Archive for April, 2018

Glasgow Cup Triumph For 17’s

April 30, 2018

Rangers 3 Celtic 0

Rangers Under 17’s lifted the Glasgow Cup with a comfortable win over Celtic at Firhill tonight. When Ciaran Dickson converted a penalty on he quarter-hour mark, two minutes after Celtic’s Brody Paterson was red carded the game was over as a contest. The Ibrox youngster controlled the rest of the game with only Ryan Mullen standing between them and a more convincing victory.

A quick break on thirteen minutes saw Josh McPake race clear through the inside right channel and he was brought down just outside the box by Brody Paterson who was shown a straight red card. Two minutes later Nathan Patterson crossed from the right when the ball reached the back post it was handled by Liam Morrison for a clear penalty that Ciaran Dickson stepped up to covert.

Another two minutes had elapsed passed to Josh McPake on the right hand angle of the box, his shot took a deflection and Ryan Mullen was forced to dive to his left to save. Midway through the half Nathan Patterson headed forward and a superb Dapo Mebude turn took him clear of Jack McDowall  and into the right side of the penalty area but he shot into the side netting.

Rangers doubled their lead just before the half hour with a superbly worked goal. The ball moved through midfield from Ben Williamson, Murray Miller and Kai Kennedy to Zac Butterworth on the left, he headed for the byline and his ball across goal found Ciaran Dickson at the back post to shoot past Ryan Mullen. Barely five minutes later a Dapo Mebude solo run took him past three defenders into the right side of the penalty area and only a great Chris McQueen challenge cleared the danger.

On the stroke of half-time Ciaran Dickson inside the penalty area laid the ball back to Kai Kennedy on the left hand angle and his shot had Ryan Mullen diving high to his left to save.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 0

The first chance of the second half came from a Kai Kennedy free-kick on the left hand angle of the box which was only just wide of Ryan Mullen’s left hand post. Five minutes later Rangers scored a superb third, Nathan Patterson broke forward from right back leaving two defenders in his wake, he exchanged passes with Josh McPake before rolling the ball across goal for Kai Kennedy to net from close range.

With the game in the final twenty minutes the Kyle McLelland switched play to James Maxwell on the right, a great first touch allowed him to cut inside before shooting straight at Ryan Mullen. Rangers had another couple of chances in the final few minutes, Josh McPake in possession on the left hand angle of the box passed inside to Kai Kennedy whose shot from the edge of the box was saved by Ryan Mullen high to his right.

The final chance was created by a Kai Kennedy through ball to release James Maxwell with Ryan Mullen again rescuing Celtic,

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Celtic 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinackas; Nathan Patterson, Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, Zac Butterworth (Harris O’Connor 84 mins); Ben Williamson (Matty Yates 84 mins); Ciaran Dickson, Murray Miller; Kai Kennedy; Josh McPake, Dapo Mebude (James Maxwell 70 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Jay Mack, Cole McKinnon, Joao Balde.

Celtic:- Ryan Mullen; Liam Morrison, Chris McQueen, Jack McDowall, Brody Paterson; Dylan Forrest; Owen Moffat (Ewan Otoo 20 mins), Paul Kennedy, Barry Coffey, Scott Robertson (Scott Cusick 65 mins); Kieran McGrath (Michael Sparkes HT).

Not Used:- Liam Hughes (Gk), Connor McBride, Adam Montgomery, Chris McKenna.

17’S Held By Hibs

April 25, 2018

Hibernian 2 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 17’s dropped two vital points against Hibs in tonight’s game at Hibs Training Centre. A bumpy pitch and strong wind made conditions difficult. Rangers edged the first half but having to come from behind twice a draw was probably a fair result over the ninety minutes.

The home side took the lead on twelve minutes a switch of play allowing Dean Cornelius to break into the left side of the penalty area and shoot across Lewis Budinauckas and into the far corner. Five minutes later Ciaran Dickson passed to Dapo Mebude and a superb turn on the left hand angle of the box allowed him to curl a shot beyond Jay Cantley but the ball bounced of the far post.

