Archive for April, 2016

12’s Hit Accies For Six

April 30, 2016

Rangers 6 Hamilton  Accies 1

With no game today I took in the youngest eleven-a-side team, the Under 12’s,  clash with Hamilton Accies at Murray Park. It was a comfortable win for the Ibrox youngsters with the visitors failing to trouble either of Rangers goalkeepers until they grabbed a late consolation goal.

Rangers created their first chance on twelve minutes, Harley Ewan in possession on the right side of the penalty area passed the ball along the eighteen yard line to Sam Lovie who’s shot was saved by the keeper low to his left. Rangers dominance paid off when they took the lead six minutes from the end of the first period, Darren McInally’s quick free-kick from outside the left side of the penalty area picked out Jack Scanlan at the near post and he prodded the ball past the keeper.

Rangers added a second in the dying seconds of the period, Darren McInally winning possession inside the right side of the box before shooting across the keeper into the far corner. There was twelve minutes of the second period on the clock when Rangers scored a third, Leyton Dunlop broke forward from left-back and when he reached the edge of the box he let go with a shot that flew into the top corner.

A few minutes later a fine move saw the ball go from the left via Dire Mebude, Harley Ewan and Robbie Ure to tee up Darren McInally who’s shot was saved by the keeper diving to his right. The fourth goal came with seven minutes of the period remaining, Robbie Ure’s pass sending Makenzie Kirk through to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

There was still time for Rangers to score a fifth before the period end and it came when Dire Mebude and Darren McInally worked a short corner on the left and the latter’s cross was headed past the keeper by Alex King. Rangers first chance of the final period came when Jack Scanlan won the ball and broke into the left side of the box to force a save from the keeper.

Within a couple of minutes Leyton Dunlop’s shot from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box had the keeper diving to save at his near post. Logan Dunnachie then sent a ball over the top of the Accies defence and Dire Mebude raced clear with the keeper coming from his line to make the block. 

With just over ten minute remaining Rangers scored their sixth and final goal, Mackenzie Strachan and Gavin Gallagher combined to send Dire Mebude through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. There was time for a late consolation goal for Accies, the attack came down the right and when the ball came into the box it was slammed into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Gregor McLeod (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Leyton Dunlop, Harley Ewan, Ryan Menzies, Alex King, Darren McInally, Mackenzie Strachan, Jack Scanlan, Gavin Gallagher, Sam Lovie, Robbie Ure, Makenzie Kirk, Dire Mebude, Logan Dunnachie.

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Development League Closes With A Draw

April 29, 2016

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers Development League side completed their fixtures by sharing the spoils with Kilmarnock at Murray Park tonight. I was pleased to make it along for the final fixture and provide a report/update for those that are interested. The club appears to have given up on reporting on these games, with no report on on any of the last seven fixtures, they even have the Dunfermline game of a few weeks ago listed as a 1-0 loss, where as it was a win by the same score.

Tonight was a much better performance although it was disappointing to lose a two goal lead. The other real positive tonight was an eighteen minute cameo from fourteen your old Billy Gilmour, and he didn’t look out of place against a Killie team that had three first team players in their line up.

Rangers had the first effort on nine minutes which was a long range strike from Dylan Dykes that was powerful enough but straight at keeper Ross Miller. The keeper was called in to action again three minutes later, Jordan Gibson chased a long ball into the left side of the penalty area his shot was parried by the keeper diving to his right, Scott Roberts followed up but hit the rebound straight at Ross Miller allowing him to save.

On nineteen minutes Jason Krones struck a powerful free-kick from the edge of the box that had Ross Miller at full stretch to save low at his left hand post. Rangers made the breakthrough midway through the half with a superb team goal, Ross  Lyon passed to Scott Roberts wide on the right on halfway, he cut inside and attacked the penalty area before his pass into the box sent Lewis White to the right hand byline, his ball across the six yard box was knocked into the net by Dylan Dykes. Killie responded when Scott McLean’s cross from the right picked out Aaron Splaine who volleyed over.

On the half hour a Dale Carrick pass sent Jack Whittaker sprinting clear, he progressed into the area but was denied by a fine Kieran Wright save. Eight minutes before the break Rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Mills winning the ball and sending an unstoppable twenty-five yarder past the diving Ross Miller.

