Archive for August, 2016

Rudden Hat-Trick Secures Points

August 30, 2016

Falkirk 1 Rangers 3

A superb Zak Rudden hat-trick saw Rangers take all three points in tonight’s Development League match at Falkirk Stadium. A poor first half from Rangers ended with an injury time equaliser and a much improved showing after the break saw them record a deserved win.

The home side took the lead on six minutes, Reis Peggie went past Ross McCrorie on the left and his cross was perfect for Nathan Austin to head past Robbie McCrorie. As the half-hour mark approached Scott Shepherd robbed David Bates on the edge of the box and broke into the right side of the penalty area, the Rangers defender got back to hold up the striker with the ball eventually  breaking to Nathan Austin on the edge of the six yard box, a goal seemed certain until Kyle Bradley got in a block that deflected the ball wide of the far post.

Rangers drew level in the first of seven minutes of injury time, added on due to an injury to Falkirk keeper Lewis McMinn. Ryan Sinnamon won a challenge on the left that took him to the byline on the left, he looked up to pick out Zak Rudden who found the far corner with a superb first time finish.

Half-Time:- Falkirk 1 Rangers 1

There was only six minutes on the clock after the break when Rangers took the lead. Ross Lyon sent in a corner from the right and it was met on the volley near the front post and about eight yards out by Zak Rudden and the ball flew past Deniz Dohan Mehmet in the Falkirk goal. Within in a minute Josh Jeffries cut in from the right and tried his luck from distance but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Rangers secured the points with ten minutes remaining, Ross Lyon dispossessed Jonny Mitchell and attacked on the left side of the penalty area before playing the ball across the box and setup a simple finish for Zak Rudden. The home side came close when Nathan Austin inside the left side of the penalty area cut inside David Bates before shooting narrowly over.

Like the first half there was a significant amount of added time, this time due to a damaged net. A couple of minutes into the added time Rangers broke quickly, Josh Jeffries found Liam Burt and he broke towards the Falkirk penalty area, he picked out Ross McCrorie’s overlap into the right side of the box but the defender delayed his shot a fraction allowing Deniz Dogan Mehmet to make the save. The last action of the match saw a chance for the home side, a corner from the left broke to Liam Henderson inside the box but he shot straight at Robbie McCrorie.

Full-Time:- Falkirk 1 Rangers 3

Falkirk:- Lewis McMinn (Deniz Dogan Mehmet 38 mins); Johnny Mitchell, Cameron Eadie, Kyle Johnson; Mark Finlayson, James Craigan, Reis Peggie, Liam Henderson; Kevin O’Hara (Conor Langton 74 mins); Scott Shepherd, Nathan Austin.

Not Used:- Mark Stowe, Jason Jarvis, Jack Keary, Kieran Sweeney.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, David Bates, Ryan Sinnamon (Lewis White 71 mins); Matt Crooks (Liam Burt 71 mins); Andy Murdoch, Max Ashmore (Jordan Gibson 77 mins); Josh Jeffries, Zak Rudden, Ross Lyon.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Andy Dallas, Jamie Barjonas.

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Heavy Defeat For 17’s

August 28, 2016

Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 4

Rangers Under 17’s suffered a heavy defeat against Hamilton Accies at Murray Park this afternoon. Where as some may point to a few players unavailable and others to the results don’t matter philosophy, while taking both these factors into consideration I personally think any Rangers team should not be losing by four goals to Hamilton Accies.

After a fairly even opening twenty minutes the visitors created the first chance, their winger worked his way along the byline and his ball across the six yard box was just missed by an attacker as it flashed across goal. Four minutes later they took the lead, their right winger cut inside Scott Gray before hitting a lofted shot over Lewis Muir and into the far top corner.

