Archive for November, 2016

16’s Draw With Perth Saints

November 29, 2016

Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 2

The visitor’s took an early lead when hesitancy in the Rangers defence allowed their striker to break through and lob the ball over Nicky Hogarth in the fourth minute. Five minutes later Carlo Pinatiello broke forward and passed to Gregor Wood who’s pass freed Owen McGinty inside the left side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide of the far post. 

A similar period of time had elapsed when Rangers drew level, Trialist (8) picked up the ball on the edge of the box and passed to Owen McGinty, the ball broke of a defender and back to Trialist (8) who volleyed past the keeper. Saints then attacked down the left and when the ball came in to the box a poor clearance  setup a shooting chance that came back off the crossbar.

With ten minutes to go before the break a period of pressure ended with Rangers taking the lead. Keiran McKechnie in possession on the right passed inside to Gregor Woods who’s shot looked destined for the net until the keeper tipped over. The corner on the left was taken short and Carlo Pignatiello teed up Owen McGinty on the left hand angle of the box, he was denied when the keeper dived to his left to push his shot away. Jay Mack collected the loose ball on the right hand byline and his low driven cross was forced over the line by Carlo Pigantiello. A couple of minutes later Lewis McGrattan broke forward before playing through Owen McGinty on the left side of the box with the keeper saving low to his left.

Rangers created another couple of chances in the final five minutes of the half, Owen McGinty switched play from the left to Nathan Patterson breaking into the right side of the box with the keeper saving his effort on goal. Next Carlo Pignatiello picked up a pass from the left before  going for goal from round twenty-five yards that the keeper tipped over. 

Half-Time:-Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 1

Rangers had a chance early in the second half when Michael Hewitt played the ball forward to Owen McGinty on the left, a superb turn took him away from the defender and into the box, the keeper dived to his left to save with a defender completing the clearance. Saints responded by going straight up the other end and drawing level, the attack took them to the left hand byline and from the cutback the ball was slammed past Nicky Hogarth.

On the hour mark Carlo Pignatiello fired in a free-kick from the edge of the box and right of centre that the keeper dived to his right to save. Within in minutes Owen McGinty got to the byline on the right and from his cutback Carlo Pignatiello’s shot crashed off the underside of the bar with the keeper beaten.

With twenty minutes remaining Carlo Pignatiello attacked the centre of the St.Johnstone defence before playing through Gregor Woods on the left side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers had the better of the remainder of the game but neither side could grab the winner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Johnstone 2

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk); Nathan Patterson, Aiden Gibb, Jay Mack, Michael Hewitt; Carlo Pignatiello; Trialist (8), Gregor Woods; Kieran McKechnie, Owen McGinty, Lewis McGrattan; Ben Williamson, Jamie Walker, Kai Kennedy. Josh McPake.

Development League Win At Ochilview

November 28, 2016

Hearts 1 Rangers 2

Rangers edged out a young Hearts side in tonight’s Development League game at Ochilview. Normally Rangers Development side are taking on older opponents but it wasn’t the case tonight with Hearts fielding five under 17’s.

Rangers opened the scoring on nine minutes, Myles Beerman played the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas who switched the play from left to right and picked out Liam Burt breaking into the right side of the Hearts penalty area where he steadied himself before shooting past Kelby Mason. Rangers should have doubled their lead just before the half-hour, Zak Rudden latched on to a loose ball and burst into the penalty area but shot straight at Kelby Mason.

Ten minutes before the break Liam Burt broke forward from the halfway line and his twenty-five yard effort was only just wide of Kelby Mason’s right hand post. Hearts who had shown little in an attacking sense drew level on the stroke of half-time, a free-kick from wide left and midway inside Rangers half was delivered into the box where Russell McLean rose to head past Robbie McCrorie.

Hearts 1 Rangers 1

Rangers were back in front four minutes after the break and the goal came from the penalty spot. Ross Lyon swung in a free-kick from the left hand touchline and David Bates was bundled over inside the box by Kyle Smith  with the referee pointing to the spot, Zak Rudden stepped up to make a competent job from the spot.Rangers continued to have the better of the play but there was only eight minutes remaining when Jamie Barjonas attacked the left hand angle of the penalty box, he passed in side to Josh Jeffries who’s shot was parried by Kelby Mason with Zak Rudden flagged offside as he pounced on the rebound.

