Archive for September, 2013

17’s Lose Two Goal Lead

September 29, 2013

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 4

Rangers Under 17’s lost a two goal lead before eventually losing by 4-2 against Aberdeen at Murray Park today. With Robbie McCrorie away on International duty and the club are currently without another Under 17’s keeper, with Aberdeen’s agreement Liam Kelly took his place between the sticks.

There few clear-cut chances in the early stages but Rangers were unfortunate not to take the lead when the Aberdeen keeper came for a Ross Lyon free-kick, missed it and the ball ended up in the net, but the referee saw an infringement and awarded a free-kick. The Ibrox youngsters did take the lead just after the half-hour mark, Ross Lyon cut in from the right and his reverse pass freed Lewis White on the right side of the penalty area to shoot past the keeper.

Seven minutes later Ross Lyon beat a defender on the edge of the box and his shot took a slight deflection before going over the keeper to double Rangers lead. Aberdeen replied within two minutes when an exchange of passes through the centre opened up the defence and the player advanced into the box to shoot past Liam Kelly.

In a period of the game that saw end to end chances Sam Liddington passed  inside to Junior Ogen from the left, the midfielder’s long-range shot bringing out a fine save from the Aberdeen keeper low to his right. The visitors capitalised on that by going back up the other end to equalise, the move started on the left and play was switch across to the right side of the box where the ball was fired past Liam Kelly. There was still time for Rangers to threaten before the half-time whistle, with Ben Reilly driving a free-kick on the edge of the box just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 2

The first chance of the second half came after good work on the right from Ben Reilly but Ross McCrorie didn’t connect cleanly with his low cross and the keeper saved comfortably. Aberdeen took the lead on the hour mark David Brownlie was beaten in the air to a long ball and the flick on released the Aberdeen strike partner who took on Michael Mossie before shooting past Liam Kelly.

Ten minutes later the visitors increased their lead, with the Rangers defence struggling to clear their penalty area the ball was driven through a crowd of players and into the net from around the penalty spot. Rangers missed a great chance to reduce the deficit on seventy-five minutes, Jamie Brandon’s corner from the right was headed back across goal by Michael Mossie, Junior Ogen looked certain to score from close range but headed over.

Aberdeen finished the stronger and came close to increasing their advantage on a couple of occasions. From the left side of the box their player stepped inside before sending a shot that beat Liam Kelly but rebounded from the crossbar. In the last few minutes a twenty-five yard drive brought out the best of Liam Kelly, diving high to his left to tip over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 4

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Scot Whiteside, Michael Mossie (Trialist 79mins), David Brownlie, Sam Liddington (Chris McDonald 60mins); Ross Lyon, Junior Ogen, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White (Kyle Clark 65mins); Max Ashmore (Jamie Brandon 55mins); Ben Reilly.

16’s Lose To Killie

September 24, 2013

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 4

A Rangers under 16’s side that included four trialists lost to Kilmarnock in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. The first real chance came on thirteen minutes when Lewis White hit the byline on the left, when he cut the ball back Max Ashmore shot over.

Three minutes later a long-range Ross Lyon effort was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. After a similar period the Trialist No.8 passed the ball forward to the  Trialist No 11 who hit the byline on the left, his drive across goal found no takers.

From a Max Ashmore corner from the right Jason Krones rose to head goalwards with the Killie keeper  pawing the ball away from under the crossbar. Rangers took the lead just three minutes short of the half-hour, Lewis White hit the byline on the left and this time his cutback was fired past the keeper by Trialist No.8.

Trialist No.11’s pass inside the full-back sent Lewis White heading to the left byline again and from his cutback Trialist No. 9 forced the keeper to dive to his right to parry.  As half-time approached Liam Burt’s shot from the edge of the box was spilled by the keeper but Kyle Clark could only knock the rebound wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Just before the whistle Rangers lost possession in midfield and one pass sent the striker through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to shoot past the trialist keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 1

With just over ten minutes of the second half gone Rangers took the lead, Ross Lyon passed to Trialist No. 11 inside the boxa superb touch took him clear of a defender giving the space to shoot past the keeper. Kilmarnock equalised on sixty-five minutes, the attack came on the right, Lewis White dived in and when the attacker crossed it was converted at the back post.

The visitor’s took the lead with eleven minutes remaining, when a free-kick on the right near halfway was sent into the box the Rangers keeper and defence was hesitant and the Killie player rose unchallenged to head into the net. Two minutes later Killie made the game safe when their player was fouled just inside the box the penalty was duly converted.

