Archive for October, 2016

Glasgow Cup Win For 17’s

October 28, 2016

Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

A good first half performance where Rangers created a host of chances and scored two goals was the foundations of tonight’s win. The second half tailed off a bit although Rangers were still the most likely to find the net. The home side never really troubled Brian Kinnear’s goal in the ninety minutes.

Only a brilliant save prevented Rangers taking the lead on six minutes, from Jordan Houston’s right-wing cross Matthew Shiels header looked destined for the net until the Thistle keeper got down to his right to push the ball wide. The first goal was delayed by three minutes, another cross from the right had the keeper struggling to paw away, Dapo Mebude’s shot was blocked and when the ball came to the edge of the box  Jack Thomson beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

On twenty minutes Dapo Mebude skinned a defender on the right and played the ball into Jordan Houston who’s effort was saved and the Thistle defence scrambled clear. Five minutes later a clearance sent Dapo Mebude racing clear from halfway, he continued into the box but was denied by the keeper who saved low to his left.

Just after the half hour Matthew Shiels picked out Mati Zata who’s shot was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Six minutes before the break Jack Thomson and Matthew Shiels combined to free Mati Zata inside the left side of the penalty area and his shot brought out another fine save from the keeper.

Rangers doubled their lead three minutes before the break, Jordan Houston attacked the centre of the defence before playing in Matthew Shiels on the left side of the box and he slotted past the keeper. On the stroke of half time Dapo Mebude broke from halfway before shooting from the edge of the box which the keeper blocked with Matthew Shiels following up to net the rebound only to be flagged offside.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Just after the hour Thistle came closest to threatening Rangers goal, a shot from wide left flashed across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers responded with Matthew Shiels taking on a defender on the edge of the box before forcing the keeper to tip over. 

As the game entered the final quarter-hour Carlo Pignatiello and Jordan Houston worked a short corner on the right and from the former’s cross Matthew Shiels headed narrowly over. Rangers missed a great chance when Dapo Mebude read a pass back and was quickly on the ball, he prodded the ball past the advancing keeper but wide of his right hand post.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Scott Gray; Jack Thomson; Mati Zata, Cammy Palmer (Carlo Pignatiello 75 mins); Jordan Houston, Dapo Mebude, Matthew Shiels.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Jay Mack, Niyah Joseph.

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Late Stunner For 20’s

October 25, 2016

Rangers 1 St.Johnstone 2

It was  cruel sucker punch in the final minute for a young Rangers side, whose average age was just over 17, tonight at Forthbank. Following a fairly even first half the young Gers dominated after the break playing some great passing football. They couldn’t quite edge in front and were left pointless with the visitor’s late strike.

Rangers had the first chance on eight minutes, when Ben McKenzie’s clearance from the left hand byline and wide of the goal went straight to Andy Dallas he fired for goal with Greg Page getting back to head from the line. Saints replied four minutes later with an attack down the left and from Jamie Docherty’s cross Greg Hurst headed for goal which Kieran Wright saved.

The visitors missed a great chance six minutes later, the attack again was on the left and when the ball into the box broke for the unmarked Jamie Docherty on the edge of the six yard box at the back post he fired over. Just after the half hour Jordan Houston played the ball forward to Andy Dallas on the right, he cut inside to the edge of the box and shot narrowly over.

As the half entered the final ten minutes St.Johnstone took the lead, a free-kick from the left hand touchline was headed clear from Rangers penalty area but only as far as Connor McLaren who fired a twenty-five yarder into the far top corner. Rangers got back on level terms four minutes before the break, Josh Jeffries superb pass inside Cameron Lumsden allowed Serge Atakayi to break into the left side of the penalty area and shoot past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Johnstone 1

Seven minutes into the second half Jordan Houston played the ball forward to Serge Atakayi on the right, his ball into the box broke back to Jordan Houston off a defender and it took a great block to divert his shot over. Within a minute Josh Jeffries played a quick corner on the right to Jamie Barjonas on the angle of the box and from his cross Aidan Wilson headed straight at the keeper.

