Archive for August, 2012

16’s Earn Draw At Kilmarnock

August 27, 2012

With the unfortunate scheduling of the Under 20 Youth Cup tie meaning a clash with first team fixture at Berwick I was unable to attend. Goals from Callum Gallagher and Andy Murdoch secured a 2-1 win for what was a young Rangers side over St.Johnstone. Rangers now have a home tie against Dumbarton in the second round.. So this week’s fix of youth football meant a trip to Grange Academy tonight to watch the under 16’s take on Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock 3 Rangers 3

It turned out to be an entertaining game with Rangers being pegged back on three occasions, but in terms of chances the home side will be wondering how they didn’t win the game. The Killie squad included the four players recently in Russia with Scotland’s Under 16’s, Devlin Mackay, Adam Hodge, Dylan Pooler and Greg Kiltie. Rangers included their only representative in that squad, Under 15 goalkeeper Robbie McCrorie. The home squad included four former Rangers players, the afore-mentioned Greg Kiltie, Greg Taylor, Declan Murphy and Adam Frizzell.

The first effort on goal was a spectacular overhead kick from Greg Kiltie on the end of Jack Whittaker’s cross from the right that went wide of Jamie Wilson’s right hand post. The Rangers keeper them made a decent save low to his right to hold Greg Taylor’s powerful strike from just inside the box.

The home side continued to make the running and when Jack Whittaker went past Sam Liddington near the corner flag on the right Dylan Pooler headed his cross just over. Rangers had their first effort on target midway through the half from a long-range Nathan Gallagher shot that Devlin Mackay saved to his left.

Sixty seconds later and the woodwork came to Rangers rescue when Dylan Pooler cut in from the right before sending a shot off the crossbar. As half-time approached a turn and shot from Greg Kiltie tested Jamie Wilson with the Rangers keeper holding on to the shot. He was in action again a couple of minutes later, saving bravely at the feet of Declan Murphy after Greg Kiltie’s lob over the Rangers defence created the chance.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 0

The home side missed a great chance five minutes after the break, a slack pass from a Rangers free-kick gave possession to Declan Murphy on the halfway line, he broke forward befoe  passing to Dylan Pooler on the right side of the box, David Brownlee did well to block the striker’s shot, with Dylan Pooler regaining possession his cross to the back post looked to have set up a certain goal for Greg Kiltie but his header rebounded of the crossbar and clear. A few minutes later Rangers took the lead through an error from Killie’s trialist keeper, Ryan Hardie intercepted the keeper’s attempted pass to a defender and knocked the ball into the empty net.

Rangers held their lead for less than five minutes, a superb pass from Shaun Lavery switched play from right to Jack Whittaker on the left he cut inside before sending a shot into Robbie McCrorie’s bottom right hand corner. Ryan Hardie’s second goal regained Rangers the lead, he chased a long ball and held of the challenge from two defenders before rounding the keeper and stroking the ball into the net.

Again Rangers lead was to last less than five minutes, David Syme carried the ball forward from defence before passing to Jack Whittaker, his shot from around twenty-five yards took a wicked deflection wrong footing Robbie McCrorie who did exceptionally well to get a hand to the ball but was unable to prevent it crossing the line. Back came Rangers to take the lead for the third time and this time it was a fantastic individual effort from Andy McKinnon, dribbling past two defenders into the box before sending an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

The less than five-minute theme continued when Killie equalised from the penalty spot,  a free kick was sent into the box from the left, a ricochet took the ball into the path of Declan Murphy who was tripped, David Syme stepped up to beat Robbie McCrorie from the spot. As the final five minutes approached Kilmarnock attacked down the left to release Adam Frizzell on the left side of the box with Robbie McCrorie diverting the ball for a corner. When the corner was taken short  to Adam Frizzell at the left hand angle of the box Robbie McCrorie stretched to touch his shot onto the bar and over.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 3 Rangers 3

Kilmarnock Squad:- Devlin Mackay (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Shaun Lavery, ????? Smith, Dean Hawkshaw, Adam Hodge, David Syme, Jack Whittaker, Greg Taylor, Dylan Pooler, Greg Kiltie, Declan Murphy, Reece Williamson, Adam Frizzell.

