Archive for September, 2016

Friendly Win For 20’s

September 28, 2016

Rangers Development side took on Queen’s Park tonight in a friendly at Murray Park, it was arranged to provide game time to those who missed out with a few first team players involved in last night’s Development League game. Last night’s game was abandoned at half-time due to a linesmen taking ill. So I’ll start with a report on last night’s first half.

Rangers 2 Hibernian 1

Rangers had an early chance on two minutes, Zak Rudden sent the ball out to Amin Abaradan wide on the right, he cut inside before shooting, Ross Laidlaw knocked the ball up in the air, when it was cleared from the box Ross Lyon fired it back in with Ross Laidlaw getting down to his left to save.

Rangers took the lead on eleven minutes, Ross Laidlaw’s clearance was headed back towards the Hibs box by David Bates and Joe Dodoo raced into the box to shoot past the keeper. Within a minute Rangers doubled their lead, good play on the left involving Zak Rudden and Joe Dodoo ended with the latter’s flick freeing Ross McCrorie inside the box to slot past the keeper.

Midway through the half Josh Jeffries played the ball forward to Joe Dodoo on the edge of the box, he laid the ball back into the path of Josh Jeffries and a slight deflection took the ball just over. As the final ten minutes approached Hibs pulled a goal back, James Keatings delivered a free kick from the left and it landed perfectly for Neil Eardley to volley past Robbie McCrorie from around eight yards.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 1 Abandoned at Half-Time

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; David Bates, Phillipe Senderos, Rob Kiernan, Ross McCrorie; Matt Crooks; Josh Jeffries, Ross Lyon; Amin Abaradan, Joe Dodoo, Zak Rudden.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Myles Beerman, Jamie Barjonas, Jordan Gibson, Liam Burt, Max Ashmore.

Hibernian:- Ross Laidlaw; Neil Eardley, Ryan Porteous, Kevin Waugh, Callum Crane; Alex Harris, Scott Martin, Innes Murray, Jamie Gullan; James Keatings, Olly Shaw.

Not Used:- Patrick Martin, Ally Smith, Callum Donaldson, Ross Campbell.

Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers came close in the third minute when Myles Beerman’s free- kick from around twenty-five yards clipped the bar on the way over. Five minutes later it was another free-kick and this time Myles Beerman made no mistake, curling the ball into the keeper’s top right hand corner.

Rangers doubled their lead on the quarter-hour, Sam Jamieson played the ball up to Jordan Gibson on the edge of the box and a superb turn and shot beat the keeper low to his left. As the half hour mark approached Sam Jamieson picked the ball up close to the left hand byline, he cut inside and forced and save from the keeper low to his left.

In the final minute of the half Queens moved the ball to the right side of the Rangers penalty area, but the shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably. Rangers immediately responded by increasing their lead, Liam Burt intercepted  on the edge of Queens box, as he took on a defender the ball broke for Andy Dallas who fired into the net.

Half-Time-Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers added a fourth early in the second half, Jordan Gibson moved the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas who played in Serge Atakayi on the right side of the box who slotted the ball past the keeper. Rangers scored a fifth just before the hour, a corner from the left went beyond the back post to Andy Dallas who’s shot was handled, with Jordan Gibson converting from the spot.

The visitors came close to scoring five minutes later, a corner from the left went to the back post but the header was wide of the post. A slack Ursene Mouanda pass presented Queens with a chance but Lewis Muir produced a fine save diving to his left. The consolation goal came with a couple of minutes remaining, Queen’s Park got to the right hand byline and the cutback was fired into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Myles Beerman, Ursene Mouanda, Aidan Wilson, Lewis White, Liam Burt, Jamie Barjonas, Sam Jamieson, Jordan Gibson, Serge Atakayi, Andy Dallas, Max Ashmore, Jordan Houston.

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Youth Teams Play Fife Elite

September 18, 2016

This weekend’s youth football saw Rangers take on Fife Elite from 13′ through to 17’s. With the younger sides at home it meant my games were 13’s and 14’s

Rangers 9 Fife Elite 0

Rangers first chance came just before the quarter-hour mark, Leyton Dunlop started the move by passing to Mackenzie Strachan  who played in Makenzie Kirk on the right side of the box and his attempted lob was saved. The visitors then had a chance with an attack in to the left side of the box, their attacker went round Jack McConnell but could only shoot into the side netting.

