Archive for May, 2017

17’s Close With A Defeat

May 29, 2017

Rangers 1 Celtic 3

Rangers Under 17’s completed their league fixtures with a defeat to Celtic at Murray Park tonight. The result also confirmed Celtic as winners of the Under 17 league.

Celtic came close to opening the scoring on six minutes, when the ball was played into Rangers penalty area, they failed to take a couple of opportunities to clear and when the ball fell to Ewan Henderson his shot came back off the inside of Nicky Hogarth’s right hand post. Rangers replied immediately when Stephen Kelly played the ball out to Zac Butterworth wide on the left, he exchanged passes with Billy Gilmour before shooting just wide of the far post.

Ten minutes had elapsed when Mati Zata’s pass released Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the box but he shot across the keeper and wide of the far post. Ten minutes later a superb spin on the edge of the box freed Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the box but he was denied by the legs of Ryan Mullen.

Five minutes later Rangers took the lead, a good patient passing move ended with Stephen Kelly shooting from the edge of the box, the ball broke off a defender to Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the penalty area and he shot past Ryan Mullen. The lead lasted nine minutes when a slack Stephen Kelly pass gave possession away and the ball was played into  Ciaran Diver who shot past Nicky Hogarth. 

Three minutes before the break Celtic took the lead when Tommy Caffrey curled a shot from the left hand angle of the box over Nicky Hogarth and into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 2

Celtic extended their lead ten minutes after the break, Tommy Caffrey played the ball in from the left, Ciaran Diver miscued his shot but the ball ran to Keiran Campbell who netted from close range. Midway through the half Kerr McInroy curled a free-kick over the defensive wall and the ball came back of Nicky Hogarth’s left hand post. 

As the final quarter-hour approached Kerr McInroy passed to Ewan Henderson who got to the right hand byline his ball into the centre was knocked wide of the far post by Tommy Caffrey. Celtic had another chance with five minutes remaining, Tommy Caffrey was setup for a shot that Nicky Hogarth blocked.

Rangers ended the game on the attack coming close twice in the final minute, Niyah Joseph intercepted an attempted pass by Ryan Mullen but the keeper redeemed himself by turning the striker’s shot wide of his right hand post. When Stephen Kelly fired the ball into the Celtic box it spun of a defender and up in the air, Lewis Mayo was first to the ball and his header forced Ryan Mullen to tip over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray (Jay Mack 69 mins); Cammy Palmer, Mati Zata (Niyah Joseph 77 mins), Billy Gilmour; Zack Butterworth ( Dapo Mebude 54 mins), Matthew Shiels, Stephen Kelly.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Gregor Woods.

Celtic:- Ryan Mullen; Max Potter, Stephen Welsh, Robbie Deas, Daniel Church; Kristi Marku ( ??????? 72 mins); Kerr McInroy, Ewan Henderson; Keiran Campbell, Ciaran Diver, Tommy Caffrey ( Dylan Forrest 86 mins).

17’s Hit Five Past ‘Well

May 15, 2017

Rangers 5 Motherwell 2

Rangers Under 17’s kept their league hopes alive with a comfortable win over Motherwell at Murray Park tonight. Leading by two goals at half-time the result was never in doubt although the visitors put up a spirited second half display.

Rangers took the lead on eleven minutes when Billy Gilmour cut in from the left to the angle of the box and shot across the keeper into the far top corner. Four minutes later Rangers doubled their lead, Stephen Kelly miscued his attempted first time pass from wide left but the ball went to Cammy Palmer thirty yards from goal, he went past two defenders before shooting from the edge of the box, the keeper seemed to have it covered as he dived to his right the ball went under his body and into the net.

Rangers continued to dominate and on twenty minutes Matthew Shiels passed from just outside the left side of the box to Billy Gilmour who’s neat back heel set up a shooting chance for Stephen Kelly which forced a save from the keeper diving to his right. Midway through the half Motherwell attacked on the right and when the ball was played into the box it was deflected to their striker eight yards from goal and it took a superb point-blank save from Brian Kinnear to keep the ball out, a Motherwell player followed up to blaze the loose ball over but he was flagged offside in any case.

On the stroke of half-time Stephen Kelly’s cross from the left picked out Matthew Shiels, but he was stretching to make contact and could only knocked the ball wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Tme:- Rangers 2 Motherwell

Rangers added to their tally three minutes after the break, Billy Gilmour’s free-kick from close to the left-hand byline found Mati Zata arriving at the back post, the keeper did well to block his close range header but couldn’t prevent him forcing the rebound over the line. The visitor’s responded by puling a goal back before the half was ten minutes old, the attack came down the left and when the header came in Brian Kinnear got a hand the ball but it dropped under the bar and into the net.