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Steven Chatterton, Sam Liddington, David Brownlee, Michael Mossie, Junior Ogen, Hussein Kaware, Nathan Gallagher, Ryan Hardie, Cammy Ferrier, Andy McKinnon, Ross Lyon, Dylan Stevenson, Max Ashmore, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Smith

Under 16’s Lose To Motherwell

August 20, 2012

Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

A Rangers under 16 side that included under 18 player Kris Gibson lost to Motherwell at Murray Park tonight. In truth the Rangers side failed to cause former Rangers keeper Max Currie too much trouble over the ninety minutes.

The first move to threaten any keeper came after twelve minutes when Adam Wilson drove forward from midfield and tried to play Ryan Hardie through, keeper Max Currie was alert and moved from his line quickly to save at the striker’s feet. Three minutes later the home side missed a great chance, Ryan Hardie gathered the ball on the right hand byline and a trick took him past a defender to cross to the back post were Dylan Stevenson headed just wide.

Goalmouth action was at a premium and it was five minutes before the break when Motherwell worked their way to the byline on the left with Jamie Wilson diving to gather the resultant cross.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

The second half had a low-key start and it was midway through the half when the Motherwell striker turned and fired a powerful shot at Rangers goal, but it was straight at keeper Jamie Wilson. Five minutes later Hussein Kaware broke into the right side of the box and Max Currie managed to divert his powerful shot for a corner. The visitor’s defence struggled to clear the corner and when another cross came in from the right Hussein Kaware’s acrobatic volley could only find the side netting.

With just less than ten minutes remaining Motherwell missed a great chance, an attack and cross from the right found the Motherwell striker in space with a free header but he could only head over the crossbar. The goal was only delayed sixty seconds, inter passing on the left sent the ‘Well player towards the byline, when the ball was cutback Jamie Wilson got a hand to the shot but couldn’t prevent it finding the net.

Five minutes later from a free-kick just outside the left hand side of the box the ball was struck powerfully through the wall with Jamie Wilson saving low to his left. Rangers tried to reply when Adam Wilson played the ball forward to Ryan Hardie on the right side of the penalty area but his shot was across goal and wide. The final chance of an equaliser came in the final minute, Andy McKinnon made a good break from halfway and played in Hussein Kaware on the left side of the box, but his effort was wide of the near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Jordan ?????, Sam Liddington, Kris Gibson, Michael Mossie, Junior Ndandjong, Dylan Stevenson, Adam Wilson, Ryan Hardie, Nathan Gallagher, Ben Reilly, Ryan Smith, Andy McKinnon, Hussein Kaware, Cammy Ferrier

Dundee United Double Header

August 18, 2012

Before heading over to Ibrox for the game against East Stirling I took in the youths double-header at Murray Park in the morning. First up was Under 15’s who shared four goals with their United rivals, followed by Under 17’s who gained a rather fortunate win with a late goal.

Rangers 2 Dundee United 2

This season Under 15’s has been changed from three thirty minute periods to forty minutes each way, as the teams use their full squads in these games in my opinion the change just means ten minutes less game time for some players. The early period of the first half saw few chances and there was around twenty-five minutes gone when Josh Jeffries sent John Cunningham through on the left side of the penalty area with the United keeper diving to save.

Just before the half-hour the visitors created a chance down the left, Jamie Wilson advanced from his goal and the United player shot across goal. With just over five minutes of the half remaining Josh Jeffries sent in a cross from the right which Reece Duncan volleyed just over. A couple of minutes later Rangers took the lead, a neat passing move ended when Josh Jeffries’s pass split the defence and found Lewis White breaking into the box to go on and shoot past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Two minutes after the break a poor pass out of defence from Jason Krones was intercepted and one pass later the United player was through to round Jamie Wilson and equalise. A further two minutes had passed and another mistake saw United take the lead, Ross McCrorie failed to deal with a long ball and it allowed the United player to carry on into the box and shoot past Jamie Wilson.

A slack pass from defence in the fifty-second minute saw Reece Duncan through on goal with the visitor’s keeper diverting his effort wide of the left hand post with his foot. On the hour mark Rhys Young intercepted a clearance on the left, he went past the full back towards the byline and his shot from a narrow angle was turned wide of the post by the keeper.

