Archive for February, 2018

15’s Host Club NI

February 25, 2018

Rangers 3 Club NI 0

What has become an annual event, the visit of the Club NI teams is for me a highlight of the youth season. This afternoon Rangers U15’s (2004’s) had a comfortable win over their Club NI counterparts. What looked like a game of three thirty minute periods, became one of two thirty minutes and one of fifteen, therefore a seventy-five minute game.

There was only a couple of minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Alex Lowrie and Robbie Ure combined on the right side of the penalty area to work the ball across to Darren McInally inside the right side of the box and he shot past the keeper. Rangers continued to have the better of the first period although neither side troubled the opposing keeper.

Midway through the second period Darren McInally’s cross from the right hand angle of the box had Gavin Gallagher stretching but he couldn’t quite force the ball over the line, it broke to Robbie Ure whose close range shot was blocked by a defender. Within a minute Robbie Ure turned provider to pick out Gavin Gallagher inside the penalty to shoot past the keeper.

Just before the period end Makenzie Kirk passed to Alex Lowrie who teased a defender as he made his way to the byline, who looked up to pick out a return pass to Makenzie Kirk who’s effort was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The scoring was completed five minutes into the final period, Alex Lowrie played a quick free-kick to Leyton Dunlop on the left and his cross broke for Makenzie Kirk to net from the edge of the six yard box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Club NI 0

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Sam Lovie (Leyton Dunlop 49 mins); Darren McInally; Leon King (Mackenzie Strachan 49 mins), Alex Lowrie; Dire Mebude (Jack Scanlan 49 mins), Robbie Ure (Makenzie Kirk 49 mins), Gavin Gallagher (Connor Allan 49 mins).

Club NI Squad:- Emmet Magee (Gk), Aaron Wightman, Matthew Carson, Josh Roney, Harry Wilson, Oisin Gallagher, Darren Robinson, Jamie McDonnell, Callum Marshall, Patrick Kelly, Conor Falls, Jay Riley, Padraig Lynch, Dylan Sloan, Robbie Morrow.

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Cup Win For 16’s

February 23, 2018

Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers Under 16’s (2003’s) made it three wins out of three in the new cup section game. Queen’s were always in the game but Rangers should really have won more comfortably.

Rangers took the lead before the game reached the five-minute mark, the ball broke to Cole McKinnon and his shot from round twenty-five yards gave the keeper no chance. The visitor’s equalised with their first real attack on seventeen minutes, the attack took them to the left hand byline and the cross was headed past Lewis Budinauckas,

Rangers regained the lead just before the half-hour mark, Matthew Henderson’s free-kick from ten yards inside the Queen’s Park half was flicked on by Aiden Berry for Leon King to fire past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

The second half was just over ten minutes old when Alex Lowrie passed to Aaron Lyall inside the right side of the box, he went past a defender but was denied when the keeper made a fine save. There was little more than a quarter-hour remaining when Alex Lowrie switched play to Adam Devine on the right and he moved the ball to Cole McKinnon on the edge of the box, his turn made space for the shot but it was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The visitor’s responded with an effort from around twenty-five yards that Lewis Budinauckas saved. With four minutes remaining Adam Devine hit the byline on the right and his cut back was fired over by Aaron Lyall. There was still time for the keeper to deny Rangers a third with a superb double save. Alex Lowrie passed to Cole McKinnon who released Adam Devine inside the right side of the penalty area, his shot from a narrow angle was saved by the keeper. In the ensuing scramble the ball came back to Adam Devine whose second effort was saved at point-blank range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Matthew Henderson; Robbie Fraser; Rhys Caves, Cole McKinnon; Aaron Lyall, Adam Mansouri (Alex Lowrie HT), Lewis Robertson (Dire Mebude 72 mins).

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Jack Harkness, Darren McInally.

Rugby Park Win For 17’s

February 21, 2018

Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 4

Rangers under 17’s recorded a comfortable win against Kilmarnock tonight at Rugby Park, although the game wasn’t safe until the second goal twenty minutes into the second half. Two late goals put a more accurate reflection on the balance of play.

Rangers took an early lead when Ciaran Dickson played the ball to James Maxwell on the left, he took on a defender inside the box and his low driven cross was diverted into the net by Josh Walker for an Own Goal. The home side replied with Andrew Monk racing clear but was denied by a fine Lewis Muir save.