Six minutes before the end of the period Leyton Dunlop passed to Jack Strachan inside the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper and off the far post. A minute later Rangers took the lead, Rangers attack broke down on the edge of the box but the ball broke to Makenzie Kirk who volleyed over the keeper and into the net.

A couple of minutes later Rangers attacked on the right and when the ball came across to Jack Scanlan on the left side of the penalty area he shot forced the keeper to tip over. Jack Scanlan took the resultant corner from the left and Robbie Ure volleyed into the net. In Rangers first attack of the second period Jack Scanlan passed to Leyton Dunlop on the left, his cross to the back post was volleyed against the near post by Makenzie Kirk.

Three minutes later Robbie Ure played Makenzie Kirk through on the left side of the penalty area, he rounded the keeper but a defender got back to clear his shot from the goal line. Rangers then scored twice in as many minutes, there seemed little danger when the ball broke to Darren McInally but he gave the keeper no chance with a shot from distance into the top corner. Robbie Ure then teed up Makenzie Kirk who shot past the keeper from around the penalty spot.

Midway through the period Rangers scored again, Jack Scanlan crossed from the left and Makenzie Kirk got ahead of the defence to prod the ball into the net at the near post. Rangers were looking like adding to their tally with every attack and the sixth goal soon followed, this time Makenzie Kirk returning the compliment by teeing up Robbie Ure to shoot past the keeper.

As the end of the period neared Tyler Pasnik’s cross was parried by the keeper with Jack Scanlan’s follow-up cleared from the line. There was still time for Rangers to score again, Leyton Dunlop attacked down the left and when the Fife defence failed to clear his cross Robbie Ure was well placed to complete his hat-trick.

Five minutes into the final period Leyton Dunlop sent Robbie Ure through the inside left channel, he turned inside a defender before firing a shot off the near post. Mackenzie Strachan showed great vision to pick out Gavin Gallagher inside the right side of the penalty area, a great first touch and superb lob produced the goal of the game.

The scoring was completed early in the final period, Jamie Newton attacked the centre of the Fife defence before slipping a pass to Gavin Gallagher inside the right side of the box and he slotted the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Fife Elite 0

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Gregor McLeod (Gk), Zak McKay, Leyton Dunlop, Darren McInally, Harley Ewan, Alex King, Makenzie Kirk, Mackenzie Strachan, Robbie Ure, Gavin Gallagher, Jack Scanlan, Tyler Pasnik, Jamie Newton.

Rangers 4 Fife Elite 2

Rangers took the lead on the twenty-minute mark, Lorenzo Giovanazzi attacked down the right and when his cross broke off a defender Aaron Lyall pounced to fire into the net. Within a couple of minutes Rangers doubled their lead, Reegan Aitken exchanged a couple of one-twos with Aaron Lyall on the left side of the penalty area before beating the keeper with a fine finish. Just before the period end Matthew Henderson passed to Reegan Aitken who nutmegged a defender on the left hand byline, he went for goal from a narrow angle with the keeper turning the ball onto his near post and wide.

In the opening minute of the second period Rangers scored  third, Lorenzo Giovanazzi moved the ball forward to Matthew Collins on the right, he went past a defender and into the penalty area his shot was knocked up into the air by the keeper with Aaron Lyall following up to nod into the net. Fife then replied and came close to reducing the deficit with a shot from the edge of the box that came back off the crossbar.

Midway through the period the visitor’s pulled a goal back, from a corner from the left the ball was helped on , when a Rangers defender tried to clear he turned the ball past his own keeper. Five minutes before the period end Reegan Aitken cut in from the left and went past two defenders before playing in Matthew Collins who was denied by a fine save to the keepers left.

Before the whistle Rangers moved the ball from right to left and Robbie Fraser played in Reegan Aitken inside the penalty area who shot past the keeper. In the final period Rangers attacked the left side of the box and when the ball broke to Rhys Caves his shot clipped the bar on the way over. Just before the period turn around Fife attacked on the left side of the penalty and a shot past Jay Hogarth reduced the deficit.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Fife Elite 2

Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Jay Hogarth (Gk), Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Matthew Henderson, Rhys Caves, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Dire Mebude, Lewis Robertson, Aaron Lyall, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Matthew Collins, Trialist (15)

Footnote:- Meanwhile in Fife Rangers under 15’s won 6-0 with the goals coming from Matty Yates (pen), Callum Biggar, Kyle McLelland, Darren Waterstone (2), Euan Deveney. Rangers Under 17’s recorded a 3-0 win over their Fife counterparts the goals coming from Jay Mack, Matthew Shiels  & Dapo Mebude.

