13’s Host Dumbarton Friendly

Rangers 13’s 6 Dumbarton 14’s 3

Rangers Under 13’s hosted Dumbarton’s Under 14’s in a friendly at Murray Park tonight and the Ibrox youngsters were victorious in a high scoring game. Rangers took the lead when Jack Thomson broke towards the box and his reverse pass sent the Trialist No.9 clear inside the box to shoot bast the keeper.

The same player had a chance to double the lead when he was through on a Carlo Pigniatello pass but this time the keeper made a fine save. The Trialist No.9’s pace was causing the Dumbarton defence problems and he was through again, this time on a Stephen Kelly pass and again he was denied by the keeper.

The visitor’s first chance came from a corner on the right that was missed by Lewis Muir but Carlo Pigniatello was on hand to clear off the line. Before the period ended Jack Thomson advanced to the edge of the box and his attempted shot broke kindly off a defender and he was in on goal, and the Dumbarton keeper made another fine save.

And it was Jack Thomson who had the first chance of the second period when he advanced into the left side of the box but his effort was again saved. Dumbarton then had a great chance  to draw level, it was created on the left and when the ball was passed inside it took a superb point-blank save from Lewis Muir to keep the lead intact.

Rangers capitalised by doubling their lead, Trialist No.14 headed the keeper’s goal kick back towards goal and sent Matthew Shiels clear to beat the keeper. The third goal soon followed, the Trialist keeper rolled the ball out to Lewis Mayo, who drove forward to halfway before splitting the defence and sending Matthew Shiels through to notch his second.

Matthew Shiels  soon completed his hat-trick,  when sent clear on a Jack Thomson pass he beat the keeper with another cool finish. The visitor’s pulled a goal back when Cameron Shaw intercepted an attempted pass from the Trialist keeper, his shot rebound from the left hand post but rolled along the line to give Craig Biddulph a simple tap in.

Another Jack Thomson pass sent Matthew Shiels through again but this time he was thwarted by the keeper. On the next occasion Matthew Shiels made no mistake grabbing his fourth, and on this occasion the creator was Stephen Kelly with a fine pass.

The visitors tried to respond and when they progressed deep into the Rangers box the Trialist keeper made a fine save. Matthew Shiels was continuously getting behind the Dumbarton defence and when Carlo Pigniatello released him again the keeper saved.

Dumbarton reduced the deficit when a Lomond McPherson solo run down the left took him into the box before firing past the keeper. A neat exchange of passes on the left between Scott Gray and Carlo Pigniatello sent the full-back to the byline and when his cross came in Matthew Shiels headed over.

Rangers lead was reduced further when a ball was played over the Rangers defence and Craig Biddulph held off a defender before firing past the keeper. Another Carlo Pigniatello pass created a further chance for Matthew Shiels which the Dumbarton keeper saved.

A superb passing move on the left involving Carlo Pigniatello, Matthew Shiels and Scott Gray sent the latter to the byline, his cross found Stephen Kelly at the back post and his effort rebounded from the crossbar.The scoring was completed  when Matthew Shiels was sent clear on the left, he unselfishly passed inside to Stephen Kelly whose first effort was blocked on the goal line but he followed up to make no mistake from the rebound.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Dumbarton 3

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Rhys Breen, Lewis Mayo, Trialist No.6, Carlo Pigniatello, Jack Thomson, Trialist No.9, Stephen Kelly, Trialist No.11, Trialist No.12, Trialist No.14, Matthew Shiels.

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