Archive for November, 2014

Friendly Win For Youths

November 29, 2014

Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

With St.Mirren cancelling the Development League fixtures this weekend the only option for a youth game was a friendly against Queen’s Park at Murray Park this morning. The game was billed as an “Under 16 fixture” although the Rangers squad included Under 18 goalkeeper Lewis McMinn and two Under 17’s, Lewis White and Kyle Clark who were returning from injury.

Rangers created the first opening in the fifth minute, Mohamed Niang exchanged passes with Kyle Clark and his shot from inside the right side of the box was saved by Calvin Graham low to his right. Just over ten minutes later Rangers attacked again, this time it came down the left with Lewis White passing inside to Premyslaw Dachnowicz whose return pass inside the full-back sent Lewis White towards the byline, when his shot was cleared to the edge of the box Kieran Balfour’s drive was only just wide of Calvin Graham’s right hand post.

Rangers then took the lead on the twenty-minute mark, Premyslaw Dachnowicz’s delivered a corner from the left towards the back post where Robbie Smith headed back across goal for Mohamed Niang to nod past the keeper. Another corner thirteen minutes later, this time from the right, almost led to a second goal, with the Queen’s defence struggling to clear Kyle Bradley hooked the ball towards the net but a Queen’s Park defender popped up on the line to head clear.

Two minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead, Kyle Bradley progressed down the right and when Calvin Graham failed to gather his cross the ball broke for Andy Dallas to find the net from around the penalty spot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 0

The visitors who had shown little in an attacking sense in the first half came close twelve minutes after the break, Marcus Connolly was the creator with a run and cross down the right with Ally Miller’s header going narrowly over. Rangers capitalised on that let off by scoring a third goal within a minute, Robbie Smith rising above everyone to head Premyslaw Dachnowicz’s corner from the right into the net.

As the last quarter-hour approached a scrappy piece of play on the edge of the box saw the ball eventually land at the feet of Kyle Clark, his shot beat Calvin Graham but rebound across goal from his right hand post, Premyslaw Dachnowicz looked certain to score bust was denied by a superb Andy Henderson challenge. The final chance  came a couple of minutes later when the Trialist No. 15 charged down Calvin Graham’s clearance with the ball bouncing of the keeper’s left hand post and going behind.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Lewis McMinn HT), Kyle Bradley (Trialist No.14 68mins), Jack Wilson, Robbie Smith, Lewis White; Mohamed Niang, Kieran Balfour, Kyle Clark (Trialist No. 15 77mins), Premyslaw Dachnowicz; Liam Burt (Grant Nelson HT); Andy Dallas,

Queen’s Park Squad:- Calvin Graham (Gk), Darren Robertson, Johnny Devlin, Andy Henderson, Blair Murray, Liam Brown, Adam Stoddart, Calvin McGrory, Ewan McPherson, Joe Mandleson, Ally Miller, Connor Higgins, Marcus Connolly, Jordan Pender, Paul O’Brien.

Glasgow Cup Defeat For 17’s

November 27, 2014

Rangers 0 Celtic 2

Rangers 17’s suffered their first defeat in this season’s Glasgow Cup going down to Celtic at Murray Park tonight. The most disappointing aspect of tonight’s performance was that the Rangers side couldn’t muster one shot at goal in the entire ninety minutes.

The game was hardly a classic and the first real action of note in the first half came when Celtic took the lead seven minutes before the break and it was poor goal for the Rangers youngsters to lose. Max Ashmore’s pass put Jamie Brandon under pressure and he was dispossessed by Brandon Payne on the edge of the Rangers box and the Celtic midfielder entered the area before shooting into Robbie McCrorie’s bottom right hand corner. Only a brilliant Robbie McCrorie save prevented Celtic increasing their lead three minutes before the break, Tony Ralston hit the byline on the right and when Theo Archibald got a touch on his low cross the ball looked to be heading for the far bottom corner until the Rangers keeper dived to his right to produce a stunning save.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Rangers came as close to a goal as they would in the ninety minutes early in the second half, Grant Nelson did well to ride a challenge from Daniel Church as he attacked on the right and his cross had Ross Doohan in trouble but the ball bounced clear from the face of his crossbar. Midway through the half Regan Hendry cut in from the left before passing to Mark Hill on the right side of the Rangers penalty area, he went past Ross McCrorie before firing across goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers fell further behind with seven minutes remaining and it was another poor goal from a Rangers perspective, with the centre backs forward for a free-kick the ball was cleared to the halfway line where Jamie Brandon lost possession to Aidan Quinn who raced into the right side of Rangers box where he held off Max Ashmore and rolled the ball across goal for Regan Hendry to shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley 52 mins), Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Brandon; Jamie Barjonas (Grant Nelson HT), Jack Thomson, Max Ashmore, Josh Jeffries (Liam Burt 56 mins); Ross Lyon; Sam Jamieson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Lewis White, Andy Dallas, Kieran Balfour.

