Archive for January, 2012

17’s Hammer Jags In Glasgow Cup

January 31, 2012

Rangers 12 Partick Thistle 1

Tonight’s Glasgow Cup Section game was a one-sided affair with Rangers running up a high score at Murray Park. Barely sixty-seconds had passed when a superb turn from Tom Walsh on the left hand byline set up an easy opener for Danny Stoney from close range. On five minutes Fraser Aird played a one-two with Danny Stoney at the edge of the box and it took a combination of goalkeeper and defender to divert the ball wide for a corner.

Rangers doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Darren Ramsay’s corner from the right broke to Greg Pascazio just inside the box and despite the best efforts of keeper Marc Watters his shot found the corner of the net via the keeper and his left hand post. Two minutes later the ball was played out to Charlie Telfer on the right, he went outside the defender and shot across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Only a further two minutes had passed and keeper Watters was picking the ball out the net again, this time a wicked deflection on Darren Ramsay’s 25 yarder left him helpless. With just less than ten minutes to the break Rangers scored again, Andy Murdoch passed inside to Charlie Telfer and his pass set Jamie Burrows free inside the box to beat the keeper.

Five minutes later Rangers completed the first half scoring, Darren Ramsay lobbing the ball over the defence for Danny Stoney to volley past keeper Watters.

Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers started the second half  just like the first and scored in the opening minute, the Thistle defence should have dealt with Dylan Dykes low cross but allowed the ball to reach Fraser Aird at the back post to net the seventh. A minute later Jordan Wilson’s run and cross on the left found Scott Roberts who headed into the net at the back post.

On the hour mark Rangers scored again, Charlie Telfer sent the ball to Jamie Burrows on the left and the striker cut inside past the defender into the box and finished with a fine shot. Two minutes later only a brilliant double save from Liam Kelly prevented a reply from the visitors, from a break through the middle the Rangers keeper dived to save high to his left and was then back on his feet to divert the rebound onto the bar and gathered the loose ball.

Thistle were not to be denied their consolation and three minutes later and a superb strike from Gerry O’Donnell from the left hand angle of the box found the net via Kelly’s left hand post. Rangers were soon back on the attack and Fraser Aird’s solo run took him past three defenders, from his pass inside  Scott Roberts laid it off to Charlie Telfer and his effort came back off the cross-bar with the keeper beaten.

With just over twenty minutes remaining Jamie Burrows burst into the box on the left past two defenders, with his ball across the six yard box destined for Dylan Dykes it was knocked past the keeper by a Thistle defender for an Own Goal. The start of Rangers next goal began from a Thistle corner, when the ball was cleared from the box a lightning break saw Jamie Burrows power towards the Thistle box before feeding the supporting Jordan Wilson, his effort was parried by keeper Watters but only into the path of Dylan Dykes who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

A minute later and Jamie Burrows was the creator breaking towards the byline inside the box on the left before cutting the ball back for Darren Ramsay to net from close  range. A solo run from Fraser Aird in the final minutes took him to the edge of the box,  when his effort struck the arm of a Thistle defender the award of a penalty was unnecessary, perhaps the supervisors were watching. Andy Murdoch stepped up to take the kick with keeper Watters diving to his left to save.

That completed the romp for the home side, but with Fraser Aird and Darren Ramsay now pretty much established in the 19’s side I fail to see the point or the benefit of recalling them to the 17’s for tonight’s game when a couple of younger players could have played the ninety minutes.

Full-Time:- Rangers 12 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Andy Murdoch, Greg Pascazio (Jamie Mills 53mins), Stuart Murdoch, Jordan Wilson; Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird, Darren Ramsay, Tom Walsh ( Scott Roberts 46mins); Danny Stoney ( Dylan Dykes 46mins), Jamie Burrows.

