Friendly Win For 17’s

Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers Under 17’s were due to start their competitive fixtures with a home game against Aberdeen this weekend, when that game was postponed Rangers quickly arranged a friendly against Partick Thistle at Murray Park tonight. With a few players unavailable it was an opportunity for others to get valuable game time.

It looked like Rangers had taken a very early lead when Sam Jamieson headed a Kyle Clark cross from the left past the keeper but the goal was ruled out by a late linesman’s flag. The early lead did come on six minutes,a  Josh Jeffries pass released Grant Nelson inside the right side of the penalty area and he strode on to shoot past the keeper.

A minute later Kyle Clark broke towards the box and let fly from around twenty-five yards only to see his effort go just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Just before the quarter-hour mark Jamie Barjonas sent Sam Jamieson down the right his  pass inside set up Josh Jeffries but his shot went wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

On the half-hour Grant Nelson attacked the right side of the box before puling the ball back for Sam Jamieson who’s shot looked destined for the net until the keeper dived to his left to produce a fine save. The visitors hand a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box seven minutes before the break and Lewis McMinn made a comfortable save low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

The second half started at a furious pace with three goals in the opening six minutes, yet the first opportunity in the opening minute saw a superb Sam Jamieson shot beat the keeper but bounce of the crossbar. Thistle replied immediately by attacking the right side of Rangers penalty area and their attacker round Lewis McMinn before knocking the ball into the net for the equaliser.

Barely sixty seconds had elapsed before Rangers were back in front, Sam Jamieson played the ball to Grant Nelson on the right before making his way into the box to get on the end of the return pass and shoot past the keeper from around eight yards. Those watching had to wait a full two minutes for Thistle’s second equalizer, Lewis McMinn was beaten from a  twenty-five yard free-kick,  the ball bounced of the inside of his right post and across goal where a Thistle attacker was well placed to covert the rebound.

The fast paced continued and ten minutes into the half Sam Jamieson played a one-two with Max Ashmore on the left side of the box, he tried to beat the keeper from a tight angle but the keeper stood up to make a fine parry and his defence completed the clearance. Ten minutes later Jamie Bajonas took on the Thistle defence on the left before passing inside to Sam Jamieson who was denied at close range by the keeper.

Rangers then took the lead just after the midpoint of the half, Jamie Barjonas broke towards the Thistle box before releasing Andy Dallas breaking into the right side of the penalty area and he took his time before placing the ball past the keeper. Thistle were reduced to ten men when their centre back was red carded for a reckless challenge on Jamie Barjonas that saw the Rangers midfielder leave the field unable to continue. There was one final chance in injury time when Presmyslaw Dachnowicz went past a couple of defenders of the left before finding Andy Dallas inside the box but his shot was tame and the keeper save easily.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers:- Lewis McMinn ( Kieran Wright 58mins); Jamie Brandon, Robbie Smith, Kyle Bradley, Lewis White; Josh Jeffries , Jamie Barjonas (Premyslaw Dachnowicz 80mins), Max Ashmore, Kyle Clark (Andy Dallas HT); Grant Nelson (Kieran Balfour 69 mins); Sam Jamieson ( Mohamed Niang 78mins).

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