Eight minutes before the break Sam Jamieson was in possession on the right, he passed inside to Cammy Palmer wh0’s twenty five yarder was wide of the keeper’s right hand post. On the stroke of half time Jordan Houston broke forward from defence and played in Matthew Shiels on the right side of the penalty area, but he dragged his shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers missed a great chance to draw level six minutes into the second half. A short corner was worked on the left and good interplay between Billy Gilmour, Stephen Kelly and Sam Jamieson ended with the latter crossing from the byline, the Accies keeper was stretching to get a touch and when the ball dropped at the far post Danny Finlayson could only poke it wide from close range. The visitors capitalised on that let off three minutes later, the right winger went past Scott Gray inside the right side of the box and was taken out by Danny Finlayson for a clear penalty which was duly converted.

A further three minutes had passed when Accies added a third, their right winger dispossessed Scott Gray and broke into the centre of the box, his shot came back off Lewis Muir’s left hand post but their striker followed up to net the rebound. With just over twenty minutes remaining Accies had a two on one break following a Rangers corner and it took a great Matthew Shiels challenge to clear the danger.

As the final quarter hour approached Sam Jamieson worked inside from the right hand angle before playing in Dapo Mebude but he shot straight at the keeper. Accies scored a fourth with six minutes remaining, they attacked the right side of Rangers penalty area where Matthew Shiels won a challenge but the ball broke to the edge of the box from where it was fired past Lewis Muir. Rangers came close to a consolation goal a couple of minutes later. Matthew Shiels got to the left hand byline and his low cross was met by Michael Hewitt who was denied by a point blank save. When the ball was cleared from the penalty area Matthew Shiels fired in a twenty-five yarder that had the keeper stretching to tip over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 4

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Jay Mack (Michael Hewitt 31 mins), Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Scott Gray (Josh McPake 60 mins); Cammy Palmer (Carlo Pignatiello HT); Billy Gilmour, Stephen Kelly; Mati Zata (Dapo Mebude HT), Sam Jamieson, Matthew Shiels.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Zac Butterworth.

Opening League Defeat For 20’s

August 23, 2016

Rangers 0 St.Mirren 1

It was a disappointing game and result in the 20’s opening league game at Forthbank tonight. Chances were at a premium with St.Mirren scoring with their only real effort on goal and Rangers with more of the possession only really worked the goalkeeper injury time.

There was seventeen minutes on the clock when Andy Murdoch played the ball forward and Liam Burt’s flick sent the ball out to Josh Jeffries wide on the right, he cut inside before shooting from the right hand angle of the box but it was straight at Reece Willison who saved comfortably. On the stroke of half-time Kyle Bradley in possession wide on the right passed inside to Ross McCrorie who’s twenty-five yarder from the right side of the penalty area was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 St.Mirren 0

The visitor’s took the lead twenty minutes after the break, from a free-kick on the edge of Rangers box Jordan Stewart fired a shot over the wall and in to the right hand side of Robbie McCrorie’s net. Rangers showed a bit more urgency after going behind but when it looked likely to break in the box a Saints foot or head was there to clear the danger. 

On seventy-two minutes a Josh Jeffries corner from the right was collected by David Bates on the far side of the penalty area and his cross was headed wide of the near post by Andy Dallas.Rangers closest effort to an equaliser came in injury time, Kyle Bradley sent a long ball down the right that Andy Dallas chased to the byline, his cross found Ross Lyon at the back post who volleyed his shot into the ground and when it bounced up it forced Reece Willison to tip over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie,Kyle Bradley, Matt Crooks (Andy Dallas 61 mins), David Bates, Ryan Sinnamon; Ross McCrorie; Josh Jeffries, Andy Murdoch (Max Ashmore 82 mins); Liam Burt (Jamie Barjonas 76 mins), Zak Rudden, Ross Lyon.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Lewis White.

St.Mirren:- Reece Willison; Greig McNaughton, Ben Gordon, Gary McKenzie (Luke Barclay 60 mins), Andy McDonald; Lee Cox; Conor O’Keefe, Kyle Magennis, Darren Whyte, Jordan Stewart, Lewis McClear.

