Moore, Robbie Crawford, Cameron Price, Kyle ?????

Queen’s Park 2 Rangers 3

In the afternoon I went along to Lesser Hampden to take in the Under 15’s game where Rangers came from 2-0 down to snatch a winner in the last-minute.

Queen’s Park took the lead after good play on the right and a pass inside saw a looping shot go over the keeper and into the net. Rangers were shocked again before the end of the first period when Scott Lochead lost possession in midfield and the Queens player found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Rangers had a great chance to get back into the game before the period ended, Adam Wilson’s pass to Callum Shipcott saw the striker’s first time pass release Scott Lochead inside the box but the keeper made a fine save.

A superb passing move saw Rangers move the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and Wilson’s pass into the box from the left saw Shipcott turn the defender only to be denied by another fine save. A Ryan Hardie pass then sent Keir Whitefield down the left and the winger’s cross had the keeper stretching to claw the ball away from under his bar.

Queen’s Park were denied when Stephen Chatterton brought down the striker when he was breaking clear, from the resultant free-kick Max Currie produced a fine save to keep Rangers in the game. The Ibrox youngsters were to capitalise by reducing the deficit, Hardie made progress on the left and his cross from the byline was parried but only as far as Scott Lochead who shot high into the net.

The home side then came close following a short corner on the left, from the cross Max Currie punched under pressure and when the ball was fired goalwards it was cleared from the Rangers goal line. Owen ????? then sent Hardie clear on the left and his shot from a tight angle saw the keeper turn it wide for a corner. From the corner on the left Ben Reilly’s kick eluded everyone before finding the net off the far post.

With Rangers now pushing for the winner the Spiders keeper produced a fine save tipping Ryan Hardie’s shot over. With time almost up the ball was played ion from the right and Ryan Hardie found the top corner from around the penalty spot.

Rangers:- Jamie ????? (GK), Max Currie (GK), Ryan Currie, Sam Liddington, Stephen Chatterton, David ?????, Ryan Smith, Ben Reilly, Adam Wilson, Callum Shipcott, Scott Lochead, Keir Whitefield, Alex McEwan, Ryan Hardie, Owen ?????

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