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).