Not Used:- Chris Henry (Gk), Dylan McKendry, Lee Fawkes, Danny Scally.

Youth Round Up

August 21, 2016

With this week’s 15’s and 17’s games cancelled my youth football fix was the younger teams double header against Ayr United at Murray Park. The under 13’s kicked off in the morning with the 14’s in the afternoon.

Rangers 5 Ayr United o

Rangers took the lead on ten minutes, Dire Mebude broke down the right before passing to Robbie Ure inside the penalty area, he turned inside a defender before rolling the ball across goal for Makenzie Kirk to net from close range. A couple of minutes later Makenzie Kirk in possession on the left passed inside to Gavin Gallagher who moved it on to Dire Mebude inside the right side of the box with the keeper getting down to save his shot low to his left.

Ayr replied with an attack of their own when they won possession on the edge of the box, the ball was moved inside the right side of the penalty area but the shot was across goal and wide of the far post. As the end of the first period approached Leyton Dunlop tested the keeper from a free-kick from around twenty-five yards the the keeper dived to his right to save. The goal came within sixty seconds, Leyton Dunlop in possession wide on the right picked out Robbie Ure with his cross and the striker headed past the keeper.

Rangers added to their tally early in the second period, Gavin Gallagher passing to Dire Mebude on the right side of the box and he went past a defender before shooting past the keeper. Rangers next attack came when Makenzie Kirk sent Leyton Dunlop heading towards the left hand byline, his cross found the head of Robbie Ure who was denied by a fine save from the keeper.

Rangers continued to dominate in the third period and when Mackenzie Strachan moved the ball onto Tyler Pasnik his shot from distance forced the keeper to tip over. The visitors keeper surpassed that in Rangers next attack, a brilliant save denying Makenzie Kirk when he was played through by Tyler Pasnik.

The Rangers attacker was to get the better of the keeper by adding two goals before the end. First off Makenzie Kirk set off on a solo run that took him past two defenders and into the box before shooting past the keeper. Robbie Ure then worked his way along the right hand byline before picking out Makenzie Kirk who completed his hat-trick.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Ayr United 0

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Gregor McLeod (Gk), Darren McInally, Leyton Dunlop, Mackenzie Strachan, Logan Dunnachie, Alex King, Dire Mebude, Jack Scanlan, Robbie Ure, Gavin Gallagher, Makenzie Kirk, Euan Ross, Adam Forrester, Tyler Pasnik.

Rangers 2 Ayr United 2

In the early stages of the afternoon’s 14’s game Rangers were dominating possession but without creating clear cut chances and we were into the final ten minutes of the period when Rangers took the lead. Lewis Robertson latched onto a slack goal kick from the Ayr keeper to break into the right side of the box and roll the ball across goal for Reegan Aitken to fire into the net. It should have been two a minute later. Alex Lowry’s pass inside the right-back picked out Reegan Aitken breaking into the left side of the penalty area, his shot came of the inside of the far post with Lewis Robertson’s effort from the rebound crashing off the underside of the bar before being cleared.

Ayr capitalised on that let off by equalising a few minutes later, their winger attacked and went past Rhys Caves on the right and when his cross came into the penalty area it was parried by Jay Hogarth but only as far as another attacker who slammed it into the net. Early in the second period Tom Henderson attacked the right side of the box, he went past two defenders before playing a one-two with Aaron Lyall but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post.

In Rangers next attack Aaron Lyall sent Alex Lowry down the right, his cross picked out Reegan Aitken on the other side of the penalty area with his shot deflecting off a defender and onto the keeper’s near post. Robbie Fraser then drove forward from the halfway line and sent Lewis Robertson clear in to the right side of the box with the keeper saving at his near post.

