Archive for April, 2012

All Square At Lennoxtown

April 28, 2012

Celtic 1 Rangers 1

Rangers under 19’s finished with a draw against Celtic at Lennoxtown this morning which means they have finished in a disappointing fifth place in the table. At a very cold Lennoxtown and from not the best viewing position, through a mesh fence I saw Rangers take an early lead, with the home side equalising before half time. Celtic dominated possession after the break but clear chances were few and the game ended all square.

Rangers took the lead with the first real effort on goal from either side after twelve minutes, Barrie McKay made good progress on the right and when his cross was cleared from the penalty area it was picked up by Kamil Wiktorski who’s twenty-five yarder took a slight deflection and beat Leonardo Fasan low at his right hand post. Midway through the half Bahrudin Atajic played the ball out to Darnell Fisher on the right, the full-back cut inside before sending a shot just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

The home side equalised ten minutes before the break, Callum McGregor broke forward from midfield and as the Rangers defenders backed off he shot past Liam Kelly from the edge of the penalty area.

Half-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 1

The home side had the territorial advantage after the break although there was almost an hour played before they threatened Rangers goal, Bahrudin Atajic’s cross from the left breaking off a Rangers defender to James Alabi but the striker shot straight at Liam Kelly. Celtic continued to dominate with Rangers defending well and keeping chances to a minimum.

As the game entered the final seven minutes Rangers keeper Liam Kelly was called into action, diving to his left to touch Callum McGregor’s shot from the edge of the box wide of his left hand post. With a couple of minutes remaining Celtic’s final chance was probably their best, the ball was worked out to Darnell Fisher on the right, he made for the byline and his cross found James Herron unmarked on the edge of the six yard box but the midfielder headed over.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 1

Celtic:- Leonardo Fasan; Darnell Fisher, Marcus Fraser, Curtis Jones, Joe Chalmers; John Herron, Lewis Kidd, Jackson Irvine, Callum McGregor, Bahrudin Atajic; James Alabi (Denny Johnstone 83mins)

Not Used:-

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Gregor Fotheringham, Kyle McAusland, Adel Gafaiti, Matty Clarke; Darren Ramsay (Jordan Wilson 68mins), Andy Murdoch, Kamil Wiktorski, Robbie Crawford, Fraser Aird; Barrie McKay

Not Used:- Sam George (Gk), Tom Skogsrud, Kim Skogsrud, Lewis McLeod, Jamie Burrows Aaron McGregor.

Footnote:-

Rangers 7 Queens Park 1

I took in Rangers under 13’s game on a cold night at Murray Park on Thursday, the Hampden youngsters were in the game until losing a few goals towards the end of the final thirty minute period.

Rangers took the lead when a Grant Nelson pass sent Sam Jamieson clear and he beat the keeper with a neat lob as he came from his goal. It was into the second period before Rangers scored again, Jamie Barjonas collecting the ball at the edge of the box and sending an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

Rangers third was created by some good play on the right from Jordan Houston and when his cross came into the box it was controlled at the back post by Kieran Moore before he netted from close range. The visitor’s the replied with an attack down the right and when the ball  was cleared to the edge of the box it was fired past Kieran Wright into the net.

Rangers fourth came when Rangers were awarded a free -kick at the edge of the box, the Queen’s Park keeper did well to touch Lewis Ferguson’s effort on to the bar, but was helpless as Grant Nelson netted the rebound. A good passing move which saw the ball move from Kieran Moore  via Grant Nelson and on to Lewis Ferguson with the Rangers midfielder scoring from the edge of the box.

The next goal was created by some good wide play from Jordan Houston and when he crossed into the box a superb Grant Nelson lay off setup Sam Jamieson to shoot past the keeper. The final goal came following a scramble in the visitor’s box, shots from Lewis Ferguson and Grant Nelson before it fell kindly for Sam Jamieson to fire into the net. When Sam Jamieson was fouled inside the box it gave Rangers a chance to add to their tally but Kyle McAllister’s penalty hit the crossbar.

