Archive for May, 2014

15’s Win At Lennoxtown

May 29, 2014

Celtic 1 Rangers 2

A dominant first half display laid the foundation for a deserved win for Rangers Under15’s at Lennoxtown tonight, in what was the first meeting in over two years between the clubs for the boys at this age group.

Rangers were first to threaten after only four minutes, Liam Burt allowed a throw in on the left side of Celtic’s penalty area to bounce before volleying just over the crossbar. The same time period had passed when from another throw in a similar position from Andy Dallas was collected by Liam Burt and his shot had Aidan McAdams diving to his right to turn the ball wide for a corner.

Just after the quarter-hour Kyle Bradley sent Sam Jamieson down the left, he left Dylan McKendry for dead and headed for the byline, his low ball across the six yard box was deflected goalwards but a Celtic defender headed clear from the line. As the half-hour approached Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot, Kieran Balfour and Jamie Barjonas combined in the centre of the park to feed Sam Jamieson, his shot from the edge of the box struck the arm of a Celtic defender and the referee a touch harshly awarded a penalty, Jamie Barjonas stepped up to send Aidan McAdams the wrong way from the spot.

As the half entered the final ten minutes Rangers came close from a free-kick just outside the left side of Celtic box, Jamie Barjonas touched the ball to Sam Jamieson and with the Celtic defence expecting him to tee up a shot for Jason Krones the Rangers striker swiveled to send a shot past Aidan McAdams but against the keeper’s left hand post. A minute later Grant Nelson laid the ball back to Liam Burt on the right side of the penalty area and his shot brought out another save from Aidan McAdams.

Rangers soon doubled their lead, when the Celtic defence cleared a set play from their penalty area Kieran Balfour hooked the ball back into the penalty area where Aidan Wilson sent a looping header over the keeper and into the net. In the final minute of the period Rangers could and probably should have scored a third, Grant Nelson’s through ball was missed by the Celtic centre backs and Sam Jamieson raced clear, he was forced wide as he rounded Aidan McAdams and a defender and the keeper combined to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 2

Celtic got back into the game just over five minutes after the break, a pass from midfield found full-back Sean Bowers breaking into the right side of the penalty area and he shot past Kieran Wright from a tight angle. Rangers came close to restoring their two goal advantage a few minutes later, from a free-kick just outside the left side of the box Jason Krones shot beat the keeper but crashed off the crossbar.

On the hour mark Liam Burt attacked the right side of the Celtic box and his shot was deflected to Sam Jamieson who fired into the net but the referee adjudged his was in a offside position. As the midpoint of the half approached Jamie Barjonas drove forward past a couple of defenders towards the byline on the left with Aidan McAdams diving to gather his low cross.

A minute later Sam Jamieson took on the centre of the Celtic defence and only a brave save at the feet of the Rangers striker by Aidan McAdams prevented a goal. Celtic replied five minutes later with an attack on the right with Kieran Wright getting down to save low to his right .

Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Zak Rudden passed in from the left to find Liam Burt, his shot brought out another save from Aidan McAdams low to his right and the keeper reacted quickly to beat Zak Rudden to the rebound. Another Jason Krones free-kick, this time from fully thirty yards troubled Aidan McAdams but the keeper managed to turn the ball over.

Celtic had a chance to snatch a draw deep into injury time, the attack came down the left and when the ball came into the penalty area the shot came off the inside of the post and rolled along the line, this set up another couple of efforts that the Rangers defence blocked before scrambling clear.

Full-Time:- Celtic 1 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Aidan Wilson, Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Kyle Bradley; Grant Nelson (Ben Andoh 65mins), Jamie Barjonas, Kieran Balfour, Andy Dallas (Zak Rudden 56mins); Liam Burt (Kieran Laing 77mins); Sam Jamieson.

Rangers Prepare For Germany With A Win

May 28, 2014

Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 2

Rangers Under 12’s completed their preparations for the upcoming trip to a tournament in Germany with a win against Queen’s Park at Murray Park tonight. The Ibrox youngsters secured the win with an excellent middle period where they scored three goals early in that period.

Queen’s Park had an early chance with and attack on the right side of Rangers penalty area but the danger was thwarted when Luke Scullion was quick from his line to block. Rangers replied when Ciaran  Dickson broke forward from right-back before feeding Blair Rossiter who cut inside before unleashing a shot that beat the keeper but crashed back off the crossbar.