Killie should have reduced the deficit three minutes later, Scott McLean’s cross from the right picked out Dean Hawkshaw right in front of goal but he volleyed over. On the stroke of half-time Josh Jeffries shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Taylor Queen, Dylan Dykes looked certain to net from the rebound until Taylor Queen got another slight block but enough to divert the ball wide of the left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Kilmarnock pulled a goal back five minutes after the break and it was a bad goal from a Rangers perspective. Dale Carrick robbed Dylan Dykes on the edge of Rangers penalty area before shooting past the right hand of Kieran Wright. A couple of minutes later Dale Carrick got a flick on Scott McLean’s low corner from the right and the ball flashed across the face of goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers responded with Scott Roberts attacking the Killie box on the right, his ball into the box broke to Lewis White and his close range shot was brilliantly tipped over by Ross Miller. The visitors drew level midway through the half, Scott McLean’s corner from the right was sent beyond the back post where the unmarked Kevin McHattie volleyed through a ruck of players and into the net.

The final effort to secure all three point came for Killie five minutes before the final whistle, Chris Johnston cutting in from the right before forcing a save from Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Ross Lyon, David Brownlie, Jason Krones, Jamie Mills; Max Ashmore (Billy Gilmour 72 mins); Josh Jeffries, Dylan Dykes; Scott Roberts (Sam Jamieson 67 mins), Jordan Gibson, Lewis White (Rhys Breen 75 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Scott Gray.

Kilmarnock:- Ross Miller; Scott McLean, Taylor Queen, Aidan Wilson, Kevin McHattie; Chris Johnston, William Graham (Lewis Clark 58 mins), Dean Hawkshaw, Jack Whittaker; Aaron Splaine, Dale Carrick.

Not Used:- Curtis Lyle (Gk), Lewis Morrison, Ewan McLevy, Andy Sibbald.

Glasgow Cup Defeat for 17’s

April 28, 2016

Rangers 0 Celtic 4

Rangers 17’s reserved one of their poorest performances for tonight’s Glasgow Cup Final, going down heavily to Celtic. It was particularly frustrating as it is a fixture they have dominated this season, winning three and drawing one of the previous four meetings this season.

After a tame opening period Rangers created a chance with a quick break on the quarter hour mark, Andy Dallas progressed down the right before cutting inside but his shot was weak and Aidan McAdams saved comfortably. Celtic went straight up the other end and came close to taking the lead, Ewan Henderson found himself free inside the left hand side of the box, Kieran Wright came out block his initial effort and when he headed goalwards Aidan Wilson got back to clear from the line.

Just before the twenty minute mark a corner from the right was cleared from Rangers penalty area but only as far as Wallace Duffy on the left hand angle of the box and he forced a save from Kieran Wright at his near post. Within two minutes Celtic took the lead, from Broque Watson’s cross from the right Michal Johnston’s attempted volley on the left side of the box stuck under his feet wrong footing a couple of Rangers defenders and allowing him to cut inside and shoot past Kieran Wright.

Rangers responded with a Jamie Barjonas free-kick that was just too high. Then Jack Thomson fed Liam Burt from the right and his shot from the edge of the box was touched wide of his left hand post by Aidan McAdams.

Just after the half-hour Jack Aitchison cut in from the right and his pass picked out the run of Daniel Church who poked the ball past Kieran Wright but wide of his right hand post. Ten minutes before the break Rangers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box just right of centre, Jamie Bajonas powerful strike beat the wall but Aidan McAdams dived to his right to push the shot wide.

Within three minutes Celtic doubled their lead, Jack Aitchison broke down the left and cut inside before shooting which was blocked by Kieran Wright but he was left helpless as Broque Watson followed up to knock the rebound into the net. As half-time approached Michael Johnston’s free-kick from just outside the left side of the box took a significant deflection, Kieran Wright managed to change direction to produce a brilliant save low to his left. On the stroke of half-time from a Michael Johnston corner from the left Wallace Duffy got a free header at the back post that Kieran Wright saved at the post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 2

Rangers started the half on the front foot and created a chance five minutes in, Jamie Barjonas teeing up Zak Rudden inside the right side of the box to force a save from Aidan McAdams at his near post. Four minutes later Celtic scored a third with their first attack of the half, Shaun Bowers broke down the right and into the penalty area where his shot deflected off a defender and past Kieran Wright. 

