Archive for March, 2016

Narrow Defeat For Development Side

March 31, 2016

Rangers 0 Aberdeen 1

In a game of little in the way of goalmouth action and very few chances a Frank Ross goal midway through the first half was enough to give Aberdeen victory at Forthbank this afternoon.

Aberdeen always had the edge territorially in the first half and they scored with what was the half’s only real opportunity as the half passed the halfway mark. Kalvin Orsi sent Sam Robertson towards the byline on the right, he picked out Frank Ross inside the penalty area and he had time and space to turn before shooting through a crowded six yard box and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Aberdeen 1

Rangers improved a bit after the break and had their only real shot on goal on fifty-four minutes from a Max Ashmore twenty-five yarder that Aaron Lennox tipped over. Within three minutes at the other end Kalvin Orsi had a chance deep inside the left side of Rangers penalty area that Robbie McCrorie saved at his near post.

There then was a series of substitutions  and we had to wait until seven minutes from time for the next and final chance of the game. Dylan Thomas fed Kalvin Orsi inside the right side of Rangers penalty box with his effort coming back off Robbie McCrorie’s left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Aberdeen 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, Tom Lang, Kyle Bradley, Lewis White; Jamie Barjonas; Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore (Mekhi Leacock-McLeod 61mins); Ross Lyon (Andy Dallas 75mins), Jordan Gibson (Rory Currie 76mins), Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Jamie Brandon, David Brownlie, Jamie Mills

Aberdeen:- Aaron Lennox; Lucas Culjak (Joe MacPherson 69mins), Michael Rose, Scott McKenna, Danny Harvey; Scott Wright, Aaron Norris (Dean Campbell 75mins), Dylan Thomas, Sam Robertson (Joe Nuttall 65mins); Frank Ross; Kalvin Orsi.

Not Used:- David Craddock (Gk), Andy Youngson

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14’s Lose To Older Opponents

March 30, 2016

Rangers 2 Airdrie 4

A predominately Under 15’s Airdrie side were just too strong for Rangers Under 14’s in a friendly at Murray Park tonight. 

The visitors threatened early with an attack into the left side of Rangers penalty area and it took a decent save from Jay Hogarth at his near post to prevent a goal. Rangers replied when Ciaran Dickson broke to the edge of Airdrie’s box and shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

On eleven minutes Rangers were awarded a free-kick just to the right side of the Airdrie penalty area from which Euan Deveney forced a fine save from the keeper low to his right. Airdrie  capitalised by taking the lead two minutes later, the attack came into the left side of the box and the shot from a narrow angle beat Jay Hogarth.

Rangers had a great chance to equalise on twenty-one minutes, Kai Kennedy sent Chris McKee through on goal but he was thwarted by a fine save from the Airdrie keeper low to his left. Five minutes later Ben Wylie robbed an Airdrie defender just outside the right side of the penalty area and was tripped inside the box, he stepped up to take the spot-kick himself but was denied by a brilliant save from the keeper who dived to his left to parry.

Just before the end of the first period Airdrie attacked and from the shot from the edge of the box Jay Hogarth produced a superb save diving high to his left to turn the ball onto the post. Rangers equalised early in the second period, Kai Kennedy played a corner from the left to Ciaran Dickson on the edge of the box and he fired over the keeper into the net.

Rangers were only level for two minutes when a quick Airdrie break ended with their player breaking into the left side of the box and shooting past Jay Hogarth. The visitors continued to attack and Jay Hogarth saved when their attacker cut in from the left before shooting.

Rangers replied when Ciaran Dickson and Kai Kennedy combined on the edge of the box with the latter shooting just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Airdrie increased their lead when the ball was played through the middle and the attacker held of Ally Monro before continuing into the box and shooting past Jay Hogarth.

Rangers then created a similar chance when Kai Kennedy sent Chris McKee through, he held off a challenge from an Airdrie defender but shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers reduced the deficit soon after, Kai Kennedy passing inside to Ciaran Dickson who beat the keeper from just inside the box.

