Friendly Defeat For Youths

Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers youths lost two late goals and suffered another defeat at Murray Park this afternoon, this time it was against a mainly Kilmarnock Under 18 side. The game was arranged to give game time to players coming back from injury and those that have been on the fringes of the Development League games. Despite the goals being late in the game it was another poor performance with the Killie youngsters being more comfortable in possession and carrying the greater threat.

Rangers suffered and early blow when Jamie Burrows went down under a challenge in the eighth minute, and had to be stretchered from the field and replaced by Josh Jeffries. It was the substitute that came close to opening the scoring just before the quarter-hour, his pass sent Adam Wilson down the left and when he returned the ball to Josh Jeffries on the edge of the box, his shot went wide off the outside of Devlin Mackay’s right hand post. Midway through the half Adam Hodge broke from defence before passing to Aaron Splaine, he moved the ball on to Greg Kiltie on the edge of the box and his pass freed Jack Whittaker inside the box but he shot wide of Robbie McCrorie’s left hand post.

On twenty-seven minutes Dean Hawkshaw in possession on the right passed inside to Aaron Splaine who turned Junior Ogen before forcing a save from Robbie McCrorie from around thirty yards. Aaron Splaine then broke forward on the half hour before firing narrowly over from the edge of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers took an early lead after the break, Ryan Hardie outpaced the Kilmarnock defence and onto Junior Ogen’s through ball, Devlin Mackay saved his initial effort, but the striker followed up to net the rebound. Less than five minutes later only a brilliant Robbie McCrorie save kept Rangers in front, when a cross came in from the left Scot Whiteside headed the ball up in the air, it was then met on the volley by Scott McLean from around ten yards and the Rangers keeper turned the ball over with a stunning save.

On Killie’s next attack it was the woodwork that denied them an equaliser, from a free-kick outside the left side of the penalty area Aaron Splaine’s strike went wide off the outside of the far post. Rangers tried to reply with Darren Ramsay breaking forward and passing to Jordan Hamill who shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post from the edge of the box.

Midway through the half Kilmarnock broke down the left through Andrew Sibbald, he moved the ball into Greg Kiltie who setup a shooting chance for Dylan Pooler that had Robbie McCrorie stretching to turn the ball over. The Rangers keeper was called into action again a few minutes later, diving to his left to save Jack Whittaker’s effort from distance.

Around the seventy-five minute mark Rangers had a chance from a free-kick on the edge of the Killie penalty area, Scott Roberts stepped up but his effort was just too high. An attempted clearance from a Killie defender broke back to Darren Ramsay on the edge of the box, he tried to prod the ball over Devlin Mackay but the keeper saved.

Darren Ramsay then won the possession before passing inside to Scott Roberts but his shot was straight at Devlin Mackay. Kilmarnock then hit Rangers with two goals in the dying minutes, both goals were setup by players released by the current youth regime. When Sam Liddington hit the byline on the left his low cross was knocked past his own keeper by Greg Pascazio. Greg Kiltie then attacked then attacked through the inside right channel before his reverse pass released Dylan Pooler to continue into the box and slot the ball past Robbie McCrorie.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; David Browlie (Ross McCrorie 81mins), Greg Pascazio, Scot Whiteside (Lewis White 72mins), Adam Wilson; Scott Roberts, Jordan Hamill, Junior Ogen, Darren Ramsay; Ryan Hardie, Jamie Burrows (Josh Jeffries 11mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright

Kilmarnock;- Devlin Mackay; Dean Hawkshaw, Adam Hodge, David Syme, Greg Taylor; Ross Davidson; Scott McLean, Aaron Splaine, ????? Daly; Greg Kiltie, Jack Whittaker

Subs:- Sam Liddington, Andrew Sibbald, Adam Frizzel, Dylan Pooler

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