Celtic:- Ross Doohan; Tony Ralston, Josh Kerr, Daniel Higgins, Daniel Church; Ciaran McKenna; Regan Hendry, Brandon Payne, Mark Hill, Calvin Miller; Theo Archibald (Aidan Quinn 81mins).

Not Used:- Joshua Rae (Gk), Lewis Bell, Innes Murray, Scott Hay, Rory Currie

Strong Side Secures Three Points

November 25, 2014

Rangers 4 DundeeUnited 1

It was a strong Rangers side that ran out comfortable winners in tonight’s Development League Fixture at Dumbarton’s Bet Butler Stadium. It was the usual sparse crowd for a Development League game but it included a fair representation from both clubs management teams. With Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall and Jim Stewart representing Rangers and Jackie McNamara, Simon Donnelly and Darren Jackson making the trip down from Dundee. Another interested spectator was Charlie Telfer taking in the clash between his current and former clubs.

United had the better of the early exchanges and when the ball was cleared from the Rangers box on five minutes Callum Butcher’s drive forced Liam Kelly to dive high to his right and make a fine save at the expense of a corner. Just before the quarter-hour Ole Adeyemo was breaking forward midway inside Rangers half right of centre, he passed inside to Scott Lochhead and his shot from distance had Liam Kelly stretching to tip over.

Midway through the half Dean Shiels attacked the left side of the United penalty area and when his shot deflected into the path of Fraser Aird he knocked the ball into the net from close range but the lineman flagged for offside. Chances started to come along at regular intervals in the closing eight minutes of the half, Nicky Clark left a defender in his wake as he attacked the United box with Michael Szromnik getting down to his left to save his shot from the edge of the box.

Within a minute Rangers took the lead, Ross McCrorie played the ball forward to Nicky Clark on the left who passed inside to Andy Murdoch who fired high past Michael Szromnik from the edge of the box. A few minutes later the visitors worked a chance on the right side of Rangers penalty area but Aaron Duke’s shot was straight at Liam Kelly.

United then got back on level terms in their next attack from a corner, Reghan Tumility took the corner from the left and delivered to the near post where Ryan Sinnamon inadvertently headed past his own keeper. Right on half-time a corner at the other end was sent over from the left by Fraser Aird, as the ball came over the heads of those at the near post it struck the shins of Mark Wilson and just crossed the line for another own goal, although the United players thought otherwise and left the field on the half-time whistle still debating the issue with the referee.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

Rangers had an early chance at the start of the second-half when Nicky Clark chased the ball to the left hand byline, he passed along the byline to David Templeton who tricked a defender before testing Michael Szromnik from a tight angle, the keeper parried and Dean Shiels stretched to reach the rebound but could only knock the ball high over. A minute later Nicky Clark dispossessed a defender on the edge of the box and Michel Szromnik dived high to his left to turn the striker’s shot wide.

United replied when Mark Wilson’s drive from a free-kick twenty-five yards out flashed narrowly wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Dean Shiels passed forward to Nicky Clark he attacked the left side of the United box before shooting wide of Michael Szromnik’s left hand post.

As the mid-point of the half approached Ryan Sinnamon broke froward from left-back, when he exchanged passes with David Templeton the play opened up ahead of him, he progressed to the edge of the box before forcing another save from Michael Szromnik. Rangers then increased their lead a minute later, when Fraser Aird lined up to take a free-kick just outside the left side of the box those in the middle were probably expecting a cross but he found the net with a powerful shot, firing into the near top corner.

In another attack straight from the kick-off Ryan Sinnamon’s cross was chested into David Templeton’s path by Nicky Clark on the edge of the box but the winger’s volley was just too high. United were still trying to get back into the match and as the last fifteen minutes approached Keith Watson’s cross from the right was headed goalwards by Reghan Tumility with Liam Kelly diving to his left to save.

