Archive for September, 2015

Glasgow Cup Win At Lennoxtown

September 17, 2015

Celtic 0 Rangers 1

Rangers Under 17’s recorded a deserved win over Celtic in tonight’s Glasgow Cup group game at Lennoxtown. Liam Burt’s first half strike was enough to secure the three points, and two wins from two games sees the Ibrox youngsters top the group.

Rangers started brightly but apart from a coupe of efforts that were well wide neither side were looked likely to score in the early stages. There was almost thirty minutes on the clock when Jack Aitchison found Mikey Johnston in space in front of Rangers back four and his shot from the edge of the box just cleared Kieran Wright’s crossbar.

Four minutes later Rangers took the lead, Kyle Bradley played the ball up to the halfway line on the right, Zak Rudden’s superb first time pass released Liam Burt, he broke towards the box, dropped a shoulder to side step a defender before shooting past Aiden McAdams from the edge of the box.

Rangers came close to doubling their lead seven minutes before the break, Stephen Kelly on the left passed inside to Liam Burt, he attacked the penalty area before sipping a pass through to Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area with Aiden McAdams saving at his near post. Just before the break Celtic broke forward and an exchange of passes between Mikey Johnston and Jack Aitchison opened up the Rangers defence, from the final pass into the box Jack Aitchison looked offside but the flag never came and it took a brilliant one-handed save from Kieran Wright low to his right to keep Rangers lead intact.

Half-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 1

A quick break five minutes after the break almost saw Rangers score a second, Liam Burt broke forward and passed to Zak Rudden on the left, his pass across the box found Andy Dallas who shot across the face of goal. Almost immediately Andy Dallas attacked the down the right and went past Daniel Church towards the byline with Aiden McAdams saving his shot from a narrow angle at his near post.

As the hour mark approached a great piece of skill took Stephen Kelly away from his marker and towards the Celtic box but his shot was too high and flew over the crossbar. Celtic missed their best opportunity to draw level on seventy-two minutes, Daniel Church crossed from the left and found Jack Aitchison unmarked at the back post but he headed back across goal and wide of Kieran Wright’s right hand post.

The home side again threatened two minutes later, Ross McLaughlin attacked on the right before passing inside to Mikey Johnston who’s shot had Kieran Wright stretching to tip over. Rangers were soon back on the attack, Liam Burt passed to Andy Dallas on the right and he cut inside before shooting just wide of the far post.

Within a minute Kieran Balfour played the ball up to halfway where Zak Rudden and Andy Dallas combined to send the former down the right, he continued into the penalty area, where his shot from a tight angle was saved by Aiden McAdams. There was only four minutes left on the clock when Grant Nelson won possession on the left and passed to Andy Dallas, his cutback found Zak Rudden who’s shot came off Aiden McAdams right hand post and wide.

Rangers were pushing to make the game safe, Grant Nelson played the ball up to Zak Rudden who turned on the edge of the box before firing over Aiden McAdams crossbar. Celtic had a final chance to put pressure on Rangers from a free-kick from wide on the right, when the ball was knocked up in the air Kieran Wright came from his line to clear the danger with a great punch.

Deep into injury time Zak Rudden chased a ball down the left before bullying his way past Wallace Duffy and forcing Aiden McAdams to save low to his right at his near post. The final significant action of the match saw Jack Aitchison shown a straight red card for a stamp on Kyle Bradley.

Full-Time:- Celtic 0 Rangers 1

Celtic:- Aiden McAdams; Shaun Bowers, Wallace Duffy, Kyle McKendry, Daniel Church; Ewan Henderson (Kerr McInroy HT), Lewis Bell (Grant Thorburn 60mins); Mikey Johnston; Danny McAllister (Ross McLaughlin 54mins), Jack Aitchison, Broque Watson.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray (Jason Krones 68mins); Jamie Barjonas (Kieran Balfour 78mins); Liam Burt, Grant Nelson; Stephen Kelly (Sam Jamieson 76mins), Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), MatiZata, PremyslawDachnowicz

Rangers V Thistle Youth Round Up

September 13, 2015

With Rangers meeting Partick Thistle at five different age groups this weekend it presented an opportunity to take in three of those games. The Under 16’s game on Friday night was a definite, I then had to decide which Sunday games to take in, either the 13’s and 14’s games at Murray Park or the 15’s and 17’s games at Lochinch, I opted for the older age group games.

