Rangers 4 Aberdeen 0
The previous two nights I had watched what was arguably the two poorest performances I have witnessed from Rangers teams in the few thousand games I have watched over the years. Tonight’s game was a clash in the new competitive Under 17 league with Aberdeen visiting Murray Park, with the Ibrox youngsters running out comfortable if unspectacular winners.
The first chance came when Max Ashmore found himself in space for a shooting opportunity inside the right side of the Aberdeen penalty area that the keeper saved at his near post. Aberdeen replied with an attack that took them to the byline on the right and when the ball was cutback their striker volleyed over from close range.
On the tenth minute Rangers took the lead from a rather soft penalty award, Kyle Bradley crossed from the right and the referee judged that a push on Max Ashmore was enough to point towards the spot with Sam Jamieson stepping up to covert. On the quarter-hour Max Ashmore passed to Jamie Brandon advancing on the left and his daisy cutter from distance took a slight deflection and was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
Midway through the half Kyle Clark passed to Sam Jamieson on the left hand angle of the box, he cut inside before teeing up Grant Nelson who’s shot from the edge of the box forced the keeper to dive to his left to save. Five minutes later Kyle Bradley broke forward from right-back before passing to Ross Lyon, his cross to the back post was volleyed goalwards by Kyle Clark with a defender clearing from the goal line.
Aberdeen then came close on the half hour, a free-kick midway inside Rangers half went deep inside Rangers box which their centre back got on the end of but could only find the side netting. Within a couple of minutes a shot from around twenty-five yards had Robbie McCrorie saving to his left.The final opportunity of the half came at the other end with Ross Lyon testing the keeper from the edge of the box.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0
Two goals in the early minutes of the second-half gave Rangers a three goal lead and pretty much made the game safe. Jamie Barjonas sent a free-kick from wide left deep into the Aberdeen penalty area where Jason Krones rose to glance a header past the keeper. With in sixty seconds Liam Burt took on the full-back on the left side of the box, as he crossed from the byline he was caught by a late challenge and the referee pointed to the spot, Sam Jamieson again making a fine job of converting the penalty.
As the hour approach a poor pass forced Robbie Smith’s header to give possession away, Aberdeen advanced to the edge of the box and when the shot took a significant deflection off Jason Krones, Robbie McCrorie somehow changed direction to produce a brilliant save high to his right. Ten minutes later from a low driven corner from the right the visitor’s struck the crossbar with a shot from around twelve yards.
Rangers replied when Robbie Smith got on the end of Max Ashmore’s free-kick from midway inside the ‘Dons half, with his header drifting just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. As the game entered the final ten minutes Ross Lyon and Liam Burt combined to send Kieran Balfour through on the left side of the box but his shot was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.
With seven minutes remaining Rangers scored a fourth, a superb Kieran Balfour pass inside the left-back saw Andy Dallas hold off a defender before beating the keeper with a cool finish. Andy Dallas then turned provider by laying the ball back into the path of Jamie Barjonas who shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post. In the final attack Andy Dallas got to the byline of the right, from his cutback Kieran Balfour’s shot was blocked and Ross Lyon’s follow up was saved by the keeper.
Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Aberdeen 0
Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones, Robbie Smith, Jamie Brandon (Lewis White 55mins); Ross Lyon, Jack Thomson, Kyle Clark (Jamie Barjonas HT), Grant Nelson (Liam Burt HT); Max Ashmore (Kieran Balfour 74mins); Sam Jamieson (Andy Dallas 78mins).
Not Used:- Kieran Wright.