Full-Time:-Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 4

Rangers Squad;- Trialist (Gk), Ross Lyon, Lewis White, Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie, Kyle Clark, Trialist No. 8, Trialist No. 9, Max Ashmore, Trialist No. 11, Chris McDonald, Liam Burt.

17’s Snatch Late Draw

September 18, 2013

Rangers 2 Hibernian 2

Rangers Under 17’s scored twice in the last seven minutes to snatch a late draw with Hibernian at Murray Park tonight. Rangers were the first to threaten on seven minutes, good work from Ross Lyon coming in from the right created the chance for the Trialist No.9 on the right side of the box which the Hibs keeper saved comfortably.

The visitors replied four minutes later with an attack on the right and it was foiled by a superb Michael Mossie block that deflected the shot over. Midway through the half only a brilliant save prevented Rangers taking the lead, Jordan Hamill broke forward before playing the Trialist No.9 through the inside right channel, his shot looked destined for the net until the keeper dived to his right to touch the ball on to post.

Eight minutes before the break Andy McKinnon and Junior Ogen combined to setup a shooting chance for the former but his effort was wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hibernian 0

The visitor’s took the lead twelve minutes into the second period, the attack was built on the right and when the shot came in from the right side of the box it appeared to sneak under the body of the diving Robbie McCrorie. Rangers had a great chance to draw level two minutes later, Junior Ogen was through on a Robbie McCrorie clearance but the Hibs keeper advanced from his line to block.

When Junior Ogen found himself in possession on the right following the corner his cross into the box eventually fell for David Brownlie on the edge of the six yard box but he couldn’t force the ball past the keeper. Hibs missed a chance on sixty-five minutes, with the Rangers defence expecting a shot from a free-kick at the edge of the box, the ball was passed to the left side of the penalty area and the driven cross flashed across goal with no takers.

With fifteen minutes remaining Junior Ogen chased a long ball on the left, he looked up and found Kyle Clark on the edge of the box and he brought out a fine save from the keeper low to his right. The visitor’s capitalised by increasing their lead three minutes later, some good play on the right hand byline created the space for the cross which was converted with a simple close range header.

With eight minutes on the clock a Hibs attack on the left  ended when the cutback was fired just wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. A minute later Rangers grabbed a lifeline, Junior Ogen attacked on the right and when his cross was cleared to the edge of the box the Trialist No.9 shot high past the keeper.

As the game entered the final three minutes a suberb Ross McCrorie cross seemed certain to be converted at the back post by Chris McDonald until he was pushed for a clear penalty, Junior Ogen stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot. There was still time for Jordan Hammill to test the keeper with a long range shot and deep into injury time Andy McKinnon’s shot from the left side of the box was across goal and wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Scott Whiteside, Michael Mossie, David Brownlie; Ross Lyon (Andy McKinnon 78mins), Junior Ogen, Jordan Hammill, Max Ashmore (Ross McCrorie 60mins), Sam Liddington (Chris McDonald HT); Triailist No.9, Andy McKinnon (Kyle Clark HT).

Under 20’s Edge Out Saints

September 10, 2013

St.Mirren 1 Rangers 2

A strong Rangers side ground out the victory required to take them joint top of the table at St.Mirren Park tonight. The home side should have taken the lead on the quarter-hour mark, when a cross came in from the right Thomas Reilly’s cushioned header setup Anton Brady but he shot over.

Five minutes later Sean Kelly and Jordan Stewart combined on the left and when wing-back Kelly broke into the box his touch was a bit heavy and it allowed Allan Smith to block for a corner. Kealon Dillon’s in swinging corner from the left was missed at his near post by Alan Smith, Luca Gasparotto cleared from the line with the Saints players claiming the ball had crossed the line.

Rangers were denied by a brilliant save ten minutes before the break, Fraser Aird picked up a loose ball on the left side of the penalty area, he passed inside to Charlie Telfer and when the midfielder’s shot took a deflection it seemed destined to loop over the keeper until Chris Dilo leapt high to his right to clutch under the bar. The goal was only delayed five minutes and when it came the home side felt a bit aggrieved. Barrie McKay’s free-kick from the right was headed out as far as Charlie Telfer who hooked it back into the box, Craig Halkett and keeper Chris Dilo challenged for the ball which broke free, with both players grounded Luca Gaparotto fired the loose ball into the net while others waited on a whistle. Craig Halkett picked up an injury in the challenge and was replaced by Dylan Dykes.

