15’s Lose To Clyde

Rangers 1 Clyde 2

Rangers Under 15’s suffered a surprise defeat to Clyde at Murray Park tonight, perhaps Rangers didn’t start the game with their strongest lineup but when they applied a significant amount of pressure late in the game the Clyde boys refused to capitulate and held on for their victory.

Rangers had the first chance of the game when Dylan Patterson deep inside the right side of the penalty area shot for goal and he was denied by the Clyde keeper diving to his left to parry. Rangers keeper Josh Donaldson was called into action on the twenty-minute mark, from a free-kick from the left the ball was headed goalwards and he dived high to his left to clutch the ball. Matthew Shiels progressed on the left on twenty-five minutes, his low cross found Carlo Pignatiello around eight yards out and only a fine block from a defender prevented a goal.

On the half hour mark Matthew Shiels delivered a free-kick from just outside the left side of the box which Scott Blacklaw got on the end of but he knocked the ball wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The visitors took the lead three minutes before the break, the attack down the left took the Clyde attacker deep into the box, Josh Donaldson appeared to have made a fine save at the striker’s feet but was unfortunate as the ball rebounded off the legs of the Clyde player and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Clyde 1

Rangers had a chance in the opening minute of the second half, Dylan Patterson’s pass sent Matthew Shiels through on goal and as he tried to round the keeper who dived bravely at his feet to take the ball of the Rangers striker’s toes. Clyde immediately replied with an attack on the left side of the penalty area and when the shot came in Josh Donaldson turned the ball wide of his near post.

As the ten minute mark of the half approached Rangers drew level, Matthew Shiels latched on to a poor goal kick  from the Clyde keeper and although he didn’t connect with his shot cleanly it was enough to beat the keeper and roll into the net. Rangers now started to create chances, a good passing move ended with a Cammy Palmer pass releasing Cammy Wray on the right side of the box but he shot across goal and wide of the far post.

The next attack came on the left side of the box as Zak Rudden bore down on goal but again the shot was across goal and wide. In what was becoming rare Clyde attacks on sixty-four minutes, Lewis Mayo was adjudged to have impeded the attacker on the left side of the box and the referee pointed to the spot, Josh Donaldson kept the sides level by diving to his left to produce a superb save from the spot kick.

Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Zak Rudden crossed from the left Carlo Pignatiello arrived at the back post but could only knock the ball wide of the post. Four minutes later another cross from the left broke off a defender to Zak Rudden who was denied when the keeper blocked with his legs.

Rangers continued to create and miss chances, from Scot Gray’s free-kick from the right Jack Thomson headed straight at the keeper from close range. With fifteen minutes remaining an exchange of passes on the edge of the box freed Zak Rudden inside the box, a  goal looked certain as the keeper advanced from his line, the Rangers striker knocked the ball past the keeper but wide of his right hand post.

Clyde capitalised on these missed chances a minute later, when they were awarded a free-kick on the right side of the penalty area the ball was sent over the defensive wall and high past Josh Donaldson. The closest Rangers came to drawing level came sixty seconds later, Jack Thomson’s pass sent Mati Zata towards the byline on the right, the keeper got a hand to his effort from a narrow angle onto the face of the crossbar and clear. Rangers dominated territorially for the rest of the game but failed to create any clear chances and the Clyde boys held on to secure the win.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Clyde 2

Rangers Squad:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Aaron Reid, Trialist, Cammy Wray, Cammy Palmer, Scott Blacklaw, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels, Carlo Pignatiello, Dylan Patterson, Jack Thomson, Zak Rudden, Scott Gray,Mati Zata, Rhys Breen, Lewis Mayo.


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