Rangers 6 St.Mirren 2
Following on from the 13’s and 15’s playing at Ibrox earlier in the week it was the turn of the Under 14’s who took on St.Mirren. I was unable to attend the games earlier in the week but got along today to witness some great football from the Rangers youngsters.
Yet it was the Paisley side who created the first chance after four minutes, the attack came from the left side of the penalty area and the shot was powerful with Darren Montgomery standing up well to parry. Ten minutes later Rangers took the lead, when the ball was played into the box Jordan Houston laid it back for Zak Rudden to fire past the keeper. Rangers increased their lead five minutes later, Matthew Shiels latched on to a loose ball on the left side of the box and passed inside for Stephen Kelly to slot past the keeper.
The visitor’s responded by reducing the deficit two minutes later, the goal came from a free-kick just outside the penalty area with Darren Montgomery making and great effort to save but just couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the line. Rangers were soon back on the attack, Zak Rudden advanced down the left before exchanging passes with Carlo Pignatiello, the keeper saved Zak Rudden’s shot with Carlo Pignatiello firing the rebound over.
Zak Rudden was then released with a superb Carlo Pignatiello lob over the defence but again he couldn’t get the ball past the St.Mirren keeper. As the midway point of the second period approached Jack Thomson sent Zak Rudden through on the left side of the box but with the Rangers striker in two minds the keeper saved at his feet.
Saints then had a chance at the other end when a corner from the right fell kindly right in front of goal only a superb Jordan Houston challenge prevented an equaliser. Barely sixty seconds later he was making an impact at the other end, from Jack Thomson’s through ball Jordan Houston latched onto a mistake in the St.Mirren defence to prod the ball past the keeper.
Jordan Houston then released Zak Rudden with a pass inside the left-back, the striker’s shot from the right side of the penalty area beat the keeper bust was cleared off the line. In the final minute of the period a superb quick fire exchange of passes on the edge of the Saints penalty area between Zak Rudden and Stephen Kelly released the Rangers striker who was again denied by the Saints keeper with Stephen Kelly following up to send the rebound wide.
Rangers increased their lead eight minutes into the final period, Jack Thomson’s long pass sent Zak Rudden towards the byline on the right and he cut the ball back for Jordan Houston to net his second of the match. Rangers next chance came when Scott Blacklaw passed forward to Stephen Kelly who slipped the ball through for Zak Rudden who’s personal vendetta with the visitor’s keeper saw the St.Mirren youngster come out on top again.
Midway through the period Jack Thomson’s superb pass inside the right-back allowed Aaron Reid to head for the byline before playing the ball across goal for Dylan Patterson to stroke the ball into the net. Rangers sixth came when Carlo Pignatiello’s pass to Dylan Patterson on the left side of the box allowed him to turn provider and cross the ball for Zak Rudden who get the better of the keeper with a fine header.
The final goal was another for the visitor’s, a free-kick from the left was sent towards Rangers goal and Darren Montgomery will be disappointed to let the ball slip from his grasp into the net.
Full-Time:- Rangers 6 St.Mirren 2
Rangers Squad:- Darren Montgomery (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Matifadza Zata, Jordan Houston, Carlo Pignatiello, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Aaron Reid, Dylan Patterson, Scott Blacklaw, Cammy Wray, Rhys Breen.