Rangers had the bulk of the play put there was only a couple of minutes of the half remaining when Josh McPake worked a short corner on the left with Dapo Mebude, he cut into the box before shooting which Jamie Walker beat away. On the stroke of half-time a corner was cleared from the Killie box and was collected by Ciaran Dickson on the left, he passed inside to Ben Williamson who’s twenty-five yarder was turned wide by Jamie Walker diving to his left. From the resultant corner swung in by James Maxwell, Harris O’Connor’s header rebounded of the far post.

Half-Time:- Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 1

Rangers doubled their lead twenty minutes into the second half, Josh McPake in possession on the left hand angle of the box passed inside to Dapo Mebude who gave the keeper no chance from the edge of the box. Just over five minutes later Dapo Mebude was through on a Ciaran Dickson pass but on this occasion Jamie Walker made a fine block.

The next chance came when Josh McPake sent Nathan Patterson breaking into the left side of the penalty area and his shot was saved by Jamie Walker. With the game inside the final five minutes Kai Kennedy went past two defenders on the left hand byline but his shot from a narrow angle was saved by Jamie Walker

A minute later Dapo Mebude controlled  a cross field pass on the left hand angle of the box, he stepped inside a defender before shooting past the keeper. Before the final whistle Dapo Mebude turned provider, advancing on the left before passing inside for Ciaran Dickson to shoot past Jamie Walker.

Full-Time:- Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 4

Kilmarnock:- Jamie Walker; Kenny Sloan, Craig Ross (Justin Devevy 56 mins), Robbie McCracken, Callum Shields; Josh Walker; Ally Taylor (Josh Rennie 65 mins), Steven Warnock; Lyall Quinn (Scott Sherrie 72 mins), Andrew Monk (Sam McKee HT), Thomas Brindley (Aiden Murphy HT).

Not Used:- Dylan Weir, Harry Brown.

Rangers:- Lewis Muir; Danny Finlayson (Ryan Muir 87 mins), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor (Jay Mack 87 mins), Nathan Patterson (Euan Deveney 84 mins); Murray Miller; Ben Williamson, Ciaran Dickson; Josh McPake (John Balde 77 mins), Dapo Mebude, James Maxwell (Kai Kennedy 67 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk)

Man Utd Edge Out Youths

February 14, 2018

Rangers 2 Manchester United 3

What was a Rangers Under 19 side with Liam Kelly in goal lost out by the odd goal in five to a slightly younger Manchester United side at Auchenhowie this afternoon. The Rangers youngsters came back twice from a goal down, but the English side grabbed what was a deserved winner soon after the second equaliser.

D’mani Mellor had the ball in the net for Manchester United within two minutes but was flagged offside. Rangers replied on five minutes when Glenn Middleton latched on to a loose ball and his twenty-five yard shot had James Thompson diving to his right to save.

The visitors took the lead just over five minutes later, Dylan Levitt dispossessed Cammy Palmer twenty -five yards out and his shot from the edge of the box found the net via Liam Kelly’s left hand post. Just after the quarter-hour mark when Zak Rudden was challenged inside the Man Utd penalty area the ball broke to Andy Dallas on the left side of the box, his shot beat James Thompson but came back off the crossbar.

Twenty minutes before the break Glenn Middleton passed to Zak Rudden on the right side of the penalty area and his cross come shot had James Thompson stretching to claw the ball way. Ten minutes later Dylan Levitt dispossessed Aidan Wilson on the edge of the box and his shot had Liam Kelly diving to touch the ball wide of his left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Manchester United 1

Rangers were back on level terms two minutes after the break, Zak Rudden won possession and the ball broke for Stephen Kelly to shoot past James Thompson from around twenty-five yards. The visitors broke into the Rangers box five minutes later and Nishan Burkart cut inside a defender but was denied by a fine Liam Kelly block.

In their next attack Dylan Levitt progressed on the right his low cross reached D’mani Mellor at the back post but his effort from close range came back off the upright. United took the lead just after the hour mark, a corner from the left was flicked on at the near post and Anthony Elanga netted from close range.

When the ball was knocked forward into the visitor’s box it sat up for Andy Dallas but Brandon Williams made a superb block to charge down the shot. Midway through the half Jake Kenyon exchanged passes with Anthony Elanga to take him into the left side of the penalty area with Liam Kelly getting down to save the shot.

