Archive for August, 2015

17’s Win At Ralston

August 29, 2015

St.Mirren 0 Rangers 4

A good performance from Rangers Under 17’s saw them emerge as comfortable winners at Ralston this afternoon. Their dominant first half display was capped with two goals in the last couple of minutes of the half and from there the home side had little chance of getting back into the game.

The first chance came in the seventh minute, Liam Burt played the ball through to Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area with the Saints keeper standing tall to make the block. Within sixty seconds the home keeper was in action again, Premyslaw Dachnowicz cutting in from the left before forcing a save from the keeper at his near post.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Andy Dallas lobbed the ball over the home defence to free Zak Rudden inside the penalty area but he was again denied by the keeper. A couple of minutes later Rangers took the lead. Andy Dallas cut in from the right before exchanging passes with Zak Rudden on the edge of the box and his left foot shot left the keeper stranded as it found the net just inside the far post.

On twenty-seven minutes Premyslaw Dachnowicz skinned a defender on the left side of the box, his cross found Zak Rudden who’s attempted lob rebounded back off the crossbar. Three minutes before the break Saints carved out their only real clear-cut chance of the half, progressing into the right side of Rangers box with Kieran Wright standing up to block the shot.

Rangers responded by hitting back with two goals in the closing minutes of the half. The first came when the Saints right back took a heavy touch on a pass from his keeper, Liam Burt nipped in to steal possession before being brought down for a clear penalty, Jamie Barjonas stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot. Next up a great run from halfway by Premyslaw Dachnowicz took him past two defenders, his shot from the edge of the box came back off the keeper’s left hand post straight to Zak Rudden who fired past the keeper.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 3

Rangers started the second half where they had left off, by finding the net in the opening minute. Jamie Barjonas played a short corner on the right to Premyslaw Dachnowicz who skipped past a defender on the byline before sending in a low cross to present Zak Ruddden with a simple tap in. Within minutes Jordan Houston progressed down the right before picking out Liam Burt inside the penalty area who volleyed narrowly over.

The half was barely ten minutes old when a good touch from Liam Burt took him past the right back and he advanced deep into the box with his shot from a narrow angle being blocked at the near post by the keeper. Just after the hour Zak Rudden’s ball over the top sent Andy Dallas in the clear, from what looked like an offside position, with time to pick his spot he sent his shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

With a quarter-hour remaining the home side had a chance when a great delivery from a free-kick on the left found an unmarked player at the back post but he volleyed over. Rangers had one final chance before the final whistle, from Carlo Pignatiello’ s pass Zak Rudden seemed to have won the physical battle with the centre back but he sent his shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Full-Time :- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 4

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston (Stephen Kelly 54mins), Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Jamie Barjonas (Carlo Pignatiello 59mins); Liam Burt (Mati Zata 64mins), Grant Nelson (Jason Krones 81mins); Andy Dallas (Rhys Breen 70mins), Zak Rudden, Premyslaw Dachnowicz.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk).

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Comfortable Development League Win

August 25, 2015

Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

Rangers Development squad recorded a comfortable win against Inverness CT at Dumbarton tonight. When Dylan Dykes gave Rangers an early lead there was little doubt where the points were going, although with Robbie Crawford playing as a make shift striker the Ibrox youngsters never looked likely to boost their goal difference significantly.

Rangers took the lead with the first serious attack on seven minutes, Dylan Dykes exchanged passes with Josh Jeffries before beating Daniel Hoban low to his right with a shot from the edge of the box. The visitors threatened when Calum Ferguson got the better of Ross McCrorie when chasing a long ball into the right side of the penalty area with twin Robbie diving high to his right to make a decent save.

Rangers continued to dominate possession without really troubling Daniel Hoban in the Inverness goal, indeed it was the visitors that had Robbie McCrorie working just after the half-hour. Calum Howarth made the byline on the left and when his low cross was cleared outside the right side of the box it teed up perfectly Chris Brown to strike at goal with the Rangers keeper saving low to his left. On the stroke of half-time Fraser Aird fired in a powerful free-kick from the left side of the box but it was straight at Daniel Hoban who saved comfortably.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Inverness CT 0

