Archive for January, 2017

Injuries Prove Costly For Youths

January 30, 2017

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 2

When Jordan Houston became the fourth Rangers player to leave the field through injury it meant the Ibrox youngsters had to play out the last eight minutes with ten men. Leading 2-1 they were unable to hold on for a win with Aberdeen equalising a couple of minutes later.

The visitor’s had an early chance when a Scott Wright solo run took him past three defenders and deep into the penalty area but he was denied by a fine Robbie McCrorie save to turn the ball over. In the next attack Frank Ross broke unchallenged into the right side of the box and forced Robbie McCrorie to save at his near post.

Rangers replied when Billy Gilmour passed to Liam Burt wide of the right, he cut inside and forced a save from Robbie Mutch low to his right. Rangers threatened again when Ross Lyon skipped past Joe McPherson on the left hand byline before shooting across goal and wide of the far post.

Good play on the left involving Ross Lyon, Myles Beerman and Billy Gilmour created a shooting chance for Max Ashmore when the ball was moved inside and his effort had Robbie Mutch stretching to tip over. When the game reached the twenty-seventh minute Rangers were dealt a double blow. A pass from Aaron Norris sent Scott Wright breaking into the penalty area where he fired past Robbie McCrorie. In their efforts to prevent the goal both Aidan Wilson and Ross McCrorie sustained injuries, where as the former was able to continue Ross McCrorie was stretchered off to be replaced by Kyle Bradley.

As the forty-five minute mark approached Jack Thomson limped off to be replaced by Jordan Gibson.Rangers first chance in injury time came when Liam Burt won a header on halfway and the ball broke to Jordan Gibson who continued to the edge of the box before shooting straight at Robbie Mutch. The equaliser followed soon after, the ball was played out to Ross Lyon on the left and from his cross into the box Liam Burt beat Robbie Mutch with a superb first time finish. There was still time for Aberdeen to threaten when Connor McLennan won the ball on the left side of the penalty area before shooting across goal and wide.

Half-Time:-Rangers 1 Aberdeen 1

Rangers had an early chance after the break when Liam Burt latched on to a slack Harlain Mbayo pass, he burst into the box where his shot was blocked by the legs of Robbie Mutch, Jordan Gibson followed up to crack the rebound of the keepers right hand post and the Dons defence scrambled clear. Another slip from Harlain Mbayo a couple of minutes later allowed Billy Gilmour to send Zak Rudden clear on the right side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and wide.

As the hour mark approached Jordan Gibson won the ball in midfield for Liam Burt who passed out to Ross Lyon on the left, he cut inside before shooting straight at Robbie Mutch. Midway through the half a slack Kyle Bradley pass across the back presented Bruce Anderson with a great chance as he raced in on goal, Robbie McCrorie stood up to divert the ball wide of his left hand post.

Rangers then created a chance when Liam Burt’s pass released Jordan Houston to break into the right side of the penalty area where he was denied by a Robbie Mutch save at his near post. With the game entering the final quarter-hour Toby Wells hit the byline on the left and from his cross Connor McLennan headed against Robbie McCrorie’s near post.

Rangers responded by immediately taking the lead, Myles Beerman picked out Zak Rudden on the edge off the box with a great pass, a superb touch and turn created the space for the striker to fire past Robbie Mutch. Before the restart Max Ashmore limped off to be replaced by Serge Atakayi. Within eight minutes remaining Jordan Houston was helped from the pitch leaving Rangers to finish the game with ten men.

They couldn’t quite see out the game with the Dons drawing level in the eighty-fifth minute. Joe McPherson swung in a cross from the right and Connor McLennan rose at the back post to head past Robbie McCrorie.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Ross McCrorie (Kyle Bradley 27 mins), Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jack Thomson (Jordan Gibson 43 mins); Max Ashmore (Serge Atakayi 77 mins), Billy Gilmour; Liam Burt, Zak Rudden, Ross Lyon.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Amin Abardan.

