Archive for May, 2012

Under 14’s in Italy

May 31, 2012

Last weekend Rangers Under 14’s travelled to Italy to take part in Torneo Internazionale in Chiasso. The  tournament consisted of eight teams, all teams playing each other in a round robin format, with the top two meeting in the final.

Rangers opening game on the Saturday was against a  Hungarian Select side, a superb volley from Reagan Milne and a Max Ashmore penalty in a 2-1 win got the Ibrox youngsters off to the perfect start. Next up was Italian side Torino, another good display from the youngsters with significant performances from goalkeeper Robbie McCrorie, Ross Lyon in defence and Max Ashmore in midfield laid the foundations for a 1-0 win. The winning goal coming from a superb Josh Jeffries thirty yarder. The final game on the opening day saw the Rangers boys dominate against FC Metz, but the French side’s goalkeeper was big factor in the game ending goalless.

On Sunday some poor finishing in another game they dominated against AC Chievo saw them open the second day with another goalless draw. With a minute remaining in the next game against FC Basel and the score tied at 1-1, Reece Duncan made the killer pass for Jamie Brandon to fire home the winner. Austria provided the opposition in the final game of the day in the form of SK Rapid Vienna and the Rangers boys raised their game to outplay their opponents and John Cunningham’s double  secured a 2-1.

With Rangers already in the final the last round robin game on the Monday was an opportunity to avoid injuries and any unneccessary cautions and to allow more game time for the younger boys that travelled. The game was against Team Ticino from Switzerland who the Rangers fans had adopted as their second team, the Swiss side edged the game 1-0. Rangers then took on Torino in the final, after beating the Italians in the round robin it was a game to far for the Ibrox youngsters, who didn’t play as well as they had previously losing 1-0.

It was a great performance by the whole squad with the Under 13’s that travelled doing exceptionally well, great performances from Robbie & Ross McCrorie, Jamie Brandon, Max Ashmore, Josh Jeffries and Ross Lyon who picked up the Player Of The Tournament award.

The parents who travelled were fantastic, as were the players and coaches, all were a credit and great ambassadors for Rangers Football Club.

 

Rangers 3 Dundee United 2

Tonight saw the Under 14’s back to development league action with a game against Dundee United at Murray Park. A win looked highly unlikely with a couple of minutes remaining but two late goals turned the game on its head and a rather fortunate victory was recorded.

Rangers fell behind early when Reagan Milne was short with a pass back and the United player had the simple task to shoot past Robbie McCrorie. With Rangers dominating possession but struggling to make an impact, goalmouth action was almost non-existent and the first period ended with no further scoring.

The second period was pretty similar with neither side threatening the opposition’s keeper too often. At the start of the period some good wing play on the right from Gary McGreish sent Josh Jeffries to the byline with the United keeper doing well to gather his low cross. Then at the end a similar move saw Cammy Price send Cammy ????? to the byline of the left, this time the visitor’s central defender was a bit fortunate to see his sliced clearance go over his own crossbar.

Just over five minutes into the final period United increased their lead, an attack on the right ended with a great lob that left Robbie McCrorie stranded. Rangers tried to reply and when Cammy Price’s cross bounced inside the box John Cunningham tried to head over the keeper but couldn’t quite get the required height on his header and the keeper saved.

United almost secured a third goal that would surely have made the game safe, another attack on the right created the chance and with Robbie McCrorie beaten, twin brother Ross McCorie got back to clear from the goal line. Rangers capitalised on that let off to reduce the deficit, Josh Jeffries cross into the box was controlled by John Cunningham before he shot past the keeper.

With the clock ticking and only a couple of minutes remaining,Ross McCroriecollected the ball in midfield, his shot from twenty-five yards took a significant deflection to beat the keeper and draw Rangers level. In the final minute an attack down the left saw the ball crossed into the box and findGary McGreishat the back post, he went past a defender before firing past the keeper to clinch an unlikely win.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 2

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Ross McCrorie, Lewis White, Jason Krones, Reagan Milne, Max Ashmore, Jamie Barjonas, Jamie Brandon, Cammy ?????, Josh Jeffries, Reece Duncan, John Cunningham, Gary McGreish, Jack Gilmour

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13’s Beat Dundee United

May 27, 2012

Rangers 4 Dundee United 2

With the development leagues still having a few weeks to run what better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than taking in a game. Rangers under 13’s played hosts to their Dundee United counterparts at Murray Park this afternoon and with a few of the squad in Italy with the under 14’s it saw a promotion from the under 12 squad for Lewis Muir, Stephen Kelly, Jack Thomson and Aaron Muir who joined Jordan Houston, another under 12, who has played up a year all the season.

