Archive for September, 2017

17’s Win Over Killie

September 28, 2017

Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 1

Once Rangers made the breakthrough on the quarter hour mark the result was never in any doubt in last night’s game at a very wet Auchenhowie. The Killie side deserve some credit for remaining in the game despite facing a few setbacks.

The opening goal came when Kai Kennedy got to the left hand byline, the keeper came to punch his cross and the ball looped to the back post where Matty Yates was on hand to head into the net. The second goal soon followed, Murray Miller passed to Matty Yates inside the right side of the penalty area and he drove the ball across goal from the byline, it deflected off a defender and slipped through the keeper’s legs for an Own Goal.

Rangers next chance came when Murray Miller and Ciaran Dickson combined on the left side of the box to create a shooting chance for Kai Kennedy that the keeper saved low to his left. Just past the half-hour a superb Dapo Mebude pass from wide on the right picked out Josh McPake’s run into the box with the keeper saving bravely at his feet. Unfortunately he sustained an injury and with no substitute keeper an outfield had to take over between the sticks.

Rangers added a third in the added time for the keeper’s injury, Josh McPake playing a one-two on the right side of the box with Matty Yates before shooting past the stand in keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Kilmanock o

Rangers had an early second half chance when Dapo Mebude met Matty Yates cross from the right on the volley and the keeper blocked with his foot. The resultant corner was played short to Josh McPake who drifted past two defenders on the right side of the box and again the keeper saved with foot.

On the hour Euan Deveney played the ball forward to Kieran McKechnie on the left from his cross Matty Yates rose to send a powerful text-book header back across the stand in keeper who produced a stunning save diving to his right. The visitors took a lift from that and pulled a goal back within five minutes. The attack came down the left and Nicky Hogarth was possibly a bit too quick advancing from goal which made the task of knocking the ball past him and into the net a bit easier.

Rangers restored their three goal margin with a Josh McPake solo effort, coming in from the right he left three defenders in his wake before shooting into the far corner of the net. With my notepad turning to mush and pens ceasing to function fortunately there was little more of note and Rangers saw out the game comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson (Zac Butterworth 56 mins), Jay Mack, Harris O’Connor, Jamie Walker (Euan Deveney 59 mins); Murray Miller (Ben Williamson 61 mins), Josh McPake, Ciaran Dickson; Matty Yates, Dapo Mebude (John Balde 56 mins), Kai Kennedy (Kieran McKechnie 59 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk)

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Second Half Collapse

September 26, 2017

Rangers 1 Leicester City 6

Having probably edged the first half with the teams going in all square it was a surprise and a disappointment to witness a second half collapse that saw Rangers lose five goals and never real threaten a reply.

Rangers got off to the worst possible start falling behind in the second minute. Tyrese Shade passed to Conor Tee wide and the left and when Michael Hewitt slipped it allowed him a free run into the box to shoot across Aidan McAdams and into the net. Rangers came close to drawing level on eleven minutes, Myles Beerman broke on the left and passed inside to Serge Atakayi who’s shot was deflected just wide of the far post.

On the quarter-hour mark Rangers got the leveller from the penalty spot. Ryan Hardie was heading away from goal when he chased a ball inside the left side of the box but was flattened by Calvin Ughelumba for a clear penalty that the Rangers striker duly converted. Midway through the half Sammie McLeod won possession and broke forward before passing to Tyrese Shade he cut inside Lewis Mayo but shot just wide of the far post.

Rangers won a free-kick a couple of minutes after the half-hour mark, just outside the box and right of centre, Myles Beerman stepped up and his low shot forced Rhys Davies to save low to his left and Zak Rudden was flagged offside as he went for the rebound. Just before the break Stephen Kelly won the ball and played it forward to Ryan Hardie who’s twenty-five yarder beat Rhys Davies but bounced off his right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Leicester City 1

The visitors came out on the front foot and the half was eight minutes old when a neat passing move ended with Kian Williams passing to Sammie McLeod who’s shot from the edge of the box forced a save from Aidan McAdams. A minute later Kian Williams fed Tyrese Shade inside the left side and the penalty area and his shot squeezed under Aidan McAdams.