The game entered the final ten minutes with Josh Jeffries breaking forward from midfield past a defender before shooting from the edge of the box which the United keeper touched over. Rangers grabbed an equaliser with five minutes remaining, Ross Lyon sent a corner in from the right and the ball broke from a challenge with the keeper to Rhys Young who knocked the ball into the net from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 2

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Reagan Milne, Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White, Gary McGreish, Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore, Reece Duncan, Josh Jeffries, John Cunningham, Jamie Brandon, Jamie Barjonas, Rhys Young, Jack Gilmour, Cammy Price, George Bowyer

Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Next up at noon was the under 17’s clash which Rangers won with a late goal. Ten minutes saw the first real effort on goal, Tom Walsh’s free-kick from the left was cleared to the edge of the box where Junior Ndanjong’s powerful strike was deflected just wide. Midway through the half  United carved out a great chance, Elliott McDonald’s pass set up  Jamie Montgomery  on the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and straight at Liam Kelly.

A couple minutes later and they failed to take an even better chance, Cammy Ballantyne’s cross from the right was headed back across goal by Jamie Montgomery, Mark Russell looked certain to score, but appeared to be falling backwards and didn’t connect properly with his header which allowed Lima Kelly to gather. Rangers then benefited from an incredible refereeing decision, Aaron Kane set up Elliot McDonald who turned Greg Pascazio, his shot was destined for the net until Steven Chatterton running back towards goal knocked the ball over the bar with his hand, those watching looked on in disbelief as the referee awarded a corner.

Right on half-time another attack from United, this time down the left, saw the attempted cross bounce of Liam Kelly’s crossbar, Jamie Montgomery collected the ball on the byline and Liam Kelly diverted his shot from a tight angle wide with his foot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee United 0

Rangers improved after the break but it was still the visitors that looked most likely to score, and less than ten minutes in Aaron Kane brought out a save from Liam Kelly. The game then went into a period where neither side threatened the other side’s goal until three minutes remaining when Rangers took the lead. Kjeld McIntyre’s free-kick was flicked on by David Brownlee and found Greg Pascazio arriving at the back post to head past the keeper.

United had one final chance to salvage the game when a corner delivered from the right flicked off a Rangers defender and on to Cammy Ballantyne at the back post who headed just over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Jamie Wilson (Gk), Steven Chatterton, David Brownlee, Greg Pascazio, Jamie Mills, Lewis Morgan, Michael Mossie, Junior Ogen, Dylan Dykes, Tom Walsh, Ryan Hardie, Kjeld McIntyre, Luke Hammond, Adam Wilson, Ben Reilly

16’s Win Over Queen’s Park

August 13, 2012

Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 0

A Rangers under 16’s squad with a few under 17’s had a comfortable win over Queen’s Park at Murray Park tonight. The home side created the first chance when Michael Mossie tried his luck from around twenty-five yards and the Queens keeper saved low to his right. At the other end a good passing move down the left ended with a shot from the edge of the box which was just over Liam Kelly’s bar.

Luke Hammond then broke forward and cut in from the left past two defenders before shooting just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Rangers then took the lead when Sam Liddington played the ball forward into the box and a good touch from Ryan Hardie who brought the ball under control before shooting past the keeper.

The lead was soon doubled when a long ball from Steven Chatterton was brought under control by Ryan Hardie before lobbing the ball over the keeper and into the net. Rangers continued to press with Michael Mossie and Ben Reilly combining on the right from the latter’s cross Ryan Hardie took a touch before testing the keeper who saved to his right.

Queen’s Park were still in the game and when a loose ball was picked up in midfield a shot from the edge of the box came back off the crossbar with Liam Kelly beaten. As half-time approached Michael Mossie played a one-two with Ryan Hardie before firing a shot of the keeper’s left hand post. The ball found its way to Ben Reilly on the right and when his driven cross struck a Queen’s Park arm the referee awarded a rather harsh penalty with Ben Reilly stepping up to slot past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

The home side took less than sixty seconds to score their fourth, Kjeld McIntyre intercepted a slack pass from defence before setting up Ryan Hardie to complete his hat-trick. A powerful run from Junior Ogen took him past two defenders and into the box with the keeper just stretching enough to parry his chip.