Just after the midpoint of the period the visitor’s missed a great chance to take the lead, from a corner from the right their centre-back had a free header but with the goal gaping he headed wide of the back post. A few minutes later a pass inside Euan Deveney created another chance for Queen’s Park on the right side of the box, the shot was powerful with Luke Scullion standing tall to make the block.

With a few minutes of the period remaining Matt Yates cut inform the left, when his progress was halted at the edge of the box the ball broke to Kai Kennedy who’s shot seemed net bound until the Queen’s keeper dived to his left to make a fine save. Rangers had to wait just over five minutes before taking the lead, the ball was played out to Blair Rossiter on the right and when his cross came in Matt Yates fired the ball past the keeper.

The same combination doubled Rangers lead  a couple of minutes later, on the is occasion Blair Rossiter hit the byline on the right and cut the ball back to the edge of the box where Matt Yates found the bottom left hand corner of the net. The third goal soon followed, this time from a set play, Kai Kennedy delivered a corner from the left and Euan Deveney rose to head past the keeper.

Rangers continued to make the running and the next attack came when Kyle McLelland sent Matt Yates down the left and when his cross came into the box Steven Bradley was denied by the keeper. As the end of the period neared Ryan Docherty fed Owen Lake on the right side of the box, he went past a defender before going for goal with the keeper blocking with his legs.

Queen’s Park pulled a goal back with an attack down the right, when the ball came into the box a Rangers defender knocked the ball into his own net while trying to clear. Rangers increased their lead when the Queen’s Park keeper misjudged the bounce of the ball inside the box and it left Lewis Jamieson with a simple tap in.

The visitor’s then reduced the deficit with an attack through the middle the left their player in the clear to continue into the box and shoot past Luke Scullion. Rangers finished the game on the front foot and Ryan Docherty came close on two occasions. His first effort saw the Queen’s keeper turn the ball onto his right and post and was well placed as it rebounded into his arms.  He surpassed that when the ball came in from the right a superbly executed overhead scissors kick had the keeper beaten but was just wide of the right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 2

Rangers Squad:- Luke Scullion (Gk), Ciaran Dickson, Euan Deveney, Kyle McLelland, Josh Henderson, Reece Armstrong, Matt Yates, Kai Kenndy, Jason ?????, Steven Bradley, Blair Rossiter, Callum Biggar, Ryan Docherty, Mason Kelman, Adam Smith, Lewis Jamieson, Owen Lake.

Youngsters Win At St.Mirren Park

May 21, 2014

St.Mirren 3 Rangers 5

Rangers Under 14’s had an up and down game at St.Mirren Park tonight, they took a two goal lead before being pegged back and falling behind, the Rangers youngsters then upped their game with a three goal burst to win the game.

Rangers took the lead on three minutes, Jordan Houston’s pass sent Matifadza Zata clear through the inside right position and he continued into the box before shooting past the keeper. Three minutes later Zak Rudden tested the keeper with a twenty-five yarder that he saved diving to his left.

Rangers Trialist No.6 then came close with another shot from distance that clipped the crossbar on the way over. Saints then threatened seven minutes before the end of the first period with an attack down the right, when the ball came into the box the volley was just wide of Lewis Muir’s left hand post.

The start of the second period began in similar style to the first, with Rangers scoring on three minutes. Rangers Trialist No.6 sent Zak Rudden clear with a ball over the top of the St.Mirren defence that he outstripped  before shooting past the keeper. Zak Rudden then came close to turning provider with a superb cross from the right, but Matifadza Zata stretching could only knock it just wide of the far post.

The home side reduced the deficit as the halfway mark of the period neared, the attack started down the right and when the cross came in the ball was volleyed past Lewis Muir. In the dying minutes of the period St.Mirren drew level, again the attack was on the right and an exchange of passes took their attacker deep into the penalty area before shooting past Darren Montgomery.

There was still time for the home side to threaten again before the period ended, from a volley on the left side of the box it took a fine Darren Montgomery save to keep the sides level. Six minutes into the final period St.Mirren took the lead, from a corner on the left their centre back rose to head past Darren Montgomery.

Rangers hit back five minutes later, Dylan Patterson and Carlo Pignatiello exchanged passes in midfield before the latter sent Zak Rudden through the centre to continue into the box and draw Rangers level. Just before the turn round in the final period the Ibrox youngsters regained their lead, Zak Rudden played a one-two with Dylan Patterson which freed him inside the box and he calmly took his time before picking his spot in the net.

