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.