Rangers 11 Partick Thistle 0

Friday night saw Rangers Under 16’s romp to double figure win over their Thistle counterparts with the only black spot on the night being the serious facial injury sustained by keeper Lewis Muir. Rangers took an early lead after only three minutes, Cammy Palmer picking out Matthew Shiels run into the box allowing him to shoot past the keeper. On eleven minutes Mati Zata and Cammy Palmer exchanged passes to sent the former through inside the right side of the box, the keeper coming off his line to block.

The next chance again came on the right side of the penalty area with Michael Hewitt picking out Jack Adamson with the keeper saving the striker’s shot. The second goal came on the twenty-minute mark, Carlo Pignatiello passed to Mati Zata who played the ball forward to Jack Adamson on the right, from his ball across goal Cammy Palmer forced a point-blank save from the keeper who was helpless as Matthew Shiels netted the rebound.

As the midway point of the half approached Cammy Palmer’s pass split the Thistle defence sending Jack Adamson through the inside left channel to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. The next incident in the game saw Michael Hewitt chase a through ball with a Thistle attacker, as Lewis Muir came from his goal the two Rangers players collided, Michael Hewitt was able to continue after treatment but  Lewis Muir had to be replaced by Brian Kinnear.

For the remainder of the half Rangers were denied by some great goalkeeping, denying Jack Adamson and Matthew Shiels twice when goals looked likely. Not to be out done Brian Kinnear produced a superb point-blank save when the ball broke kindly for the Thistle striker inside the box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers got of to a flyer in the second half finding the net in the opening minute, substitute Dapo Mebude exchanged passes with Stephen Kelly before shooting past Thistle’s substitute keeper. Four minutes later Rangers scored a fifth with a very similar move, this time it Mati Zata who found the net after exchanging passes with Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box.

Rangers were now rampant and the next came when the ball was moved from Mati Zata through Stephen Kelly and onto Dapo Mebude to provide the finish. As the hour mark approach Rangers hit Thistle with two goals within a minute, the first came when Jason Krones drilled a low free-kick from just outside the right side of the box into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner. Cammy Palmer created the next from the left side of the box, Dapo Mebude’s initial effort was blocked but he followed up to slam the rebound into the net.

The visitor’s continued to plug away and following an attack down the right when the ball was played across the box it forced Brian Kinnear into a decent save. Normal service was soon resumed and a quick break saw Rangers hit Thistle with another goal, Carlo Pignatiello broke forward before sending Dapo Mebude clear inside the left side of the penalty area to beat the keeper.

The next goal came following some neat play from Josh McPake outside the right side of the box  and a superb reverse pass to release Jack Adamson who made no mistake to grab Rangers tenth. There was still time for another goal when the referee adjudged Jack Adamson was pushed over inside the box and Carlo Pignatiello stepped up to convert the spot kick.

Full-Time:- Rangers 11 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Lewis Muir (Brian Kinnear 30mins); Michael Hewitt, Jason Krones (Jamie Walker 59mins), Danny Finayson, Scott Blacklaw; Cammy Palmer; Mati Zata (Josh McPake 59mins), Carlo Pignatiello; Stephen Kelly (Billy Gilmour 59mins), Jack Adamson, Matthew Shiels (Dapo Mebude HT).

Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 6

First up on Sunday was the Under 15’s lunch time kick-off and it only took Rangers six minutes to open the scoring, Josh McPake’s pass sending Niyah Joseph through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Rangers were having the bulk of possession but the second goal didn’t come until after the half-hour, Billy Gilmour getting on the end of Kieran McKechnie’s superb cross from the right to prod past the keeper.

Just before the break Josh McPake passed to Kieran McKechnie who’s effort from the right side of the penalty area came back off the cross bar.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

The home side got back into the game two minutes after the break, the attack came down the left and when the ball came into the middle the striker shot past Nicky Hogarth. Rangers replied with Kieran McKechnie cutting in from the right and forcing the home keeper to dive to his left to save the shot from the edge of the box.

