Archive for December, 2016

17’s Cruise To Glasgow Cup Win

December 18, 2016

Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0

Following on from last week’s superb performance against Aberdeen Rangers under 17’s hit another six in today’s Glasgow Cup tie against Queen’s Park at Murray Park. It was is sharp contrast to the reciprocal fixture at Lesser Hampden when it took an injury time Dapo Mebude goal to secure a 2-1 win.

 Rangers took the lead in the first serious attack on four minutes, Jack Thomson played the ball down the right to Zak Rudden who dribbled past two defenders on the byline before beating the keeper from a very tight angle. Queen’s tried to reply immediately with an attack down the left, when the ball was played inside the attempt on goal was screwed wide of the far post.

Straight to the other end and Billy Gilmour picked the ball up twenty-five yards from goal, he went past two defenders into the left side of the box and was only denied when the keeper got a touch to divert the ball wide of the far post. Rangers doubled their lead on eighteen minutes, Zak Rudden played a short corner on the right to Billy Gilmour who’s cross from the angle of the box was headed past the keeper by a Queen’s Park defender for an Own Goal.

On twenty-five minutes Billy Gilmour fed Matthew Shiels on the left side of the box, a neat step over took him past a defender but his shot went across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers third goal came just after the half hour, Zak Rudden attacked the centre of the Queen’s Park defence and when challenged the ball broke to Mati Zata inside the right side of the penalty area, he stepped inside a defender before curling a superb shot past the keeper and into the far top corner.

Within a couple of minutes a Billy Gilmour pass released Zak Rudden  inside the box, the keeper came off his line to make the block with Mati Zata’s effort from the rebound being cleared off the line. The next attack came barely sixty seconds later, Billy Gilmour played the ball out to Scott Gray on the left who picked out Zak Rudden inside the box  and again he was denied by the keeper.

Rangers continued to dominate and another Billy Gilmour pass presented a shooting opportunity on the left side of the penalty area for Matthew Shiels that the keeper stood tall to make the save. In first half injury time Rangers grabbed a fourth, Cammy Palmer passed to Matthew Shiels on the right side of the penalty area, he nicked the ball past a defender before poking the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net off the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 0

It only took Rangers seven minutes of the second half to added to their tally, Zak Rudden started the move by passing to Billy Gilmour who sent the ball out to Jordan Houston on the right, he stood up a cross for Zak Rudden, who had made a great run into the box, to head past the keeper. Rangers next chance came when Billy Gilmour passed to Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area, on this occasion a defender got in a block that diverted the ball wide of the far post.

Midway through the half Rangers broke quickly from a Queen’s Park corner with Billy Gilmour’s pass sending Matthew Shiels clear, he advanced into the box and tried to dink the ball past the keeper who managed to get a touch and divert the ball wide of his left hand post. The visitors then had their best spell with two chances in as many minutes. the first came when an attack on the right took them to the byline, from the cutback Brian Kinnear did well to block with his legs at the near post and a great Rhys Breen block completed the clearance from the rebound.

A couple of minutes later Queen’s had a shooting opportunity on the edge of the box that Brian Kinnear got down to save. The scoring was completed in the final minute, when a Queen’s Park corner dropped to Carlo Pignatiello just inside his own box his clearance sent Zak Rudden racing clear from halfway to complete his hat trick with a superb chip over the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen, Scott Gray (Michael Hewitt 58 mins); Jack Thomson (Carlo Pignatiello HT); Cammy Palmer, Billy Gilmour; Matthew Shiels, Zak Rudden, Mati Zata (Zac Butterworth HT).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk).

20’s Lose To Motherwell

December 14, 2016

Motherwell 2 Rangers 1

A young Rangers Development side failed to recover from a poor first half and went down by the odd goal in three to Motherwell at Excelsior Stadium tonight.

Motherwell had the first chance on five minutes when Dylan Falconer broke into the right side of the penalty area, his shot was saved by Robbie McCrorie and David Bates completed the clearance knocking the ball behind for a corner. Rangers replied from a Jamie Barjonas free-kick from thirty yards that had PJ Morrison diving to his left to turn the ball wide.