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Adam Baird, Liam Burt, Wallace Duffy, Aiden Wilson, Jason Krones, Ross Brown, Lewis Ferguson, Sam Jamieson, Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson, Jordan Houston, Kyle McAllister, Euan McMillan, Kieran Moore.

17’s Entertain Dunfermline

April 24, 2012

Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 1

I took in my second Rangers/Dunfemline match in three days when I watched the under 17’s  sides at Murray Park tonight. The Rangers side was made up of mainly first year 17’s, with David Brownlie earning a promotion from the under 15’s.

It was the visitor’s who took the lead with first real chance of the game on ten minutes, the shot from the edge of the box taking a wicked deflection and leaving Sam George in the Rangers goal helpless. There was almost half an hour gone before Rangers seriously threatened the Pars goal, but when it did come they were desperately unlucky not to draw level. Dylan Dykes breaking from midfield before sending a twenty-five yard shot off the crossbar with the keeper beaten.

A few minutes later Rangers hit Dunfermline with a lightning break after clearing a corner, Danny Stoney running from inside his own half before firing a shot straight at the keeper. Rangers were back on level terms on thirty-three minutes, Kjeld McIntyre sent the overlapping Jamie Mills down the left, his low cross was knocked against the crossbar by Gloady Ntumba and the Rangers striker reacted quickly to force the ball over the line.

When the visitor’s cleared a corner to the edge of the box five minutes before the break Kjeld McIntyre met the ball on the volley and was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. A minute later Danny Stoney broke forward from halfway before sending a pass to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, his return pass gave Danny Stoney a shooting chance from the right hand angle of the box that the keeper saved.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1

When a ball was played over the top of the Rangers defence eight minutes after the break Sam George had to be quick from his line to get to the ball before the Pars striker. Four minutes later Rangers took the lead, Charlie Telfer swung in a corner from the left and Tom Walsh arrived to volley the ball past the keeper.

Just over an hour had gone when Rangers grabbed a third to extend their lead, from Charlie Telfer’s free-kick thirty yards out wide on the right Ryan Sinnamon sent a looping header over the keeper into the net. Midway through the half the Pars keeper was called into action when he blocked a Danny Stoney volley from a Ross Kellock cross from the left.

The keeper did even better as the game entered the final fifteen minutes, Tom Walsh and Charlie Telfer worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s low ball to the near post he made a fine point-blank save to deny Danny Stoney.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Rangers:- Sam George; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie (Ross Kellock 46mins), Craig Halkett, Jamie Mills (Lewis Morgan 79mins); Charlie Telfer, Dylan Dykes, Tom Walsh, Kjeld McIntryre (Robert McLardie 66mins); Danny Stoney (Scott Lochrie 75mins), Gloady Ntumba.

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (Gk)

15’s Defeat Pars

April 22, 2012

Rangers 4 Dunfermline Athletic 1

On a lovely sunny afternoon I took the opportunity to take in the under 15’s game against Dunfermline at Murray Park, having just heard about a few players being released from this squad, including arguably the most technically gifted player, I was interested to see how the side would line up. The promotion of Ross Lyon and Josh Jeffries from the U14’s meant Rangers had 13 players in the squad.

After only two minutes keeper Jamie Wilson was called into action, the chance was created on the left side of the box and the Rangers keeper dived full length to his left to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Rangers first real chance came just before the twenty-minute mark when Ben Reilly played Ryan Hardie through the inside right channel but the striker fired his shot into the side netting.

Five minutes before the end of the first period Rangers had their keeper to thank again, a pass from the left inside Rangers left back area created the chance with Jamie Wilson doing well to divert the shot over. Rangers immediately responded and within in sixty seconds came close at the other end,  Josh Jeffries worked his way across the box before passing to Nathan Gallagher who’s shot was narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

As the whistle to end the first period approached the home side were caught out with a ball over the top of their defence, with the Rangers players claiming offside the Pars striker raced into the box and was only denied by a superb David Brownlie challenge. There was still enough time left in the period for Rangers to go to the other end and take the lead, after some good work on the right by Callum Shippcott , his cross into the box deceived the Dunfermline keeper, who wasn’t the tallest and the ball looped over his head into the net.