On fifty-five minutes the powerful Thistle striker brushed through two challenges before shooting straight at Nicky Hogarth. Within a couple of minutes a good passing move released Josh McPake inside the right side of the box, his shot was saved  and a defender got back to clear Dapo Mebude’s effort from the rebound off the line. From the resultant  Kieran McKechnie , Billy Gilmour headed on and Josh McPake’s shot was saved .

Within in a minute Dapo Mebude attacked down the left before passing inside for Josh McPake to shoot straight at the keeper. Midway through the half Rangers restored their two goal cushion, Dapo Mebude exchanged passes with Billy Gilmour on the edge of the box before going past a defender and slotting past the keeper.

Thistle responded within in two minutes their attacker outpaced Zack Butterworth chasing a ball down the left, before cutting inside Jay Mack and shooting across Brian Kinnear and into the far corner. Within sixty seconds Rangers had again restored their two goal margin, Jamie Walker broke down the left before passing to Dapo Mebude, his pass into the box saw Lewis McGrattan’s brilliant controlled side footed finish find the net off the inside of the far post.

A few minutes inside the final quarter-hour Billy Gimour’s corner from the left fell kindly for Ben Williamson inside the six yard box to beat the keeper from close range. With seven minutes remaining indecision from a free kick from the right allowed the Thistle player to get their first but he knocked the ball wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post.

Two minutes later Zack Butterworth left a defender dead on the right hand byline before cutting the ball back for Dapo Mebude who was denied at point-blank range by the keeper. In the final minute Dapo Mebude cut in from the right before going for goal, his shot beat the keeper but bounced of his right hand post. There was still time for another attack from Dapo Mebude down the right, this time when he cut the ball back Lewis McGrattan arrived to shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 6

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Zack Butterworth, Ross Young, Jay Mack, Jamie Walker, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Niyah Joseph, Lewis McGrattan, Josh McPake, Danny Finllayson, Dapo Mebude, Andy Rodden, Ben Williamson.

Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 7

Next up was the Under 17’s fixture and again Rangers ran out comfortable winners. As early as the fourth minute Liam Burt broke towards the Thistle box and his shot forced a fine save from the keeper to turn the ball round his left hand post. Rangers took the lead just before the twenty-minute mark, Grant Nelson sending Zak Rudden through the inside right channel, he continued into the box before beating the keeper at his near post. Midway through the half Kyle Bradley broke forward from full back before beating the keeper from the edge of the box but the ball cannoned off his left hand post.

Just after the half hour Rangers had Kieran Wright to thank for keeping their lead intact, the attack came down the right and when the ball was centred the Rangers keeper managed to block the shot with his legs, Rangers capitalised by going straight to the other end and increasing their lead. Andy Dallas won the ball near the right hand corner flag and passed to Zak Rudden who laid it back to Kyle Bradley who’s shot from the angle of the box beat the keeper.

Six minutes before the break Liam Burt tricked ad defender on the left hand byline, with the keeper blocking his shot from a narrow angle at his near post. Four minutes later Liam Burt’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by the keeper with Zak Rudden pouncing to net the rebound but the referee judged he was offside.

Thistle created a chance before the half-time whistle when the ball was played to the striker on the edge of the box but the shot was straight at Kieran Wright.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Rangers began the second half on the front foot, Jack Thomson breaking from defence before playing a one-two with Grant Nelson, Zak Rudden tried a back heel from his low cross that the keeper saved. A couple of minutes later a corner from the right was played back to Jack Thomson and his shot from twenty-five yards was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

In the next attack Liam Burt nutmegged a defender on the left hand byline but again the keeper was good enough to deny his effort from a tight angle. On the hour mark Grant Nelson in possession inside the right side of the box passed to Zak Rudden who was denied when the keeper blocked with his legs.

Rangers increased their lead a minute later, Stephen Kelly’s pass sent Andy Dallas down the left and his centre was fired past the keeper by Liam Burt. On sixty-five minutes Stephen Kelly came close with a brilliant effort, from inside the right side the penalty area he turned and chipped the ball over the keeper only to see the ball bounce from the crossbar.

