12’s Win At Lesser Hampden

Queen’s Park 2 Rangers 7

I didn’t think on my return from Berlin I would get another youth game before the season ended. So it was a pleasant surprise that there was a trip to the “Lesser” version of Hampden for the Under 12’s game tonight before the big team play at Hampden tomorrow. It was comfortable win for the young Rangers side, building up a big lead before the home side pulled back a couple of goals.

Rangers made the breakthrough with goals either side of the quarter hour mark, the first came from Sam Lovie’s corner on the left which was volleyed past the keeper by Robbie Ure. Almost straight from the kick of Darren McInally was in a race with the keeper to the edge of the box and the ball broke for Robbie Ure who knocked it into the empty net.

The third goal came barely five minutes later, Leyton Dunlop passed the ball forward to Sam Lovie on the left, who passed inside to Robbie Ure his initial shot was blocked by the keeper but he followed up to net from the rebound. The next chance came when Gavin Gallagher’s pass inside the left back released Makenzie Kirk, on this occasion the keeper turned the ball wide at the near post.

Three minutes before the end of the first period Rangers scored again, Logan Dunachie’s pass sent Robbie Ure clear through the inside right channel. He continued into the box and when he played the ball across goal it broke for Leyton Dunlop who fired past the keeper. Rangers continued to dominate but there was only ten minutes of the second period remaining before the next clear cut chance came along. Good play on the left by Leyton Dunlop and Sam Lovie on the left sent the latter to the byline and his cutback picked out Dire Mebude who was denied by a brilliant save from the keeper low to his right.

Rangers soon scored a fifth, Mackenzie Strachan and Sam Lovie worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s cross Makenzie Kirk headed past the keeper. Number six came before the period end, a great piece of skill from Dire Mebude took him clear of two defenders inside the right side of the box, he drove the ball across the face of goal for Leyton Dunlop to net from close range.

Rangers soon added to their tally at the start of the final period, the home keeper’s pass put his defender under pressure and he was robbed by Dire Mebude who stepped into the box before finishing. The home side pulled a goal back when Alex King was short with a pass back and the striker rounded Jack McConnell before rolling the ball into the net.

After the final period turn round Queen’s scored again, that attack came through the centre and the Queen’s player won the race to prod the ball past Gregor McLeod. The final chance came for Rangers, some good skill on the left took Robbie Ure to the byline and his cut back found Darren McInally who’s shot was cleared from the goal line by a defender.

Full-Time:- Queen’s Park 2 Rangers 7

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


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