Like the first half Rangers scored with the first real chance a couple of minutes before the hour, Robbie Crawford and Josh Jeffries worked a short corner on the right and moved the ball to Fraser Aird at the angle of the box, he picked out Robbie Crawford’s run into the box and the make shift striker fired past Daniel Hoban. The visitors carved out a chance as the game entered the final quarter-hour, Ali Sutherland sent Calum Ferguson through on goal but the shot was straight and Robbie McCrorie saved

With ten minutes remaining, Jordan Thompson and Ross Lyon combined to move the ball in from the right to set up a shooting chance from distance for Max Ashmore, again the shot was straight and Daniel Hoban saving comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Inverness CT 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Fraser Aird, Craig Halkett, Lewis White; Dylan Dykes (Max Ashmore 72mins); Josh Jeffries (Ross Lyon 60 mins), Jordan Thompson, Andy Murdoch, Scott Roberts (Ross King 72mins); Robbie Crawford.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Tom Lang, Jamie Mills, David Brownlie.

Inverness CT:- Daniel Hoban; Chris Brown (Ali Stark 74mins), Jason Brown, Cammy Gilchrist, Calum Howarth; Jamie Wilson (No. 18 63mins), Blair MacLennan, Struan McArthur, Ali Sutherland; Chris Blackett (Stephen Rennie HT); Calum Ferguson.

Not Used:- Stephen Foster (Gk), Andy MacRae, Kane Hull.

Friendly Win For 16’s

August 14, 2015

Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

Rangers took on Motherwell in an under 16 friendly at Murray Park last night, the Rangers squad was made up of a mix of 15’s and 16’s. The Ibrox youngsters ran out comfortable winners with the quality of the goals again being the highlight.

The early exchanges were fairly even and it was midway through the half before either goalkeeper was seriously tested, Stephen Kelly crossed from the right and the ‘Well keeper reacted to keep out Matthew Shiels header and was up on his feet to block Dapo Mebude’s close range effort from the rebound. Just after the half-hour Danny Finlayson’s long pass found the overlapping Michael Hewitt breaking into the right side of the penalty area but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post.

The opening goal came a few minutes later, when Dapo Mebude played the ball back to Stephen Kelly the midfielder’s superb twenty-five yard strike gave the keeper no chance. Rangers doubled their lead four minutes before the break, when Dapo Mebude was played through the inside right channel he held off a defender as he broke into the box to beat the keeper at his near post with a tidy finish.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

Like the first period chances were limited in the early stages after the break, there was twenty minutes gone when Stephen Kelly broke down the right and found Billy Gilmour inside the box with a great pass, the Motherwell keeper saving the substitute’s shot and his defence scrambled the ball clear. Just after the half-hour mark of the half Stephen Kelly played the ball forward to Carlo Pignatiello who advanced to the edge of the box before shooting narrowly over.

Motherwell were always in the game without really troubling the Rangers keeper until twelve minutes to go, a free-kick from wide left broke to an attacker on the left side of the six yard box with Lewis Muir standing up to block the shot at his near post. In the visitor’s next attack which came down left, a flick at the near post beat Lewis Muir but the ball came back off the under side of the bar.

Rangers responded by scoring a third with a couple of minutes remaining, Dapo Mebude won the ball midway inside the Motherwell half left of centre, he attacked the penalty area before chipping the ball over the defence to find Kieran McKechnie arriving on the right side of the box, he took a touch before firing across the keeper into the far corner. There was still time for Rangers to come close to a fourth, Michael Hewitt breaking down the right, his cross was headed past the keeper by Dapo Mebude but a defender got back to clear before the ball crossed the line.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 0

Rangers:- Jack Livesly (Lewis Muir 68mins); Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Jamie Walker (Kieran McKechnie 68mins), Scott Blacklaw (Billy Gilmour HT); Carlo Pignatiello; Mati Zata, Cammy Palmer (Josh McPake 68mins); Stephen Kelly, Dapo Mebude, Matthew Shiels

Come Back Win For Under 20’s

August 11, 2015

St.Mirren 3 Rangers 4

Trailing 3-1 at half-time three points looked highly unlikely for the young Rangers side but a great second-half comeback culminated in Josh Jeffries superb winner with four minutes to go.

Rangers started the game well, taking the lead after only three minutes, a great run from Fraser Aird took him from his own half to the edge of St.Mirren’s penalty area where he allowed Ross Lyon to take over and continue into the box before shooting past Dan Wilks. Just after ten minutes Craig Halkett switched play to Scott Roberts wide on the left, the ball was moved inside to Josh Jeffries who passed to Lewis White and on to Ryan Hardie inside the box to shoot straight at the keeper.