Just after the hour Max Ashmore played the ball forward to Zak Rudden on the edge of the box, he turned past Jason Kerr to get his shot away but Ben McKenzie somehow managed to push the ball over. On seventy minutes some great passing down the right involving Jordan Houdton, Josh Jeffries and Serge Atakayi ended with a Jamie Barjonas header  from a Josh Jeffries cross that Ben McKenzie saved.

With a quarter-hour remaining Josh Jeffries broke forward and played the ball through for Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far post. Five minutes later Max Ashmore played the ball forward to Josh Jeffries who’s shot from the edge of the box beat Ben McKenzie but bounced off his right hand post.

In the final minute Amin Abaradan lost possession just inside his own half that allowed Saints to break down the right and when the ball was played into the box Joe Johnson shot past Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 St. Johnstone 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston (Lewis White 84 mins), David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jamie Barjonas (Jack Adamson 84 mins); Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore; Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden, Andy Dallas (Amin Abaradan 65 mins).

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Jordan Gibson, Lewis Mayo.

St.Johnstone:- Ben McKenzie; Cameron Lumsden, Tam Scobie (Ben Quigley 64mins), Greg Page (Jason Kerr 49 mins), Cameron Thompson; Alistair McCann, Daniel Jardine, Paul Simpson; Jamie Docherty (Joe Johnson 64 mins), Greg Hurst, Connor McLaren.

Not Used:- Ross Sinclair (Gk), Robbie Polson, Ewan O’Reilly

Friendly Win For 20’s

October 19, 2016

Rangers 4 Albion Rovers 1

In a game arranged to provide game time for the extended Under 20 squad a four goal blitz in the opening quarter-hour ensured Rangers won the game.

On four minutes Max Ashmore’s pass sent Amin Abaradan through on goal and he was tripped on the edge of the box. The free-kick was right of centre and Max Ashmore placed a low shot into the far bottom corner. Rangers doubled their lead seven minutes later and it was a solo effort from Jordan Gibson, showing great skill to dribble through the centre of the Rovers defence and dink the ball past the keeper.

Just before the quarter-hour mark Aidan Wilson sent Serge Atakayi down the right, he went past the full back and cut the ball back to Max Ashmore on the edge of the box  who passed the ball to Sam Jamieson  and his shot slipped under the keeper’s dive low at his left hand post. Within sixty seconds Max Ashmore passed inside the right back sending Lewis White to the byline. his centre was turned past the keeper by a Rovers centre back for an Own Goal.

Rangers missed a great chance to score a fifth just before the break, Serge Akatayi hit the byline on the left before cutting back on the defender, he picked out Max Ashmore arriving on the penalty spot but he blazed his shot over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Albion Rovers 0

Rangers had an early chance in the second half with Serge Akatayi attacking down the right and leave two defenders in his wake as he hit the byline, when he cut the ball back to Max Ashmore a goal looked certain be he shot straight at the keeper from around eight yards. The visitors pulled a goal back on the hour, the move started down the right and when the ball was played inside a one-two on the edge of the box sent their attacker through to shoot past Brian Kinnear.

As the final quarter-hour approached Rangers missed another great chance, Ursene Mouanda’s pass sent Amin Abaradan clear, he continued deep into the penalty area but shot straight at the advancing keeper.

Rangers 4 Albion Rovers 1

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Brian Kinnear (Gk), Ursene Mouanda, Lewis White, Jamie Barjonas, Aidan Wilson, Trialist (6), Serge Atakayi, Jordan Gibson, Amin Abaradan, Max Ashmore, Sam Jamieson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels.

20’s Lose At Rugby Park

October 18, 2016

Kilmarnock 4 Rangers 2

A poor performance saw Rangers slip to  Development League defeat at Rugby Park tonight. Despite taking the lead Rangers were second best and Killie fully deserved their win.