With a few minutes remaining Rangers fifth secured the win, Dylan Patterson’s corner from the right found its way to Zak Rudden at the back post and shot through a crowded six-yard box into the net. Right at the death Zak Rudden’s night took a turn for the worse when he was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with a St.Mirren defender.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 3 Rangers 5

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Darren Montgomery (Gk), Jordan Houston, Michael Hewitt, Trialist No.4, Lewis Mayo, Trialist N0.6, Scott Blacklaw, Cammy Wray, Zak Rudden, Matifadza Zata, Matthew Shiels, Dylan Patterson, Carlo Pignatiello, Rhys Breen, Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude, Trialist No.17.

Win For Rob Roy At Final Game At Adamslie

May 18, 2014

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 3 Rangers 0

It was a disappointing display both in terms of performance and result in today’s friendly to mark the final match played at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy’s Adamslie Park, with the junior side running out comfortable winners.

The home side had a chance on thirteen minutes when Kris Gibson was short with a pass back, Lewis McMinn did well to win the challenege with Scott Morton and clear the danger. Midway through the half Barrie McKay’s shot from wide on the right side of the penalty area had Jon Connolly diving to save with Junior Ogen firing the rebound over.

Lewis McMinn was soon called into action again, from Danny McKenzie’s left wing cross Scott Morton headed for goal with the Rangers keeper diving to his left to parry. A minute later Willie Sawyers was through on goal and Lewis McMinn pulled off another fine save low to his right, with Adam Wilson somehow managing to clear from under the crossbar under pressure from Scott Morton.

The h0me side then took the lead on the half-hour, Scott Morton collecting a cross inside the box before shoot past Lewis McMinn and high into the net.

Half-Time:- Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 Rangers o

Rangers had a bright start to the second half when Dylan Dykes sent Callum gallagher through the inside right channel, his shot across the keeper forced a fine save from Stuart Wilson low to his right to divert the ball wide for a corner. A couple of minutes later Scott Roberts sent a cross in from the right to Callum Gallagher on the left side of the box who volleyed over.

Ten minutes had gone when Ryan Sinnamon’s clearance cannoned off Scott Morton to Alistair Martin who’s shot was just wide of Lewis McMinn’s right hand post. Rangers replied when Ryan Sinnamon sent Charlie Telfer down the right, he looked up to find Darren Ramsay arriving at the edge of the box but his shot was wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Lewis McMinn then lost an aerial challenge as he tried to head clear on the edge of his box, the ball broke to Willie Sawyers who shot towards the empty net but was denied by a superb Greg Pascazio goal line clearance, colliding with the post and injuring himself in the process. With twenty minutes remaining Owen Ronald’s corner from the left broke for Kris Mitchell who blazed over with the goal at his mercy.

As the game entered the final fifteen minutes Jamie Burrows hit the byline on the right before cutting the ball back for Andy Murdoch to drive just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The home site then capitalised by increasing their lead a couple of minutes later, Owen Ronald on the right found Scott Morton on the edge of the box and a superb turn created the space for him to fire past Liam Kelly.

With four minutes remaining Scott Morton was in possession on the left hand byline with his back to goal, he looked up and found Ryan Deas on the edge of the box and he drove the ball past Liam Kelly and into the net. Rangers had one final chance to get on the scoresheet, Max Ashmore’s shot broke off a defender to Callum Gallagher on the left side of the box but his effort was wide of the near post.

Full-Time:-Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 3 Rangers 0

Rangers 1st Half:- Lewis McMinn; Ryan Finnie, David Brownlie, Kris Gibson, Adam Wilson; Barrie McKay, Kyle McAusland, Junior Ogen, Scott Roberts; Danny Stoney, Jamie Burrows.

Rangers 2nd Half:- Lewis McMinn (Liam Kelly 64mins); Ryan Sinnamon (Jamie Brandon 76mins), Craig Halkett, Greg Pascazio (Ross McCrorie 65mins), Ryan Finnie (Lewis White 76mins); Scott Roberts (Jamie Burrows 71mins), Charlie Telfer (Max Ashmore 71mins), Andy Murdoch, Darren Ramsay; Dylan Dykes;Callum Gallagher.

Robe Roy Squad:- Jon Connolly (Gk), Stuart Wilson (Gk), Gerry Watt, Danny Mackenzie, Jonathan Carter, Martin Brogan, Kris Mitchell, Owen Ronald, Kenny Jarvis, Willie Sawyers, Scott Morton, Alistair Martin, Chris Duff, Trialist, Alan Urquhart, Stewart Maxwell, Ryan Deas, Fraser Team.

