17’s Visit Newcastle Academy

Newcastle United 0 Rangers 5

Rangers Under 17’s squad with two Under 18’s included traveled down to Newcastle United’s Academy and recorded a very comfortable victory against their English counterparts. The Newcastle side I believe were younger, how much younger I’m not sure but Rangers could and probably should have scored a few more goals. There has been a lot of talk about our youngsters needing to be challenged and being taken out their comfort zone to face different opposition. I can only look at tonight’s game as a missed opportunity. If I am being honest Partick Thistle gave the Under 17’s a stiffer challenge last week than the Newcastle team they faced tonight.

Rangers should have taken a second minute lead, Jordan Houston broke forward and passed to Stephen Kelly who’s pass sent Andy Dallas to the right hand byline, his cross found Sam Jamieson unmarked at the back post and a couple of yards out but he knocked the ball wide of the post. The opening goal came within sixty seconds, another Stephen Kelly pass again sent Andy Dallas to the right hand byline, his ball into the box was cleared only as far as Mati Zata on the edge of the box and he shot past the keeper.

Rangers doubled their lead from the penalty spot two minutes later, Mati Zata was brought down inside the left side of the penalty area and Sam Jamieson stepped up to score from the spot.There was barely eight minutes on the clock when Rangers scored a third, Stephen Kelly and Sam Jamieson combined to play Matthew Shiels through on the left side of the penalty area, his shot beat the keeper but came off the inside of the far post. Andy Dallas picked up the loose ball and laid it back to Sam Jamieson inside the right hand angle of the box from where he beat the keeper.

The home side created their first chance on thirteen minutes, the attack was built on the right and when the ball was passed inside it took a good Brian Kinnear save low to his left to keep the ball out. Rangers immediately responded when a long ball sent Andy Dallas down the right, he picked out Sam Jamieson who was denied by a great defensive challenge that deflected the ball over.

On thirty-three minutes Cammy Palmer won possession and played through Andy Dallas who was denied when the keeper stopped his shot with an outstretched leg. Within a minute Stephen Kelly passed to Sam Jamieson wide on the left and his shot from outside the box forced the keeper to dive to his left to save.

On the stroke of half-time Rangers scored a fourth, Cammy Palmer broke forward and passed to Matthew Shiels, his pass across the penalty area picked out Stephen Kelly inside the right side of the box and he gave the keeper no chance with a fine strike.

Half-Time:- Newcastle United 0 Rangers 4

Rangers made two changes at the break where as Newcastle made eleven, with Rangers continuing to dominate without creating as many chances. On sixty-five minutes a good move involving Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels and Carlo Pignatiello set up a twenty-five yard shooting chance for Sam Jamieson that was only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The game had entered the final quarter of an hour when the scoring was complete, Cammy Palmer passed inside from the left and Mati Zata laid the ball off for Dapo Mebude to beat the keeper from the edge of the box.

The home side had a chance to get on the score sheet with a couple of minutes remaining, when the ball came in from the left it broke to an attacker around the penalty spot but he shot straight at Lewis Muir.

Full-Time:- Newcastle United 0 Rangers 5

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear (Lewis Muir HT); Jordan Houston (Michael Hewitt 60 mins), Jay Mack, Danny Finlayson, Scott Gray (Carlo Pignatiello HT); Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Mati Zata; Andy Dallas, Sam Jamieson (Dapo Mebude 72 mins), Matthew Shiels.

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