Rangers started the second period on the attack and from a free-kick on the left hand side of the box Steven Chatterton’s cross came back off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. A minute later Ben Reilly created a chance on the left side of the penalty area for Ryan Hardie that the keeper parried with Ben Reilly knocking the rebound just wide. Ben Reilly then broke forward in centre midfield leaving two defenders in his wake and his powerful shot from around twenty-five yards tested the keeper.

Rangers were dominating this period and when Adam Wilson played Ryan Hardie through  a combination of defender and keeper diverted the ball for a corner. Seven minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Ryan Hardie robbed a defender thirty yards from goal went past another defender as he carried on into the box to shoot past the keeper.

Two minutes later the visitors had a great chance to get back into the game, a slack pass across his own penalty area by David Brownlie gave them the chance and another great save by Jamie Wilson diving to his left to turn the ball wide kept the two goal lead intact. Rangers should have scored again five minutes before the end of the second period, Steven Chatterton’s deep cross from the right found Adam Wilson breaking into the box but his header was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

There was barely two minutes of the third period gone when Dunfermline got back into the game, Adam Wilson was caught in possession thirty yards from goal and the Pars player took a few steps forward before sending a great shot past Jamie Wilson. This saw the visitors rally for a few minutes without creating any clear-cut chances. With twenty minutes remaining Rangers regained their two goal lead, Adam Wilson’s ball over the top saw Ryan Hardie outpace the defence and go on to beat the keeper with a cool finish.

Five minutes later Rangers made the game safe, from a free-kick just outside the box ten yards from the byline on the right Josh Jeffries sent a superb cross to the back post where Ryan Hardie rose highest to head past the keeper. The final significant effort on goal came from a Ben Reilly twenty five yarder that the keeper dived to turn round his right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Ross Lyon, Steven Chatterton, David Brownlie, Michael Mossie, Peter ?????, Callum Shippcott, Adam Wilson, Ryan Hardie, Nathan Gallagher, Ben Reilly, Josh Jeffries, Ryan Smith.

17’s Leave It Late Against Utrecht

April 21, 2012

Rangers 3 Utrecht 2

The early kick-off meant I could take in Rangers Under 17’s Friendly at Murray Park before heading through to watch the first team at Tynecastle. It took a late goal from Gloady Ntumba to secure a win in a game where the Ibrox youngsters should have been out of sight.

Rangers took the lead in the opening minute, Danny Stoney crossed from the byline on the left,  Darren Ramsay controlled the ball at the back post before passing inside for Tom Walsh to shoot past the keeper. Three minutes later another attack down the left almost produced a second, Fraser Aird’s header from Charlie Telfer’s cross saw the keeper dive to his left to turn the ball wide for a corner.

Rangers continued to dominate and the next chance came from a corner on the right, Craig Halkett rising to head just wide. Just before the twenty-minute mark Rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Burrows played the ball up to Danny Stoney a great turn took him clear of the defender, the Utrecht keeper should have dealt with his shot but let it slip through his fingers and legs and roll into the net.

The procession towards the Utrecht goal continued and when Charlie Telfer swung a free-kick in from the right Craig Halkett rose highest and the visitor’s keeper had to tip over. The home side should have increased their lead just after the half-hour, Charlie Telfer got to the byline on the right and his cross found Tom Walsh at the back post unmarked but he headed wide when a goal looked certain.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Utrecht 0

Rangers were only denied by the wooodwork five minutes after the break, Tom Walsh’s run on the left took him to the byline and his cutback found Fraser Aird arriving to thunder a shot off the underside of the crossbar. The visitor’s  who had shown little in an attacking sense went straight to the other end and a shot from the right hand angle of the box came off the outside of Liam Kelly’s left hand post and wide.

Rangers looked to have extended their lead midway through the half, from Fraser Aird’s low cross from the right Dylan Dykes was denied by a point-blank save with Gloady Ntumba knocking the rebound into the net, but a late lineman’s flag ruled the goal out. The home side were to pay for the decision as a minute later, from a cross on the right Greg Pascazio’s attempted headed clearance looped over Liam Kelly and into the net.

