Archive for January, 2013

16’s Edge Out Hibs

January 29, 2013

Rangers 2 Hibernian 1

A Rangers U16 side with U17 Lewis Morgan edged out their Hibs counterparts with the odd goal in three at a windy Murray Park tonight. The visitor’s had the first effort on goal after eleven minutes with a shot from the edge of the box that Robbie McCrorie dived to his left to parry.

Two minutes later Rangers took the lead, Ben Reilly played Ryan Hardie through the inside right channel and he continued into the box and beat the keeper with a cool finish in off the far post. The same player almost doubled Rangers lead on the half-hour, attacking from the right side of the penalty area but this time the keeper diverted his shot wide of the far post with his legs.

A minute later the Hibernian keeper called to come and collect Lewis Morgan’s cross from the left and was relieved to see the ball go wide of the far post when he failed to gather. Right on the half-time whistle Ben Reilly made an enterprising run from full-back before passing to Dylan Stevenson, the visitor’s central defender failed to see Ryan Hardie’s late arrival into the box but his effort was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 0

Three minutes after the break a great run saw Dylan Stevenson progress on the left, his cross was deflected towards the byline on the right where Lewis Morgan gathered and tested the keeper from a narrow angle. With just over ten minutes of the half gone the visitors equalised, a solo run from their centre forward took him past two defenders to the edge of the box from where his shot found the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Rangers regained the lead on sixty-five minutes, Ryan Hardie was the creator with a great run and cross from the right to find Adam Wilson arriving to volley past the keeper from the edge of the six yard box. Hibs replied with a lob over the Rangers defence to the right side of the box with Robbie McCrorie coming from his line to block with his legs.

With ten minutes remaining Hibs attacked down the left and when the cut back from the byline came in only a superb point-blank save from Robbie McCrorie kept Rangers lead intact. Rangers replied when Lewis Morgan cut in from the right and a deflection saw the ball just clear the Hibernian crossbar. In the dying seconds an Andy McKinnon pass sent the Trialist through with the Hibs keeper doing enough to divert the ball wide of his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ben Reilly, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Sam Liddington; Dylan Stevenson (Max Ashmore 63mins), Adam Wilson, Junior Ogen, Ally Berry (Andy McKinnon 75mins), Lewis Morgan; Ryan Hardie (Trialist 75mins).

Footnote:- Earlier today Rangers U19’s had a 3-2 win over Hearts at Murray Park, with the goals coming from Charlie Telfer (pen), Travis Gregory & Tom Walsh. 

Rangers:- Blair Currie (Alan Smith), Kris Gibson, Trialist (Travis Gregory), Luca Gasparotto (Craig Halkett), Stuart Urquhart, Gregor Fotheringham, Charlie Telfer, Andy Murdoch, Jamie Burrows, Tome Walsh (Sergey Kundik), Jordan Wilson.

Youth Update

January 27, 2013

This weekend saw Rangers take on Dundee United at various age groups, Sunday gave me the opportunity to take in both the U13 and U14 games at Murray Park, with the U15 and U17 teams playing away at St.Andrews University.

Rangers 5 Dundee United 1

First up was U13’s with an 11 am kick-off and the visitors created the first chance with a ball over the top of the Rangers defence but the attempted lob was wide of Lewis Muir’s right hand post. More than half the first period had passed before Rangers created a chance, it came when Zak Rudden broke down the left and his pass inside broke from a defender to Carlo Pigniatello at the edge of the box with the United keeper saving his effort.

Dundee United’s passing game was allowing them to have the bulk of possession but they lacked penetration and rarely threatened, just when it looked the first period would end goalless the visitors were gifted a goal. Lewis Muir’s attempted throw out was intercepted by the United striker who rolled the ball into the net.

United then missed a great chance at the start of the second period when Rangers were caught in possession at the edge of their own box but the shot went wide of Lewis Muir’s left hand post. Rangers then got back on level term less than five minutes later. Zak Rudden played a one-two with Dylan Patterson on the left side of the box and his cross eluded everyone to find the net at the far post.

Rangers now had a hold in the game and when Scott Gray played the ball up to Dylan Patterson at the edge of the box his effort was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Carlo Piniatello then made his way to the byline on the left, Aaron Mooney didn’t quite connect properly with his cutback and the keeper saved low to his right.