Old Firm Win For Young Gers

May 18, 2014

Rangers 5 Celtic 1

Before heading up to Adamslie Park for this afternoon’s friendly it was Murray Park for this morning’s Under 13’s clash between Rangers and Celtic. It was a contrast in styles and also a reverse of what I’ve witnessed at the older age groups, with Rangers the team playing a passing game and Celtic playing a more direct long ball game, the end result was a very comfortable win for the young Rangers side.

Yet it was Celtic who got the whirlwind start with a goal after only two minutes, a long-range strike beating Brian Kinnear and finding the net via the under side of the cross-bar. Rangers hit back quickly, drawing level after a further two minutes play, Kieran McKechnie  won the ball outside the right side of the box before passing to Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude who held off a defender and shot past the keeper.

Celtic then created a chance on the left side of Rangers penalty area but when the ball was centred the shot was wide of Brian Kinnear’s  left hand post. A superb passing move created a chance for Rangers midway through the first period, Billy Gilmour, Lewis McGrattan and Andy Rodden combined and the left and when the ball came to Dylan Patterson inside the box only a great defensive challenge prevented a shot on goal.

Celtic had the first effort in the second period after four minutes, it was another long-range effort that Brian Kinnear held under the crossbar. Just over five minutes later only a fine save prevented Rangers from taking the lead, Kieran McKechnie fed Nathan Patterson on the right side of the box, he stepped inside a defender before going for goal with the Celtic keeper getting down to his left to make the save.

Midway through the period Ben Williamson won the ball in midfield before passing to Kieran McKechine who drove at the Celtic defence and played in Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude on the right side of the box who shot across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers took the lead with eight minutes of the period remaining, Danny Finlayson sent Nathan Patterson down the left and when his cross into the box was headed out Adedapo Awokoya-Mebude fired past the keeper from the edge of the box.

Three minutes later he was desperately unlucky not to increase Rangers lead and complete his hat-trick, Ruaridh McIntyre passed to Kieran McKechnie on the right, Adeapo Awokoya-Mebude met his cross on the volley, it flew past the keeper and crashed of the underside of the crossbar, Dylan Patterson was first to the rebound but could only head the ball into the keepers arms.

A superb run from the right-back position from Ruaridh McIntyre took him past three defenders and to the edge of the Celtic box before going for goal with the keeper holding the ball under the crossbar. Rangers were not to be denied and increased their lead just before the end of the period, Billy Gilmour’s superb pass inside the left-back found Keiran McKechnie who beat the keeper from a tight angle.

Only four minutes of the final period had passed when Rangers scored again, the Celtic keeper came and failed to gather Kieran McKechnie’s corner from the left, the ball broke to Aiden Gibb who shot through a crowded six-yard box into the net. A couple of minutes before the change round in the final period Celtic created a chance on the left side of Rangers penalty area with a superb Danny Finlayson challenge clearing the danger.

The scoring was completed with nine minutes remaining, Ruaridh McIntyre played the ball forward to Adeapo Awokoya-Mebude at the edge of the box, he laid it back into the path of Dylan Patterson who’s shot had the keeper stretching to tip on to the crossbar with Nathan Patterson following up to knock the rebound into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Celtic 1

Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Lewis McGrattan, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Adeapo Awokoya-Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Zac Butterworth, Ruaridh McIntyre, Ben Williamson, Jamie Walker.

High Scoring Game For Young Gers

May 17, 2014

Rangers U11’s 8 Ayr United U12’s 5

Rangers youngest Development League side provided the youth football fix this afternoon and it proved to be a high scoring affair against an Ayr United side a year older.

Rangers came close after twelve minutes Robbie Fraser drove at the Ayr defence before playing in Reegan Aitken with the United keeper blocking with his legs. The same players then combined to give Rangers the lead sixty seconds later, Reegan Aitken allowed Robbie Fraser’s pass from the left  run across his body before firing back across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Four minutes later Rangers increased their lead, Robbie Fraser’s cross from the right was headed up in the air by an Ayr defender and Liam Morrison was quickest to react, nodding the ball past the keeper. Rangers were in command and when Kai Kirkpatrick played the ball in to Reegan Aitken his neat flick released Robbie Fraser but this time his shot was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

The third goal was soon to follow, Kai Kirkpatrick played the ball out to Matthew Collins on the right  side of the box and he was fouled as he went past the defender with the referee pointing to the spot,  Robbie Fraser stepped up to convert from the spot. The visitor’s then threatened with an attack on the left, when the ball was knocked past Grant Thackray a goal looked likely until Liam Morrison got back to clear.