Rangers scored a fourth midway through the half, Stephen Kelly’s corner from the right was headed goalwards by Liam Burt from the edge of the box, the keeper punched clear but only as far as Kyle Bradley on the left hand angle of the box and he volleyed the ball through a crowded penalty area and into the net. Within a couple of minutes Stephen Kelly won the ball just outside the Thistle box, passed to Zak Rudden who moved it on to Liam Burt to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers next goal came when Stephen Kelly on the left played a short corner to Lewis Mayo who passed inside for Jack Thomson to strike a superb twenty-five yarder past the keeper. The scoring was completed with two minutes remaining, Liam Burt’s pass freeing Premyslaw Dachnowicz inside the left side of the penalty area and he rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 7

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray (Jason Krones 59mins); Jamie Barjonas (Keiran Balfour HT), Grant Nelson: Sam Jamieson (Stephen Kelly HT); Liam Burt, Zak Rudden (Mati Zata 70mins), Andy Dallas (Premyslaw Dachnowicz 67mins).

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk)

Footnote:- Meanwhile at Murray Park Rangers Under 13’s hit nine without reply and the 14’s overcame Thistle  6-4.

Youths Double Header Against Hibs

September 6, 2015

Staggered kick-offs meant I was able to take in both the Under 15’s and Under 17’s fixtures at Murray Park today. Rangers 15’s edged out Hibs by the odd goal in seven in the morning while the 17’s win in the afternoon was bit more comfortable.

Rangers 4 Hibernian 3

Hibernian took an early lead after three minutes, good wing play on the left created the chance and when the ball was crossed to the back post it found an attacker arriving late to shoot past Nicky Hogarth. On twenty minutes another attack down the left found the full-back overlapping towards the byline, the cross was met at the near post and it took a fine save from Nicky Hogarth at close range to keep the ball out.

Rangers capitalised on their keeper’s save by immediately equalising, Keiran McKechnie cutting in from the right and giving the keeper no chance with a shot across him and into the far top corner. Just before the half-hour Rangers took the lead, Andy Rodden out on the left picked out Dapo Mebude’s run into the box and a great first touch allowed him to go past the keeper and knock the ball into the net.

Five minutes before the break Rangers increased their lead, Keiran McKechnie cut in from the right and passed to Zac Butterworth on the left hand angle of the box, he moved the ball back inside for Josh McPake to shoot past the keeper from the edge of the box. A fourth goal came three minutes later from Nathan Patterson’s throw-in, Josh McPake exchanged passes with Dapo Mebude to hit the byline on the right and knock the ball across goal for Billy Gilmour to net from close range.

Four minutes before the break Hibs attacked through the centre and when the shot came in it struck the arm of Danny Finlayson and the referee pointed to the spot which was duly converted.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Hibernian 2

Just like the first-half Hibs struck early finding the net in the third minute, an attack through the middle sent their striker through one-on-one and he prodded the ball past Brian Kinnear. Rangers first chance of the half came just before the hour, Dapo Mebude attacked down the right and passed inside to Josh McPake who played in Zac Butterworth with the keeper advancing from his line to block.

As the final quarter-hour approached Dapo Mebude broke down the right his cross broke to Keiran McKechnie, his shot beat the keeper but was cleared off the line by a defender. Hibs replied with an attack that took them deep inside the left side of the Rangers penalty area and it took a good save from Brian Kinnear to keep the lead intact.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hibernian 3

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Andy Rodden, Ross Young, Danny Finlayson, Aiden Gibb, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake, Zac Butterworth, Niyah Joseph, Ben Wiliamson, No. 15.

Rangers 3 Hibernian 1

After a quick trip down to visit my Da and it was back to Murray Park for the afternoon’s 17’s game, I didn’t have to wait long for a goal. Lewis Mayo’s superb pass sent Andy Dallas clear down the left, he advanced into the penalty area before unselfishly rolling the ball across goal for Zak Rudden to knock the ball into the net. Just before the half-hour Liam Burt sent Zak Rudden clear through the inside right channel but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to come out and save bravely at the striker’s feet.

On the half-hour mark Rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Barjonas and Andy Dallas worked a short corner on the left, the former beat a defender before driving the ball across goal for Zak Rudden to net from close range. Ten minutes before the break Kyle Bradley advanced down the left before passing inside to Jamie Barjonas his shot took a deflection with the Hibs keeper just managing to save to his right with Grant Nelson waiting to pounce.

