17’s Held By Falkirk

Rangers 1 Falkirk 1

With the 19’s league game clashing with the first team fixture I got my fix of youth football by taking in the 17’s game against Falkirk at Murray Park this afternoon. Falkirk have an excellent youth setup and it wasn’t a real surprise that the game ended all square, the Rangers side included the nine players that signed professional contracts yesterday, which means they will be full-time from the start of next season,

It was Falkirk who had the first chance of the match after six minutes when they broke into the right hand side of the box and the trialist keeper in the Rangers goal stood tall to make the block. Two minutes later at the other end Scott Roberts corner from the right found the head of Craig Halkett and the keeper made a fine save diving to his right. Five minutes later a good passing move involving Tom Walsh and Dylan Dykes setup a chance for Danny Stoney who was denied by a superb block from the central defender to divert the ball wide.

Rangers then took the lead after seventeen minutes, superb play on the right from Scott Roberts saw him take on the full-back and hit the byline, his cutback was fired into the net from close range by Danny Stoney. Six minutes later it was goalscorer Stoney the got to the byline on the right and a combination of keeper and defender just prevented Charlie Telfer from converting.

Four minutes later the visitors created a chance cutting inside from the left flank and Craig Halkett had to make a superb block to clear the danger. A minute later Stoney was quick onto a ball over the top and as he tried to round the keeper he was denied by a brave save at his feet.

With just over ten minutes to the break Dylan Dykes tried his luck from a twenty-yard free-kick which the Falkirk keeper turned round his left hand post. Three minutes later a corner from the right gave the Rangers defence problems but the central defender up for the corner knocked the ball over at the back post.

Just before the interval the Trialist keeper in the Rangers goal was almost caught out from a long-range effort but managed to react and kick the ball clear.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 0

The home side was first to threaten after the break, Jamie Mills cut in from the left and passed to Danny Stoney inside the box but the Rangers striker’s shot was wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Falkirk grabbed an equaliser on the hour, the replacement Trialist keeper came for a corner from the right only to be beaten to it by a Falkirk player who headed into the net.

Eight minutes later Rangers had a great chance to take the lead, Luke Hammond sent Charlie Telfer clear and as he rounded the keeper he was brought down for a clear penalty, Telfer stepped up to take the kick but saw the keeper dive to his right to make a fine save. The keeper then had a comfortable save five minutes later from a long range shot from Scott Lochrie.

The last real chance of the match came sixty-seconds later, Kjeld McIntyre picked up a slack pass in midfield, broke towards the box before setting up Tom Walsh with the keeper blocking his shot with his legs.

Full-Time: -Rangers 1 Falkirk 1

Rangers Trialist No.1 (Trialist No.21 46mins); Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Jamie Mills (Ross Kellock 68mins); Scott Roberts (Kjeld McIntyre 68mins), Dylan Dykes (Scott Lochrie 65mins), Kris Gibson, Tom Walsh; Charlie Telfer, Danny Stoney (Luke Hammond 58mins).

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers 13’s and their Falkirk counterparts played out a goalless draw.

On Saturday Rangers 19’s took on St.Johnstone at Murray Park, as already mentioned the 1pm kick off meant I was unable to attend. Goals from Kyle McAusland, Darren Ramsay, Callum Gallagher (Pen) and Matty Clarke along with a penalty save from Alan Smith saw them run out 4-1 winners.

The official site’s youth coverage has been much better this season and there is a match report at the link below:-

http://www.rangers.co.uk/articles/20111203/youngsters-find-form_2255459_2536380

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