20’s Lose – 15’s Win

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.

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