With two minutes remaining Hearts passed up a great chance to equalise, Harry Cochrane sent the ball out to Callumn Morrison wide on the right, his cross picked out the unmarked Euan Henderson but he miscued his header and the ball was cleared. Rangers immediately broke to the other end with Josh Jeffries cutting in from the right before forcing Kelby Mason to tip over with a shot from the edge of the box.

Full-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 2

Hearts:- Kelby Mason; Chris Hamilton, Kyle Smith (Yves Vladislav), Leon Jones, Aaron Reid; Zidan Akers (Callumn Morrison), Alex Petkov, Lewis Moore; Harry Cochrane; Russell McLean (Andy Irving), Euan Henderson.

Not Used:- Wojceiech Gajda (Gk), Harry Paton.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jamie Barjonas; Jordan Gibson (Serge Atakayi 69 mins), Max Ashmore; Liam Burt, Zak Rudden (Amin Abaradan 83 mins), Ross Lyon (Josh Jeffries 77 mins).

Not Used:- Keiran Wright (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Ursene Mouanda, Sam Jamieson.

Youths Double Header

November 27, 2016

Today’s youth football fix was the 15’s and 17’s double-header at Murray Park, it was a mixed day with the 17’s winning comfortably while the 15’s had an off day going down to Ayr United after performing well in recent weeks.

Rangers 1 Ayr United 3

First up was the under 15’s clash in the morning, despite controlling the first half Rangers never looked like adding to their sixteenth minute opener. When Ayr hit them with a two goal burst early in the second half they grew in confidence and ran out comfortable winners.

Rangers opened the scoring on sixteen minutes, Murray Miller skipped past a defender on the right hand byline and when he cut the ball back Harry Livesey produced a neat piece of skill to turn a defender and shot past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

Ayr got back on level terms five minutes after the break, a long ball allowed Ayr to break into the right side of the penalty area, Lewis Budinauckas stood up to make a save from the initial shot but was left helpless when the rebound was fired into the net. Four minutes later the visitors were in front, a corner from the left eventually fell for an Ayr attacker to shoot through a crowded six yard box and into the net.

Rangers were struggling to threaten the Ayr goal but as the final quarter-hour approached Murray Miller tested the keeper with a shot from the edge of the box that he saved low to his right. Ayr made the game safe in their next attack, it came down the left and when Rangers failed to clear the cross into the box the ball was fired past Lewis Budinauckas.

In the final minute Kyle McLelland passed inside from the right to Harris O’Connor who’s thirty yarder came back off the Ayr crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 3

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas; Ally Monro, Harris O’Connor, Harry Livesey, Euan Deveney; Kyle McLelland; Callum Biggar, Murray Miller; Ryan Muir, Matty Yates, Darren Waterston; Mark Woods.

Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

Rangers came close to opening the scoring on seven minutes, Billy Gilmour and Jordan Houston combined on the right and from the latter’s cross Jack Adamson miscued his close range header and the ball bounced into the keeper’s arms. Within sixty seconds the same combination on the right produced a cross towards the back post that Dapo Mebude headed straight at the keeper.

A further minute had barely passed when Rangers opened the scoring, this time the attack came on the left side of the penalty area, the visitor’s keeper parried Jack Adamson’s shot but Cammy Palmer pounced to nod the rebound into the net. Rangers doubled their lead in their next attack in the twelfth minute, Jordan Houston powered down the right and his low cross was met by Dapo Mebude who netted from close range.

Rangers came close again just over five minutes later, Jack Adamson crossed from the left and from Matthew Shiels header the keeper saved high to his right. On twenty-five minutes Cammy Palmer broke forward  and exchanged passes with Dapo Mebude on the edge of the box but was denied when the keeper blocked his shot with his legs.

A third goal was only a matter of a minute away, a free kick from midway inside Ayr’s half was sent towards the left had post where Rhys Breen headed back across goal and Jack Adamson stooped to nod the ball into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Ayr United 0

It only took Rangers three minutes of the second half to add to their tally, Matthew Shiels and Carlo Pignatiello carved through the centre of the Ayr defence exchanging a series of passes for the former to net from close range. Rangers fifth goal came less than five minutes later, Zac Butterworth and Billy Gilmour combined on the left before the ball was passed inside to Cammy Palmer, he returned the ball to Billy Gilmour who’s shot was parried by the keeper but he followed up to net the rebound.

