Tough Challenge For 13’s

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.

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