Opening Games For Youths

With the continuation of the blog still being considered, one or two issues suggest it may be time to retire my pen and paper and I’m not sure the interest is there. Tuesday’s disaster coupled with today’s 20’s performance gave me little motivation to post tonight but as I am doing nothing else here it is.

The day started with a three team Under 17 tournament involving Airdrie and Partick Thistle. The games were played over two twenty-five minute halfs.

Rangers 3 Airdrie 1

Only a brilliant point-blank save prevented Rangers taking the lead in the opening minute, the keeper diving to his right to turn Niyah Joseph’s effort from deep inside the right side of the penalty area wide of the post. The opening goal came twelve minutes later, Niyah Joseph on the right passed to Matty Yates on the edge of the box and he laid the ball back to Kieran McKechnie who’s shot was blocked but he reacted to fire the rebound past the keeper.

Airdrie replied with a cross to the back post from the right and from the shot Brian Kinnear parried with Harris O’Connor on hand to clear in front of goal. Just on the half time whistle a cross field pass from right to left setup another chance for Airdrie that Brian Kinnear saved at his near post.

Five minutes after the break Brian Kinnear’s throw out was intercepted wide on the left but he redeemed himself by blocking the shot when the ball was played into the box. Within minutes Zac Butterworth intercepted a throw out from the Airdrie keeper and broke down the right, he passed inside to the Trialist No.9 who laid the ball back to Kieran McKechnie who beat the keeper from the edge of the box.

Within five minutes Airdrie attacked down the right and the cross come shot sailed over the head of Lewis Budinauckas and into the net. Two minutes later it took and brilliant save from Lewis Budinauckas to keeper Rangers lead intact, diving high to his left to turn a shot from inside the right side of the penalty area over.

With ten minutes remaining a brilliant Gregor Woods strike secured the win, side stepping a defender twenty-five yards from goal he fired high past the keeper into the top right hand corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Airdrie 1

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Callum Biggar, Harris O’Connor, Jay Mack, Darren Watterston; Gregor Woods, Ross Young; Kieran McKechnie; Niyah Joseph, Trialist No.9, Matty Yates.

Subs Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Zac Butterworth, Kyle McLelland, Aaron Bryson.

Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 1

Again Rangers came close in the opening minute, Jordan Critchley’s pass sent Dapo Mebude through the inside left channel with the keeper standing up to make the save from the shot. Thistle replied from a free-kick on the edge of the box that Nicky Hogarth got down to his left to make a comfortable save.

Nathan Patterson and Trialist No.9 combined on the right to set up up Josh McPake deep inside the right side of the penalty area that the keeper blocked at his near post. Thistle took the lead four minutes before the break, the ball was passed in from the right and when the shot came in it seemed to deceive Nicky Hogarth who stood rooted and the ball foun the left low to his right.

Rangers came close to an equaliser when Kai Kennedy fed Dapo Mebude who went past two defenders into the penalty area but again the keeper made a fine block. Rangers dominated the second twenty-five minutes but clear chances were few. Kai Kennedy took on the defence on the right his ball inside went through to Jay Mack at the back post with the keeper blocking his close range effort.

Just before the final whistle Dapo Mebude’s pass sent Josh McPake through and he continued into the box to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson, Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Jamie Walker; Jordan Critchley, Ciaran Dickson; Kai Kennedy; Josh McPake, Trialist No.9, Dapo Mebude.

Subs Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), John Balde, Jay Mack, Niyah Joseph.

Note:- The trialists involved were two different players. In between these two games Partick Thistle beat Airdrie 5-0 in a one sided encounter.

 

Rangers 1 Tynecastle FC 2

The afternoon saw a disappointing result and performance against a side the Under 20’s have put six past in the past two seasons. Last season it was doubles from Ryan Hardie and Zak Rudden, and one from Andy Dallas and a trialist. Two years ago the goals came from Scott Roberts (2), Ross Lyon, Danny Stoney, Darren Ramsay and Josh Jeffries.

Rangers came close when Harry Forrester charged down a clearance from the keeper Ross McMullan with the ball going narrowly over the crossbar. A couple of minutes later Aidan Wilson’s cross from the right found Matthew Shiels who’s shot cracked off the near post.

Rangers next attack saw Harry Forrester attack the left side of the box and go past two defenders but got too close to the Ross McMullan and the keeper who made the block. In their first attack the visitors passed up agreat chance, Antonio Brkic racing clear but he dragged his shot wide of Aidan McAdams right hand post. Michael O’Halloran went off injured on nineteen minutes to be replaced by Andy Dallas.

Just after the midpoint of the half the visitor’s took the lead, from a corner from the right Aidan McAdams could only punch the ball up in the air and Ryan Malcolm volleyed into the net. Jamie Barjonas then sent a ball over the Tynecastle defence with Andy Dallas converging with keeper Ross McMullan the ball broke towards the right hand byline where it was collected by Matthew Shiels but Ross McMullan got back to save his shot from a tight angle.

Just after the half-hour Zak Rudden attacked down the left and from his pass inside Andy Dallas forced a save from Ross McMullan low to his left. Rangers final chance off the half came from an Andy Dallas cross from the right to the back post where Matthew Shiels downward header was somehow scooped over by Ross McMullan.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Tynecastle FC 1

Rangers first chance after the break came when Jason Krones broke forward from defence and played through Andy Dallas who was denied when Ross McMullan came from his line to block. Rangers drew level eight minutes after the break, Grant Nelson and Andy Dallas combined with Trialist No.10 who’s low cross was converted at close range by Andy Dallas. 

Rangers fell behind on sixty-four minutes, the attack started down the left and the ball was played across the box to substitute Euan Greig who shot across Kieran Wright and into the net. With a quarter-hour remaining Zak Rudden broke through on the right of the penalty area with the sub keeper making the block and a defender clearing for a corner. 

Rangers missed a great chance on eighty-one minutes, Michael Hewitt’s cross from the right to pick out the unmarked Mati Zata with the goal gaping he headed over. The final chance came at the other end, a pass in from the right and shot forced Kieran Wright tp save low to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Tynecastle FC 2

Rangers 1st Half:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Myles Beerman; Jamie Barjonas, Harry Forrester; Trialist No.10; Michal O’Halloran (Andy Dallas 19 mins); Zak Rudden, Matthew Shiels.

Rangers 2nd Half:- Kieran Wright; Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Jason Krones, Trialist No.16; Grant Nelson; Mati Zata, Izzak Ahmed; Andy Dallas (Matthew Shiels 62 mins), Trialist No.10 (Zak Rudden 62 mins), Scott Gray.

Tynecastle FC:- Ross McMullan; Lewis Grant, Ryan Ferguson, Niall Kelly, Dean Crabbe, Robbie McIntyre; Antonio Brkic, Ryan Mayer, Kern Hutchinson, ????? Clarke; Ryan Malcolm.

 

 

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