Aberdeen:- Robbie Mutch; Joe McPherson, Harlain Mbayo, Sam Roscoe, Toby Wells; Christian Antoniazzi (David Dangana 78 mins), Aaron Norris, Seb Ross, Scott Wright (Dylan Thomas 61 mins); Connor McLennan, Frank Ross (Bruce Anderson 61 mins).

Not Used:- David Craddock (Gk), Sam Robertson, Lewis Hutchison.

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15’s Overcome Older Opponents

January 29, 2017

Rangers 2 Stirling Albion 1

Rangers Under 15’s supplemented by three Under 16’s took on a Stirling Albion side made up of 16’s and 17’s at Murray Park this afternoon. The Ibrox youngsters came from behind and a Josh McPake double was enough to secure the win.

After a fairly even opening period it was the visitors who threatened first on twelve minutes, the attack came down the right and when the ball was played across to the left side of the box Lewis Budinauckas got down to his right to make the save. Rangers first real effort on goal came just before the twenty-minute mark, Kyle McClelland moved the ball forward to Ciaran Dickson who passed to Josh McPake on the left side of the penalty area, he cut inside before forcing a save from the keeper low to his right.

A couple of minutes later Euan Deveney broke forward from left-back and his twenty-five yarder took a slight deflection to take it just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The corner was worked between Kai Kennedy and Josh McPake who moved it to Ciaran Dickson on the right hand angle of the box he fired for goal with the keeper getting down to his right to parry.

Just after the half-hour Stirling broke from halfway to the edge of the box with the shot straight at Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when a corner was cleared from the Stirling area Josh McPake’s shot was saved low at the keeper’s right hand post. Rangers missed a great chance five minutes before the break, Euan Deveney picked out Josh McPake inside the box and superb chest control opened up  the goal but he shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Stirling took the lead on the stroke of half-time, an enterprising run from right-back took then into the right side of Rangers penalty area, Lewis Budinauckas parried the shot, the rebound was blocked but the ball rolled towards the back post where it was fired into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Stirling Albion 1

Just over five minutes of the second half had elapsed when the ball broke to Jay Mack on the edge of the box and his shot had the Stirling keeper stretching to tip over. Five minutes later Rangers were level, Murray Miller passed to Ciaran Dickson who played the ball to Euan Deveney on the left, his cross found Josh McPake inside the right side of the penalty area and shot past the keeper.

A similar period had elapsed when Rangers took the lead with a well worked goal, the moved ended with Josh McPake exchanging passes with Matty Yates, collecting the latter’s chipped pass to lob over the advancing keeper. Within in two minutes Euan Deveney broke from left-back before passing to Ciaran Dickson who sent Josh McPake clear, on this occasion he was denied when the keeper blocked with his foot.

Midway through the half Kai Kennedy, Ciaran Dickson and Josh McPake constructed a chance on the left side of the penalty area with the keeper gathering Josh McPake’s effort at the second attempt. Right on the whistle Stirling attacked on the right, the cross was controlled inside the area and laid back to a colleague who’s shot was parried by Lewis Budinauckas, the rebound was knocked into the net but the referee blew for offside.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Stirling Albion 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Kyle McClelland, Jay Mack, Harris O’Connor (Callum Biggar 70 mins), Euan Deveney; Ben Williamson; Murray Miller, Ciaran Dickson (Aaron Bryson 85 mins), Josh McPake, Matty Yates (Darren Waterson 76 mins), Kai Kennedy

Footnote:- Rangers 17’s won 4-3 away to Ayr United, the goals coming from Stephen Kelly (2), Rhys Breen & Dapo Mebude.

The 13’s and 14’s travelled to take on Everton at their Finch Farm Training Academy this weekend.

The 14’s won 5-3 with the goals coming from Robbie Fraser (2), Matthew Collins, Evan McSwegan & A Trialist.

The 13’s won 6-0, scorers were Dire Mebude (2), Robbie Ure (2), Sam Lovie & Leyton Dunlop.

