Archive for April, 2015

Glasgow Cup Disappointment For 17’s

April 28, 2015

Celtic 2 Rangers 0

Rangers 17’s suffered a disappointing defeat against Celtic at Hampden tonight, after a poor first half display they came into the game after the break and had  the best two efforts on goal before going down to two goals from uncharacteristic goalkeeping errors.

Neither side carried much of a threat in the early stages and there was eighteen minutes on the clock before Celtic had the first real effort on goal, Calvin Miller attacking the centre of Rangers defence before shooting over from the edge of the box. Two minutes later a reverse pass released Regan Hendry inside the box but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved easily.

As the half approached the final twenty minutes Tony Ralston in possession on the right passed inside to Calvin Miller and his shot from just outside the box curved narrowly wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. A few minutes later Calvin Miller’s cross from the right found the head of Regan Hendry at the back post but his header was across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 0

Eight minutes after the break Rangers with their first real effort on goal came closest to breaking the deadlock, Sam Jamieson dispossessed Daniel Higgins inside the Celtic penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle forced Ross Doohan to turn the ball over. Just before the hour a ball over the top caught out the Rangers defence but Mark Hill’s shot was comfortably dealt with by Robbie McCrorie.

When Theo Archibald cut in from the left six minutes later his shot from outside the box never really troubled Robbie McCrorie who saved low to his left. As the game entered the final twenty minutes Rangers had a free-kick on the left angle of the box, Max Ashmore touched the ball to Ross Lyon and with the Celtic defence expecting him to tee up a shot for Sam Jamieson he turned and shot just over the bar.

Two minutes later Sam Jamieson chased a ball down the left and when it was laid back to Jamie Barjonas around twenty-five yards out his shot had Ross Doohan diving to his right to turn the ball wide. The same time had elapsed when Celtic broke the deadlock at the other end, Robbie McCrorie came for and failed to gather a corner from the right and the ball landed at the feet of Josh Kerr who had a simple task to fire into the net from a couple of yards.

A further two minutes and Celtic doubled their lead, Mark Hill sent a free-kick from wide left and midway inside Rangers half into the penalty area where it was missed by attackers and defenders alike, this seemed to wrong foot Robbie McCrorie who fumbled the ball over the line. Rangers then created a chance to get back in the game, Max Ashmore passed forward to Liam Burt who played in Sam Jamieson and the Rangers striker was denied by a fine Ross Doohan save low to his right.

The final chance came for Celtic when Calvin Miller outpaced Jack Thomson chasing a long ball, as he broke into Rangers penalty area Robbie McCrorie came off his line to save bravely at the attacker’s feet.

Full-Time:- Celtic 2 Rangers o

Celtic:- Ross Doohan; Tony Ralston, Daniel Higgins, Josh Kerr, Daniel Church; Ciaran McKenna, Mark Hill; Calvin Miller, Regan Hendry, Theo Archibald (Innes Murray 89mins); Rory Currie (Jack Aitchison 63mins).

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Lewis Bell, Aidan Quinn, Michael Johnston, Shaun Bowers.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Jack Thomson; Josh Jeffries (Liam Burt 53mins), Jamie Brandon (Jamie Barjonas 53mins), Max Ashmore, Ross Lyon (Grant Nelson 72mins);Sam Jamieson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Andy Dallas, Kyle Clark, Jason Krones.

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Easy Win For 15’s

April 26, 2015

Rangers 9 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers Under 15’s hit a bit of form in a cold spring morning at Murray Park today. When Premyslaw Dachnowicz crossed from the right for Mati Zata volley past the keeper at the back post in the opening minute the result was never in doubt. The lead could have been doubled a minute later, created by a run and cross from the left by Zak Rudden, Premyslaw Dachnowicz’s back post header forced the keeper to dive to his left to turn the ball wide of the post.

