Archive for October, 2015

Narrow Win For Under 20’s

October 28, 2015

Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 1

Ryan Hardie’s second-half goal was enough to give Rangers Development side the three points at Excelsior Stadium last night. The young Rangers side had the bulk of the chances but with the game goalless the result could have gone either way.

Tom Walsh was the creator of the first chance in the tenth minute when his ball over the top of the Thistle defence sent Ryan Hardie in the clear, he continued into the right side of the penalty area but shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far post. Two minutes later Jordan Thompson attacked the Thistle box before playing the ball out to Scott Roberts wide on the left, he took on Matthew McInally and headed towards the byline before picking out Gai Assulin inside the box and took a great block from a Thistle defender to deflect his shot over.

Thistle’s best chance of the half came a couple of minutes after the half-hour mark, James Penrice breaking forward and into the left side of Rangers penalty area before shooting across goal and wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Partick Thiste 0 Rangers 0

Rangers had an early chance a few minutes after the break, Scott Roberts went past a defender on the left hand byline before going for goal from a very tight angle and forcing Marc Waters to block the shot at his near post with his legs. Thistle replied with an attack down the left from Kevin Nisbet, his cross found Declan McDaid arriving at the back post and Robbie McCrorie managed to force his effort behind for a corner.

As the game entered the final half-hour Jordan Thompson broke forward before playing a one-two with Ryan Hardie and breaking into the right side of the box only to be denied when Marc Waters blocked the shot with his legs at the near post. The breakthrough came in the seventy-second minute, from a quick free-kick inside their own half Fraser Aird set off on a break deep into the Thistle half, he passed to Ryan Hardie just inside the box, he turned past a defender before slotting the ball past Marc Waters.

As the game entered the final quarter-hour the Thistle defence failed to clear Jordan Thompson’s corner from the left and the ball eventually broke to Ross McCrorie inside the box and Marc Waters had to be alert to make the save. The keeper was tested again two minutes later, getting down to his left to save Max Ashmore’s thirty yarder.

Within a minute a throw-in on the left just outside the Thistle box created a shooting chance for Jordan Thompson that again forced a decent save from Marc Waters. With five minutes remaining Thistle missed a great opportunity to square the game, a cross from the left found Kevin Nisbet arriving at the far post but the striker volleyed over. The final chance came when Jordan Thompson drove into the left side of the box and the ball broke for Ryan Hardie, although he didn’t quite connect with his shot it did force Marc Waters to parry before gathering the ball among a pile of bodies.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 1

Partick Thistle:- Marc Waters; Matthew McInally, Scot Whiteside, Michael McMullin, James Penrice; David Wilson, Jordan Leyden; Declan McDaid, Dominic Docherty, Mark Lamont (Neil Mcaughlin 77 mins); Kevin Nisbet.

Not Used:- Connor Culllen (Gk), Edin Lynch, Ethan Docherty, Callum Wilson, Anthony Eadie.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Fraser Aird, David Brownlie ( Craig Halkett 74mins), Ross McCrorie, Jamie Mills; Jordan Thompson; Ross Lyon (Dylan Dykes 74mins), Gai Assulin (Max Ashmore 74mins); Tom Walsh, Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Josh Jeffries, Jamie Brandon, Ross King.

Second Half Goals Secure Points

October 21, 2015

Rangers 3 Hibernian 0

A second-half burst of goals saw Rangers Development League side deservedly take the three points in today’s league game at Murray Park. The Ibrox youngsters had the better of the first-half but couldn’t make the break through, but that was rectified after the break and they ran out comfortable winners.

Rangers had a great chance to take the lead after only four minutes, when Ross Lyon’s through ball was missed by Kevin Waugh it left Ryan Hardie in the clear, he rounded keeper Sean Brennan and a goal seemed certain but the Rangers striker’s shot could only find the side netting at the keeper’s left hand post. Within a couple of minutes Rangers came close again, when the ball was played into the penalty area Scott Roberts laid the ball back into the path of Max Ashmore who’s shot was deflected narrowly wide of Sean Brennan’s left hand post.

Hibs first real effort on goal came just before the quarter-hour mark, Fraser Murray delivered a corner from the right and Olly Shaw rose to head over. Just after the half hour Jamie Mills made the byline on the left and from his cross Ryan Hardie set up a shooting chance for Tom Walsh who saw his effort deflected wide of Sean Brennan’s right hand post.