Ayr had shown nothing in an attacking sense but as the midpoint of the half approached they got a shot on target from a free kick just outside the penalty area that Brian Kinnear got down to his left to save comfortably. Rangers replied by scoring a sixth, Scott Gray dug out a superb cross from close to the left had corner flag and Mati Zata rose to nod into the net.

Rangers continued to create chances with the Ayr keeper putting up stiff resistance, Danny Finalyson broke forward and passed to Zac Butterworth who’s through ball setup Owen McGinty inside the right side of the box with the keeper saving his effort. He was called into action again when Mati Zata cut the ball back from the left hand byline to Billy Gilmour with the keeper saving.

In the final five minutes Billy Gilmour sent Mati Zata through the inside left channel, he went past the advancing keeper but a defender got back to head his shot clear from an open goal. The final effort came when Carlo Pignatiello played a one-two with Owen McGinty on the right side of the penalty area before forcing the keeper into another save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston (Michael Hewitt 58 mins), Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen (Carlo Pignatiello HT), Scott Gray; Jack Thomson; Billy Gilmour, Cammy Palmer; Matthew Shiels (Owen McGinty 58 mins), Dapo Mebude (Mati Zata HT), Jack Adamson (Zac Butterworth HT)

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson.

Friendly Win For Under 20’s

November 24, 2016

Edusport 0 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 20’s recorded a comfortable win in this morning’s friendly against Edusport at Toryglen. Rangers could have taken the lead within the opening thirty seconds, Ross Lyon moved the ball forward to Amin Abaradan who sent it out wide to Serge Atakayi, the winger hit the byline and from his cutback Amin Abaradan was denied at point-blank range by the keeper. On eighteen minutes Ursene Mounanda picked out Jamie Barjonas’s run into the box, the ball bounced high and he couldn’t get the required power in his header whichthe keeper saved comfortably.

Within sixty seconds Rangers took the lead, Ross  Lyon passed to Amin Abaradan inside the penalty area and he turned past a defender before shooting past the keeper. A second goal soon followed, Jamie Barjonas, in possession on the edge of the box, laid the ball back to Jordan Gibson who’s shot from around twenty-five yards found the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Edusport had shown little in an attacking sense until six minutes before the break when a shot came in following an attack on the left with Kieran Wright saving comfortably.

Half-Time:- Edusport 0 Rangers 2

Rangers had an early second half chance five minutes after the break, Jordan Gibson passed to Jack Adamson on the right side of the box, he picked out Kyle Bradley’s run into the penalty area who was denied by the keeper and the near post. A couple of minutes later Serge Atakayi and Amin Abaradan combined to send Ross McCrroie down the left, his low ball across the six yard box flashed across goal with no takers.

On sixty-five minutes Edusport got to the byline with an attack down the right, from the cut back Nicky Hogarth saved the shot at the near post. Rangers went straight up the other end and good play between Amin Abaradan and Serge Atakayi on the edge of the box saw the latter break through, his shot was blocked and the ball broke towards the keeper’s right hand post were he bundled over Jack Adamson for a clear penalty. Amin Abaradan stepped up to take the penalty put the keeper dived to his left to produce a fine save.

A corner from the left provided Edusport with a chance on seventy-two minutes, the ball going beyond the back post to an unmarked player with Nicky Hogarth saving at the near post.The young Rangers keeper bettered that four minutes later getting down to his left to turn a shot from the edge of the box round the post.

As the game entered the final ten minutes Jordan Gibson broke forward on the left and sent Serge Atakayi towards the byline, he picked out the Trialist (12) who cracked a shot off the keeper’s right hand post. In the final minute Ross McCrorie got to the left hand byline before crossing to the unmarked Sam Jamieson who headed straight at the keeper.

Full-Time:- Edusport 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Nicky Hogarth 59 mins); Ross Lyon, Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson (Trialist (14) 67 mins), Ross McCrorie; Ursene Mouanda (Jack Adamson 48 mins), Jamie Barjonas (Jason Krones HT), Jordan Gibson; Serge Atakayi, Amin Abaradan (Sam Jamieson 78 mins), Sam Jamieson (Trialist (12) HT)

Strong Side Draw A Blank

November 22, 2016

Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

A strong Rangers side were held to a goalless draw by a young Partick Thistle side in tonight’s Development League game at Forthbank. It was a poor game with goalmouth chances few and far between with neither side really looking like breaking the deadlock.