Less than five minutes later Dom Thomas attacked the centre of Rangers defence before passing to Dylan Mackin inside the right side of the penalty area, his cutback found Jake Hastie who forced a fine save from Robbie McCrorie low to his left. Midway through the half Motherwell took the lead, Dylan Mackin again broke through on the right side of the box, he picked out Dylan Falconer on the edge of the box who’s shot was deflected to Jake Hastie on the edge of the six yard box and he shot past Robbie McCrorie.

Almost immediately Jake Hastie passed to Dom Thomas who fed the overlapping Tom Fry and his cross had Robbie McCrorie diving to collect. Just before the half-hour Dom Thomas delivered a corner from the left that Jake Hastie headed just wide of the far post.

From a Myles Beerman throw in a Liam Burt snap shot from the left hand angle of the box forced PJ Morrison to save low at his near post. At the other end Dom Thomas picked up a clearance and his shot from around twenty-five yards was tipped over by Robbie McCrorie.

Four minutes before the break Ross Lyon attacked left of centre, his pass inside was dummied by Zak Rudden to set up a great chance for Jamie Barjonas with PJ Morrison producing a fine save to turn the ball over. When Billy Gilmour played the ball into the box two minutes later Jordan Armstrong’s miscued clearance landed for Zak Rudden and it looked a decent penalty claim when challenged by Barry Maguire but the referee awarded a corner.

Motherwell doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, Dom Thomas attacked the centre of Rangers defence and when his shot was blocked it broke to David Turnball who found the net from the edge of the box.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 2 Rangers 0

Eight minutes into the second half Ross Lyon picked out the unmarked Zak Rudden around the penalty spot but his header was weak and PJ Morrison saved comfortably. Within a couple of minutes Rangers pulled a goal back, Ross Lyon passed to Liam Burt who advanced to the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with a right foot shot.

Liam Burt had another effort just after the hour mark, this time from distance but is was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers final chance came when David Bates rose to meet a corner from the left but his header was wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 2 Rangers 1

Motherwell:- PJ Morrison; Tom Fry, Barry Maguire, Jordan Armstrong, Adam Livingstone; Dom Thomas, Alan Campbell, David Turnball, Jake Hastie; Dylan Falconer (Luke Watt 62 mins), Dylan Mackin (James Scott 69 mins)

Not Used:- Pettigrew (Gk), Alfredo Aygemang.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, David Bates, Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley 32 mins), Myles Beerman; Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas, Billy Gilmour (Serge Atakayi 62 mins); Liam Burt, Zak Rudden, Ross Lyon (Andy Dallas 67 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Josh Jeffries, Max Ashmore, Amin Abaradan.

17’s Hit Dons For Six

December 10, 2016

Rangers 6 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Under 17’s took on table topping Aberdeen at Murray Park today at lunchtime and the young Rangers side produced a superb performance to blow the young Dons away. Rangers could have even added to their tally while keeper Brian Kinnear never had a serious save to make.

Rangers were on the front foot right from the start, on four minutes Andy Dallas passed to Cammy Palmer on the right, he cut inside before firing in a left foot shot that the keeper got down to his left to turn wide. Rangers then took the lead with their next chance four minutes later, the keeper got down to his left to parry Rhys Breen’s free-kick from the edge of the box but could do nothing as Zak Rudden followed up to blast the rebound into the net.

Rangers continued to command the bulk of possession but it was just after the half hour mark when they doubled their lead. Matthew Shiels won a challenge inside the left side of the penalty area and the ball broke towards Zak Rudden, when he was challenged by a defender the ball went to Mati Zata on the edge of the box and he hammered a shot past the keeper. Two minutes later Andy Dallas won the ball and fed Zak Rudden who’s shot from the edge of the box forced a save from the keeper low to his right.

Rangers next chance came when Matthew Shiels picked out the run of Mati Zata into the penalty area with the keeper rescuing Aberdeen by coming from his line to block.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 0

Any hopes the visitors had of getting back into the match were dashed ten minutes after the break when Rangers hit them with three goals in under five minutes. The first came when Mati Zata’s pass sent Zak Rudden racing clear to continue into the penalty area and shoot past the keeper. A quick Scott Gray throw in released Andy Dallas on the left, his pass across the penalty area was left by Zak Rudden and met perfectly on the edge of the box by Matthew Shiels whose brilliant strike hit the net before the keeper had even thought of diving.