Kilmarnock were first to threaten on seven minutes with Flo Bojaj breaking into the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably.Midway through the half Myles Beerman played the ball to Liam Burt on the left hand angle of the box with Devlin Mackay comfortably saving his effort.

Within sixty seconds Rangers took the lead, Andy Dallas cutting in from the left, leaving two defenders in his wake before shooting past Devlin Mackay from the edge of the box. Rangers only held the lead for four minutes, from a right-wing cross Flo Bojaj bulleted a header past Robbie McCrorie from the edge of the six yard box.

Three minutes later the home side were in front, Charlee Adams played the ball to Adam Frizzell on the left hand angle of the box and he curled a shot beyond Robbie McCrorie into the far top corner. Rangers missed a great chance to draw level two minutes before the break, Ross Lyon picked out Liam Burt inside the box with Devlin Mackay coming from his line to make the block.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 1

Rangers hopes were dealt a blow two minutes after the break, Flo Bojaj found it far too easy to go through the centre of Rangers defence leaving David Bates and Kyle Bradley trailing to continue into the box and shoot past Robbie McCrorie. The home side came close to a fourth on sixty-three minutes, from Charlee Adams corner from the right Jamie Cobain’s volley clipped the crossbar on the way over.

On seventy minutes Myles Beerman played the ball forward to Serge Akatayi on the left, he cut inside before passing to Ross Lyon who shot narrowly over from around twenty-five yards. Within a minute Kilmarnock increased their lead, Iain Wilson was in possession on the right hand angle of the box and with several Rangers defenders following the runner he was allowed the space to cut inside on to his left foot and shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers responded when Myles Beerman played the ball forward to Ross Lyon who picked out Liam Burt inside the box, he got his shot away under pressure from a defender with Devlin Mackay saving to his left. A couple of minutes later Ross McCrorie on the right passed inside to Jamie Barjonas who’s thirty yarder was saved by Devlin Mackay low to his right.

With six minutes remaining Rangers grabbed a second, Ross McCrorie swung in a cross from the right and Andy Dallas on the edge of the six yard box headed powerfully past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 4 Rangers 2

Kilmarnock:- Devlin Mackay; Josh Webb, Jamie Cobain, William Boyle (Aidan Wilson HT), Sam Liddington; Charlee Adams; Iain Wilson, Jack Paterson (Scott McLean 82 mins), Adam Fizzell; Flo Bojaj, Lewis Morrison.

Not Used:- Curtis Lyle (Gk), Oliver McDonald, Darren Curtis, Innes Cameron.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston (Jamie Barjonas 75 mins), Kyle Bradley, David Bates, Myles Beerman; Ross McCrorie; Ross Lyon, Liam Burt; Josh Jeffries (Jordan Gibson HT), Zak Rudden (Serge Atakayi 68 mins), Andy Dallas.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Aidan Wilson, Max Ashmore, Amin Abaradan.

Weekend Youth Round Up

October 16, 2016

Like two weeks ago, my choice was watch two games at Murray Park involving the younger teams or take a trip to Kilmarnock to watch the U17’s. In my mind two games are better than one so it was off to Murray Park.

Rangers 8 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers opened the scoring on ten minutes, Makenzie Kirk broke into the left side of the box with the keeper blocking his effort with his legs Gavin Gallagher followed up to nod the rebound into the net. Gavin Gallagher then turned provider, playing in Makenzie Kirk on the right side of the penalty area and he forced a save from the keeper diving to his right. 

Rangers doubled their lead just before the twenty-minute mark, Jack Harkness playing Robbie Ure through and he continued into the box to shoot past the keeper. The third goal came just before the whistle to end the period, Makenzie Kirk delivered a free-kick from close to the left hand byline that was headed past the keeper by Robbie Ure.