The home side looked most likely to score the next goal and Lewis Morgan was next to try his luck with a long-range effort that the keeper turned wide of his right hand post. The fifth goal was only delayed and when Rangers were awarded a free-kick at the edge of the box Steven Chatterton stepped up to shoot through a poorly constructed wall and past the keeper.

A good spell of passing moved the ball out to Kjeld McIntyre on the right who cut inside before going for goal with the ball clipping the bar on the way over. The final chance came when the keeper parried Steven Chatterton’s free-kick from distance, Hussain Kaware challenged the keeper for the rebound with a defender arriving to clear from the line.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Jamie Wilson (Gk), Jordan Duncan, Sam Liddington, Steven Chatterton, David Brownlee, Junior Ogen, Ben Reilly, Adam Wilson, Ryan Hardie, Michael Mossie, Luke Hammond, Kjeld McIntyre, Andy McKinnon, Dylan Stevenson, Lewis Morgan, Ryan Smith, Nathan Gallagher, Hussain Kaware, Cammy Ferrier

Rangers Hit Eight In Hawick

August 12, 2012

Hawick Royal Albert 0 Rangers 8

A sunny Sunday afternoon in August, what better way to spend it than watching Rangers play in the Scottish Borders. A young Gers side hit eight against East of Scotland First Division side Hawick Royal Albert, the scorline perhaps reflecting the quality of the opposition.

Rangers took the lead in the opening minute, the home side failed to clear Kal Naismith’s corner from the right and in the ensuing scramble Luca Gasparotto forced the ball over the line from close range. At this point the home side defended stoutly and it was midway through the half before Rangers came close again, Andy Murdoch and Callum Gallagher combined on the left side of the box to set up a shooting chance for Kal Naismith and the midfielder’s shot came back of the keeper’s right hand post.

A minute later Luca Gasparotto came close to doubling his tally when he got his head to Kal Naismith’s corner with the home keeper doing well to keep his effort out. He was to do better that a couple of minutes later, Kal Naismith progressed on the right and his cross found it way to Andy Murdoch who’s powerful shot was parried wide for a corner. Next to try his luck was Kamil Wiktorski, when Matty Clarke passed the ball inside the Polish midfielder’s shot from full thirty yards was just too high.

The second goal eventually came, a couple of minutes after the half-hour. Ryan Sinnamon was sent clear on the right, he went past the full-back before cutting the ball back to Robbie Crawford who calmly slotted past the keeper. With just over five  minutes of the half remaining Rangers scored again, a good passing move involving several players saw the ball moved out to Ryan Sinnamon on the right,and his cross was headed past the keeper by Callum Gallagher.

The visitor’s looked like scoring with almost every attack and a couple of minutes later they scored again, Andy Murdoch sent Robbie Crawford clear on the left and when he reached the byline he laid the ball back to Matty Clarke who sent in a wicked cross which Callum Gallagher rose to head into the net.

Half-Time:- Hawick Royal Albert 0 Rangers 4

It took Rangers only two minutes to add to their tally after the break, Andy Murdoch sent a cross into the box which was superbly controlled by Callum Gallagher and just as he was about to pull the trigger he was bundled over for a clear penalty, the striker slotted the spot kick past the keeper to complete his hat-trick. Just before the hour mark substitute Jamie Burrows worked a one-two with Andy Murdoch and was clear inside the box but the Hawick keeper managed to divert his effort wide.

Jamie Burrows then took on the role of creator his superb cross field pass from right to left sent Robbie Crawford clear to advance into the box and fire home number six. Number seven came with just under a quarter of an hour on the clock, an exchange of passes between Gregor Fotheringham, Jamie Burrows and Ryan Sinnamon sent the latter to the byline on the right, with Dylan Dykes making a near post run to flick his cross past the keeper.

As the game entered the final five minutes the scoring was complete, and it had similarities to the previous goal. This time Ryan Sinnamon sent Jamie Burrows to the byline on the right and when his low cross came in the run was made by Jordan Wilson to prod the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Hawick Royal Albert 0 Rangers 8

Hawick Royal Albert:- Liam Robertson (Kerr Brown HT), Kyle McCulloch (Steven Drummond 67mins), Jason Wood, Lawrie Dunn, Sean Loughlin, Graham Clee (Innes Zenati HT), Scott Watson (Thomas Clark 76mins), Declan Hogg, Kris O’Neil (Jamie Paterek), Bobby Nwanze, Danny May.