Midway through the half Nathan Patterson on the left moved the ball forward to Ben Williamson whose pass sent James Maxwell through inside the left side of the penalty area but he shot over from a good position. Almost immediately Ruari Paton broke down the right  with Ryan Shanley shooting over when well positioned at the back post.

Just after the half-hour mark Kai Kennedy swung in a free-kick from wide right. it broke from Danny Finlayson to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box but his shot was just too high. Three minutes before the break Rangers were level, another Kai Kennedy free-kick from the right was met by the head of a Hibs defender but it fell to Dapo Mebude just inside the box and his shot found the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Hibernian 1 Rangers 1

Rangers had an early chance four minutes into the second half, Kai Kennedy’s corner from the left was headed just wide of the back post by Danny Finlayson. Just after the hour mark a brilliant defensive header from Danny Finlayson cleared a dangerous Kane O’Connor cross from the right.

The home side were back in front a couple of minutes later, when the pass came in from the right Ruari Paton turned inside the box to shoot past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers  were behind for barely three minutes, the move of the match saw Rangers move the ball through midfield and Kai Kennedy attack the centre of the Hibs defence, when he was crowded out the ball broke to Dapo Mebude and his twenty-five yarder found the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

Hibs then created another chance Ruari Paton close to the right hand byline laid the ball back for Kane O’Connor who’s shot from the right hand angle of the box was saved by Lewis Budinauckas. With eighteen minutes remaining Cammy Palmer moved the ball forward to Kai Kennedy whose twenty-five yard shot forced Jay Cantley to save low to his left.

With four minutes remaining Kai Kennedy struck a free-kick on the edge of the box and central just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Rangers had one final chance in injury time, good skill from Dapo Mebude made the space close to the left hand byline but the ball took a high bounce and he shot over.

Full-Time:- Hibernian 2 Rangers 2

Hibernian:- Jay Cantley; Kane O’Connor, Jonathan Moffat, Scott Walker, Jayden James Fairley; Dean Cornelius; Ross Young, Jack Hodge, Callum Yeats; Ruari Paton, Ryan Shanley.

Not Used:- Lewis Flucker, Liam Evans, Andrew Muir, Mackenzie Watson.

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Harris O’Connor, Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Ben Williamson; Cammy Palmer, Ciaran Dickson (Zac Butterworth 72 mins); Kai Kennedy, Dapo Mebude, James Maxwell (Matty Yates 80 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), John Balde, Murray Miller, Cole McKinnon.

2004’s Penalise Aberdeen

April 21, 2018

Rangers 2 Aberdeen 0

In a game of few chances Rangers 2004’s edged out Aberdeen by converting two penalties in today’s game at Auchenhowie. One early in the first half and one with a couple of minutes remaining.

On five minutes Sam Lovie played the into Robbie Ure who was tripped as he turned inside the box and stepped up to covert the penalty. A couple of minutes later Jack Scanlan in possession on the right side of the box picked out Gavin Gallagher at the back post who was denied by a fine close range save.

Both sides then had periods in the ascendancy but the keepers easily dealt with any shots on goal. On the stroke of half-time Kelsey Ewan broke on the right and passed to Robbie Ure, the ball broke for Mackenzie Strachan who shot straight at the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

The second half continued in a similar vein until the last quarter-hour when Aberdeen really should have drawn level. The attack came down the left and when the ball picked out the striker a goal looked certain but he failed to get a clean connection and Jack McConnell saved comfortably. From another attack down the left a cross bounced of the face of the Rangers crossbar and was scrambled clear.

With three minutes remaining Gavin Gallagher passed to Leyton Dunlop on the left hand angle of the box, he picked out Ricco Diack on the opposite side of the penalty area, the referee judged he was impeded in the act of shooting for a rather soft penalty, which he duly converted.

