Archive for April, 2014

Ten Man Rangers Win At Fir Park

April 29, 2014

Motherwell 1 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 20’s showed great resilience to grab a winner after going down to ten men with just over a quarter of an hour remaining following Chris Hegarty’s red card. In a game that could have gone either way it was the Ibrox youngsters who found the winner to secure the three points.

Rangers had the early territorial advantage without seriously troubling Ross Stewart in the Motherwell goal and it was the Fir Park side that created the first real effort on goal on eighteen minutes. Lee Erwin, who played against Rangers earlier this season while at Arbroath on loan, cut in from the left past two defenders and his powerful shot forced a fine save from Liam Kelly low at his right hand post. A couple of minutes later Chris Cadden overlapped on the right and when his low cross deflected off Ryan Sinnamon, Liam Kelly had to change direction and make an equally fine save, this time at his left hand post.

A minute later Rangers capitalised on their keeper’s excellence by taking the lead with their first real effort on goal, Robbie Crawford was the creator with a left-wing cross and Callum Gallagher the executioner with a header past Ross Stewart. Motherwell replied on the half hour when Paul McCafferty took on Ryan Sinnamon on the right side of the box to make space for the shot that Liam Kelly got down to his right to save.

Four minutes later Chris Hegarty’s ball into the right side of the Motherwell box saw Callum Gallagher beat Ross Stewart to the ball but it bounced just wide of the far post. Motherwell then grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot eight minutes before the break, Paul McCafferty crossed from the right and Chris Hegarty clearly pushed Craig Moore at the back post and the referee pointed to the spot. Liam Kelly guessed right diving to his right and got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep out Lee Erwin’s powerfully struck spotkick.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 1

The home side really should have taken the lead in the opening minute of the second half but were denied by a stunning point-blank Liam Kelly save. Paul McCaffterty attacked the Rangers box near the byline on the right and his low cross was met by Lee Erwin inside the six yard box but somehow the Rangers keeper kept it out. At the other end Darren Ramsay cut in from the left and let fly from twenty-five yard but it was straight at Ross Stewart who saved comfortably.

Darren Ramsay then miss hit a corner from the left that wrong footed the defence and Chris Hegarty’s shot from close range was straight at Ross Stewart. In a whirlwind start to the half Motherwell were soon back on the attack and Dominic Thomas took on two Rangers defenders on the left and his low cross was missed by Craig Moore right in front of goal.

Rangers were desperately unlucky not to take the lead on the hour, Andy Murdoch sent Jamie Burrows breaking into the right side of the penalty area, his shot beat Ross Stewart but rebounded from the inside of the far post and rolled along the line back into the keepers arms. Rangers then threatened on the other side of the box four minutes later, Darren Ramsay taking on Chris Cadden before shooting across goal and just wide of the far post.

Straight back to the other end and Craig Moore combined with Paul McCafferty on the left side of the box to set up Lee Erwin but he screwed his shot wide of the far post. As the seventy minute mark neared Andy Murdoch tried his luck from fully thirty yards that Ross Stewart held under his crossbar.

With seventeen minutes remaining Rangers suffered a blow when Chris Hegarty, who had picked up a yellow card at the penalty incident received a second and subsequent red for a late challenge. The Ibrox youngsters dug in and grabbed what proved to be the winner, Charlie Telfer’s superb pass inside Chris Cadden found Ryan Sinnamon breaking into the box and he beat Ross Stewart with a fine right foot shot.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 2

Motherwell:- Ross Stewart; Chris Cadden, Morgyn Neill, Euan Murray, David Ferguson; Craig McCall (Frazer Johnstone 73mins); Paul McCafferty, Dale Shirkie (Steven Higgins 81mins), Dominic Thomas; Lee Erwin, Craig Moore.

Not Used:- Brett Long (Gk), Ben Hall, Dylan Mackin.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Chris Hegarty, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Dylan Dykes (Jamie Burrows 58mins), Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Darren Ramsay (Danny Stoney 67mins); Robbie Crawford; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Alan Smith (Gk), Greg Pascazio, Ryan Finnie, Scott Roberts, Kris Gibson.

Youngsters Lose Out In Glasgow Cup Final

April 28, 2014

Celtic 1 Rangers 0

Rangers Under 17’s lost to a goal midway through the second half at Celtic Park tonight, they came close to taking the game to extra time but Sam Jamieson’s superb injury time strike came back off the crossbar.