Rangers made sure of the points with a couple of minutes remaining, Fraser Aird delivered a free-kick from close to the byline on the left which Michael Szromnik punched to the edge of the box where it was met by Andy Murdoch who shot through a crowded box and into the net.

Full-Time:-Rangers 4 Dundee United 1

Rangers :- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Sebastien Faure, Ross McCrorie (Ryan Finnie 62mins); Fraser Aird, Andy Murdoch, Kyle Hutton (Dylan Dykes 62mins), David Templeton (Scott Roberts 77mins); Dean Shiels; Nicky Clark.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Kris Gibson, Scot Whiteside, Ryan Hardie

Dundee United:- Michael Szromnik; Keith Watson, Mark Wilson, Harry Souttar, Euan Spark; Reghan Tumility (Jamie Montgomery 77mins), Callum Butcher, Brad Smith, Scott Lochhead; Aaron Duke; Ole Adeyemo.

Not Used:- Ryan Booth (Gk), Chris McLaughlin, Jamie Robson, Evan Horne, Greig McNaughton, Matthew Smith.

Youth Round Up V Motherwell

November 23, 2014

This weekend’s Development fixtures paired Rangers with Motherwell, and the kick-off times meant I could take in two games. First up was a trip to Dalziel Park for the new competitive Under 17 League fixture.

Motherwell 0 Rangers 1

Rangers pretty much controlled the game although clear chances were at a premium and the goal that separated the sides didn’t come until the game entered the final ten minutes. Motherwell had the first opportunity on fifteen minutes, when the cross came into the box from the left it broke off Ross McCrorie setting the Motherwell player up for a volley that Robbie McCrorie saved. Ten minutes later Sam Jamieson latched onto a slack pass back on the right side of the box, as he rounded the keeper he was forced wide and his effort from almost on the byline went across the face of goal.

Eight minutes before the break Josh Jeffries went past the full-back on the left and his cutback broke for Ross Lyon but his shot was too straight and the keeper saved on the goal line.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Twelve minutes into the second half Josh Jeffries in swinging corner from the right had the ‘Well keeper under pressure and he did well to turn the ball over. A couple of minutes later Jack Thomson’s pass released Kyle Bradley breaking through the inside right channel, his pass inside forced Sam Jamieson a bit wide, he laid the ball back to Josh Jeffries on the left hand angle of the box and his shot was just wide of the far post.

Midway through the half a great turn on the edge of the box gave Sam Jamieson a shooting chance, a deflection almost wrong footed the keeper who managed to dive to his right and turn the ball wide. From the corner Aidan Wilson headed the ball back into the six yard box where a ‘Well defender looked to have diverted the ball into the net until the keeper leapt high to his left to touch the ball round the post.

Motherwell threatened within a minute with an attack on the right, their player was allowed to progress along the byline and when he crossed low Robbie McCrorie dived out to parry and the Rangers defence cleared. Rangers were soon back on the offensive and Josh Jeffries tried his luck from a twenty-five yard free kick just outside the right side of the box that the home keeper rose to tip over.

With nine minutes remaining Rangers made the breakthrough, Josh Jeffries swung a corner from the right towards the back post where Kyle Bradley arrived to head past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Aidan Wilson, Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie ( Robbie Smith HT), Jamie Brandon; Jack Thomson; Kieran Balfour (Kieran Bradley 57mins), Ross Lyon, Jamie Barjonas ( Premyslaw Dachnowicz 74mins), Josh Jeffries; Sam Jamieson (Andy Dallas 69mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk).

Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

Next up was a trip to Murray Park where the clubs Under 14’s sides were scheduled to meet in the early afternoon. It was a fairly even game in the first thirty minute period but once the Rangers youngsters got the noses in front they ran out comfortable winners.

The first period was inside the final  ten minutes before there was a serious effort on goal, it came when a Niyah Joseph shot from the edge of the box had the Motherwell keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide. Within sixty seconds Nathan Patterson’s cross had the keeper in trouble but the ball bounced on the top of the bar and over.

It was the visitors that threatened first in the second period with an attack down the right and deep into Rangers penalty area from where the ball was fired across the face of goal with no takers. A superb run from the Rangers Trialist took him past two defenders and into the left side of the box, his attempted lob had the keeper stretching to save.

