Rangers 6 Glentoran 1
Rangers Under 17’s recorded a comfortable win against a Glentoran youth side at Murray Park tonight, two early goals laid the foundation for the win as they gear up for this season’s development fixtures starting this weekend with a trip to Aberdeen.
Rangers took the lead in the opening minute when Kyle Clark dispossessed a Glentoran defender on the edge of their penalty area and when ball broke to Sam Jamieson who shot past the keeper. The second goal followed four minutes later, Sam Jamieson released Jordan Neil on the left side of the penalty area and he rolled the ball across goal to supply Kyle Clark with a simple finish.
Rangers created another chance on seventeen minutes when the ball was moved from the left via Jordan Neil and Sam Jamieson to Josh Jeffries just inside the right side of the box and the Glentoran keeper blocked his shot with his legs. As the half-hour approached the Belfast side halved the deficit with a superb solo effort, Paddy Cafolla waltzed through the centre of the Rangers defence and although Kieran Wright got a decent hand to his shot he couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the line.
Rangers restored their two goal lead five minutes later, Jamie Brandon broke forward from left-back before playing a one-two with Kyle Clark, the return pass freed him inside the box and he beat the keeper with a superb controlled finish into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner. Five minutes before the break Kyle Clark robbed a defender on the right side of the penalty area with the keeper making a decent save from his shot from a tight angle.
Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Glentoran 1
Less than ten minutes had elapsed in the second half when Rangers scored a fourth, Aidan Wilson’s throw-in allowed Lewis White to switch play from the right Jamie Brandon on the left, his shot from outside the box landed kindly for Kyle Clark to fire past the keeper. A further Rangers goal followed two minutes later, Aidan Wilson on the right passed to Andy Dallas inside the box and he sidestepped a defender before shooting past the keeper.
Andy Dallas had a further chance seven minutes later when he latched on to a poor goal kick from the keeper who redeemed himself by saving the Rangers striker’s initial effort and when he sent the rebound towards the net it was cleared off the line by a defender. Rangers came close again on seventy minutes, Ross Lyon delivered a free-kick from close to the left hand byline, Kyle Bradley rose to power a header goalwards and a Glentoran defender did well to head over from almost under the crossbar.
With five minutes remaining the scoring was complete, Andy Dallas’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was tipped onto the bar by the Glens keeper who was helpless as Kyle Clark followed up to nod the ball into the net. Another slack goal kick presented Rangers with a further chance to increase their tally but as Kyle Clark tried to side step the keeper he was denied by a fine save low to his left.
Full-Time:-Rangers 6 Glentoran 1
Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Trialist HT); Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Brandon; Josh Jeffries (Lewis White HT), Liam Burt (Ross Lyon HT), Max Ashmore (Grant Nelson HT), Jordan Neil; Kyle Clark: Sam Jamieson (Andy Dallas HT).