Archive for December, 2015

Cup Defeat For Under 20’s

December 21, 2015

St.Mirren 2 Rangers 1

Rangers Under 20’s were knocked out of the youth cup at St.Mirren Park tonight. It was a disappointing performance in a tie that they never looked like winning at any stage.

The early exchanges were tame with the best of those coming from Scott Roberts when he cut in from the left and fired in a shot that Dan Wilks saved comfortably. Midway through the half St.Mirren took the lead, Lewis Morgan was the creator and when his pass came in from the right Lewis McLear shot past Robbie McCrorie.

Two minutes later Kyle McAllister tried his luck from long range that Robbie McCrorie knocked up in the air before gathering. Ten minutes later Jordan Thompson passed to Ryan Sinnamon on the right, he exchanged passes with Ross Lyon, when he received the return pass inside the box he could only toe poke it towards goal and Dan Wilks got down to his left to save.

Within in a minute Jamie Barjonas broke towards the box before passing to Ross Lyon on the right, the ball was moved inside via Ryan Sinnamon to Dylan Dykes who’s shot drifted wide of the far post. 

Half-Time:-St.Mirren 1 Rangers 0

The home side had an early chance in the second half with a pass sending Darren White breaking into the box and it took a brave save at the feet of the Saints player from Robbie McCrorie to avert the danger. Rangers came close to an equaliser in the fifty-first minute, Ross Lyon picked out Ryan Sinnamon’s run into the right side of the penalty area but Dan Wilks did enough to divert his shot wide of his near post.

St.Mirren doubled their lead on fifty-seven minutes, when a corner was cleared from the Rangers box Kyle McAllister’s shot struck the inside of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post and went across the face of goal were Jack Baird knocked the ball into the net.

Midway through the half Rangers had a free-kick wide on the right, Scott Roberts passed inside to Jamie Barjonas and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide by Jack Baird. With eighteen minutes remaining a long ball saw Kyle McAllister out muscle Ross McCrorie but he was rescued when brother Robbie saved at the Saint player’s feet.

Rangers pulled a goal back when attempted clearance cannoned off another St.Mirren player and went back into the box, when Ryan Hardie challenged Dan Wilks the keeper missed the ball completely and the Rangers striker knocked the ball into the net. It was too little too late and the home side saw out the few minutes of injury time for a deserved victory.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 2 Rangers 1

St.Mirren:- Dan Wilks; Kyle Magennis, Darren Whyte, Jack Baird, Jordan Stewart; Kyle McAllister (Conor O’Keefe 73mins), Barry Cuddihy, Andy McDonald, Lewis Morgan (Mark Morrison 86 mins); Jaison McGrath (Cameron MacPherson 66 mins), Lewis McLear.

Not Used:- Reece Willison (Gk), Mark Barrowman,

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, David Brownlie, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Mills; Jamie Barjonas; Dylan Dykes (Liam Burt 62 mins), Jordan Thompson; Ross Lyon (Tom Walsh 62 mins), Ryan Hardie, Scott Roberts.

Not Used:-Keiran Wright (Gk), Max Ashmore, Jamie Brandon.

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Friendly Win For 16’s

December 16, 2015

Rangers 4 Dundee United 2

A Rangers under 16’s side supplemented by two Under 17’s returning from injury took on Dundee United at Murray Park tonight. The United side included Josh Donaldson and Dylan Patterson who were both at Rangers last season. It was an entertaining game with the visitor’s a bit unfortunate to be trailing at half-time but the young Rangers side probably deserved to win over the ninety minutes.

United had the first attack in just over five minutes and it came down the right, when the ball was passed inside the shot forced Lewis Muir into a save. In their next attack on twelve minutes the visitor’s took the lead, this time the attack came into the left side of the penalty area and fired across Lewis Muir and into the far corner.

There then was a lull in goalmouth incidents and it was after the half-hour mark before either goal was threatened. When the next chance came along it was again from United, the attack was on the right of the box and a deflection took the shot just wide of Lewis Muir’s right hand post. Within in a minute Lewis Muir was called into action to save a long-range effort at his right hand post.

Rangers finally came close from a Carlo Pignatiello free-kick from the left that was missed by attackers and defenders alike as it just crept past the far post. Rangers then turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes. The first came from a Matthew Shiels cross from the right that saw Sam Jamieson get ahead of his marker to send a first time volley past Josh Donaldson.