Killie then managed to hold out until the game had almost reached the half-hour mark only to be hit with another four goals before the break. Zak Rudden and Mati Zata combined on the left and when Zack Rudden played a low ball across the six-yard box Matthew Shiels arrived to knock the ball past the keeper. Within two minutes Mati Zata won the ball on the halfway line and drove forward before playing Premyslaw Dachnowicz through the inside right channel to continue into the box and slot the ball past the keeper.

In the closing minutes of the half Zack Rudden from midway inside the Killie half passed to Premyslaw Dachnowicz inside the box who turned a defender before shooting past the keeper. Right on the whistle Carlo Pignatiello sent the ball out to Matthew Shiels on the left, his pass inside picked out Mati Zata’s run into the box, he was caught as he went past the keeper and stepped up to fire the penalty high into the net.

Half-Time:-Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 0

Just over ten minutes of the second half had elapsed before Rangers scored again, Scott Gray sent in a great cross from the left and it was finished by an equally fine first time volley from Matthew Shiels. Within in a couple of minutes Kilmarnock grabbed what would prove to be a consolation goal, a cross into the box from the left broke for the Killie striker and his shot took a significant deflection to loop over Josh Donaldson and into the net.

Just after the hour a pass released Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the box, on this occasion the keeper was quick from his line to block his effort but Zak Rudden out muscled a defender in the race for the rebound before powering the ball into the net from around ten yards. Midway through the half Zak Rudden broke from the halfway line and knocked the ball past the keeper who had come racing from his penalty area before rolling the ball into the empty net.

The scoring was completed with more than a quarter of an hour remianing, Carlo Pigniatello’s pass inside the right back sent Matthew Shiels through on goal, just as he was about to shoot he was pulled back by a defender for a clear penalty and he stepped up to covert the spot kick. Rangers had further chances to add to their tally before the final whistle, Zak Rudden got to the byline and picked out Premyslaw Dachnowicz with his cut back who’s shot was blocked by the keeper’s legs.

With five minutes remaining Premyslaw Dachnowicz swung over a corner from the left that Cammy Wray rose to power a header against the Killie crossbar. On the full-time whistle Mati Zata’s pass sent Zak Rudden clean through on goal but on this occasion the keeper came quickly off his line to thwart the Rangers striker.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Josh Donaldson (Lewis Muir 60mins); Michael Hewitt, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen (Cammy Wray HT), Scott Gray; Kieran Balfour; Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Mati Zata, Matthew Shiels; Carlo Pignatiello; Zak Rudden.

Footnote:- A Matty Yates hat-trick and a single goal from Robbie Fraser gave Rangers 13’s a 4-0 win a Rugby Park. Rangers 14’s also recorded a victory at Rugby Park winning 4-1, the goals coming from Niyah Joeseph (2), Billy Gilmour & Nathan Patterson.

Northern Irish Trialists Play In Friendly Win

April 25, 2015

Rangers 3 Airdrie 1

A Rangers side took on Airdrie Under 15’s last night at Murray Park, the game was arranged to allow the coaches a game to assess four trialists from Northern Ireland. It was a decent competitive game with Rangers eventually running out comfortable winners.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark, an attack down the right took them deep into Rangers penalty area, Lewis Muir made a fine save from the initial effort but had no chance as the rebound was fired high into the net. Rangers equalised just over ten minutes later, when Joe McMullan’s corner from the left was headed up in the air by a defender Lewis Mayo rose highest to nod past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Airdrie 1

Airdrie had a chance early in the second half, the attack originated down the left and when the ball was played inside their striker turned inside Rhys Breen but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post. Ten minutes later from a Scott Gray throw in on the left Carlo Pigniatello passed inside to Joe McMullan and his shot from the edge of the box forced a fine save low to his left from the Airdire keeper.

Just after the hour mark Rangers took the lead, Scott Gray sent a free-kick from close to the halfway line on the left into the box, the ball broke off a defender to the Trialist No6 who found the net from around ten yards. As the final fifteen minutes approached two of the trialists combined to carve out a great chance, Trialist No6 passed inside the right back to release Trialist N011 inside the left side of the box but he shot across goal and wide of the far post.

