Younger Teams Take On Dumbarton

The weekend saw the younger teams follow the Under 17’s by taking on Dumbarton in their first pre-season games. The Under 12’s played Dumbarton 13’s on Saturday but as I had travelled to Grenta I couldn’t take in this game. Sunday had two games kicking off simultaneously, Rangers 13’s against Dumbarton’s 14’s and the game I took in which was a Rangers 14’s/15’s team against Dumbarton’s Under 15’s.

Rangers 3 Dumbarton 1

With eight of Rangers Under15’s off to the Under 16 Milk Cup, Rangers first half team consisted of the remainder of the 15’s squad and a couple of trialists. There was a complete change at the break with Rangers Under 14’s taking the field.

Rangers took the lead on six minutes, Carlo Pignatiello’s corner from the left was headed on by a Dumbarton defender towards the back post where Dylan Patterson sent a looping header back across goal and into the far corner of the net. Rangers dominated territorially but it was in the closing minutes of the half before they really threatened the ‘Sons goal again.

Three minutes before the break Carlo Pignatiello’s pass freed Adedapo Mebude, who had come on to replace the injured Matthew Shiels, on the right side of the box and the visitor’s keeper did well to block his shot with his legs. On the stroke of half time Carlo Pignatiello passed to Dylan Patterson on the left side of the penalty area and his cutback returned the ball to Carlo Pignatiello around the penalty spot but his effort was too straight and the keeper saved.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Dumbarton 0

With Dumbarton now having a significant physical advantage they came into the game more and a slack pass from defence gave them a chance nine minutes into the second half but the shot failed to trouble Nicky Hogarth as it went wide of his left hand post. This Rangers side is a really good footballing side and they responded by going up the other end and doubling their lead, the ball was moved from Billy Gilmour to Zac Butterworth who fed the overlapping Andy Rodden on the left, his cross found its way to the back post where Adedapo Mebude slid the ball into the net.

Dumbarton soon had Nicky Hogarth back in action, a powerful attack coming in from the left past two Rangers defenders, the shot was netbound until the Rangers keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide of the post. Midway through the half Lewis McGrattan  set up Andy Rodden for a long-range effort just left of centre that the keeper tipped over.

Rangers increased their lead on seventy-two minutes, from a free kick just outside the right side of the penalty area Andy Rodden went for goal, the Dumbarton keeper could only parry and Niyah Joseph was first to react to knock the ball into the net. With just lest than quarter of an hour to go Dumbarton pulled a goal back, it came from a superb turn and shot on the edge of the box that gave Nicky Hogarth no chance as the ball flew into the top corner of the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dumbarton 1

Rangers First Half:- Jordan Herron; Michael Hewitt, Jack ?????, Rhys Breen, Aaron Reid; Scott Blacklaw, Cammy Wray, Paul McArthur, Matthew Shiels; Carlo Pignatiello; Dylan Patterson.

Rangers Second Half:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson, Ruaridh McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Andy Rodden; Kieran McKechnie, Lewis McGrattan, Billy Gilmour, Zac Butterworth; Niyah Joseph; Adedapo Mebude.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 13’s drew 1-1 with Dumbarton’s Under 14’s with Rangers goal coming from Blair Rossiter.

On Saturday Rangers Under 12’s recorded a 5-1 over Dumbarton’s Under 13’s, the goalscorers were Liam Morrison 2, Robbie Fraser, Reagan Aitken & Rhys Caves.

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