The goal that put Rangers ahead was a well worked goal, Rhys Breen and Sam Jamieson combined on the left to work the ball inside to Cammy Palmer, he passed inside the left-back to pick out Matthew Shiels run into the box and he shot past the keeper.

Rangers threatened again with Carlo Pignatiello attacking through the inside right channel before passing inside to Sam Jamieson who’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was parried by Josh Donaldson. Right on the half-time whistle Dundee United attacked through the centre and the attempted chip had Lewis Muir stretching to save.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

The first effort after the break came from Rangers trialist Dominik Martisiak who’s shot from around twenty-five yards was comfortably saved. United drew level on fifty minutes and it was created by a superb piece of skill from Dylan Patterson on the left hand byline  he then looked up to pick out his colleague at the far post to chest the ball over the line.

Rangers replied when Cammy Palmer and Scott Blacklaw combined on the right and from the latter’s low cross the keeper dived out to parry and his defender completed the clearance. As the final quarter-hour approached Sam Jamieson chased a Billy Gilmour through ball and was denied by a brave save from the keeper.

Rangers edged ahead on seventy-seven minutes, Carlo Pignatiello spread the play to Matthew Shiels wide on the left and when he crossed into the box Sam Jamieson again escaped his marker to volley past the keeper. In the final minute Rangers put a bit of gloss on the scoreline, Mati Zata attacked through the middle and when challenged on the edge of the box the ball broke to Dapo Mebude on the left hand angle and he curled a superb shot over the keeper and into the top corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Dundee United 2

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Rhys Breen, Cammy Palmer, Aidan Wilson, Danny Finlayson, Sam Jamieson, Mati Zata, Dominik Martisiak, Carlo Pignatiello, Matthew Shiels, Scott Blacklaw, Billy Gilmour, Dapo Mebude, Zack Butterworth.

Friendly Stroll For Under 20’s

December 15, 2015

Rangers 9 Airdrie

With last night’s Development League game at Dunfermline postponed Rangers wasted no time in arranging a friendly against Airdrie at Murray Park tonight. The visitors held their own until midway through the first half, but once the break through came the flood gates opened.

Rangers first effort on goal came after eleven minutes, Ryan Hardie fed trialist Mekhi Leacock-McLeod on the right hand angle of the box and his shot forced the keeper to save low to his left. The same player attacked on the right five minutes later before passing inside to Dylan Dykes who shot narrowly over from the edge of the box.

Within in a minute it was Dylan Dykes attacking the right side of the box and when he passed inside Jordan Thompson shot straight at the keeper. The visitors then had an attack of their own on the right and when the shot took a deflection Liam Kelly saved comfortably.

The deadlock was broken midway through the half, a superb turn on the halfway line from Mekhi Leacock-McLeod allowed him to break towards the Airdrie box, he continued before beating the keeper from the edge of the right side of the box. Within in sixty seconds a short pass back presented the ball to Ryan Hardie who continued into the box before beating the keeper.

The third goal came five minutes later, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod won the ball close to the byline on the right, he passed inside to Ryan Hardie who played the ball across the face of goal to Scott Roberts who stepped inside a defender before shooting into the net. Goals were now coming at regular intervals and the fourth came when Ross Lyon, in possession on the right side of the box, played the ball across goal for Dylan Dykes to net at the back post.

Ross Lyon was also the creator of the fifth, just outside the box and left of centre he passed inside for Jordan Thompson to curl a shot beyond the keeper and into the net. Rangers came close to a sixth two minutes before the break, Ross Lyon passed to Mekhi Leacock-McLeod wide on the right and when his crossed into the penalty area Ryan Hardie headed just wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 5 Airdrie 0

The visitors held out for quarter of an hour at the start of the second half before Rangers scored again. The goal came when the ball was moved from Fraser Aird on the right via Max Ashmore to Scott Roberts on the left, he exchanged passes with Ross Lyon before shooting across the keeper into the far corner of the net.As the final quarter hour approached Airdrie failed to clear the ball from their box and the ball broke for Max Ashmore to find the net from around the penalty spot.

Number eight came when Ross King slipped a pass through to Jordan Gibson inside the left side of the penalty area and he cut inside before shooting past the keeper. The scoring was completed with five minutes remaining, Jordan Gibson went past two defenders on the left side of the box before being tripped and he stepped up to give the keeper no chance from the spot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Airdrie 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly (Robbie McCrorie 65 mins), Fraser Aird (Jamie Brandon 60 mins), David Brownlie (Craig Halkett HT), Jamie Mills; Dylan Dykes (Max Ashmore HT); Jordan Thompson (Ross King 60 mins), Ross Lyon; Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (Josh Jeffries 60 mins), Ryan Hardie (Rory Currie 60 mins), Scott Roberts (Jordan Gibson 60 mins).

