Archive for September, 2012

Youngsters Take On Ayr United

September 30, 2012

With the development teams taking on Ayr United the choice I had was, one game at Murray Park or two games at Prestwick Academy. As the travelling time to either is much the same it was down to the Ayrshire coast to take the U17’s at 11am and U15’s at 1pm.

Ayr United 0 Rangers 5

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Rangers started with a significant wind at their backs and almost took the lead in the opening minute, Danny Stoney played Andy McKinnon through on the left side of the box with the Ayr keeper advancing from his line to block. Two minutes later Andy McKinnon collected a poor clearance from the keeper and when he went past the full-back on the left and played the ball across the box Ryan Hardie looked certain to score but knocked the ball wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers were dominant and chances were coming at regular intervals, next up was a Danny Stoney shot from the edge of the box which had the power but was straight at the keeper who parried clear. The home keeper was soon called upon again, coming from his line to block Gloady Ntumba’s effort after Andy McKinnon’s pass sent him through on the left hand side of the penalty area.

The break through came on the quarter-hour mark Danny Stoney advancing towards the box before playing a one-two with Gloady Ntumba and carrying on into the box to shoot past the keeper. Only a further two minutes had passed when Rangers doubled their lead, when Andy McKinnon tried to break into the box on the left the ball broke off a defender to Gloady Ntumba who shot past the keeper.

The next chance was created by a great run and cross from Tom Walsh from the right and Gloady Ntumba’s header was just wide of the left hand post. Ten minutes before half-time only the woodwork saved the home side from going further behind, Danny Stoney unselfishly teed up Tom Walsh as he broke into the box on the left with the keeper beaten the ball bounced clear off his left hand post.

The third goal was delayed by five minutes and when it came it was a brilliant solo effort from Gloady Ntumba. collecting the ball just inside the Ayr half  he set off on a run that took him past two defenders and into the box to thunder a shot past the keeper. The big striker came close to his hat-trick two minutes later, when Rangers worked a short corner on the right his header from Tom Walsh’s cross was netbound until a defender popped up to clear from the line.

Half-Time:- Ayr United 0 Rangers 3

Unfortunately for the home side the wind that was in their faces for the first half hour had disappeared and Rangers continued from where they left off, on the attack. The first opportunity came when Gloady Ntumba cut in from the right before passing to Tom Walsh who was denied by the keeper at his near post. And it was Tom Walsh again who tested the keeper when he broke forward and shot from just outside the box with Rangers having to settle for a corner. With the home side struggling to clear the flag kick when  they eventually got the ball clear of the box only for Danny Stoney to send an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner.

The home side then replied and almost found the net when Kjeld McIntyre’s touch back on a cross almost beat his own keeper, but Jamie Wilson dived to his left to turn the ball wide. The Rangers keeper was soon in action again, another dive to his left to parry following a penetrating attack on the Ayr left.

Rangers reply to this attacking flurry was to go straight to the other end and grab a fifth. Ryan Hardie robbed a defender on the left, advanced into the box and rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the empty net. The home side never gave up and twice had Rangers keeper Jamie Wilson saving to keep his goal intact. Following an attack down the right he dived to his right to parry, then a few minutes later another dive and touch to his right turned a shot from twenty-five yards wide for a corner.

Full-Time:- Ayr United 0 Rangers 5

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly(Gk), Jamie Wilson(Gk), Kjeld McIntyre, Jamie Mills, David Brownlie, Ryan Sinnamon, Junior Ogen, Ryan Hardie, Tom Walsh, Gloady Ntumba, Danny Stoney, Andy McKinnon, Adam Wilson, Sam Liddington, Trialist.
 

Next up was the U15’s clash and with a change in the weather there was no obvious wind advantage to either side when the teams kicked off.