Not Used:- Sam George (GK)

Partick Thistle Squad:- Marc Watters (Gk), Scott Jarvie (Gk), Liam Lindsay, Kyle Doherty, Dominic Farrell, Lee Gallagher, Declan Hannaway, Martin Maguire, Euan Conroy, Kieran Melville, Gary Hynes, Jack Haggerty, Kieran Maxwell, Gerry O’Donnell, Yamikani Misanjo.

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17’s Take On Crusaders

January 29, 2012

Youth football is back and I managed to take in two games at Murray Park today. In the morning Alan Kernaghan’s Under 17’s took on Belfast’s Crusaders and later in the day the Under 14’s were host to a side from Ayr United’s Academy.

Rangers 4 Crusaders 1

The game was played over three thirty minute periods and with Rangers using almost a completely different squad after the first period so I have split the lineups. Rangers had the bulk of possession during this first period but clear-cut chances were few until Charlie Telfer broke forward on twenty-two minutes before firing narrowly over.

The midfielder was instrumental when Rangers took the lead just before the end of the period, he made progress on the left and made his way to the byline, when he cut the ball back Darren Ramsay was on hand to net from around eight yards. There was still time for the visitor’s to threaten the Rangers goal when a break from midfield saw the effort go narrowly passed Liam Kelly’s left hand post.

Rangers extended their lead five minutes into the second period, the goal again came from the left hand side with Tom Walsh being the architect, taking on the defender and creating space to get his cross in and Scott Roberts came in at the back post to head across the keeper and into the net. The home side then came close to netting a third, Greg Pascazio rose to power Kjeld McIntyre’s corner goalwards but a slight deflection diverted it on to the crossbar and the danger was cleared.

As the game entered the third period Tom Walsh tested the Crusader’s keeper from 25 yards. A minute later a superb piece of skill saw Danny Stoney grab a third, when the ball was played up to him at the edge of the box a turn and neat footwork took him past two defenders and setup a cool finish past the keeper. Rangers fourth came after the turn round in the final period, some neat passing down the left involving Jamie Mills, Ross Kellock and Tom Walsh ended with the later’s cross into the box where Dylan Dykes arrived to knock the ball past the keeper.

The same player then forced a good save from the keeper after cutting in from the left and trying his luck from the edge of the box. The Belfast side got their consolation goal near the end, a free-kick from the left was headed goalwards, Ryan Dunsmuir produced a superb save to turn the ball onto the crossbar but was helpless when the rebound was knocked home from almost on the goal line.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Crusdaers 1

Rangers 1st Period:- Liam Kelly; Andy Murdoch, Luca Gasparotto ( Kris Gibson 10mins), Stuart Urquhart; Jordan Wilson; Danny Stoney, Darren Ramsay, Fraser Aird, Luke Hammond, Charlie Telfer, Jamie Burrows.

Rangers Squad remainder:- Ryan Dunsmuir (GK), Conner Thomson, Jamie Mills, Kris Gibson, Greg Pascazio, Dean Briggs, Dylan Dykes, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Luke Hammond, Charlie Telfer, Kjeld McIntyre, Scott Lochrie, Danny Stoney, Ross Kellock.

Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

In the afternoon Rangers Under 14’s had a comfortable win over an Ayr United side made up of Under 14’s/U15’s. It was the Ayr side that threatened first in the opening minutes with a break through the inside right channel but the shot was straight at Robbie McCrorie who saved comfortably. The home side took the lead just after the midpoint of the first period, Jamie Barjonas sent Ross McCrorie clear overlapping on the right and when his cross came in it was deflected past the keeper for and Own Goal.

Barely sixty seconds had passed when Rangers increased their lead, Gary McGriesh and Josh Jeffries worked the ball in from the left to Ross Lyon who gave the keeper no chance from around 25 yards. The visitors tried to hit back at the start of the second period with a break from halfway, when the ball was played into the right side of the box it took a good save from Robbie McCrorie low to his left to keep his goal intact.