With fifteen minutes remaining Craig Halkett continued to cause a threat at set plays this time the keeper saved his header from Fraser Aird’s corner on the right. Five minutes later Dylan Dykes broke forward and fed Danny Stoney on the right side of the box, but his shot flashed across goal and wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

With seven minutes on the clock it looked like the home side’s dominance would mean nothing when Utrecht equalised, good play down the left created the chance and when the ball was cutback it was fired past Sam George. A solo run from Gloady Ntumba looked like getting Rangers back in front but his shot was deflected over.

With only three minutes to go Rangers grabbed what proved to be the winner, Jamie Burrows rose to  get a flick on when the ball was played forward, Gloady Ntumba showed great strength to hold off the defender as he advanced into the box and shot past the keeper. There was one final chance for the visitor’s in the last mintute but Sam George was up to the task diving to his right to turn the ball wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Utrecht 2

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Sam George (Gk), Ryan Sinnamon, Jordan Wilson, Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird, Darren Ramsay, Jamie Burrows, Danny Stoney, Tom Walsh, Dylan Dykes, Gloady Ntumba, Jamie Mills.

14’s Come From Behind To Beat ‘Well

April 17, 2012

Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

For the second time in three days I watched a Rangers side take on Motherwell at Murray Park, this time it was the Under 14’s age group. The Fir Park side took the lead before the Rangers side got on top and established a two goal lead to secure the win.

Motherwell had the first real chance of the match and it took a fine Robbie McCrorie save to prevent them taking the lead, a slack pass was intercepted and the Motherwell striker made space inside the box for a shot on goal, the Rangers keeper dived full length to his right to not only make the save but hold the ball near his left hand post. Rangers almost immediately created a chance at the other end, Josh Jeffries made a superb pass inside the full-back to find Recce Duncan breaking into the box from the left but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Josh Jeffries had the first chance of the second period cutting in from right but the Motherwell keeper saved comfortably. The visitors then took the lead, Rangers lost the ball inside their own half and two passes later the ‘Well striker was through on goal, with the Rangers defence claiming offside he shot past Robbie McCrorie.

A neat passing move then created a great chance for Motherwell to double their lead and only a superb last-ditch tackle inside the box by Reagan Milne diverted the ball for a corner. The home sided capitalised on that let off when the Motherwell defence struggled to clear a corner from the left the ball landed at the feet of Reagan Milne who fired through a crowd of players into the net.

Rangers missed a good chance after a fine move down the left, Ross McCrorie won the ball and moved it on to Robbie Crawford his pass inside to Josh Jeffries gave him a great shooting chance but he elected to move the ball on to Gary McGreish who’s shot was straight at the keeper. Rangers then took the lead when Josh Jeffries spotted a pass that foundJohn Cunninghamfree inside the box, this time it was the visitor’s claiming offside as the Rangers striker found the net.

Rangers extended their lead  at the start of the third period, Ross McCrorie won the ball on halfway before breaking forward and passing inside to Josh Jeffries his shot from the edge of the box found the net with the ‘Well keeper just failing to keep it out. Motherwell came close to reducing the deficit after the turn round, a good move down the right created the chance with Robbie McCrorie diverting the ball for a corner with his legs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Ross Lyon, Ross McCrorie, Jason Krones, Reagan Milne, Jamie Brandon, Rhys Young, Cammy Price, John Cunningham, Josh Jeffries, Reece Duncan, Robbie Crawford, Gary McGreish, Jamie Barjonas, Jack Gilmour, Doay ?????

Shootout Joy For Youngsters

April 16, 2012

Rangers 1 Celtic 1 (Rangers won 4-2 on penalties)

Rangers Under 17’s got their hands on the Glasgow Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout when the sides were tied at 1-1 after ninety minutes. The Ibrox youngsters found the net with the four spotkicks they were required to take and with Celtic failing with two of their four the cup headed to Ibrox.

