17’s Return To Winning Ways

Rangers 5 Forth Valley 0

Rangers U17’s who were without a win in their last seven Development League games got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Forth Valley at Murray Park this morning. With the squad’s only recognised striker, Ryan Hardie still out, Juinor Ogen lined up in the striker’s role as a make shift replacement and he was to have a significant impact on the game.

Rangers took the lead after only four minutes, Junior Ogen broke towards the penalty area and played a one-two with Adam Wilson, his shot beat the keeper but the ball hit the left hand post and rolled along the line from where Lewis White had a simple tap in. The visitor’s replied when David Brownlie was dispossessed and the the attempted chip had Robbie McCrorie stretching to clutch above his head.

Forth Valley then attacked down the right on nine minutes and when the ball was played into the box Robbie McCrorie saved the resultant shot low to his right. On the twenty-minute mark David Brownlie rose to meet Josh Jeffries corner from the right with the keeper blocking the ball on the line with his legs.

The second goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, Michael Mossie’s pass through the centre releasing Juinor Ogen to stride into the box and shoot past the keeper. Just after the half-hour Rangers had a sequence of chances in a two minute period. Lewis White on the left passed inside to Junior Ogen and his flick setup Josh Jeffries who’s shot from the edge of the box had the keeper diving high to his left to turn the ball wide. The resultant corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Adam Wilson fired for goal with the keeper tipping over. From the next corner the keeper got down to hold Jordan Hammill’s header on the line.

Ten minutes before the break another Josh Jeffries corner saw Rangers come close, this time a defender was well placed to clear David Brownlie’s header from the goal line. Forth Valley came closed to reducing the deficit before the break, the attack came down the right and the back post header from the cross was net bound until Scot Whiteside clear from the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Forth Valley 0

The visitors had a bit more possession at the start of the second half without seriously threatening Robbie McCrorie’s goal and there was almost half-an-hour gone before there was a clear cut chance. It came with a Jordan Hammill attack down the right but when his cross came in Junior Ogen failed to connect cleanly and the keeper saved comfortably. The next chance was again fashioned on the right, this time Chris McDonald was the creator and when he passed to Josh Jeffries on the right side of the box the keeper saved low to his right.

As the game approached the final ten minutes Rangers added to their tally, Kyle Clark and Max Ashmore combined to release Josh Jeffries on the left side of the penalty area and he rolled the ball across the six-yard box to present Chris McDonald with a simple tap in. The fourth goal came when Sam Liddington hit the left hand byline, Chris McDonald got a touch on his cross which setup Josh Jeffries to net from eight yards.

The scoring was completed in the final minute when Sam Liddington’s pass into the box from the left found Junior Ogen in space to shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Forth Valley 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Triailist 77mins); Jordan Hammill, Scot Whiteside, David Brownlie (Trialist 77mins), Ross McCrorie (Sam Liddington 52mins); Ross Lyon (Chris McDonald 62mins), Michael Mossie (Kyle Clark 62mins), Adam Wilson, Lewis White (Max Ashmore 62mins); Josh Jeffries; Junior Ogen.
Footnote:- On an adjacent pitch Rangers U15’s recorded a 2-0 win over Forth Valley with both goals coming from Jamie Barjonas.

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