Midway through the half Zak Rudden chased a Stephen Kelly through ball with Aidan McAdams racing from his line to block. At the other end Jack Aitchison and Michael Johnston combined on the left hand angle of Rangers box with the former forcing a diving save from Kieran Wright to his right.

On seventy-three minutes Zak Rudden  showed good control to collect a long ball but his shot was wide of Aidan McAdams left hand post. The scoring was completed with two minutes remaining, Jack Aitchison cut in from the left and his attempted pass deflected off a defender to land perfectly for Kieran Campbell to shoot past Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 4

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Kyle Bradley; Jack Thomson (Matthew Shiels 76 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Liam Burt (Sam Jamieson 60 Mins); Andy Dallas (Jack Adamson 57 mins), Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Scott Gray, Rhys Breen, Cammy Palmer.

Celtic:- Aidam McAdams; Shaun Bowers (Robbie Deas 60 mins), Stephen Welsh, Wallace Duffy, Daniel Church; Broque Watson (Kieran Campbell 82 mins), Lewis Bell, Kerr McInroy, Michael Johnston; Ewan Henderson; Jack Aitchison (Kyle Barr 90 mins).

Not Used:- Joshua Bradley-Hurst (Gk), Grant Thorburn, Christian Antoniazzi, Max Potter.

Youth Round Up

April 25, 2016

St. Mirren 0 Rangers 4

This week’s youth football fix began on Friday night with Rangers 15’s taking on St.Mirren at Ralston. It was a comfortable win for Rangers with the home side failing to trouble either of Rangers goalkeepers.

Rangers took the lead on twenty-four minutes, Ben Williamson’s long range free-kick was parried by the keeper low to his right, Niyah Joseph’s follow up was cleared from the goal line but only as far as Dapo Mebude who netted from close range. Within four minutes Rangers doubled their lead, Dapo Mebude combined with Josh McPake on the left side of the penalty area with the former’s pass setting up the latter to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers grabbed a third just before the break, a cross picked out Dapo Mebude beyond the far post on the left side of the box, he took a touch to control the ball before firing high past the keeper.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 3

The scoring was completed five minutes after the break, when Kieran McKechnie won the ball on the left side of the box, the keeper save his initial shot but he followed up fire the the rebound in the top corner.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 0 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Jamie Walker, Ben Williamson, Jay Mack, Danny Finlayson, Zac Butterworth, Ross Young, Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake, Niyah Joseph, Kieran McKechnie, Aiden Gibb, Kai Kennedy, Andy Rodden, Kyle McClelland.

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers U13’s took on their St.Mirren counterparts and came from 2-4 down to win 8-4. The goals coming from Reegan Aitken 3, Lewis Robertson, Matty Collins 2, Tom Henderson & Aaron Lyall.

Rangers 1 Celtic 4

Monday night was a chance to take in a game for the youngest eleven-a-side team, they lost to their closest rivals although the scoreline was possibly a bit harsh.

Celtic took the lead on eleven minutes, Rangers were caught playing the ball out from defence and the attack came into the left side of the box and the ball was curled beyond the keeper into the far corner. Rangers replied when Dire Mebude and Robbie Ure combined down the right with the Celtic keeper coming out to save at the former’s feet.

As the end of the period approached Celtic attacked through the middle with Jack McConnell saving low to his right. The final attack of the period came from Rangers, Harley Ewan in possesion on the left passed inside to Darren McInally who forced the keeper to dive to his right to save.

Rangers drew level eleven minutes into the second period, Darren McInally split the defence with a great through ball, as Robbie Ure broke into the box the referee judged the keeper impeded the striker and awarded a penalty that Dire Mebude converted. On fifteen minutes the Celtic keeper failed to gather Darren McInally’s corner from the right. With the attackers hesitating the Celtic defence cleared and broke down the left, the attacker looked to have over run the ball but just managed to get a touch to square the ball for his striker to shoot into the net.