20’s Beat Caley Thistle

September 13, 2016

Rangers 2 Inverness CT 1

Rangers Under 20’s beat Inverness CT tonight at Forthbank in the Development League, in truth it was a scrappy ninety minutes which was reflected in the three goals scored.

Inverness had the first chance on five minutes the attack was into the right side of the penalty area and when the shot came in Robbie McCrorie saved at his near post. Rangers replied five minutes later with an attack into the right side of the Inverness penalty area with Amin Abaradan shooting into the side netting.

A couple of minutes later Josh Jeffries combined with Ross McCorie on the right and when the ball was moved inside Ryan Sinnamon shot narrowly over. The visitor’s had a chance on twenty five minutes their attacker latched on to a slack Kyle Bradley pass to break into the box but shot straight at Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers took the lead on the half-hour in bizarre fashion, Ross McCrorie got to the byline on the right after combining with Liam Burt, from his low cross a defender got a touch that took the ball away from the keeper and across goal where Chris Brown knocked the ball into the net for an Own Goal. A couple of minutes before the break Jordan Gibson passed to Amin Abaradan who’s superb pass picked out Ross Lyon’s run into the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved easily.

In first half injury time Ryan Sinnamon and Ross Lyon combined on the left and when the ball was passed inside Jordan Gibson side stepped a defender before shooting narrowly past the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Inverness CT 0

Caley Thistle drew level five minutes after the break and it was a disaster for keeper Robbie McCrorie. The Rangers keeper was caught in possession inside his penalty area and the attacker rolled the ball across the six yard box for Kier Smith to knock the ball into the net. Rangers regained the lead less than ten minutes later, Amin Abaradan had a shot blocked on the right side of the box with Liam Burt latching on to the rebound to skip past a defender, his close range shot was blocked by the keeper the the ball ricocheted back of the Rangers player and into the net.

Inverness replied with an attack on the left, when the cross came in it was headed back across goal where the attempted shot was weak and Kyle Bradley cleared. With ten minutes remaining Unsere Mouanda passed to Jamie Barjones who played it out to Amin Abaradan wide on the left. He laid the ball back to Rayn Sinnamon who’s initial shot was blocked, but his volley from the rebound had the keeper at full stretch to tip over.

Within a minute a Jamie Barjonas pass sent Andy Dallas racing clear as he broke into the penalty area the keeper came from his line to make the block.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Inverness CT 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, Ryan Sinnamon; Max Ashmore; Liam Burt; Jordan Gibson (Jamie Bajonas 75 mins); Josh Jeffries (Andy Dallas 66 mins), Amin Abaradan, Ross Lyon (Unsere Mouanda HT).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright, Lewis White, Sam Jamieson.

Late Blitz From 17’s

September 12, 2016

Rangers 6 Dundee United 1

Four goals in the last fifteen minutes saw Rangers 17’s replicate yesterday’s 15’s score and the late goal burst put a fairer reflection on the scoreline in a game Rangers dominated.

There was barely two minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Billy Gilmour swung in a corner from the left and Dapo Mebude finished with a simple header. Six minutes later Dapo Mebude played the ball into the box from the right and when it was cleared from the penalty area Stephen Kelly’s shot forced a save from the keeper low to his left.

On twelve minutes it was again Dapo Mebude who setup the shooting chance, this time passing inside to Billy Gilmour from the left who brought out a save from the keeper diving to his right. Within sixty seconds Rangers doubled their lead, Jordan Houston played the ball forward to Billy Gilmour, his short pass allowed Carlo Pignatiello to take on and beat a defender as he broke into the box to shoot past the keeper.

A couple of minutes later Stephen Kelly delivered a free kick from right of centre to the back post  where Billy Gilmour rose but could only head straight at the keeper. Rangers continued to dominate for the rest of the half but without creating anything clear-cut.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Dundee United 0

Rangers made two changes at the break with Lewis Muir taking over between the sticks and Lewis Mayo making his long-awaited return from injury. Just before the hour mark Rangers moved the ball from close to the left hand corner flag through Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake and Carlo Pignatiello to Stephen Kelly on the edge of the penalty area just right of centre, his shot saw the United keeper dive to his left to tip over. The next attack came when a Dapo Mebude pass sent Zack Butterworth attacking down the right, he continued into the box and forced a save from the keeper at his near post.