Full-Time- Rangers 2 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Sam Lovie Connor Allan, Mackenzie Strachan, Makenzie Kirk, Jack Scanlan, Robbie Ure, Gavin Gallagher, Jack Harkness, Leyton Dunlop, Ricco Diack, Dire Mebude.

17’s Win At Ralston

April 18, 2018

St.Mirren 2 Rangers 4

Rangers Under 17’s kept up their league challenge with a comfortable win against St.Mirren at Ralston tonight. They were pretty much in control over the ninety minutes although they did concede a goal in the last-minute of each half.

Rangers came close just before the quarter-hour mark, from a free-kick just right of centre, Kai Kennedy curled the ball over the defensive wall but the ball rebounded of the keeper’s left hand post. Two minutes later Matty Yates sent James Maxwell racing into the right side of the penalty area he cut inside a defender but Kyle Millar dived to his right to parry.

A minute later Kai Kennedy was tripped as he worked his way along the left hand byline with Ciaran Dickson stepping up to covert from the spot. Ciaran Dickson turned provider on twenty-seven minutes playing in Kai Kennedy on the left side of the box with Kyle Millar saving at the near post. On the half-hour mark Jay Mack combined with Ciaran Dickson on the right and from the latter’s cross Matty Yates volleyed narrowly over.

On the stroke of half-time the home side equalised with their only real attack of the half, Ross McFarlane knocked the ball forward for Matty McLevy to break into the box and shoot past Lewis Budinauckas.

Half-Time:- St.Mirren 1 Rangers 1

Rangers regained the lead straight from the kick off after the break, Ben Williamson played the ball out to James Maxwell wide on the right, he went past Lewis Ebbs before passing to Ciaran Dickson who shot across the keeper into the far corner. A couple of minutes shy of the hour mark Jay Mack knocked the ball into the penalty area just on the right hand angle and Matty Yates volleyed into the far top corner.

Rangers fourth goal came midway through the half, when Matty Yates was fouled  just outside the box and left of centre Kai Kennedy curled the ball over the wall and just inside the near post. Saints tried to respond when Aiden McAvoy cut in from the left and forced a save from Lewis Budinauckas at the near post.

The home side had another chance when the play was switched to Alex McCaw breaking into the right side of the penalty area with Lewis Budinauckas again making the near post save. Rangers were soon back on the attack and Zac Butterworth combined with Ben Williamson to set up a shooting chance for Kai Kennedy which Kyle Millar dived to his left to save.

With a minute left on the clock Fin Grey broke into the right side of the box, Lewis Budinauckas got down to his right to make a fine save but Lewis Jamieson forced the ball over the line from close range.

Full-Time:- St.Mirren 2 Rangers 4

St.Mirren:- Kyle Millar; Ben Cameron, Marc Ross (Liam McMenemay 66 mins), Drew Marshall, Lewis Ebbs (Lewis Jamieson 66 mins); Carter Frew (Euan Rodger 84 mins); Alex McCaw, Fin Grey, Aiden McAvoy; Matty McLevy; Ross McFarlane.

Not Used:- Danny Baker

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Jay Mack (Zac Butterworth 76 mins), Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Ben Williamson (Leon King 84 mins); Murray Miller (Harris O’Connor 63 mins); Ciaran Dickson; James Maxwell, Matty Yates, Kai Kennedy (Aaron Lyall 84 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk)

Youths Win Against FC Copenhagen

April 18, 2018

Rangers 2 FC Copenhagen 1

A Rangers Under 19 side supplemented by Liam Kelly and Jordan Rossiter recorded a deserved win over FC Copenhagen at Auchenhowie this afternoon With both team pretty much cancelling each other out after the break most of the action  happened in the first half.

Rangers started well and when a second minute corner was cleared from the box Stephen Kelly fired in a decent shot but it was straight at Filip Djukic. Two minutes later Jamie Barjonas passed to Glenn Middleton on the left side of the box and he picked out Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box who shot narrowly over.