Rangers came close to equalising when Dire Mebude latched on to a slack pass back and rounded the keeper but a defender got back to block his shot on the goal line. Celtic increased their lead in the third period with an attack through the middle, their striker going past a couple of defenders before shooting high into the net.

When Rangers cleared a corner from their penalty area a shot came in from the edge of the box that came back off the underside of the cross bar. The scoring was completed after the final period turn round when they capitalised on a mix up between defender and goalkeeper to grab a fourth.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 4

Rangers Squad:- Gregor McLeod (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Sam Lovie, Harley Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Leon King, Dire Mebude, Darren McInally, Robbie Ure, Jack Scanlan, Leyton Dunlop, James Ferguson, Ryan Menzies, Makenzie Kirk, Gavin Gallagher, Mackenzie Strachan.

Win For 20’s

April 19, 2016

Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 1

A second-half Dylan Dykes penalty allied to a clean sheet gave Rangers Development League side their first win in six games at East End Park this afternoon. It was a game of few chances and neither goalkeeper was over worked.

Rangers had an early chance when Tom Lang headed a cross from the left goalwards, Zak Rudden got a flick on the edge of the six yard box but a home defender cleared from the goal line. Dunfermline replied just before the quarter hour when James Thomas turned on the edge of the box to get in a shot that Robbie McCrorie saved low to his left.

Less than five minutes later Brandon Luke broke forward and passed the ball to James Thomas on the edge of the box, he laid the ball back to Robbie Crawford who’s shot was straight at Robbie McCrorie. A couple of minutes before the break Brandon Luke cut in from the left before shooting for goal with the shot being too straight and Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably.

Half-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 0

There was a wee flurry of chances around ten minutes into the second-half. Jamie Brandon won the ball and passed to Josh Jeffries wide on the right, he cut inside but it was another straight shot that didn’t trouble Cammy Gill. Straight to the other end and Tom Lang was caught in possession on the left hand angle of the box allowing James Thomas to enter the penalty area and force a save from Robbie McCrorie.

The sequence ended when Lewis White combined with Scott Roberts on the left, an exchange of passes took Lewis White into the left side of the penalty area but he shot into the side netting. Rangers took the lead on sixty-four minutes, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod attacked the left side of the penalty area, but was heading back out of the box when he was tripped and the referee pointed to the spot, with Dylan Dykes stepping up to blast the ball past Cammy Gill.

With four minutes remaining Connor Duthie went down under a Kyle Bradley challenge inside the left side of Rangers penalty area, the referee judged it had been a dive and showed a second yellow and subsequent red card. The home side finished the game with territorial advantage but failed to trouble Robbie McCrorie and Rangers held on for the three points.

Full-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 1

Dunfermline Athletic:- Cammy Gill; Reece Duncan, Shaun Ronney, Jordan Orru, Jack McClair; Johnny Galloway; Robbie Crawford, Evan Horne (Owen Andrew 82 mins), Brandon Luke, Connor Duthie; James Thomas.

Not Used:- Josh Dunn (Gk), Josh Robertson, Paul Allen, Paul Joseph Crossan.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jamie Brandon (David Brownlie 73 mins), Tom Lang, Kyle Bradley, Lewis White; Ryan Sinnamon (Mekhi Leacock-McLeod 58 mins); Dylan Dykes, Max Ashmore; Josh Jeffries, Zak Rudden (Jordan Gibson 73 mins), Scott Roberts.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Sam Jamieson.

Comfortable Win For 17’s

April 14, 2016

Rangers 5 Dundee United 2

Rangers got over their surprise defeat to Fife Elite at the weekend with a comfortable win over Dundee United at Murray Park tonight.With some of the 17’s in first team and U20’s squads over the next few days it was a young Rangers side that secured tonight’s win.

Rangers had an early chance when Matthew Shiels chased a long ball into the left side of the Dundee United penalty area, he held off the challenge of a defender but was denied as the keeper came off his line to block. Rangers opened the scoring on thirteen minutes, Andy Dallas and Jordan Houston carved open the United defence on the right, with Jordan Houston breaking into the penalty area to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers grabbed a second two minutes later, a mix up between a United defender and keeper saw the ball fall for Matthew Shiels to turn the ball into the net from around the penalty spot. A Kieran Wright clearance released Andy Dallas down the right allowing him to break into the penalty area, his attempted cross came back to him off a defender with the keeper saving his shot at the near post.