Glasgow Cup Stalemate

December 13, 2015

Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers Under 17’s  were held to a goalless draw in this morning’s Glasgow Cup Sectional tie at Murray Park. It was a game of few chances although any that came were created by Rangers with Celtic failing to trouble Kieran Wright throughout the ninety minutes.

The first sight of goal came in the twelfth minute, Scott Gray in possession on the left hand angle of the box picked out Zak Rudden inside the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide far post. The young Rangers side continued to dominate and came close to taking the lead on the half hour mark. From a free kick wide on the right Jamie Barjonas sent it deep beyond the far post were Stephen Kelly headed back across goal for Lewis Mayo to head goalwards only to be denied when Aidan McAdams dived high to his left to turn the ball wide of the post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers had an early chance four minutes after the break, Liam Burt broke from halfway,  he passed inside to Jamie Barjonas who was challenged and  the ball broke for Andy Dallas to burst into the right side of penalty area and his shot from a tight angle had Aidan McAdams getting down low to his right to save. Midway through the half Liam Burt attacked on the right and when he cut the ball back Mati Zata’s strike had Aidan McAdams beaten but it was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Little had been seen of Celtic in an attacking sense but two minutes later Mikey Johnston attacked the right side of Rangers penalty area and picked out Ciaran Diver inside the box and it took a brilliant Lewis Mayo challenge to clear the danger. Rangers continued to look the most likely to break the deadlock and the final significant effort on goal came with four minutes remaining, Jack Thomson’s long range effort from just left of centre saw Aiden McAdams fumble the ball behind low at his right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Jason Krones, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly (Mati Zata 50 mins); Liam Burt, Zak Rudden (Sam Jamieson 66 mins), Andy Dallas.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir, Kieran Balfour, Aidan Wilson, Premyslaw Dachnowicz.

Celtic:- Aidan McAdams; Shaun Bowers, Wallace Duffy, Kyle McKendry, Grant Thorburn (Ciaran Diver 56mins); Kieran Cmapbell, Brogue Watson (Ewan Henderson 80 mins), Lewis Bell, Daniel Church, Christian Antoniazzi (Kerr McInroy HT), Mikey Johnston.

Section Table

P W D L F A GD Pts
Celtic 5 3 1 1 15 2 13 10
Rangers 4 3 1 0 7 0 7 10
Queen’s Park 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
Partick Thistle 4 0 0 4 3 23 -20 0

High Scoring Win For 14’s

December 9, 2015

Rangers 8 Hibernian 4

Last night was an opportunity to take in the Under 14’s clash with Hibernian at Murray Park.In a high scoring match Rangers were comfortable winners although Hibs were always dangerous when they attacked.

Rangers took an early lead when Owen McGinty attacked down the left, went past the full-back and hit the byline, he looked up to roll the ball across goal for Simon Millar to knock the ball into the net. Hibs equalised within a few minutes with a very similar goal, an attacked down the left, a ball played across goal and fired past Lewis Budinauckas at the back post.

Rangers came close when the ball was moved from central to right from Tom Henderson via Kai Kennedy to Matty Yates inside the right side of the box and he forced the keeper into a fine save. Rangers regained the lead a couple of minutes before the end of the period, Matty Yates passed to Owen McGinty on the left, he went past the full back and left the keeper stranded with a superb chip over his head and into the net.

A couple of minutes into the second period Simon Millar attacked the left side of the Hibs penalty area, went past two defenders but was denied when the keeper blocked his shot at the near post with his legs. The goal was only delayed a couple of minutes and it came when a Matty Yates pass sent Simon Millar racing clear, he continued into the box and slotted the ball past the keeper. The striker then had Rangers next chance, Ciaran Dickson sent Matty Yates down the right, with the Hibs defence struggling to clear the ball fell for Simon Millar to spin and shoot from around the penalty spot that the keeper saved.