Airdrie  went straight to the other end and when a cross came in from the right Jay Hogarth came but failed to gather, the ball fell at the feet of an Airdrie player at the back post but could only hit the side netting with the goal gaping. The scoring was completed nine minutes into the final period, the ball was cleared from Rangers box and Jay Hogarth was given no chance from an unstoppable volley.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Airdrie 4

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Kyle McClelland, Ally Monro, Simon Millar, Kai Kennedy, Chris McKee, Ben Wylie, Matty Yates, Aaron Bryson, Blair Rossiter, Tom Henderson, Callum Biggar.

Footnote:- A Rangers Under 16’s side beat St.Johnstone 4-2 in Perth with the goals coming from Carlo Pignatiello, Matthew Shiels (2) and a trialist.

Easy Wins Over Fife Elite

March 20, 2016

Today’s games at Murray Park was a 13’s and 14’s double header against Fife Elite, staggered kick offs meant I could take in both games. First up was the younger side with an 11 am kick-off.

Rangers 11 Fife Elite 0

Neither of Rangers goalkeepers made a save and the under 13’s ran up a big score against there opponents from Fife. The trend was set with two goals in the opening five minutes, the first came from a Robbie Fraser corner from the right that Leon King rose to head past the keeper. Within sixty seconds Robbie Fraser was again the creator this time attacking the left side of the box before picking out Lewis Robertson, the keeper did well to block his initial shot but was stranded as he knocked in the rebound.

The visitors stemmed the tide until almost the half -hour mark when they cleared a ball from their box but only as far as Greg Chalmers who’s shot found the keeper’s bottom right hand corner. Rangers grabbed a forth three minutes into the second period, Adam Devine hit the byline on the left and his centre was converted by Matthew Collins.

Within in a minute Reegan Aitken attacked the left hand angle of the box before passing inside to Lewis Robertson who on this occasion was denied by the keeper. Within five minutes Reegan Aitken was the provider of Rangers fifth, providing the cross from the left  for Aidan Berry to head into the net at the back post.

A sixth goal soon followed with Adam Devine breaking into the left side of the penalty area before shooting past the keeper. Midway through the second period Aaron Lyall attacked down the right and when his low cross looked destined for Reegan Aitken at the back post a Fife defender knocked the ball past his own keeper while attempting to clear for an Own Goal.

Two minutes later a solo run from Aaron Lyall took him past three defenders as he slalomed into the box but his shot bounced of the keeper’s right hand post. Rangers eighth goal was only delayed and it came when Robbie Fraser’s pass sent Connor ????? racing clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

The ninth came before the end of the period when Adam Devine progressed to the byline of the left and cut the ball back to Greg Chalmers who slammed the ball into the net. The one way traffic continued in the final period, Matthew Collins played Robbie Fraser through on the left side of the box and he forced a fine save from the keeper.

Robbie Fraser and Harley Ewan then combined on the edge of the penalty area to release Connor ????? who scored with a fine finish. The final goal came with four minutes remaining, Leon King’s free-kick from inside his own half sent Alex Lowry clear and he finished with a sublime chip over the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 11 Fife Elite 0

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Aidan Berry, Adam Devine, Greg Chalmers, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Leon King, Alex Lowry, Robbie Fraser, Aaron Lyall, Lewis Robertson, Reegan Aitken, Gospel Ocholio, Harley Ewen, Matthew Collins, Connor ?????

Rangers 7 Fife Elite 0

The 14’s game in the afternoon followed a similar one sided pattern although the young Fifers at least forced a save from the Rangers keeper late in the game. It took Rangers all of two minutes to open the scoring. the ball was played up to Simon Millar on the edge of the penalty area and he played in Ciaran Dickson who shot past the keeper. It took a further eighteen minutes for Rangers to add to their tally, it was created on the left when Euan Deveney passed to Kai Kennedy and made his way into the box to receive the return ball, his shot forced the keeper to dive to his left to parry but straight to Simon Millar who netted at the far post.

