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.