Celtic hand an early chance after only four minutes, Jamie Lindsay’s free-kick from the right broke to Eoghan O’Connell inside the box and the central defender’s shot was just wide of Liam Kelly’s left hand post. When a corner was cleared from the penalty area at the other end Andy Murdoch knocked the ball back into the box where Stuart Urquhart controlled it on his chest before firing into the side netting.

Jack Kirwan then had a chance for Celtic from the edge of the box on eight minutes which Liam Kelly saved comfortably low to his right.  Just after the quarter-hour mark a dangerous Charlie Telfer cross from the left was punched clear by Jordan Hart under pressure from Danny Stoney.

A few minutes later the visitor’s had a great chance when Denny Johnstone got the better of Stuart Urquhart when chasing a long ball but his shot was tame and straight into the hands of Liam Kelly. Celtic came closer still on twenty-five minutes, the ball broke kindly for Lewis Kidd at the edge of the box and his shot had Liam Kelly beaten but came back of the keeper’s right hand post with Denny Johnstone blazing the rebound over with the goal gaping.

As the half-hour approached Rangers replied  when Andy Murdoch passed inside to Darren Ramsay who’s effort from around twenty-five yards was just too high. Neither side produced a further chance of note as and the half-time whistle blew with the sides level.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Celtic took the lead two minutes after the break, Jack Kirwan’s pass split the Rangers defence and Paul McLellan advanced into the box to shoot past Liam Kelly. The Ibrox youngsters were only behind for three minutes when they equalised with an excellent goal, Jamie Burrows sent Charlie Telfer down the right, he went past Stuart Findlay and hit the byline, his cutback found Darren Ramsay arriving to smash the ball past Jordan Hart from around the penalty spot.

Rangers now had their tails up and Jamie Burrows was only just wide of Jordan Hart’s right hand post when he got his head to Ryan Sinnamon’s cross from the right. Keeper Jordan Hart then produced a stunning save to keep the sides level, Andy Murdoch’s shot from Jamie Burrow’s pass looked netbound until the keeper threw himself to his right to touch the ball over.

Chances in the game were arriving at a regular rate and it was Celtic’s turn to miss two in the space of a couple of minutes. Glenn Eadie’s cross from the right found Denny Johnstone free deep inside Rangers penalty area but he headed tamely over. The striker then missed another great chance, this time Liam Henderson intercepted a slack pass and sent him clear in the inside right channel but he shot across goal and wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

Both sides were starting to feel the effects of the occasion and chances were limited as we entered the last ten minutes when Stuart Urquhart broke from defence and passed to Charlie Telfer his shot from the edge of the box lacked power and Jordan Hart saved comfortably. Celtic then had a period on the ascendancy without causing Liam Kelly’s goal any alarm and the final effort of the game came in the last seconds with Tom Walsh breaking forward before shooting from distance which Jordan Hart saved easily.

Rangers took an early advantage in the shootout with Tom Walsh finding the net and Liam Kelly diving to his tight to parry Jack Kirwan’s spotkick. Successful penalties from Charlie Telfer, Fraser Aird and Dylan Dykes for Rangers and Paul McMullan and Lewis Kidd for Celtic meant that when Jamie Lindsay stepped up he had to score to keep his side alive in the shootout, the midfielder’s shot came back off the crossbar and the cup was headed for Ibrox.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1 (Rangers won 4-2 on penalties)

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson; Fraser Aird, Andy Murdoch, Darren Ramsay (Tom Walsh 59mins), Charlie Telfer; Danny Stoney (Dylan Dykes 82mins), Jamie Burrows (Jamie Mills 85mins).

Not Used:- Sam George (Gk), Gloady Ntumba, Ross Kellock, Kjeld McIntyre.

Celtic:- Jordan Hart; Glenn Eadie, Eoghan O’Connell, Stuart Findlay, Ross Madden; Liam Henderson (Paul McMullen 63mins), Jamie Lindsay, Lewis Kidd, Paul McLellan; Denny Johnstone, Jack Kirwan.