The last of the three goal burst came when Jack Thomson worked a short corner on the left with Zak Rudden, when he received a return pass on the angle of the penalty area he shot through a crowded box into the far corner. The game then entered a lull as both sides made a serious of substitutions until Rangers added a superbly constructed sixth goal with thirteen minutes remaining. Rhys Breen passed the ball forward to Dapo Mebude who’s brilliant turn took him away from a defender on the halfway line, he then exchanged a series of passes with Zac Butterworth before entering the right side of the penalty area and shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Aberdeen 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston (Michael Hewitt 74 mins), Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen. Scott Gray; Jack Thomson (Dapo Mebude 62 mins); Mati Zata (Carlo Pignatiello 58 mins), Cammy Palmer; Andy Dallas (Nathan Patterson 77 mins), Zak Rudden (Zac Butterworth 68 mins), Matthew Shiels.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk)

Rangers 5 SYFA West Select 0

On Friday night Rangers Under 14’s took on a Scottish Youth FA West Select side, after a goalless first half Rangers ran out comfortable winners in the second half. 

Rangers had their first chance on two minutes when an Alex Lowry pass released Lewis Robertson who was denied by the keeper. A couple of minutes later the visiting side had a free kick wide right and Jay Hogarth was forced to tip over. From the corner from the left the ball was flicked on at the near post and the ball bounced of the cross-bar.

On seventeen minutes Trialist (9) chased an Alex Lowry through ball, the keeper beat him to it but the ball broke to Matthew Collins whose net bound shot was deflected over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 SYFA West Select 0

Rangers came close in the opening minute of the second half with Robbie Fraser’s twenty-five yard free-kick slipped just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers took the lead not long after, Rhys Caves won the ball just outside the left side of the box and sent a shot over the keeper and into the net.

Rangers second came when Aaron Lyall passed to Trialist (18) inside  the penalty area and a superb turn took him away from a defender to slot the ball past the keeper. Rangers third goal was started by Robbie Fraser who passed forward to Reegan Aitken who sent a through ball into the box for Trialist (19) to shoot past the keeper.

The Trialist (19) was on target again scoring Rangers fourth, Adam Devine headed the ball forward to Aaron Lyall who provided the pass for the striker’s finish. The scoring was complete when Trialist (19) turned creator with a cross from the left that was volleyed past the keeper by Aaron Lyall.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 SYFA West Select 0

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Lorenzo Giovanazzi, Aidan Berry, Leon King, Matthew Henderson, Greg Chalmers, Lewis Robertson, Alex Lowry, Matthew Collins, Trialist (9), Trialist (11), Adam Devine, Rhys Caves, Robbie Fraser, Reegan Aitken, Aaron Lyall, Trialist (19), Trialist (18).

Friendly Defeat At Stirling

December 8, 2016

Stirling University 5 Rangers 2

A diverse Rangers squad that consisted both Tom Walsh and  14-year-old Ciaran Dickson went down to Stirling University at the sports grounds this afternoon. The loss two early goals meant Rangers were chasing the game and the couldn’t quick get back into. On a positive note Rangers second half side included three 15 year olds as well as the afore-mentioned Ciaran Dickson.

The home side took the lead on five minutes, a pass through the Rangers back line on the edge of the box released their striker to shoot past Kieran Wright. Within three minutes the lead was doubled, the attack came into the penalty area on the left and a shot across Kieran Wright found the far corner.

Rangers first attack came from a short corner on the left on eleven minutes, Tom Walsh fed Josh Jeffries who cut in side before forcing a save from the keeper low to his right. Just after the quarter-hour mark Rangers reduced the deficit from the penalty spot, Amin Abaradan was bundled over inside the box and Max Ashmore sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot. 

Almost straight from the kick-off Rangers gave away a third goal, Ursene Mouanda passing straight to the opposition’s striker who beat Kieran Wright with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Rangers Trialist striker had a chance just before the half hour, Josh Jeffries pass freed him inside the right side of the penalty area but he delayed his shot allowing the keeper to advance from his line to make the block.

Ten minutes before the break Michael Hewitt and Tom Walsh combined on the right and from the latter’s cross Amin Abaradan headed just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. On the stroke of half-time Stirling scored again, their centre back rising unchallenged to head a corner from the right past Kieran Wright.