Nine minutes before the break indecision between David Brownlie and Ross McCrorie saw the latter leave his pass back woefully short, Jamie Insall was in the clear but shot wide of Liam Kelly’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hibernian 0

Within five minutes of the turn around Rangers made the break through, Ross Lyon worked a short corner on the left with Tom Walsh before crossing for Ross McCrorie to rise and power a header past Seam Brennan. Eight minutes later Tom Walsh attacked on the right and when he worked a position for a shot Sean Brennan dived to his right to push the ball clear.

Rangers doubled their lead midway through the half, Fraser Aird’s pass sent Ryan Hardie racing clear into the right side of the Hibs penalty area, he rounded Sean Brennan before side stepping past Ben Stirling and walking the ball into the net. The Rangers striker was to find the net again within two minutes, on this occasion he was sent through the inside left channel on a Scott Roberts pass and Ryan Hardie continued into the box before beating Sean Brennan with a cool finish.

When Ryan Hardie was picked out with a superb Scott Roberts pass from the left his hat-trick looked likely but he was a bit casual with his attempted lob over Sean Brennan who was able to make an easy save.Rangers could have added to their tally with six minutes remaining, Dylan Dykes played the ball forward to Ryan Hardie inside the box he laid it back to Ross King but his shot was straight at Sean Brennan who saved comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hibernian 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Fraser Aird, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie (Craig Halkett 74mins), Jamie Mills; Max Ashmore (Dylan Dykes 68mins); Jordan Thompson, Ross Lyon (Ross King 79mins); Tom Walsh, Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Josh Jeffries, Jamie Brandon.

Hibernian:- Sean Brennan; Aaron Dunsmore, Jordan Forster, Kevin Waugh, Adam Eckersley (Callum Donaldson 57mins); Scott Martin (Connor Duthie 59mins), Ben Stirling, Fraser Murray; Jamie Insall; Olly Shaw (Jack Breen 72mins), Farid El Alagui.

Not Used:- Matt Costello (Gk), Adam Watson, Ally Smith, Aaron Scott

Easy Win For 17’s

October 17, 2015

Rangers 6 Hearts 0

With an 11am kick-off it meant I could take in the under 17’s game before heading over to Ibrox for today’s first team fixture. With Hearts failing to seriously threaten Kieran Wright’s goal during the ninety minutes and some poor defending contributing to half the goals it was an easy win for the Rangers youngsters.

It looked like the referee hand penalised Rangers in the ninth minute when with Andy Dallas through on goal he pulled the play back to award a free-kick just outside the left hand angle of the Hearts penalty area, but when Stephen Kelly moved the ball to the side Jamie Barjonas shot past the defensive wall and keeper to give Rangers the lead. Five minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Barjonas pass released Jack Adamson inside the right side of the box and rolled the ball across goal for Andy Dallas to knock the ball past the keeper.

In Rangers next attack the play was switched to Andy Dallas just outside the left side of the box, he went past the full-back before going for goal which had the Hearts keeper stretching to tip over. As the game reached the twenty-minute mark Rangers scored a third from the penalty spot, Scott Gray’s pass sent Andy Dallas down the left and he was brought down when cut into the box, with Jamie Barjonas stepping up to do his usual excellent job from the spot.

Rangers fourth came before the half-hour mark, from a Hearts throw deep inside their own half the ball was thrown inside to their centre back on the edge of his own box, where was disposessed by Jack Adamson who stepped into the box before shooting past the keeper. Hearts keeper then produced a couple of saves to prevent Rangers going even further ahead before the break. Liam Burt’s pass inside the right back released Andy Dallas who forced a save from the keeper low to his left. The next chance came when Kyle Bradley attacked the right side of Hearts penalty area before passing inside to Jack Adamson, he side-stepped a defender before shooting, his shot took a deflection and forced the keeper to dive to his left and produce a fine save.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Hearts 0

It took the young Rangers side only six minutes to get on the score sheet after the break, the Hearts keeper looked a heavy favourite to beat Andy Dallas to Jack Adamson’s pass through the middle and the Rangers striker was as surprised as anyone when he failed to gather but alert enough to latch onto the loose ball and knock it into the net. On the hour mark the keeper played a short goal-kick to his centre back, who was robbed on the edge of the penalty area by Liam Burt who blasted the ball past the keeper for Rangers sixth.

Rangers then seemed to take their foot off the gas and there were no further goals with the visitor’s unable to pose any threat on Kieran Wright’s goal.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Hearts 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Jack Thomson (Kieran Balfour HT); Jamie Barjonas ( Matthew Shiels 68mins); Liam Burt (Carlo Pignatiello 75mins); Andy Dallas, Jack Adamson (Mati Zata 60mins), Stephen Kelly (Premyslaw Dachnowicz HT).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir.