Just after the hour Cammy Palmer’s pass put Danny Finlayson under pressure and he was dispossessed on the edge of the box by Conor Tee who continued into the box to shoot past Aidan McAdams, Within a minute Leicester scored a forth, Rubyn Gill’s superb thirty yard strike rebound off Aidan McAdams right and post and Conor Tee was on hand to complete his hat-trick.

As the final five minutes approached Sammie McLeod played the ball to Tom Fielding inside the left side of the box and he shot across Aidan McAdams and into the far corner. The Rangers keeper was in action two minutes later, diving high to his left to push away Morgan Brown’s shot from the edge of the box.

The scoring was complete when Leicester broke quickly from a Rangers corner, Morgan Brown breaking down the left and continuing into the penalty area before squaring for Tom Fielding to fire into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Leicester City 6

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Myles Beerman; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Zak Rudden; Andy Dallas (Grant Nelson 61 mins), Ryan Hardie (Matthew Shiels 61 mins) Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Izaak Ahmed, Scott Gray, Harris O’Connor.

Leicester City:- Rhys Davies (Jakub Stilarczyk HT), Luke Thomas, George Heaven, Lukas Husek, Calvin Ughelumba; Kian Williams (Tom Fielding 57 mins), Sammie McLeod, Khanya Leshabela (Rubyn Gill 57 mins), Conor Tee (Edward Elewa- Ipakwu 80 mins); Tyrese Shade, Morgan Brown.

Not Used:- Joszef Keaveny.

Easy Win For 15’s

September 17, 2017

Rangers 9 Kilmarnock 2

With the Under 17’s game cancelled due to International call ups the only youth game at Auchenhowie this weekend was this morning’s Under 15 clash against Kilmarnock. Once Rangers made the early breakthrough it was really just a matter of how many.

There was only five minutes on the clock when Matthew Henderson’s cross from the left was fumbled into the net by the Killie keeper under pressure from Cole McKinnon. On twelve minutes Cole McKinnon combined with Aaron Lyall to play through Matthew Collins inside the left side of the box with the keeper coming from his line to make the block.

A minute later Adam Devine broke down the right and passed inside to Aaron Lyall  who tried to bend the ball into the far corner but was just wide of the post. Rangers next chance came when Matthew Henderson played a one-two with Matthew Collins on the left before flashing a low ball across goal that Cole McKinnon just couldn’t reach.

The second goal came from a move that started from Jay Hogarth’s throw that sent Adam Devine braking down the right before passing inside to Aaron Lyall who stepped inside a defender before shooting past the keeper. Rangers had two quick chances just after the half-hour mark, Robbie Fraser passed to Matthew Collins inside the box with the keeper saving his shot. Matthew Collins then turned provider setting up a chance for Cole McKinnon who was again thwarted by the keeper.

Ten minutes before the break Rangers scored a third, Robbie Fraser played the ball forward to Cole McKinnon who moved it on to Matthew Collins and his neat flick released Reegan Aitken to shoot past the keeper. Less than five minutes later Robbie Fraser’s pass sent Matthew Collins racing into the left side of the penalty area to shoot past the keeper.

The visitors then rallied with a shot from the edge of the box that forced Jay Hogarth to save low to his left. Within a minute Jay Hogarth was called into action again, this time diving high to his left to save a shot from the edge of the box.

Right on the half-time whistle Robbie Fraser sent a free-kick from midway inside the Killie half into the box which the keeper seemed to gather but dropped the ball at the feet of Matthew Collins who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers only took two minutes after the break to add to their tally, Reegan Aitken was the provider with a pass inside the left-back and Matthew Collins provided the finish by calmly beating the keeper. Just before the hour mark Kilmarnock pulled a goal back, winning possession inside the Rangers half and continuing into the box to shoot past Grant Thackray.

Within sixty seconds an attack down the left created another chance for Killie and on this occasion Grant Thackray stretched to tip over. Rangers were soon back on attack and a superb team goal provide the seventh, Robbie Fraser passed to Matthew Collins on the left side of the box, he passed inside to Alex Lowry who’s pass inside the left-back released Matthew Henderson who shot across the keeper and into the net.

Another superb passing move carved open the Killie defence for Rangers next, and it ended with Adam Devine overlapping on the right before crossing for Adam Mansouri who showed great feet to side step the keeper and knock the ball into the net. Killie replied with an attack down the right and when the ball was centred the shot was poked past Grant Thackray.