Just before the whistle to end the period Ayr United did get on the score sheet, Rangers failed to clear a free kick played into their box and the ball was eventually bundled past Grant Thackray. The second period saw a rush of goals in the first ten minutes, Rangers grabbed a fourth in the opening minute, Aaron Lyall progress down the right and when his cross was headed out Robbie Fraser gave the keeper no chance with a shot into the top corner.

Ayr immediately replied when a corner from the left was missed by everyone and bounced into the net at the back post. Two minutes later only a brilliant save prevented Rangers scoring again, Robbie Fraser attacked the centre of the Ayr defence before releasing Reegan Aitken his shot was destined for the net until the keeper dived to his right to touch the ball on to the post.

The next goal from Rangers was to come on seven minutes, from a free-kick just outside the left side of the Ayr penalty area Liam Morrison fired across the goal into the far top corner leaving the keeper stranded. The visitor’s then hit back with two goals in as many minutes, the first came from an attack down the right and when the ball came into the centre the shot was over Jay Hogarth and into the net. A free-kick was the source of Ayr’s next goal, when the ball was played into Rangers box it was diverted past Jay Hogarth by the head of a Rangers defender.

Attacks at either end continued even if for a spell they didn’t lead to goals, from Robbie Fraser’s corner from the right Liam Morrison beat the keeper with a header but the ball bounced clear off the far post. Ayr then attacked down the left and it took a brave save from Jay Hogarth at the feet of the attacker to snub out the danger.

Rangers restored their two goal lead on twenty-three minutes, Aaron Lyall cut in from the right before cutting back on to his right foot and shooting past the keeper from the edge of the box. United responded immediately and when a free kick was sent in from the left the ball was volleyed past Jay Hogarth.

In the opening minute of the final period Mackenzie Carse and Aaron Lyall combined on the right to set up a chance for Robbie Fraser who was denied by a fine save. Aaron Lyall’s corner from the right was then the source for Rangers next goal, the ball found its way to the back post where Reegan Aitken had a simple task to knocked the ball into the net from a couple of yards.

As the midway point of the period approached Robbie Fraser drove at the centre of the Ayr defence before feeding Reegan Aitken who beat the advancing keeper with a sublime lob. Rangers had a nother couple of chances before the final whistle, Lewis Robertson on the left side of the box found  Aaron Lyall at the far post and he was denied by the keeper at his near post. Adam Devine and Matthew Collins then combined to set up up a chance for Mackenzie Carse with the keeper advancing from his line to block with his legs.

Rangers 8 Ayr United 5

Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Jay Hogarth (Gk), Greg Chalmers, Matthew Henderson, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Liam Morrison, Rhys Caves, Matthew Collins, Lewis Robertson, Reegan Aitken, Robbie Fraser, Kai Kirkpatrick, Alex Lowry, Aaron Lyall, Adam Devine, Ryan Stobbo, Mackenzie Carse, Leon King.

Shootout Win For Youths

May 14, 2014

Rangers 2 Hearts 2 After Extra Time 

Rangers win 8-7 on penalties

Goalkeeper Liam Kelly was Rangers her0 in tonight’s Youth Cup Final at St.Mirren Park. Having already saved three penalties and with the sides locked at seven all  after ten penalties each, he stepped up to beat Jordan Millar from the spot before making another save from the Hearts keeper’s penalty to win the cup for Rangers.

There was a significant contrast in first team experience between the sides, the Rangers players had a few minutes lower league experience here and there, with their most experienced player Barrie McKay on the bench.While the Hearts side had almost ten thousand minutes of top league experience between them. The early exchanges also showed a contrast in styles, with Hearts trying to play through midfield while Rangers opted for long balls up to the lone striker.

Rangers were first to threaten on six minutes, Darren Ramsay played the ball forward to Callum Gallagher who held of a Hearts defender as he broke into the box but he shot wide of Jordan Millar’s left hand post. At the other end Ryan Sinnamon had a poor touch when a cross came in from the left but he recovered well to clear before Hearts could capitalise.