United had carried little threat up till now but from an attack down the left on sixty-five minutes their attacker unleashed an unstoppable thirty yarder across Lewis Muir and into the far top corner. Rangers then created a few chances around the 75th minute mark, Scott Gray passed to Mati Zata on the left, he cut inside and played a one-two with Zack Butterworth which left him clear inside the box but was denied when the keeper made a block.

Josh McPake immediately gained possession and went past a defender as he attacked the left side of the penalty area but was denied when the keeper saved at the near post. In Rangers next attack Dapo Mebude broke down the right from the halfway line, he picked out Zack Butterworth inside the box who beat the keeper with a cool finish.

With seven minutes remaining Dundee United failed to clear a Carlo Pignatiello corner from the right and it eventually fell for Mati Zata to prod the ball past the keeper from close range. Rangers added two further goals in the final five minutes, Stephen Kelly passed to Josh McPake on the right side of the penalty area, he went past a defender before shooting high past the keeper. The scoring was completed when Mati Zata passed inside from the left  Zack Butterwoth who sent Carlo Pignatiello clear to shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:-Rangers 6 Dundee United 1

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear (Lewis Muir HT); Jordan Houston, Jay Mack (Michael Hewitt 50 mins), Danny Finlayson (Lewis Mayo HT), Scott Gray; Stephen Kelly; Billy Gilmour (Mati Zata 63 mins), Carlo Pignatiello; Zack Butterworth, Dapo Mebude, Matthew Shiels (Josh McPake 54 mins).

15’s Hit Six

September 11, 2016

Rangers 6 Dundee United 1

Rangers Under 15’s recorded a comfortable win over Dundee United in today’s Development League game at Murray Park. The opening goal came on seven minutes when Owen McGinty was played through the inside left channel, he continued into the box before shooting past the keeper. United were level four minutes later, Lewis Budinauckas miscued a clearance and the ball went straight to a United attacker who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net.

Rangers regained the lead just before the quarter-hour, Kai Kennedy played a short corner to Owen McGinty who skipped past a defender on the left hand byline before picking out Kyle McLelland who netted from close range. Midway through the half Harris O’Connor played the ball forward to Ciaran Dickson who picked out Owen McGinty’s run into the left side of the box with the United keeper coming off his line to make the block.

Within two minutes Owen McGinty went past a defender as he broke into the left side of the penalty area and again he was thwarted by the keeper rushing from goal to make a similar save. Rangers grabbed a third on the stroke of half-time, Kai Kennedy passed to Matty Yates wide on the right and his low cross was converted by Owen McGinty from close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 1

Rangers fourth came nine minutes into the second half, Owen McGinty’s powerfully struck free-kick was spilled by the keeper and Ciaran Dickson pounced to fire the rebound into the net. As the midpoint of the half approached Rangers scored again, on the edge of the box and just right of centre Owen McGinty sidestepped a defender before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net.

As the final five minutes approached Darren Waterstone’s cross from the left found Matty Yates who forced a fine save from the keeper low to his right, with a defender clearing just before Simon Millar could pounce. The scoring was completed with a couple of minutes left on the clock, Kai Kennedy was fouled as he went past a defender on the left hand byline with Matty Yates converting from the spot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Dundee United 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Ryan Muir, Murray Miller, Ally Monro, Harris O’Connor, Matty Yates, Ciaran Dickson, Owen McGinty, Kai Kennedy, Callum Biggar, Mark Woods, Darren Waterstone, Simon Millar.

17’s Hit Injury Time Winner

September 9, 2016

Queen’s Park 1 Rangers 2

It took an injury time strike from Dapo Mebude to secure the points in Rangers opening Glasgow Cup sectional tie at Lesser Hampden tonight. Although they had the bulk of possession it was an unconvincing performance and they grabbed a winner in the second minute of injury time.

Yet they started well enough and came close twice in the opening three minutes. Stephen Kelly’s pass inside Cameron Dickson picked out the run of Matthew Shiels who burst into the right side of the penalty area and was denied when Lewis Sanderson came off his line to save at close range. Within a minute Stephen Kelly cut in from the right before passing to Billy Gilmour who’s thirty yarder had Lewis Sanderson stretching to push the ball over.

Midway through the half Rangers moved the ball from right to left from Aiden Gibb through Mati Zata to Stephen Kelly, he picked out Zak Rudden inside the left side of the penalty area with Lewis Sanderson saving at the near post. 