Rangers were back on level terms with just less than a quarter-hour remaining, Stephen Kelly’s cross from the left had James Thompson stretching to claw away from under his crossbar but Aidan Wilson followed up to prod the ball into the net. Parity barely lasted sixty seconds, Dylan Levitt’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box was volleyed past Liam Kelly at the back post by Anthony Elanga.

The visitors had another chance when Rangers failed to clear when the ball came into the box from the right, it went all the way to D’mani Mellor at the back post who forced a save from Liam Kelly.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Manchester United 3

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Danny Finlayson (Jordan Houston HT), Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer (Liam Burt 66 mins); Jamie Barjonas (Serge Atakayi HT), Stephen Kelly; Andy Dallas, Zak Rudden, Glenn Middleton.

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Grant Nelson, Kyle Bradley.

Man Utd:- James Thompson; George Tanner, Di’shon Bernard, Brandon Williams, Jake Kenyon; Ethan Galbraith, DJ Buffonge (Max Dunne 82 mins); Dylan Levitt; Dion McGhee (Anthony Elanga 60 mins), Nishan Burkart, D’mani Mellor.

Not Used:- Jacob Comey

16’s Win At Lesser Hampden

February 12, 2018

Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 3

The game was billed as U16 (2002’s), the Rangers squad included players in the range 2001’s through to 2004’s. The squad also included an Australian trialist and three from Northern Ireland.

Rangers took the lead just before the twenty-minute mark, Ryan Muir broke forward and passed to Matty Yates who’s superb turn created the space to shoot high past the keeper into his top left hand corner. With the half hour mark a couple of minutes away Queen’s Park attacked on the right and when the play was switched to the left hand angle of the box Lewis Budinauckas got down to his right to save the shot at his near post.

With a couple of minutes of the half remaining Matty Yates found John Balde with a cross from the right side of the box and the home keeper stretched to save the header at the back post. On the stroke of half-time James Maxwell fired in a free-kick from the right hand angle of the box which the keeper turned onto his near post and wide. There was still time for Queen’s to break down the right and the cross found their striker unmarked but he shot straight at Lewis Budinauckas.

Half-Time:- Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 1

Rangers doubled their lead in the opening minute of the second half, James Maxwell’s turn inside the right side of the penalty area took him to the right hand byline and his low cross was converted at close range by Matty Yates. Five minutes later Matty Yates broke through the inside left channel on a Ben Williamson pass, with the keeper diving to his left to turn his shot wide. The home side attacked within sixty seconds and when the ball came in from the right it took a superb Ryan Muir clearance to send the ball over the bar.

As the hour mark approach Queen’s Park broke through the inside left channel but were thwarted when Lewis Budinauckas advanced from his line to block with his foot. Rangers were soon back on the attack with James Maxwell taking on a defender inside the right side of the box, his shot was cleared from the line with Cole McKinnon hitting the keeper with the rebound.

The scoring was completed midway through the half, Robbie Fraser passed to James Maxwell on the right side of the box, he cut inside past a couple of defenders before shooting past the keeper from the edge of the box.

Queen’s Park 0 Rangers 3

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas (Jack McConnell 78 mins); Ryan Muir, Ben Williamson, Leon King (Lewis McKinnon HT), Darren Watterson (Fraser Dunlop 66 mins); Robbie Fraser; Callum Biggar (Aaron Lyall 66 mins), Zac Butterworth (Matthew Lusty 60 mins); John Balde (Cole McKinnon 60 mins), Matty Yates (Ross McAusland 66 mins), James Maxwell.

2003’s Put Seven Past Ayr

February 4, 2018

Rangers 7 Ayr United 0

Since the turn of the year the new Project Brave setup has come into play and its a wee bit confusing. Pre New Year Rangers 2003’s were U15’s, now they are considered U16’s. Therefore yesterday’s 2004’s game was actually now under 15, just to confuse things the 2001’s were Under 17’s before the New Year and are still Under 17’s. Anyway today’s game was the first in a new cup where Rangers will play in a section of seven teams. Two goals in the first three minutes secured the result and then it was just a case of how many they scored.

On two minutes Robbie Fraser crossed from the left hand angle of the box to Reegan Aitken inside the right side of the penalty area and he gave the keeper no chance with a superb volley. Within a minute Adam Mansouri won possession and broke into the box, sidestepped a defender to force a save from the keeper diving to his left but Reegan Aitken followed up to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.