Just after the period’s midpoint Rangers took the lead with a superb goal, when Kieran McKechnie’s cross from the right was headed out of the box by a defender Nathan Patterson’s miscued shot landed at the feet of Dapo Mebude on the left hand angle of the box, he held off a defender to send a superb shot over the keeper and into the far top corner. Ten Minutes later Rangers and Dapo doubled their tally, again the goal was created on the right an exchange of passes saw the ball move from the Trialist through Lewis McGrattan to Kieran McKechnie, he laid the ball back to Nathan Patterson who’s cross was headed out to Dapo Mebude on the edge of the box, this time his shot took a slight deflection as it found the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Motherwell tried to reply with an attack down the right, again they penetrated Rangers penalty area and on this occasion the shot flashed across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers came close to increasing their lead in the period’s final minute, Dapo Mebude switched play to Kieran McKechie on the right who fed the overlapping Nathan Patterson, when Niyah Joseph met his cutback at close range a goal looked certain, but the Motherwell keeper foiled him with a brilliant save.

Those watching didn’t have to wait long to see a third Rangers goal with it coming in the third period’s opening minute, Kai Kennedy’s pass inside the right back released the Trialist who progressed into the box before beating the keeper with a cool finish. Motherwell searched for at least a consolation goal and from a free-kick just outside the left side of the box Nicky Hogarth saved low to his right.

Another great move from the young Rangers side almost produced a fourth goal, Ciaran Dickson, Kieran McKechnie and Lewis McGrattan exchanged a series of passes on the right to release Niyah Joseph who attempted to prod the ball past the keeper, but he got enough of a touch to divert the ball wide of his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nicky Hogarth, Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Danny Finlayson, Ruaridh McIntyre, Ben Williamson, Kieran McKechnie, Trialsit, Dapo Mebude, Niyah Joseph, Zac Butterworth, Jamie Walker, Lewis McGrattan, Kai Kennedy, Ciaran Dickson.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 15’s also met Motherwell at Dalziel Park this morning winning 4-3. Rangers cancelled the Under 13 game that was due to take place at Murray Park in the afternoon.

12’s Maintain Unbeaten Run

November 20, 2014

Rangers U12’s 4 Partick Thistle U13’s 3

Rangers Under 12’s remain unbeaten in their eleven-a-side games against older opponents, following a draw with Queen’s Park  they have recorded wins against Dumbarton, Ayr United, St.Johnstone and tonight against Partick Thistle at Murray Park. The young Rangers side took the lead on thirteen minutes, Robbie Fraser passed to Alex Lowrie on the left side of the penalty area and when he was challenged by a defender the ball broke for Aaron Lyall who held off a defender before shooting past the keeper. The visitors created a chance with an attack through the middle five minutes before the end of the period, Jay Hogarth was quick to advance from his line forcing the attacker to shoot over.

Two minutes later an Aaron Lyall pass sent Reegan Aitken through the inside right channel, his lob looked destined for the net until the keeper just got a touch to divert the ball wide of his left hand post. Rangers had an early chance at the start of the second period when Reegan Aitken sent the Trialist down the right, his pass inside found Aaron Lyall who’s shot could only find the side meeting.

As the period entered the final ten minutes Rangers scored a second, Matthew Collins won possession before passing to Robbie Fraser on the left and his pinpoint cross was headed past the keeper by Reegan Aitken. A minute later Matthew Henderson played the ball forward to Matthew Collins on the left, he passed inside to Aaron Lyall but on this occasion his shot was straight at the keeper.

Thistle pulled a goal back with a couple of minutes of the period remaining, the attack came down the right and when the cross came into the box the ball was headed past Jay Hogarth. The Jags barely had time to celebrate their goal when Rangers restored their two goal lead, Aaron Lyall robbed a defender of the edge of the box before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net.

Rangers had the first chance of the final period when Reegan Aitken’s pass sent Aaron Lyall through but he dragged his shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post. A slack pass across Rangers eighteen yard box allowed Thistle to reduce the deficit four minutes later, with the Thistle player beating Jay Hogarth from inside the right side of the penalty area. The game then ended with a storming finish in the final couple of minutes, Thistle came close to an equaliser when a free-kick from just outside the right side of the box clipped Jay Hogarth’s crossbar on the way over.

