17’s Hit Dons For Six

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).

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