Ayr had their first attack on eleven minutes and it took them into the left side of the box with Jay Hogarth saving with his foot. Just before the quarter-hour mark Lewis Robertson sent Matthew Henderson heading to the left hand byline, he looked up and picked out Adam Mansouri who’s shot rebounded off the keeper’s left hand post.

With the game passing the twenty-five minute mark Robbie Fraser sent Adam Devine down the right, he went past a defender on the right hand byline before shooting across the face of goal. A couple of minutes later another Robbie Fraser pass sent Adam Devine breaking into the right side of the box, the keeper parried his shot but in the resultant scramble Cole McKinnon netted from close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Ayr United 0

Rangers added to their tall seven minutes after the break, Adam Mansouri sent Cole McKinnon down the left and the keeper raced from his box to challenge, the ball broke to Lewis Robertson who finished with a cool first time shot from around twenty-five yards. The half was twenty minutes old when Rangers scored a fifth, Adam Mansouri laid the ball back to Cole McKinnon who’s twenty-five yarder gave the keeper no chance as it found the net via the underside of the crossbar.

The sixth came just over ten minutes later, Alex Lowrie won possession on the edge of the box and fed Adam Mansouri to slot past the keeper from inside the box. Rangers next chance came when Aaron Lyall broke into the right side of the penalty area only to be denied by a fine save. 

There were still eleven minutes remaining when Aaron Lyall setup Robbie Fraser to shot past the keeper from the edge of the box for Rangers seventh. There was one other opportunity before the final whistle from an Aaron Lyall shot from the edge of the box that the keeper saved diving to his left.

Full-Time:- Rangers 7 Ayr United 0

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Adam Devine, Leon King, Ben Duncan (Aidan Berry 57 mins), Matthew Henderson; Robbie Fraser; Rhys Caves (Alex Lowrie 57 mins), Cole McKinnon; Reegan Aitken (Aaron Lyall 57 mins), Adam Mansouri, Lewis Robertson.

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk)

Comfortable Win For 14’s

February 3, 2018

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 5

Before heading to Ibrox I had the opportunity to take in the Under 14’s match against Partick Thistle at Lochinch this morning. It was a comfortable win with Thistle scoring with their only real effort on goal in the last-minute.

Rangers took an early lead in the third minute Darren McInally’s through ball sent Dire Mebude through into the box to prod the ball past the keeper. The lead was doubled just before the quarter-hour mark, Jack Scanlan’s pass inside the left back allowed Dire Mebude to get to the right hand byline and his low cross was fired into the net by a Thistle centre-back for an Own Goal.

The home side was showing little in attack but a couple of minutes past the half-hour an attack took them into the left side of the box and Jack McConnell was quick from his line to save at the attacker’s feet. Five minutes before the break Thistle failed to clear a corner from the left and when the ball fell to Dire Mebude his shot struck the bar.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Rangers continued to dominate but we had reached the mid-point in the half before the next real chance. Tyler Pasnik went passed the full-back to hit the left had byline, his cutback found Robbie Ure who shot narrowly wide of the far post. Within a minute a carbon copy of the move produced the third goal. Again Tyler Pasnik hit the byline but on this occasion Robbie Ure fired his cutback into the net.

With a quarter-hour remaining Tyler Pasnik sent Robbie Ure through into the left side of the penalty area with the keeper coming from his line to make the block and Tyler Pasnik fired the rebound just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Within a couple of minutes Rangers increased their lead, Dire Mebude won the ball midway inside the Thistle half and it broke to Darren McInally, he passed to Robbie Ure inside the right side of the box and his cross come shot went over the keeper and into the net.

Rangers next chance came when Darren McInally’s free-kick from the edge of the box was pushed onto the crossbar by the keeper. Another free-kick was the source of Rangers fifth goal, this time Leyton Dunlop’s effort struck the bar but fell for Dire Mebude who fired into the net.

Thistle attacked with a minute remaining and when the ball broke to the left hand angle of the box the shot went over Jack McConnell into the far top corner.

Full-Time:-ent Thistle 1 Rangers 5

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Jack Harkness, Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Leyton Dunlop, Darren McInally, Mackenzie Strachan, Jack Scanlan, Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Tyler Pasnik, Sam Lovie, Trialist No.14.