As the quarter-hour mark approached Callum Gallagher charged down a clearance from Liam Gordon before passing to Darren Ramsay on the left side of the box, Jordan Millar knocked his powerful shot up in the air and in the race to the loose ball Callum Gallagher could only head the ball wide. On the half hour Craig Halkett rose to head Darren Ramsay’s corner from the right goalwards which Jordan Millar held under the bar.

Hearts responded by Taking the lead barely sixty seconds later, Callum Paterson’s cross from the right found Sam Nicholson unmarked at the back post, Liam Kelly saved his initial header but was helpless as he netted the rebound.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hearts 1

The Edinburgh side had a great chance to increase their lead in the opening minute of the second half, Ryan Sinnamon’s attempted pass back went straight to Gary Oliver, bearing in on goal from a narrow angle of the right he was thwarted by Liam Kelly who stood tall to divert the ball for a corner at his near post. Just over five minutes later following a corner Callum Paterson hooked the ball back into the Rangers box, it fell kindly for Gary Oliver with Liam Kelly bravely saving at the striker’s feet the ball broke back to the Hearts player and with the goal gaping he shot into the side netting.

As the hour mark approached Rangers drew level, when the ball came into the edge of the box from the left, Callum Gallagher laid it back into the path of Greg Pascazio who’s twenty-five yarder beat Jordan Millar with the aid of a deflection. The Ibrox youngsters were only level for five minutes, Sam Nicholson got to the byline on the left before cutting the ball back for Angus Beith who’s effort was cleared of the line by Darren Ramsay but only as far as Billy King who shot through a crowded six yard box into the net.

Jordan Millar then sliced a clearance straight to Jamie Burrows presenting the Rangers substitute with a great chances to equalise, but he was too deliberate as he tried to pick his spot and the Hearts keeper redeemed himself by making a save. A minute later Charlie Telfer attacked the left side of Hearts penalty area before passing inside to Jamie Burrows who’s shot was just wide of Jordan Millar’s right hand post.

As the game entered the final fifteen of the ninety Billy King broke towards Rangers box before shooting just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Gary Oliver’s good first touch on Callum Paterson’s long ball looked to have set him up until Craig Halkett cleared the danger with a superb challenge.

As the clocked reached eighty-seven minutes Rangers got a massive break to take the game to extra time, Barrie McKay sent the ball into Hearts box from halfway and keeper Jordan Millar came from his line to get stranded in no mans land which allowed Craig Halkett to glance a header over the keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:-Rangers 2 Hearts 2

Rangers created the first chance nine minutes into extra time, Charlie Telfer passed to Barrie McKay wide on the right, he cut inside before going for goal, his first attempt was blocked by Liam Smith and his follow-up effort was wide of Jordan Millar’s left hand post. A few minutes later Barrie McKay’s corner from the right was headed on by Craig Hallkett, it landed at the feet of Jamie Burrows who was denied at close range by Jordan Millar.

On the stroke of half-time in extra time Rangers thought they had taken the lead, Callum Gallagher’s cross from the right was headed on by Jamie Burrows and fired into the net by Luca Gasparotto at the back post, but celebrations was cut shot by a linesman’s flag. Rangers then missed a great chance five minutes into the second half, Barrie McKay raced down the left on a Craig Halkett headed clearance, he found Jamie Burrows who had made a run the length of the pitch, breaking into the centre of the box but with the goal at his mercy he over ran the ball into the arms of Jordan Millar.

Hearts then applied some pressure through a series of set plays with the Rangers defence standing firm until the width of a post rescued them with two minutes remaining. Dale Carrick allowed Callum Patterson’s throw in from the right to run across his body before firing for goal with Liam Kelly beaten as the ball rebound from his right hand post.

And so it was on to the incredible penalty shootout with all twenty-two players facing the nerve-wracking walk to the penalty spot. Both keepers had saved three each of the ten attempts, with Liam Kelly scoring and then making that all important save.

Considering the first team experience of the Hearts side the Rangers fans watching must be wondering why so few of these Rangers youngsters did not get an opportunity to gain some first team experience once the First Division title was secured.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hearts 2 After Extra Time 

Rangers win 8-7 on penalties

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Greg Pascazio, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Ryan Sinnamon; Danny Stoney (Jamie Burrows 52mins), Andy Murdoch, Dylan Dykes (Barrie McKay 52mins), Darren Ramsay (Scott Roberts 73mins); Charlie Telfer; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Kris Gibson

Hearts:- Jordan Millar; Callum Paterson, Liam Gordon, Jordan McGhee, Liam Smith; Billy King (Robbie Buchanan 87mins), Aaron Scott, Angus Beith, Sam Nicholson (Sean McKirdy 102mins); Gary Oliver; Dale Carrick.