The Danish side took the lead with their first real attack on nine minutes, the attack started on the right and Felix Winther went past a couple of defenders as he made his way along the eighteen yard box before shooting past Liam Kelly. On eighteen minutes Serge Atakayi in possession on the left side of the box passed inside to Stephen Kelly and the ball broke to Zak Rudden whose shot was saved low to his right by Filip Djukic.

Three minutes later Zak Rudden latched on to a Liam Kelly clearance but his attempted lob was just too high. Within sixty seconds Rangers were level, Glenn Middleton robbed Rasmus Moller on the right side of the penalty area and his low ball across goal was converted by Zak Rudden at close range.

Just after the twenty-five minute mark Serge Atakayi on the left side of the box passed inside to Glenn Middleton and his net bound shot was deflected wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The corner was taken short and from Zak Rudden’s cross Lewis Mayo knocked the ball just wide at the back post.

The visitors responded when Mathias Host and Henrik Bellman exchanged passes on the left side of the box and teed up Morten Hjulmand and he shot narrowly over. With the half in the final quarter-hour Mathias Host’s corner from the right broke to Rasmus Moller who forced Liam Kelly to touch the ball on to the bar and over.

Four minutes before the break Jordan Rossiter on the right side of the box passed to Serge Atakayi inside the box, he laid the ball back to Stephen Kelly who shot straight at the keeper. The Ibrox youngsters then edged in front when Lewis Mayo rose to power a header past the keeper from Stephen Kelly’s corner from the left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 FC Copenhagen 1

The second half was a disappointment by comparison, Rangers had the bulk of the play but the only really two incidents of note early in the half. A Stephen Kelly solo run took him past several defenders and into the penalty area before he was crowded out.

A couple of minutes before the hour mark the ball broke for Glenn Middleton on the left side of the penalty area, he passed inside to Zak Rudden and his effort was just wide of the far post. The Copenhagen youngsters applied a bit of pressure in the final five minutes but never threatened Liam Kelly’s goal.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 FC Copenhagen 1

Rangers:- Liam Kelly; Jordan Houston, Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 84 mins); Jordan Rossiter (Jack Thomson 70 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden (Cammy Palmer 84 mins), Glenn Middleton.

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Michael Hewitt.


Youngsters Take On Newcastle

April 11, 2018

Rangers 13’s and 14’s took on the academy side from Newcastle United at Auchenhowie this afternoon. As is my norm I take in the game at the oldest age group, in all my years watching football at different levels I don’t think I have seen a game like it.

Rangers 8 Newcastle United 7

Fifteen goals and a host of missed chances from both sides, keepers making great saves, it really was hard to describe. My initial thoughts after the opening ten minutes was “Rangers will be up against it today”, as the first period came to an end I felt Rangers would win comfortably. Then I felt the teams were well matched but Rangers would win as they held a lead, that changed when it looked like Newcastle would overhaul them. When the English side eventually drew level with around two minutes remaining, I felt they had the momentum if there was to be a winner, Rangers scored the last-minute winner.

Newcastle took the lead when their right-winger intercepted Scott Cowie’s clearance and shot over the head of the keeper and into the net. Rangers drew level on sixteen minutes, Zak McKay broke down the right and from his low cross Tyler Pasnik and Gavin Gallagher had shots blocked but when the ball came to the edge of the box Callum Sandilands fired into the roof of the net.

Within a minute Gavin Gallagher sent Tyler Pasnik through the inside left channel with the keeper coming from his line to make the save. Two minutes later Rangers took the lead, Callum Sandilands passed to Tyler Pasnik who forced a save from the keeper, he chased the loose ball to the left hand byline and rolled it across goal to give Gavin Gallagher a tap in.

Gavin Gallagher was the creator of the next chance his pass sending Tyler Pasnik through but was denied by the keeper who saved to his left. At the other end Brodie Kerr was dispossessed inside his own penalty area and it took a superb Ewan Ross challenge to clear the danger.

Rangers immediately broke to the other and scored a third, Zak McKay breaking into the right side of the box, the keeper made the initial save but was helpless as Tyler Pasnik netted the rebound. Newcastle finished the first period on the attack and Scott Cowie had to make a save from their striker when the ball was played into the box. Just before the whistle the right-winger passed inside for their midfielder to score from just inside the box.