Just before half-time Zak Rudden made the byline on the right, his cross picked out Andy Dallas at the back post but he volleyed narrowly over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 0

Rangers increased their lead in the opening minute of the second-half, Liam Burt attacked inside the right side of the box where he was halted by a dangerous two footed challenge for a clear penalty, Jamie Barjonas stepped up to do an excellent job from the spot. Within in a couple of minutes Andy Dallas’s challenge on the edge of the box allowed the ball to break for Zak Rudden who’s shot was powerful but straight at the keeper.

The visitor’s got a break to get back into the game on fifty-six minutes, when a free-kick from wide right was sent into the Rangers box the referee adjudged there was a push by Jack Thomson and pointed to the spot, Keiran Wright being given no chance from the penalty. Hibernian came close to reducing the deficit to a single goal with eleven minutes remaining, their player cut in from the left before shooting from distance, with Keiran Wright beaten the ball rebounded from his right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 1

Rangers:- Keiran Wright; Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Kyle Bradley; Jamie Barjonas (Jason Krones 56mins); Liam Burt, Grant Nelson; Sam Jamieson (Keiran Balfour HT), Zak Rudden (Matthew Shiels 83mins), Andy Dallas (Stephen Kelly 71mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk).

Footnote:- Rangers 13’s won 5-0 away to Hibs, the goals coming from Reagan Aitken, Alex Lowry, Aaron Lyle, Matthew Henderson & Adam Devine.

20’s Share Spoils With ‘Well

September 1, 2015

Rangers 2 Motherwell 2

With a couple of overage players moving out on loan and three players on international duty with Scotland’s Under 19’s it was a young Rangers side that took the field at Dumbarton tonight. They came back from a goal down to take the lead but were pegged back in the second half and over the piece a draw was probably a fair result.

Motherwell took the lead in the ninth minute, Chris Cadden was sent clear down the right and he continued into the penalty area before beating Liam Kelly with a shot at his near post. Rangers replied with a long-range Josh Jeffries effort that Peter Morrison saved comfortably.

On eighteen minutes Scott Roberts took on and went past a defender inside the right side of the box with Peter Morrison standing up to block his shot at his near post. The equaliser was only delayed with Rangers scoring from the resultant corner, Ross Lyon played it short to Josh Jeffries who tricked a defender on the byline before firing in a low cross that David Brownlie knocked past the keeper.

Just after the midpoint of the half Jordan Thompson attacked the centre of the ‘Well defence, side-stepped a defender before going for goal that had Peter Morrison diving to his left to parry. Within sixty seconds Ross Lyon cut in from the left and his shot had Peter Morrison stretching to hold under his cross-bar.

As the half-hour approached Rangers took the lead from  brilliant free-kick, from just outside the right side of the Motherwell penalty area Jordan Thompson curled a shot over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

The visitor’s missed a great chance to draw level three minutes after the break, Jack McMillan got to the byline on the left and from his cross Dylan Mackin looked certain to score, but he was stretching and he could only knock the ball over the bar. With Motherwell now creating the better chances they failed to take another golden opportunity on seventy minutes, across into the box broke kindly for Robbie Leitch but his effort flew over the crossbar.

It was third time lucky for ‘Well with thirteen minutes remaining, Jack Hastie was sent clear and he bored down on goal, as he entered the box Dylan Dykes got back to make a challenge but the ball broke to Ryan Watters who had the simple chance to shoot past Liam Kelly. Both side created half chances in the time remaining, but neither could grab the winner and the game finished all square.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 2

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Tom Lang, David Brownlie (Jamie Brandon 63mins), Craig Halkett, Lewis White; Dylan Dykes; Jordan Thompson, Max Ashmore (Liam Burt 64mins); Josh Jeffries, Scott Roberts, Ross Lyon (Jamie Barjonas 80mins)

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jamie Mills, Ross King, Grant Nelson.

Motherwell:- Peter Morrison; Craig Reid (Barry Maguire 81mins), Ben Hall, David Ferguson, Jack McMillan; Allan Campbell; Chris Cadden, Robbie Leitch; Ryan Watters, Dylan Mackin, Adam Livingstone (Jack Hastie 71mins)

Not Used:- Daniel Potts, Josh Moore, David Turnbull.