Not Used:- Kelby Mason (Gk), Jack Simpson, Elliot Ford

Blue = scored    Red = saved

Comfortable Win For Under 12’s

May 10, 2014

Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 0

With the first team season now over it was Rangers Under 12’s that provided the weekend football fix with their game against Queen’s Park at Murray Park this afternoon. An early goal ensured it would be a comfortable win for the young Rangers side who dominated the first two periods with the final period being a bit more even.

Rangers took an early lead on four minutes, Kai Kennedy got to the byline on the right and when he cut the ball back Steven Bradley slammed the ball past the keeper. A further four minutes had passed when Euan Deveney swung in a cross from the left and Steven Bradley rose to head narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The visitors threatened a minute later with an attack on the left side of Rangers penalty area, when the ball was knocked past Luke Scullion, Euan Deveney got back to clear. Rangers then doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Steven Bradley robbed a defender before continuing into the box and slotting past the keeper.

Three minutes later Kai Kennedy came close to netting with a superb effort, an excellent dummy took him away from a defender and when he noticed the keeper slightly of his light he went for goal, his effort beat the keeper but rebound of his left hand post. Queen’s Park replied with a ball over the top of the Rangers defence releasing their attacker on the left side of the box and Luke Scullion got down to save to his left hand side.

Rangers immediately replied by increasing their lead, Ciaran Dickson played the ball forward to Steven Bradley who turned a defender before shooting past the keeper. Five minutes into the second period Reece Armstrong, Matt Yates and Kai Kennedy combined on the right and from the latter’s cross Steven Bradley headed goalwards with the keeper diving to his right to save.

The next goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, from Kai Kennedy’s free-kick from the left Gary Greig rose to head past the keeper. Before the midway point of the period Rangers scored again, Ciaran Dickson’s driven cross from the byline on the left struck the arm of a Queen’s Park defender and the referee rather harshly pointed to the spot, with the Rangers midfielder converting from twelve yards.

Adam Smith then latched on to a poor clearance from the keeper but his shot from the left side of the penalty area was just wide of the far post. The final period was past the halfway mark  before the next clear-cut chance, Blair Rossiter coming in from the left and the Queen’s keeper blocking his effort with his legs.

The Hampden side then created an opening with an attack down the right, when the ball was passed inside Luke Scullion saved the incoming shot. At the other end Matt Yates got on the end of a cross from the left, his header beat the keeper but came back off his left hand post.

With three minutes remaining Queen’s Park came close to grabbing that consolation goal, from at attack through the centre the shot beat Luke Scullion but the ball crashed of the crossbar. Rangers had the final effort when Ryan Docherty volleyed a bouncing ball from distance which the Queen’s keeper did well to turn wide of his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers Squad:- Luke Scullion (Gk), Kyle McClelland, Josh Henderson, Gary Greig, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Reece Armstrong, Kai Kennedy, Matt Yates, Steven Bradley, Blair Rossiter, Ryan Docherty, Callum Biggar, Adam Smith, Owen Luke.

17’s Lose To Motherwell

May 9, 2014

Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

A Rangers Under 17’s squad that included six under 15’s  lost narrowly to Motherwell at Murray Park tonight. The visitor’s took the lead with the game’s first real chance on twenty minutes, Rangers lost possession with some slack play on the right side of defence and when the ball was centred the Motherwell striker had a simple task to shoot past Lewis McMinn. Four minutes later Rangers came close to drawing level, Lewis White switched play from the left to find Junior Ogen on the right side of the box, he lobbed the advancing keeper but the ball dropped just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Motherwell forced a save from Lewis McMinn, from a right-wing cross the header was on target and the Rangers keeper dived to his right to save. Rangers missed a great chance to equalise a few minutes after the half-hour, Adam Wilson progressed to the byline on the left and his ball across goal found Jamie Brandon at the back post, the midfielder looked certain to score but knocked the ball over from close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

Motherwell created a chance two minutes into the second half, a one-two on the right side of Rangers box created the chance with Lewis McMinn standing up to make the save from a powerful strike. The Rangers keeper was called into action again a couple of minutes later when ‘Well attacked through the middle, with Lewis McMinn again showing his handling was spot on.