Only two minutes of the second period had elapsed when Rangers scored again, Jack Harkness sending Robbie Ure clear and he beat the advancing the keeper with a great finish. Ten minutes later Robbie Ure passed inside the left back to send Dire Mebude to the byline, his low cross was only cleared as far as Jack Harness who was denied by the keeper who was quickly back on his feet to deny Gavin Gallagher from the rebound.

On the mid-point of the period Dire Mebude attacked the penalty area before playing in Robbie Ure with the keeper advancing from his line to make the block. A couple of minutes later Rangers scored a fifth, Dire Mebude went past a defender and into the right side of the box before shooting past the keeper.

Number six soon followed, when the Kilmarnock defence failed to clear Makenzie Kirk’s corner from the left Robbie Ure pounced to net from close range.  Like the first period Rangers added to their tally in the dying seconds, Jack Harkness pass sent Dire Mebude through on the right side of the box, the keeper got down low to parry his shot but Robbie Ure followed up to knock the loose ball into the net.

Rangers continued where they left off at the beginning of the final period, Sam Lovie moved the ball forward to Leyton Dunlop on the left, he went past a defender of the byline before cutting back to Robbie Ure who saw his shot saved. As the final ten minutes approached Rangers came close again, Makenzie Kirk passed to Jamie Newton on the left, he hit the byline before picking out Leyton Dunlop who’s shot bounced off the far post.

Rangers eighth goal came with seven minutes remaining, Euan Ross and Jamie Newton combined to send Dire Mebude through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Dire Mebude then latched on to a poor clearance from the keeper who redeemed himself by producing a fine save. He produced another good save a couple of minutes later when Makenzie Kirk broke into the right side of the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Sam Lovie, Mackenzie Strachan, Harley Ewan, Alex King, Leyton Dunlop, Jack Harkness, Robbie Ure, Gavin Gallagher, Makenzie Kirk, Dire Mebude, Euan Ross, Jamie Newton.

Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 4

A disastrous opening period saw Rangers fall three goals behind within fifteen minutes, a dominant second and third periods saw them draw level. A winner for the home side seemed the likely outcome but it was the visitors who grabbed the late winner.

There was five minutes on the clock when Kilmarnock took the lead, keeper Grant Thackray was caught in possession and the Killie player was left with a simple finish. Kilmarnock doubled their lead on thirteen minutes a cross from the right was flicked on and converted at the far post.

Two minutes later an attack through the middle produced Killie’s third goal, a shot from the left of the box across Grant Thackray and into the far corner of the net. Rangers best chance of the first period came when Aaron Lyall cut the ball back from the byline and the keeper saved Callum Biggar’s shot and he got back on his feet to block Matthew Henderson’s effort from the rebound.Before the period end Killie should have added a fourth, a cross from the left looked a cert to be converted at the far post but it was knocked wide.

Rangers pulled a goal back in the second period, Robbie Fraser switched play to Matthew Henderson on the left, he exchanged a series of passes with Matthew Collins who shot across the keeper and into the corner of the net. Five minutes into the third period Rangers scored a second, Aaron Lyall got to the byline on the right and his cross come shot sailed over the keeper and into the net. 

A couple of minutes before the period turn round Aidan Berry headed the ball forward and when it broke to Tom Henderson twenty-five yards out he shot over the keeper and into the net. Rangers missed a couple of half chances to take the lead but the winning goal came at the other end. The attack came down the right and from the header Jay Hogarth produced a brilliant point-blank save but from the ensuing scramble the ball was forced past the Rangers keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 4

Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Jay Hogarth (Gk), Rhys Caves, Matthew Henderson, Callum Biggar, Aidan Berry, Leon King, Trialist (7), Robbie Fraser, Aaron Lyall, Lewis Robertson, Reegan Aitken, Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Matthew Collins, Tom Henderson

Footnote:- Rangers Under 17’s were 5-2 winners at Rugby Park, the goals coming from Billy Gilmour, Matthew Shiels, Dapo Mebude, Mati Zata and an Own Goal.

