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