14’s Held By Accies

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.

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