On twelve minutes Matthew McInally burst past Danny Wilson into the right side of Rangers penalty area, he knocked the ball past Robbie McCrorie but his touch was heavy and the ball went across the face of Rangers goal. Rangers carried little threat in the first half hour with only a Harry Forrester twenty- five yard effort that was straight at Tomas Cerny who saved comfortably.

Thistle threatened on thirty four minutes when James Penrice hit the byline on the left, his cutback found Mark Lamont inside the penalty area but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved easily. 

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

Four minutes into the second half Matt Crooks won the ball and sent it out to Harry Forrester on the left, he cut inside Matthew McInally before firing in a shot that was punched clear by Struan Herd. A couple of minutes later Josh Jeffries and David Bates combined on the right with Josh Jeffries shooting just over form the right hand angle of the box.

Rangers almost grabbed the lead on seventy-two minutes, Josh Jeffries sent a free-kick from the right towards the back post, Zak Rudden was stretching to head it back across goal but headed it high into the six yard box., Matt Crooks rose above everyone to nod against the junction of post and bar, Zak Rudden’s attempt from the rebound was blocked by Matthew McInally.

Thistle had a strong penalty claim with six minutes remaining, Matt Crooks was dispossessed inside the box by Dom Docherty who went down under the Rangers player’s challenge but the referee waved play on.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; David Bates, Phillipe Senderos, Danny Wilson (Ross McCrorie 61 mins), Myles Beerman; Matt Crooks; Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore (Jordan Gibson 75 mins); Liam Burt, Zak Rudden, Harry Forrester (Jamie Barjonas 61 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Serge Atakayi, Amin Abaradan, Ross Lyon.

Partick Thistle:- Tomas Cerny (Struan Herd HT); Matthew McInally, David Syme, Michael McMullin, James Penrice; Mark Lamont, Dom Docherty, Callum Wilson, Neil McLaughlin; Andrew McCarthy; Declan McDaid (James Stokes 80 mins).

Not Used:- Ian Stokes, Ross Fleming, Jamie Hall.

Weekend Youth Round Up

November 20, 2016

This weekend’s Youth fixtures saw Rangers taken on Partick Thistle from 13’s through to 17’s age groups. The venues and kick-off times meant I could take in three games. First up was the Under 13’s game at 10:00 AM at Murray Park.

Rangers 12 Partick Thistle 1

On three minutes Darren McInally sent Dire Mebude down the right, he cut inside before firing a shot off the crossbar. The Thistle keeper then hit the goal kick straight to Robbie Ure who strolled into the box and shot past the keeper. Within a minute Robbie Ure and Darren McInally combined to send Dire Mebude down the right, his low cross setup Leyton Dunlop but he shot over. 

With nine minutes of the period remaining Mackenzie Strachan’s pass sent Robbie Ure through with the keeper coming from his line to make the save. Thistle capitalised by drawing level, from Alex King’s pass back Gregor McLeod miscued his clearance and the ball went straight to a Thistle attacker who knocked the ball into the net. A minute before the period end the visitor’s keeper’s clearance went straight to Robbie Ure who found the net with a sublime lob.

Ten minutes into the second period Makenzie Kirk sent Leyton Dunlop down the left, his low cross found Jack Scanlan who’s effort was blocked on the line. Within a couple of minutes Leyton Dunlop sent a free-kick from the right to the back post where Robbie Ure knocked the ball against the post before firing the rebound over. 

Ten minutes before the period end the keeper was again slack with a clearance and Makenzie Kirk pounced to score Rangers third. Before the period end Darren McInally’s through ball sent Dire Mebude racing clear to round the keeper and knock the ball into the net.

Rangers were rampant int the final period scoring in the opening minute, Makenzie Kirk passed to Jack Scanlan on the right and his low ball across the six yard box presented Leyton Dunlop with a simple finish from the edge of the six yard box. Within a minute a poor clearance from the keeper allowed Dire Mebude to advance into the box and round the keeper for Rangers sixth.

Before the final period change round Makenzie Kirk sent Leyton Dunlop down the left and from his low driven cross a Thistle defender turned the ball past his keeper for an Own Goal. The goals continued after the change of ends, Darren McInally cutting in from the right past two defenders before playing in Dire Mebude ro shoot past the keeper.