The next attack came down the left and when the ball was passed inside to Josh Jeffries he forced a save from Dan Wilks low to his left. As the twenty-minute mark approached Jordan Thompson strode forward before shooting wide of the keeper’s left hand post from the edge of the box.

St.Mirren hadn’t been seen as an attacking force but fired a warning of what was to come on twenty-one minutes, Jordan Stewart’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box came off Liam Kelly’s crossbar on the way over. The home side drew level within in sixty seconds, Dylan Pooler passed in from the right and Mark Lamont gave Liam Kelly no chance as he fired into the top right hand corner of the net from the edge of the box.

The home side then took the lead four minutes later, Jordan Stewart, won the ball from Josh Jeffries on halfway before breaking forward to exchange passes with Dylan Pooler on the edge of the penalty area and continue into the box and shoot past Liam Kelly. Thirteen minutes before the break Saints increased their lead, Kyle McAllister passed across the edge of the box to Dylan Pooler on the right, he picked out Mark Barrowman inside the box and the centre back curled a shot back across Liam Kelly and into the net.

Rangers tried to reply with Josh Jeffries sending Fraser Aird towards the byline on the right, he laid the ball back to Josh Jeffries who’s shot from just outside the right side of the box was just too high. On the stroke of half-time Craig Halkett played the ball forward to Jordan Thompson, a good turn created space for a shot but again it was just too high.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 3 Rangers 1

There was just over an hour gone when we saw the first real effort of the second-half, Dylan Dykes sent Ross McCrorie down the right, he passed inside to Scott Roberts who moved it on to Josh Jeffries, it was eventually returned to Dylan Dykes on the edge of the box and his net bound strike was tipped over by Dan Wilks. The corner from the left was moved to Dylan Dykes on the edge of the box, he passed to Ryan Hardie inside the box, where the striker held off a defender to turn and shoot past Dan Wilks.

As the final ten minutes approached Lewis White sent the ball into the box from halfway where it was controlled by Ross McCrorie before turning and shooting past Dan Wilks. There was four minutes remaining when Rangers grabbed what had looked an unlikely winner, when Dylan Dykes was challenged twenty-five yards from goal the ball broke to Josh Jeffries whose superb strike gave Dan Wilks no chance.

There was still time for another couple of near things, Ross Cameron turned past a defender on the left hand byline and his effort from a tight angle was blocked by the legs of Liam Kelly. Straight to the other end and Ryan Hardie twisted and turned to create space close to the right hand corner flag, before picking out Danny Stoney at the back post, his header looked destined for the net until Dan Wilks managed to paw the ball behind.

Deep into injury time Andy Murdoch and Dylan Dykes combined to move the ball forward to Scott Roberts who’s shot from the edge of the box forced Dan Wilks to tip over.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 3 Rangers 4

St.Mirren:- Dan Wilkes; Josh Beattie, Darren Whyte, Mark Barrowman (Andy McDonald 67mins), Jordan Stewart; Barry Cuddihy; Kyle Maggenis (Cameron McPherson HT), Kyle McAllister (Ross Cameron 76mins; Lewis McLear, Dylan Pooler, Mark Lamont.

Not Used:- Reece Willison (Gk)

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Fraser Aird (Tom Lang 58mins), Craig Halkett, Ross McCrorie, Lewis White; Jordan Thompson (Dylan Dykes 58mins); Ross Lyon (Danny Stoney 67mins), Andy Murdoch; Josh Jeffries, Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), David Brownlie, Max Ashmore, Jamie Brandon.

Liverpool Tournament

August 10, 2015

With the opening League game moved to Friday evening it gave me the opportunity to take in the Under 17’s Saturday and Sunday games at the impressive Liverpool Academy. It was a six team round robin tournament played over thirty minutes each way. Charlton Athletic, Spurs, Sweden’s AIK Stockholm and Stabaek from Norway joining Rangers and the hosts. Its part of an approach that will see the young Rangers teams take on English and continental opposition to challenge the players and improve their development.

Liverpool 3 Rangers 2

I missed the opening game against Liverpool which was played on Friday with Rangers going down 3-2, both Rangers goals coming from Liam Burt. The feed back I got was that the Ibrox youngsters deserved at least a draw which was highlighted when Jordan Houston’s late strike struck the junction of bar and post with the keeper beaten.