Rangers were continuing to create chances and when Lewis Robertson broke into the right side of the penalty area he squared to Trialist (16) who was denied when the keeper dived to his right to parry. The next chance came when Adam Devine won the ball midway inside Ayr’s half and sent Lewis Robertson through the inside right channel but his shot only found the side netting.

Before the end of the period Trialist (16) set off on a run down the left that took him past two defenders, his low cross found Alex Lowry arriving at the back post and was only denied by a brilliant save from the keeper low to his right. Ayr United then had a great chance to take the lead early in the third period, their right winger was fouled as he attacked inside the right side of the box, he stepped up to take it himself but his attempted chip went just over.

As so often the case they then lost a goal within in a minute when Rangers took the lead. The ball was laid back to Robbie Fraser from the left and his cross picked out Alex Lowry who beat the keeper with a cushioned volley. The visitor’s were not to be denied and drew level just after the turn round. A cross into the box from the left was headed up in the air, with the Ayr midfielder following up to volley low into the corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Ayr United 2

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Adam Devine, Rhys Caves, Robbie Fraser, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Lewis Robertson, Tom Henderson, Aaron Lyall, Alex Lowry, Reegan Aitken, Greg Chalmers, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Matthew Collins, Trialist (16).

Youth Round Up

August 14, 2016

Today’s youth football fix was a 17’s game in the morning at Murray Park then over to Lochinch for a 14’s game in the afternoon. 

Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers opted to go ahead with this weekend’s fixture despite several of the squad in Holland playing in an U19 tournament. With a few others out injured it was a young 17’s side that took the field. They were to rue a series of missed chances and it took a last-minute goal to secure the draw.

Rangers were on top in the early stages without really creating anything clear-cut and there was nineteen minutes on the clock when they opened the scoring with the first real chance. A good passing move saw the ball move between Jordan Houston, Cammy Palmer and Billy Gilmour before it sent out to Zac Butterworth wide on the right, his cross picked out Dapo Mebude at the back post who headed past the keeper. Just before the half-hour Cammy Palmer exchanged passes with Billy Gilmour before shooting for goal that had the keeper stretching to tip over.

The next chance came when Jordan Houston won the ball just inside his own half, he powered forward and cut into the box with his shot forcing the keeper to turn the ball wide of far post. Three minutes before the break Carlo Pignatiello sent Dapo Mebude down the left, a superb piece of skill took him past a defender and into the box, his shot was parried by the keeper low to his left before being cleared by a defender.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

Thistle who hadn’t been seen as an attacking force drew level eight minutes after the break,  a free kick just outside the left side of the penalty area was passed inside and the shot sneaked in at Lewis Muir’s left hand post. Rangers responded immediately with Jordan Houston breaking into the left side of the box and forcing the keeper to tip wide of the far post.

Within in a minute Cammy Palmer cut in from the right and past two defenders before shooting and again the keeper got down to his left to make the save. Rangers then had a great chance to take the lead as the final quarter-hour approached, Cammy Palmer played the ball up to the edge of the box and Billy Gilmour’s flick sent Mati Zata one-on-one with the keeper, the keeper stood tall to block the midfielders shot and make the save.

The visitor’s punished Rangers by going straight up the other end and taking the lead with a drive from fully thirty yards and just right of centre across Lewis Muir and into the top corner. Just when it looked like Thistle would hold on for the win Josh McPake combined with Jordan Houston on the left side of the box and fired a shot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Michael Hewitt (Jay Mack 62 mins), Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Jordan Houston; Cammy Palmer; Mati Zata, Billy Gilmour; Zac Butterworth (Josh McPake 67 mins), Dapo Mebude, Carlo Pignatiello ( Lewis McGrattan 80 mins).

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Ben Williamson, Niyah Joseph.

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1

The afternoon’s 14’s game followed a similar pattern with Rangers having the bulk of possession but failing to make the break though and only drawing level from a late penalty.