Four goals in the last six minutes put a gloss on the scoreline, Darren McInally sending Dire Mebude racing clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Darren McInally was again the provider with Dire Mebude again the scorer, this time picking out his run into the left side of the box from where he shot past the keeper.

It was an almost identical goal three minutes later, Darren McInally’s pass over the top of Thistle’s defence and Dire Mebude’s finish past the keeper. Roles were reversed for the final goal, Gavin Gallagher worked a short corner with Dire Mebude on the left and from the latter’s cross Darren McInally nodded into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 12 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers Squad:- Gregor McLeod (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Jack Harkness, Leyton Dunlop, Mackenzie Strachan, Kelsey Ewan, Alex King, Dire Mebude, Darren McInally, Robbie Ure, Jack Scanlan, Makenzie Kirk, Gavin Gallagher, Harley Ewan.

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 8

I arrived at Lochinch just in time for the Under 15’s 12:15 kick-off, a game which Rangers were to win comfortably. Rangers created the first chance on eight minutes, Euan Deveney broke forward on the left before passing to Owen McGinty who’s effort was saved at the near post. The opening goal followed four minutes later, Ciaran Dickson attacked the left side of the penalty area before passing inside to Owen McGinty who’s superb turn made space for him to shoot past the keeper. 

Rangers doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark, Kai Kennedy’s superb pass inside the right back sent Ciaran Dickson through to finish with a cool dink past the keeper. The third goal came three minutes before the break, from Kai Kennedy’s free-kick from outside the left side of the box saw Matty Yates glance a header past the keeper.

Within a minute Aaron Bryson sent Owen McGinty towards the right hand byline and his low cross was converted by Matty Yates. There was still time for a good passing move to end with Kai Kennedy’s pass sending Euan Deveney clear with the keeper saving his effort on goal.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 4

It only took Rangers six minutes into the second half to add to their tally, when the ball broke to Kai Kennedy thirty yards out he looked up and sent a superb chip over the keeper and into the net. Before the hour mark Rangers added a sixth, Simon Millar got to the  byline on the right and cut the ball back for Ciaran Dickson, his shot was blocked but the ball squirmed across goal to Matty Yates at the back post who netted from close range.

Number seven came as the game approached the final quarter-hour, Ciaran Dickson was sent clear and he matched he previous finish with another cool dink past the keeper. Credit to the home side who got on the score sheet a couple of minutes later, the attack came into Rangers penalty area on the left and the finish was high past Lewis Budinauckis.

Scoring was completed five minutes before time, the ball was played out to Darren Waterston on the left, from his cross Simon Millar nipped ahead of a defender to prod the ball past the keeper at the near post.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 8

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckis (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Euan Deveney, Murray Miller, Ally Munro, Harris O’Connor, Owen McGinty, Kai Kennedy, Aaron Bryson, Ciaran Dickson, Matty Yates, Ryan Muir, Harry Livesey, Simon Millar, Mark Woods, Darren Waterston, Callum Biggar, Tom Henderson.

Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 3

Last up was the Under 17’s encounter with a 2:15 PM kick-off, this was a much closer affair with Rangers just edging it with the odd goal in five.

Rangers were first to threaten when Rhys Breen rose to meet a Billy Gilmour corner from the right but his header was straight at the keeper. Just over five minutes later Thistle took the lead, the attack came down the left, from the cross Nicky Hogarth failed to gather under pressure and with the Rangers keeper looking for a free-kick Dakota King forced the ball over the line.

Rangers drew level less than ten minutes later, Dapo Mebude got to the byline on the left, Thistle defenders were claiming the ball had crossed the line as he crossed, with the referee indicating otherwise Billy Gilmour found the net with a superb controlled volley. A couple of minutes later Jack Thomson showed good skill to side step two defenders before shooting from the edge of the box which was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

On thirty-three minutes the home side missed a great chance to take the lead, the ball was worked out to the left and from the low cross the midfielder fired over from close range. On the stroke of half-time Thistle took the lead Dakota King showing good skill on the edge of the box before firing into Nicky Hogarth’s bottom right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 1

Thistle came close on a couple of occasions in the opening minutes of the second half. Rhys Breen was dispossessed on the right hand byline when the shot came in from the cutback Nicky Hogarth saved low to his right. Within a minute a free-kick from halfway was cleared to the edge of the box with Nicky Hogarth again getting down to his right to save the shot.