Half-Time:-St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1

Goalkeeper Alan Smith kept Rangers lead intact with a brilliant save ten minutes after the break, Jake Caprice sent Jason Naismith clear on the right, his cross found its way to Thomas Reilly at the far side of the box, his shot was going across goal until it was diverted by Anton Brady with Alan Smith somehow changing direction to dive to his right and produce a brilliant save. From the corner Alan Smith was under pressure and punched the ball high in the air, as Kyle McAusland and Jason Naismith challenged the referee adjudged the St.Mirren player was impeded and pointed to the spot. Thomas Reilly stepped up to send Alan Smith the wrong way from the penalty.

On seventy minutes Barrie McKay found himself racing clear through the inside left channel on a Danny Stoney pass but his finish was weak and Chris Dilo saved comfortably. Barely a minute later Danny Stoney and Lee Mair chased a loose ball on the right side of the St.Mirren penalty area and when the Rangers player went down under the challenge the referee awarded a penalty, with Dylan Dykes converting from the spot.

The home side tried to reply and when Greg Pascazio cleared a cross from the left it only went as far as Jordan Stewart but he shot over. The final chance came with seven minutes remaining, Jon Scullion’s free-kick from the right was volleyed goalwards by Sean Kelly and it was blocked by Luca Gaparotto with the home side claiming hand ball.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 2

St. Mirren:- Chris Dilo; Jason Naismith, Lee Mair, Mark Williams; Jake Caprice, Lewis McLear (Barry Cuddihy 65mins), Kealon Dillon (Jon Scullion 79mins), Jordan Stewart (Lewis Morgan 78mins), Sean Kelly; Anton Brady, Thomas Reilly.

Not Used:- Stephen Mallan, Jack Baird, Callum Thomson

Rangers:- Alan Smith; Craig Halkett (Dylan Dykes 44mins), Greg Pascazio, Luca Gasparotto, Steven Smith; Kyle McAusland; Barrie McKay, Charlie Telfer (Darren Ramsay 61mins), Callum Gallagher; Nicky Clark (Danny Stoney 55mins) Fraser Aird.

Not Used;- Liam Kelly (Gk), Ryan Sinnamon.

Double Over United

September 7, 2013

Rangers Under 15’s and 17’s both recorded wins over Dundee United today at Murray Park, as is the norm I took in the game involving the older age group.

Rangers 1 Dundee United o

Ryan Hardie perhaps didn’t have his best game in front of goal, but it still took a goal from the Rangers striker to separate the sides in a game Rangers dominated. The United keeper was tested after eleven minutes when Ross Lyon tried his luck from distance with the keeper getting  down to his left to parry and his defence cleared.

A minute later the United keeper surpassed that with a brilliant stop to prevent Rangers taking the lead. Max Ashmore sent Chris McDonald on the overlap down the left and from his cross Ryan Hardie seemed certain to score but the keeper somehow managed to divert his header wide for a corner. On twenty-five minutes Ross Lyon was in possession on the left and he passed inside to Jordan Hammill and his strike from the left hand angle of the box was just too high.

A couple of minutes before the break Junior Ogen passed to Ryan Hardie who’s layoff sent Adam Wilson clear on the left, from his return pass into the box Ryan Hardie looked certain to find the net but he screwed his shot wide of the far post. Right on the half-time Max Ashmore’s corner from the right was met by the head of Ryan Hardie at the near post but his effort only found the side netting.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee United 0

Fifteen minutes into the second-half Rangers had a chance from a free-kick just outside the left hand angle of the box, Ryan Hardie’s shot beat the defensive wall but the United keeper dived to his left to parry. Five minutes later Rangers took the lead, Lewis White attacked on the left and he lifted his head to pick out Ryan Hardie on the penalty spot and he took a touch before shooting past the keeper.

A minute later Jamie Brandon’s free-kick from midway inside the United half sailed over the keeper but struck the crossbar on the way over. Another sixty seconds had passed when Adam Wilson sent the ball out to Lewis White on the left,  his cross had the United keeper struggling and he was relieved to see the ball come off the face of the bar.