A Robbie Fraser pass in the opening minute picked out Lewis Robertson’s run into the the box and he was only denied by the outstretched leg of the Thistle keeper. On the ten minute mark Matthew Henderson strode forward from left-back and was unfortunate to see his strike come back off the crossbar.

The next chance came from a Lewis Robertson pass inside the right back that found Reegan Aitken with the keeper saving his shot at his near post. Thistle’s first chance came five minutes before the end of the period when a ball hooked over the head of an attacker on the left side of the box was headed goalwards and clipped the outside of Jack McConnell’s right hand post.The period ended with an Aaron Lyall shot from the edge of the box that the keeper saved low to his right.

Rangers next chance came when  Robbie Fraser attacked on the left and his low cross picked out Matthew Collins, but he miscued his shot and the keeper saved comfortably. The home side took the lead with an attack on the left and when the ball was played into the box the shot was fired past Gregor McLeod.

A long Leon King pass picked out Matthew Collins breaking into the right side of the box but he shot across goal and wide of the far post. Thistle then came close to doubling their lead, a long-range shot came of the underside of the crossbar and only a brilliant Leon King challenge prevented the rebound being knocked into the net.

Rangers then drew level from the penalty spot, Alex Lowry was tripped as he broke into the penalty area from the right hand angle with Robbie Fraser converting the spotkick.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Gregor McLeod (Gk), Rhys Caves, Matthew Henderson, Greg Chalmers, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Alex Lowry, Lewis Robertson, Aaron Lyall, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Matthew Collins, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Trialist (15).

Footnote:- In the earlier game at Lochinch Rangers Under 13’s put sixteen goals past Thistle without reply.

20’s Ease Through

August 10, 2016

Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

Four first half goals saw Rangers Under 20’s ease through in tonight’s Challenge Cup tie against Stirling University at Forthbank. The Ibrox youngsters were unable to add to their tally after the break but the first half goals were enough to see them through to meet Stenhousemuir in the next round.

Rangers opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Jamie Barjonas broke forward and passed to Liam Burt wide on the right who moved the ball on to Josh Jeffries on the right hand angle of the box and he gave Tim Hughes no chance as he fired across him and into the far top corner of the net. The students tried to reply and a Chris Geddes flick setup a shooting chance for Lewis Bonar that had Robbie McCrorie diving to his left to save.

A good move led to Rangers second goal on seventeen minutes, it started with Scott Gray who moved the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas on the left, he passed inside to Jordan Thompson and his pass sent Ryan Hardie racing clear through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to slot the ball past Tim Hughes. Just over five minutes later a free-kick from the left was headed from the Stirling box but only as far as Jordan Thompson who’s shot was powerful but straight at Tim Hughes.

With twenty minutes of the half remaining Josh Jeffries won the ball on the edge of the box just right of centre and he sent another unstoppable shot past Tim Hughes and into the net via the underside of the bar. The game had almost reached the half hour mark when Tim Hughes dived to his left to parry Jordan Thompson’s shot from the edge of the box. Zak Rudden collected and made his way along the right hand byline, his shot was blocked but Liam Burt was on hand to net from close range.

Five minutes before the break Kyle Bradley sent a ball over the top of the Stirling defence and a great touch sent Ryan Hardie into the left side of the penalty area, he tried to go round Tim Hughes but the keeper combined with Jack Nixon to clear the danger.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

The away side had an early chance after the break when Chris Geddes and Lewis Bonar exchanged passes on the right hand angle of the box and the former’s shot was saved low to his right by Robbie McCrorie. On the hour Josh Jeffries fed Liam Burt wide on the left and he cut inside before going for goal which Tim Hughes saved at his near post.

With eighteen minutes remaining Josh Jeffries ball over the top of the defence allowed Zak Rudden to break into the left side of the box but again Tim Hughes made the save. A couple of minutes later Scott Gray passed to Andy Dallas inside the penalty area, the linesmen appeared to flag for offside but put his flag down as the Rangers striker was bundled over inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. With a great chance to complete his hat-trick Josh Jeffries fired the spot kick high over the crossbar.