Half-Time:- Stirling University 4 Rangers 1

Right at the beginning of the second half Amin Abaradan picked up the ball twenty-five yards out and left of centre with his effort going narrowly past the keeper’s left hand post. Amin Abaradan was again involved a few minutes later, laying the ball back into the path of Max Ashmore who shot just wide of the far post.

Rangers grabbed a second goal their play deserved ten minutes after the break, Tom Walsh was the creator on the left and his cross was converted by Trialist (9) from close range. A minute later Michael Hewitt passed to Tom Walsh wide on the left, he cut inside and his shot deflected off a defender and struck the crossbar with the keeper beaten.

Midway through the half Amin Abaradan passed to Tom Walsh out on the left and from his cross Gregor Woods volleyed just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The home side then threatened with an attack down the right when the ball was passed inside the shot was saved by Nicky Hogarth. With ten minutes remaining some good play on the right hand byline and a great cross setup Stirling’s fifth with the ball headed past Nicky Hogarth at the back post.

Rangers final chance came when Gregor Woods passed to Josh Jeffries who’s twenty-five yard effort was saved by the keeper diving to the left.

Full-Time:- Stirling University 5 Rangers 2

Rangers Squad:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Michael Hewitt, Kyle Bradley, Lewis White, Max Ashmore, Ursene Mouanda, Jordan Gibson, Tom Walsh, Josh Jeffries, Trialist (9), Amin Abaradan, Ciaran Dickson, Jay Mack, Gregor Woods.

20’s Impress

December 7, 2016

Rangers 3 Dundee 0

With a starting line up that included a 15-year-old, two 16 year olds and four 17 year olds it was probably the youngest side fielded in the Development League this season and they arguably produced the season’s best performance with a comfortable win over Dundee at Forthbank tonight. It was a Dundee that included James McPake on the comeback trail from injury and three other first team players. After a fairly tame first half the young Rangers side took control after the break and could have added to their three goal tally.

The first real effort came on nine minutes when Liam Burt cut in past two defenders from the right flank before shooting just wide of the far post. The next chance came along just before the half hour mark, Jack Thomson feeding Liam Burt on the right, he cut into the penalty area before shooting narrowly over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee 0

There was only three minutes on the clock after the break when Rangers took the lead, Billy Gilmour passed the ball forward to Liam Burt and his through ball released  Zak Rudden to continue into the box and shoot past Callum Ferrie. A further seven minutes had passed when Rangers doubled their lead, Ross Lyon fed Liam Burt on the right hand angle of the box, he went past a defender before shooting, his shot deflected off Conor Quigley and looped over Callum Ferrie and into the net.

The next chance came when Ross Lyon and Liam Burt combined to feed Zak Rudden on the edge of the box and on this occasion his effort was just wide of Callum Ferrie’s right hand post. Dundee tried to respond when Kerr Waddell broke forward from the halfway line to the edge of the penalty area and his shot was comfortably saved by Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers then had a couple of chances around the midway point of the half, Ross Lyon passed to Serge Atakayi who beat a defender before shooting from a narrow angle that Callum Ferrie saved at his near post. Within seconds a Ross Lyon pass sent Zar Rudden through but again he shot just wide of the post.

Rangers scored their third goal with three minutes remaining, another Ross Lyon pass sent Zak Rudden clear, he cut inside Kerr Waddell before slotting the ball past Callum Ferrie. The visitors had a great chance to grab a consolation goal, when the ball broke for Michael Duffy he passed to Brian Rice free inside the left side of the penalty area but he was denied by Robbie McCrorie who blocked with his legs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jack Thomson (Ursene Mouanda 74 mins); Billy Gilmour (Serge Atakayi 57 mins), Jamie Barjonas; Liam Burt (Josh Jeffries 66 mins), Zak Rudden, Ross Lyon.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Max Ashmore, Kyle Bradley, Amin Abaradan

Dundee:- Callum Ferrie; Kerr Waddell, James McPake (Taylor Berry HT), Matthew Smyth; Kyle Clark, Nicky Low, Iain Smith (Brain Rice 64 mins), Conor Quigley; Michael Duffy; Mark Smith (Connor Coupe 59 mins), Mardi Tejsse.