Four minutes before the end of the period the Fife keeper fumbled Blair Rossiter’s cross from the left and Simon Millar couldn’t quite covert hitting the back post at close range. In the opening minuite of the second period a Blair Rossiter corner from the right was played to Ciaran Dickson twenty-five yards out and his drive forced the keeper to tip over. From Blair Rossiter’s next cross, this time from the left, Aaron Bryson looked certain to score but headed over.

Within five minutes Blair Rossiter sent Euan Deveney to the left hand byline and his cross picked out Aaron Bryson who’s close range effort was wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The next opportunity came when Ryan Muir broke forward before feeding Matty Yates and his shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide of his left hand post by the keeper.

Aaron Bryson then missed his third chance in a fifteen minute period, this time heading Kai Kennedy’s cross from the left over from close range. Credit to the Rangers striker as he was on the mark a minute later, Kai Kennedy played in Ciaran Dickson inside the left side of the box, the keeper got down to his left to make the save with Aaron Bryson well placed to knock the rebound into the net.

Rangers scored a fourth before the end of the period, when Kyle McClelland’s cross from the left was headed from the penalty area Kai Kennedy miscued his attempted volley but the ball landed at the feet of Matty Yates inside the left side of the box and he shot past the keeper. Rangers came close in the opening period of the final period, Euan Deveney moved the ball forward to Ciaran Dickson who sent Simon Millar through, he continued into the left side of the box where the keeper blocked with his legs at the near post.

A good turn by Matty Yates on the edge of the box almost took him clear, the ball broke to Owen McGinty who’s superb chip was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Within a minute Matty Yates sent Kai Kenndy through on this occasion the keeper stretched to save his attempted chip.

Kai Kennedy then attacked the left side of the penalty area where he was brought down and stepped up to convert from the spot. Rangers sixth goal came just after the final period turn around, Ciaran Dickson picking out Matty Yates run into the right side of the box from where he beat the keeper.

A Blair Rossiter header sent Kai Kennedy to the byline on the right, his cutback picked out Matty Yates with the keeper saving at point-blank range.  With eight minutes remaining the visitor’s broke into to the right side of Rangers penalty area and forced Lewis Budinauckas into a decent save low to his right. The scoring was completed when Ryan Muir broke forward and passed to Matty Yates who sent Simon Millar through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Fife Elite 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Ally Monro, Kyle McLelland, Simon Millar, Kai Kennedy, Aaron Bryson, Tom Henderson, Blair Rossiter, Matty Yates, Owen McGinty.

14’s Held By Morton

March 16, 2016

Rangers 2 Morton 2

Rangers under 14’s with three trialists in the starting lineup were pegged back by Morton after going into an early two goal lead. Both sides then missed chances to win the game with a draw being the fair result.

Rangers opened the scoring in the second minute, Paul Ogilvie crossed from the right, Ben Marshall didn’t quite connect with his volley but the ball fell for Aaron Bryson who fired into the net. Three minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Kai Kennedy sent Euan Deveney to the byline on the left, his cross was controlled on the chest by Aaron Bryson before shooting past the keeper.

Morton replied with an attack down the left that took them into the penalty area but the shot went across goal and wide of the far post. Their next attack came down the right and the cross went to the back post where the shot forced Lewis Budinauckas to save at his near post.

The visitors pulled a goal back with six minutes of the period remaining, the attack started on the left and when the ball came into the box Ciaran Dickson caught the attacker as the ball was flicked over his head and the referee pointed to the spot which was duly converted. Just before the midpoint of the second period Euan Deveney had a go from a twenty-five yard free kick that hit the top of the bar on the way over.

Within two minutes Morton were level, their striker capitalising on a slack Harry Livesey pass to break into the right side of the penalty area and shoot past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers had a great chance to regain the lead around the midpoint of the final period. Euan Deveney combined with Kai Kennedy on the left side of the box and when Kai Kennedy turned he was brought down and the referee awarded a penalty. Matty Yates stepped up but was denied by a fine save from the keeper low to his left.