By the twenty minute mark Rangers scored a third with a great move. Andy Dallas passed to Sam Jamieson, his return pass inside the left-back released Andy Dallas and allowed him to roll the ball across goal for Matthew Shiels to fire past the keeper. Fifteen minutes later another fine move saw the ball move from right to left from Jordan Houston via Matthew Shiels and Sam Jamieson to Stephen Kelly on the left hand angle of the box, his effort beat the keeper but bounced of the top of the crossbar.

Just before the break some good play by the visitors on the right hand angle of the box  created space for a shot that beat Kieran Wright but bounced off the crossbar.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 0

United created a good opportunity in the opening minute of the second half, attacking the right side of Rangers penalty area and forcing a save from Kieran Wright at his near post. A few minutes later a solo run from their wide right attacker took him into the right side of Rangers penalty area where his shot past Kieran Wright.

Rangers replied with two chances in as many minutes, a Jordan Houston pass sent Andy Dallas racing clear on the right side of the penalty area but the keeper stood up to make the save. Stephen Kelly them crossed from the right for Lewis Mayo to head goalwards with the keeper getting down low to his left to save.

United the capitalised by reducing the deficit to one goal, the ball was moved from left to the attacker wide right who hit the byline before crossing low, which was converted at close range. Rangers restored a two goal lead soon after, a short corner on the right allowed Stephen Kelly to cross for Lewis Mayo to head past the keeper.

Rangers then grabbed a fifth from the penalty spot, Jack Adamson latched on to a loose ball and broke into the right side of the box where he was brought down, the penalty was duly converted by Jordan Houston. The next attack came from the visitors and a shot from the left hand angle of the box which forced a superb save from Kieran Wright high to his right.

The final chance of the match came when an Andy Dallas pass played Mati Zata though with the United keeper making a fine save at close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Dundee United 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen (Scott Gray); Cammy Palmer; Billy Gilmour (Mati Zata), Sam Jamieson (Carlo Pignatiello); Andy Dallas, Matthew Shiels (Jack Adamson), Stephen Kelly (Michael Hewitt).

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk)

Another Development League Defeat

April 12, 2016

Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 0

An early goal condemned Rangers to their fourth successive defeat without scoring, at Rugby Park tonight. They were second best in the first half but improved after the break, although chances were few and they couldn’t peg back the home side.

The youngsters were fortunate not to fall behind in the third minute, Adam Frizzell’s free-kick from the left hand angle of the penalty area was volleyed from the right side of the box by Stuart Findlay and the ball rebounded of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post. Three minutes later Killie moved the ball in from the right to William Graham who passsed Tope Obadeyi who turned on the edge of the box before shooting past Robbie McCrorie.

In a similar move just past the midpoint of the half Adam Frizzell passed to Tope Obadeyi on the edge of the box and another turn and shot forced a save from Robbie McCrorie low to his left hand side.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 0

Rangers had a narrow escape of fifty-seven minutes, Adam Frizzell swung over a corner from the left which Lee Ashcroft headed back across goal and Tope Obadeyi’s close range shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear. Rangers replied when Jamie Brandon attacked the right side of the Kilmarnock penalty area before passing inside to Ryan Sinnamon who’s twenty-five yard effort went across goal and wide of Devlin Mackay’s right hand post.

Two minutes later Rangers missed a great chance to draw level, Jordan Gibson was sent clear through the middle but as he burst into the penalty area Devlin Mackay advanced from his line to block the striker’s shot. Rangers only other real effort on goal was another long range effort from Ryan Sinnamon that was too straight and Devlin Mackay saved comfortably.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 0

Kilmarnock:- Devlin Mackay; Taylor Queen, Lee Ashcroft, Aidan Wilson, Stuart Findlay; Chris Johnston (Jack Whittaker 73 mins), Greg Taylor, William Graham (Dean Hawkshaw 54 mins), Alex Henshall; Adam Frizzell (Scott McLean 85 mins); Topi Abadeyi.