Rangers were soon back on the attack and Josh Jeffries combined with Greg Taylor to set up a shooting chance for Gary McGreish which the keeper dived to his left to turn wide. With just less than ten minutes of the second period remaining Rangers scored again, Jamie Brandon won the ball near the byline on the right, went past a defender before centering for Ross Lyon who’s shot was blocked but landed nicely for John Cunningham to force home.

The home side grabbed a fourth before the end of the second period, Jamie Brandon and Josh Jeffries combined of the left and from the cross Ross Lyon shot past the keeper from around the penalty spot. Rangers continued to create chances and when Greg Taylor and Josh Jeffries exchanged passes the later looked certain to score until a superb challenge from an Ayr defender deflected the ball over.

Next a Greg Taylor shot landed kindly for John Cunningham inside the six yard box and the visitors keeper produced a great save at point blank range. The goal was only delayed, Josh Jeffries broke from midfield and passed to John Cunningham who’s unselfish return pass setup the midfielder to score.

The home side got their final goal when Ross Lyon played the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas on the right and his cross was headed past the keeper by John Cunningham. Ayr United had a chance to get a consolation goal with a break through the middle, but Robbie McCrorie stayed tall to make the block.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (GK), Ross McCrorie, Lewis White, Reagan Milne, Jason Krones, Jamie Barjonas, Jack ?????, Ross Lyon, Gary McGreish, Greg Taylor, Josh Jeffries, Jamie Brandon, Cameron Price, John Cunningham.

Youth Update

January 9, 2012

With the youth league and development leagues in cold storage there is not much happening in the youth front. The club have taken advantage of the Leonardo da Vinci programme to take an Under 18 squad to Turkey for a winter training camp.

The Rangers squad that travelled to Turkey was as follows:-  Liam Kelly (GK), Sam George (Gk), Aaron McGregor, Matty Clarke, Kris Gibson, Fraser Aird, Luca Gaparotto, Adel Gafaiti, Jamie Burrows, Jordan Wilson, Andy Murdoch, Lewis McLeod, Robbie McIntyre, Darren Ramsay, Stuart Urquhart, Callum Gallagher, Marc Dyer and Barrie McKay.

It will no doubt be a worthwhile exercise in terms of team bonding and allowing a fair bit of time on the training pitch in decent weather. Although the standard of opposition in the friendly games arranged may prove of little benefit with the youngsters beating local side Mahmutlar 10-0 on Saturday, the goals coming from Barrie McKay (4), Darren Ramsay (2), Lewis McLeod, Callum Gallagher, Fraser Aird and Jamie Burrows.

The opposition two years ago included Azerbaijan’s Under 21 side and the youth side from Lokomotove Moscow, I believe this year like last year the camp is at a different location and the opposition available is limited. Last year the youngsters ran up 27 goals in two games, with only a game against an adult side proving worthwhile in a 2-1 win. I don’t really see any benefit in these one-sided games but I suppose they can only play the opposition availbale.

Two players have moved on from the club’s youth setup in recent weeks with Darren McGill moving to Ayr United and Sam McMahon rejoining Doncatser Rovers.

Midfielder Darren joined Rangers from Kilmarnock a couple of years ago and was a regular at U17’s, with the emergence of several midfielder’s from the 1st year 17’s competition for places increased in that area and I believe Darren was not offered a pro-contract and moved on to the Somerset Park side. He recently played in their U19’s youth cup win over Inverness CT. Darren’s dad was always there to watch him where ever he played.

Striker Sam joined from Doncaster 18 months ago and impressed in his first 6 months at the club, it just looked a matter of time before he broke into the 19’s. An unfortunate time with injuries then stalled his progress, twice fracturing his collar bone in the second half of last season meant an early end to the season. A hernia operation at the start of this season meant him being behind in pre-season training and he struggled to break into the youth side. Sam’s father and grandfather regularly travelled up from Manchester to watch him play, even in friendly matches.

I would like to wish both players and their families all the best in the future and hope they both go on and have careers in the game.