Morton finished the stronger and missed a couple of chances before the end. The first came from an attack on the left side of the box but the shot was across goal and wide of the far post. The next chance came on the other side and on this occasion it took a save from Lewis Budinauckas to deny the visitors.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Morton 2

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas, Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Ally Monro, Harry Livesey, Paul Ogilvie, Kai Kennedy, Aaron Bryson, Jude Currant, Ben Marshall, Matty Yates, Tom Henderson, Simon Millar, Blair Rossiter.

20’s Lose – 15’s Win

March 14, 2016

Rangers 2 Dundee 4

It was a harsh lesson for a young Rangers side at Dumbarton tonight with Dundee capitalising on defensive mistakes to run up a four goal lead, to the youngsters credit they pulled back two late goals to put a more respectable slant on the scoreline.

Rangers starting lineup included four under 17’s against a Dundee side with five over age players. Dundee threatened early when Ryan Gemmell won the ball and exchanged passes with Jaun Perez Arturo to break into the left side of the penalty area but he shot wide of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. Within a minute Craig Wighton was presented with a chance when Rangers lost possession on the right side of the penalty area with Robbie McCrorie saving at his near post.

Rangers replied with a Jordan Gibson attack on the left,he passed inside to Liam Burt who shot just wide of David Mitchell’s left hand post from the edge of the box. Just before the half-hour Rangers were punished when  Nicky Low dispossessed Jack Thomson twenty-five yards from goal before exchanging passes with Juan Perez Arturo and breaking into the left side of the box to shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Four minutes later hesitancy inside Rangers box allowed Dundee to double their lead. Jamie Mills and David Brownlie left the ball to each other just outside the six yard box, Jesse Curran pounced and Robbie McCrorie did well to block the shot with his legs but was helpless as Ryan Gemmell knocked the rebound into the net at his right hand post. Rangers came close to pulling a goal back seven minutes before the break, Liam Burt’s cross from the left broke of Darryl Meggatt to Jordan Gibson just outside the six yard box but was denied by a brilliant David Mitchell save low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee 2

The second half was only three minutes old when Dundee struck again, Nicky Low’s strike from fully thirty-five yards catching out Robbie McCrorie as the ball found the back of the net. When Jack Thomson passed to Ross Lyon wide on the right on halfway he skinned Darryl Meggatt and headed for the Dundee box, he cut inside before passing to Jordan Gibson who shot straight at David Mitchell.

Rangers had an escape on fifty-five minutes when Juan Perez Arturo turned on the edge of the box and his drive struck the underside of the bar and appeared to have crossed the line but the referee waved play on. Within three minutes Jesse Curran’s effort from the edge of the box had Robbie McCrorie diving to his left to parry and the Rangers defence crowded out Jaun Perez Arturo before he could capitalise on the rebound.

As the game entered the final twenty minutes Rangers were punished again, Jamie Mills pass back was high and heavy, Robbie McCrorie controlled the ball on his chest but miscued his clearance straight to Juan Perez Arturo who knocked the ball into the net. Rangers got on the scoresheet with eight minutes remaining, Dylan Dykes free-kick from the right broke to Mehki Leacock-McLeod inside the penalty area, his shot was cleared from the line with Scott Roberts following up to blast the ball into the net.

Within a minute Rangers broke down the right where Ryan Sinnamon combined with Jamie Brandon and it ended with the latter being denied by David Mitchell who rushed from his line to block the shot. Rangers grabbed a second goal in the final minute, Jordan Gibson robbed Kerr Waddell midway inside the Dundee half and continued into the penalty area before rounding David Mitchell and rolling the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee 4

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, Jason Krones, David Brownlie, Jamie Mills; Jack Thomson (Jamie Brandon 67 mins); Jamie Barjonas (Mekhi Leacock-McLeod 67 mins), Liam Burt (Dylan Dykes 60 mins); Ross Lyon, Jordan Gibson, Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Lewis White, Josh Jeffries, Rory Currie.