Spurs 4 Rangers 1

First up on Saturday morning was the impressive Spurs side, trailing 2-0 on twenty minutes when Spurs were awarded their second penalty things looked bleak, but Kieran Wright dived to his right to touch the ball onto the post. That was the inspiration for the young Rangers side to get back in the game, Jamie Barjonas free-kick from the right side of the box picked out Rhys Breen arriving at the back post to head back across the keeper and into the net.

Unfortunately an early goal in the second half from the Londoners put them back in control and Rangers were finding it difficult to get a share of possession. It looked like they had found a way back into the game when Andy Dallas chased a fifty-fifty ball with the keeper, when they converged and the ball broke loose the Rangers striker rolled the ball into the net, but the referee awarded a foul against the keeper. Spurs added a fourth before the end to secure a deserved win even if the scoreline was a harsh on Rangers.

Stabaek 2 Rangers 1

Saturday afternoon’s game was a big disappointment, in my opinion the Norwegian side were the poorest side at the tournament. Unfortunately Rangers never turned up in the first half and were 2-0 down at the break. The Ibrox youngsters improved in the second half and pretty much dominated proceedings but all they had to show for it was Zak Rudden’s poke past the keeper after he had been played through by Stephen Kelly.

Charlton Athletic 1 Rangers 1

Sunday started with a blow for the squad with Jack Thomson’s injury ruling him out of today’s games. The first opposition was another London club but the contrast was stark. Where as Spurs were a slick passing side Charlton’s approach was physical bordering on violent, with one player in particular fortunate not to be red carded on more than one occasion.

Rangers took an early lead with a well worked goal, Rhys Breen sent Zak Rudden down the left, he passed the ball across the box for Andy Dallas to net.  Rangers were having the better of the game and resisting the oppositions attempts to intimidate, but a good pass  split the Rangers defence to set up the equaliser.

Rangers continued to have the edge in the game but couldn’t get the winning goal with the keeper saving from Andy Dallas and Liam Burt. Charlton could have nicked it at the end, but were denied when Kieran Wright got down to his left to turn the ball wide.

AIK Stockholm 2 Rangers 2

Rangers final game was against the Swedes who had six Under 18 players in their squad. The early exchanges suggested they could be up against it with AIK’s striker and attacking midfielder particularly impressive. They took the lead when the striker showed great feet to dribble past two defenders before shooting past Kieran Wright.

Rangers were soon back on level terms, Jamie Barjonas pass was controlled by Mati Zata inside the box, the keeper came off his line to block the shot but Andy Dallas was on hand to knock the ball into the net. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long, their midfielder breaking from halfway before setting up the striker for his second goal.

Rangers got back on level terms five minutes after the break, Andy Dallas on the left passed inside to Carlo Pigtnatiello who exchanged passes with Stephen Kelly before slotting the ball past the keeper. Rangers again were the stronger team in the second half but couldn’t get the winner, the best chance coming when Grant Nelson’s pass sent Andy Dallas to the byline on the right, his cutback found Carlo Pignatiello arriving on the penalty spot but his side footed shot was straight at the keeper.

Although Rangers never managed a win the players will learn more from these games that games against Scottish clubs where they run up high scores. I didn’t see the game against Liverpool, in the other four games I believe our squad was better than three of the other teams. The exception being the slick passing Spurs side who won all their five games.

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Jordan Houston, Scott Gray, Jack Thomson, Kyle Bradley, Rhys Breen, Liam Burt, Jamie Barjonas, Zak Rudden, Grant Nelson, Sam Jamieson, Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Andy Dallas, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels, Stephen Kelly, Mati Zata.

Late Double Secures Point

August 4, 2015

Rangers 2 Hearts 2

Two late goals secured what looked an unlikely point for Rangers in tonight’s Development League match at Dumbarton tonight. The game had entered the final quarter-hour when Ryan Hardie’s goal brought Rangers back into the game and Jamie Brandon’s late strike secured a point with a couple of minutes remaining.

Rangers got off to a bad start following behind in the third minute, a poor pass put Max Ashmore under pressure just outside his own penalty area and he was dispossessed by Kenny Anderson who’s shot struck Robbie McCrorie’s left hand post, Wilson Carvalho was quickest to the rebound and took a touch before shooting past Robbie McCrorie. Rangers replied with Ross Lyon setting up a chance for Darren Ramsay from just outside the box with his shot going wide of Jack Hamilton’s left hand post.