As the final ten minutes of the half approached another pass inside Cameron Dickson, this time from Zak Rudden again picked out the run of Matthew Shiels, he continued into the box before shooting across goal and wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 0

Rangers took the lead three minutes after the break from the penalty spot, Mati Zata was tripped as he broke into the right side of the penalty area and Jordan Houston stepped up to convert from the spot. Queen’s had shown little in an attacking sense but as the hour mark approached it took a brilliant Brian Kinnear save to keep Rangers lead intact. Aaron Mooney cut in from the left hand angle of the box before shooting for goal with the Rangers keeper diving full length to his left to turn the ball wide.

The equaliser did come around fifteen minutes later, an attack into the right side of Rangers box was halted by a foul and Ronan McLaughlin converted from the spot. With seven minutes remianing Rangers were caught over playing on the edge of their own penalty area and when the ball landed at the feet of Jordan Critchley on the edge of the box his shot was only just wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post.

With a share of the points looking likely as the game entered injury time, Zak Rudden played the ball forward, Billy Gilmour on the edge of the box nodded the ball into the path of Dapo Mebude who shot past Lewis Sanderson from just inside the penalty area.

Full-Time:- Queen’s Park 1 Rangers 2

Queen’s Park:- Lewis Sanderson, Luke McColl, Cameron Dickson, Lewis Magee, Tony McGuire, Declan Walsh, Jordon Critchley, James Grant, Kieran Robb, Ronan McLaughlin, Aaron Mooney.

Substitutes:- Aaron Black, Kyle Docherty, Aiden McEwan, David Duffy. Joe Fraser, Nick McAlistair, Ross Gibson.

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Aiden Gibb ( Zack  Butterworth HT), Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Scott Gray (Dapo Mebude 61 mins); Cammy Palmer, Mati Zata (Jay Mack 75 mins), Billy Gilmour; Matthew Shiels, Zak Rudden, Stephen Kelly.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Carlo Pignatiello.

Friendly Win for 20’s

September 6, 2016

Rangers 6 Stirling University 1

Rangers Development squad had a comfortable win in today’s friendly against Stirling University at Murray Park. The game was arranged to provided game time across the squad and the highlight of today’s game was a Jordan Gibson hat-trick.

Yet it was the visitor’s who took the lead on five minutes, the attack came on the right side of Rangers penalty and their attacker went past Kyle Bradley towards the byline, he rolled the ball across the six yard box for a simple finish at the far post. On the quarter-hour mark Rangers replaced Aidan Wilson, who sustained a head knock, with Max Ashmore and within sixty seconds Rangers drew level. Andy Dallas won possession on the right hand angle of the box and exchanged passes with Amin Abaradan before shooting past the keeper.

Less than five minutes later a Sam Jamieson pass sent Amin Abaradan through the inside left channel with the Stirling keeper advancing from his penalty area to make the block. Barely another minute had elapsed when Rangers took the lead, the attack came down the right and when the ball was played into the box Amin Abaradan held it up before laying it back to Jordan Gibson who beat the keeper from the edge of the box.

Rangers increased their lead ten minutes later, Ross Lyon moved the ball forward to Andy Dallas on the right who hit the byline before cutting the ball back to Amin Abaradan who shot past the keeper from inside the right side of the box. Four minutes before the break Jordan Gibson added a superb fourth, from the left hand angle of the box he beat a defender before shooting across the keeper into the far top corner.

A couple of minutes into first half injury time Amin Abaradan cut inside from the right hand angle of the box, his shot beat the keeper but rebounded off his right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Stirling University 1

The first action of the second half saw Jordan Gibson complete his hat-trick, on the edge of the box just left of centre he curled a shot past the keeper and into the far corner of the net. Within a couple of minutes Josh Jeffries cut in from the right and when the keeper got down to his left to parry his shot Zak Rudden was on hand to knock the rebound into the net.

Just before the hour mark Zak Rudden turned on the edge of the box and played in Sam Jamieson on the left side of the penalty area who was denied at the near post with a block by the keeper’s legs. Midway through the half the visitor’s attacked on the right and when the shot came in from inside the right side of the penalty area Kieran Wright saved at his near post. From the resultant corner the ball was volleyed  narrowly over.

The final chance came at the other end with four minutes remaining, Josh Jeffries passed to Zak Rudden on the right side of the box, he cut inside a defender before shooting but the keeper got the slightest touch to divert it wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Stirling University 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Ross Lyon, Aidan Wilson (Max Ashmore 15 mins), Kyle Bradley, Lewis White; Ursene Mouanda; Jordan Gibson, Jamie Barjonas (Josh Jeffries HT); Andy Dallas, Amin Abaradan (Zak Rudden 53 mins), Sam Jamieson.