Rangers started brightly and came close on four minutes, David Brownlie’s free-kick from the halfway line was sent in to the Celtic box where it broke for Ryan Hardie, his volley was on target but was blocked by Sam Wardrop. The Ibrox side then had a let off on seventeen minutes, as Aidan Nesbitt made his way along the eighteen yard line from the left he was challenged by Scot Whiteside, the ball broke to Regan Hendry who’s shot beat Robbie McCrorie but rebounded from his left hand post.

Ten minutes later Max Ashmore was dispossessed by Joe Thomson on the right, he attacked the Rangers penalty area before playing in Ciaran Lafferty who failed to hit the target as his shot flashed across goal. The game had now developed into the pattern of the last time the sides met, with Celtic dominating possession, Rangers defending deep and playing long balls up towards Ryan Hardie. Neither side created any clear chances in the remainder of the half and the referee blew to end it goalless.

Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 0

Rangers had Robbie McCrorie to thank for keeping them level on fifty-five minutes with a brilliant save, Aidan Nesbitt attacked the left side of Rangers penalty area, his ball into the six yard box was met by Ciaran Lafferty who thought he has scored but the Rangers keeper dived to his left to turn the ball away. Three minutes later Rangers threatened on a rare venture forward, Max Ashmore’s free-kick from the left was headed back across goal by Jordan Hamill and Ross McCrorie rose to head over.

As the game approached the final twenty minutes Calvin Miller attacked the left side of Rangers box with Robbie McCrorie parrying his effort on goal, Ciaran Lafferty latched onto the rebound but could only find the side netting. The goal was only delayed a further two minutes as Rangers fell behind, Regan Hendry attacked the left side of Rangers box and his ball into the box fell for Aidan Nesbitt, his initial effort was blocked but he followed up to send the rebound low past Robbie McCrorie.

The dynamic of the game now changed with Rangers having to chase an equaliser and Celtic protecting their lead. With just less than a quarter of an hour remaining Junior Ogen’s through ball set up a race between Ryan Hardie and keeper Colin McCabe, as they converged just inside the box the striker’s toe poke rebounded from the keeper out to Sam Jamieson who’s effort from twenty-five yards was net bound until Sam Wardrop managed to divert the ball over. The Rangers Under 15 striker came closer still in injury time, Jordan Hamill played the ball up to Lewis White who laid it back into the path of Sam Jamieson, his superb effort beat Colin McCabe but rebounded from the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 0

Celtic:- Colin McCabe; Sam Wardrop, Jack Breslin, Jamie McCart, Aidan McIlduff; Mark Hill; Regan Hendry, Joe Thomson, Aidan Nesbitt (Ryan Caird 87mins), Kieran Tierney (Calvin Miller 62mins); Ciaran Lafferty (Steven Boyd 74mins).

Not Used:- Ross Doohan (Gk), Connor McLaren, Sean McIntosh, Aaron Comrie.

Rangers:-Robbie McCrorie; Michael Mossie, Scot Whiteside (Kyle Clark 61mins), David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie; Jamie Brandon (Lewis White 56mins), Jordan Hamill, Adam Wilson, Max Ashmore (Sam Jamieson 71mins); Junior Ogen, Ryan Hardie;

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Liam Burt, Kyle Bradley.

Youths Move Up To Second

April 25, 2014

Hearts 1 Rangers 4

Rangers Under 20’s moved up to second in the table with a comfortable win against a young Hearts side at New Victoria Park, Newtongrange tonight. They are now behind Hibernian on goal difference with two games in hand, with Celtic a further two points behind having played the same number of games. With Rangers and Hearts due to meet in this season’s Youth Cup Final this was looked as a rehearsal in some quarters, but with over age players unavailable and a number of Hearts players presently on first team duty, the teams that lineup for the final will be very different.

Rangers took the lead on fifteen minutes, the Hearts defence failed to clear Ross Perry’s long throw from the right and the ball found its way to the back post where Charlie Telfer fired past Jordan Millar. The Ibrox youngsters doubled their lead just after the half hour, Charlie Telfer’s free-kick from midway inside Hearts half, just right of centre was headed past Jordan Millar by Craig Halkett.

Hearts had shown little in the way of an attacking force in the first half but six minutes before the break they got back into the game, the goal was created on the right and when the ball was passed inside Angus Beith beat Liam Kelly low to his left, when his shot from just outside the box found the bottom corner.

