Clean Sweep For Youths Over Hearts

This week’s development league games saw Rangers record four wins our of four against Hearts with the Edinburgh side failing to find the net in any of the games. With the older sides through at Riccarton my game for the day was the Under 14’s fixture at Murray Park.

Rangers 5 Hearts 0

Rangers Under 14’s turned in a fine display to run out comfortable winners, with Dapo Mebude grabbing the headlines with four goals. There was eight minutes on the clock before we seen the first real goalmouth action, Kieran McKechnie floated a free-kick from the left towards the far post and it almost crept in with the Hearts keeper reacting late to turn the ball wide. Five minutes later Andy Rodden was in possession on the left and he passed to Dylan Patterson inside the box, his layoff gave Dapo Mebude a shooting chance which the Hearts keeper gathered at the second attempt with Niyah Joseph ready pounce.

Just before the twenty-minute mark Kieran McKechnie  sent Dapo Mebude down the right and as he broke into the box the Hearts keeper came out to save bravely at the striker’s feet. The visitors came into the game as the period progressed and a few minutes before the first break an exchange of passes created a chance on the left of Rangers penalty area which was thwarted when Brian Kinnear came off his line to divert the ball wide. The resultant corner broke to the Hearts centre back on the edge of the six yard box and a goal looked certain till Andy Rodden popped up to head from the goal line.

The second period was five minutes old when Rangers took the lead, Dylan Patterson went for goal from a free-kick just outside the box and the Hearts keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide of the post. Kieran McKechnie’s corner caused problems inside the Hearts box, Danny Finlayson kept it alive but couldn’t quite get his shot away, but when the ball broke for Dapo Mebude he found the net with a controlled finish into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner. Just after the period’s twenty-minute mark the visitors created a chance on the left side of the penalty area, just as Nicky Hogarth came off his line to narrow the angle the Hearts player missed his kick and the Rangers defence cleared easily.

With a couple of minutes of the period remaining Rangers doubled their lead from the penalty spot, Dapo Mebude was in possession just inside the left hand angle of the box with his back to goal and the referee adjudged his was bundled over by a Hearts defender, a decision that was a wee bit harsh in my opinion but the Rangers striker stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from twelve yards. The final period was in its eighth minute when Rangers scored again and Dapo Mebude completed his hat-trick, Andy Rodden got the byline on the left and when he hung across into the box the Rangers striker rose to power a header past the keeper.

Ten minutes later and he had the keeper picking the ball out of the net again, Billy Gilmour passed to Dylan Patterson on the right hand touchline , his pass released Dapo Mebude to break into the right side of the box, he took a couple of strides before drilling the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. The scoring was completed five minutes later when Andy Rodden sent a free-kick from thirty yards into the penalty area and it was missed by everyone before finding the net just inside the keeper’s left hand post.

Full-Time;- Rangers 5 Hearts 0

Rangers Squad;- Briank Kinnear (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Ruaridh McIntyre, Andy Rodden, Danny Finlayson, Zac Butterworth, Ben Williamson, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Niyah Joseph, Lewis McGrattan, Nathan Patterson.

Footnote:- Meanwhile Rangers Under 13’s hit their Hearts counterparts for nine without reply, the goals coming from. Reegan Aitken, Stevie Bradley, Callum Biggar, Blair Rossiter, Gary Greig, Ally Munro (2), Ciaran Dickson & Kai Kennedy.

Through at Riccarton a goal form Under 15’s striker Zak Rudden gave the Under 17’s a 1-0 win. His Under 15’s colleagues recorded a 2-0 win with goals from Mati Zata & Rhys Breen.

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