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.