Half-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 2

Within in a minute of the second half Rangers restored their two goal lead, Callum Gallagher cut in from the right before going for goal, Jordan Millar dived to his right to parry but was helpless as Craig Halkett knocked the rebound into the net. A few minutes later Callum Gallagher latched on to a slack pass back but as he tried to round the Hearts keeper Jordan Millar made a fine save to divert the ball for a corner.

With twenty minutes remaining Rangers came close again, another Charlie Telfer free-kick, this time near the halfway line on the left found the head of Chris Hegarty and his effort was just wide of Jordan Millar’s right hand post. A fourth goal did come with barely a minute left on the clock, Andy Murdoch attacked the centre of the Hearts defence before releasing Callum Gallagher, Jordan Millar came from his line to make a fine save but the rebound was close enough for Jamie Burrows to stretch and knock the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 4

Hearts:- Jordan Millar; Liam Smith, Kai Wilson, Greg Page, Elliot Ford; Jack Simpson, Aaron Scott, Sean McKirdy, Angus Beith, Rhys Craigie; Robbie Buchanan.

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ross Perry (Greg Pascazio 89mins), Chris Hegarty, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Callum Gallagher, Kris Gibson, Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer; Craig Halkett (Jamie Burrows 75mins), Andy Little (Danny Stoney HT).

Not Used:- Alan Smith (Gk), Dylan Dykes, Darren Ramsay, Scott Roberts

Wallsend Boys Club Visit Murray Park

April 14, 2014

Rangers 2 Wallsend Boys Club 2

Rangers entertained the famous north-east youth side Wallsend Boys Club at Murray Park today. With Rangers starting lineup made up entirely of 2000’s (U14’s) and the Wallsend Boys Club squad almost evenly split between 1999’s (U15’s) and 1998’s (U16’s) it looked likely the Ibrox youngsters would face a still physical challenge.

When Lewis Muir touched a long-range shot on to the crossbar on nine minutes it was the start of a period that initial thoughts predicted, with the Geordie youngsters dominating, They created and missed several chances including two efforts that rebounded from Lewis Muir’s crossbar, culminating in them taking the lead on the half hour. The goal came from a neat turn inside Rangers box creating the space to shoot past Lewis Muir.

Rangers then made a few changes bolstering the side with a few 1999’s (U15’s) players, this allowed them to get a foothold in the game and eventually to an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Kieran Laing and Andy Dallas combined to send Jack Thomson clear through the middle, he continued into the box before shooting past the keeper.

The game was now more of a contest although the older visiting side still had more of the chances and they edged ahead again ten minutes into the second half, their player powering through three challenges as he burst into the box to shoot past Kieran Wright. Rangers got back on level terms with a goal created by Ben Andoh and Andy Dallas on the left side of the penalty area and when the ball was centred Jack Thomson shot past the keeper.

When a Wallsend player was sent clean through a winner looked the likely outcome until he was denied by a superb Darren Montgomery save low to his right. It was a good test for the younger Rangers side with all available 2000’s and a few 1999’s featuring.

Rangers Squad:- (2000’s) Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jordan Houston, Aaron Reid, Rhys Breen, Jack Thomson, Cammy Wray, Scott Blacklaw, Joe McMullen, Carlo Pignatiello, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Lewis Mayo, Matifadza Zata, Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray. (1999’s) Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Andy Dallas, Ben Andoh, Kieran Laing, Sam Rutherford.

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers 2003’s (U11’s) took on a Wallsend side made up of 2002’s (U12’s) and 2001’s (U13’s). It was the young Rangers side first outing at eleven-a-side and they were comfortable winners by a high score.

Extra Time Win For Youths

April 13, 2014

St.Mirren 0 Rangers After Extra Time

A Darren Ramsay strike on the stroke of half-time of extra-time was enough to take Rangers through to meet Hearts in the Youth Cup Final, with the date and venue still to be decided. The victory was throughly deserved as Rangers dominated the game, missed chances and good goalkeeping allowing St.Mirren to take the game to extra time.

Rangers first chance came on thirteen minutes when Darren Ramsay latched on to a poor clearance from keeper Chris Dilo, with his shot being deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Four minutes later Craig Halkett got on the end of Darren Ramsay’s corner from the left with Chris Dilo reacting to block his powerful header at close range, Dylan Dykes followed up to head the rebound over.