Not Used:- Curtis Lyle (Gk), Thomas Dempsie, Andrew Sibbald, Lewis Morrison.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk); Jamie Brandon, David Brownlie, Kyle Bradley, Jamie Mills; Ryan Sinnamon; Ross Lyon (Mekhi Leacock-McCleod HT), Dylan Dykes; Scott Roberts, Zak Rudden, Jordan Gibson (Jamie Barjonas 64 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Tom Lang, Liam Burt, Lewis White, Max Ashmore.

20’s Lose To Hibs

April 7, 2016

Hibernian 2 Rangers 0

Rangers were punished for a couple of first half errors in their Development League match against Hibernian at Ainslie Park this afternoon. The Ibrox youngsters improved after the break but couldn’t get the goal that would have got them back into the match.

Rangers were first to threaten on eleven minutes following a good passing move Tom Walsh’s shot from just outside the left side of the penalty area was just wide of Sean Brennan’s right hand post. Just over five minutes later the ball Broke to Oli Shaw on the edge of Rangers box but his shot flew narrowly over.

The home side made the break through just after the twenty-five minute mark, Kevin Waugh passed forward from defence to Danny Handling whose pass inside Jamie Mills found the over lapping Aaron Dunsmore, Robbie McCrorie failed to cut out his low cross and only succeeded in helping the ball on to Jordan Sinclair who found the net at the back post. The home side created another opportunity just over ten minutes later, Oli Shaw finding Ben Stirling inside the left side of Rangers penalty area with Robbie McCrorie saving at his near post.

Within sixty seconds Hibernian doubled their lead, Ben Stirling won the ball on the halfway line and progressed down the left, when he entered Rangers penalty area he was felled by a clumsy Tom Lang challenge and Jordan Sinclair converted from the spot.

Half-Time:- Hibernian 2 Rangers o

Rangers had a great chance to get back in the game six minutes after the break, Kyle Bradley picked out Zak Rudden and a great first touch took him clear of the Hibs defence but he was thwarted when Sean Brennan rushed from goal to make the block. Midway through the half Tom Walsh took a quick free-kick passing to Josh Jeffries who’s twenty-five yard effort was tipped over by Sean Brennan.

As the final ten minutes approached Ali Smith won the ball on halfway and broke towards the Rangers box but his shot was straight at Robbie McCrorie. The home side had the final chance in the final minute, Adam Watson progressed along the right hand byline and his cutback found Josh Peters who fired over.

Full-Time:- Hibernian 2 Rangers o

Hibernian:- Sean Brennan; Aaron Dunsmore, Jordan McGregor, Kevin Waugh, Sean Mackie; Adam Watson, Ali Smith, Ben Stirling (Aaron Scott 67 mins), Jordan Sinclair (Jamie Gullen 81mins); Danny Handling (Josh Peters 58mins); Oli Shaw.

Not Used:- Jordon Brown (Gk), Ryan Potrues, Calum Donaldson.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jamie Brandon, Tom Lang (Kyle Bradley HT), David Brownlie (Ross Lyon 65 mins), Jamie Mills; Ryan Sinnamon; Dylan Dykes, Tom Walsh; Josh Jeffries, Zak Rudden, Scott Roberts (Jordan Gibson 59 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright, Rory Currie, Mekhi Leacock-McLeod, Max Ashmore.

Youth Round Up

April 3, 2016

Rangers 4 Airdrie 0

The 10am kick-off meant I could take in the Under 15’s Saturday morning friendly against Airdrie Under 16’s at Murray Park before heading up to Kirkcaldy. It was a comfortable win for the Ibrox youngsters whose squad included Davie Weir’s son and three Irish trialists. Bringing the total number of trialists from across the water to six for the week, across three age groups.

Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot on eighteen minutes, the award came when Callum Ferris was pulled back inside the box and Billy Gilmour stepped up to convert from the spot. Three minutes later George Curran latched of to a slack pass and broke into the right side of the penalty area with the keeper saving at the near post.

