19’s Edge Out Utrecht

Rangers 3 Utrecht 2

Rangers Under 19’s edged out Michael Mols FC Utrecht Under 19’s in an entertaining game at  rain-soaked Auchenhowie this afternoon. Rangers were without a few players who were on duty with their loan clubs, but edged a win with Glenn Middleton’s strike four minutes from time.

The visitors had an early chance on three minutes, their striker was strong in the challenge but shot tamely wide of Aidan McAdams right hand post. Rangers first effort was a thirty yard shot from Jack Thomson which was straight at the keeper.

Within in a minute Jamie Barjonas, in possession inside the left side of the penalty area picked out Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box and his shot was deflected wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Aidan McAdams was called into action on eighteen minutes, diving to his right to turn a shot from a free kick left of centre and on the edge of the box wide of the post.

Midway through the half Zak Rudden and Serge Atakayi combined on the right and the latter picked out Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box but his shot was straight at the keeper. Rangers took the lead a couple of minutes after the half-hour mark, Zak Rudden’s pass split the Utrecht defence to find Andy Dallas who went past the keeper and rolled the ball into the net.

The visitors responded and three minutes later a spate of head tennis developed inside the Rangers penalty area and when the ball was knocked goalwards Aidan McAdams was forced to leap and tip the ball over. Rangers were unfortunate not to double their lead seven minutes before the break, Serge Atakayi’s cross from the right was headed against the inside of the keeper’s right hand post by Andy Dallas and the ball went across the face of goal

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 FC Utrecht 0

Rangers were first to threaten after the break when Serge Atakayi found Zak Rudden inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot high over the bar. Within a couple of minutes the Dutch youngsters were level, from a right hand corner a close range back header found the net. 

Just before the hour mark Jamie Barjonas fed Zak Rudden on the left hand angle of the box, he tried a curling shot to the far post but the ball sneaked just past. Five minutes later Utrecht took the lead, from a free-kick on the right side of the box the ball was curled over the defensive wall and into the net.

The Ibrox youngsters were only behind for four minutes, when the ball was played up to Zak Rudden his cushioned header found Stephen Kelly who held off a challenge before giving the keeper no chance from the edge of the box. Rangers were now on top and chasing a winner, when Stephen Kelly lobbed the ball forward it landed for Glenn Middleton inside the left side of the box and it took a fine save low at the near post to prevent a goal.

Five minutes later Jamie Barjonas cross found Zak Rudden deep inside the left side of the penalty area and perhaps he should have done better than head across goal and wide. Rangers next chance came when Kyle Bradley played the ball forward to Andy Dallas on the right and when he crossed the ball broke for Stephen Kelly whose net bound shot was deflected over.

With four minutes remaining Rangers grabbed what was a deserved winner, Kyle Bradley crossed from the right, Zak Rudden headed on to Glenn Middleton inside the left side of the penalty area and he volleyed into the net.

Full -Time:- Rangers 3 FC Utrecht 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Michael Hewitt (Cammy Palmer 74 mins), Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 74 mins); Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Andy Dallas, Zak Rudden, Serge Atakayi (Glenn Middleton 61 mins).


Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 2

Earlier in day the my first soaking came watching Rangers 15’s (2004’s) record a win against Kilmarnock, It was a comfortable win which the scoreline probably didn’t reflect.

Rangers took the lead just before the quarter-hour mark, Darren McInally’s through ball released Tyler Pasnik who went wide of the keeper before rolling the ball into the net. Midway through the half it was a Dire Mebude pass that sent Jack Scanlan through but he was denied when the keeper tipped over.

Rangers doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark with a Dire Mebude solo effort, he powered his way through the centre of the Killie defence leaving three defenders in his wake before shooting past the keeper. Five minutes later Tyler Pasnik broke down the left before passing inside to Dire Mebude who cut inside a defender but was denied by a fine save.

Just before the break Killie had a chance when they broke through the centre and it took a good Jack McConnell save to keep Rangers two ahead. On the stroke of half-time a scramble ensued in Rangers box and the referee adjudged a shot was blocked by an arm and pointed to the spot which was duly converted.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers came close a couple of minutes before the hour mark, Darren McInally’s free-kick forcing the keeper to tip over. The corner was taken short and when the ball was played into the box it fell to Sam Lovie who’s shot was cleared from the line.

Rangers increased their lead soon after, Mackenzie Strachan passed inside from the left to Connor Allen who gave the keeper no chance with a shot into the far top corner. The fourth soon followed when a neat Robbie Ure back heel teed up Mackenzie Strachan to shoot past the keeper. 

With the game approaching the final five minutes Leyton Dunlop hit the left hand byline and cut the ball back to McKenzie Kirk who’s shot almost squeezed past the keeper but he manged to divert the ball wide of his right hand post. The final action led to a second Kilmarnock goal, the attack came through the inside right channel deep into the box and the ball was fired past Jack McConnell.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 2

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Sam Lovie, Leyton Dunlop, Darren McInally, Mackenzie Strachan, Jack Scanlan, Dire Mebude, Tyler Pasnik, McKenzie Kirk, Gavin Gallagher, Connor Allan, Robbie Ure.



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