Dundee:- David Mitchell; Sam Dryden, Ben Priest, Kerr Waddell, Darryl Meggatt; Andy Black, Jesse Curran, Nicky Low, Ryan Gemmell; Craig Wighton (Calvin Colquhoun 69 mins), Juan Perez Arturo.

Not Used:- Kyle Gourlay (Gk), Liam Gibb, Greg Warwick, Kyle Clark, Sean Gallagher.

Rangers 3 Dundee United 0

Sunday’s youth football fix was Rangers Under 15’s clash with Dundee United at Murray Park, it was a comfortable win for Rangers youngsters against a side that included a few Under 16’s.

Rangers took the lead midway through the first half, Zack Butterworth got to the right hand byline and his ball across the penalty area found it’s way to Owen McGinty beyond the back post. he cut inside a defender before shooting across Fraser Currid and into the far corner of the net. Within two minutes Rangers double their lead, Zac Butterworth in possession wide on the right passed inside to Billy Gilmour who’s through ball freed Nathan Patterson inside the box to slot the ball past Fraser Currid.

Seven minutes before the break Danny Finlayson broke from defence and played a one-two with Billy Gilmour before shooting just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 0

Early in the second half a powerful run from Dapo Mebude took him into the right side of the penalty area but he shout wide of the near post. Dapo Mebude then started the next attack playing the ball forward to Billy Gilmour on the edge of the box who forced a save form Brett Young diving to his right.

United threatened on fifty-five minutes when Dylan Patterson’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box bounced off the crossbar. Just after the hour Dylan Patterson chased a through ball and it took a brave save at the United player’s feet from Lewis Muir to stop the attack.

Rangers replied when Dapo Mebude turned on the edge of the box and powered into the box but shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post. With twelve minutes remaining Rangers scored a third, Zac Butterworth’s pass sent Danny Finlayson towards the right hand byline and his low cross was converted at close range by Billy Gilmour.

The visitor’s came close to a consolation goal when good skill from Jamie Robb created a shooting opportunity deep inside the right side of Rangers penalty area, Lewis Muir got down to right to make a fine save and a superb Danny Finlayson challenge denied Dylan Patterson from the rebound. The final chance came at the other end when Nathan Patterson found Ben Williamson inside the box with Brett Young blocking the shot with his legs.

Full Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Aiden Gibb, Jamie Walker, Ben Williamson, Danny Finlayson, Jay Mack, Kieran McKechnie, Billy Gilmour, Owen McGinty, Nathan Patterson,Zack Butterworth, Andy Rodden, Dapo Mebude, Niyah Joseph.

Dundee United Squad:- Fraser Currid (Gk), Brett Young (Gk), Connor Dunlop, Grant Rodger, Dylan Harkins, Gio Vezza, Reece Geddes, Ryan Inglis, Ben Starkey, Cameron Murray, Dylan Patterson, Jamie Robb, Michael McArthur, Ross Graham, Callum Hughes, Fraser Kemp.

20’s Lose At Accies

March 8, 2016

Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 0

I understand the relevance of the Development League and how it means very little in the bigger picture. In saying that it was a poor performance at New Douglas Park and Rangers never looked like getting back into the game once they fell behind.

Hamilton took the lead from the penalty spot just after the quarter-hour mark. Ross Cunningham picked out Greg Docherty’s run into the right side of the penalty area and he was caught late by Jamie Mills in the act of shooting and the referee pointed to the spot, with Jesus Garcia Tena converting the penalty. Four minutes later the lead was doubled, Ben Reilly broke quickly following a Rangers attack, he picked out Steven Boyd inside the right side of the box and when he tried to return the pass Jordan Gibson knocked the ball into the net for an Own Goal.

Another quick break from Ben Reilly five minutes later ended with him shooting straight at Robbie McCrorie from the edge of the box. Rangers had shown little in attack until two minutes before the break, when a quick free-kick was played to Scott Roberts he was taken out by Jesus Garcia Tena, the referee allowed advantage as the ball ran for Liam Burt who broke into the box bur shot wide of Alex Marshall’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 0

Accies increased their lead on the hour mark, Danny Redmond broke into the left side of the box and got to the byline before cutting the ball back for Steven Boyd to shoot past Robbie McCrorie. With twenty minutes remaining Jesus Garcia Tena was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on David Brownlie as he broke forward from defence.