Just before the hour Jordan Houston attacked the right side of the box and played a one-two with Billy Gilmour to break into the penalty area but the keeper blocked the shot with his legs. Rangers did restore their two goal advantage a couple of minutes later, from a quick break Andy Dallas outpaced the Motherwell defence down the left, when he got into the box and close to the byline he rolled the ball across goal for Billy Gilmour to knocked it into the net from close range.

With twenty minutes remaining Stephen Kelly shot from the edge of the box that the Motherwell keeper gathered at the second attempt. Motherwell immediately attacked down the right and the cross was headed past Brian Kinnear for the visitor’s second goal. 

Right on the final whistle Andy Dallas played a one -two on the edge of the box to break into the right side of the penalty area, the keeper blocked his initial shot the Rangers striker  was quickest to react and fire the rebound into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Motherwell 2

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Andy Dallas, Mati Zata (Zac Butterworth 79 mins); Billy Gilmour, Matthew Shiels (Dapo Mebude 79 mins), Stephen Kelly.

16’s Close With A Win

May 11, 2017

Motherwell 0 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 16’s finished their season with a win over Motherwell at Braidhurst High School last night. Under 18 Grant Nelson got another forty-five minutes under his belt in his comeback from a long layoff.

The first half was competitive with clear-cut chances being restricted with both sides limited to long-range efforts that were high or wide. The closest effort came ten minutes before the break when Josh McPake cut in from the right before passing to Izhaak Ahmed who’s shot from around twenty-five yards was just too high.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

Five minutes into the second half Motherwell broke through on the right side of Rangers penalty area and the shot had Nicky Hogarth stretching to tip over. Three minutes later Rangers took the lead, Ben Williamson crossed from the right and Niyah Joseph placed a superb cushioned header back across the keeper and into the net.

Just after the hour mark the home side had a long-range effort from left of centre that had Nicky Hogarth diving low to his left to save. As the game entered the final quarter-hour Rangers doubled their lead, from a free-kick right of centre and on the edge of the box Owen McGinty curled the ball round the wall and it slipped through the keeper’s hands and into the net.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 2

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ben Williamson, Nathan Patterson, Grant Nelson, Jay Mack, Kyle McLelland, Josh McPake, Gregor Woods, Dapo Mebude, Izhaak Ahmed, Zac Butterworth, Ross Young, John Balde, Owen McGinty, Niyah Joseph, Kieran McKechnie.

20’s Finish Off With A Win

May 4, 2017

Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

Rangers Under 20’s brought their Development League season to a close with a win against Motherwell at Ibrox this morning. The game saw a debut at this level for another couple of Under 17’s and the long-awaited comeback at this level for Grant Nelson who played the final ten minutes.

Rangers had an early chance when a slack pass allowed Serge Atakayi to break into the penalty area but he shot wide of Ollie Pain’s left hand post. Rangers took the lead on twenty-one minutes, Josh Jeffries played the ball to Amin Abaradan wide on the left, he cut inside before curling a shot beyond Ollie Pain and inside the far post.

Motherwell replied when Adam Livingstone fed Jack Hastie on the left, he cut inside before shooting from distance which Robbie McCrorie held under his crossbar. Motherwell equalised eight minutes before the break from the penalty spot, Ross McLean broke into the right side of the penalty area where he was brought down by Jason Krones with Jack Hastie converting the penalty.

Just before the break Jack Hastie played a one-two with James McFadden before shooting from the edge of the box that had Robbie McCrorie diving to his left to parry. When the ball was crossed back into the box from Alfredo Agyeman on the right it fell for Jack Hastie at the back post who was again denied by Robbie McCrorie at close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Mothwell 1

Motherwell had an early chance after the break when the ball was played to Alfredo Agyeman inside the box, he cut inside Kyle Bradley but Robbie McCrorie blocked the shot with his legs. Rangers capitalised by taking the lead within a minute, Jordan Gibson chased a Jason Krones ball down the left and got there right on the byline, he looked up and picked out Josh Jeffries arriving unmarked to shoot past the keeper.

A slack pass out of defence from Jason Krones was pounced on by James McFadden who’s ball into the penalty area broke to Alfredo Agyeman who was again denied by the legs of Robbie McCrorie. Rangers broke quickly on seventy-two minutes through Serge Atakayi, he played the ball to Amin Abaradan on his right but he shot wide of the far post when a pass to an unmarked colleague may have been the better option.

