Youth Update

Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers 17’s and 15’s took on their Killie counterparts at Murray Park this morning, with the games kicking-off at the same time on adjacent pitches. As a rule I generally watch the oldest side, so I took in the 17’s game which Rangers won 3-1.

Yet is was the Ayrshire side that created the first chance, the ball was played through the inside left channel and the Killie player outpaced Ryan Sinnamon, he advanced into the box and shot across goal and just wide of Liam Kelly’s left hand post. Five minutes later Rangers took the lead, Dylan Dykes gained possession on the right around ten yards from the byline, he passed inside to Gloady Ntumba, as superb turn took the striker to the byline and he found the net from the tightest of angles.

A minute later the same combination should have led to a second goal, this time Dylan Dykes hit the byline on the right, from his cross Gloady Ntumba looked certain to score but miscued his header and the ball bounced harmlessly into the keeper’s hands. Just before the twenty-minute mark a miss hit corner from the right confused the Rangers defence and from the low bouncing ball the Killie player fired over from close range.

Just after the half hour from a free-kick to the visitors Rangers hit them on the break to double their lead, from the free kick the ball was cleared from the Rangers box and Andy Murdoch sent Jordan Wilson clear in the inside right channel, he carried on into the box to shoot past the keeper. Kilmarnock pulled a goal back five minutes later, Kris Gibson and Jordan Wilson failed to deal with a ball through the centre of defence and the Killie striker ran on to shoot past Liam Kelly.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers should have increased their lead in the first minute of the second half, good work on the right from Jamie Burrows took him to the byline and from his cutback Jamie Mills was denied by the keeper at point-blank range. The goal was delayed only a few minutes and came from a similar move on the opposite flank, it was Gloady Ntumba who hit the byline and Dylan Dykes was well placed to convert his cutback.

The visitors replied with a long-range shot that keeper Sam George dived to save. Rangers were soon on the attack and from a right-wing cross Jamie Burrows chested the ball into the path of Kris Gibson who setup Tom Walsh who was denied by a fine save. The keeper was agin in action coming from his line to save at the feet of Jamie Burrows after Tom Walsh and Luke Hammond combined to play the striker through.

At the other end Sam George was in called into action again, blocking a shot with his foot after it came through a crowded penalty box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly ( Sam George 46mins); Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett (Jamie Burrows 36mins), Kris Gibson, Jordan Wilson; Dylan Dykes (Kjeld McIntyre 55mins), Tom Walsh, Andy Murdoch, Jamie Mills (Scott Lochrie 60mins); Danny Stoney (Ross Kellock 46mins), Gloady Ntumba (Luke Hammond 60mins).

Footnote:- Rangers Under 15’s gained revenge having lost 0-3 to Kilmarnock earlier this season they ran out convincing 7-2 winners this morning. The goals coming from Ryan Hardie (3), Ben Reilly (2), Adam Wilson and Michael Mossie.

The younger teams both played Kilmarnock away from with the Under 13’s winning 5-4 and the Under 14’s winning 3-1.

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