Rangers at least called the keeper into action a couple of times in the final quarter-hour. Ross Lyon’s shot from the right hand angle of the box forced Alex Marshall to save low to his left. Rory Currie in possession on the right hand angle of the box passed inside to Jordan Gibson and again Alex Marshall saved low to his left, gathering the ball at the second attempt.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 0

Hamilton Accies:- Alex Marshall; Ben Reilly, Shaun Want, Jesus Garcia Tena, Rico Quitongo; Ronan Hughes; Ross Cunningham, Steven Boyd (Colin Granger 71 mins); Greg Docherty (Conor Scullion 59 mins), Danny Redmond (Marc Kelly 65 mins); Ryan Tierney.

Not Used:- Ross Connelly (Gk), Danny O’Halloran, Lewis Ferguson, Dylan Henry.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, Jason Krones, David Brownlie, Jamie Mills; Max Ashmore (Jamie Barjonas HT); Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (Rory Currie 59 mins), Ross Lyon, Scott Roberts (Jamie Brandon 66 mins), Liam Burt; Jordan Gibson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Josh Jeffries, Dylan Dykes, Lewis White.

Youth Round Up

March 6, 2016

This weekend’s youth fixtures saw the 15’s and 17’s travel through to Riccarton to face Hearts. I decided to stay in the west and take in the 13’s and 14’s games against the same opponents.

Rangers 1 Hearts 2

First up this morning was the U13’s clash which Hearts edged, Rangers had several one on ones with the keeper which they failed to convert and paid the penalty.

After a tame opening spell Rangers got to grips with that game in the second half of the first period. The first chance came when Reegan Aitken passed to Aaron Lyall inside the left side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the near post. The same player had a chance sixty seconds later when Matthew Collins won the ball and passed to Aaron Lyall who on this occasion shot straight at the keeper.

Rangers continued to press and when Matthew Henderson won the ball on the left side of the penalty area he went past a defender before crashing a shot off the crossbar. A minute later Reegan Aitken cut in from the left and teed up Aaron Lyall who shot just wide of the far post.

Two minutes before the end of the period Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot, when Reegan Aitken passed to Aaron Lyall inside the box he was bundled over and the referee pointed to the spot, he stepped up to convert from twelve yards. Hearts equalised early in the second period, the attack took them to the byline on the right and when the ball was played across goal it was knocked into the net at the far post.

Rangers replied when Robbie Fraser’s ball over the top of the Hearts defence sent Reegan Aitken clear with the keeper saving his shot at the near post. The visitors then threatened with a quick break attacking through the middle but the shot was wide of Grant Thackray’s left hand post.

Hearts again hit Rangers on the break, this time down the left, they advanced into the box but the shot was dragged wide of the near post. Another Robbie Fraser pass sent Reegan Aitken through, the keeper advanced from goal to make a block with a defender following up to complete the clearance.

Rangers continued to have the bulk of possession in the final period but were not creating clear cut chances. With seven minutes remaining a ball over the top sent Hearts down the right and into the penalty area where the shot across Grant Thackray found the far corner of the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 2

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Rhys Caves, Matthew Henderson, Adam Devine, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Matthew Collins, Robbie Fraser, Aaron Lyall, Lewis Robertson, Reegan Aitken, Lorenzo Giovannazi, Greg Chalmers, Alex Lowry, Callum McComb.

Rangers 6 Hearts 0

In this afternoon’s game Rangers U14’s recorded a comfortable win in a game that was spoiled by some eccentric refereeing with two Hearts players seeing red cards.

Rangers took the lead on eleven minutes, Kai Kennedy passed to Blair Rossiter wide on the left who played the ball forward to Owen McGinty, he shrugged of the challenge of a defender to progress into the box and beat the keeper from a narrow angle. The visitors should have levelled five minutes later, a corner from the right was headed back across goal but fired over from close range.

