This weekend’s Development League games were against Dundee United, the younger teams were at Murray Park and the older teams were due to play away from home, but with Dundee United playing a youth cup tie this weekend the 17’s game was cancelled. Therefore my game for today was the Under 14’s game at Murray Park.
Rangers 5 Dundee United o
Rangers took lead on five minutes from the penalty spot, Billy Gilmour passed the ball up to Dylan Patterson on the edge of the box and burst forward to pick up his lay off, as he strode onto the box he was tripped at the referee pointed to the spot, the Rangers midfielder calmly stepped up to stroke the ball home from the spot. On twenty minutes Rangers moved the ball through Andy Rodden and Billy Gilmour from left to Kieran McKechnie on the right hand angle of the box and his shot had the United keeper stretching to tip over.
Six minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, superb skill from Dylan Patterson saw him flick the ball over the head of a defender as he broke towards the box and slipping a pass to release Kieran McKechnie on the right side of the penalty area, he shot across the keeper and into the far corner. Only a fine save denied Rangers a third in the opening minute of the second period, Lewis McGrattan sent a superb pass inside the left back to Dylan Patterson who stepped inside a defender before going for goal with the United keeper diving to his right to push the shot away.
The visitors replied when a fine pass allowed them to break down the left and into the Rangers penalty area, but the shot went across goal and wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post. Chances were coming along at sixty-second intervals in the early stages of the second period, the next being a superb Niyah Joseph volley from the left hand angle of the area looked destined for the net until the United keeper flew through the air to touch the ball on to the bar.
The next chance a further minute later produced Rangers third, Billy Gilmour’s pass sent Kieran McKechnie heading towards the byline on the right, from his low cross Dylan Patterson got a touch and the ball creeped in at the back post. United threatened to reduce the deficit on the period’s twenty-minute mark, their impressive No.10 sent a pass out to the right and the resultant cross found the head of their striker with Nicky Hogarth making a fine one-handed save.
A further five minutes had elapsed when Zac Butterworth went passed two defenders on the left, his low cross was met by Dylan Patterson at the near post with the keeper denying him a second goal with a point-blank save. The fourth goal was delayed barely sixty seconds, when Rangers were awarded a free-kick just outside the left side of the penalty area Kieran McKechnie steeped up to send a shot past the wall and into the far corner despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
Rangers continued to be the dominant force at the start of the third period and when Lewis McGrattan danced through the defence he looked certain to score but the United keeper dived to his right to divert the ball wide. Rangers then put a flowing move together that created another chance and just when it looked like United had survived, an attempted clearance wet back into the penalty area where Niyah Joseph controlled the ball on his chest before firing into the net.
Rangers had further chances after the final period’s turn around, Zac Butterworth knocked a United clearance back towards the penalty area where Niyah Joseph latched on to it, his attempt to place it in the far corner was thwarted by the keeper who saved low to his left. In the final minute Andy Rodden’s corner from the right found its was to Billy Gilmour at the back post who’s close range effort was blocked on the line.
Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Dundee United 0
Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Ruaridh McIntyre, Andy Rodden, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Lewis McGrattan, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Niyah Joseph, Ben Williamson, Zac Butterworth.
Footnote:- Rangers Under 13’s recorded a 9-4 win over United, the goals coming from Matt Yates (2), Josh Henderson (2), Steven Bradley (2) & Ally Munro (3).