He soon completed his hat-trick, it was created  when Callum Biggar passed Matty Yates on the right side of the penalty area and he centred for Simon Millar to find the net with a simple finish. With just over ten minutes of the period gone Rangers scored a superb fifth goal, Matthew Henderson played the ball forward to Owen McGinty on the left, a superb piece of skill took him past the full-back, he played a one-two with Kai Kennedy on the left side of the box before shooting across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

Rangers then opened up Hibs with a brilliant passing move, started by Matthew Henderson the ball was moved via Tom Henderson and Kai Kennedy to pick up Matthew Henderson’s run into the left side of the box, his cut back found Matty Yates inside the box and only a fine save prevented what would have been a brilliant goal. We didn’t have to wait long for Rangers sixth goal, when the ball came into the penalty area from the right and was cleared to the edge of the penalty area where it was met by Kai Kennedy who’s shot gave the keeper no chance as it found the corner of the net.

Following a corner from the right and with the Rangers defence struggling to clear the ball was fired just wide of Jay Hogarth’s left hand post. The final action of the period saw a Kai Kennedy solo run take him past four Hibs defenders as he attacked the left side of the box but he couldn’t quite beat the keeper who saved at close range.

The visitors attacked from the kick-off in the final period with an attack on the right side of the Rangers penalty area, the shot beat Jay Hogarth but came back off the crossbar. In their next attack the visitors reduced the deficit, again the attack came on the right and when the ball was passed inside the shot from the edge of the box beat Jay Hogarth.

Rangers five goal cushion was restored when the period reached the ten minute mark, Ben Lauchan latched on to a short pass back to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net. Within in minutes the Rangers substitute had another chance, he was found when Kai Kennedy’s pass split the defence but on this occasion Ben Lauchan’s shot was saved.

Before the final period turn around Hibs attacked through the middle and with Jay Hogarth beaten the ball again bounced back off the crossbar. Within sixty seconds of the turn round Hibs scored a third, it was created on the right and when the ball was centred it was fired past Jay Hogarth.

With eight minutes remaining the visitor’s reduced the deficit further, the ball was won midway inside Rangers half and they continued through the middle into the box and the ball was fired into the net. Two Minutes later the scoring was complete, Blair Rossiter in possession on the left picked out Matty Yates inside the box who fired past the keeper to end a high scoring encounter.

Rangers 8 Hibernian 4

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Jay Hogarth (Gk), Callum Biggar, Matthew Henderson, Ciaran Dickson, Kyle McClelland, Euan Deveney, Matty Yates, Kai Kennedy, Simon Millar, Tom Henderson, Owen McGinty, Blair Rossiter, Ryan Muir, Harry Livesey, Ben Lauchan.

Friendly Win For 16’s

December 3, 2015

Rangers 7 Airdrie 1

A Rangers under 16 side supplemented with three Under 17’s returning from injury hosted Airdrie in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. It was a comfortable win for the young Rangers side who field five under 15’s as second half substitutes.

Airdrie threatened first with an attack on the left in the second minute and when the ball was passed inside the subsequent shot was straight at Lewis Muir. Rangers went straight to the other end and Sam Jamieson pressured the Airdrie centre back in to conceding possession but the Rangers striker fired his shot over.

Aidan Wilson breaking from the defence called the visitor’s keeper into action with a long-range striker the he saved low to his left. The game still hadn’t reached the ten minute mark when Sam Jamieson played the ball out to Matthew Shiels on the left, he then moved forward to collect the return pass and was denied when the keeper stretched to tip over.

On twelve minutes Sam Jamieson chased a ball down the right before cutting inside and going for goal with the keeper diving to his left to turn the ball wide of his near post. The breakthrough came five minutes later, Cammy Palmer’s pass sending Mati Zata heading towards the Airdrie box, he picked out Matthew Shiels run into the box, who sidestepped a defender before picking his spot and passing the ball into the net.

Midway through the half Carlo Pignatielllo spotted Cammy Palmer’s run into the box and a great first touch set up a chance but he could only find the side netting. Within a minute Rangers had doubled their lead, Cammy Palmer  attacked the centre of the Airdrie defence before passing to Scott Blacklaw on the right of the penalty area, he picked out Mati Zata in the centre and he shot past the keeper.

A third goal soon followed, Cammy Palmer winning possession midway inside the Airdrie half he played in Sam Jamieson on the left side of the box and he shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net. The fourth goal came seven minutes before the break, this time it was Mati Zata who won possession and fed Sam Jamieson on the left hand angle of the box, he found the net on this occasion with the aid of a deflection.