Rangers replied when Kyle McLelland sent the ball out to Kai Kennedy wide on the left, he picked out Euan Deveney’s run into the box with the Hearts keeper diving to his left to turn away the full-back’s shot. At the other end a free-kick on the edge of the box just right of centre was curled over the wall and Brian Kinnear was forced to dive to his left to turn the ball wide.

Rangers replied with a superb Owen McGinty twenty-five yarder that the keeper got down to his right to produce a fine save. A couple of minutes before the end of the period the referee adjudged Simon Millar was fouled just inside the left hand angle of the box with Matty Yates converting from the spot.

In the opening minute of the second period Owen McGinty in possession on the right passed inside to Kai Kennedy, he tried to take on two defenders on the edge of the box and the ball broke back to Owen McGinty who’s shot beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar. Rangers then grabbed a third goal, Ciaran Dickson played the ball forward to Owen McGinty on the edge of the box and his shot beat the keeper and came back off the cross bar but on this occasion Simon Millar followed up to knock the ball into the net. Soon after the referee showed a Hearts defender a red card for what I assume was dissent.

Rangers soon added a fourth, from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box Euan Deveney shot through a disintegrating wall and into the net. Before the period ended Hearts lost the ball on the edge of the box and Aaron Bryson was brought down as he rounded the keeper. The referee showed the keeper a second yellow and subsequent red card before the fouled player converted from the spot.

Rangers were in full control and could have added to their tally in the final period. Kai Kennedy sent Owen McGinty through and he beat the keeper with a superb lob but a defender got back to clear before the ball crossed the line. Ciaran Dickson then progressed to the byline on the left, from his cutback Aaron Bryson was denied at close range by a fine save. In the final minute Kai Kennedy attacked into the left side of the box where he was tripped and stepped up to convert Rangers third penalty.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Hearts 0

Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Kyle McLelland, Ally Monro, Matty Yates, Kai Kennedy, Simon Millar, Owen McGinty, Blair Rossiter, Tom Henderson, Aaron Bryson, Paul Ogilvie, Callum Biggar.

Footnote:- Meanwhile through in the east Rangers 17’s won 6-1. The goals coming from Andy Dallas, Jamie Barjonas, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly, Jordan Houston & Matthew Shiels. Rangers U15’s drew 1-1.

16’s Win – 20’s Lose

March 3, 2016

A double post covering last night’s Under 16’s friendly against Airdrie and this morning’s Development League clash against Celtic both games at Murray Park

Rangers 0 Celtic 1

One costly error twenty minutes from time was all that separated the sides in this morning’s Development League clash at Murray Park. It was a bit harsh on a young Rangers side that included an Under 16 player and two under 17’s by the end of the game, Celtic fielded three over age players.

As with a lot of recent games at this level goalmouth incidents were rare in the early stages and we were at the midpoint of the half before the first real chance came along and from it Celtic should have taken the lead. Ryan Christie and Calvin Miller combined on the left side of Rangers box with the latter miscuing his shot when he looked certain to score, the ball broke to Joe Thomson and it took a superb Tom Lang block to snuff out the danger. Rangers replied when Jamie Barjonas played the ball forward to Jordan Gibson on the left hand angle of the box, he passed inside to Rory Currie whose shot was comfortably saved by Leo Fasan.

Two minutes before the break Ryan Christie played in Calvin Miller breaking to the left side of the penalty area with Robbie McCrorie saving low to his left. Just before the half-time whistle Mekhi Leacock-McLeod showed good tenacity on the right to get the ball to Rory Currie inside the box but the striker shot over.

Half-Time:-Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers threatened from a quick break early in the second half, Jamie Barjonas played the ball forward to Rory Currie who continued to the edge of the box before hitting a powerful shot straight at Leo Fasan. Just under ten minutes later Rangers came close to taking the lead, Ryan Sinnamon’s cross from wide on the right picked out Jordan Gibson inside the left side of the penalty area and his first time volley looked net bound until Leo Fasan dived to his left to turn the ball wide.

