16’s Win – 20’s Lose

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.

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