Clean Sweep For Youths Over ‘Dons

Rangers youth sides recorded a clean sweep of victories of their Aberdeen counterparts today, the Ibrox youngsters wining both games at Murray Park and both games at Balgownie Playing Fields. The game for me today was the Under 14’s clash at Murray Park.

Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Under 14’s produced a superb performance to run out comfortable winners against Aberdeen at Murray Park this afternoon. This age group never have a physical  advantage over their opponents but are a good footballing side and started the first period with a strong wind at their backs.

There was only two minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead with the first serious effort on goal, Ben Williamson won the ball wide on the right and passed inside to Dylan Patterson, when his ball into the box was cleared to the edge Billy Gilmour sent a dipping half volley over the keeper and into the net. A few minutes later Danny Finlayson broke forward before passing to Dylan Patterson who’s through ball released Kieran McKechnie on the right side of the penalty area but his shot was wide of the keeper’s near post.

Rangers were continuing to dominate and a third effort on goal before the period had reached the ten minute mark, Dylan Patterson in possession on the left passed inside to Billy Gilmour and his powerful shot from around twenty five-yards tested the Aberdeen keeper. On thirteen minutes a superb Billy Gilmour run attacking the Aberdeen penalty area before passing to Zac Butterworth on the left side of the box, he went past a defender before being denied by a fine save low to his left from the ‘Dons keeper.

Five minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, when the Aberdeen defence failed to clear a Dylan Patterson corner from the right the ball finally fell for Danny Finalyson to prod past the keeper from close range. Rangers had another chance to add to their score as the period entered the final five minutes, Kieran McKechnie’s pass releasing Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box but shot across goal and wide of the far post.

With the spectators looking on with interest to see how Rangers would cope shooting into the strong wind the Ibrox youngsters answered perfectly by increasing their lead in the opening minute of the second period. Nathan Patterson and Ben Williamson combined on the right to free Kieran McKechnie inside the right side of the box, he knocked the ball past the keeper and as the ball trundled towards the goal line Dylan Patterson won the race with a defender to knock the ball over the line. A fourth goal was close two minutes later, Dapo Mebude’s pass setting up the chance on the right side of the penalty area for Kieran McKechnie who’s shot was just wide of the keeper’s near post.

Despite shooting into the wind it was Rangers who looked more likely to add to the scoreline and the fourth goal came with four minutes of the period remaining. Dylan Patterson attacked the left side of the Aberdeen box before playing in Dapo Mebude who shot across the keeper an into the far corner of the net.

The game was almost ten minutes into the final period before Aberdeen had a real effort on goal, it with a great run cutting in from the left past three Rangers defenders but the shot was just too high as it went narrowly over. A couple of minutes later Rangers showed commitment and desire to keep a clean sheet, with Aberdeen through on the left side of the penalty area Brian Kinnear came from his line to make a super save low to his right and was back on his feet to block the second effort with his legs, when the third effort beat the Rangers keeper Lewis McGrattan popped up to clear from the line.

Just after the final period’s turn round Billy Gilmour’s pass saw Dapo Mebude outpace his marker but couldn’t quite beat the keeper who came rushing from his line to block. A superb Dapo Mebude run down the right started the move that produced Rangers fifth, the ball moved through Billy Gilmour and Lewis McGrattan to Niyah Joseph inside the left side of the box, the keeper got down to parry his shot, but only into the path of Lewis McGrattan who knocked the ball into the net.

In the final minute a through ball sent Niyah Joseph clear from a narrowly offside position and he shot past the keeper, no one was surprised when the referee disallowed the goal for offside but were astounded when he showed the Rangers player a second yellow and subsequent red card. The visitors still had time to have a final shot on goal from distance that Brian Kinnear comfortably tipped over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Aberdeen 0

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

Footnote:- At the same time on the artificial pitch a Matty Yates hat-trick and a goal from Kai Kennedy secured a 4-3 win for the Under 13’s.

Meanwhile at Balgownie Playing fields in Aberdeen goals from Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Clark & Andy Dallas saw the 17’s win 4-0. Rangers 15’s went one better winning 5-0 but I don’t know the goalscorers.

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