On twenty-one minutes a slip from Luca Gasparotto allowed Thomas Reilly a sight of goal, his shot from just outside the box going narrowly wide of Lima Kelly’s right hand post. Rangers missed another great chance just after the half-hour, Darren Ramsay’s free-kick from wide right was headed back across goal by Dylan Dykes  but Jamie Burrows could only head straight at Chris Dilo from the edge of the six yard box.

Two minutes before the break Rangers came even closer to talking the lead. Dylan Dykes crossed from the left and Callum Gallagher looked certain to score until Chris Dilo made a fine point-blank save to keep out his header, Jamie Burrows couldn’t force the rebound over the line and the Saints defence scrambled  clear.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 St.Mirren 0

Rangers had an early chance in the second half when Callum Gallagher’s flick released Jamie Burrows through the inside left channel but the striker screwed his shot wide of the near post. A minute later Dylan Dykes passed inside from the right and Darren Ramsay’s twenty-five yarder tested Chris Dilo low to his left.

Ten minutes into the half Charlie Telfer’s pass found Darren Ramsay breaking into the left side of the penalty area where he was brought down by Barry Cuddihy. After the initially pointing to the spot the referee changed his mind after speaking to his linesman, awarding a free-kick right on the edge of the box and showing the St.Mirren player a red card. Darren Ramsay touched the free-kick to Charlie Telfer and his shot forced another save from Chris Dilo low to his right. As the hour mark approached Craig Halkett’s pass released Callum Gallagher on the right side of the box, his shot was powerful but straight at Chris Dilo at the near post.

In a rare St.Mirren venture forward Josh Beattie sent in a dangerous cross from the right that took a fine defensive header at the back post from Craig Halkett to clear the danger.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 0

In the opening minute of the extra time period Dylan Dykes got a glancing header on Darren Ramsay’s free-kick from the right that Chris Dilo got down to his left to make a decent save. He was to surpass that two minutes later, Danny Stoney took on Mark Barrowman and hit the byline on the right, his cross found the head of Callum Gallagher and the ball looked destined for the net until Chris Dilo threw himself to his right to divert the ball for a corner.

With five minutes till the break in extra time Jon Scullion’s corner from the right was met at the near post Declan Hughes and his header just cleared the cross-bar. Right on the half-time whistle Ryan Sinnamon appeared to be fouled when he cut in from the left angle of the box, the ball broke to Darren Ramsay who sent an unstoppable shot into the opposite top corner of the net.

With just over five minutes remaining Ryan Hardie latched on to a mistake in the centre of the St. Mirren defence but was denied by keeper Chris Dilo. Deep into injury time Chris Dilo advanced to take a free kick on the halfway line. His attempt to send the ball into Rangers box was short and Danny Stoney intercepted to run clear from just outside his own box, after running the length of the pitch his last touch was a poor one allowing Chris Dilo to save at his feet. The referee then blew for full-time and Rangers had deservedly booked their place in the final.

After Extra Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 1

St.Mirren:- Chris Dilo; Jack Baird, Mark Williams, Mark Barrowman; Declan Hughes; Barry Cuddihy, Lewis McLear (Josh Beattie 56mins), Adam Brown (Danny McDonlad 75mins), Lewis Morgan (Jon Scullion 99mins); Thomas Reilly, Anton Brady.

Not Used:- Jamie McGowan (Gk), Connor Murray

Rangers:-Liam Kelly; Greg Pascazio (Danny Stoney 70mins), Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Dylan Dykes, Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Darren Ramsay(Scott Roberts 115mins); Jamie Burrows (Ryan Hardie 97mins), Callum Gallagher

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie, Kris Gibson

Rangers 3 Hibernian 1

Sunday morning gave me the opportunity of making it a doubled header with Rangers Under 15’s taking on Hibernian. It was a comfortable win for the Ibrox youngsters who played some good stuff.

Rangers first chance came on seven minutes, Ben Andoh won possession on the right and passed inside same Jamieson who played in Liam Burt breaking into the box, he shot across the keeper and the ball clipped the right hand post on its way past. As the midway point of the half approached Aidan Wilson broke forward from right back to test the Hibs keeper with a powerful shot.