Rangers had a let off a couple of minutes later, from a long ball Andy Dallas attempted header back to Robbie McCrorie was way too short and Jack Hastie lobbed the advancing keeper but the ball bounced off the face of the crossbar and clear. Motherwell’s final chance to share the spoils came five minutes later, Tom Fry cut in from the left with Robbie McCrorie getting down to his left to parry the shot, Ross McLean followed up but his effort hit the outside of the post and went wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Andy Dallas, Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones (Mati Zata 55 mins), Matthew Shiels; Max Ashmore; Jamie Barjonas, Josh Jeffries (Billy Gilmour 55 mins); Serge Atakayi, Amin Abaradan, Jordan Gibson (Grant Nelson 79 mins).

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kyle McLelland.

Motherwell:- Ollie Pain; Luke Watt, Joe Chalmers, Jordan Armstrong, Adam Livingstone; Ross McLean, Tom Fry, Kyle McDonald (Reece McAlear 79 mins), Jack Hastie; James McFadden (Jamie Semple 61 mins); Alfredo Agyeman (Cole Starrs 75 mins).

Not Used:- Jordan Pettigrew (Gk), Jack Brown.

Fight Back Secures Win For 20’s

May 1, 2017

St.Mirren 2 Rangers 3

Trailing 2-0 at half-time a superb second half fight back saw Rangers score three times to secure the three points. With St.Mirren late in opening the gates the game had kicked off as the spectators were allowed in, I just was emerging from the exit in time to see Robbie McCrorie react to turn a shot over the crossbar.

Rangers responded with a good Jordan Gibson run down the left from his low cross Amin Abardan’s diving header was blocked by the Chris Henry’s foot, when the ball was delivered back into the box he knocked the ball into the net but was flagged for offside. Within two minutes the home side took the lead, Kyle Bradley’s pass across the back was a bit short and the Lewis McLear won the challenge with Jason Krones, he continued into the right side of the box before squaring for Ryan Watters to shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Rangers came close on the half-hour mark with a Billy Gilmour thirty yarder that was just too high. Five minutes later a free-kick wide on the left was played short by Billy Gilmour to Andy Dallas who laid it back for Max Ashmore to cross into the box and Jason Krones headed just wide of the far post. Saints doubled their lead six minutes before the break with a well worked goal. The ball was passed out wide to Luke Barclay his cross into the box was chested down by Kalvin Orsi for Ryan Watters to shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 2 Rangers 0

Rangers got back into the match in the opening minute of the second half when Jordan Gibson went past Mark Morrison who brought him down inside the left side of the penalty area, Max Ashmore stepped up to squeeze his shot past Chris Henry and inside his left hand post. On the hour mark Rangers drew level, Andy Dallas chased a ball down the right and robbed Andrew McDonald before cutting into the penalty area and shooting across the keeper into the net.

Midway through the half Billy Gilmour knocked the ball on at the right side of the box to Serge Atakayi who’s shot forced a save from  Chris Henry at his near post. Rangers took a deserved lead with nine minutes remaining, Andy Dallas took a quick throw to send Jordan Gibson to the left hand byline, he went past a defender and fired the ball across the face of goal, beyond the far post Jamie Barjonas knocked the ball back into the centre where Serge Atakayi hooked the ball past Chris Henry.

Saints had one last chance to rescue a point when Ben Cameron got to the right hand byline, his cross found the Luke Barclayarriving in the left side of the penalty and he headed goalwards with Danny Finlayson heading from the line.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 2 Rangers 3

St.Mirren:- Chris Henry; Mark Morrison (Ben Cameron 81 mins), Dylan McKendry, Andrew McDonald, Luke Barclay; Conor McBrearty (Ethan Erhahon 72 mins); Lewis McLear, Scott Glover (Cameron Breadner 60 mins), Cameron McPherson; Ryan Watters, Kalvin Orsi.

Not Used:- Reece Willison (Gk), Danny Scally, Craig Johnston, Carlo Pignatiello.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Michael Hewitt, Kyle Bradley, Jason Krones (Danny Finlayson HT), Jack Adamson (Scott Gray HT); Max Ashmore; Jamie Barjonas, Billy Gilmour; Andy Dallas, Amin Abaradan (Serge Atakayi 64 mins), Jordan Gibson.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Cammy Palmer, Stephen Kelly, Matthew Shiels.