Ayr United 2 Rangers 6

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The younger Rangers side started in a similar fashion to their older colleagues and were on the attack right from the start. An early lead looked certain when Cammy Price’s cross from the left was perfect for John Cunningham but he headed straight at keeper when a goal looked certain. Almost immediately Josh Jeffries was testing the keeper from the edge of the box and the keeper was up to the challenge parrying the shot.

Rangers then took the before a quarter of an hour had elapsed, they worked a short corner on the left and Ross McCorie rose to head Cammy Price’s cross past the keeper. A great turn and shot by John Cunningham at the edge of the box brought out another stop from the home keeper.

The second goal wasn’t far away and it came after good work on the left hand byline from Max Ashmore to go past a defender, the keeper parried his effort from a narrow angle but only into the path of John Cunningham who netted from close range. A couple of minutes later the striker grabbed his second and Rangers third, Rhys Young was the creator, breaking from midfield before sending John Cunningham through on the right side of the box to go on and beat the keeper.

A fourth goal was to follow before the break, Josh Jeffries sent the ball out to Lewis White on the left and when his cross went beyond the far post John Cunningham hadn’t given up and collected the ball on the right hand byline, with the Ayr defenders claiming the ball had gone out of play he rolled it back to Cammy Price to fire into the net from around the penalty spot.

Half-Time:-Ayr United 0 Rangers 4

Rangers continued to dominate and were soon on the score sheet after the break, Daniel Bonner won possession out on the left and his low cross gave Reece Duncan a simple task from inside the six yard box. When Rangers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Josh Jeffries stepped up to go for goal, when the home keeper failed to hold on to his effort Daniel Bonner pounced to fire home.

Credit to the home side as they then proceeded  to have their best spell and pretty much dominate the final twenty minutes. The pulled a goal back when a free kick near the byline on the right was headed past Robbie McCrorie. The Rangers keeper then had to look sharp to come from his line to save bravely when Ayr threatened to break through the middle.

Gary McGreish provided a bit of respite for Rangers when he cut in from the left past two defenders before forcing a save from the keeper. The home side had the last say in the game when the grabbed a second, a cross from the left broke to the impressive Ayr substitute on the right hand side of the box and his shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Robbie McCrorie and into the net.

Full-Time:- Ayr United 2 Rangers 6

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Ross Lyon, Lewis White, Ross McCrorie, George Bowyer, Max Ashmore, Cammy Price, Jamie Brandon, John Cunningham. Josh Jeffries, Rhys Young, Recce Duncan, Jack Gilmour, Gary McGreish, Daniel Bonner, Rhys ?????.

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Development Teams Meet Accies

September 16, 2012

Rangers youth teams took on Hamilton Accies today and the kick-off times meant I could take in two games and half of the Under 15 game. The morning saw a comfortable win for the Under 14’s at Murray Park, and late Rangers goals meant the 15’s drew and 17’s scored a late winner.

Rangers 7 Hamilton Accies 2

First up was the under 14 game at Murray Park with a 10am kick off. Rangers were first to come close when Dean Pitchen rose to head Grant Nelson’s corner from the left just wide of the right hand post. Rangers then fell behind when Jason Krones was short with a pass back and the Accies striker ran on to shoot past Kieran Wright.

Rangers replied when Sam Jamieson touched a free-kick to Aidan Wilson who tested the keeper from distance. The visitors then missed a great chance to increase their lead, a ball over the top sent the striker through on goal, he lobbed the ball over the advancing Kieran Wright but wide of the post.

Rangers equalised after winning the ball on halfway, with the Hamilton players claiming a free-kick Sam Jamieson advanced into the box on the left before squaring to Liam Burt to shoot past the keeper. Rangers soon edged ahead, Kieran Laing passed forward to Liam Burt on the right, the Accies keeper dived to cut out the cross but when he failed to hold on Ben Andoh fired into the net.

Hamilton tried to respond and Kieran Wright had to be quick and brave to save at the striker’s feet when the ball was played through. Rangers then provided themselves with a two goal cushion by grabbing a third, Ben Andoh cut in from the left past a defender before setting up Dean Pitchen who found the net from the edge of the box.