Rangers took the lead after thirteen minutes, Jordan Houston skinned the full-back on the right and sent a great pass into the box to Grant Nelson who picked his spot past the keeper. Five minutes later Jack Sherrie sent in a cross from the left that Stephen Kelly brought under control inside the box and was only denied by a fine save from the United keeper.

The visitor’s keeper was in action again a couple of minutes later to parry Liam Burt’s acrobatic volley after Grant Nelson found him with a cross from the right hand byline. In Rangers next attack they increased their lead, Lewis Ferguson’s pass from the right hand side of the box found Liam Burt who side stepped the keeper before firing into the net.

Five minutes before the break Dundee United, who had shown little in an attacking sense came close twice in as many minutes, following an attack down the left Rangers struggled to clear and when a shot was fired goalwards Ewan McMillan came to the rescue clearing from the line. Less than sixty minutes later from inside the box the United player knocked the ball over Lewis Muir only to see it strike the crossbar. Rangers ended the period on the attack and after good play on the right hand byline from Stephen Kelly, Liam Burt knocked is low ball across the six-yard box narrowly over.

Just over five minutes of the second period had gone when United pulled a goal back, a cross filed pass out the left setup the chance and the shot across Lewis Muir found the net via the post. Rangers replied when Jack ????? got the byline and his cross was cleared to the edge of the box Liam Burt was only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The two goal lead was restored when Liam Burt sent the ball out to Jordan Houston on the right, his cross had the United defence under pressure and when the ball broke to Jack ????? he shot past the keeper from close range. The visitors replied with a threatening attack down the left and when the low cross came into the box the attacker touched it just wide.

A flowing move a few minutes before the end of the second period almost produced a fourth, the ball was moved through midfield from Lewis Ferguson via Ross Brown and Liam Burt out to Jordan Houston on the right, his crosses were a constant threat to the United defence and on this occasion he found the head of Jack ????? but the effort was too straight and the keeper saved.

As the game entered the final twenty-five minutes Rangers scored again, Ross Brown’s pass split the defence and sent Jack ????? clear to carry on into the box before shooting past the keeper. United replied when a header from a corner from the right was only just too high.

A carbon copy of the move that produced the fourth almost lead to a fifth, Ross Brown’s pass sending Jack ????? racing into the box but on this occasion he was denied by a superb challenge from the United central defender. A good passing move then created a chance for the visitor’s on the left hand angle of the box and Lewis Muir was forced to make a fine save diving to his right.

The visitor’s did get their second goal with a couple of minutes remaining, when the ball was lobbed over the Rangers defence a goal seemed certain until Lewis Muir produced a point-blank save but the Rangers keeper was helpless as the United player netted the rebound. The game ended with Rangers on the attack, another Jordan Houston cross was the source this time finding its way to Aaron Reid at the back post and his effort from a tight angle forced the United keeper to make a save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Dundee United 2

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Adam Baird, Jack Sherrie, Wallace Duffy, Euan McMillan, Ross Brown, Jordan Houston, Lewis Ferguson, Grant Nelson, Stephen Kelly, Liam Burt, Jack Thomson, Aaron Reid, Jack ?????

17’s End Season With A Win

May 18, 2012

Rangers 2 Hibernian 1

Rangers 17’s brought they season to a close with a narrow win over Hibernian at Murray Park tonight. With Hibs involvement in this weekend’s Scottish Cup Final all their youth games against Rangers were brought forward with the 15’s and 17’s games taking place at Murray Park tonight, as a rule I watch the game involving the older side so I took in the 17’s game.

Rangers created the first chance of the match after eleven minutes, Lewis Morgan won the ball on the right and passed inside to Charlie Telfer who exchanged passes with GloadyNtumba to set up a chance for Dylan Dykes breaking into the box with the Hibs keeper making a  fine save. The opening goal came nine minutes later, Rangers were awarded a free-kick near the byline on the right and when Charlie Telfer sent a cross into the box Craig Halkett headed back across goal and Luca Gasparotto had a simple task to nod into the net.

