Friendly Win For 16’s

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.

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