Midway through the half Zak Rudden and Mekhi Leacock-McLeod combined on the right side of the box but the latter’s shot was weak and Leo Fasan saved comfortably. Celtic replied with a run along the edge of the box from left to right by Ryan Christie before forcing a save from Robbie McCrorie low to his right.

The decisive moment of the match came sixty seconds later, Jamie Barjonas tried to turn twenty-five yards from his own goal and was dispossessed by Joe Thomson, the ball ran for Ryan Christie who continued into the box before shooting into Robbie McCrorie’s bottom left hand corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ryan Sinnamon, Tom Lang (Jason Krones HT), David Brownlie, Jamie Mills; Jamie Barjonas; Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore (Jamie Brandon 69 mins); Mekhi Leacock-McLeod, Rory Currie (Zac Rudden 61 mins), Jordan Gibson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Dylan Dykes, Lewis White, Jordan Houston.

Celtic:- Leo Fasan; Sam Wardrop, Tyler Blackett, Fiacre Kelleher, Aidan McIlduff; Mark Hill; Regan Hendry (Innes Murray 90 mins), Joe Thomson, Theo Archibald (Jack Aitchison 51 mins); Ryan Christie; Calvin Miller.

Not Used:- Conor Hazard (Gk), Jamie McCart, Ciaran Lafferty, Blair Kidd.

Rangers 7 Airdrie 1

Rangers Under 16’s had a comfortable win over Airdrie at Murray Park last night, recovering from the loss of an early goal they were comfortably ahead by the half-time and added another three goals after the break.

Airdrie took the lead on eight minutes, Lewis Muir couldn’t hold on to a long range shot and before he could recover their forward slammed the loose ball into the net. Rangers came close just after the quarter hour mark, Scott Gray got to the byline on the left and from his cross Mati Zata volleyed just wide of the far post.

The Ibrox youngsters came closer still five minutes later, Carlo Pignatiello passed to Matthew Shiels wide of the left, he cut inside before shooting across the keeper and off the far post. The equaliser came on twenty-six minutes, Carlo Pignatiello and Billy Gilmour worked and short corner on the right and from the latter’s cross Rhys Breen rose to head into the net.

Less than ten minutes later Rangers were in front, from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box Rhys Breen curled a shot over the wall and into the top corner of the net. Rangers then hit Airdrie with two goals in the final minute of the first half. The first came from a short pass back from an Airdrie defender that allowed Cammy Palmer to nip in and poke the ball past the keeper. Almost straight away Billy Gilmour and Cammy Palmer combined on the edge of the box to play in Carlo Pignatiello who shot past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Airdrie 1

Twelve minutes after the break Airdrie applied a bit of pressure from a corner from the right that had Lewis Muir stretching to touch on to the crossbar. Within a minute they attacked again, this time from the shot from the edge of the box Lewis Muir got down to his right to turn the ball wide of the post.

Midway through the half a Billy Gilmour pass sent Josh McPake through the inside right channel and the substitute rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net. Within sixty seconds the creator almost became goalscorer, Scott Gray played the ball forward to Matthew Shiels on the left, from his cross Billy Gilmour’s header bounced off the top of the bar and over.

The sixth goal came with twenty minutes remaining, Danny Finlayson played the ball forward to Billy Gilmour who’s superb  pass split the defence and sent Matthew Shiels through to continue into the left side of the box before shooting past the keeper. Rangers next chance came from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box, Matthew Shiels stepped up to force a fine diving save to the right from the keeper. The scoring was completed with a couple of minutes remaining, Michael Hewitt, Premyslaw Dachnowicz and Josh McPake combined on the right with the latter poking the ball past the advancing keeper, before a defender could get back to clear Carlo Pignatiello knocked the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Airdrie 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Scott Gray, Cammy Palmer, Premyslaw Dachnowicz, Rhys Breen, Billy Gilmour, Mati Zata, Dapo Mebude, Carlo Pignatiello, Matthew Shiels, Danny Finlayson, Josh McPake, Aiden Gibb.