Late Goal For 10 Man Rangers

October 5, 2016

Rangers 1 Celtic 1

A late goal secured a  deserved point for ten man Rangers in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Sectional tie at Murray Park tonight. Trailing to a penalty midway through the second half that led to Cammy Palmer’s red card, Jordan Houston’s equaliser two minutes from time secured the point.

In a first half that saw both teams cancel each other out it was only in the last ten minutes that either goal seemed in any danger. Eight minutes before the break Kieran Campbell got to the right hand byline and Brian Kinnear did well to dive out and collect his low cross. Five minutes later David McKay tried his luck from distance with the ball slipping just wide of Brian Kinnear’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers came close to taking the lead twelve minutes after the break, Dapo Mebude attacked the left side of the Celtic penalty area and when the ball was cleared to the edge of the box Billy Gilmour’s shot was diverted behind by the legs of Ryan Mullen. Just over five minutes later Matthew Shiels attacked the penalty area and the ball broke to Zack Butterworth on the elft side of the penalty area but he shot straight at Ryan Mullen.

A miscued Lewis Mayo clearance was to prove costly as it gave Celtic an unneccesary corner on the left. The ball was sent beyond the back post where it was headed back across goal and nodded goalwards where Cammy Palmer handled on the goal line. The Rangers midfielder was duly red carded and the penalty converted. Five minutes later Rangers lost Billy Gilmour to  late Ewan Henderson challenge for which the Celtic player was shown a yellow card.

With the clock ticking Jordan Houston picked up the ball just ouside the right side of the Celtic penalty area, he cut inside past a defender to make space for a shot that was deflected as it flashed past Ryan Mullen.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Mati Zata, Carlo Pignatiello (Zack Butterworth HT); Billy Gilmour (Michael Hewitt 72 mins), Dapo Mebude (Jay Mack 78 mins), Matthew Shiels.

Not Used:- Lewis Muir (Gk), Rhys Breen.

Celtic:- Ryan Mullen; Max Potter, Stephen Welsh, Robbie Deas, Daniel Church; Kerr McInroy; Kieran Campbell, David McKay, ?????; Ewan Henderson; Kieran McGrath.

Heavy Defeat For 20’s

October 4, 2016

Dundee United 4 Rangers 0

Even given the fact that there were five potential starters away on International duty it was a poor performance and poor result for the Development League side at Tannadice tonight. After a fairly even quarter of the match once the home side had taken the lead there was only one winner.

There had been little in the way of goalmouth incidents until United took the lead midway through the half. The attack came down the right and when the ball was centred from the byline Louis Appere had plenty time to pick his spot from the edge of the six yard box. Rangers tried to reply immediately,  Josh Jeffries combining with Amin Abaradan  with the former’s thirty yarder going narrowly over.

As the half entered the final ten minutes Louis Appere broke forward before playing in Jordan Garden inside the right side of the penalty area and it took a fine save from Kieran Wright diving to his right to turn the ball wide. Six minutes before the break Jamie Barjonas drove a low free kick from the edge of the box that was only just wide of Brett Long’s left hand post.

From another free kick, this time wide on the right, Josh Jeffries sent to the ball to the back post where David Bates headed back across goal with Brett Long diving out to save. The home side went straight to the other end and doubled their lead from the penalty spot. Louis Appere worked his way along the right hand byline and was tripped by Amin Abaradan, with Brad Smith converting from the spot.

Half-Time:- Dundee United 2 Rangers 0

Rangers had their best chance two minutes after the break, Ross Lyon’s lob over the United defence found Sam Jamieson inside the box with Brett Long knocking his shot behind for a corner. The half was almost ten minutes old when Matty Smith dispossessed David Bates on  the edge of Rangers box and it took a brilliant Kieran Wright save low to his left to prevent a third goal.