The visitors had an effort on target when Danny Finlayson headed from Rangers box with Nicky Hogarth saving the effort from the edge of the penalty area. Five minutes into the second period Billy Gilmour sent George Curran down the right, his centre was missed by Dapo Mebude but arrived at Marc Walsh at the back post with the keeper saving his shot at the near post.

Six minutes later Dapo Mebude broke into the right side of the penalty area on a Billy Gilmour pass but the Airdrie keeper saved bravely at his feet. Two minutes later Dapo Mebude was through on a Billy Gilmour pass over the top of the Airdrie defence, he continued into the right side of the box but shot into the side netting.

Three minutes before the end of the second period Rangers doubled their lead, Niyah Joseph in possession on the left passed inside to Dapo Mebude, he took on three defenders inside the left side of the box, making space to shoot past the keeper. The final action came at the other end, a shot from just outside the right side of the box beat Brian Kinnear but rebounded from the crossbar.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the first half of the third period but Rangers incresed their lead three minutes after the turn round. Jay Mack won the ball on halfway and moved the ball forward to Josh McPake who’s through ball sent Callum Ferris clear and he continued into the box before shooting past the keeper.

Rangers next chance came when Niyah Joseph delivered a free kick from the left to the back post and Jay Mack’s header was kept out by a point-blank save from the keeper. Airdrie replied with an attack through the inside left channel with Brian Kinnear advancing from his line to make the block. 

The scoring was completed in the final minute, Jensen Weir’s pass sending Callum Ferris through inside the left side of the box and he beat the keeper with a sublime chipped finish.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Airdrie 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Zac Butterworth, Jamie Walker, Ben Williamson, Danny Finlayson, Aiden Gibb, George Curran, Billy Gilmour, Callum Ferris, Johs McPake, Marc Walsh, Jay Mack, Nathan Patterson, Ross Young, Dapo Mebude, Kieran McKechnie, Niyah Joseph, Jensen Weir.

Motherwell 1 Rangers 2

With no home fixtures on Sunday and the 13’s and 14’s both away to Motherwell I decided to take in the later kick off 13’s fixture at Braidhurst High School. The Rangers youngsters coming from behind to grab a last minute winner.

Rangers carved out a chance in the opening minute when Lewis Robertson and Reegan Aitken combined to create the chance for Alex Lowry inside the left side of the box with the keeper saving at his near post. There was less than ten minutes on the clock when Grant Thackray had to race from goal to tackle their striker who was chasing a through ball.

Motherwell took the lead just after the midpoint of the period, the attack came down the right and when the cross bounced inside Rangers penalty area it was headed past Grant Thackray. The home side created another great chance four minutes later, they attacked deep inside the left side of the box with Grant Thackray saving the initial shot and Lewis Robertson completing the clearance. 

Rangers replied when Alex Lowry passed inside from the left to Robbie Fraser who’s shot from the edge of the box was just too high. Rangers won the possession battle in the second period although chances were few. They should have equalised on twenty minutes, a superb Robbie Fraser pass from the left picked our Aaron Lyall inside the penalty area but his shot was too straight and the keeper saved.

Rangers created an early chance in the final period, Alex Lowry sent the over lapping Adam Devine down the right, he continued into the box to force a save from the keeper at the near post. The home side missed a great chance just before the period turn around, their striker went through the middle where Glen Cameron forced him wide allowing Aidan Berry to get back and make the block.

With ten minutes remaining Robbie Fraser tested the keeper from a free-kick just outside the right side of the box, forcing him to dive to his left to parry. Two minutes later Rangers were level, Aaron Lyall fed Alex Lowry inside the right side of the penalty area, a neat piece of skill forced a foul from the defender and Robbie Fraser converted from the spot.

With the clock ticking down Reegan Aitken sent Matthew Henderson towards the byline on the left, when the keeper failed to hold his low driven cross Lewis Robertson was well placed to slam the loose ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 2

Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Glen Cameron (Gk), Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Greg Chalmers, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Leon King, Matthew Collins, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Lewis Robertson, Alex Lowry, Aidan Berry, Rhys Caves, Aaron Lyall

Footnote:- Rangers U14’s beat their Motherwell counterparts 3-1 with the goals comomg from Kai Kennedy (2) & Matty Yates.