A poor pass from Kieran Wright presented Accies with a great chance but the Rangers keeper redeemed himself with a fine point-blank save with the rebound being knocked wide. The final chance of the period came when Liam Burt found Grant Nelson inside the box and he was only just too high with his shot.

The visitors started the second period with a great run from the right-back area creating a chance. Kieran Wright dived to his right to parry and with the Accies player under pressure from Kieran Laing the rebound attempt came back off the right hand post. Rangers immediately increased their lead with Ben Andoh racing clear of the Accies defence from the halfway line to shoot past the keeper.

The crossbar then came to the visitor’s rescue when Aidan Wilson’s twenty-five yard free-kick bounced clear with the keeper beaten. They were still in the game and when a corner from the right was sent to the back post Kieran Wright had to be alert to save from close range. Soon after a move down the Accies left created another chance but the shot was across goal and wide.

The third period started with Rangers losing possession midway in their own half and the Hamilton player going on to shoot past Kieran Wright. Rangers the restored their three goal cushion after good play on the edge of the box by Jay ????? the ball broke for Jack Morgan to find the net from just inside the box.

Rangers came close when Kieran ????? hooked the ball over his head into the Accies box, where Dean Pitchen’s challenge won the ball which broke to Jack Morgan who hit the left hand post from a narrow angle. Some great play from Dean Pitchen, lobbing the ball over two defenders as he cut in from the left  before passing to Lewis Ferguson who’s lay off was fired past the keeper by Kieran ?????.

Rangers continued to look likely to add to their tally and the Accies keeper made a fine save touching Jack Morgan’s shot over after he cut in from the right. The scoring was completed when Aidan Wilson stepped up to fire a free-kick from the edge of the box into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Hamilton Accies 2

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kieran Laing, Euan McMillan, Aidan Wilson, Jason Krones, Dean Pitchen, Liam Burt, Blair Docherty, Ben Andoh, Sam Jamieson, Grant Nelson, Ross Brown, Lewis Ferguson, Jack Morgan, Kieran ?????, Jay Willis

So it was out the Regional Sports Centre at Ravenscraig and I arrived on the stroke of half-time with Rangers Under 15’s losing 1-0. Rangers equalised in the second half, a good run forward from Ross Lyon fed Gary McGriesh who went past the defender to the byline and played the ball across goal for the substitute (possibly Rhys Young) to score from close range.

The home side then took the lead near the end with a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area. In the final minute a solo run from Gary McGreish saw him cut in from the right past two defenders before finding the bottom corner with a left foot shot.

Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 4

Apologies I arrived at what I thought was the kick-off, not realising Danny Stoney put Rangers ahead after 30 seconds.

In under 17’s clash, the final game of the day both sides agreed to include two under 18 players. Hamilton dominated in the first half with Rangers improving after the interval to secure a late draw.

Hamilton Accies took the lead early in the match, there seemed little danger when the ball was gathered on the right fully thirty yards from goal, but a stunning strike gave Liam Kelly no chance as the ball found the top corner. An attack on the left was the source of the next chances and the effort was just wide of Liam Kelly’s left hand post.

Liam Kelly in the Rangers goal got down low to his left to turn a twenty-five yard free-kick wide. Hamilton continued to dominate and doubled their lead via the penalty spot. The attack was on the right side of the box and David Brownlie caught the Accies player the referee pointed to the spot, and the ball was fired past Liam Kelly.

The home side then missed a great chance to score a third, David Brownlie was caught in possession and the Accies player was through on goal and was denied when Liam Kelly advanced from his line to make a fine block.

Half-Time:-Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 1

The home side continued where they left off and from a left-wing cross the back post header was only just wide of Liam Kelly’s left hand post. Rangers then grabbed a goal to get themselves back in the match. Gloady Ntumba went past the full-back on the right and his cutback was fired first time past the keeper by Danny Stoney.

