A busy weekend with two games on Friday night and three games on Sunday meant there was plenty youth football to watch this week.Friday’s games saw the U17’s away to Motherwell but I decided to take in the U15’s friendly against Airdrie at Murray Park.
Rangers 4 Airdrie 3
The Rangers squad included four trialists and five under 14’s and they came close to taking an early lead when the visitor’s keeper tipped Daniel Bonner’s header over. Airdrie replied from a free-kick at the edge of the box with the first of Rangers trialist keepers getting down to his left to save.
The next effort on goal came when Jamie Brandon broke forward from midfield with the keeper saving low to his left. Max Ashmore then sent the Trialist No.2 down the right from his low cross Daniel Bonner shot over. From another attack down the right Jack Gilmour’s cross was headed clear of the penalty area where Max Ashmore gathered and shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
Rangers took the lead when the Trialist No. 11 stepped inside and shot for goal, the Airdrie keeper dived to his left to parry but Daniel Bonner was on hand to knock the ball into the net.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Airdrie 0
A brilliant save from the second trialist keeper kept Rangers lead intact, from an attack on the right side of the box the shot looked net bound until the keeper dived to his left to turn the ball wide. Rangers responded by doubling their lead, Jamie Barjonas’s pass into the box saw Daniel Bonner turn a defender before slotting past the keeper.
A slack pass across the their own box saw Rangers gift a chance to the visitor’s which was duly taken and Airdie pulled a goal back. From a free-kick at the left side of the penalty area the visitor’s almost drew level, the strike rebounding from the crossbar with the keeper beaten.
A solo run from Jamie Barjonas saw him slalom through the Airdrie defence to find the net via the right hand post. A ball over the top of the Rangers defence setup a race between the Airdrie striker and the Rangers keeper as he came of his line. The striker got there first and headed towards the goal, where his strike partner won the race with Ross Lyon to knock the ball into the net.
The equaliser came with a neat passing move that cut through the Rangers defence and produced a one on one with the keeper which was converted. The winning goal came when Sam Jamieson and Grant Nelson exchanged passes on the right, Sam Jamieson’s cross broke to Jamie Barjonas and his volley from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.
Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Airdrie 3
Rangers Squad;- Trialist No 1 (Gk), Trialist No 21 (Gk), Trialist No 2, John Cunningham, Aidan Wilson, Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore, Jack Gilmour, Jamie Brandon, Daniel Bonner, Reece Duncan, Trialist N0 11, Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson, Sam Jamieson, Liam Burt.
Footnote:- Rangers U17’s lost 4-0 to Motherwell at Braidhurst High School.
Rangers Squad:- Jamie Wilson (Gk), Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Steven Chatterton, Ross McCrorie, David Brownlie, Greg Pascazio, Michael Mossie, Ben Reilly, Kris Gibson, Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, Adam Wilson, Lewis Morgan, Gloady Ntumba, Josh Jeffries.
Kick-off times on Sunday meant I could take in the U15’s game at Dalziel Park Sports Fields in the morning then head over to Murray Park for the afternoon where the U13’s and U14’s where playing.
Motherwell 0 Rangers 4
Rangers U15’s made the early running and took the lead after seven minutes, initially Josh Jeffries free–kick from close to the byline on the right found the head of Ross McCrorie but his effort was deflected wide of the left hand post. Josh Jeffries corner from the right was low and the Motherwell keeper dived to cut out the cross but failed to hold on and Daniel Bonner drove through a crowded six yard box and into the net.
Three minutes later Rangers doubled their lead from another corner, it came when the Trialist No.11 cut in from the left and his effort was turned round the left hand post by the Motherwell keeper. Josh Jeffries played the corner short to Jamie Barjonas and when he returned the pass Josh Jeffries cross was headed past the keeper by Trialist N0.11.
The home side tried to reply and created a shooting chance on the right side of Rangers box but the effort was wide of the far post. Almost immediately Rangers were back on attack, Josh Jeffries pass through the inside left channel saw Daniel Bonner hold off a defender before forcing a save from the keeper low to his left.
A slack pass across the ‘Well defence gave the Trialist No 11 a shooting chance but he was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. From a throw just outside the Rangers area on the left the home side created a chance and Robbie McCrorie had to look sharp to save at the Motherwell player’s feet.
The Trialist No.11 created a chance after taking on two defenders coming in from the left before feeding Daniel Bonner but the striker’s shot was straight at the keeper. A one-two on the left sent the Motherwell midfielder to the byline on the left and when the ball was played across the six-yard box a goal looked certain until Robbie McCrorie produced a stunning point-blank safe to divert the ball wide of his left hand post.