On twenty-eight minutes Rangers took the lead, Ben Andoh on the right picked out Kieran Balfour’s run into the box and the midfielder slotted past the keeper. Ten minutes before the break Jason Krones rose to meet Liam Burt’s free-kick but his header was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Four minutes later Sam Jamieson latched on to a defender’s poor touch on the edge of the box but he was denied by the keeper who advanced from his line to make a fine block.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 0

Rangers doubled their lead, when a Hibernian defender attempted a clearance and cannoned off one of his team mates, Sam Jamieson won the race to the ball and as he knocked it past the keeper he was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot, with Jamie Barjonas stepping up to convert.

Just before the hour mark the visitors reduced the deficit, a corner was delivered from the right, deep to the back post from where it was headed past Kieran Wright. A couple of minutes later it took a fine save from Kieran Wright to keep Rangers lead intact, diving high to his left to clutch a shot from around twenty-five yards.

Rangers were soon back on attack and Liam Burt’s pass released Sam Jamieson who was again denied by the keeper coming off his line to save. On seventy-two minutes the Rangers striker eventually got the better of the Hibs keeper, Liam Burt broke down the right before passing inside to Sam Jamieson who rounded the keeper before firing into the net.

A minute later Grant Nelson’s thundering shot from the right hand angle of the box crashed off the underside of the bar and clear. Hibs replied with a long-range shot that gave Kieran Wright some trouble but he managed to divert it wide of his right hand post. The final chance game when Grant Nelson pounced on a slack defensive pass, advanced into the box but couldn’t get the ball past the keeper who made a fine block.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Aidan Wilson (Kieran Laing 66mins), Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Kyle Bradley (Sam Rutherford 73mins); Ben Andoh (Andy Dallas HT), Kieran Balfour (Joe McMullan 73mins), Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson; Liam Burt; Sam Jamieson.

Glasgow Cup Defeat For 17’s

April 11, 2014

Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 1

Rangers under 17’s suffered a defeat at the hands of Partick Thistle tonight at Lochinch, they now must hope Celtic avoid defeat in tomorrow’s game against Queen’s Park if they are to make this year’s final. If truth be told they didn’t deserve to take anything from the game with Thistle being the better side throughout. Rangers rarely troubled the Thistle goal and their attacks were one-dimensional, continuously missing out the midfield and playing a long ball from back to front.

Thistle had the first effort on goal after four minutes, when a corner from the right found its way to the back post the shot was just wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. Three minutes later they threatened again when a cross from the right was headed narrowly over.

Fully thirty-five minutes had gone before Rangers had a shot on target, Max Ashmore’s twenty-five yarder was powerful enough but straight at the keeper. Four minutes later Rangers missed a great chance when Junior Ogen got on the end of Adam Wilson’s free-kick from the right, but his header was high and wide when he should have hit the target.

Half-Time:-Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 0

The home side took the lead five minutes after the break, when Michael McMullin cut in from the left his shot took a wicked deflection completely wrong footing Robbie McCrorie, the ball rebounded of the right hand post and off the back of the Rangers keeper and into the net. A minute later Thistle cut in from the left again, this time Robbie McCrorie got down low to his left to save.

Rangers came close just before the hour, From Chris McDonald’s throw in to Junior Ogen saw him lay the ball back for Sam Jamieson to shoot across goal and just wide of the far post. Thistle replied with an attack that should have doubled their lead, clear through the inside left channel the shot was placed beyond Robbie McCrorie but bounced clear off his left hand post.

A minute later another attack from Thistle with the long-range effort going narrowly over. As the final quarter hour approached Rangers drew level, with Thistle struggling to clear a bouncing ball on the left side of the box it eventually fell for Sam Jamieson to volley high past the keeper.

At the other end a corner from the left found its way to the back post and Robbie McCrorie had to stretch to tip the incoming shot over. Rangers had a glimmer of a chance when Adam Wilson headed the ball forward Ryan Hardie advanced into the left side of the box but his shot was weak and the keeper saved easily.

With five minutes remaining Thistle grabbed the winning goal, cutting in from the left Anton McGuigan thundered a shot off the underside of the crossbar which the far side linesman ruled had crossed the line. With David Brownlie thrown up front in desperation the home side held out comfortably to record the win and a remarkable turnaround from their heavy defeat earlier in the tournament.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Scot Whiteside, David Brownlie, Chris McDonald; Kyle Clark (Jamie Brandon HT), Jordan Hamill, Adam Wilson, Max Ashmore (Sam Jamieson 55mins); Junior Ogen; Ryan Hardie.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Liam Burt, Jamie Barjonas

Partick Thistle Squad:- Matthew Kerr, Connor Bruce, Greg Molloy, Mason Mullen, Jeff Fergus, Michael McMullin, Anton McGuigan, Cammy Ferrier, Kyle Turner, Neil McLaughlin, Andy McCarthy, Oevin Nisbet, Rabin Omar, Sam Gillespie, Marc Hood, Zac Simpson, Nathan Gallagher and Matthew Ashelby.