A couple of minutes later Kieran Wright was called into action again, standing tall to beat away Matty Smith’s strike after he cut in from the left. Just after the hour Ross Lyon played the ball out to Andy Dallas on the left, he went past a defender on the byline before laying the ball back to Ross Lyon who’s shot was weak and Brett Long saved easily.

Within a minute the home side added a third, from a free kick wide on the right Jordan Hornby swung in a cross and Coll Donaldson rose highest to head past Kieran Wright. In the closing minutes United attacked down the left and when the ball was cleared from the Rangers box  Kieran Wright did well to beat away the powerful strike that came in from an attacker. 

In the final minute Jordan Hornby sent in an inswinger from a corner on the left and the ball fell for Jordan Garden inside the six yard box to net the home side’s fourth.

Full-Time:-Dundee United 4 Rangers 0

Dundee United:- Brett Long, Cammy Ballantyne, Jordan Hornby, Jamie Robson, Coll Donaldson, Graham Taylor (Logan Chalmers 84 mins), Brad Smith, Scott Allerdice, Louis Appere (Dominic McMeekin 75 mins), Matty Smith, Jordan Garden.

Not Used:- Josh Donaldson (Gk), Aaron Murrell, Scott Reekie, Gavin Ritchie, Dylan Patterson.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, David Bates, Lewis White; Jamie Barjonas (Ursene Mouanda 65 mins); Ross Lyon, Max Ashmore (Jordan Gibson 70 mins); Josh Jeffries, Amin Abaradan (Andy Dallas HT), Sam Jamieson.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk).

Weekend Youth Round Up

October 2, 2016

Motherwell were the opponents for this weekend’s development fixtures and the spread of kick-off times meant I could take in three games. First up was Saturday morning’s Under 15’s game at Dalziel Park.

Motherwell 3 Rangers 2

Rangers applied the early pressure and on two minutes Ben Wylie attacked the left side of the penalty area, the ball broke for Ciaran Dickson who’s shot was saved by the keeper diving to his left. Barely two minutes later Matty Yates passed to Chris McKee who saw his initial effort blocked and he fired the rebound across the face of goal.

Motherwell replied with an attack on the left and cross to the back post, it took a great challenge from Euan Deveney to block the shot. Midway through the half Ryan Muir delivered a free-kick from the right from which Matty Yates got in a powerful header but it was straight at the keeper.

Within a minute Motherwell went up the other end and took the lead. The attack was on the left and it continued into the box and the shot was fired past Nicky Hogarth. Rangers got back on level terms seven minutes before the break, Ryan Muir and Murray Miller combined on the right, some good skill from the latter took him to the byline and when he centred Chris McKee netted from the edge of the six yard box.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 1

Rangers had an early chance after the break when a Chris McKee flick sent Matty Yates into the right side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide. A few minutes later Matty Yates and Ciaran Dickson combined of the left side of the penalty area with the keeper saving Ciaran Dickson’s shot from a narrow angle at the near post.

As the hour mark approached Ben Wylie passed to Kai Kennedy wide of the right, he cut inside before passing to Ciaran Dickson who’s shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Just over five minutes later Kai Kennedy’s corner from the right went beyond the far post where it was collected by Ciaran Dickson and his low centre was fired through a ruck of players and into the net by Euan Deveney.

Rangers were in front for seven minutes when they were hit by two Motherwell goals in three minutes.An attack down the right took Motherwell to the byline and when the ball was played across goal it was a simple finish at the back post. From an attack through the centre the ball was played into the right side of the box and the shot was fired past Lewis Budinauckas. 

Rangers replied within in two minutes and Euan Deveney’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box had the keeper diving to his right to turn the ball wide. It was the home side who came closest to scoring with six minutes remaining, Lewis Budinauckas miscued a clearance and it was picked up on the left by Motherwell, they progressed to the byline and when the ball was centred the Rangers keeper redeemed himself with a brilliant save to turn the ball over.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 3 Rangers 2

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney, Murray Millar, Ally Munro, Kyle McLelland, Matty Yates, Ciaran Dickson, Chris McKee, Ben Wylie, Kai, Kennedy, Mark Woods, Simon Millar, Callum Biggar, Darren Waterstone.

