Development Sides Play Forth Valley

Rangers 9 Forth Valley 3

This weekend the development age groups took on Forth Valley, the Under 15’s and Under 17’s games, which were scheduled to be played on Saturday at Stirling University was reduced to one when the under 15’s game was cancelled. So it meant this weekend’s youth football fix would come today with the Under 14’s game at Murray Park, with manager Ally McCoist watching part of the game from the sidelines I am sure it would have been a boost for the youngsters.

Rangers opened the scoring in the opening minute, Matthew Shiels crossed from the left and Zak Rudden controlled the ball on the penalty spot before turning and shooting past the keeper. Five minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Aaron Reid had possession wide on the right and he passed to Carlo Pignatiello on the right hand angle of the box, his lobbed cross into the box was on to the head of Zak Rudden who headed past the keeper.

Two minutes later Zak Rudden looked set to grab an early hat trick when he was played through but this time he was thwarted by the Forth Valley keeper who made a fine block with his legs. Rangers third and Zak Rudden’s hat trick was only delayed a further eight minutes, Aaron Reid switched play to Scott Gray wide on the left and his superb cross was finished by the Rangers striker at the back post with a controlled volley.

Six minutes later Scott Gray was again the provider, advancing down the left he passed inside for Carlo Pignatiello to find the net from the edge of the box. Five minutes later the full back got his name on the score sheet, Scott Gray again advanced down the left and this time his cross sailed over the keeper and into the net.

The scoring for the period was complete with barely a minute left on the clock, Matthew Shiels robbed a defender on the edge of the box before taking a couple of steps into the area and shooting past the keeper. The visitors first threatened eight minutes into the second period, their midfielder breaking forward past a couple of Rangers players with Lewis Muir saving his effort low to his right.

Rangers replied when Carlo Pignatiello sent Aaron Reid through  the inside right channel with the Forth Valley keeper saving low to his left. Rangers soon added to their tally, with Michael Hewitt being the provider with and run and cross from the right to find Stephen Kelly who shot past the keeper.

The visitors then pulled a goal back to setup their best period in the game, they attacked the centre of Rangers defence and the shot from the edge of the box beat Darren Montgomery low to his right as the ball found the bottom corner. A few minutes later they came close to reducing the deficit further, the attack came down the right and when the cross deflected off Stephen Kelly, Darren Montgomery did well to save at his near post.

The final chance of the period came at the other  with Carlo Pignatiello’s pass sending Michael Hewitt clear on the right with the Forth Valley keeper coming off his line to block. Rangers were first to strike in the final period, Jordan Houston was the architect with a run and cross from the right and it was finished by a Matthew Shiels header.

The visitors replied when they attacked the centre of Rangers penalty area, a ricochet favoured the attacker and the ball landed at the feet of their midfielder inside the box and he shot past Darren Mongomery. Rangers replied with arguably the goal of the game, a great move on the right started by Jordan Houston, who passed inside to Carlo Pignatiello who played the ball into Zak Rudden on the edge of the box and his lay back was perfect for Stephen Kelly to shoot past the keeper.

The scoring was completed when Forth Valley scored a superb goal of their own, when the ball was passed inside their midfielder collected the pass before giving Darren Montgomery no chance from the edge of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Forth Valley 3

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery, Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Rhys Breen, Jordan Houston, Cammy Wray, Aaron Reid, Carlo Pignatiello, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Matifadza Zata, Scott Blacklaw.

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers Under 13’s hit double figures with a 10-1 win over their Forth Valley counterparts, the goals coming from Nathan Patterson, Kieran McKechnie (3), Billy Gilmour, Niyah Joseph (2), Lewis McGrattan, Ruaridh McIntyre & Harry Cochrane.

Rangers Squad:- Reece Murdoch (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Ben Williamson, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Niyah Joseph, Dylan Patterson, Lewis McGrattan, Ruaridh McIntyre, Kyle Ewing, Harry Cochrane.

On Saturday Rangers under 17’s recorded a 4-2 win at Stirling University.

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