13’s Make It A Double Over Killie

April 10, 2014

Rangers 6 Kilmarnock 1

Following on from last night’s Under 14’s win, Rangers Under 13’s made it a double over Kilmarnock with a comfortable win at Murray Park tonight. Rangers took the lead after eleven minutes, Billy Gilmour sent Nathan Patterson down the left he passed inside to Adedapo Mebude who moved it on to Kieran McKechnie on the right who hit the byline before cutting the ball back for Niyah Joseph to find the net from around twelve yards.

Around ten minutes later Niyah Joseph moved the ball across the box from left to right and opened up a chance for Kieran McKechnie with the Killie keeper saving low to his left. In the final minute of the period Ben Williams and Adedapo Mebude combined on the edge of the box to set up a chance for Kieran McKechnie coming in from the right, he knocked the ball past the keeper but a defender got back to clear from just in front of goal.

Midway through the second period Rangers doubled their lead, Billy Gilmour played in Dylan Patterson on the left side of the box, as he went round the keeper he was forced wide and when he shot across goal Niyah Joseph, with his back to goal managed to flick the ball past the keeper. Ten minutes later a corner from the left was delivered into the six yard box Dylan Patterson spun to volley past the keeper from close range.

The next chance came when Dylan Patterson’s pass freed Billy Gilmour on the left side of the penalty area with the Killie keeper saving his shot at the near post. Goal number four soon followed,  Dylan Patterson curled a shot from the edge of the box that beat the keeper and came back off the keeper’s right hand post, Nathan Patterson collected the rebound and sidestepped a defender before firing into the net.

There was still time for the visitor’s to pull a goal back before the end of the period, when a corner from the right was cleared to the edge of the box Josh Walker’s shot gave Reece Murdoch no chance as it beat the keeper high to his left. Kilmarnock came close to a second at the start of the final period, the attack came into the Rangers penalty area from the right and Reece Murdoch was beaten by a powerful strike but the ball rebounded clear from the near post.

Rangers responded by increasing their lead, Nathan Patterson attacked down the right finding Niyah Joseph inside the box and he took a touch before slotting past the keeper. The sixth goal soon followed and it was a carbon copy of the fifth, created down the right by Nathan Patterson and his pass inside finished clinically by Niyah Joseph.

Killie had the final chance when the ball came in from the right the shot from the edge of the box looked netbound until Reece Murdoch leapt to his left to clutch the ball and deny the visitor’s with a fine save.

Full-Time:-Rangers 6 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers Squad:- Reece Murdoch (Gk),Ciaran Dickson, Nathan Patterson, Ruaridh McIntyre, Andy Rodden, Ben Williams, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Adedapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Niyah Joseph, Ewan Deveney, Kai Kennedy, Josh Henderson



First Period Blitz Sets Up Win

April 9, 2014

Rangers 7 Kilmarnock 2

Five goals in the opening period set up a comfortable win for Rangers Under 14’s at Murray Park tonight. We got a glimpse of what was to come on fourteen minutes, Stephen Kelly and Carlo Pignatiello exchanged passes on the edge of the Killie box and the latter’s shot beat the keeper but came of the outside of his left hand post on its way past.

Rangers then hit Kilmarnock with three goals in as many minutes, the first came when Carlo Pignatiello sent Matthew Shiels through the inside left channel and he continued into the box before rolling the ball across goal to give Zak Rudden a simple tap in. Sixty seconds later Matthew Shiels was through on the keeper who got a touch to the Rangers striker’s lob to divert the ball on to the inside of his left hand post but he couldn’t prevent Zak Rudden following up to knock the ball into the empty net.