Win For 16’s

January 24, 2017

Rangers 2 St.Mirren 0

Rangers under 16’s took on St.Mirren at Murray Park and a Niyah Joseph double was enough to secure a win for the Ibrox youngsters. After an opening twenty minutes where both teams created half chances Rangers took the lead. Kieran McKechnie combined with Nathan Patterson on the left and from the latter’s cross Niyah Joseph headed past the keeper. 

Just after the half hour mark it took a brilliant Jay Mack block to keep Rangers lead intact, Alex McCaw went past Nathan Patterson on the right and when Nicky Hogarth advanced from his goal he played the ball across goal to the unmarked Ross McFarlane, a goal looked inevitable but Jay Mack got back to make the block and clear the danger.A couple of minutes later Lewis McGrattan sent the ball out to Nathan Patterson on the left, Gregor Woods showed great chest control to gather the cross but could only knock the ball over the keeper and over the bar.

Almost immediately Saints attacked down the left through Ross McFarlane and he cut inside before shooting for goal that had Nicky Hogarth stretching to tip over. Five minutes before the break Josh McPake’s free-kick from just outside the right side of the box found Kieran McKechnie’s who’s effort was blocked by keeper David Wilson’s legs.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers doubled their lead when Nathan Patterson latched on to a loose ball inside the left side of St.Mirren’s penalty area, Kyle Miller got down to his left to parry the shot but was helpless as Niyah Joseph followed up to knock in the rebound. It was a Nathan Patterson pass that created the next chance, splitting the Saints defence and sending Owen McGinty clear, Kyle Miller advanced from his line and stood tall to make the block.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 0

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Michael Hewitt, Lewis McGrattan, Jamie Walker, Jay Mack, Josh McPake, John Balde, Niyah Joseph, Gregor Woods, Kieran McKechnie, Harris O’Connor, Owen McGinty, Ben Williamson.

St.Mirren Squad:- David Wilson (Gk), Kyle Miller (Gk), Jamie Dodsworth, Kieran Campbell, Ben Cameron, Blair Richardson, Matthew McLevy, Alex McCaw, Ethan Erhahon, Ross McFarlane, Jake Coulter, Finlay Gray, Drew Marshall, Lewis Jamieson, Carter Frew.

Youth Progress To Semi’s

January 22, 2017

Rangers 5 Falkirk 1

Having been unfortunate to lose the recent Development League game to a Falkirk side that included five over age players Rangers would have gone into today’s Youth Cup Quarter Final at Ibrox with confidence. Despite going behind to a dubious penalty they soon turned the game around and ran our comfortable winners.

Rangers had the better of the early exchanges but it was the visitors who took the lead on nineteen minutes from the penalty spot. Mark Stowe’s shot from the edge of the box struck the left hand of Aidan Wilson inside the box, but the Rangers defender’s arm was by his side and there was no intent so it was a rather harsh decision when the referee pointed to the spot. Robbie McCrorie made a fine save from Kevin O’Hara’s initial shot but was helpless as the striker was quickest to react to net the rebound. Falkirk only held the lead for three minutes, Liam Burt and Billy Gilmour worked a short corner on the left, from the cross Aidan Wilson’s bullet header came back off Lewis McMinn’s right and post and the ball was cleared from the penalty area where it landed at the feet of Jamie Barjonas who’s twenty-five yarder flew into Lewis McMinn’s top right hand corner.

Falkirk replied when Kevin O’Hara broke into the left side of Rangers penalty area to be halted by a superb Ross McCrorie challenge, the ball broke to Mark Stowe who stepped inside a defender before shooting straight at Robbie McCrorie. Within a couple of minutes Rangers were in front, a patient period of passing ended with Josh Jeffries going past Kyle Johnson and getting to the right hand byline, his low cross was cleared to Jamie Barjonas on the edge of the box and his shot found Lewis McMinn’s bottom right hand corner.