A poor goal kick from the United keeper presented Aaron Mooney with another chance but he was just wide of the right hand post with his shot. Rangers got their noses in front fives minutes before the end of the second period via the penalty spot, Cammy Wray broke through on the left side of the box before being pushed for a clear penalty and he stepped up to concert from twelve yards.

At the beginning of the final period a Carlo Pigniatello corner from the right led to a bit of head tennis in the United box which end with Lewis Mayo’s header being cleared off the line. When Zak Rudden won the ball in the United box his neat back heel setup a chance for Cammy Wray who shot over. Rangers increased their lead when Scott Gray sent Aaron Reid down the left and his cross was converted at the back post by Matthew Sheils.

Lewis McGrattan then combined with Cammy Wray in midfield to set up a shooting chance for Carlo Pigniatello which  the keeper saved low to his left. Cammy Wray then fed Carlo Pigniatello inside the box and he laid it back into the path of Cammy Wray, the United keeper tipped his shot onto the bar and Aaron Mooney could only knock the rebound into the keepers hands.

Rangers then added two goals in the final couple of minutes that put a rather harsh reflection on the final score for United. First up was a free-kick on the right side of the box that Scott Gray curled into the top corner. The scoring was complete when Carlo Pigniatello’s free-kick from midway inside the United half was headed past the keeper by Matthew Shiels.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Dundee United 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jack Pow, Aaron Reid, Scott Gray, Cammy Wray, Scott Blacklaw, Aaron Mooney, Zak Rudden, Matthew Shiels, Carlo Pigniatello, Dylan Patterson, Lewis Mayo, Lewis McGrattan, Rhys Breen, Jordan Houston.

Rangers 7 Dundee United 0

Next up was the U14’s kicking off at 1pm, it was a game that Rangers dominated from start to finish. The first effort on goal came from an Aidan Wilson thirty yarder that the United keeper tipped over. Liam Burt then broke through on the right side of the box with the keeper coming from his line to block his initial effort and his shot from the rebound hitting the left hand post and rolling across goal.

The visitor’s keeper continued to impress and his next save was low to his left to deny Aidan Wilson from a free-kick from the left side of the box. When the resultant corner was cleared to the edge of the box he was well placed to save Grant Nelson’s drive and ensure the first period ended goalless.

At the start of the second period Jamie Barjonas broke through the inside right channel and the keeper again made a fine block and the United defence cleared to the edge of the box where Lewis Ferguson fired past the keeper to eventually give Rangers the lead. That lead was soon doubled when Grant Nelson passed inside from the left to Jamie Barjonas who beat the keeper from around twenty-five yards.

The flow towards the United goal continued and when Jamie Barjonas played a one-two with Sam Jamieson he was in the clear to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net. The visitors then broke forward and had their best chance of the match with Kieran Wright advancing from his line to block.

The game soon returned to a familiar pattern with Rangers on the attack, and when Grant Nelson sent Sam Jamieson through on the right side of the box he slotted the ball past the keeper. Sam Jamieson then turned creator, a solo run took him past two defenders and deep into the United box before passing to Jack Morgan who had a simple finish.

The next goal came when Jamie Barjonas was in a race with the keeper to a long ball, the ball broke from the challenge to Sam Jamieson who rolled it into the empty net. In the final minute some slack play resulted in United losing possession at the edge of their own box and Jay Willis punished them fully by blasting into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Dundee United 0

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jordan Houston, Kieran Laing, Dean Picken, Aidan Wilson, Lewis Ferguson, Liam Burt, Jamie Barjonas, Sam Jamieson, Grant Nelson, Ben Andoh, Euan McMillan, Jack Morgan, Jay Willis.

Footnote:- Rangers U17’s beat their Dundee United counterparts 4-0 at St.Andrews University with goals from Lewis Morgan, Dylan Dykes, Ryan Hardie and a Trialist. I believe the U15’s also won but I don’t have any details.

13’s Hit Double Figures

January 19, 2013

Rangers 10 Falkirk 0

With manager Ally McCoist watching part of the game from the sidelines Rangers U13’s hit double figures against Falkirk at Murray Park this afternoon.

