Archive for October 29th, 2017

Weekend Youth Round Up

October 29, 2017

A first trip to Murrayfield and a busy weekend for youth football set up my weekend nicely. Friday night saw the development squad take on Liverpool, while on Sunday morning the 15’s took on Hamilton Accies at The Superseal Stadum. But my choice for Sunday was the 14’s clash with Accies in the morning followed by a three team tournament involving Rangers, Hamilton Accies and Liverpool in the afternoon at Auchenhowie.

Rangers 1 Liverpool 4

After losing an early penalty it was an uphill task for Rangers Development squad against a slick Liverpool side. There was nine minutes on the clock when Bobby Adekanye in possession outside the right side of the box picked out the run of Liam Miller and a tug from Aidan Wilson resulted in the referee pointing to the spot. Skipper Adam Lewis stepped up to convert the penalty. Less than ten minutes later Rangers drew level, a free-kick wide on the right was worked short and Jordan Thompson picked out Matty Shiels free inside the box and he calmly slotted past Caoimhin Kelleher.

The Ibrox side were on level term for barely two minutes, Edvard Tagseth played the ball to Liam Miller wide on the left, he went past Andy Dallas before picking out Bobby Adekanye on the edge of the six yard box and his cushioned volley went through the legs of Aidan McAdams. The Premiership youngsters extended their lead just after the half hour, again it was constructed on the left with Adam Lewis crossing for Liam Miller to fire into the top corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Liverpool 3

Liverpool were first to threaten after the break, Tom Clayton played the ball to Adam Lewis wide on the left and from his low cross Liam Miller forced a decent save from Aidan McAdams. Straight to the other end and when Serge Atakayi got to the right hand byline his cutback was fired over by Zak Rudden from the edge of the six yard box.

The Ibrox youngsters were punished almost immediately when Livepool scored a fourth,  Bobby Adekanye broke down the right and he passed inside to Rafa Camacho who had time and space to shoot past Aidan McAdams. Liverpool were reduced to ten men just after the hour mark, George Johnston was high and rash with a challenge on Stephen Kelly and referee Scott Lambie showed him a straight red card.

The rest of the game was only noted for a flurry of substitutions as the English side saw out the game comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Liverpool 4

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Andy Dallas, Kyle Bradley, Aidan Wilson (Lewis Mayo HT), Myles Beerman; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Jordan Thomson (Izhaak Ahmed 82 mins); Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden (Matty Yates 86 mins), Matthew Shiels (Ross Lyon 58 mins).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth.

Liverpool:- Caoimhin Kelleher; Mich’El Parker, Tom Clayton, George Johnston; Rafa Camacho (Rhys Williams 64 mins), Elijah Dixon-Bonner (Yasser Larouci 75 mins), Edvard Tagseth (Luis Longstaff 56 mins), Adam Lewis (Tony Glennon 80 mins); Bobby Adekanye (Abdi Sharif 68 mins), Liam Miller (Glen McAuley 68 mins), Curtis Jones.

Not Used:- Viteslav Jaros.


Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

On Sunday morning Rangers Under 14’s served up some great football to record a comfortable win of Hamilton Accies, although it was into the third period before they made the game safe.

Rangers had an early chance on five minutes when Leyton Dunlop sent Jamie Newton through the inside left channel but he shot across goal and wide of the far post. As the period entered the final ten minutes Rangers opened the scoring with  superb goal. The passing move involved Kelsey Ewan who passed to Dire Mebude, when he moved it on to Jack Scanlan on the right side of the box he went past a defender before exchanging passes with Robbie Ure and curling a shot over the keeper.

Within a couple of minutes an Accies corner from the left saw a scramble ensue inside the Rangers penalty area and it took a Gavin Gallagher goal line clearance to prevent an equaliser. Rangers had the bulk of possession in the second period but the only real chance came at the end of another great move. Jack Scanlan, Mackenzie Strachan, Robbie Ure and Dire Mebude were all involved in getting the ball to Gavin Gallagher inside the left side of the box but his shot was saved at the near post by the keeper.

Within two minutes of the start of the final period Rangers doubled their lead, Darren McInally’s through ball sending Tyler Pasnik clear to continue into the box and calmly roll the ball past the keeper. Just after the period turn around Rangers scored again, Robbie Ure combined with Mackenzie Strachan  who sent Tyler Pasnik clear and he took the ball wide of the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.

Rangers were looking to add to their tally and when Jack Harkness hit the byline on the right his cutback found Darren McInally but the keeper was quick to advance from his line to make the block. With six minutes remaining Darren McInally’s through ball sent Robbie Ure clean through and he went round the keeper before rolling the ball into the net. There was still time for Darren McInally to strike a long-range free-kick that clipped the crossbar on the way over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Jack Harkness, Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Leyton Dunlop, Jamie Newton, Mackenzie Strachan, Jack Scanlan, Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Gavin Gallagher, Darren McInally, Tyler Pasnik.


The afternoon saw a three team mini tournament involving Rangers and Hamilton Accies U13’s (2005’s) with Liverpool’s “English Age Group” U12’s ( a mix of 2005’s and 2006’s), with the games played over two thirty minute periods. With Liverpool’s keeper taking ill, Rangers keeper Scott Cowie was between the sticks in both their games.

Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

The young  Rangers side were to rue a series of missed chances and they were edged out by Hamilton in the first game.

The visitors came close to an early lead when a superb long-range strike beat Kyle Budinauckas but struck the underside of the crossbar. Rangers replied on the quarter-hour mark, Elliot Dunlop passed to Callum Sandilands who moved the ball on to Zak McKay who’s shot was cleared from the goal line.

