Weekend Youth Round Up

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.

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