At the other end Robbie Fraser’s inswinging corner from the right was knocked over the line by a Thistle defender for an Own Goal. Back to the other end and from a free-kick just outside the left side of the box Jay Hogarth just do enough to turn the ball wide of his left hand post. From the resultant corner a Thistle player rose to head the ball into the net and reduce Rangers lead again. But the final chance came at the other end, Lewis Robertson won the ball on the edge of the box and did well to poke the ball through to Alex Lowrie, his shot beat the keeper but rebounded from the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 3

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Adam Devine, Liam Morrison, Ryan Stobbo, Matthew Henderson, Greg Chalmers, Reegan Aitken, Robbie Fraser, Trialist, Alex Lowrie, Aaron Lyall, Rhys Caves, Kai Kilpatrick, Matthew Collins, Lewis Robertson.

Development Draw With Saints

November 18, 2014

Rangers 1 St.Mirren 1

Rangers and St.Mirren had to settle for a point each in their Development League clash at Dumbarton’s Bet Butler Stadium tonight. Yet the final minute saw both sides fail to take a golden opportunity to secure the three points.

It was the visitor’s who created the first real chance of the match after twelve minutes, Stephen Mallon’s cross from the right reached Adam Brown at the back post and when headed back across goal Barry Cuddihy looked likely to score but was denied when Liam Kelly advanced from his line to block. Three minutes later Lewis McLear laid the ball back for Stephen Mallon to try his luck from distance with Liam Kelly holding the ball under the crossbar.

As the midway point in the half Rangers took the lead, Darren Ramsay and Andy Murdoch combined on the right and when the latter passed to Danny Stoney inside the box a superb turn created the space for him to shoot past Dan Wilks. Rangers almost doubled their lead on twenty-seven minutes Ryan Sinnamon and Darren Ramsay exchanged passes before the midfielder went for goal and his effort from around thirty yards was just wide of Dan Wilks left hand post,

Barely sixty seconds later St.Mirren were level, a cross field pass from right to left found Jordan Stewart on the angle of the box, he cut inside past Ryan Sinnamon before drilling the ball past Liam Kelly.Ten minutes later some neat passing play from the visitors concluded with Stephen Mallon playing the ball up to Barry Cuddihy on the edge of the box, he rolled it inside to tee up Lewis Morgan who’s shot had Liam Kelly diving high to his left to save.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St. Mirren 1

The second half started fairly evenly and it was after the hour mark when Rangers came close to edging ahead, Darren Ramsay’s corner from the right eventually was collected by Ryan Hardie at the back post and when he teed up Greg Pascazio on the edge of the box his shot looked to be heading into the top corner until Dan Wilks dived high to his left to turn the ball wide of the post. As the last fifteen minutes approached Scott Roberts broke towards the Saints box before shooting just wide of Dan Wilks right hand post.

When Barry Cuddihy’s pass found Robbie Mitchell free inside the box in the final minute his lob looked to be securing the points for the away side until Liam Kelly stretched to produce a superb stop and react quickest to collect the loose ball. Rangers went straight to the other and, Darren Ramsay’s ball into the box from the right saw Ryan Hardie challenge with Mark Barrowman on the edge of the six yard box, the Rangers striker was first to the loose ball and laid it back to Andy Murdoch who was denied when Dan Wilks got down to save his shot from around ten yards, There was still time for Darren Ramsay to be red carded following a clash on the byline with a Saints player.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 St,Mirren 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Scot Whiteside, Greg Pascazio, Ross McCrorie; Darren Ramsay, Andy Murdoch, Kris Gibson, Tom Walsh (Dylan Dykes HT); Danny Stoney (Scott Roberts 61mins); Ryan Hardie.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), David Brownlie, Ryan Finnie, Adam Wilson, Jordan Hammill.

St.Mirren:- Dan Wilkes; Jack Baird, Brian McLean, Mark Barrowman; Mark Williams, Barry Cuddihy, Stephen Mallon, Jordan Stewart; Lewis McLear (Robbie Mitchell 71mins), Adam Brown;Lewis Morgan (Connor O’Keefe).

Not Used:- Mark Foden (Gk), Josh Beattie, Darren White.