Sunday saw the Under 17’s travel to Dalziel while the Under 13’s were at Murray Park in the morning and the Under 14’s kicked of at the same venue in the afternoon. Two games were better than one, so it was Murray Park for my Sunday.

Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

Motherwell had an impressive opening in the 13’s game but without troubling Gregor McLeod in the Rangers goal. Rangers then came into their own and opened the scoring just after the quarter-hour mark with a superb goal. Jack Scanlan took a short corner on the left to Makenzie Kirk who crossed to the back post where Robbie Ure met the ball on the full volley to smash the ball past the keeper. Within three minutes Rangers scored if anything a better second. Mackenzie Strachan sent Makenzie Kirk down the left, when his cross came in it was again finished with a volley by Robbie Ure, this time controlled to place the ball beyond the keeper.

There were twenty minutes of the second period gone when Motherwell created a chance through the middle but the shot was straight at Jack McConnell. Rangers were soon back on attack and Ricco Diack played Makenzie Kirk in on the right side of the box but he shot into the side netting.

Tyler Pasnik then latched on to a poor clearance and set up a chance for Ricco Diack that had the keeper stretching to tip over. Ten minutes into the final period Motherwell reduced the deficit. The attack came into the left side of Rangers penalty area and the shot went over Jack McConnell and into the net.

Rangers should have restored their two goal advantage within two minutes, Makenzie Kirk  breaking into the right side of the box had his shot parried by the keeper and Gavin Gallagher following up could only knock the ball over. Tyler Pasnik then passed the ball to Makenzie Kirk on the right side of the penalty area, he passed across the box to Jack Harkness who forced a save from the keeper.

Rangers restored their two goal lead to complete the scoring just before the final period turn round. The initial attack came from Makenzie Kirk’s pass inside from the right to Ricco Diack who forced the keeper to save low to his right. Leyton Dunlop took a short corner to Makenzie Kirk on the left hand angle of the box and his cross come shot sailed over the keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

Rangers Squad:- Gregor McLeod (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Sam Lovie, Jack Harkness, Harley Ewan, Alex King, Leyton Dunlop, Mackenzie Strachan, Robbie Ure, Jack Scanlan, Makenzie Kirk, Brodie Kerr, Gavin Gallagher, Tyler Pasnik, Ricco Diack.

Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

The first threat in the 14’s clash came from Motherwell with a ball through the inside left channel, Jay Hogarth came racing from his box to clear the danger. Within a minute the visitors had worked the ball on the left to the edge of the box and the shot hit the crossbar on the way over.

Rangers took the lead on nineteen minutes, Aaron Lyall latched on to a short pass back from the Motherwell full back to continue into the box and slot past the keeper. At the end of the first period Rangers threatened from a Robbie Fraser free-kick that had the keeper diving to his left to save.

In the opening minute of the second period Matthew Collins passed to Robbie Fraser who picked out Aaron Lyall inside the right side of the penalty area with the keeper saving at his near post.Just over five minutes later from a free kick on the left hand angle of the box Lewis Robertson moved the ball sideways to Reegan Aitken who shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

Motherwell tried to reply with an attack on the left, a turn and shot when the ball came into the box forced a save from Jay Hogarth low to his right. Motherwell then broke quickly following a Rangers corner, as they entered the right side of the box Jay Hogarth raced from his goal to save at the striker’s feet.

In the final minute of the second period Reegan Aitken fired a free-kick from the left hand angle of the penalty area off the outside of the near post. With both teams cancelling each other out in the final  period there was little in the way of goalmouth action and Rangers finished comfortable winners.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

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

Footnote:- Goals from Mati Zata, Rhys Breen & Matthew Shiels saw Rangers Under 17’s record a 3-1 win at Dalziel Park on Sunday.