Not Used:- Conner Gaffney (Gk), Callum Watters, Conner McManus, Luke Donnelly, Mark Barrowman, Reece Delaney.

13’s Clinch Win In Final Period

April 15, 2012

Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

A few days away meant I had to wait until Sunday  to take in a youth game. Three goals in the final thirty minute period secured a win for Rangers Under 13’s against Motherwell at Murray Park this afternoon.

The first chance came after Wallace Duffy won possession and passed on to Sam Johnstone who set up a chance for Jack Sherrie from inside the left hand side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide of the far post. A similar effort, this time from the other side of the box from Liam Burt was wide of the right hand post after he was played in by Ross Brown.

Rangers came closer still, Lewis Ferguson won the ball on halfway and played it forward to Liam Burt, a neat side step took him past a defender before releasing Jordan Houston on the right side of the box with the Motherwell keeper coming off his line to make a fine save.

Motherwell had a chance at the beginning of the second period, when the initial shot was blocked the rebound was just wide of Kieran Wright’s right hand post. At the other end only a brilliant save prevented Rangers taking the lead, Lewis Ferguson sent Jordan Houston clear on the right and when Sam Johnstone fired his cutback goalwards a goal looked certain until the ‘Well  keeper got a touch to divert the ball on to the bar.

From a Kyle McAllister corner on the left the home side missed a great chance, Wallace Duffy’s header landed at Sam Johnstone close to the back post but his shot flashed across goal and wide of the keeper’s right hand post. A minute later Motherwell replied when a free-kick on the left was played inside and the shot from distance was wide of Kieran Wright’s right hand post.

Kyle McAllister then cut in from the left before setting up a shooting chance for Sam Johnstone which was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. It was another attack on the left  this time Motherwell  and Kieran Wright did well to palm away a dangerous cross.

Seven minutes into the final period Rangers took the lead with a brilliant individual goal from Stephen Kelly, collecting a throw in from Euan McMillan on the left, he nutmegged a defender and continued into the box and beat the keeper from a narrow angle. Three minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, when the keeper failed to gather a Kyle McAllister free-kick from the right Aiden Wilson was well placed to prod the ball over the line.

The third goal came after the change round, from a short corner on the left Jack Sherrie scored with a close range header from Lewis Ferguson’s cross. A double save in the closing minutes from Kieran Wright denied Motherwell a consolation goal, diving to his right he parried the initial shot from the right hand side of the box, in the ensuing scramble the visitor’s had a decent shout for a penalty before Kieran Wright produced another fine save from a close range shot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Adam Baird, Euan McMillan, Wallace Duffy, Aiden Wilson, Lewis Ferguson, Jordan Houston, Ross Brown, Sam Johnstone, Liam Birt, Jack Sherrie, Kyle McAllister, Jack Thomson, Stephen Kelly.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 19’s lost 1-0 to St.Johnstone at Stirling University of Friday, but as I wasn’t at the game I can’t comment.

Serious Injury Overshadows Old Firm Clash

April 7, 2012

Rangers 0 Celtic 3

Rangers youths lost to Celtic at Murray Park this morning, but the game was overshadowed when Celtic’s Paul George suffered a serious injury in the build up to the opening goal. With Matty Clarke red carded in the second-half Celtic added two late goals for a comfortable win.

Rangers almost took the lead via a Celtic player in the fifth minute, Kamil Wiktorski won the ball in midfield and it was moved out to Fraser Aird on the right, he went past Curtis Jones and hit the byline, his cross was diverted goalwards by Marcus Fraser with keeper Leo Fasan just keeping the ball out. Celtic then had a period in the ascendancy and forced a series of corners without creating any clear-cut chances.