Youth Round Up

October 4, 2015

Once again this week’s youth football fix was a 15’s and 17’s double-header at Murray, this week’s opponents was Kilmarnock with the younger side kicking off in the morning and the 17’s later in the afternoon.

Rangers 4 Kimarnock 0

Rangers under 15’s dominated the game from start to finish with Kilmarnock failing to trouble either of Rangers goalkeepers’ during the ninety minutes. Kilmarnock defended resolutely in the first half and there were almost twenty minutes gone when Danny Finlayson’s forward pass picked out Dapo Mebude breaking into the left side of the box and the Rangers striker volleyed narrowly over. Five minutes before the break Rangers moved the ball from right to left, the final pass came from Ross Young to Niyah Joseph who’s shot forced a fine save from the Killie keeper high to his right.

Rangers then hit Killie with two goals in the remaining minutes before the break. The first came when Nathan Patterson played a one-two with Billy Gilmour and headed to the right hand byline, his low cross into the box was fired high past the keeper by Dapo Mebude. A well worked short corner on the right was the source of the second goal, Josh McPake combining with Billy Gilmour who skipped past a defender on the byline before crossing low for Danny Finlayson to find the net from the edge of the six yard box.

Half- Time:- Rangers 2 Kimarnock 0

Rangers were quick out the blocks after the break increasing their lead in the opening minute, the visitors were opened up on the left side of the penalty area when Niyah Joseph played a one-two with Ross Young before curling a shot beyond the keeper. Within  a couple of minutes Billy Gilmour’s corner from the left broke for Ross Young who’s shot through a crowded penalty area was saved by the keeper.

Just before the hour mark the ball was cleared from the Killie penalty area but only as far as Jamie Walker who’s superb shot was touched on to the crossbar by the keeper. The woodwork came to Killie’s rescue twice within a minute with around a quarter-hour on the clock. Billy Gilmour’s pass releasing Dapo Mebude through the right side of the box, he shot across the keeper and the ball bounced of the far post.

Kieran McKechnie then played the ball into the box from the left to find Jay Mack who fired a shot off the keeper’s right hand post. The scoring was completed a couple of minutes later, following a fine passing move involving Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude and Lewis McGrattan ended with Billy Gilmour’s pass setting up Kieran McKechnie to slot the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 0

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

Rangers 2 Kimarnock 0

With six of the squad injured and Liam Burt drafted into Scotland’s Under 19 squad it was a much changed Rangers Under 17’s that kicked off against Killie.

The visitor’s keeper was called into action within three minutes, Andy Dallas broke forward before passing to Zak Rudden who’s shot from inside the right side of the penalty area had the keeper stretching to tip over. On the quarter-hour Jack Thomson broke forward before shooting from the edge of the box, the keeper saved low to his right and was quickly back on his feet to block Zak Rudden’s effort from the rebound.

Five minutes later a quick Killie break saw them clear on the right, when the ball was played across goal it took a brave save from Kieran Wright to deny the striker arriving at the back post. The Rangers keeper was in action again within in five minutes, this time getting down low to his right to save a powerful shot just inside the post. Rangers suffered a blow ten minutes before the break when Sam Jamieson sustained what appeared to be a serious injury and was replaced by Matthew Shiels.

Half- Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 0

The break through was to come for Rangers ten minutes after the break, Zak Rudden shrugging off a couple of challenges to power his way through and shoot past the keeper. Within a few minutes Zak Rudden’s neat flick released Stephen Kelly inside the right side of the box and close to the byline but he could only fire across goal and wide if the far post.

Rangers made the points safe with eleven minutes remaining when the ball was cleared from the Killie box Jamie Barjonas powerful thirty yarder sneaked under the keeper’s dive low to his right and nestle in the net. Rangers had another chance to add to their tally when the ball was switched from right to left releasing Matthew Shiels but on this occasion he was denied by the keeper who advanced from his line to block with his legs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Lewis Mayo, Jason Krones, Jack Thomson, Scott Gray; Jamie Barjonas; Kieran Balfour (Mati Zata 67mins), Stephen Kelly (Cammy Palmer 79mins); Andy Dallas, Zak Rudden, Sam Jamieson (Matthew Shiels 35mins).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Rhys Breen, Carlo Pignatiello.