Just after the half-hour Ross Lyon’s throw-in from close to the byline on the right was flicked on by the Trialist No. 8 and Daniel Bonner’s header was just too high. The third goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, Josh Jeffries corner from the left was headed goalwards by Ross McCrorie the keeper did well to block but the Rangers centre-back followed up to blast the ball into the net.
The home side the missed a glorious chance to reduce the deficit, created on the left, Robbie McCrorie game off his line to narrow the angle, when the ball was played across goal the incoming ‘Well player incredibly knocked the ball wide of the far post with thwegoal gaping. Back at the other end the Trialist No.8 won the ball at the edge of the Motherwell box and fed Jamie Barjonas but he shot over.
Just before the break and great first touch from Daniel Bonner from a Robbie McCrorie clearance took him through on goal but his effort was wide of the left hand post.
Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 3
Rangers continued to look the most likely to net the next goal and two minutes in Josh Jeffries cut in from the right with the home keeper tipping his effort over. When Max Ashmore headed a clearance back towards the Motherwell goal it put Daniel Bonner clear with the home keeper saving low to his right.
The home side’s first threatening attack of the second-half came down the right, Robbie McCrorie parried the initial shot and the ‘Well player following up shot into the side netting. Just after the midway point of the half some good play on the left by Reece Duncan seemed to have set up another goal when his cut back found Max Ashmore free on the penalty spot but he shot wide of the right hand post.
The fourth goal came as the game entered the final ten minutes, Josh Jeffries drove forward and sent a superb pass inside the right full-back, Jamie Brandon’s low cross was parried by the keeper but Reece Duncan was well placed to bundle the ball into the net. A deflected shot from just outside the box looked like producing a consolation goal, until Robbie McCrorie managed to change direction and save low to his left.
The final chance came from a Josh Jeffries free-kick from the right which was volleyed goalwards by Reece Duncan with the home keeper diving to his left to turn the ball wide.
Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 4
Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Ross Lyon, John Cunningham, Ross McCrorie, Reagan Milne, Max Ashmore, Jamie Barjonas, Trialist N0.8, Daniel Bonner, Josh Jeffries, Trialist No.11, Jamie Brandon, Reece Duncan, Jack Gilmour.
Rangers 3 Motherwell 0
My usual rule when games clash is that I take in the older age group, so it was across to Murray Park to watch the U14’s. In the opening minutes it took a superb Kieran Wright point-blank save to prevent Motherwell taking the lead.
Rangers first effort came when Kieran Laing broke down the left, his cross was laid back into Liam Burt’s path by Ben Andoh with the keeper saving low to his left. A good passing move saw Motherwell cut through the centre of the Rangers defence and it took another fine Kieran Wright save, this time low to his left, to deny the visitor’s.
In the closing minutes of the period Grant Nelson and Sam Jamieson exchanged passes at the edge of the box with the keeper saving low to his left. There was still time for Rangers to take the lead, Sam Jamieson through on the right side of the box, he squared to Grant Nelson the keeper brilliantly blocked his initial shot but was helpless as he knocked in the rebound.
A few minutes into the second period a superb passing move carved out a chance, Ross Smith won the ball and passed to Blair Docherty who moved it on to Sam Jamieson, he then exchanged passes with Ross Smith before forcing a save from the keeper low to his right. A Jack Frew pass through the inside right channel created another opening, with the keeper saving bravely at the feet of Kieran Pirrie.
Motherwell threatened at the start of the third period with an attack on the left side of the penalty area, the danger being snuffed out by a superb Kieran Laing challenge. A Sam Jamieson pass created a chance for Liam Burt on the left side of the box that the keeper saved at his near post at the expense of a corner.
Liam Burt chased a ball over the top of the defence as he went wide of the keeper he appeared to be tripped but the referee waved played on, he got back to his feet and shot for goal which the keeper blocked. Just after the turn around in the final period Rangers doubled their lead, Grant Nelson’s corner from the left was controlled at the back post by Liam Burt, his low ball driven across the six yard box was forced over the line by Aidan Wilson.
The Motherwell keeper showed he was alert to race from his box to deny Kieran Pirrie after he was released by a Sam Jamieson pass. In the final minute Rangers completed the scoring from a Liam Burt solo effort, going past two defenders before shooting into the far corner from just inside the left side of the penalty area.
Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jack Frew, Kieran Laing, Jordan Houston, Aidan Wilson, Blair Docherty, Ben Andoh, Dean Picken, Sam Jamieson, Liam Burt, Grant Nelson, Kieran Pirrie, Ross Smith.
Footnote:- Rangers U13’s beat their Motherwell counterparts 6-0 with goals from Matthew Shiels 2, Stephen Kelly, Dylan Patterson, Zak Rudden & Cammy Palmer.