The scoring was completed when Matthew Henderson broke down the left and passed inside to Reegan Aitken who played in Adam Mansouri who slotted the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Grant Thackray (Gk), Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Robbir Fraser, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Aaron Lyall, Rhys Caves, Cole McKinnon, Reegan Aitken, Matthew Collins, Adam Mansouri, Alex Lowry.

 

Development Side Fall To Late Goal

September 12, 2017

Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2

Rangers Development side fell to a last-minute goal against Brighton in tonight’s challenge match at Ibrox. After a fairly even first half where both sides created a few chances, the English side had the better of the second half although there were fewer opportunites.

Rangers threatened first when Scott Gray broke forward and passed inside to Zak Rudden whose through ball saw Tom McGill save bravely at the feet of Andy Dallas inside the right side of the penalty area. The visitors replied when Max Sanders played the ball out to Ryan Longman on the left and he cut inside before forcing Aidan McAdams to dive to his right and turn the ball wide.

Within a minute it took a superb double save from Tom McGill to prevent Rangers taking the lead. Serge Atakayi attacked the left side of the box before passing to Andy Dallas who’s flick set up Ryan Hardie he was denied by the keeper who was quickly back on his feet to block Andy Dallas’s effort from the rebound. The early period  was seeing plenty goalmouth action and Brighton took the lead on eleven minutes, Max Sanders broke into the box and cut inside a defender before shooting past Aidan McAdams.

Rangers drew level on twenty-six minutes, Lewis Mayo played the ball forward to Ryan Hardie on the left, his cross found its way to Jamie Barjonas on the right side of the box and he cut inside a defender before shooting past the keeper. On the half hour mark Andy Dallas broke down the right and Tom McGill did well to dive and cut out his low cross.

Rangers were having a good spell and two minutes later Serge Atakyi attacked on the left, from his cross Owen Moore miscued his clearance forcing Tom McGill to save. Serge Atakayi was again the creator sixty seconds later passing inside from the left to Ryan Hardie with Tom McGill getting down to his left to save.

Eight minutes before the break only a brilliant point-blank save from Aidan McAdams kept the teams level. David Ajiboye in possession on the right picked out Ryan Longman on the edge of the six yard box and the Rangers keeper somehow got a hand to the shot , with the rebound being deflected behind. Teddy Hoare then passed to Ryan Longman on the left and as he burst into the left side of the box Aidan McAdams came off his line to block.

Rangers finished the half on the front foot with Jamie Barjonas  forcing a save from Tom McGill with a shot from a free-kick. Andy Dallas then sent up another chance for Jamie Barjonas with a pass in from the left but his shot was straight at Tom McGill. There was still time for Jamie Barjonas to break forward and set up a shooting chance for Ryan Hardie that was saved by Tom McGill.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

The second half was tame by comparison and there was almost an hour on the clock when Max Sanders free-kick from the edge of the box forced Aidan McAdams to punch clear. Rangers replied with a free-kick of their own, Scott Gray’s effort going just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Brighton missed a great chance to edge ahead with ten minutes remaining, slackness gave possession to Max Sanders on the edge of the box and his pass freed Reece Meekums inside the left side of the box, he went past Aidan McAdams but was forced wide and could only fire his shot against the near post. With the game reaching the final minute a draw was looking likely until Reece Meekums neat back heel released Alex Cochrane down the left and his cross gave Ryan Longman a simple task to net at the back post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Michael Hewitt, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Zak Rudden, Jamie Barjonas (Grant Nelson 83 mins); Andy Dallas (Stephen Kelly 58 mins), Ryan Hardie (Matthew Shiels 75 mins), Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk), Kyle Bradley, Mati Zata.

Brighton:- Tom McGill; Hamish Morrison, Owen Moore, Danny Barker, Alex Cochrane; Max Sanders, Teddy Hoare (Tyrese Fornah 75 mins); David Ajiboye (Reece Meekums 62 mins), Danny Cashman, Ryan Longman; Stefan Ljubicic (Issac Hutchinson HT).

Not Used:- Billy Collings (Gk), Charlie Ferguson.

Youth Teams Take On Forth Valley

September 10, 2017

This weekend’s Club Academy Scotland fixtures saw Rangers take on Forth Valley at all the eleven-a-side age groups. I chose to take in the 15’s & 17’s double-header at Ochilview.