Ten minutes before the break Hibs equalised, following a corner from the right Rangers struggled to clear and when the ball was played back into the edge of the box the Hibs striker shot past Liam Kelly.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 1

Rangers came close in the opening minute after the break, Charlie Telfer swung in a corner from the left and Luca Gasparotto was only just wide of the left hand post with a header. Rangers regained the lead four minutes later with a stunning strike, Lewis Morgan brought the ball under control twenty-five yards from goal and sent a left foot shot into the top right hand corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

With twenty minutes remaining Charlie Telfer was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post from a long-range free kick, but five minutes later the home side had Liam Kelly to thank for keeping their lead intact, an exchange of passes on the right hand angle of the box created the chance with the Rangers keeper saving low to his right. The visitors them almost grabbed a last-minute leveler when a corner came in from the right a header only just cleared the Rangers crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Jordan Wilson; Lewis Morgan (Kjeld McIntyre 58mins), Andy Murdoch, Dylan Dykes (Robert McLardie 81mins), Charlie Telfer, Jamie Mills (Ross Kellock 46mins); Gloady Ntumba.

Footnote:- In the night’s other game Rangers under 15’s drew 2-2 with their Hibernian counterparts with Rangers goals comong from Ryan Hardie & David Brownlie. Unlike their Under 17 colleagues, the 15’s season is not over with  fixtures are scheduled up until the middle of June,

17’s Win At ‘Well

May 15, 2012

Motherwell 0 Rangers 2

A first-half  double from Gloady Ntumba gave Rangers a comfortable win at Dalziel Park tonight, Rangers didn’t look like adding to their tally too often and at the other end Liam Kelly was rarely troubled.

Rangers took the lead after quarter of an hour, Lewis Morgan won the ball on the right and passed inside to Charlie Telfer who’s superb pass found Tom Walsh on the left hand angle of the box, he cut inside and fired at goal, the Motherwell keeper parried but the ball went straight to Gloady Ntumba who knocked the ball into the empty net. Just before the half-hour Tom Walsh sent the ball to Lewis Morgan out on the right, when the ‘Well defender challenged the ball broke to Ryan Sinnamon who shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Five minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Charlie Telfer swung in a free-kick from the left to find Gloady Ntumba who glanced a header past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Motherwell o Rangers 2

The second half started with Motherwell forcing a couple of corners but none of them produced a clear scoring opportunity, at the other end more than an hour had passed when Charlie Telfer latched on to a poor clearance from the Motherwell keeper but his shot was just wide of the right hand post.

With ten minutes remaining Gloady Ntumba came close to grabbing his hat-trick, when Scott Lochrie passed to the Rangers striker at the edge of the box he went past a defender and powered a shot a goal, it was just too straight and the keeper managed to parry the ball over the bar. Less than sixty seconds later Andy Murdoch broke forward to try his luck from the edge of the box and was only just wide of the right hand post.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Jamie Mills (Ross Kellock 46 mins); Lewis Morgan (Scott Lochrie 66mins), Andy Murdoch, Dylan Dykes, Charlie Telfer, Tome Walsh (Kjeld McIntyre 54mins); Gloady Ntumba

Youths Play At Ibrox

May 12, 2012

With the last home game played last week and before work begins on the pitch Rangers youth squads and their Stenhousemuir opponents got the opportunity to play at Ibrox. Saturday saw a festival of football with three games, it all started with the under 17’s at 10am, followed by the 15’s at 1pm and finished with the under 14’s at 3.45pm. Tomorrow will see the under 13’s play at Ibrox, but with the final league game at Perth tomorrow, I won’t make it along.

Rangers 5 Stenhousemuir 1

The under 17’s kicked things off in the morning with the small crowd accommodated in the director’s box. The Ibrox youngsters took an early lead after seven minutes, Craig Halkett rising to glance a header past the keeper when Tom Walsh swung in a free-kick from the right. The lead was doubled on the quarter-hour mark, Andy Murdoch winning possession just outside the left hand angle of the box and curling a shot over the keeper and into the net.

Ten minutes later the Stenhousemuir keeper was put under pressure from a pass back and Andy Murdoch’s effort of was just wide of the right hand post. From a throw-in on the left Jamie Mills gained possession near the byline and cut the ball back to Dylan Dykes who shot across goal and wide of the post.