Derby Win for 17’s

November 16, 2014

Rangers 2 Celtic 1

After last week’s disappointing defeat to Fife Elite in their first competitive game in the Under 17’s league, Rangers got back on track with a win over Celtic this afternoon at Murray Park. The real plus for me in today’s game was that of the 15 players Rangers fielded today only six were Under 17, seven were under 16 and two Under 15’s. Where as I believe the 13 players used by their opponents were all Under 17’s. With the games at the other three age groups cancelled this was the only option for those that like to take in a youth game from these clubs.

Rangers took the lead just before the quarter-hour mark, Jamie Brandon broke forward on the left and rode two challenges before passing inside to Ross Lyon, his shot from the edge of the box had Ross Doohan diving to his right to parry but he knocked the ball straight to Sam Jamieson who fired into the net. Five minutes later Aiden Quinn’s shot from the edge of the box broke to Reagan Hendry inside the box but a superb Ross McCrorie challenge cleared the danger.

Rangers increased their lead a couple of minutes past the half-hour, their seemed little danger when Josh Jeffries picked the ball up in midfield but he left fly from fully thirty yards to find the net low to Ross Doohan’s left hand corner. Rangers had little time to settle on a two goal lead with Celtic responding immediately, when the attack came into the right of Rangers box Ross McCrorie made a superb block on the initial shot which was bettered by Aidan Wilson’s block on the follow-up but in the ensuing scramble Mark Hill forced the ball over the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 1

The second half was a disappointment with Celtic dominating territorially but without the quality to seriously trouble Robbie McCrorie in the Rangers goal. Two early efforts were as close as they came, Tony Ralston broke forward from left back, he cut inside past a couple of defenders before shooting from the edge of the box, it was powerful enough but straight at Robbie McCrorie who saved comfortably. Ciaran McKenna’s twenty-five yard free-kick a few minutes later may have beaten Robbie McCrorie but the ball was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The half continued in a similar pattern with Rangers coping with the Celtic attacks comfortably and when the game entered the final ten minutes they even survived another red card for their “Youth Supremo” Jimmy Sinclair to see out the ninety minutes and record the win.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Aidan Wilson, Jason Krones, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Brandon; Josh Jeffries (Kyle Bradley 75mins), Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore, Liam Burt (Grant Nelson 57mins); Jamie Barjonas (Jack Thomson 57mins); Sam Jamiseon (Zak Rudden 60mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Lewis White, Andy Dallas.

Celtic:- Ross Doohan; Mark Hill, Josh Kerr, Daniel Higgins, Tony Ralston; Reagan Hendry, Brandon Payne, Ciaran McKenna (Rory Currie), Innes Murray; Calvin Miller, Aiden Quinn (Scott Hay).

Little Development As 13’s & 14’s Hit 23 Goals

November 9, 2014

Rangers 13 Fife Elite 1

As is my norm I take in the oldest age group when two games clash but with the Under 13’s winning 10-0 neither game was a contest, with all due respect to the Fife side there would be little benefit to either club in today’s fixtures. These regional academies where all part of Mark Wotte’s master plan and it was certainly a political decision that saw Fife Elite replace Queens Park in the top-tier of youth football. Where as Rangers would probably have beaten Queens Park at these age groups I doubt it would have been by such wide margin.

Rangers in my opinion are not blameless in rendering these game meaningless, when you take into consideration that in the reverse fixtures in Fife the Rangers sides scored even more goals, it would have been an ideal opportunity to promote some 13’s into the 14’s and some 12’s into the 13’s for this weekends fixtures. So today it isn’t so much a report on the game and more a brief description of the goals.

Ironically it was the Fife side that took the lead from an attack down the right, the cross come shot sailing over the head of Nicky Hogarth and into the net at the back post. It took the Ibrox youngsters until the thirteenth minute to draw level and it was created by a fine passing move from Billy Gilmour through the Trialist and Dylan Patterson to release Niyah Joseph to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers took the lead just over five minutes later, Andy Rodden won the ball in midfield and passed to Nijah Joseph who laid the ball back into the path of Dylan Patterson who beat the keeper from the edge of the box. Number three came when Billy Gilmour won possession on the right, he cut inside before shooting from the angle of the penalty area, the shot seemed to deceive the keeper and found the net at the far post.