A great run on the right by Accies wide player saw him cut in along the eighteen yard line to set up a colleague with Liam Kelly diving to his left to save. Rangers fell further behind when they failed to clear a corner from the left, the ball was fired through a crowd of players into the bottom corner.

Rangers tried to get back into the match and when Andy McKinnon played the ball in from the left it broke to Danny Stoney with the keeper blocking the effort with his legs. With the game well into the final ten minutes the ball was played forward to Ryan Hardie, a great first touch and step inside the defender created the space to shoot past the keeper.

In Rangers next attack Ryan Hardie was one of four Rangers players breaking forward, as he entered the box on the left he had options in the middle but he took on the chance himself and found the corner with a neat finish.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly (Gk), Jamie Wilson (Gk), Steven Chatterton, Jamie Mills, Craig Halkett, David Brownlie, Kris Gibson, Danny Stoney, Michael Mossie, Gloady Ntumba, Dylan Dykes, Lewis Morgan, Andy McKinnon, Kjeld McIntyre, Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen.

Late Leveller For 16’s

September 10, 2012

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Rangers 1 Hibernian 1

A goal two minutes from time gave Rangers under 16’s a draw at Murray Park tonight. There was over twenty minutes gone before we seen the first real chance of the match, it was created on the Hibernian right and when the ball was passed inside the shot from the edge of the box clipped Jamie Wilson’s crossbar on the way over. Just before the half hour some good play on the byline on the left by Ally ????? saw him lay the ball back to Adam Wilson who shot just over.

A few minutes later Hibs hit Rangers with a quick break down the right, a first time pass inside sent the striker through, as Jamie Wilson advanced from his line he knocked it past the keeper but wide of his right hand post.

Half-Time:-Rangers 1 Hibernian 1

Six minutes into the second half Rangers missed a great chance to take the lead, Sam Liddington sent Andy McKinnon down the left his pass inside found Hussein Kaware in space but he took too long to get the ball under control and fired over. The visitors were immediately on attack down the other end and it took a brave Jamie Wilson save at the Hibs player’s feet to thwart the danger.

A minute later the Rangers keeper was helpless when Hibs attacked through the middle and he watched in relief as the shot came back off his right hand post. Almost immediately Nathan Gallagher was caught in possession twenty-five yards from his own goal and the Hibs player sent an unstoppable shot past Jamie Wilson and into the top corner.

The home side were unlucky not to draw level on the hour, Max Ashmore broke forward and passed to Dylan Stevenson on the right, he continued his run to collect the return pass and sent a shot of the right hand post with the keeper beaten. Hibs replied a couple of minutes later with an attack down the right, when tha ball came into the box it took a superb Michael Mossie challenge to divert the ball for a corner. When the corner came in from the left it was missed by a Rangers defender at the near post and only a great reaction save from Jamie Wilson kept the ball out of the net.

As the final ten minutes neared Rangers moved the ball from Ross Lyon on the right through Max Ashmore and Josh Jeffries to Sam Liddington who sent a shot from distance onto the bar and over. With three minutes remaining an enterprising run from full-back by Steven Chatterton took past a couple of defenders before he shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Sixty seconds later Rangers were handed a lifeline when the Hibs keeper picked up a pass back, the free-kick was central and a yard or so inside the box, Michael Mossie tapped to the side and Steven Chatterton drove the ball through a crowd of defenders into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 1

Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Steven Chatterton, Sam Liddington, David Brownlie, Michael Mossie, Junior Ogen, Nathan Gallagher, Adam Wilson, Dylan Stevenson. Ally ?????, Andy McKinnon, Hussein Kaware, Cammy Ferrier, Max Ashmore, Josh Jeffries, Ross Lyon, Ross McCrorie.

15’s Lose To Hibs

September 9, 2012

Rangers 1 Hibernian 2

This week’s football fix saw me at Murray Park today watching Rangers under 15’s take on Hibs. Rangers got off to a great start when they scored from the spot after seven minutes. When a corner came in from the left the referee spotted a tug inside the box and awarded a rather soft penalty which Max Ashmore duly converted.

