Easy Pre-Season Wins For Youth Sides

Rangers Under 20’s and Under 17’s opened their pre-season programmes with very easy wins against Airdrie at Murray Park today. With these one-sided scorelines it is debatable how beneficial these fixtures are.

Rangers 9 Airdrie 0

First up was the Under 20’s fixture, with the Rangers squad including four over age players and three trialists, they lined up against what looked a young Airdrie side.

Rangers first attack came on four minutes when Josh Jeffries fed Zak Rudden from the right and the striker forced the keeper to save diving to his right. The first goal came three minutes later, when the ball was cleared from the Airdrie box the Trialist (4) fired a twenty-five yarder low past the keeper.

Rangers doubled their lead just before the quarter-hour, Andy Murdoch in possession on the left hand angle of the box played the ball into the penalty area where it broke off a defender to Zak Rudden who shot past the keeper. Two minutes later Scott Roberts attacked down the left and passed inside to Zak Rudden who laid the ball back for the Trialist (4) to shoot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

As the mid-point of the half approached Rangers scored a third, Josh Jeffries on the right passed inside to Zak Rudden he passed square to Robbie Crawford who slotted past the keeper. Number four came on the twenty-five minute mark, Scott Roberts and Lewis White combined on the left to send the full-back to the byline and his low cross was converted by Zak Rudden.

On thirty-three minutes Robbie Crawford played the ball out to Ryan Sinnamon on the right and from his cross Zak Rudden headed narrowly past the keeper’s right hand post. Five minutes before the break Ryan Sinnamon and Andy Murdoch combined on the right side of the box and when the full-back was felled inside the box the referee pointed to the spot which Zak Rudden duly converted. There was still time for Rangers to grab a sixth, Zak Rudden flicking the ball over the head of a defender before beating the keeper from just inside the box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Airdrie 0

Rangers had a chance in the opening minute of the second half when the ball broke to Jamie Barjonas but he was denied by the keeper. Seven minutes later Andy Dallas was sent clear through the inside right channel but he shot straight at the keeper.

Ursene Mouanda played the ball forward to Sam Jamieson on the edge of the box and the keeper dived to his left to save the striker’s shot. Just after the hour Rangers scored their first goal of the half, Ross Lyon was sent clear and he rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.

Rangers looked certain to score midway through the half when Sam Jamieson attacked down the right,  the keeper got a hand to his low centre and teed it up for Andy Dallas, his finish was a bit casual and the ball rebounded off the far post. As the game neared the final quarter-hour some good passing on the edge of the box ended with a Jason Krones layoff for Robbie Crawford to roll the ball past the keeper.

The scoring was completed with nine minutes remaining, Max Ashmore played a short corner from the left to Trialist (19) who cut in past a defender before shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Airdrie 0

Rangers First Half:- Kieran Wright; Ryan Sinnamon, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, Lewis White; Trialist (4); Andy Murdoch, Robbie Crawford; Josh Jeffries, Zak Rudden, Scott Roberts.

Rangers Second Half:- Kieran Wright, Ross Lyon, Jason Krones, Kyle Bradley (Robbie Crawford 66 mins), Max Ashmore; Ursene Mouanda; Trialist (19), Jamie Barjonas; Liam Burt, Andy Dallas, Sam Jamieson

Rangers 10 Airdrie 0

The afternoon’s game saw the Under 17’s go one better and hit double figures, the game ceased to be a contest after seven minutes by which time Rangers were three goals up.

Rangers took the lead in the opening minute, Dapo Mebude sending Matthew Shiels through on the left side of the box to shoot across the keeper and into the net. Barely sixty seconds later from Stephen Kelly’s free kick close to the right hand byline Carlo Pignatiello headed past the keeper.

The third goal followed five minutes later, Stephen Kelly’s ball into the box was fumbled by the Airdrie keeper leaving Matthew Shiels the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. A further ten minutes had passed when the Trialist (4) sent Dapo Mebude through but the keeper made a fine block with his foot.

Three minutes later Rangers scored a fourth, Zac Butterworth attacked on the right and when he entered the penalty area he got the break of the ball off a defender and he slotted the ball past the keeper. A solo run from Trialist (4) took him past two defenders and into the penalty area to knock in Rangers fifth.

By the half hour mark Rangers had scored again, the ball was worked from left to Zac Butterworth on the right hand angle of the box from where his shot took a deflection before beating the keeper. Four minutes before the break Jay Mack broke forward and passed to Carlo Pignatiello who’s pass released Dapo Mebude who continued into the box before firing into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 7 Airdrie 0

Within four minutes of the start of the second half Rangers scored again, Dapo Mebude attacked down the right and from his low ball into the box a superb Matthew Shiels flick setup Mati Zata to net from just inside the box. A minute later a solo run took Cammy Palmer deep into the box where the keeper blocked his effort but knocked it into the path of Matthew Shiels who scored from close range.

A bizarre tenth goal came on seventy-one minutes when Niyah Joseph charged down the keeper’s clearance and the ball sailed into the net. Rangers came close to adding to their tally with three minutes remaining when Mati Zata strode forward before shooting from the edge of the box and the keeper dived to his right to touch the ball on to the post and wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 10 Airdrie 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear (Lewis Muir HT); Jordan Houston (Michael Hewitt HT), Jay Mack, Jamie Walker, Scott Gray (Andy Rodden 55 mins); Trialist (4) (Ross Young 71 mins); Stephen Kelly (Mati Zata HT), Carlo Pignatiello (Cammy Palmer HT); Zac Butterworth (Trialist (19) 55mins), Dapo Mebude (Niyah Joseph 55 mins), Matthew Shiels (Nathan Patterson 55 mins).

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