First Period Blitz Sets Up Win

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.

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