Midway through the half Rangers missed a great chance to take the lead, Kyle McAusland rising unchallenged to head Matty Clarke’s corner just over. Just before the half-hour Celtic took the lead in circumstances that would overshadow the rest of the game. Paul George went past two defenders cutting in from the right, as he crumpled under a challenge on the edge of the box it was obvious the Celtic player had sustained a serious injury. With players from both sides stopping the referee allowed play to continue and the ball arrived at the feet of John Herron who shot past Alan Smith. The game was then held up for five minutes as the stricken player was attended to and taken from the field of play.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Just before the hour Rangers had a decent shout for a penalty, Matty Clarke played the ball up to the halfway line, and superb piece of skill saw Barrie McKay turn past Fraser and race clear, as McKay was about to shoot from a yard inside the box he appeared to be caught by the chasing Fraser but the referee waved play on. A couple of minutes later Callum McGregor created a shooting chance for James Alibi who fired straight at Alan Smith.

As the half approached midway the Celtic defence struggled to clear Robbie Crawford’s corner from the left and the ball broke to Kyle McAusland who’s shot came back off Fasan’s right hand post via a couple of deflections. Two minutes later Rangers were reduced to ten men, having been yellow carded earlier for an off the ball clash with Darnell Fisher, Matty Clarke fouled Dylan McGeouch just inside the Rangers half and was shown a second yellow and subsequent red.

As the final ten minutes approached Herron played the ball out to Liam Gormley on the left and when his cross came into the box only a fantastic Tom Skogsrud challenge cleared the danger. The second goal was only delayed five minutes, Joe Chalmers sent Gormley to the byline and his low cross was netted from close range by James Alibi.

The scoring was complete with only two minutes on the clock, Herron tried to break into the box and the ball broke off a Rangers defender into the path of James Alibi who shot past Alan Smith.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Kyle McAusland, Adel Gafaiti, Stuart Urquhart, Matty Clarke; Fraser Aird (Jamie Burrows 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Lewis McLeod, Robbie Crawford; Josh Robinson (Tom Skogsrud 70mins), Barrie McKay.

Not Used:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Kim Skokgsrud, Aaron McGregor, Anthony Marenghi

Celtic:- Leo Fasan; Darnell Fisher, Marcus Fraser, Curtis Jones, Joe Chalmers; Dylan McGeouch (Lewis Kidd 88mins), John Herron, Jackson Irvine, Callum McGregor, Paul George (James Alibi 28mins); Liam Gormley (Denny Johnstone 89mins)

Not Used:-Robbie Thomson (Gk), Michael Miller, Stuart Findlay, Jamie Lindsay.

17’s Overcome Dutch Visitors

April 6, 2012

Rangers 3 ADO Den Haag 1

Rangers under 17’s had a comfortable win over their counterparts from Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag at Murray Park this afternoon. It was a good performance from the Ibrox youngsters and with a bit of luck and better finishing the result could have been more emphatic.

It took the home side only five minutes to open the scoring, when the Den Haag defence cleared a corner to the edge of the box Charlie Telfer sent a dipping volley into the top right hand corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. Rangers should really have doubled their lead eight minutes later, a great run down  the left took Jamie Mills to the byline and when his cross into the box landed at the feet of Danny Stoney a goal seemed certain but the Rangers striker knocked the ball just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

We only had to wait sixty seconds to see the home side double their lead, Craig Halkett headed Tom Walsh’s corner from the right towards the goal where it was blocked by a Den Haag defender, but straight to Jamie Burrows who fired past the keeper from around the penalty spot. The visitor’s had their first effort on goal after seventeen minutes through the inside left channel and a shot from the edge of the box which was straight at Liam Kelly.

The Rangers keeper then came for and missed a corner from the right with Ryan Sinnamon well placed to clear at the back post. Two minutes later the Dutch side missed a great chance to reduce the deficit, Craig Halkett got caught in possession around thirty-five yards from goal, the striker sent his supporting midfield colleague free inside the box, as we were waited see the ball strike the net he dragged his shot wide of Liam Kelly’s left hand post.

Rangers were soon back on the attack at the other end and a superb Jamie Burrows pass gave Tom Walsh a chance inside the box,under pressure from a defender he didn’t quite get the power required into his shot and the keeper diverted the ball wide of his left hand post. Eight minutes before the break Rangers scored again, Tom Walsh’s wicked delivery from a free – kick on the right was diverted past his keeper by a Den Haag central defender for an Own Goal.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 ADO Den Haag 0

The visitors were first to threaten after the break, when a corner from the right was cleared to the edge of the box, Liam Kelly dived to his right to parry the resultant shot at goal. Ten minutes of the half had passed and it looked  like Rangers had grabbed a fourth, Danny Stoney was played through and he lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper only see it bounce of the left hand post and clear.