The fourth goal came in the dying seconds of the first period, Kieran McKechnie sent in a low corner from the left that somehow got through to Danny Finlayson inside the six-yard box right in front of goal and he prodded the ball into the net. The Fife side managed to hold out for seven minutes in the second period, then the Trialist and Niyah Joseph combined to play in Dylan Patterson who dinked the ball past the keeper with a neat finish.

The next goal came when Nathan Patterson hit the byline on the right before hanging a cross in the box for Billy Gilmour to arrive and power a header past the keeper. A flowing move produced the next goal with the final ball perhaps being a touch fortunate, the ball moved from Ben Williamson to Billy Gilmour who passed ro Andy Rodden on the left, his superb low cross found Dapo Mubude who appeared to miscue, but sent the ball across the six-yard box to give Niyah Joseph a simple tap in.

The next goal was created down the right, Kieran McKechnie sending Nathan Patterson towards the byline and when his cross came into the box Niyah Joseph rose among defenders to head into the net. The final goal of the second period was an individual effort from Dapo Mebude shirking off three challenges as he broke through the left side of the penalty area before prodding the ball through the keeper’s legs.

Four minutes was the time taken for Rangers to breach the Fife defence in the final period, Dylan Patterson exchanged passes with the Trialist executing a short corner on the right, when he sent his cross into the box it was head past his own keeper by a Fife centre back for an Own Goal. When the Trialist played the ball forward to Nathan Patterson a superb piece of skill took him clear of two defenders before his pass sent Dapo Mebude clear to run on and beat the keeper.

A set play was the source for the next goal, Kieran McKechnie’s corner from the left went beyond the far post to be collected by Ruaridh McIntyre who crossed back across goal for Niyah Joseph to volley into the net. The scoring was completed from the penalty spot, Danny Finlayson broke from defence before his pass sent Andy Rodden breaking into the left side of the box before he was hauled back by a defender, he stepped up himself to slot the penalty into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Full-Time :- Rangers 13 Fife Elite 1

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

Footnote:- As already mentioned Rangers U13’s hit ten with out reply with the goals coming from Ciaran Dickson (2), Blair Rossiter (2), Kai Kennedy (3), Steven Bradley & a Trilaist,

Despite everything I have said above, Rangers Under 17’s had a disappointing start to their competitive league, going down 1-2 to Fife Elite through in Dunfermline with Rangers goal coming from Sam Jamieson.

12’s Build Up Continues With Win Over Ayr

November 6, 2014

Rangers U12’s 5 Ayr United U13’s 1

Rangers Under 12 squad continued with their series of eleven-a-side games against older opponents with a convincing win over Ayr United’s Under 13’s at Murray Park tonight. It didn’t take the young Rangers side long to get off the mark, opening the scoring in the second minute. Robbie Fraser was the provider of the pass that released Aaron Lyall inside the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper and into the net.

The second goal came ten minute later and the move was started with Adam Devine’s pass down the right-wing to Matthew Collins who cut inside past a defender as he made his way along the eighteen yard line, his run teed up Robbie Fraser for a shot from the edge of the box that beat the keeper. The visitors replied and reduced the deficit within two minutes, their attacker breaking through the centre and holding off a challenge before entering the box and shooting past Jay Hogarth.

Rangers almost restored their two goal lead immediately, when a corner from the right was headed up in the air by an Ayr defender Liam Morrison reacted quickest to head goalwards with the Ayr keeper diving to turn the ball wide of his right hand post. Ayr then came close to equalising just before the twenty-minute mark, good play on the right hand angle of the box and a great pass across the area opened up the chance but the shot was fired over.

Rangers responded immediately and when Aaron Lyall passed through the centre Lewis Robertson won the battle to hold off the bigger and stronger defender but he was denied by the keeper who raced from goal to block his shot. The young Rangers side came close in the opening minute of the second period, Adam Devine broke from defence and his pass released Robbie Fraser on the left side of the box but his shot went across goal and just wide of the far post.

Five minutes later Rangers extended their lead, Matthew Collins sent a free-kick into the penalty area and the ball eluded everyone’s attempt to get a touch and  found the net at the far post. Rangers upped the pressure as the period entered the final ten minutes, Ryan Stobb0 breaking forward in a run that took him past two defenders before he passed to Reegan Aitken on the edge of the box, his shot forcing the keeper to dive to his right to touch the ball wide.