Chances in the first-half were at a premium and there was almost half an hour gone when a Josh Jeffries corner from the right was headed back across goal by Luca Gasparotto and Ryan Hardie’s acrobatic over head kick had Jack Hamilton diving to his left to turn the ball wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hearts 1

With an hour on the clock Rangers fell further behind, Wilson Carvalho switched play from the left to Gary Oliver on the right, he took on Luca Gasparotto on the right side of the penalty area before shooting across Robbie McCrorie and into the far corner of the net. Rangers tried to get back into the game with Josh Jeffries cutting in from the right and past two defenders before shooting from around thirty yards just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Midway through the half Dario Zanatta held the ball up inside the Rangers box before laying it back to Sean McKirdy who tested Robbie McCrorie, saving at his near post. Rangers then grabbed a lifeline with eleven minutes remaining, Ryan Hardie robbed Jahmal Howlett-Mundle close to the byline just outside the right side of the penalty area, he continued into the box before shooting under the hand of Jack Hamilton and into the net.

The equaliser  came from a great move with two minutes remaining, Ross McCrorie and Josh Jeffries combined on the right to send Ryan Hardie breaking down the right and into the penalty area, he cut inside a defender before unselfishly rolling the ball across the box for Jamie Brandon to slot the ball into the net. The final effort came from the visitor’s  with Gary Oliver’s powerfully struck thirty yard free-kick forcing Robbie McCrorie to get down to his left to hold the shot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hearts 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Craig Halkett, Luca Gasparotto, Lewis White; Max Ashmore (Dylan Dykes 64mins); Ross Lyon (Danny Stoney 71mins), Darren Ramsay; Josh Jeffries, Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts (Jamie Brandon 77 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Tom Lang, Jamie Mills, David Brownlie.

Hearts:- Jack Hamilton; Liam Smith, Jordan McGhee, Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, Kevin McHattie; Sean McKirdy; Wilson Carvalho, Kenny Anderson (Russell McLean 76 mins), Ian Smith; Dario Zanatta (Callum Morrison 71mins), Gary Oliver.

Not Used:- Kelby Mason(Gk), Nathan Flanagan, Dale Baxter, Daniel Baur.

Tough Challenge For 13’s

August 3, 2015

Queen’s Park 8 Rangers 4

Before heading to Ibrox I took in Rangers U13’s game against Queen’s Park U 14’s at Lesser Hampden yesterday morning, It was a tough ninety minutes for the young Rangers side against their older and much bigger opponents. As always there were positives from the game and the quality of Rangers goals were the highlight.

Rangers got off to the worst possible start losing two goals in the opening five minutes. The first goal came from an attack through the middle, where a challenge was brushed aside before rounding Grant Thackary and rolling the ball into the net. The second came when Rangers were struggling to clear the ball from their box and it was eventually fired past Grant Thackary from around the penalty spot.

In the home side’s next attack down the left when the cross came in it bounced off the near post and clear. Rangers got back into the game on eighteen minutes, Adam Devine and Blair Rossiter combined to send Lewis Robertson down the right before entering the penalty area and shooting across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

Five minutes later Lewis Robertson’s pass sent Reegan Aitken racing clear, but he was foiled by a great tackle from the Queen’s keeper on the edge of the box. The home side capitalised on the let off by increasing their lead before the end of the first period, it was created down the left and a pass inside set up the chance to shoot past Grant Thackary.

Seven minutes into the second period saw the home side’s midfielder brush aside three challenges as he broke into Rangers box with his shot being deflected on to Grant Thackray’s right hand post. Within sixty seconds a pass into the box saw the Queen’s midfielder with time and space to turn and fire home.

Things were to get worse for the young Rangers side when a corner from the left flicked of the head of a defender and was nodded into the net at the back post. A pass inside Matthew Henderson then created another chance for the home side with Jay Hogarth saving at his near post. The last action of the period saw Rangers grab a second goal, Callum McCoomb’s pass split the home defence allowing Reegan Aitken to race clear and beat the keeper with a confident finish.

