Youth Win Over Carlisle United

Rangers 7 Carlisle United 0

A Rangers Under 17’s side had an easy win against a younger Carlisle United side which was English U16’s (in effect U16 1/3). I don’t really understand what Rangers have to gain from playing a younger team from a League Two side.

The Breakthrough came just after the quarter-hour mark, Kai Kennedy swung in a corner from the left and Harris O’Connor rose to head past the keeper. The lead was doubled five minutes later when Zac Butterworth won possession before playing a one-two with Niyah Joseph and beating the keeper from the edge of the box and just right of centre.

Rangers were close to a third almost immediately, Zac Butterworth attacked the centre of the Carlisle defence before playing in Jamie Walker inside the left side of the penalty area with the keeper diving to his left to touch the shot onto the post. The third goal did come on the twenty-fifth minute, Jay Mack advanced down the right and his low close was converted at close range by Niyah Joseph.

Rangers continued to dominate and on the half-hour mark Kai Kennedy and Kieran McKechnie worked a short corner on the right to feed the ball into Niyah Joseph who was denied by the keeper who turned his shot wide of his left hand post. From this corner Kai Kennedy combined with Ciaran Dickson who went past a defender into the right side of the box and shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Carlisle 0

Rangers added to their tally early in the second-half, from Kai Kennedy’s through ball the keeper looked favourite but John Balde got there first to knock the ball beyond him and slide in to squeeze the ball into the net before it crossed the byline. Soon after Niyah Joseph cut in from the right before going for goal to force the keeper to save to his right.

With twenty minutes remaining John Balde chased the ball to the right had byline and from his cutback Matty Yates forced another save from the keeper. With the game now in the final quarter-hour Jordan Critchley send Matty Yates down the right, Mati Zata looked certain to score from his cross but headed wide of the far post.

With six minutes remaining John Balde latched on to Mati Zata’s through ball and went past a defender and into the box to shoot past the keeper. The scoring was completed when Mati Zata converted Jordan Critchley’s low cross from the right with a couple of minutes remaining.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Carlisle United 0

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth (Brian Kinnear HT), Jay Mack (Ross Young 55 mins), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Jamie Walker (John Balde HT); Ben Williamson (Gregor Woods 55 mins); Kieran McKechnie (Murray Miller HT), Ciaran Dickson (Jordan Critchley 60 mins);Zac Butterworth, Niyah Joseph (Matty Yates 60 mins), Kai Kennedy (Mati Zata 60 mins)


Footnote:- On an adjacent pitch Rangers U15’s recorded a 5-0 win over Queen’s Park with the goals coming from Aaron Lyle, Dire Mebude, Leon King, Alex Lowry & Matty Collins.

Copa del Agatha

Over the weekend Rangers Development squad lifted the Copa del Agatha in Sint Agatha just outside Nijmegen.

There were two groups of three and Rangers topped their group with wins over Club Brugge (2-1) and NEC Nijmegen (3-2) on Saturday. Alemannia topped the other group which meant they progressed with Rangers to the semi finals.

The second teams in each group they played the third in the opposite group to decide the other two teams in the semi finals. Club Brugge over came Willem II (2-0) and JVC Cujik edged out NEC Nijmegen on penalties.

The semi finals saw two comfortable wins for Rangers and Club Brugge, Rangers over JVC Cujik (6-1) and Club Brugge over Alemannia (4-0). The final was a goalless stalemate which meant a penalty shoot out that the Ibrox youngsters won 4-2.

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