Forth Valley 2 Rangers 6

First up was the under 15’s fixture and although it took Rangers a bit of time to make the break through once they got in front there was only going to be one winner.

Rangers first chance came on eight minutes when a superb Robbie Fraser pass inside the right back released Adam Mansouri who was denied at the near post by the keeper. A couple of minutes later Matthew Henderson’s cross from the left saw Cole McKinnon’s header beat the keeper but bounce off the crossbar.

With twenty minutes remaining until the break Cole McKinnon’s attempted pass broke to Adam Mansouri who forced a save from the keeper from just inside the box. The breakthrough came just before the half-hour mark, Aaron Lyall’s cross from the right was headed on by Cole McKinnon and Adam Mansouri netted from close range.

Rangers next effort came when Robbie Fraser drove forward before letting fly from around twenty-five yards but it was just too high. Rangers doubled their lead seven minutes before the break and there was a bit of fortune about the goal, Matthew Henderson’s cross from the left sailing over the head of the keeper and into the net.

Number three soon followed, a corner from the left broke on the edge of the six yard box to Adam Mansouri who scored from close range. There was still time for another chance with Cole McKinnon heading straight at the keeper from Matthew Henderson’s left-wing cross.

Half-Time:- Forth Valley 0 Rangers 3

Rangers continued from where they left off with Alex Lowry sending Cole McKinnon down the right, he passed inside to Reegan Aitken who’s shot from the edge of the box forced the keeper to save low to his right. On the hour mark Leon King rose to meet a Reegan Aitken corner from the right that the keeper saved.

Within a minute the hosts pulled a goal back, Aiden Berry was hesitant allowing the attacker to get in behind and lob the ball over Jay Hogarth. Rangers restored their three goal advantage within a coupe of minutes, Aaron Lyall released Cole McKinnon who broke into the right side of the box and lobbed the keeper, the ball bounced off the crossbar but straight to Matthew Collins who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net.

Rangers added a fifth midway through the half, Matthew Collins started the move on the right with a pass inside to Cole McKinnon who played through Aaron Lyall to slot the ball past the keeper. The home side immediately responded with a twenty-five yard effort that forced Jay Hogarth to tip over. From the resultant corner from the right the ball was headed past Jay Hogarth.

The scoring was completed when a through from Leon King was knocked past the keeper by a home defender under pressure from Matthew Collins for an Own Goal.

Full-Time:- Forth Valley 2 Rangers 6

Rangers Squad:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Adam Devine, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Matthew Henderson, Robbie Fraser, Rhys Caves, Reegan Aitken, Aaron Lyall, Cole McKinnon, Adam Mansouri, Alex Lowry, Matthew Collins.

 

Forth Valley 2 Rangers 8

Next up was the under 17’s clash and after a fairly even first half Rangers blew the home side away after the break.

The first chance fell to Forth Valley when a slack pass allowed them to break into the right side of the penalty area, when the ball cut back from the byline the striker didn’t get a clean connection and Kyle McLelland got back to clear from the line. Rangers went straight up the other end and Josh McPake was denied by the keeper when he broke into the left side of the box.

On seven minutes Rangers opened the scoring, Jay Mack sent Dapo Mebude racing through the inside right channel and he held off a defender to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. The home side threatened on the quarter-hour mark with an attack into the left side of the box and Brian Kinnear raced from goal to make the block.

The home side drew level when the ball broke to their attacker on the edge of the box and his shot found Brian Kinnear’s bottom right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Forth Valley 1 Rangers 1

It was a different Rangers side that emerged after the break and it took only two minutes to regain the lead, Kai Kennedy cut in from the left and when his shot broke off a defender to Dapo Mebude his superb turn took him clear of a defender to shoot past the keeper. Just over five minutes later Jamie Walker’s cross from the left went beyond the back post to Josh McPake, he went past a defender but was denied by the keeper with the ball falling for Dapo Mebude who slammed it into the net.

The home side rallied and from an attack down the left they advanced deep into the penalty area and the ball was slotted past Brian Kinnear. The two goal lead was soon restored, Kai Kennedy sent Josh McPake through to round the keeper and side step a defender before firing the ball into the net.