Six minutes before the break a superb chipped pass from Billy Gilmour found Zak Rudden inside the right side of the box, he stretched to knock the ball past Lewis McMinn but Cameron Eadie got back to clear for a corner before the ball crossed the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Falkirk 1

Rangers should have scored a third three minutes into the second half, Lewis McMinn fumbled Josh Jeffries effort from the edge of the box but Liam Burt fired over with the goal at his mercy. The third goal came along eight minutes later from the penalty spot, Liam Burt combined with Josh Jeffries on the right side of the box and when he broke into the area he was hauled back Jason Jarvis. Zak Rudden stepped up to send Lewis McMinn the wrong way from the spot.

With twenty-five minutes remaining Conor Langton crossed from the right to find the unmarked Cameron Eadie who headed weakly at Robbie McCrorie. Rangers broke quickly with the ball played out to Liam Burt on the left, he spotted Billy Gilmour’s run through the middle and the midfielder collected the pass to continue into the box and coolly beat Lewis McMinn.

With the game entering the final quarter-hour a corner from the left was played to Jack Thomson on the angle of the box his superb strike gave Lewis McMinn no chance. The visitor’s kept playing and within a minute they attacked down the right, the ball was played inside to Mark Finlayson who’s shot from the edge of the box was straight at Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers had the final chance in the game when Myles Beerman broke forward from left-back, his run took him past two defenders before feeding Zak Rudden the striker’s shot was parried by Lewis McMinn diving to his left before bouncing over the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Falkirk 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson (Kyle Bradley 67 mins), Myles Beerman; Jack Thomson; Billy Gilmour, Jamie Barjonas; Josh Jeffries (Serge Atakayi 78 mins), Zak Rudden, Liam Burt (Ross Lyon 78 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Max Ashmore, Jordan Gibson, Amin Abardan.

Falkirk:- Lewis McMinn; Mark Finlayson, Jonny Mitchell, Camron Eadie (Marky Munro 87 mins), Kyle Johnson; Conor Langton, Cameron Blues, Reis Peggie (Connor McBride 69 mins), Cieran Dunne (Jason Jarvis HT); Kevin O’Hara, Mark Stowe.

Not Used:- Peter Bery (Gk), Jack Keary, Kieran Sweeney, Graeme Walker.

Development Side Lose To Celtic

January 17, 2017

Rangers 0 Celtic 1

A Calvin Miller goal on the stroke of half-time separated the sides in today’s Development League game at Murray Park. It was a game of few clear-cut chances but the few in the game were created by the visitors.

After Celtic had the better of the early exchanges without troubling Robbie McCrorie with a couple of efforts from lone range, Rangers created what proved to be their only real chance on ten minutes. Jack Thomson passed the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas who played Liam Burt through the inside left channel, he continued into the box but under pressure from a defender he poked the ball harmlessly wide. Three minutes later Connor McManus strode forward and his shot from the edge of the box had Robbie McCrorie diving to his right to save.

Just before the half-time whistle Theo Archibald gained possession from Robbie McCrorie’s clearance and he sent the ball out to Calvin Miller on the left hand angle of the box , he cut inside before shooting past Robbie McCrorie.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Four minutes after the break from a throw in on the left the ball went to Mark Hill who passed inside to Luke Donnelly who’s shot from the edge of the box was turned wide by Robbie McCrorie low to his right. A couple of minutes later the ball was switched to Tony Ralston on the right, his low cross was collected by Luke Donnelly who stepped inside two defenders before shooting over from the edge of the six yard box.

As the game entered the final quarter-hour Aidan McIlduff broke forward from his own half, he passed across the edge of the box to Luke Donnelly on the right side of the penalty area with Robbie McCrorie coming from his line to make a fine block. With three minutes remaining Calvin Miller and Paul Crossan combined inside the left side of the penalty area, from the latter’s cross a goal seemed certain but Sam Wardrope failed to connect inside the six yard box.

Within a minute a Connor McManus chip from the edge of the box had Robbie McCrorie stretching to tip over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, David Bates, Aidan Wilson, Myles Beerman; Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas (Josh Jeffries 70 mins), Billy Gilmour; Liam Burt, Zak Rudden (Amin Abardan 83 mins), Andy Dallas (Serge Atkayi 53 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Jordan Houston, Max Ashmore.