The third period started with the home side’s attacker racing clear on a through ball, with Jay Hogarth standing up to make a fine save. Rangers then reduced the deficit when Robbie Fraser’s superb pass picked out Reegan Aitken who made no mistake from around the penalty spot.

Just when it looked like the youngsters were getting back into the game they conceded again, a pass through the inside left channel sent their striker through to shoot past Jay Hogarth. Back came Rangers, and Adam Devine’s pass inside the left-back was collected by Blair Rossiter who shot across the keeper into the top corner.

Rangers then had a great chance to reduce the deficit to a single goal, Blair Rossiter’s frist time pass found Reegan Aitken inside the box where he was bundled over for a clear penalty, he stepped up to take the spot kick himself but shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Queen’s Park then added two late goals to put an unfair reflection on the scoreline. From a free-kick outside the left side of the penalty area the ball was knocked back across goal for a simple tap in. Then from a free-kick from a similar position Jay Hogarth came out to collect, but reacted to the robust challenge by flicking out a leg, the referee showing a straight red and awarding a penalty that was duly converted.

Queen’s Park 8 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackary (Gk), Jay Hogarth (Gk), Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Greg Chalmers, Rhys Caves, Blair Rossiter, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Lewis Robertson, Tom Henderson, Tom Martin, Kai Kilpatrick, Callum McCoomb.

Youths Win At Palmerston

August 1, 2015

Queen of the South 1 Rangers 3

A Rangers side made up of six under 17’s, two under 18’s and one each at Under 16, Under 19 and Under 20 took on Queen of the South’s Under 20’s at Palmerston last night. In an entertaining game Rangers came from behind to secure a deserved win.

The Ibrox youngsters got off to the worst possible start going behind in the opening minute. When a cross came in from the right Kyle Bradley headed the ball down inside the penalty area, it went straight to a Queen’s attacker who shot past Robbie McCrorie. Rangers replied almost immediately when Grant Nelson attacked from halfway before feeding Liam Burt on the right side of the box and he shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers next chance again came from the right, Liam Burt passing inside to Sam Jamieson who shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The equaliser soon came, on eleven minutes, Grant Nelson broke forward following a Queen’s corner, his cross field pass found Premyslaw Dachnowicz breaking in to the left side of the box, he chested the ball forward before driving past the keeper.

Rangers came close to taking the lead just after the half-hour, Jamie Mills powerful free-kick from just outside the right side of the box clipping the crossbar of the way over. Five minutes before the break Liam Burt in possession on the left passed inside to Jamie Barjonas who shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post..

The young Rangers side weren’t to be denied and took the lead right on half-time, Queen’s struggled to clear following a corner from the left and when the ball fell for Premyslaw Dachnowicz he fired past the keeper from the edge of the six yard box.

Half-Time:- Queen of the South 1 Rangers 2

Rangers had an early chance in the second-half and it came from a solo effort from Jamie Brandon, breaking forward from right-back he cut inside a defender inside the box before shooting narrowly over. With twenty minutes remaining the home side attacked down the right, from the driven cross the ball was deflected goalwards and it to a great reaction save from Kieran Wright to keep Rangers lead intact.

As the game was about to enter the final quarter-hour the ball broke from the Queen’s box, Grant Nelson’s drive was powerful but straight, the keeper parried and SamJamieson fired the rebound against the crossbar but was flagged offside. A couple of minutes later Liam Burt took a quick corner on the left and passed to Jamie Barjonas on the angle of the box with the keeper getting down low to his right to save.

The home side then missed a great chance to draw level with ten minutes remaining, when a corner from the right was cleared from the Rangers box it was hooked over head back into the penalty area, it landed at an unmarked attacker on the right side of the six-yard box, the shot took a slight deflection and went just wide of the far post. Rangers then made the game safe four minutes later, when Grant Nelson was fouled on the edge of the Queen’s penalty area Jamie Barjonas stepped up to shoot over the defensive wall and into the net.

The home side had one final chance with an attack down the right that took them into Rangers penalty area but the shot went just over the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Queen of the South 1 Rangers 3

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Kieran Wright HT); Jamie Brandon, Kyle Bradley, David Brownlie (Jason Krones 80mins), Jamie Mills (Trialist No 16 71mins); Jack Thomson (Greg Pascazio 55mins); Jamie Barjonas, Grant Nelson; Liam Burt, Sam Jamieson,Premyslaw Dachnowicz (Trialist No.15 71mins).