Midway through the half Rangers added a superb fifth, Ciaran Dickson sent Nathan Patterson down the right and from his cross Dapo Mebude rose to head past the keeper. The sixth goal came when Dapo Mebude’s through ball sent Nathan Patterson clear with the defenders wrongly claiming offside he calmly slotted past the keeper.

The seventh came when Jordan Critchley headed the keeper’s goal kick back towards the box and Dapo Mebude raced clear of the defence to claim his fifth goal. The home side continued to plug away and from an attack down the left and into the box it took a fine save from Brian Kinnear to turn the shot over.

The scoring was completed in the final minute, Harric O’Connor played the ball forward to Matty Yates on the left hand angle of the box and he took on a defender before shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Forth Valley 2 Rangers 8

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Jay Mack (Nathan Patterson HT), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Jamie Walker; Ben Williamson (Jordan Critchley 61 mins); Kieran McKechnie (Murray Miller HT), Ciaran Dickson; Kai Kennedy (John Balde 67 mins), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake (Matty Yates 67 mins).

17’s Cruise To Glasgow Cup Win

September 7, 2017

Rangers 8 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers 17’s hit eight in a comfortable win over Queen’s Park in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Sectional tie at Auchenhowie. There was only three minutes on the clock when Dapo Mebude raced on to a Murray Miller pass and was barged in the back while in the act of shooting and the referee pointed to the spot. He stepped up to send the ball to the keeper’s left as he dived right. Four minutes later Zac Butterworth played the ball forward to Kieran McKechnie who’s superb turn took him clear of a defender and into the box to shoot past the keeper.

Ten minutes before the break Dapo Mebude chased a ball into the left side of the penalty area where he was brought down, he changed sides with his spot kick but his shot lacked conviction and Kobe Barber saved to his right. Rangers third goal followed a few minutes later, Dapo Mebude combined with Josh McPake to create a shooting opportunity for the former which was blocked, the ball ran to Kieran McKechnie who beat the keeper with the aid of a deflection.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 0

Like the first half Rangers started on the front foot after the break and added to their tally after only three minutes, Zac Butterworth attacked the left hand byline and from his low cross Matty Yates netted at the back post. Two minutes later an almost carbon copy but on the right produced a fifth, Josh McPake getting to the right hand byline and from his centre Matty Yates spinning on the edge of the six yard box to fire past the keeper.

The tally reached six with the half only ten minutes old, Kai Kennedy’s quick free kick released Zack Butterworth on the left and his cross was diverted past the keeper by Luke Main for an own goal. Ten minutes later Matty Yates dispossessed a defender and broke into the box, his shot beat the keeper but rebounded of the keeper’s right hand post.

The visitor’s then rallied and came close on a couple of occasions, Michael Ruth intercepted Nicky Hogarth’s attempted pass and his chip bounced off the face of the crossbar. Within two minutes Mainza Mutenge’s pass sent Josh Black through but he was denied when Nicky Hogarth dived to his right to save.

Rangers then created a superb seventh with a quarter-hour remaining, it was created with a passing move involving Ciaran Dickson, Ben Williamson and Kai Kennedy who’s cross from the left saw Matty Yates nip ahead of the keeper to knock the ball into the net. Within a few minutes Kobe Barber raced from goal to clear a through ball but it went straight to Ben Williamson who found the net from around twenty-five yards.

Rangers continued to create chances and Ciaran Dickson combined with Ben Williamson to set up a twenty-five yarder from Matty Yates that the keeper tipped over. The keeper was soon called into action again, Nathan Patterson hit the byline on the right and from his cutback Ciaran Dickson forced the keeper to dive to his left to turn the ball wide. The final chance came from a flowing move that ended with Matty Yates getting on the end of John Balde’s cross from the left  and the keeper saving low to his right.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson, Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Zac Butterworth; Murray Miller; Ciaran Dickson, Josh McPake (John Balde 53 mins); Kieran McKechnie (Ben Williamson 53 mins), Dapo Mebude (Matty Yates HT), Kai Kennedy.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Jamie Walker.

Queen’s Park:- Kobe Barber; Nicky McAllister, David Devine, Scott Dunn, John McLaren; Ross Paton; Michael Ruth, Luke Main; Lee Whitmore, Kyle Docherty, Zak Lindsay.

Subs:- Alex White (Gk), Josh Black, Mainza Mutenge, Ciaran McAninch, Simon Millar, Robbie Perrie.