Youngsters Emerge From Deep Freeze

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

The deep freeze that has hit the youth fixtures has finally relented and I could attend my first youth game since well before the New Year taking in tonight’s under 14 fixture at Murray Park. With some positive noises coming out of Murray Park since the recent changes, I looked forward to the return of youth fixtures, although to be fair this under 14 team have always been a good footballing side.

Rangers dominated the first period and their first chance came after only five minutes, Zac Butterworth started the move wide of the left passing inside to Dylan Patterson who’s through ball released Dapo Mebude on the left side of the penalty area, he shot across the keeper but the ball bounced clear off the far post. Barely sixty seconds later Rangers took the lead, Kieran McKechnie hitting the byline on the right and his cutback was hammered past the keeper by Billy Gilmour.

Rangers continued to create chances and when Scott Blacklaw fed Kieran McKechnie on the right his cross found the head of Dapo Mebude who was denied by the keeper at point blank range. Rangers fourth chance in what was the opening eight minutes looked likely to produce another goal, Kieran McKechnie  again got the the right hand byline and his cross found Zac Butterworth arriving at the back post but he could only knock the ball wide.

The visitors manged to stem the tide for a bit and there was over twenty minutes on the clock when Dylan Patterson tested the keeper from a free-kick from just outside the box, with the keeper diving to touch the ball onto his right hand post with his defence was on hand to clear. Accies came more into the game in the second period and seven minutes had elapsed when a long ball caught out the Rangers defence, with their striker racing clear Nicky Hogarth advanced from his line to make the save as the striker fired straight at him.

Rangers never really created a clear cut chance in the second period but barely sixty seconds of the final period has passed when they doubled their lead. Billy Gilmour’s pass sent Niyah Joseph through the inside right channel and he held off a defender as he entered the penalty area before shooting past the keeper. A few minutes later another Billy Gilmour pass created a shooting chance for Kieran McKechnie on the right side of the box with the Accies keeper saving at his near post. When the resultant corner broke to Niyah Joseph inside the box the keeper produced another fine save at point bank range.

Rangers scored a third with nine minutes remaining, Ben Williamson’s superb pass inside the full back released Nathan Patterson on the right and his low cross was converted by Niyah Joseph at close range. The fourth goal soon followed, three minutes later, and again Nathan Patterson was the architect. Attacking the Accies defence on the right he burst into the box and past two defenders, when the keeper failed to gather his cross Lewis McGrattan was well placed to slam the ball into the net.

The final chance was created with some neat inter play on the right involving Nathan Patterson, Lewis McGrattan and Kieran McKechnie from the latter’s cross Niyah Joseph’s header forced a save from the keeper low to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Ruarhdi McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Scott Blacklaw, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Dylan Patterson, Zac Butterworth, Niyah Joseph, Lewis McGrattan, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb

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