Rangers responded and should have equalised in their next attack, Matthew Shiels won possession and attacked the left side of the penalty area, his low cross found Mati Zata who was denied by a point-blank save. The goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, Cammy Palmer’s pass sending Matthew Shiels racing clear to prod the ball past the keeper.

As the final quarter-hour approached Carlo Pignatiello passed to Billy Gilmour who moved it on to Zack Butterworth  on the right hand angle of the box but he shot straight at the keeper. With eleven minute remaining Rangers edged in front, Cammy Palmer passed to Jordan Houston on the right, Carlo Pignatiello met the cross at the near post but the ball deflected off a defender a looped towards the back post where Zack Butterworth knocked the ball into the net.

The final chance came with three minutes remaining Matthew Shiels sent the ball over the top of the Thistle defence and Mati Zata clear, his shot beat the keeper but cannoned back off the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 3

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Jordan Houston, Jason Krones (Danny Finlayson HT), Rhys Breen, Scott Gray; Jack Thomson (Carlo Pignatiello HT); Billy Gilmour, Cammy Palmer; Mati Zata, Dapo Mebude (Zack Butterworth HT), Matthew Shiels.

Friendly Win For 16’s

November 15, 2016

Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers took on Partick Thistle in  friendly at Murray Park tonight and with three trialists in the lineup it was the striker who grabbed the headlines scoring all four goals.

The first chance of the game came when Trialist (9), lobbed the ball over the defence for Trialist (10) who’s shot was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers took the lead on seventeen minutes, Trialist (10) and Nathan Patterson combined to play the ball though for Trialist (9) inside the right side of the box and he found the net via the far post.

As the half-hour mark approached Thistle created a chance deep inside the right side of Rangers penalty area and it took a superb Lewis Muir save to keep the lead intact. Rangers doubled their lead five minutes before the break, Trialist (10) played the ball over the top of the Thistle defence and Trialist (9) held off a defender before continuing into the box and shooting past the keeper.

Within three minutes Rangers scored a third, Gregor Woods and Nathan Patterson combined on the right and from the latter’s cross to the back post Trialist (9) sent a looping header over the keeper and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 0

The visitors reduced the deficit just before the hour mark, the initial attack came on the left and when the shot rebounded off Lewis Muir’s left hand post the rebound was blasted into the net. With the final quarter-hour approaching Thistle threatened again, their attacker moved from right to left along the edge of the box and his shot forced Lewis Muir to dive to his left to save.

Rangers responded by scoring a fourth, Gregor Woods passed to Nathan Patterson on the right, he went past a defender before crossing from the byline for Trialist (9) to head into the net from close range. The final chance came for Thistle a couple of minutes later, sent through the inside left channel their attacker continued into the box and from his shot Lewis Muir saved low to his left.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Nathan Patterson, Aiden Gibb, Jay Mack, Michael Hewitt (Ben Williamson 50 mins); Carlo Pignatiello (Darren Watterson 65 mins); Gregor Woods, Trialist (10) (Harry Livesey 71 mins); Kieran McKechnie, Trialist (9), Lewis McGrattan.

Snow Halts 16’s Friendly

November 8, 2016

Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers Under 16’s friendly tonight against Queen’s Park lasted an hour before the heavy snow forced the referee to abandon the match. 

Rangers had the better of the early play but it was the visitors who took the lead on twenty-one minutes, the Queen’s Park attacker went past two defenders before entering the right side of the penalty area and shooting of the far post and into the net. Four minutes later Owen McGinty sent the ball out to Nathan Patterson on the right, his return pass found Owen McGinty on the edge of the box who’s shot was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

The visitors attacked down the left on the half hour and when the ball was passed inside Lewis Muir was forced into a save low to hos right. Rangers responded by drawing level four minutes later, Owem McGinty went past the full back on the left, from his cutback Niyah Joseph’s effort was blocked but the ball  went across goal for Kieran McKechnie to net from close range.

A further four minutes had elapsed when Kieran McKechnie sent Nathan Patterson down the right his cutback found Gregor Woods who was denied by a superb point-blank save. Rangers edged in front within a minute, Carlo Pignatiello dispossessed a defender inside the penalty area before shooting past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers increased their lead barely a minute into the second half, Carlo Pignatiello attacked the centre of the Queen’s Park defence before playing through Gregor Woods who dinked the ball past the keeper, the ball was heading for the net but Owen McGinty knocked the ball over the line. Queen’s responded when they worked the ball to the edge of the penalty area and from the shot Nicky Hogarth was forced into a save.