The opening goal came when Carlo Pigniatello’s free-kick from the left side of the box was headed into the net by Matthew Sheils. The second goal arrived when Zak Rudden rescued the ball on the right hand byline and played the ball back to Jordan Houston who’s cross found Dylan Patterson at the back post and his shot across goal was converted by Aaron Mooney at close range.

A superb finish from Dylan Patterson provided the third goal, curling a shot over the keeper and into the net from just inside the left side of the box. The final goal of the first period was created when Matthew Sheils laid the ball back to Jordan Houston at the edge of the box, the Falkirk keeper dived to his right to parry but the ball landed at the feet of Aaron Mooney who netted from close range.

Rangers first goal in the second period came when the Falkirk keeper failed to gather Jordan Houston’s cross from the right and Carlo Pigniatello was well placed to knock the ball into the net. The sixth goal followed soon after, the keeper dived to his right to parry Zak Rudden’s shot from the edge of the box, Dylan Patterson collected the loose ball and crossed to the back post where Jordan Houston   knocked the ball over the line.

A fine pass from Carlo Pigniatello sent Zak Rudden through in the inside left channel and he finished with a great shot over the keeper. The second period’s scoring was complete with a long-range Scott Gray shot from the left side of the box that gave the keeper no chance.

Rangers added to their tally with a goal in each half of the final period, first up Aaron Reid charged down a clearance from the visitor’s keeper and the ball broke to Zak Rudden who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. The final goal came from Aaron Mooney’s corner from the right and Scott Gray’s flick over the keeper at the near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Falkirk 0

Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery(Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Jordan Houston, Aaron Reid, Scott Gray, Cammy Wray, Scott Blacklaw, Aaron Mooney, Zak Rudden, Matthew Sheils, Carlo Pigniatello,Dylan Patterson, Jamie Walker, Lewis McGrattan

13’s At Stenhousemuir Tournament

January 13, 2013

A narrow defeat to Everton meant Rangers had to settle for second place in the in Stenhousemuir tournament today. The Ochilview club welcomed parents, supporters and even casual observers to the five team round robin event, with all teams playing each other once. Each game was played over thirty minutes.


Stenhousemuir Everton 1

Rangers Dundee United 0

Hutchison Vale 0 Everton 4

Stenhousemuir Dundee United  1

Rangers 5 Hutchison Vale 0

Everton 2 Dundee United 0

Stenhousemuir Hutchison Vale 1

Rangers Everton 1

Dundee United Hutchison Vale 4

Rangers Stenhousemuir 0

Everton 4 3 1 0 8 1 10
Rangers 4 3 0 1 8 1 9
Stenhousemuir 4 1 1 2 3 5 4
Dundee United 4 1 0 3 2 7 3
Hutchison Vale 4 1 0 3 5 12 3

Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Rangers edged out Dundee United by the only goal in their opening game, it came when Dylan Patterson collected the ball on the left hand side of the box and sent a shot high past the keeper into the net. Rangers came close to a second when the ball was worked from right to left from Aaron Mooney via Stephen Kelly to Dylan Patterson with the united keeper saving well. The keeper was again called into action when he got down to save a long-range Jordan Houston effort. United played some neat football but lacked any penetration and Lewis Muir wasn’t troubled in the Rangers goal.

Rangers 5 Hutchison Vale 0

Next up for Rangers were top Edinburgh boys club Hutchison Vale with Rangers running out comfortable winners. The opener came when Jordan Houston’s header from a corner on the right squeezed between a defender and keeper on the line. Scott Gray then tried his luck from distance which the keeper parried but only into the path of Zak Rudden who fired home.

Carlo Pigniatello was next to have an effort on goal, going past a defender on the left side of the box his shot was touched on to the bar and over by the Hutchie keeper. The third goal soon came along, when Zak Rudden helped on a cross from the right, Nathan Patterson gathered before sidestepping a defender and firing past the keeper.

Nathan Patterson returned the compliment by creating the fourth goal, making his way to the byline on the right before squaring the ball across goal for Zak Rudden to net. Scoring was complete when Cammy Wray broke forward before playing in Zak Rudden to complete his hat-trick.

