Archive for September 10th, 2017

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).