In the next attack Reegan Aitken was forced wide and out the left side of the box by the keeper, he looked up and from a tight angle sent a superb chip over the keeper  towards the net but a defender was well placed to head clear from the goal line. The fourth goal came a couple of minutes before the period ended, Lorenzo Giovanazzi passed from defence to the Trialist who advanced down the left, he picked out Matthew Collins on the opposite side of the box and he shot back across the keeper into the far corner with a superb finish.

The final period started with an early goal but petered out as the period progressed, the goal came in the opening minute and was started by Ryan Stobbo’s pass to Reegan Aitken on the left side of the box, when he passed inside Alex Lowrie beat the keeper with a shot from the edge of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Ayr United 1

Rangers Squad;- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Liam Morrison, Rhys Caves, Matthew Collins, Robbie Fraser, Aaron Lyall, Reegan Aitken, Lewis Robertson, Greg Chalmers, Kai Kilpatrick, Ryan Stobbo, Alex Lowrie, Trialist.

Youths Ease Into Next Round

November 5, 2014

Rangers 4 Spartans 0

Rangers Under 20’s eased into the next round of the Youth Cup with a functional rather than spectacular win over a Spartans side that knocked out Partick Thistle in the last round. In a game where Liam Kelly was virtually a spectator the real surprise was that Rangers only found the net on four occasions.

Rangers took the lead on nine minutes, Ryan Hardie was in possession on the left side of the Spartans penalty area and his cross to the back post found Ryan Sinnamon arriving  to slot the ball past Blair Carswell. A few minutes later Danny Stoney cut in past a defender from the left and his shot forced Blair Carswell to save at his near post low to his right.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Ryan Sinnamon passed inside to Junior Ogen from the right, he moved the ball past a defender and onto his left foot with keeper Blair Carswell saving his on target shot. Rangers doubled their lead a couple of minutes later with a superb goal, there seemed little danger when the ball was played to Ryan Hardie on the edge of the box but a superbly executed Cryuff turn took him clear of the defence and allowing him to shoot past Blair Carswell.

Within two minutes scored again, Andy Murdoch’s pass inside Harry Oliff was perfect for Ryan Sinnamon breaking into the box, he was hauled to the ground by Sam Daniel for a clear penalty that Danny Stoney stepped up to covert. The half-hour mark had just passed when a cross from the left was headed out as far as Danny Stoney and his twenty-five yard effort forced a save from Blair Carswell diving to his left.

The next effort came when Danny Stoney passed the ball out to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, he passed inside to Junior Ogen who’s shot was powerful but straight at Blair Carswell. Four minutes before the break Rangers missed a great chance to score again, Ryan Sinnamon attacked down the right and his cross was perfect for Junior Ogen, with the goal at his mercy he headed straight at Blair Carswell.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Spartans 0

Rangers found the net again just over ten minutes into the second-half, Ryan Sinnamon sent Ryan Hardie down the right and heading into the box, keeper Blair Carswell forced him wide out of the area and towards the byline, the Rangers striker looked up and calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper and defence into the net from a narrow angle. A few minutes later Tom Walsh’s cross from the right found Ryan Sinnamon around the penalty spot, on this occasion he was denied by Blair Carswell’s one handed save.

With twelve minutes remaining Spartans passed up their one clear chance to get on the scoresheet, Jamie Dishington broke towards Rangers box before playing in George Hunter on the right side of the penalty area, but the striker who had put Thistle to the sword in the previous round blazed over. Rangers had one more chance to add to their tally with five minutes left on the clock, Ryan Hardie attacked down the right and passed inside to Tom Walsh who’s shot looked likely to find the net until Blair Carswell turned the ball over with a spectacular save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Spartans 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Ryan Sinnamon, Greg Pascazio, Luca Gasparotto, Ross McCrorie; Junior Ogen (Adam Wilson 65mins), Kris Gibson, Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh; Danny Stoney (Josh Jeffries 87mins); Ryan Hardie (Sam Jamieson 87mins).

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), David Brownlie.

Spartans;- Blair Carswell; Alex Imiah, Kris Buchanan (Jordan Brown 59mins), Paul Dickson, Harry Oliff (Ross Davies 79mins); Sean Stewart, Scott McGrory-Irving, Jamie Dishington, Sam Daniel (Andrew Mair 63mins); Blair Atkinson; George Hunter.

Not Used:- Dylan Tait, Kyle Brown.