The Rangers striker then completed a quick fire hat-trick with a well crafted goal, Lewis Mayo sent Michael Hewitt down the right, he went past the full-back before crossing for Zak Rudden to head past the keeper. As the period entered the final ten minutes Zak Rudden sent Michael Hewitt down the right, when his cross came in the visitor’s keeper came to punch but it only went as far as Zak Rudden who’s volley was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers finished the period with a flourish, Stephen Kelly’s superb pass inside the left-back released Zak Rudden on the right side of the box and he returned the compliment by rolling the ball across goal and presenting Matthew Shiels with a tap in. Killie responded by creating their first real chance, it started with a pass down the right and a break into the penalty area, when the shot came in Lewis Muir got down to his right to save.

Rangers still had time to added to their tally before the period ended, Carlo Pignatiello’s corner from the left was cleared to the edge of the box where Matifadza Zata found the net with a superb curling left foot shot. Only six minutes had passed in the second period when Rangers scored again, Stephen Kelly’s pass found Matthew Shiels on the left side of the box and he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper for a sublime finish.

Kilmarnock hadn’t given up and five minutes later Lewis Muir had to get down to his right to parry a shot from a free-kick and got back on his feet to block the shot from the rebound. The visitors came close again following an attack down the left, when the ball came into the box the shot was just wide of Lewis Muir’s right hand post.

Lewis Mayo broke from defence early in the final period and his pass freed Zak Rudden on the right side of the box but on this occasion his shot was wide of the left hand post. Just over ten minutes of the final period had passed when Killie pulled a goal back, the attack took them to the byline on the right and when the driven cross came in Jack Thomson diverted it past his own keeper.

Following the turn around Jack Thomson’s long pass found Matthew Shiels on the left side of the penalty area and he found the net with an almost identical lob over the keeper as his previous goal. The visitor’s had the final say when they completed the scoring with ten minutes remaining, it was created by a superb break forward by their midfielder before releasing the striker through the inside right channel and he managed to squeeze a shot under Lewis Muir.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Kilmarnock 2

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

Footnote:- After last night’s post on the Under 20 game it took the blog hits to over half a million. I would like to thank everyone that has visited the blog over the past seven seasons.

Youths Lose Two Goal Lead

April 8, 2014

St.Johnstone 2 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 20’s lost a two goal half-time lead to draw with St.Johnstone at McDairmid Park tonight. With preparation for Sunday’s youth cup semi-final in mind, Rangers squad featured no over age players, with all the squad eligible to play on Sunday.

Rangers youngsters got off to the perfect start, taking the lead after two minutes, Tom Walsh delivered a free-kick from the left and defender Kieran Stewart could only head the ball up into the air and when it dropped at the back post Luca Gasparotto volleyed past Mark Hurst. Just after the ten minute mark Dylan Dykes played the ball up to Callum Gallagher on the edge of the box and he found Tom Walsh in space breaking into the left side of the box with Mark Hurst saving at his near post.

Less than ten minutes later Rangers suffered a blow when Tom Walsh’s comeback lasted less than twenty minutes when he pulled up injured and was replaced by Danny Stoney. Midway through the half the home side threatened from a free-kick just left of centre on the edge of the box, Dylan Easton’s effort forcing Liam Kelly to tip over.

Seven minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead from the penalty spot, Danny Stoney’s through ball had Callum Gallagher chasing with defender Kieran Stewart and when Mark Hurst came rushing from goal the defender knocked the ball past him and with the Rangers striker chasing the loose ball he was brought down by the keeper and the referee pointed to the spot. Although the keeper guessed right Dylan Dykes penalty was placed right in the keeper’s bottom left hand corner. A free-kick from an almost identical position to the previous one saw Dylan Easton come closer to finding the net, this time his curling shot came back off Liam Kelly’s right hand post with Andrew Steeves heading the rebound over.

Half-Time:- St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 2

An enterprising run from Craig Thomson in the opening minute of the second half saw him go past two Rangers defenders on the left side of the box, his shot was powerful but lacked direction and Liam Kelly saved at the near post. Rangers replied when the ball was moved from Danny Stoney on the right to Callum Gallagher on the left, he laid the ball back to Ryan Sinnamon who passed inside to tee up a Charlie Telfer twenty-five yarder that was only just wide of Mark Hurst’s right hand post.

The home side got back into the game with twenty minutes remaining, Dylan Easton’s free-kick from the left found Dwayne Coultress unmarked at the back post, Liam Kelly did well to parry his close range header but was helpless to prevent Kieran Stewart firing into the net from close range. Two minutes later the home side had a massive left off, Callum Gallagher flicked the ball on to Jamie Burrows who was brought down two yards inside the penalty area but the referee incredibly awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area. Callum Gallagher sent the resultant free-kick tamely over.