First Period:- Rangers 3 Newcastle United 2

In the opening minute of the second period Ricco Diack collected the ball on the right side of the penalty area with the keeper saving his shot at the near post. Two minutes later Tyler Pasnik crossed from the right and Ricco Diack volleyed just over.

The period was five minutes old when Zak McKay broke down the right, when he picked out Tyler Pasnik at the back post he looked certain to score but he knocked the ball wide. Rangers fourth goal seemed inevitable and it came when Ryan Murray and Leyton Dunlop combined to sent up Ricco Diack inside the left side of the box and he shot past the keeper.

Newcastle then had a period of sustained pressure and when the had a chance on the right side of the box Kyle Budinauckas saved to his left. At the midpoint of the period Tyler Pasnik cushioned a layoff to Ricco Diack whose volley found the net off the keeper’s right hand post.

Back to the other end and when Newcastle attacked the right side of Rangers penalty area, Kyle Budiauckas touched the shot on to his right hand post but a Rangers defender trying to complete the clearance knocked the ball into his own net. The Rangers keeper was soon called into action again saving a shot from the edge of the box. The English side scored a fourth with a good move that ended with a sidestep of a defender inside the box before shooting into the net.

Second Period:- Rangers 5 Newcastle United 4

Two minutes into the final period Rangers scored arguably the goal of the game, a superb passing move end with Tyler Pasnik passing to Leyton Dunlop who sent Jamie Newton racing clear and he calmly lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper. Back came Newcastle with a shot from the right side of the box that beat Kyle Budinauckas and bounced off his left hand post.

With ten minutes remaining Rangers scored a seventh, Zak McKay hit the right hand byline and from his cross Leyton Dunlop volleyed against the bar but followed up to fire the loose ball into the net. Newcastle responded and scored three goals in six minutes. The first came when Rangers failed to clear a cross from the right and the ball was fired into the net.

The next goal was created with an attack and cross from the left that was duly converted. A corner was then delivered from the left that went beyond that back post the shot looked net bound till Scott Cowie made the save. In Newcastle’s next attack progress was made along the right hand byline and the cutback fired past Scott Cowie to tie the game at 7-7 !!

With barely a minute remaining Zak McKay attacked down the right and passed inside to Ricco Diack whose shot rebounded off the far post. The ball was played into the penalty area one last time, it was collected by Ricco Diack who fired past the keeper for a dramatic winner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 Newcastle United 7

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Kyle Budinauckas (Gk), Max Conway, Adam Forrester, Brodie Kerr, Leyton Dunlop, Callum Sandilands, Ewan Ross, Gavin Gallagher, Zak McKay, Tyler Pasnik, Jamie Newton, Ricco Diack, Ryan Murray.

Footnote:- In what must have been a tame affair by comparison the clubs U13’s shared four goals.

17’s Grind Out Win

April 10, 2018

Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

Rangers Under 17’s struggled against an Ayr United side that they drew with earlier in the season. Despite dominating from start to finish it took a Dapo Mebude penalty deep in first half injury time and surviving a nervy last ten minutes to secure the points.

Rangers first opportunity came on nine minutes, Nathan Patterson played the ball forward into the box and a great Matty Yates touch teed up Josh McPake who shot into the side netting from inside the right side of the penalty area. Within a minute Josh McPake was shooting into the side netting on the other side of the box when Dapo Mebude created the chance.

When the game restarted following a lengthy injury to the Ayr right-back Logan Angus,  Kai Kennedy fired in a low cross from the left hand byline that Daniel Graham dived to parry before a defender cleared. The next chance came when Matty Yates ran along the edge of the box to the right hand angle where he crossed to the back post and Dapo Mebude’s header had Daniel Graham stretching to clutch under the bar.