On the stroke of half time Airdrie pulled a goal back, the Rangers defence struggled to clear a corner from the left and after a bit of head tennis the ball was nodded past Lewis Muir.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Airdrie 1

It took Rangers eight minutes of the second half to add to their tally, Scott Blacklaw’s pass sending Matthew Shiels in the clear on the right side of the box to shoot past the keeper. A long pass from Billy Gilmour sent Sam Jamieson racing clear in to the left side of the penalty area, he tried to go round the keeper who saved bravely at the striker’s feet.

Just before the hour Carlo Pignatiello attacked the centre of the Airdrie defence and when the ball broke kindly for Matthew Shiels he shot past the keeper to complete his hat-trick. As the game entered the last quarter-hour Carlo Pignatiello picked out Rhys Breen on the left side of the box and his powerful shot was diverted wide of the near post by the keeper.

Airdrie responded with an attack of their own, and when the shot came in from the left hand angle of the box Lewis Muir was called into action to tip over. The scoring was completed with ten minutes remaining, Rhys Breen attacked on the left and passed inside to Dapo Mebude who shot into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Airdrie 1

Rangers:- Lewis Muir (Nicky Hogarth 77 mins); Michael Hewitt, Jason Krones, Aidan Wilson (Danny Finlayson 60 mins), Rhys Breen; Cammy Palmer (Josh McPake 67 mins); Mati Zata ( Billy Gilmour HT), Carlo Pignatielllo; Scott Blacklaw, Sam Jamieson (Dapo Mebude 60 mins), Matthew Shiels.

Glasgow Cup Win For 17’s

December 2, 2015

Rangers 5 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers Under 17’s secured a comfortable win in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Sectional Tie at Murray Park, but like the first team last night it took and improved second half performance to put the game beyond their opponents.

The first effort on goal came in the fourth minute, Zak Rudden chased a ball down the left and entered the penalty area, he was denied when the keeper blocked he shot from a narrow angle with his legs. A minute later Jamie Barjonas moved the ball to Liam Burt from a free kick just outside the left hand angle of the box and the midfielder’s shot was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

On twelve minutes Andy Dallas broke through the middle of the Thistle defence and again the keeper came to the visitor’s rescue by diverting his shot with his foot. The next chance came when Stephen Kelly picked out Jamie Barjonas’s run into the left side of the box on twenty minutes, he tried to lob the out rushing keeper who just got enough on the ball to prevent the opening goal.

The break through came barely sixty seconds later, Stephen Kelly cutting in from the right and his shot from the edge of the box beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection. Just over five minutes later Jamie Barjonas sent Zak Rudden down the right, he cut inside before going for goal and his effort was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Ten minutes later Thistle gave a reminder that they were still in the game, a long-range effort from their right back from outside the right side of the penalty area had Kieran Wright stretching to tip over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

The first chance of the second half came just over ten minutes into the half, Jamie Barjonas played in Zak Rudden in the left side of the penalty area and again the Thistle keeper came from his line to blog with his legs. Five minutes later Mati Zata broke towards the Thistle box and played in Andy Dallas to his right with his shot forcing the keeper to tip over.

The second goal eventually came just after the half’s midpoint, Jack Thomson broke forward from defence and played Mati Zata through on the right side of the box, he turned a defender before shooting past the keeper. A third goal soon followed, Stephen Kelly won possession midway inside the Thistle half and sent Liam Burt clear, although the keeper blocked his initial shot he had the simple task of walking the rebound into the net.

The fourth goal came as the final quarter-hour of the game approached, Liam Burt was fouled just outside the left side of the box for which the Thistle defender was shown a second yellow and a subsequent red card, Zak Rudden stepped up to fire a shot through the wall and into the net.

With eight minutes remaining Zak Rudden’s pass released Mati Zata on the right side of the penalty area, the keeper saved his initial shot and the Rangers substitute didn’t connect properly with the rebound allowing a defender to get back and clear from the line. Thistle then broke to create an opportunity for a consolation, the substitute was played through on the left and he continued into the box before forcing Kieran Wright to save low to his left.

The scoring was completed with three minutes remaining on the clock, Scott Gray picked out Stephen Kelly inside the left side of the box, he went past a defender on the byline before playing the ball across goal for Mati Zata to net from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley (Jordan Houston 50 mins), Jack Thomson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Jamie Barjonas; Kieran Balfour (Mati Zata 50 mins), Liam Burt; Stephen Kelly, Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas ( Premyslaw Dachnowicz 74 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Matthew Shiels.