Rangers 1 Celtic 2
It was disappointment for Rangers Under 17’s in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Final at Firhill. In a first half where there failed to turn up they surprisingly went in level at the break. With the second half being more even the game could have gone either way but a goal midway through the half gave Celtic the win.
Celtic had the first real chance on seven minutes, Ewan Henderson exchanged passes with Jack Aitchison on the right side of the box before being denied by a superb Danny Finlayson block. Six minutes later Jack Aitchison played Keiran Campbell in on the right side of the penalty area forcing a save from Brian Kinnear at the near post.
The opening goal was only delayed a few minutes, in the initial attack Jack Aitchison played a one-two with Ewan Henderson before forcing a save from Brian Kinnear. The ball came back into the penalty area and Brian Kinnear again saved from Jack Aitchison but on this occasion Ewan Henderson followed up to knock the ball into the net. At this point Rangers had shown little in attack but just before the half-hour a quick free-kick from Scott Gray picked out Zak Rudden inside the left side of the penalty area, he went past a defender before firing a shot that Ryan Mullen blocked with his legs.
Celtic were immediately back on the attack with Kerr McInroy breaking towards the box before passing to Jack Aitchison inside the left side of the penalty area and he forced Brian Kinnear to dive to his left to make the save. Rangers grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, the ball was moved from Jordan Houston on the right through Billy Gilmour and Stephen Kelly onto Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the box and he shot across the keeper into the corner of the net.
Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1
Rangers had the first real opportunity of the second half on fifty-six minutes, Dapo Mebude played the ball forward to Matthew Shiels, a good turn created space for a shot with a deflection taking the ball straight at Ryan Mullen. Just over five minutes later Billy Gilmour and Matthew Shiels combined to feed Zak Rudden and his shot from around twenty-five yards had Ryan Mullen diving to his left to save.
Midway through the half Celtic took the lead, Jack Aitchison evaded two challenges as he moved along the edge of the box from left to right before shooting past Brian Kinnear. With four minutes remaining Kerr McInroy pulled back Mati Zata as he broke down the right and was show his second yellow and subsequent red card.
Rangers had a great chance to equalise with a minute remaining, Billy Gilmour’s free-kick from midway inside of Celtic’s half and wide right found the head of Mati Zata but he couldn’t hit the target and the ball went narrowly over.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 2
Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer (Zac Butterworth 71 mins); Billy Gilmour, Stephen Kelly (Michael Hewitt 84 mins); Dapo Mebude (Mati Zata 65 mins), Zak Rudden, Matthew Shiels.
Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Jay Mack, Josh McPake
Celtic:- Ryan Mullen; Max Potter, Stephen Welsh, Robbie Deas, Daniel Church; Kerr McInroy, Kristi Marku (Kieran McGrath 76 mins); Keiran Campbell (David McKay 88 mins), Ewan Henderson, Tommy Caffrey (Grant Savoury HT); Jack Aitchison.
Not Used:- Joshua Rae (Gk), Scott Robertson, Paul Kennedy, Andrew Kerr.
Last night Rangers Under 13’s took on an older Dublin Schoolboy Select side at Murray Park.
Rangers 1 NDSL 2
Last night Rangers Under 13’s with only 14’s keeper Grant Thackray added to the squad took on an Under 14’s Select side from the North Dublin Schoolboys League. It was a stiff test for the young Rangers side, the Irish boys had defeated Partick Thistle’s Under 14’s by 4-2 the previous night, and the physical difference was obvious.
It was a difficult first period for the Rangers boys with the Dublin side dominating, but they came back strongly to have the upper hand in the second period. With both sides having chances in the final period it could have gone either way, with the Irish boys scoring a late winner.
The visitors were having the better of the play territorially but it was Rangers that created the first real chance when Dire Mebude’s pass from wide right gave Makenzie Kirk a chance breaking through the centre but he shot straight at Cathal Byrne. The Dublin side continued to have the bulk of possession and took the lead in the twentieth minute, the ball was played through the inside left channel and when Grant Thackray came racing from his line Sean Roughan lobbed the ball over his head and into the net.
Rangers came close seven minutes into the second period, Harley Ewan passed to Makenzie Kirk wide on the left, he cut into the angle of the box and fired a shot that beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar. Just before the whistle to end the second period Rangers drew level, Dire Mebude just outside the right side of the penalty area played the ball into the box where Darren McInally’s shot saw Cathal Byrne produce a stunning save to turn the ball on to his right hand post, the initial rebound was blocked but Dire Mebude was on hand to net from close range.
A free kick from wide right and close to the halfway line was sent into the box where it broke to Dire Mebude but his shot was wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Just over ten minutes of the final period had elapsed when Jack Scanlan played a short corner on the left to Leyton Dunlop and from his cross Leon King headed narrowly wide of the far post.
A few minutes after the period turn round Harley Ewan sent his twin brother Kelsey Ewan down the right, from his pass inside Jack Scanlan’s superb turn created space for a shot that was deflected and keeper Ross Leonard reacted to make a decent save. With eight minutes remaining it was the visitors that grabbed what proved to be the winner. A lovely turn took Robbie Mahon clear to hit the byline on the left and from his cross Thomas Redmond arrived at the back post to head past Jack McConnell.
Full-Time:- Rangers 1 NDSL 2
Rangers Squad:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Leyton Dunlop, Darren McInally, Harley Ewan, Leon King, Dire Mebude, Grant Gallagher, Robbie Ure, Mackenzie Strachan, Makenzie Kirk, Jack Scalan, Logan Dunachie, Alex King.
NDSL Squad:- Cathal Byrne (Gk) (Malahide United), Ross Leonard (Gk) (St.Kevin’s BC), Aaron Murphy (St.Kevin’s BC), John McDonagh (St.Kevin’s BC), Jack Crowe (Corduff FC), James Maloney (St.Kevin’s BC), Aaron Naughton (Swords Celtic), Michael Burns (Maynooth Town), Michael Hilliard (Swords Celtic), Tommy Buchanan (Bohemians), Adam Naughton (Swords Celtic), Sean Roughan (Swords Celtic), Robbie Mahon (St.Kevin’s BC), Eoin Gannon (Swords Celtic), Jake Hollywood (St Kevin’s BC), Cameron Nangle (Swords Celtic), Nick Pavlov (Corduff FC), Thomas Redmond (St. Kevins BC).