Now just over ten minutes into the half Owen McGinty passed to Nathan Patterson wide on the right, he passed inside to Kieran McKechnie who side-stepped a defender before shooting past the keeper. A few minutes later Niyah Joseph dispossessed the keeper and worked a better angle for a shot which was cleared off the line. With snow now quite thick on the pitch the referee abandoned the game.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers:- Lewis Muir (Nicky Hogarth HT); Nathan Patterson, Aiden Gibb, Jay Mack, Lewis McGrattan; Ben Williamson; Gregor Woods, Carlo Pignatiello; Kieran McKechnie, Niyah Joseph, Owen McGinty.

Cup Win For Youths

November 7, 2016

Rangers 3 Edusport 0

Rangers Development side progressed to the next round of the Youth Cup with a win over Edusport at Forthbank tonight. In truth progressing to the next round was the only real positive to take from tonight’s game with the result being in the balance until the eighty-ninth minute. Despite an early goal and dominating possession Rangers rarely looked like adding to their tally against a poor level of opponent.

Rangers created their first chance on five minutes, from a free kick on the right hand byline Jamie Barjonas picked out Zak Rudden and his effort was just wide of Daniel Farrell’s left hand post. Two minutes later Rangers took the lead, Jordan Houston moved the ball forward to Max Ashmore who passed to Zak Rudden inside the box, when challenged by a defender the ball broke back to Max Ashmore who shot past the keeper from around the penalty spot.

The game had almost reached the half hour mark when Rangers created two chances in as many minutes. Josh Jeffries moved the ball forward to Zak Rudden who’s pass sent Serge Atakayi through on goal but he shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Within a minute Lewis White hit the byline on the left and when he fired across goal Zak Rudden just failed to connect from close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Edusport 0

Edusport started the second half with a bit of confidence and tried to take the game to Rangers without really looking like levelling the tie. Four minutes after the break Yacine Boualem’s pass sent Francisco Gomes through the inside left channel, he broke into the penalty area but his shot was weak and Robbie McCrorie saved comfortably. Five minutes later Josh Jeffries latched on to a loose ball and from his shot from the edge of the box Daniel Farrell saved to his left.

Just after the hour mark Jamie Barjonas sent the ball out to Liam Burt wide on the left, he cut inside before shooting across goal and wide of the far post. With twenty minutes of the half gone Ross Lyon’s through ball set up a race between Serge Akatayi , Zak Rudden and Daniel Farrell in the Edusport goal, with the keeper saving bravely and the Rangers players feet.

As the final ten minutes approached Jamie Barjonas played Liam Burt through the inside left channel, he went past a defender before forcing Daniel Farrell to save low to his left. With eight minutes remaining the Lowland Development League side had their best effort at drawing level, when the ball broke to Gautier Moutou on the edge of the penalty area his volley was just wide of Robbie McCrorie left hand post.

With a minute left on the clock Jordan Gibson went past two defenders as he drove towards the penalty area, he slipped the ball through for Zak Rudden to poke past the keeper. There was still time for Rangers to put a gloss on the scoreline that was harsh on the visitors, Ross Lyon passed to Liam Burt wide on the left and he was brought down as he went past a defender inside the box with the spot kick being converted by Zak Rudden.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Edusport 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson, Lewis White; Jamie Barjonas; Josh Jeffries (Ross Lyon 64 mins), Max Ashmore (Liam Burt 59 mins); Serge Akatayi, Zak Rudden, Jordan Gibson.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Ursene Mouanda, Sam Jamieson, Amin Abaradan.

Edusport:- Daniel Farrell; Damien Seuer, Bastien Brunet, Guillaume Prevot, Marc Gilquin (Yoan Massuet 53 mins); Alexandre Lebrisse; Yacine Boualem, Theo Rodrigues (Tristan Salera 80 mins), Gautier Moutou; Kamil Hareb (Philippe De Liederkerke 68 mins); Francisco Gomez.

Not Used:- Hugo Boisseaux (Gk), Izidane Alecton, Renaud Hertzog, Devon Marq.

Tuesday’s Youth Double Header

November 1, 2016

With the Under 20’s playing at Kelty in the afternoon then an Under 16’s game at Murray Park in the evening it was an opportunity to take in two games today.