As the game approached the final five minutes Rangers created a chance to clinch the match, Jamie Burrows pass released Danny Stoney inside the right side of the box, his shot was on target with Mark Hurst stretching to tip over. Two minutes later the sides were level, Dylan Easton looked to have nowhere to go on the right hand byline but he was allowed to turn and cut the ball back for Dwayne Coultress to find the net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Full-Time:- St.Johnstone 2 Rangers 2

St.Johnstone;- Mark Hurst; Scott Gray, Kieran Stewart, Alex Kitchen, Andrew Steeves; Scott Brown; Craig Thomson, Scott Wilson (Rhys Evans 81mins), Dylan Easton, Dwayne Coultress; Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson (Fisayo Adarabioyo 83mins)

Not Used:- Sam Bunting (Gk), Scott Stevenson, Scott Taylor-McKenzie

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Craig Halkett, Kris Gibson, Luca Gasparotto, Rayn Sinnamon; Dylan Dykes, Andy Murdoch, Charlie Telfer, Tom Walsh (DannyStoney 19mins); Darren Ramsay (Jamie Burrows 60mins); Callum Gallagher (Scott Roberts 79mins)

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Greg Pascazio, Ryan Finnie.

17’s Edge Out Celtic

April 2, 2014

Rangers 2 Celtic 1

A spirited defensive performance all but secured Rangers Under 17’s place in this season’s Glasgow Cup Final. It wasn’t a game of any great quality but a win over your biggest rivals is always welcome.

The first half provided very little in the way of goalmouth action, Celtic dominated possession but created no real chances and failed to produce one shot on target. While Rangers in a rare foray towards  Celtic’s goal took the lead five minutes before the break. Michael Mossie got a flick on to Robbie McCrorie’s long clearance and Ryan Hardie on the right hand angle of the box took his shot early, firing across keeper Colin McCabe and into the bottom corner with a superb strike.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 0

The second half followed a similar vein, with Celtic having plenty possession in and around Rangers box but failing to seriously trouble Robbie McCrorie. Ten minutes after the break Kieran Tierney hit the byline on the left, his cutback found Joe Thomson who was denied by a superb David Brownlie challenge.

The game had entered the final twenty minutes before Robbie McCrorie was called into serious action. Kieran Tierney again made the byline on the left and his cross to the back post was met by the head of Aiden Nesbitt with the Rangers keeper diving to his left to turn the ball away. Rangers capitalised a minute later by increasing their lead, David Brownlie sent a free-kick from the halfway line into the Celtic box, Ryan Hardie’s back header looked likely to cause little danger but keeper Colin McCabe must have thought the ball was going wide as he watched the ball roll into the net at his right hand post.

What should have been a comfortable lead became a nervy finish when the youngsters lost a poor goal twelve minutes to go, there seemed little danger when Kieran Tierney played the ball through the centre, with the Rangers defence waiting on Robbie McCrorie clearing the danger, the Rangers keeper hesitated and allowed Regan Hendry to run unchallenged to fire into the net.

Rangers had a chance to make the came safe in the final minute, Ryan Hardie attacked the left side of the box from a tight angle and with Lewis White and Jamie Brandon waiting in the middle his cutback was poor and the Celtic defence cleared. The visitors had a final chance in injury time, from Ryan Caird’s free-kick close to the left hand byline Steven Boyd got a touch at the near post with Robbie McCrorie diving high to his left to turn the ball away. In the ensuing scramble Jordan Hamill produce a superb block on Theo Archibald’s net bound shot as Rangers held on for a win.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Scot Whiteside (Lewis White 85mins), David Brownlie, Chris McDonald; Adam Wilson; Michael Mossie (Sam Jamieson 75mins), Jordan Hamill, Max Ashmore (Jamie Brandon 67mins); Ryan Hardie, Junior Ogen.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Kyle Clark
Celtic:- Colin McCabe; Sam Wardrop, Jack Breslin, Jamie McCart, Kieran Tierney; Aaron Comrie (Steven Boyd 60mins); Joe Thomson; Ryan Caird; Connor McLaren (Regan Hendry 57mins), Calvin Miller (Theo Archibald 85mins), Aiden Nesbitt
Not Used:- Ross Doohan (Gk), Aidan McIlduff, Mark Hill, Daniel Higgins.