Rangers:- Scott Gallagher (Blair Currie 70mins); Ryan Sinnamon, Luca Gasparotto, Darren Cole (Greg Pascazio 50mins), Matty Clarke; Kal Naismith (Jamie Burrows 50mins), Kamil Wiktorski (Dylan Dykes 65mins), Gregor Fotheringham, Andy Murdoch, Robbie Crawfors (Jordan Wilson 65mins); Callum Gallagher (Gloady Ntumba 70mins)

Youth Update

August 5, 2012

This weekend was a good opportunity to take in a few youth games, with five games being played at Murray Park over the two days. Unfortunately kick off times were not staggered and it meant I had to choose, as I normally do when games clash I take in the oldest team’s game.

Rangers 5 Falkirk 4

First up on Saturday saw the under 13’s and under 14’s take on Falkirk, the under 14’s edged out the visitors by the odd goal in nine, I felt they were a little fortunate and a draw may have been a fairer reflection.

The visitor’s were first the to threaten in the opening period, the chance was created on the right hand side of the box and Kieran Wright dived to his right to save. The Bairns then took the lead, following a throw in out side Rangers box on the right, the Rangers defence struggled to clear  and after the initial effort was blocked the ball was fired past Kieran Wright and into the net.

Rangers tried to reply when Scott Simpson sent Jack Morgan clear on the ,from his low cross Sam Jamieson was stretching to connect and could only knock it past the keeper’s right hand post. Another Jack Morgan cross from the right found Dean Pitchen in the box and the midfielder’s effort was just wide of the left hand post.

Falkirk then went back up the other end and doubled their lead, a glancing header from a free-kick from the right hand angle of the box gave Kieran Wright no chance. Rangers started the second period on the attack, Sam Jamieson cut in from the left to try his luck with the keeper turning his effort round the left hand post.

Rangers got back into the game when Dean Pitchen rose to power a header from Adam Baird’s cross into the net. The Ibrox youngsters soon drew level from a superb Liam Burt strike, Sam Jamieson controlled Kieran Wright’s clearance and laid it back into Liam Burt’s path, his 25 yard strike sailed over the keeper into the net.

Falkirk then regained their lead as the end of the second period approached, when a free- kick was awarded on the right hand side of the box a superb strike came back off the crossbar but bounced off keeper Kieran Wright and rolled over the line. Rangers almost levelled before the end of the period when Ben Andoh got his head to Liam Burt’s corner from the right but a defender popped up to clear from the line.

Rangers were back on term soon into the third period, when Liam Burt hooked the ball forward Sam Jamieson got himself ahead of the defence before lobbing the advancing keeper and into the net. Rangers were now on the ascendancy and Lewis Fersguson sent Ben Andoh clear in the inside left channel and he advanced into the box to bring a good save from the keeper.

Falkirk were still in the game and when the ball was cleared from the box following a corner from the right it took a fine Kieran Wright save diving to his left to keep the scores level. Back to the other end and some fine play on the left from Euan McMillan created space for the cross and Sam Jamieson’s header was just wide.

The home side moved in front for the first time in the game from the penalty spot. Sam Jamieson showed fine chest  control from Liam Burt’s cross from the left, he went down under a challenge from the keeper which the referee judged a penalty and the Rangers striker stepped net from the spot. Rangers then gained a two goal cushion when Ben Andoh was sent clear  he unselfishly passed to Sam Jamieson inside the box and he rounded the keeper before knocking the ball into the net.

Falkirk then reduced the deficit from a free- kick wide on the left, the flight of the ball appearing to deceive Kieran Wright as it found the net. The final chance of the game was at the other end, Lewis Ferguson working his way along the right hand byline before finding Ben Andoh who’s shot was saved.

Rangers 5 Falkirk 4

Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Adam Baird, Scott Simpson, Wallace Duffy, Euan McMillan, Ross Brown, Blair Docherty, Dean Pitchen, Jack Morgan, Lewis Ferguson, Sam Jamieson, Kieran Laing, Grant Nelson, Liam Burt, Ben Andoh

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers under 13’s recorded a 5-2 win over their Falkirk counterparts.

Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 0

Next up was and under 19’s friendly on Sunday morning when Rangers had a narrow but deserved win over Queen’s Park.

There was fully twenty minutes gone before the first real chance of the game, Matty Clarke on the left passed inside to Gregor Fotheringham who moved the ball on to Fraser Aird and his shot from the edge of the box had the Queen’s keeper stretching to tip over. Just over five minutes later a superb turn on the halfway line allowed Fraser Aird to break forward before shooting from 25 yards which the keeper saved comfortably.

Rangers then took the lead just after the half hour, Fraser Aird found Matty Clarke in space on the left and when his cross came in Jamie Burrows rose to head past the keeper. Five minutes later Andy Murdoch won the ball before passing to Jamie Burrows, a superb turn took him clear of the defence and he was only just wide of the left hand post with his effort.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 0

Five minutes after the break the visitors who had carried a little threat came close, the play was switched to the right and when the ball was passed inside the shot was just wide of Blair Currie’s right hand post. Five minutes later they missed and even better chance,  a cross from wide right midway inside Rangers half found a free player at the back post but his header was straight at Blair Currie.

Just before the hour Rangers missed great chance to double their lead,  Andy Murdoch’s ball over the top found Callum Gallagher on the left side of the box, as he cut inside he was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. Callum Gallagher stepped up but was foiled by a superb save from the Queen’s keeper diving to his right. They were almost made to pay five minutes later, Greg Pascazio got caught when trying to usher the ball over the byline on the left, and the shot from a tight angle was across goal and wide.

 A great run from Fraser Aird saw him leave defenders in his wake as he broke into the box and forcing a save from the keeper. The next chance was created by Jamie Mills on the left, going past a defender on the byline and cutting back to Gloady Ntumba who’s effort was blocked by the keepers legs.  The same players created the final chance, with a trick taking Gloady Ntumba past a defender on the byline before forcing a save from a narrow angle.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Blair Currie (Liam Kelly 75mins), Ryan Sinnamon (Jamie Mills 59mins), Greg Pascazio, Luca Gasparotto, Jordan Wilson; Callum Gallagher (Gloady Ntumba 59mins), Gregor Fotheringham, Andy Murdoch, Matty Clarke; Fraser Aird, Jamie Burrows (Kris Gibson HT)

Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Sunday afternoon saw Rangers take on Falkirk at under 15’s and a game for under 16’s and 17’s. Rangers were second best in the game I took in against a Falkirk side that passed the ball better and won more comfortably than the scoreline suggests.

Rangers had a couple of early chances, the first coming from a corner from the right, David Brownlie’s header being cleared off the line. A poor clearance was then was then picked up by Adam Wilson and the Falkirk keeper did well to tip over, when the resultant corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Steven Chatterton’s shot was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Falkirk then took the lead with a stunning 30 yard shot that flew into the top left hand corner giving Liam Kelly no chance. When Steven Chatterton lost possession on the halfway line one pass through the inside left channel and the Falkirk player was through to shoot past Kelly and double their lead.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 2

Falkirk really should have scored a third just after the break, a one-two at the edge of the box creating the chance, with the striker through on Kelly he could only shoot wide of the post. Rangers then lost possession following a throw in  close to their box on the Falkirk right and the resultant shot was narrowly over.

The visitor’s continued to create chances and following another attack down the right when the shot came in it took a superb block from David Brownlie to avert the danger. The home side then grabbed a consolation goal, Nathan Gallagher cutting in from the right past two defenders before shooting past the keeper, although the Falkirk keeper would have felt he should have done better.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Jamie Wilson), Wallace ????? (Sam Liddington), David Brownlie, Steven Chatterton(Ryan Smith), Ross Kellock (Michael Mossie); Ben Reilly (Dylan Stevenson), Adam Wilson (Cammy ?????), Kris Gibson (Nathan Gallagher), Jamie Mills (Andy McKinnon); Kjeld McIntyre (Hussain Kaware), Gloady Ntumba (Ryan Hardie)

Footnote:- Rangers under 15’s won 3-0 with a double from John Cunningham and one from Reece Duncan.