As the game entered the final ten minutes Rhys Breen powered down the left to hit the byline and his cross found Trialist No9 who stooped to head on the edge of the six yard box but it was too straight which allowed the keeper to parry. A few minutes later Rangers made the game safe, Matthew Shiels was the creator with a run down the right that took him past the full-back to the byline from where he cut the ball back to Carlo Pigniatello for a simple finish.

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Cammy Wray, Scott Gray, Lewis Mayo, Danny Finlayson, Trialist No6, Scott Blacklaw, Joe McMullan, Trialist No9, Billy Gilmour, Trialist No11, Michael Hewitt, Matthew Shiels, Carlo Pigniatello, Rhys Breen.

13’s Draw at Ralston

April 22, 2015

St.Mirren 1 Rangers 1

Rangers under 13’s shared the spoils with their St.Mirren counterparts in an entertaining match at Ralston tonight. It was a fairly even ninety minutes and a draw was probably a fair result.

The home side were first to create a real goal scoring opportunity with an attack towards the left hand byline from where the ball was cutback and the shot was just wide of Luke Scullion’s left hand post. Rangers replied when Kai Kennedy lobbed the ball over the St.Mirren defence on the edge of the penalty area and Reegan Aitken’s shot forced the keeper to save low to his right.

Rangers took the lead a couple of minutes before the end of the period, Reegan Aitken showed great skill to create the space for a shot on the left hand angle of the box, placing the ball across the keeper and into the far corner of the net. Rangers came close to doubling their lead in the second period, Blair Rossiter wide of the right picked out Kai Kennedy’s run into the box, despite a good first touch he was forced wide of the keeper and he could only shoot into the side netting.

Before the end of the second period Saints attacked down the left that took them deep into Rangers box with Lewis Budinauckas standing tall to make a fine save. The Rangers keeper was again called into action in the final period, this time the attack came into the right side of Rangers penalty area with this time Lewis Budinauckas blocking the shot with his legs.

Within sixty seconds he was left helpless as St.Mirren drew level before the final period turn round, the shot came from around twenty-five yards and beat Lewis Budinauckas just below his crossbar. Neither side created a further chance that was worthy of a winner and the game finished all square.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Luke Scullion (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Harry Livesey, Euan Deveney, Kyle McLelland, Josh Henderson, Ciaran Dickson, Blair Rossiter, Callum Biggar, Reegan Aitken, Kai Kennedy, Matty Yates, Matthew Henderson, Ryan Muir, Jason Campbell.

15’s Held By Forth Valley

April 21, 2015

Rangers 1 Forth Valley 1

It was a disappointing performance and result that saw Rangers Under 15’s held by a Forth Valley side that played with ten men for three-quarters of the game, although following Danny Finlayson’s red card in the fifty-fifth minute it was a ten v ten last thirty-five minutes.

The visitors took the lead in the eighth minute with the goal bring created down the left and when the ball was played inside the striker shot past Josh Donaldson from around the penalty spot. Rangers should have equalised just before the twenty-minute mark, Matthew Shiels advanced down the left and his cross was perfect for the late arriving Mati Zata but he headed straight at the keeper who blocked with his legs.

It took a brilliant Josh Donaldson save a couple of minutes later to prevent Forth Valley increasing their lead, a pass sent their striker through the inside right channel and deep in the box, the shot was powerful but the Rangers keeper showed great reactions to touch the ball on to the bar and over. Midway through the half a Forth Valley player suffered a facial injury and had to leave the field, as they only had eleven players it meant continuing with ten men.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Forth Valley 1

Rangers came close to drawing level in the opening minute after the break, Mati Zata broke forward before playing in Zak Rudden inside the left side of the box, the visitor’s keeper advanced from his goal to block his shot and when Reece Rintoull sent the rebound towards the net a defender popped up to clear from the goal line. The next attack came on fifty-five minutes and it was a Forth Valley attack down the right, when Danny Finlayson fouled the attacker it appeared to be inside the box, but the referee awarded a free kick on the edge and showed the Rangers defender a straight red card.

