Youth Round Up V Motherwell

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.

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