Rangers then came close at the other end, Lewis White was the architect hitting the byline on the left, his cutback found Junior Ogen who’s shot was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The next effort on goal was along range strike from Motherwell that Lewis McMinn held under his crossbar.

On sixty-five minutes a long ball down the inside left channel saw Sam Jamieson volley for goal but his effort was just too high. Midway through the half Lewis White played the ball up to Kyle Clark on the edge of the box and he slipped a pass to Sam Jamieson on the right side of the penalty area with the Motherwell keeper getting down to his left to save. Rangers final chance came with five minutes remaining, Ross McCrorie breaking from defence before shooting from around twenty-five yards with the visitor’s keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide of the post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 1

Rangers:- Lewis McMinn; Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley HT), Jason Krones (Jordan Hamill HT), Ross McCrorie, Adam Wilson; Liam Burt (Grant Nelson HT), Jamie Brandon (Sam Jamieson 57mins), Jamie Barjonas (Max Ashmore HT), Lewis White; Kyle Clark, Junior Ogen

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk).

Rangers Youngest Team Defeat Older Opponents

May 8, 2014

Rangers 10 Spartans 1

Tonight was an opportunity to watch Rangers youngest Development League team take a step into eleven-a-side football. Having impressed in both style and standard of play as well as results at seven-a-side this was only their second outing at the conventional eleven-a-side game. In the early stages of the game although Rangers were having the bulk of possession they were finding it difficult to create clear-cut chances against their older opponents.

There were eighteen minutes on the clock when Rangers broke the deadlock, a superb run down the left from Matthew Henderson took him past two defenders towards the byline and when he played the ball across goal a Spartans defender turned the ball past his own keeper for an Own Goal. The visitors had a chance to draw level in the dying seconds of the first period, from a throw-in on the right the ball landed kindly for the striker at the edge of Rangers box but he shot wide of Jay Hogarth’s left hand post.

Rangers increased their lead early in the second period, Adam Devine won the ball in midfield before passing to Reegan Aitken inside the box, a superb turn took him past a defender creating the space for him to shoot past the keeper. Six minutes into the second period Rangers scored as good a goal as you would see anywhere, from Robbie Fraser’s right-wing cross Reegan Aitken found the bottom corner with an expertly executed overhead scissor kick.

Midway through the period Lewis Robertson’s solo run saw him slalom through the Spartans defence, the keeper got down to his left to parry his shot but was left stranded as Reegan Aitken netted from close range. The fifth goal followed a quarter of an hour later, Aaron Lyall passed to Reegan Aitken on the edge of the box and he played in Robbie Fraser breaking into the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

A minute later Matthew Henderson strode forward before trying his luck from distance that the Spartans keeper tipped over. Those watching barely had to wait sixty seconds of the third period to see Rangers score again, Robbie Fraser attacked the centre of defence before slipping a pass through to Reegan Aitken who calmly slotted past the keeper.

The next goal game when Lewis Robertson passed to Robbie Fraser on the left, he went past a defender into the box before beating the keeper from a narrow angle. As the midpoint of the period approached Aaron Miller broke forward from defence before passing to Reegan Aitken inside the box and the Rangers striker took his time before picking his spot in the net.

Spartans  threatened Rangers goal just after the turn round in the final period, the attack came on the right side of Rangers box with Grant Thackray diving to his right to save the shot. A minute later the visitor’s grabbed the consolation goal their persistence merited, again the attack came down the right and when the ball was passed inside the finish was over the head of Grant Thackray and into the net.

Rangers were soon back on the attack when Rhys Caves passed to Kai Kirkpatrick on the right side of the box, he knocked the ball past a defender but was denied by the keeper who blocked his shot with his legs. Rangers next attacked highlighted the ups and downs of life as a goalkeeper, Lewis Robertson passed to Matthew Collins on the left side of the box and this time the shot slipped through the keeper’s grasp and into the net.

Scoring was completed with a couple of minutes remaining, when an attack down the left was thwarted and the ball was cleared to the edge of the box  Lewis Robertson’s shot beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Spartans 1

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Greg Chalmers, Matthew Henderson, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Liam Morrison, Adam Devine, Matthew Collins, Lewis Robertson, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Alex Lowry, Rhys Caves, Kai Kirkpatrick, Aaron Lyall, Ryan Stobbo, Aaron Miller, Ross Taylor, Jogn Burgon,