A few minutes later Rangers worked a short corner on the right and Josh Jeffries cross come shot found its way to Ross McCrorie at the back post but shot flashed a cross goal and wide. Rangers continued to press and Jamie Brandon attacked on the right side of the box going past a defender before forcing a save from the Hibs keeper with Cammy Price hitting the post with the rebound from close range.

Midway through the half the visitors equalised with a bizarre goal, when Ross McCrorie’s attempted clearance was blocked  the ball rebounded towards Rangers goal and into the net. Five minutes later Hibs took the lead, from a free kick just outside the box on the right around ten yards from the byline, keeper Robbie McCrorie was deceived by the shot and the ball sneaked in at the near post.

Just after the half-hour John Cunningham’s pass sent Reece Duncan into the box, under pressure from a defender he knocked the ball past the keeper but a defender appeared to clear from the line. Five minutes before the break Josh Jeffries sent in a cross from the right and Lewis White’s effort was deflected wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 2

The early part of the second half saw little in the way of goalmouth action and we were past the halfway mark when Hibs created a chance through the middle with the shot going wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. A minute later the Rangers keeper made a fine save diving high to his left to clutch the ball following a volley from the left side of the box.

Yet another chance was created down the Hibs right and when the low cross came into the box Robbie McCrorie made a point-blank save to deny Hibs a third. As the game entered the final ten minutes some good play from Gary McGriesh took him past two defenders before passing inside to Ross Lyon, the Hibs keeper fumbled his shot but got a bit of luck as the ball bounced back into his hands off the cross-bar.

Hibs had a late chance from a free-kick right on the edge of the box which was blocked by the Rangers wall. There was just enough time for Rangers to have a final effort at goal, John Cunningham’s twenty-five yarder drifting  just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 2

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie, Ross Lyon, Lewis White, Ross McCrorie, Jason Krones, Max Ashmore, Cammy Price, Jamie Brandon, John Cunningham, Josh Jeffries, Reece Duncan, Scott ?????, Gary McGreish, Jack Gilmour, Reagan Milne.

Under 20’s Win

September 4, 2012

Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 1

A Callum Gallagher double was enough to give Rangers victory over Dunfermline Athletic at Murray Park this afternoon. It was a young Rangers side with only Scott Gallagher over age and the Kyle McAusland returning from injury being the only under 20 player  against what was also what appeared to be a very young Dunfermline side. Craig Halkett also made his first appearance of the season following injury.

Rangers took the lead after only eight minutes, when the ball was moved to Kris Gibson in midfield his pass sent Callum Gallagher through on the right side of the box, he held of the defender before firing past the keeper from just inside the penalty area. The home side came close to increasing their lead on twenty-five minutes when Kyle MCausland rose to head Fraser Aird’s corner from the right goalwards with a Dunfermline defender clearing from the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Rangers increased their lead on the hour mark, when the ball came into the box from the left it broke off a defender to Callum Gallgher who took his time to pick his spot and pass the ball wide of the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. Ten minutes later the visitors pulled a goal back via the penalty spot. The Dunfermline player broke into the left hand side of the penalty area and was brought down by Gregor Fotheringham for a clear penalty that was duly despatched past Scott Gallagher.

With ten minutes remaining a ball over the top gave the visitors another chance on the left hand side of the box which Scott Gallagher  saved. Rangers immediately broke to the other end with an attack down the left and Gloady Ntumba headed Jordan Wilson’s cross narrowly over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dunfermline Athletic 1

Rangers:- Scott Gallagher; Craig Halkett, Kyle McAusland (Dylan Dykes HT), Luca Gasparotto, Jordan Wilson; Kris Gibson (Gloady Ntumba 70mins), Gregor Fotheringham, Andy Murdoch, Fraser Aird, Danny Stoney (Jamie Mills 60mins); Callum Gallagher