Ten minutes later Danny Stoney passed inside to Charlie Telfer who side-stepped a defender with a neat piece of skill and he was only denied by the outstretched boot of the Den Haag keeper. As the game entered the final quarter of an hour Rangers came close again, Craig Halkett rose to head a free-kick from the right back across goal and Jordan Wilson only just failed to connect at the far post.

The Dutch side grabbed a consolation goal with ten minutes to go from the penalty spot, Jordan Wilson was rather harshly adjudged to fouled on the right hand byline and the subsequent spot kick was duly converted.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 ADO Den Haag 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Robert McLardie 70mins), Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson, Jamie Mills; Charlie Telfer, Dylan Dykes (Lewis Morgan 75mins), Andy Murdoch (Kjeld McIntyre 63mins), Tom Walsh; Jamie Burrows (Gloady Ntumba 46mins), Danny Stoney (Luke Hammond 73 mins)

Sunderland Visit Murray Park

April 3, 2012

Rangers 1 Sunderland 2

A late goal condemned Rangers 14’s to defeat in a game of two forty minute halves at Murray Park this afternoon. Rangers included three 1997’s in their starting lineup, the visitor’s dominated the first half with the second half being a reversal of the first before Sunderland grabbed their late winner.

Sunderland’s neat passing game saw them dominate possession in the first half without threatening to score too often. The first real chance game just before the half hour when Sunderland attacked on the left hand side of the penalty area with Jamie Wilson diving to his left to save. Rangers tried to reply with an attack of their own on the left, on this occasion Hussain Kaware dragged his shot across goal and wide of the far post.

The visitors took the lead five minutes before the break, Rangers were caught out by a short corner on the right and when the cross came into the box the striker’s run to the near post saw him head past Jamie Wilson into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Sunderland 1

Rangers almost got back on level terms in the opening minute of the second half, Hussain Kaware coming in from the right side of the box saw his shot deflected wide of the far post. They did get back on level terms just before the hour and there was a touch of luck about the goal, Reece ????? went past the full-back on the right and his attempted cross sailed over the keeper into the top corner of the net.

When Rangers were awarded a free-kick midway inside the Sunderland half a great spot and pass from Jamie Brandon found Reece ????? free inside the box, but he failed to connect properly and the keeper save comfortably. In the final ten minutes Robbie Crawford passed to Jamie Brandon and another fine pass inside the full back found Lewis White breaking into the left hand side of the box with the visitor’s keeper coming off his line to save.

With a couple of minutes remaining a neat interchange of passes opened Rangers up and and from deep inside the penalty area the shot on goal produced a fine save from Jamie Wilson diving to his left, with the Rangers defence missing a couple  of opportunities to clear the Sunderland player fired through a crowded six yard box into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Sunderland 2

Rangers:-Jamie Wilson; Ross Lyon, Reagan Milne (Jason Krones), Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Gary McGreish (Reece ?????), Junior Ogen (Jamie Brandon), Max Ashmore (Cameron Price) , John Cunningham; Hussain Kaware (????? ?????), Josh Jeffries (Robbie Crawford).

Rangers 3 US ODP (Maryland) 2

Later on today Rangers Under 12’s took on the Maryland State Olympic Development Programme Under 13’s. Goals from Dylan Patterson, Aaron Mooney & Aaron Reid was enough to see the young Rangers side win by the odd goal in five. The same Rangers side taken on another state’s ODP 13’s on Thursday.

Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Lewis Muir(Gk), Daniel ?????(Gk), Andy Boyd, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Rhys Breen, Stephen Kelly, Jack Pow, Aaron Mooney, Cameron Wray, Dylan Patterson, Aaron Reid,  Rory Foy, Matthew Innes, Carlo Pignatiello, Cameron Palmer.