Celtic:- Ross Doohan; Tony Ralston (Sam Wardrope 70 mins), Fiacre Kelleher, Jamie McCart, Aidan McIlduff; Luke Donnelly, Connor McManus, Mark Hill; Theo Archibald (Regan Hendry 89 mins), Jack Aitchison (Paul Crossan 73 mins), Calvin Miller.

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Wallace Duffy, Josh Kerr, Michael Johnston.

Bairns Too Strong For Gers Kids

January 10, 2017

Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

A Falkirk side with five overage players proved too strong for a young Rangers side that was made up  of under 19 players. If Rangers goal had come a bit earlier the Ibrox youngsters may have been able to push for a share of the points.

For the first time the Development side lined up in 3-5-2 formation recently deployed at first team level. Early teething problems with the formation almost cost a goal on eight minutes, Kyle Bradley’s pass across the back line went straight to Kevin O’Hara who raced clear into the box but was denied by a fine Robbie McCrorie save to turn the ball wide of his left hand post. Five minutes later Falkirk took the lead, Cameron Blues broke forward before shooting from around twenty-five yards to beat Robbie McCrorie low to his right.

Just after the half-hour mark Scott Shepherd played the ball into the box from the right, it was cleared as far as Liam Henderson who’s shot from the edge of the box was held by Robbie McCrorie. Rangers then passed up two great opportunities to draw level in the final four minutes of the half. From Josh Jeffries clearance Zak Rudden escaped from a defender and broke into the left side of the penalty area, Robbie Thomson stood tall as he advanced from his line to make the block. On the stroke of half-time Zak Rudden cushioned a header to Billy Gilmour who passed to Jordan Houston wide on the right, his low cross found Josh Jeffries on the edge of the six yard box but he failed to connect properly and Kyle Johnson knocked the ball behind for a corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 1

Ten minutes after the break Josh Jeffries picked up the ball just outside the right side of the penalty area, he curled a shoot towards the far top corner that saw Robbie Thomson leap to turn the ball over. Falkirk replied with an attack on the right and from Mark Finlayson’s low cross Mark O’Hara looked certain to score at the back post but he knocked the ball wide.

Midway through the half Billy Gilmour passed the ball forward to Jamie Barjonas who’s effort from around twenty-five yards was just too high. Within a couple of minutes Max Ashmore won the ball on the edge of the box and his shot had Robbie Thomson diving to his left to turn the ball wide. Zak Rudden and Josh Jeffries worked a short corner that allowed the latter to break into the right side of the box to force a save from Robbie Thomson at the near post.

As the game entered the final quarter-hour Falkirk doubled their lead direct from a free-kick just left of centre, Lewis Kidd  curling a shot over the wall and into Robbie McCrorie’s top right hand corner. Rangers responded when Max Ashmore played the ball forward to Andy Dallas who cut into the box before firing narrowly over.

With four minutes remaining Jamie Barjonas played the ball forward to Billy Gilmour who’s shot from the edge of the box went narrowly over. As the clocked ticked to the ninety minute mark Jamie Barjonas went past two defenders as he attacked the centre of the box, his through ball released Andy Dallas who shot past Robbie Thomson.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Ross McCrorie, Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson; Jordan Houston (Ross Lyon 78 mins), Josh Jeffries (Andy Dallas 76 mins), Max Ashmore (Jamie Barjonas 78 mins), Billy Gilmour, Myles Beerman; Zak Rudden, Liam Burt.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Serge Atakayi, Jordan Gibson, Amin Abaradan.

Falkirk:- Robbie Thomson; Mark Finlayson, Cameron Eadie, Kyle Johnson, Luke Leahy; Lewis Kidd, Cameron Blues, Liam Henderson (Connor Langton 62 mins); Scott Shepherd, Kevin O’Hara, Reis Peggie.

Not Used:- Lewis McMinn (Gk), Jonny Mitchell, Mark Stowe.