Within a couple of minutes Rangers drew level, Mati Zata won possession midway inside the Forth Valley half and drove towards the box where he went past a defender and into box before shooting past the keeper. The remainder of the game was generally even although the clearest chance came for Rangers with twelve minutes remaining, Mati Zata sent Zak Rudden clear down the left but he was denied by the keeper coming quickly from his line to make a fine block.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Forth Valley 1

Rangers Squad:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Cammy Wray, Reece Rintoul, Mati Zata, Zak Rudden, Carlo Pigniatello, Matthew Shiels, Scott Blacklaw, Billy Gilmour, Danny Finlayson.

Youths v Forth Valley Round Up

April 19, 2015

After being away for the past week it was my first opportunity to watch a youth game this afternoon. The opponents for this week’s fixtures were Forth Valley, with the 17’s playing at Stirling University and the 15’s fixture being played later this week it was Murray Park for me to take in the under 14’s fixture.

Rangers 12 Forth Valley 4

With Rangers running out very comfortable winners in a high scoring game, it is more a round-up of the goals rather than a match report this week.

Rangers opened the scoring when Billy Gilmour in possession just outside the right side of the box made his way along the eighteen yard line before teeing up Ben Williamson who found the net from the edge of the box. The second goal came when a poor pass back put keeper Andy McNeil under pressure and he was dispossessed by Dapo Mebude who then had a simple task to roll the ball into the net.

Rangers third goal and the final goal in the first period came when Dapo Mebude latched on to a through ball and showed good strength to shrug of the attentions of a defender before continuing into the box and shoot past the keeper. Rangers soon added to their tally in the second period, Billy Gilmour spread the play to Andy Rodden out on the left and his low cross was converted at the back post by Scott Blacklaw.

Rangers next goal came when Andy Rodden spotted Scott Blacklaw free on the right side of the box and caught out the visitor’s defence with a quick-free kick to the Rangers midfielder who rolled the ball across goal for Niyah Joseph to tap the ball into the net. Rangers next goal came from a quick break from a Forth Valley corner, Billy Gilmour sent Nathan Patterson towards the halfway line, his first time pass into the middle saw Kieran McKechnie’s great first touch take him clear of the defence to calmly slot the ball past the keeper.

Credit to the visitors who continued to attempt to play football encouraged by Kenny Shiels from the sidelines and the next goal saw them reduce the deficit. When a corner from the left was cleared to the edge of the box Kyle Mitchell volleyed goalwards, the shot was parried by Brian Kinnear but Jay Bridgeford was on hand to net from close range. Rangers were soon back at the other end and increasing their tally, Ben Williamson screwed his shot from the edge of the box but the ball landed at the feet of Andy Rodden on the left hand byline and he rolled the ball across goal for a Dapo Mebude tap in.

The game was now in a period of end to end action and when Conner McBride sent Wilson Romanis down the left and into Rangers penalty area he went down when challenged by Nathan Patterson and the referee pointed to the spot, he stepped up to covert the penalty area. Within minutes Forth Valley reduced Rangers lead further, following a corner the ball fell kindly for Yusur Hussain, Brian Kinnear got a touch to divert the ball on to his right hand post but if flashed across goal where Jay Bridgeford nodded into the net from a few yards.

Rangers were the first scorers in the final period, a superb Dapo Mebude cross field pass found Scott Blacklaw breaking into the right side of the box, good chest control setup a shooting chance that Callum Erskine tipped onto his left hand post but straight to Niyah Joseph who knocked the ball into the net. A Danny Finlayson pass sent Kieran McKechnie down the left, he showed great close control to take the ball away from keeper and defender before presenting a simple chance for Niyah Joseph who netted from almost on the goal line.

Next goal was yet another for Niyah Joseph, Billy Gilmour’s shot from the edge of the box hit the Rangers striker but fell perfectly for him to beat the keeper with a neat finish. His fifth goal soon followed, Niyah Joseph latched on to a slack Yusur Hussain passback to round Callum Erskine and roll the ball into the net.

