Youth Round Up

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).


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