Rangers 1 Hibernian 3
Rangers Under 14’s lost to Hibs at Murray Park this afternoon, with the visitor’s highly rated striker, who only played for the second forty-five minute, being the difference between the teams. Rangers dominated the first period but didn’t create a lot of chances against the two giant centre backs in the Hibs defence. The best chance came as the period entered the final ten minutes, Dylan Patterson played the ball over the top of the Hibs defence to release Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box with the keeper touching his shot wide of his left hand post.
The second period was five minutes old when Hibs took the lead with their first real attack of the game, a clearance from the keeper was helped on leaving their striker in the clear to continue into the box and shoot past Nicky Hogarth. Less than five minutes later when one of the Hibs centre backs miscued a header from a Nicky Hogarth clearance it presented Kieran McKechnie with a chance on the right side of the box but was denied by a superb challenge from the visitor’s left-back.
Just after the ten minute mark of the period Rangers drew level, when Kieran McKechnie played the ball up to Dapo Mebude at the edge of the box a superb touch and turn took him clear of the defence allowing him to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Less than ten minutes later Hibs attacked the right side of Rangers box, when it was passed inside their player went past Nicky Hogarth and a goal looked certain until Nathan Patterson got back to make a superb clearance.
The game turned in the final minute of the period, Nathan Patterson cut in from the right and when he passed across the edge of the box Ben Williamson allowed the ball to run to Billy Gilmour, his shot was saved by the keeper who launched the ball forward leaving the Hibs striker one on one with Danny Finlayson, he went past the Rangers defender and into the box before shooting past Nicky Hogarth.
Seven minutes into the final period Billy Gilmour played Dapo Mebude through on the right side of the box, he dinked the ball past the advancing keeper but it lacked power and the defender got back to clear comfortably. A few minutes later another Hibs clearance was gathered by their striker who easily went past a couple of defenders before shooting past Brian Kinnear. Within a minute Hibs attacked again and a shot from the right hand angle of the area had Brian Kinnear diving to his right to produce a fine save.
Rangers had a chance just after the final period turn around, Dylan Patterson in possession just outside the left side of the Hibs penalty box passed inside to Billy Gilmour, who’s shot from the edge of the box had the keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide. Rangers next attack saw Kieran McKechnie get the right hand byline, his cross found its way to the trialist at the back post and his effort from a tight angle was saved by the keeper.
The final chance came from a slack Danny Finlayson pass across the edge of his own penalty area, from the powerful shot Brian Kinnear got down to his right to produce a fine save and deny the Hibs striker a hat-trick.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 3
Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Ruarhdi McIntyre, Danny Finlayson, Scott Blacklaw, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Lewis McGrattan, Dylan Patterson, Zac Butterworth, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb, Trialist.
Footnote:- Earlier Rangers Under 13’s beat their Hibernian counterparts 2-0 with the goals coming from Kai Kennedy & Blair Rossiter. Meanwhile through in Tranent at the Hibs Training Centre the Under 15’s went down 1-0 to a first half penalty.