Ten minutes before the break Dylan Dykes played Gloady Ntumba through but he was crowded out by the keeper and two defenders who combined to force the ball out for a corner. From the flag kick Gloady Ntumba headed towards the back post where Jordan Wilson’s volley was cleared off the line.

Rangers continued to dominate and Andy Murdoch send Tom Walsh down the right,  his low cross into the box found Charlie Telfer arriving at the back post to force a fine save from the visitor’s keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Stenhousemuir 0

Rangers were soon back on the attack after the break, Fraser Aird breaking through midfield before playing in Danny Stoney on the right hand side of the box and the Rangers striker forced a fine save from the keeper. A minute later the home side extended their lead, a great spot and kick out from keeper Liam Kelly sent Tom Walsh clear, he rounded the keeper as he came to the edge of his box, his shot looked to be going across goal but a Stenhousemuir defender knocked it into the net when attempting to clear for an Own Goal.

Next to threaten the Stennie goal was Danny Stoney and his effort from the edge of the box was only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post after Tom Walsh setup the chance. As the final ten minutes approached the visitor’s pulled one back, the ball was crossed in from the left and a looping header dropped over Liam Kelly and into the net.

Rangers put a better reflection on the score sheet by adding two goals in the final three minutes. First the ball was worked across the box from right to left, Danny Stoney onto Lewis Morgan who played in Tom Walsh to shoot past the keeper. The scoring was complete when Craig Halkett headed his second form another free-kick this time delivered by Charlie Telfer from the right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Stenhousemuir 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon (Kjeld McIntyre 42mins), Craig Halkett, Jordan Wilson, Ross Kellock (Robert McLardie 75mins); Tom Walsh, Andy Murdoch (Lewis Morgan 75mins), Charlie Telfer, Jamie Mills (Scott Lochrie 68mins); Dylan Dykes (Fraser Aird 46mins), Gloady Ntumba (Danny Stoney 46mins)

Rangers 3 Stenhousemuir 1

After a visit to the Copland Diner for refreshments it was back at 1pm for the next instalment, the under 15’s. The crowd was now housed in the west enclosure and the game started in a similar vein to the earlier game with Rangers on the attack. Central defender Michael Mossie heading narrowly wide when Josh Jeffries sent in a free-kick from the right.

Eleven minutes were on the clock when Rangers took the lead, an enterprising run down the right from Steven Chatterton took him to the byline, his low cross was knocked up into the air by a defender and Adam Wilson was well placed to volley past the keeper. Two minutes later a superb finish from Josh Jeffries doubled Rangers lead, a poor clearance from the keeper was collected by the midfielder who sent the ball soaring over the keeper’s head from fully thirty-five yards.

Another superb piece of skill from Josh Jeffries, when the ball was delivered into the box his superb first touch created the chance but his shot came back off the keeper’s right hand post. Midway through the half Rangers keeper Jamie Wilson was called into action, stretching to tip a free-kick from the left hand angle of the box over the bar.

Stenhousemuir were having their best spell and following an attack down the left Jamie Wilson did well to parry the low cross and the Stennie striker blazed the rebound over. The Rangers keeper was called into action again when a free-kick swung in from the left was deflected goalwards, Jamie Wilson dived to turn the ball wide, low at his left hand post. Almost immediately Adam Wilson’s pass sent Ryan Hardie through in the inside right channel and the keeper made a fine save low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Stenhousemuir 0

Four minutes after the break Stenhousemuir were back in the match, good play on the left created the chance for a cross and the low ball was converted from the edge of the six yard box. The game then went through a period when chances were few until the hour mark when the visitor’s had a twenty-five yard effort deflected narrowly over. At the other end Nathan Gallagher passed inside to Ryan Smith  and his shot from the edge of the box was saved by the keeper low to his left.

