Rangers 8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
What has become an annual event English League One side Wolverhampton Wanderers brought their U12 Academy side north to face their Rangers counterparts at Murray Park tonight. The English side took on Celtic last night going down 3-2. Rangers missed chances in the first period but the English side were passing the ball better and finished the first period ahead. The Rangers youngsters dominated the second and third periods and ran out comfortable winners.
Rangers created the first chance when Blair Rossiter sent Adedapo Mebude through but he was denied when the Wolves keeper blocked with his legs. Just after the ten minute mark the visitors took the lead, initially the danger came from a free-kick just outside the right side of the box, the shot was deflected and Nicky Hogarth did well to turn the ball wide of his left hand post. From the resultant corner the ball was delivered to the back post and it was headed into the net.
Rangers replied when Adedapo Mebude combined with Ryan Docherty and the latter sent the former through on goal, he was again denied when the keeper blocked with his legs. At the start of the second period the Wolves keeper denied Adedapo Mebude for the third time, saving bravely at the striker’s feet.
On the next occasion that Adedapo Mebude was through the keeper brought him down and the referee pointed to the spot, with Kai Kennedy stepping up to convert. Rangers soon edged ahead, Mason Kelman’s superb chip from the right side of the box had the keeper stretching to parry on to the crossbar but was helpless to prevent Blair Rossiter knocking the ball into the net from almost on the goal line.
Rangers soon increased their lead from an attack down the right and when the ball was cleared to the edge of the box Ciaran Dickson fired high into the net. Rangers were now dominating and the fourth goal came when Ciaran Dickson chased and won the ball on the right hand byline before centering for Matt Yates to shoot into the net.
The fifth was soon to follow, a solo run from Kai Kennedy on the left side of the box took him past three defenders before passing inside to Matt Yates who moved it on to Steven Bradley who slotted past the keeper. The visitor’s replied before the end of the second period with an attack down the left, when the shot came in Luke Scullion dived to his left to produce a fine save but was helpless when the rebound was knocked into the net.
Rangers continued to have the upper hand in the third period and when the Trialist No.16 won possession his pass sent Steven Bradley through on goal to net the sixth. The next goal was created by a superb Lewis Jamieson cross from the left that was headed past the keeper at the back post by Matt Yates. The scoring was complete when Steven Bradley progressed along the byline on the left and his cross was converted by the Trialist No.16 at the back post.
Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Luke Scullion (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Mark Woods, Josh Henderson, Gary Greig, Mason Kelman, Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy, Ryan Docherty, Adedapo Mebude, Blair Rossiter, Ewan Deveney, Lewis Jamieson, Matt Yates, Steven Bradley, Trialist No.16, Trialist No.18, Trialist No.19, Trialist No.20.