Within a couple of minutes the referee saw a foul in a challenge inside the right side of Rangers box and awarded Hamilton a rather soft penalty.

Half-Time- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers had an early chance at the start of the second half, Max Conway played the ball forward to Zak McKay who cut inside and forced a diving save from the keeper low to his right.

Rangers next chance fell to Elliot Dunlop when he was found by Zak McKay inside the left side of the penalty area but he was also denied by the keeper.Rangers next chance came with a  Zak Queen break on the right, his ball into the box saw Kyan Gunn take a great touch but shot just over.

Rangers were then caught out with a ball over the top of the defence, the Accies attacker held off a defender and although Scott Cowie got a touch on the shot he couldn’t prevent it crossing the line to double Hamilton’s lead. Rangers quickly reduced the deficit when Tyler Pasnik broke down the left before passing inside for Zak McKay to shoot past the keeper.

Hesitancy in the Rangers defence presented another chance for the visitors and it took a brave save at the feet of the striker from Scott Cowie to prevent a goal. With time running out Ryan Murray swung in a free-kick from wide right and the ball went over everyone’s head and bounced off the cross-bar. Rangers had a great chance to snatch a draw when Zak McKay’s flick on sent Tyler Pasnik racing down the right, as he made his way along the byline the referee saw enough to award another soft penalty but he stepped up a blazed a shot high over the bar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

Rangers:- Kyle Budinauckas; Max Conway, Adam Forrester, Brodie Kerr, Ryan Murray; Kyan Gunn; Zak Queen, Callum Sandilands; Zak McKay, Ricco Diack, Elliot Dunlop.

Subs All Used :- Scott Cowie (Gk), Ewan Ross, Kole Connelly, Tyler Pasnik

Next up was Hamilton Accies against Liverpool and without the squad lists it would have been difficult to construct a match report. In what was a relatively even game it finished Hamilton Accies 1 Liverpool 2.


Rangers 8 Liverpool 2

In a stunning first half the Ibrox youngsters blew their opponents away by scoring six times without reply. And only a string of saves from Rangers keeper Scott Cowie, guesting for Liverpool prevented a higher tally.

The first goal was created on the right with Zak McKay’s run and cross and it was finished by a controlled Jamie Newton volley. There was eleven minutes on the clock when Rangers and Jamie Newton grabbed their second, as he made his way along the left hand byline the, break referee saw a push and awarded another soft penalty that he duly converted.

Within a minute Zak McKay intercepted a pass in defence to race clear, Scott Cowie made a fine stop with Ricco Diack volleying the rebound just wide. The third goal came on the quarter-hour mark, Kole Connelly winning possession and feeding Zak MaKay inside the right side of the box and he fired into the net.

Rangers were now creating chances at will and when Kole Connelly passed to Jamie Newton he moved the ball onto Zak McKay who forced Scott Cowie to save low to his left. The keeper was left helpless in Rangers next attack, Jamie Newton passed to Ricco Diack inside them left side of the penalty area he cut inside a defender before shooting past the keeper.

Jamie Newton was again the provider for Rangers fifth breaking forward before releasing Tyler Pasnik inside the left side of the box and he fired into the net. Ryan Murray started Rangers next attack with a ball forward to Jamie Newton who cut the ball back to Kole Connelly who’s shot was tipped over by Scott Cowie.

Rangers soon scored again, with Liverpool caught over playing at the back Jamie Newton pounced to race through and slot in number six. Scott Cowie was putting up stiff resistance to wave after wave of Rangers attacks and made another save from Ricco Diack after he was played through by Jamie Newton.

Rangers had a great chance to add a seventh before the break, Brodie Kerr played the ball forward to Jamie Newton who went past a defender before being tripped for what on this occasion was a clear penalty but he shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 6 Liverpool 0

Liverpool pulled a goal back early in the second half, some good passing on the edge of Rangers box created the chance through the centre and the ball was prodded past Jack Glen. Within minutes Liverpool broke through the centre again but on this occasion the shot lacked direction and Jack Glen saved comfortably.

Rangers were soon back on attack and when Jamie Newton played through Zak McKay he was denied by a Scott Cowie save. In Rangers next attack they scored a seventh, Adam Forrester sent Zak McKay and although his cross appeared to be behind Ricco Diack he still managed to direct a shot past the keeper.

Some good play on the edge of the Liverpool box ended with a powerful Tyler Pasnik striker that was parried by Scott Cowie. When the ball landed back at Tyler Pasnik his shot looked destined for the net till Scott Cowie produced a stunning save diving to his right.

The “Rangers” keeper produced further saves, firstly from Jamie Newton after he was set up from an Adam Forrester pass from the right. The next was created when Callum Sandilands sent Tyler Pasnik down the right and his cross found its way to Elliot Dunlop at the back post with Scott Cowie saving low to his right.

He was eventually beaten again when Zak Queen’s ball in from the right was helped on by Tyler Pasnik to Callum Sandilands who hooked a shot over his shoulder and into the net. The game ended with a Liverpool goal, when the ball was cleared from Rangers box the shot found the net off the inside of Kyle Budinauckas right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Liverpool 2

Rangers:- Jack Glen; Adam Forrester, Christian Webster, Brodie Kerr, Ryan Murray; Ewan Ross; Kole Connelly, Jamie Newton; Zak McKay, Ricco Diack, Tyler Pasnik.

Subs All Used:- Kyle Budinauckas (Gk), Zak Conway, Kyan Gunn, Callum Sandilands, Zak Queen, Elliot Dunlop.

Footnote:- Leon King goal was enough to give Rangers U15’s a narrow win over their Hamilton Accies counterparts at The SuperSeal Stadium this morning.