With ten minutes remaining Ross McCrorie passed to Josh Jeffries on the right, he cut inside and his shot saw Tim Hughes produce a fine save diving high to his right to push the ball wide. Three minutes later following another Rangers attack the ball broke for Andy Dallas on the left hand angle of the box with Tim Hughes saving at his near post.

Rangers had two further chances in the final five minutes. Ross Lyon passed to Zak Rudden who took on Ross Kellock on the right and broke into the penalty area with Tim Hughes saving bravely at the striker’s feet. Ross Lyon was again the creator hitting the right hand byline, his cross was eventually gathered by Andy Dallas beyond the far post, his shot back across goal looked netbound until a deflection took it just wide.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling University 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross Lyon, Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, Scott Gray; Jordan Thompson (Stephen Kelly 59 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Josh Jeffries; Liam Burt (Max Ashmore 77 mins), Ryan Hardie (Andy Dallas 68 mins), Zak Rudden.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Lewis White, Jordan Gibson.

Stirling University:- Tim Hughes; Ben Cuff, Jack Nixon, Danny Ashe, Ross Kellock; Paul McAfferty, George Leigh, Kyle Faulds (Dan Fitzpatrick 66 mins), Andrew Gillen; Lewis Bonar; Chris Geddes (Rory McEwan 59 mins).

Not Used:- Sean Quinn (Gk), Lewis Hunter, Michael McAnespie, Michael Touhy, Harvey Moyes.

Heavy Defeat For 15’s

August 9, 2016

Rangers 0 Sunderland 5

It was a tough lesson for Rangers Under 15’s in their friendly with Sunderland at Murray Park this afternoon, if it was a bit harsh on them to be trailing by three goals at the break by the end of the ninety minutes they were certainly second best.

Sunderland created the first chance on five minutes with an attack into the right side of Rangers penalty area but the shot was across Lewis Budinauckas and wide of the far post. Five minutes later it was another attack down the right and when the ball came into the box it took a good save from Lewis Budinauckas to keep the score sheet blank with Kai Kennedy blocking the effort from the rebound.

Rangers replied three minutes later when Ciaran Dickson moved the ball forward to Owen McGinty who’s shot from the edge of the box forced the keeper to save low to his right. As the twenty-minute mark approached the ball was moved in from the left and Kai Kennedy’s effort was powerful enough but straight at the goalkeeper.

The visitor’s took the lead on twenty-six minutes, when the ball was played through the inside right channel Lewis Budinauckas came out bravely at the striker’s feet but the ball broke kindly for the attacker who rolled it into the empty net. Rangers had a quick chance to draw level a minute later, Matty Yates sent Simon Millar breaking into the right side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

Within a further sixty seconds Rangers were two down, from a free-kick on the edge of the box the ball was sent high to Lewis Budinauckas left and into the net. Just after the half-hour a great first touch took the Sunderland winger into the left side of the box, Lewis Budinauckas produced a good parry and a superb Kyle McClelland clearance prevented the rebound being converted.

Sunderland attacked again ten minutes before the break and Rangers failed to take a couple of opportunities to clear the danger, they were eventually punished when a shot was put beyond Lewis Budicauckas and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Sunderland 3

Sunderland had a great chance to added to they tally in the opening minute of the second half, the attack came through the centre and it took a fine Lewis Budinauckas save to his  left to keep the ball out. The Rangers keeper was again called into action on the hour, advancing from his line to block when the visitor’s again broke through the middle.

He was left stranded five minutes later when he was beaten from another free-kick on the edge of the penalty area this time to his right. Rangers tried to respond midway through the half when Ciaran Dickson fed Euan Deveney breaking forward and the full-back’s effort was only just over.