Dunfermline Athletic 1 Rangers 0

A poor game, with a poor performance ending with a poor result. With the exception of the penalty that produced the winning goal the serious goalmouth efforts ended on eight minutes, with Rangers only real chance coming six minutes earlier.

Rangers came close to taking the lead with that second minute chance, Lewis White got to the byline on the left and from his cutback Serge Akatayi was denied by a superb Cammy Gill save at point-blank range. Three minutes later John Herron’s free-kick from wide right was headed goalwards by Ciaran Lafferty that forced Kieran Wright to tip over.

A further three minutes had elapsed when another John Herron free-kick from the right found the head of a Dunfermline player, this time Callum Fordyce’s effort coming back off the crossbar. Ten minutes before the break Ross Lyon’s free-kick from wide on the left was sent beyond the back post giving David Bates the opportunity to head back across goal but he headed weakly into the side netting.

Half-Time:- Dunfermline Athletic 0 Rangers 0

Only two minutes had elapsed in the second half when Scott Lochhead latched on to a slack Ross Lyon pass, he passed to Callum Smith who was tripped on the edge of the box, it looked just outside but the referee thought different and the striker converted from the spot. The only other effort on goal came four minutes from time, Conner Duthie’s free- kick from the left hand angle of the box was saved comfortably by Kieran Wright at his near post.

Full-Time:-Dunfermline 1 Rangers 0

Dunfermline Athletic:- Cammy Gill; Reece Duncan, Callum Fordyce, Stuart Morrison, Conner Duthie; Robbie Crawford, Johnny Galloway (Evan Horne HT), John Herron (Paul Allan 69 mins), Scott Lochhead; Callum Smith, Ciaran Lafferty (Brandon Luke 26 mins).

Not Used:- Josh Dunn (Gk), James Thomas.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Lewis White; Jamie Barjonas(Jack Thomson 75 mins); Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore; Serge Akatayi, Amin Abaradan (Zak Rudden 62 mins), Ross Lyon (Jordan Gibson 62 mins).

Not Used:- Robbie McCrorie (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Sam Jamieson, Ursene Mouanda.

Rangers 5 Airdrie 1

The evening game saw Rangers field three trialists and run out comfortable winners, with all three showing up well. 

Rangers took an early lead, on four minutes, Lewis McGrattan’s pass picking out Alberto Balde’s run into the right side of the penalty area and he rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net. From a short corner on the right on seventeen minutes, Kieran McKechnie played the ball to Gregor Woods on the angle of the box and his cross come shot forced the keeper to tip over.

Within in sixty seconds Rangers double their lead, Kieran McKechnie swung in a cross from the left and when a defender headed the ball to Alberto Balde he blasted the ball past the keeper from around the penalty spot. With twenty minutes of the half remaining Kieran McKechnie’s corner from the left broke to Alberto Balde, he teed up Niyah Joseph who was denied by a fine save.

Rangers scored a third eight minutes before the break, the move involved Ben Wylie, Alberto Balde and Gregor Woods to release Kieran McKechnie on the left side of the penalty area and he shot past the keeper. There was still time for Kieran McKechnie to force the keeper to stretch and tip over from a free-kick from wide on the left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Airdrie 0

Rangers fourth came twelve minutes into the second half from the penalty spot, Lewis McGrattan’s pass found Niyah Joseph on the edge of the box, he went past a defender before being brought down inside the box and he got up to convert the penalty. On the hour mark Airdrie sent in a corner from the right and the referee spotted an infringement and awarded a penalty, Lewis Muir guessed right and got a hand to the shot but couldn’t keep it out.

Midway through the half Gregor Woods was sent down the right and when he rolled the ball across the six yard box Lewis McGrattan looked certain to score at the back post until the keeper produced a brilliant save. With just under fifteen minutes remaining Owen McGinty’s free-kick from the edge of the box beat the keeper but bounced off his right hand post.

Just before the final whistle a slip allowed Alberto Balde to break into the right side of the penalty area, his shot was parried by the keeper but Ciaran Dickson followed up to net the rebound.

Full-Time:-Rangers 5 Airdrie 1

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Muir (Gk), Lewis McGrattan, Kyle McClelland, Ben Williamson, Aiden Gibb, Jay Mack, Niyah Joseph, Gregor Woods, Alberto Balde, Ben Wylie, Kieran McKechnie, Owen McGinty, Ciaran Dickson, Ally Munro, Murray Miller.