A similar move on seventy-five minutes began with an Adam Wilson pass to Lewis White on the left, this time he picked out a return pass to Adam Wilson on the edge of the box which he met on the volley and only a block from the keeper with his legs prevented a goal. Despite Rangers domination it took a brilliant Jamie Wilson save three minutes from time to secure the win. When the ball was cut back from the left hand byline a volley from the edge of the six yard box seemed sure to tie the game until the Rangers keeper somehow got across to keep the ball out.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Dundee United 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Jamie Wilson 75mins); Adam Wilson, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Chris McDonald (Jamie Brandon HT); Ross Lyon, Jordan Hammill (Kyle Clark 65mins), Michael Mossie, Max Ashmore (Lewis White HT); Junior Ogen; Ryan Hardie (Daniel Bonner 80mins).

Dundee United Squad:- Ryan Booth, Callum Davison, Jamie Robson, Callum Beattie, Jordan Hornby, Paul Carrick, Greig McNaughton, Logan Davie, Reghan Tumilty, Kyle Bellu, Blair Malcom, Harry Soutar, Callum Walls, Scott Allardice, Darren Forbes, Matthew Smith, Bruce Dryburgh.

Footnote:-Rangers Under 15’s had a comfortable 5-1 win over their Dundee United counterparts with goals from Grant Nelson, Liam Burt (2) & Sam Jamieson (2).

14’s Held By Accies

September 1, 2013

Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 2

This weekend’s Development League games were against Hamilton Accies, I had the choice of taking in either the U13’s or U14’s at Murray Park or heading to New Douglas Park for the U17’s game. I opted for Murray Park and as usual I take in the older group where there is a choice of games.

Rangers took the lead after nine minutes, the move was started by Scot Gray who move the ball forward up the left-wing to Aaron Reid who passed to Carlo Pigniatello inside the box and he showed some superb skills to get clear of the defenders and roll the ball across the six yard box for Matthew Shiels to net. On the quarter- hour mark Rangers had a great chance to increase their lead. Jack Thomson sent a free-kick forward to Stephen Kelly on the right side of the box, again superb skills took him past the defender and into the box before he was brought down for a clear penalty. he stepped up to take the spot- kick but was denied by a superb save from the Accies keeper diving to his left to parry.

In the final five minutes of the period the visitors levelled the scores, a ball through the centre of the Rangers defence allowed the striker to lob the ball over Lewis Muir and into the net. Hamilton then took the lead two minutes into the second period, a free-kick at the edge of the box was thundered against Lewis Muir’s crossbar and he was helpless as the rebound was knocked into the net.

Five minutes later Accies missed a great chance to increase their lead, from a free-kick from the left their centre-back had a free header deep inside the Rangers penalty area but he headed over. Rangers replied when Carlo Pigniatello’s corner from the left found its way to Jack Thomson at the back post and his shot was saved low at his near post by the Hamilton keeper.

The visitor’s keeper bettered that save in the next significant attack, when Carlo Pigniatello’s right-wing cross was headed to the edge of the box Stephen Kelly’s shot looked net bound until the keeper leapt to touch the ball over. Seven minutes into the final period Rangers came close, Scott Gray passed to the Trialist No.15 who moved it on to Aaron Reid on the left side of the box, Stephen Kelly was on the end of the cross but the visitor’s keeper was fast off his line to block at close range.

Rangers drew level just before the turn around in the final period, a pass back was short and the Trialist No.15 won the challenge with the keeper and walked the ball into the net. The last chance to win the game came to Accies three minutes from time, from an attack and cross from the right their player at the back post stooped to head but he sent his header across goal and wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 2

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Cammy Palmer, Matthew Shiels, Scott Blacklaw, Carlo Pigniatello, Stephen Kelly, Aaron Reid, Cammy Wray, Rhys Breen, Trialist No.15.

Footnote:- Against the same opposition goals from Kieran McKechnie and Aiden Gibb gave the Under 13’s a 2-1 win.

At New Douglas Park the under 17’s won 3-1 with Ross Lyon, Adam Wilson & Ryan Hardie providing the goals.

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Jamie Wilson (Gk), Adam Wilson, Chris McDonald,Max Ashmore, Ross McCrorie, Michael Mossie, Ross Lyon, Jordan Hammill, Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen, Andy McKinnon, Kyle Clark, Jamie Brandon, Adam Berry, Daniel Bonner, Lewis White.

On Saturday the U11’s and U12’s met Celtic, playing four, seven-a-side games at each age group. The U11”s winning all four, 2-1, 2-0, 4-3 & 4-3. While the U12’s won 2-1 & 3-0 and lost 4-2 & 4-1.