Ten minutes before the final whistle Nathan Gallagher won the ball at the edge of the box but his effort was just too high. Rangers made the game safe with a couple of minutes remaining, when Ryan Hardie’s shot from inside the box was blocked the Stennie defence had a few opportunities to clear but didn’t take them and the ball eventually fell kindly for Scott Walker who netted from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Stenhousemuir 1

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Steven Chatterton, Keir Whitfield, Michael Mossie, David Brownlie, Junior Ogen, Ryan Hardie, Adam Wilson, Hussein Kaware, Josh Jeffries, Ben Reilly, Ryan Smith, Scott Walker, Nathan Gallagher, Cammy Ferrier

Rangers 5 Stenhousemuir o

Two games and our Scottish weather was taking its toll, so it was off to KFC for a  black coffee to heat me up before returning for the under 14’s game at 3:45 pm, unlike the previous games this game was played over three thirty minute periods. The watching crowd didn’t have long to wait for the opening goal with Rangers taking the lead in the second minute, Cammy Price sending John Cunningham through the inside left channel, and the striker advanced into the box to fire past the keeper.

A similar move almost produced a second, this time it was the inside right channel and the pass was made by Jamie Brandon, John Cunningham almost producing an identical finish only to see his shot come back off the keeper’s right hand post. The Stennie keeper was then called into action diving low to his right to touch Max Ashmore’s free-kick wide of the post.

Rangers and John Cunningham grabbed their second goals just after the half-hour, racing into the box on Jamie Brandon’s pass to shoot past the keeper. At the start of the second period the first chance came when Max Ashmore’s corner found its way to Ross McCrorie at the back post and the Stennie keeper made a fine save from his close range effort.

The visitor’s then created their first real chance when a free kick from the right broke to a Stennie player it took a fine challenge from Jason Krones to deflect the ball for a corner. From the corner Rangers broke quickly to hit Stenhousemuir with a third, Ross Lyon did the bulk of the work breaking from his own half before playing in John Cunningham on the left side of the box, the Stennie keeper dived to his left to parry but was helpless as Reece Cunningham knocked in the rebound from a few yards.

In the third period Rangers were awarded a free kick fully thirty yards out, Max Ashmore played it short to Dennon Fisher who teed up Jason Krones, the defender’s long-range shot coming back off the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers soon scored their fourth, this time from the penalty spot. Ross McCrorie’s pass sent John Cunningham through and he was impeded and he rounded the keeper, Max Ashmore stepped up to net from the spot despite the best efforts from the Stenhousemuir keeper.

Rangers next chance came when Gary McGreish won the ball at the edge of the box, went past a defender before forcing a save from the keeper. The scoring was complete when Gary McGreish attacked the Stennie penalty area on the right, when he was challenged the ball broke kindly for Jamie Brandon to shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Stenhousemuir 0

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Jack Gilmour, Ross Lyon, Ross McCrorie, Jason Krones, Max Ashmore, Reece Cunningham, Jamie Brandon, John Cunningham, Cammy Price, Reece Duncan, Rhys Young, Gary McGreish, Dennon Fisher, Reagan Milne, Lewis White.

13’s Win At Lennoxtown

May 6, 2012

Celtic 1 Rangers 2

With the three older age groups games cancelled today, the only option was  the under 13’s game at Lennoxtown this morning. Rangers took the lead after only seven minutes, when the ball was cleared from the Rangers penalty area great play from Grant Nelson saw him go past a Celtic player midway inside his own half and then his superb pass sent Sam Jamieson clear and the Rangers striker carried on into the box to shoot past the keeper.

Ranger were desperately unlucky not to extend their lead on twenty minutes, Lewis Ferguson and Jordan Houston combined on the right and when the later’s cross was headed clear it was controlled by Euan McMillan before he sent a twenty-five yarder crashing off the crossbar with the keeper beaten, Sam Jamieson reacted to head the rebound goalwards with the Celtic keeper diving to his left to parry. When the resultant corner was headed from the box Jordan Houston sent a shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Just over halfway through the second period Celtic created a chance with a great run down the left and it took a superb Adam Baird challenge to clear for a corner. With the Rangers defence struggling to clear the flag kick the ball was fired goalwards with a Rangers defender clearing from the line.

Five minutes into the third period Rangers grabbed a second with a great move, Euan McMillan made a great challenge inside his own penalty area following a Celtic corner, Jamie Barjonas and Ross Brown then exchanged passes in midfield before the ball was sent out to Kieran Moore on the right, from his pass into the box Sam Jamieson held of a defender before shooting past the keeper.

With ten minutes remaining Celtic grabbed a lifeline, their central midfielder was allowed time and space to break forward before shooting past Kieran Wright from the edge of the box. Neither side were able to create further clear-cut chances and Rangers comfortably held on to their lead to run out worthy winners.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 2

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