Rangers fell further behind with eight minutes remaining, a superb pass inside Ryan Muir allowed a break inside the left side of the box where the attacker was tripped by Euan Deveney, with the penalty converted. With two minutes remaining Owen McGinty’s twenty-five yard free-kick was knocked up in the air by the keeper before gathering.

Just before the final whistle Sunderland broke along the right hand byline and the attacker was bundled over for a second penalty, on this occasion the attempted chip went narrowly over the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Sunderland 5

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Ciaran Dickson, Kyle McClelland, Murray Miller, Matty Yates, Kai Kennedy, Simon Millar, Owen McGinty, Darren Waterstone, Aaron Bryson, Mark Woods, Tom Henderson

Footnote:- At the same time Rangers Under 13’s overcame their Sunderland counterparts by the score of 2-0, with both goals coming from Dire Mebude.

Young 17’s Ease Past Morton

August 7, 2016

Rangers 6 Morton 0

It was a young Rangers Under 17’s side that took the field against Morton at Murray Park this morning and once the deadlock had been broken in the sixth minute there was little doubt about the outcome.

Rangers first chance came a couple of minutes earlier when Carlo Pignatiello’s superb pass sent Mati Zata through the inside right channel, he continued into the box but was denied when the keeper advanced from his line to block. The goal came in the next significant attack, Matthew Shiels effort was blocked as was Carlo Pignatiello’s from the rebound but it was third time lucky when Cammy Palmer’s effort found the bottom corner.

On the quarter-hour mark Matthew Shiels exchanged passes with Carlo Pignatiello that allowed the former to break into the left side of the penalty area but he was again denied by the keeper. The second goal came just four minutes later, Danny Finlayson passed the ball forward to Billy Gilmour who’s twenty-five yarder gave the keeper no chance.

As the half-hour mark approached Matthew Shiels broke into the left side of the box but once again he lost out to the keeper who blocked with his legs at the near post. Rangers finished the half with a flurry of three chances in the last four minutes. Billy Gilmour played the ball to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box, he laid it back to Billy Gilmour who’s effort forced a fine save from the keeper low to his right.

Billy Gilmour and Carlo Pignatiello combined to send Matthew Shiels clear, but the pattern of the half continued with the keeper coming out on top of this personal duel. Rangers got their third goal on the stroke of half-time, Matthew Shiels in possession on the left passed to Mati Zata inside the box who was tripped as he stepped inside a defender with Billy Gilmour stepping up to convert the penalty.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Morton 0

Rangers came close to increasing their lead in the opening minute of the second half, Danny Finlayson sent Matthew Shiels to the byline from the left, from his cutback a superb defensive challenge deflected Mati Zata’s close range effort over. Six minutes later Matthew Shiels persistence paid off, Jamie Walker’s pass sent him through on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper and into the far corner.

The half was almost twenty minutes old when Billy Gilmour was played through, the keeper saved the initial shot but as the Rangers midfielder went for the rebound the keeper bundled him over with the penalty converted in similar fashion to the first half. Rangers sixth came seven minutes later, Billy Gilmour picked out Matthew Shiels inside the box, he  unselfishly squared for Cammy Palmer to finish from around eight yards.

Rangers continued to create chances and when Lewis McGrattan latched of to a slack pass he continued into the box before forcing a save from the keeper. He then combined with Josh McPake to create an opportunity for his fellow sub which was once again saved. The visitors who kept plugging away had their best chance with six minutes remaining, the attack came down the right and deep into Rangers penalty area but the shot was fired wide of Brian Kinnear’s near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Morton 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Michael Hewitt, Aiden Gibb, Danny Finlayson, Jamie Walker; Cammy Palmer (Ben Williamson 71 mins); Billy Gilmour (Ross Young 71 mins), Carlo Pignatiello; Mati Zata (Josh McPake 51 mins), Matthew Shiels (Lewis McGrattan 71 mins), Zack Butterworth (Niyah Joseph 58 mins).