Not Used- Kyle Gourlay (Gk)

20’s Progress To Next Round

December 4, 2016

Hearts 2 Rangers 5

For the second time in seven days Rangers Development side travelled to face Hearts, this time it was in the Youth Cup and a first for me, a competitive game played indoors, at the Oriam Performance Centre. Like last week’s league encounter Rangers were a bit older than their opponents and the second half performance ensured a more comfortable win than the previous game.

Rangers threatened on eleven minutes Myles Beerman broke forward on the left before passing to Ryan Hardie and his shot forced a fine save from Kelby Mason low to his right. Two minutes later Hearts took the lead, when a free-kick was cleared from Rangers penalty area it was picked up on the left by Harry Paton, from his cross Chris Hamilton, from what looked like an offside position, headed past Robbie McCrorie.

The home side held their lead for just over ten minutes then Rangers moved the ball across the penalty area from Liam Burt on the right via Ryan Hardie to Zak Rudden on the left, his shot was parried by Kelby Mason diving to his left but when the ball arrived back to Liam Burt at the back post he fired into the net from close range. Hearts replied a couple of minutes later, Callumn Morrison exchanged passes with Rory Currie on the right side of the box before setting up Andy Irving who shot straight at Robbie McCcrorie from the edge of the box.

On the half-hour a pass from Euan Henderson setup another shooting chance for Andy Irving, this time Robbie McCrorie stretched to clutch under the crossbar. Four minutes before the break Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot, Max Ashmore sent a great ball out to Liam Burt on the left, his first touch took him past Yves Vladislav who brought him down inside the penalty area, Ryan Hardie stepped up to send Kelby Mason the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 2

Rangers had a chance early in the second half, Callumn Morrison was short with pass back which was collected by Ryan Hardie who went past a defender and tried to dink the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. The ball went across the face of goal to Ross Lyon who laid it into the path of Liam Burt with Kelby Mason diving to his left to push the shot wide. When the half reached the ten minute mark a passing move between Jamie Barjoans, Liam Burt and Ryan Hardie created a chance for Max Ashmore who shot narrowly over.

The Hearts keeper was called into action again two minutes later, Kyle Bradley sent Ross McCrorie down the right from his low cross Chris Hamilton almost turned the ball past Kelby Mason who produced a fine save at close range with Ryan Hardie knocking the rebound wide. The home side came close to capitalising on that let off two minutes later, Euan Henderson sent Aaron Reid to the byline on the left and his cross found Callumn Morrison at the back post, he made space for the shot which bounced of Robbie McCrorie’s right hand post.

Within sixty seconds Leon Jones rose to meet a corner from the left that Robbie McCrorie gathered at the second attempt. Rangers extended their lead on sixty-three minutes, Ross McCrorie passed to Liam Burt who took on and went past a defender inside the right side of the box before squaring for Ryan Hardie to provide the simple finish.

A fourth goal looked certain as the half reached its mid-point, Ross McCrorie hit the right hand byline before picking out Ryan Hardie who was denied by a brilliant Kelby Mason point-blank save. The goal was only delayed around four minutes, Ross Lyon’s pass sending Ryan Hardie racing clear through the inside right channel and he continued into the box to beat Kelby Mason with a cool finish.

As the game entered the final quarter-hour the home side reduced the deficit, Harry Paton delivered the corner from the left and Leon Jones’s header squirmed over the line. The goal of the game came in injury time, Liam Burt took possession thirty-five yards out and wide on the right touchline, he spotted Kelby Mason off his line and sent the perfect shot over the keeper’s head and into the far corner of the net.

Full-Time:- Hearts 2 Rangers 5

Hearts:- Kelby Mason; Yves Vladislav, Chris Hamilton, Leon Jones, Aaron Reid; Callumn Morrison, Harry Paton, Harry Cochrane (Marc Leonard 71 mins); Andy Irving; Rory Currie (Russell McLean HT), Euan Henderson.

Not Used:- Wojciech Gajda (Gk), Alex Petkov, Kyle Smith, Jack Gillan, Jay Sandison.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jamie Barjonas; Ross Lyon (Jack Thomson 77 mins), Max Ashmore (Billy Gilmour 77 mins); Liam Burt, Ryan Hardie, Zak Rudden (Serge Atakayi 69 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jordan Houston, Josh Jeffries, Jordan Gibson.