Rangers 0 Everton 1

Rangers came close taking the lead when Jordan Houston’s free-kick broke of the defensive wall to Zak Rudden with the Everton keeper   diving to his left to produce a fine save, Carlo Pigniatello followed up to send a shot off the left hand post. The English side took the lead against the run of play, when the ball was played to the edge of Rangers box a good first touch and turn allowed a shot high into the net  that gave Lewis Muir no chance.

When the ball was cleared to the edge of the Everton box it gave Cammy Palmer a chance, his shot was powerful but was just too straight and the keeper saved. Everton then worked an opening down the right but the shot was too high and cleared the crossbar.

Rangers 2 Stenhousemuir 0

Rangers completed their games with a comfortable win against the hosts. The first goal came when Nathan Patterson sent Jordan Houston down the right. His cross found Jamie Walker at the back post, the keeper blocked his initial effort but he knocked the rebound into the net. Rangers doubled their lead when the home keeper’s clearance was knocked back into the box by a defender where Matthew Sheils was left unmarked to shoot into the net.

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jordan Houston, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Cammy Wray. Cammy Palmer, Aaron Mooney, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Sheils, Scott Blacklaw, Dylan Patterson, Carlo Pigniatello, Jack Pow, Zak Rudden, Aaron Reid, Jamie Walker, Nathan Patterson

Daniele Fortunato

January 10, 2013

With the “CLOSED DOOR” policy continuing for reserve and youth games keeping things ticking over is becoming a challenge. The latest “CLOSED DOOR” was against English giants Carlisle United, which I believe was a 2-1 defeat. If we had a Reserve League game the club would have used exactly the same players and the game would have been open to the public.

For the latest post I decided to have a wee look at an Italian youth import that didn’t quite make the breakthrough into the first team.

Daniele Fortunato

FortunatoDaniele joined Rangers Under 18’s on his seventeenth birthday in January 2001, Having already trained with the club for a month whilst awaiting clearance to join from his previous club AS Roma. At the time of his signing he was a current Italian youth International.

Although he was described as a central defender ,at 5′ 8″ he was never used in that position and was deployed in central midfield. He was soon established as a regular in the Under 18 side and featured in Under 21/Reserve side too. He was a decent player at youth level but never made the breakthrough to the first team and returned to Italy and signed for Serie A side Ancona.

Towards the end of 2003-04 season he made his Serie A debut as a late substitute in Ancona’s 2-1 home win against Empoli, which brought him face to face with current Ranger Emilson Cribari who lined up in the visitor’s central defence. The following game saw Daniele selected from the start in the 1-0 away defeat to Perugia. His team mates that day included Magnus Hedman (remember him), Dino Baggio and Goran Pandev, but they lost out to a goal scored by Jay Boothroyd who was paired with Fabrizzio Ravanelli in the Perugia attack. Daniele almost completed ninety minutes but picked up a red card with two minutes remaining.

That proved to be the peak of Daniele’s footballing achievements if not his biggest headlines. DANIELEIn 2005 he signed for Victoria in Serie C1 and also had a short spell with Acireale in the same tier of the Italian leagues. It looked like a step up in 2006 when he signed for Serie B club Ternana, but he became in embroiled in a dispute with the club along with another ten players.

In the subsequent tribunal it was said these players were not allowed, despite repeated requests, to train with the first team and were deprived of appropriate equipment for athletic training. The club did not comply with decisions of arbitration and training with the first team was only possible after police intervention.

The judgement included a paragraph on each player and it  was concluded that Daniele Fortunato had been prevented from training with the first team squad. The player turned to arbitration which recognised his reasons and he was reinstated in January 2007 but did not play a single minute for the club.

As a result Ternana official Giuliano Fish was  suspended for 6 months, the club docked 1 point and fined €50,000.

Daniele then signed for Serie C1 club Pescara in 2007, at this point the player decided to sue Ternana, but without submitting a request to the Italian FA (FIGC) for permission to do so. Ternana notified the FIGC and the story becomes public knowledge with further consequences for the player. Pescara demote the player from the first team squad and at a subsequent FA hearing he was suspended for 6 months and  fined €5,000. Pescara were fined €10,000 and docked 3 points, he terminated his contract with Pescara in the summer of 2009.

He appears to have made one appearance since,for lower league side Igea Virtis in 2010.