Archive for December, 2017

Development Side Edge Out Saints

December 12, 2017

Rangers 5 St. Mirren 4

With the Development side due to play AEK Athens today the club booked a slot at The Ravenscraig Regional Indoor Sports facility to make sure the game went ahead. With the weather scuppering the Greek side’s travel plans St.Mirren stepped in to provide the opposition. It was the proverbial game of two halves with the young Rangers side running up a three goal lead in the first half. The experienced St.Mirren side came back strongly after the break with the Rangers youngsters just holding on.

There was only two minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Matthew Shiels long pass found Ryan Hardie on the left side of the box and he shot across the keeper and into the net. Five minutes later Ryan Hardie latched on to a short Gregor Buchanan pass back to round keeper Ross Stewart and squeeze the ball into the net from the right hand byline.

Before the game had reached the quarter-hour mark Nathan Flannigan broke into the right side of the box where he was tugged back by Lewis Mayo and the referee pointed to the spot which John Sutton duly converted. On twenty minutes Nathan Flannigan again attacked the right side of Rangers box and when the ball was moved along the edge of the box to Ross Stewart he shot just wide of Aidan McAdams left hand post.

Rangers responded by restoring their two goal advantage two minutes later, Ryan Hardie’s superb pass from the left hand angle of the box picked out Cammy Palmer who knocked the ball past the keeper. Ten minutes before the break Matthew Shiels rose to flick on Aidan McAdams clearance and then broke forward to take a return pass from Ryan Hardie and continue into the left side of the penalty area and shot across the keeper and into the net.

Saints had a chance just before the break when Ross Stewart cut in from the left with Aidan McAdams standing up to beat away the shot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 St.Mirren 1

Rangers controversially extended their lead six minutes after the break, when Jordan Thompson knocked the ball forward Ryan Hardie appeared to be at least three yards offside, but the flag stayed down and he continued into the box to slot past Ross Stewart. St Mirren then had a chance to pull a goal back when Darryl Duffy broke through the inside right channel but was denied by a brave Aidan McAdams save at the attackers feet.

Saints did reduced the deficit on the hour mark, a good passing move in and around the Rangers box ended when Darryl Duffy was teed up to shoot past Aidan McAdams from around twelve yards. They then missed a great chance to grab a third two minutes later, Ross Stewart controlled a long ball inside the right side of Rangers penalty area but shot wide of the far post.

As the final fifteen minutes approached Rangers lead was reduced to two, Cammy McPherson exchanged passes on the right side of the penalty area before beating Aidan McAdams with the aid of a deflection. With eight minutes remaining an unlikely St. Mirren comeback looked on, a cross from the right was knocked back across goal for Ross Stewart to net from close range. No further chances came at either end and the Rangers youngsters held on.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 St.Mirren 4

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston (Kyle Bradley HT), Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels (Serge Atakayi 59 mins); Jack Thomson (Mati Zata 74 mins); Cammy Palmer (Andy Dallas HT), Jordan Thompson; Stephen Kelly; Zak Rudden, Ryan Hardie.

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Development Side Beat Cowdenbeath

December 5, 2017

Rangers 3 Cowdenbeath 0

Rangers Development side recorded a comfortable win over Cowdenbeath first team at Auchenhowie tonight. The second division side whose game against Stenhousemuir at the weekend was postponed providing the opposition in tonight’s friendly.

The first chance of the match came when Jamie Barjonas was fouled and Jordan Thompson stepped up to hit a thirty yard free-kick just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Cowdenbeath replied with an attack into the right side of the box and from the shot Liam Kelly dived to his left to save.

Rangers took the lead just before the twenty-minute mark with a superb individual goal. Aaron Nemane in possession wide on the right cut inside leaving a couple of defenders in his wake before curling a shot beyond the keeper. Ten minutes before the break Matthew Shiels switched play from the left to Ryan Hardie on the right hand angle of the box, he cut inside before forcing a save from the keeper.

Rangers doubled their lead less than five minutes later, Jamie Barjonas played the ball forward to Ryan Hardie and when he took on a defender on the edge of the box the ball broke kindly for the striker to shoot past the keeper. Within a minute Kyle Bradley played a one-two with Ryan Hardie on the right side of the box and his shot from the right hand angle forced the keeper to tip over.

On the stroke of half-time Ryan Hardie robbed a defender on the edge of the box before shooting just wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Cowdenbeath 0

On the hour mark a superb Jordan Thompson pass from wide left picked out Ryan Hardie inside the box and only a brave save at the striker’s feet prevented a third goal. The next chance came for the visitors with an attack on the right, when the ball was passed inside the shot forced a save from Liam Kelly low to his right.

Rangers came close with a Jamie Barjonas free-kick right on the edge of the box but the ball was fired just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The scoring was completed as the game approached the final quarter-hour, Zak Rudden’s pass sending Andy Dallas racing clear to continue into the box and calmly slot the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Cowdenbeath 0

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Kyle Bradley (Jordan Houston HT), Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Jamie Barjonas, Jordan Thompson (Stephen Kelly 61 mins); Aaron Nemane (Ross Lyon 61 mins); Zak Rudden, Ryan Hardie (Andy Dallas 61 mins).