Rangers U12’s 6 Dumbarton U13’s 0
Rangers under 12’s took on opponents a year older when they met Dumbarton’s under 13’s at Murray Park tonight, it was a lovely sunny evening and an opportunity to watch the youngest 11-a-side team that I haven’t seen too often. It took the young Rangers side only six minutes to take the lead and it was created on the right by Kieran McKechnie, his cross found Mark Leonard on the edge of the six yard box to shoot past the keeper.
Two minutes later only the woodwork prevented Rangers doubling their lead, after good work on the right from Nathan Patterson when his cross was cleared to the edge of the box Billy Gilmour cracked a shot against the crossbar with the keeper beaten. The second goal came just before the quarter-hour, Nathan Patterson progressed on the right and when he crossed into the box Billy Gilmour setup Kieran McKechnie to shoot past the keeper.
Billy Gilmour then sent Mark Leonard through the inside left channel but he was thwarted by the Dumbarton keeper who dived to his left to touch the ball on to his left hand post. The third goal came on twenty-three minutes, Sam McNee’s shot was blocked but the ball broke kindly for Mark Leonard who netted from close range.
With a couple of minutes of the period remaining Billy Gilmour sent Kieran McKechnie clear, the ‘Sons keeper forced him wide and towards the right hand byline from where he crossed to the back post and Mark Leonard nodded into the empty net. There was still time for Nathan Patterson to create another chance down the right, his cross was met on the volley by Mark Leonard and the visitor’s keeper stood tall to make a fine parry.
Rangers continued to dominate in the second period but the chances were fewer and not as clear-cut and they finished the period with only a goal after three minutes to add to their tally. Lewis McGrattan took on the Dumbarton defence as he broke into the box leaving two defenders in his wake and when he played the ball across goal Mark Leonard was on hand to force the ball over the line.
Rangers came close in the early minutes of the third period, Dylan Patterson and Harry Cochrane combined to play Mark Leonard in and he forced a fine save from the keeper diving to his left. The keeper was soon called into action again, Billy Gilmour’s pass inside the left-back put Kieran McKechnie in the clear with the keeper blocking his shot from a narrow angle.
The Dumbarton keeper soon made it a hat-trick of saves in quick succession, Andy Rodden’s cross from the left found Danny Finlayson who had made his way forward from defence and the keeper did well to block at point-blank range. The scoring was completed with five minutes remaining, Billy Gimour fed Kieran McKechnie on the right and he made his way to the byline before setting up Lewis McGrattan to net from close range. Rangers came close to a seventh when Nathan Patterson played the ball to Andy Rodden on the left, his pass inside was prodded past the keeper by Dylan Patterson but rebounded off the keeper’s left hand post.
Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Dumbarton 0
Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Jamie Walker, Rhuaridh McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Kieran McKechnie, Sam McNee, Lewis McGrattan, Billy Gilmour, Mark Leonard, Andy Rodden, Dylan Patterson, Harry Cochrane, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb.
Footnote:- Four Rangers players have been selected for Scotland’s Under 15’s who take on Poland in the next couple of weeks. The full Squad is as follows;-
Ross Doohan (Celtic)
Aidan McAdams (Celtic)
Ross McCrorie (Rangers)
Ross Lyon (Rangers)
Danny Harvie (Aberdeen)
Leon Jones (Hearts)
Danny Higgins (Celtic)
Max Ashmore (Rangers)
Josh Jeffries (Rangers)
Sean McKirdy (Hearts)
Ethan Hamilton (Hutchison Vale)
Frank Ross (Aberdeen)
Liam Runciman (Motherwell)
Regan Hendry (Hutchison Vale)
Alistair Coote (Dundee United)
Ryan Tierney (Hamilton Accies)
Theo Archibald (Celtic)
Calvin Miller (Celtic)
Jordan Neil (Uppingham Town)