15’s Hit ‘Dons For Five

Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

Rangers hit Aberdeen for five in today’s under 15’s fixture at Murray Park this afternoon, and it was brain over brawn with Stephen Kelly notching a hat-trick in the opening sixteen minutes. His first strike came on five minutes and the source was a superb Scott Gray cross from the left straight on the head of Stephen Kelly who nodded past Reece Williamson.

With in four minutes Rangers had doubled their lead with the spade work being done by Jordan Houston down the right and when he played the ball into the box Stephen Kelly fired past Reece Williamson and into the net. Just after the fifteen minute mark the Rangers midfielder had notched his hat-trick and scored with his second header, a short corner was worked on the left and from Jordan Houston’s cross Stephen Kelly again beat Reece Williamson with a header.

Aberdeen then managed to get and foot in the game and stem the flow towards their goal, with Seyon Koshoedo looking lively they carried a bit more of a threat but never really seriously troubled Josh Donaldsonin the Rangers goal. Rangers were not quite so dominant and Reece Williamson in the Aberdeen goal dealt with anything for the rest of the half comfortably.

Half-Time:-Rangers 3 Aberdeen 0

Rangers came close three minutes into the second half, Jordan Houston progressed down the right, his cutback found Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box, his shot was parried by Zak Ellis and as the keeper, defender and Zak Rudden converged the Rangers striker knocked the ball towards the net while lying on the ground but a defender cleared from the goal line.The visitors tried to respond and when Seb Ross fired in a shot from the left hand angle of the box Josh Donaldson gathered at the second attempt.

Just before the hour mark Rangers scored a fourth, Rhys Breen and Matthew Shiels combined to move the ball forward to Jack Thomson and his pass sent Jordan Houston clear to continue into the box and shoot past Zak Ellis. On the other side of the hour mark Jack Thomson played a quick free kick to Matthew Shiels and his right-wing cross had Zak Ellis stretching to touch the ball on to the crossbar, Zak Rudden looked set to pounce on the edge of the six yard box but he was crowded out and the ‘Dons defence cleared.

Midway through the half Aberdeen were reduced to ten men when Ethan Grant was red carded for a poor challenge on Matthew Shiels. On seventy-two minutes Jack Thomson passed to Cammy Wray on the right, he exchanged passes with Mati Zata before crossing into the box, the ball broke for Zak Rudden around the penalty spot, his shot beat Zak Ellis but rebounded clear off the keeper’s right hand post.

With fifteen minutes remaining Jack Thomson’s ball over the top of the Aberdeen defence sent Zak Rudden clear, when he rounded Zak Ellis a goal seemed certain until David Wilson arrived with a superb challenge that allowed him to get back to clear from the line. As the game entered the final five minutes Jack Thomson played the ball forward, it was missed by Zak Rudden which wrong footed the defence and left Scott Blacklaw in the clear, he was denied when Zak Ellis dived to his left to turn the ball wide.

In the next attack the keeper was helpless as Rangers scored a fifth, Cammy Wray played the ball up to Zak Rudden whose first time pass set up a race between Jack Thomson and two defenders, the Rangers midfielder got there first and beat the keeper from the edge of the box. There was still time for one more Rangers chance, a patient passing move ended with Jack Thomson’s pass releasing Stephen Kelly, on this occasion Zak Ellis race from his line to make a block with his legs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Squad:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Jordan Houston, Scott Gray, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Jack Thomson, Matthew Shiels, Mati Zata, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Cammy Palmer, Cammy Wray, Carlo Pigniatello, Michael Hewitt, Scott Blacklaw.

Aberdeen Squad:- Reece Williamson (Gk), Zak Ellis (Gk), Reighan Thomson, David Edwards, Kyle Smith, Ethan Grant, David Wilson, Seyon Koshoedo, Seb Ross, Lewis Hutchinson, David Dangana, Connor Wood, Lewis Buxton, Stuart Brideford, Josh Christie.

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