Rangers final goal was created by Steven Nicholls and Andy Rodden on the left, from the latter’s low cross Niyah Joseph’s effort was blocked by the legs of Callum Erskine who was left helpless when  Scott Blacklaw netted the rebound. There was still time for Forth Valley to grab a fourth goal, following a neat passing move Connor McBride played Jay Bridgeford in on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across Brian Kinnear and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 12 Forth Valley 4

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

Forth Valley:- Andy McNeil (Gk), Callum Erskine (Gk), Mark Munro, Jay Bridgeford, Leyton Wardrope, Jordan Armstrong, Kyle Mitchell, Jack Hodge, Dominic Lavalle, Robbie McMillan, Kyle Green, Wilson Romanis, Connor Gamble, Phil Gillespie, Andy Johnston, Yusur Hussain, Connor McBride.

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers under 13’s recorded a 3-1 win, the goals coming from Ciaran Dickson, Reegan Aitken and Jason Campbell. At Stirling University the score was a bit narrower at 3-2 for the under 17’s, the scorers being Grant Nelson, Jack Thomson & Zak Rudden.

Home Win At Forthbank For Youths

April 7, 2015

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

A comeback goal from Jamie Burrows who was playing his first game since breaking his leg in September was enough to secure the three points against Kilmarnock at Forthbank tonight. The game was at the home of Stirling Albion as Dumbarton have a home game tomorrow and Rangers have already used their allowed options for playing games at Murray Park.

The first real effort on goal came on the quarter-hour mark, Callum Gallagher got a flick on to Liam Kelly’s clearance and it was collected by Fraser Aird on the right who cut in past Sam Liddington before shooting narrowly wide of the far post. Within two minutes Greg Pascazio got caught under a clearance and his glancing header left Greg Kiltie in the clear, the Killie striker was denied by Liam Kelly who advanced from his line to block and Luca Gasparotto was on hand to complete the clearance.

A slack cross field pass from Scott Roberts on the left was cut out by Jack Whittaker who tried his luck from distance, the shot was powerful enough but straight at Liam Kelly. Rangers capitalised by taking the lead within sixty seconds, Dylan Dykes sent the ball out to Fraser Aird on the right, he again cut inside Sam Liddington with his shot being turned past Conor Brennan by Callum Gallagher at close range.

Five minutes before the break Jack Whittaker cut in from the left past Kevin Mbabu and his shot from around twenty-five yards forced Liam Kelly to tip over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 0

As the hour mark approached Rory McKenzie attacked the left side of Rangers penalty area, when he passed inside to Greg Taylor the Killie substitute laid the ball back into the path of Greg Kiltie who’s shot was deflected just wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post. The visitor’s equalised on sixty-one minutes, Greg Kiltie delivered a free-kick from the right and Lewis Clark glanced a header across goal and into the far corner of the net.

The status quo lasted barely two minutes with Jamie Burrows latching on to a short Jack Whittaker pass back and rounding Conor Brennan before rolling the ball into the net from a tight angle on the right. The final chance came in the final minute, good play from Darren Ramsay took him past two defenders before passing to Callum Gallagher on the right. he returned the ball to Darren Ramsay inside the box but his shot was straight at Conor Brennan.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Kevin Mbabu (Scot Whiteside HT), Greg Pascazio, Luca Gaparotto, Ross McCrorie; Fraser Aird, Dylan Dykes, Max Ashmore (Danny Stoney 76mins), Scott Roberts (Jamie Burrows 60mins); Darren Ramsay; Callum Gallagher.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Junior Ogen, Lewis White, Kris Gibson.

Kilmarnock:- Conor Brennan; Dean Hawkshaw, Iain Wilson, Lewis Clark, Sam Liddington; Scott McLean, Sammy Clingan (Greg Taylor HT), Euan Smith, Jack Whittaker (Andy Sibbald 78mins);Rory McKenzie (Dylan Pooler 60mins), Greg Kiltie.

Not Used:- Devlin McKay (Gk), Aidan Wilson.