Kai Kennedy then delivered a free-kick from close to the right hand corner flag which Danny Finlayson headed wide of the far post. The half was in the seventh minute of injury time when Josh McPake went past the full-back on the right side of the box and the referee judged he was bundled over and pointed to the spot. Dapo Mebude stepped up to send Daniel Graham the wrong way from the spot.

Half-Time Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

The opening minute saw a scramble in the Ayr box with the ball eventually falling to Dapo Mebude inside the left side of the box but his shot was deflected wide. Before the half was five minutes old Dapo Mebude fed Kai Kennedy as he burst into the box but he over ran the ball as he tried to go past the keeper. Josh McPake then attacked along the left hand byline, from his low cross Danny Finlayson’s close range effort appeared to hit Daniel Graham on the face before being cleared.

Rangers next move started with Dapo Mebude on the left, the ball was moved through Matty Yates and Kai Kennedy to Josh McPake inside the right side of the box with Daniel Graham diving to his right to a parry the shot. When the ball was cleared from the Ayr box Ben Williamson’s twenty-five yarder forced Daniel Graham to save low to his right.

The next chance came when Danny Finlayson rose to head Kai Kennedy’s corner from the right just wide of the far post. Ayr had shown little in attack but as the game entered the final ten minutes their Ross Love passed the ball forward to set up a shooting chance for Paul Smith that was straight at Lewis Budinauckas. Within a couple of minutes an attack from the left looked to have set up a shooting chance for Robert Frew but a superb Scott Gray challenge cleared the ball for corner.

When the corner from the left came in their Ross Love rose to head wide of the far post. Rangers could have made the game save when Nathan Patterson sent Dapo Mebude racing into the right side of the box but the keeper saved and gathered before Josh McPake could pounce. There was still time for another scare inside Rangers penalty area that was again snuffed out with an timely interception from Scott Gray.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson, Danny Finlayson, Harris O’Connor (Jay Mack 90 mins), Scott Gray; Ben Williamson; Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy; Josh McPake, Matty Yates (James Maxwell 74 mins), Dapo Mebude.

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Euan Deveney.

Ayr United:- Daniel Graham; Logan Angus (Lewis Nohar 20 mins), Ross Love, Callum Bryce, David Oliphant; Andrew Heaney (Paul Smith 60 mins), Joe Barker (Daniel Wamuziri 87 mins), Euan Griffiths, Robbie Laurie, Aidan Moffat (Robert Frew 76 mins); Gabe Skeoch.

Not Used:- Hamish Brown.

19’s Beat Icelandic Visitors

April 10, 2018

Rangers 4 Breidablik 0

A Rangers Under 19’s side supplemented by Jordan Rossiter had a comfortable victory over the Under 19’s of Icelandic side Breidablik at Auchenhowie this afternoon. A double from Glenn Middleton and goals from Myles Beerman and Stephen Kelly saw the Rangers youngsters run out worthy winners.

Rangers took the lead on the quarter-hour mark, Jordan Houston played the ball forward to Glenn Middleton on the right and he cut inside before hitting a powerful shot off the near post and into the net. Rangers continued to have the bulk of the play and came close to increasing their lead in the final ten minutes of the half. Glenn Middleton won possession and broke into the right side of the box with keeper Elias Olafsson diverting the ball wide of the far post with his foot.

Six minutes before the break Jamie Barjonas won possession and his twenty-five yard effort was only just to high. Then when a cross was headed from the Breidablik box Jamie Barjonas met it on the volley and it came back of the right hand post with the keeper beaten.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Breidablik 0

Rangers doubled their lead early in the second half, a superb Zak Rudden turn on the right hand angle of the box allowed him to hit the byline where he looked up and picked out Glenn Middleton to present him with a simple close range finish. Ten minutes into the half the visitors had their first real chance, Benedikt Waren played the ball over the top of the Rangers defence to send Brynjolfur Willumsson racing to the right hand angle of the box where Aidan McAdams came racing from goal to make the save.

Rangers were soon back on attack and when Glenn Middleton played in Stephen Kelly inside the right side of the penalty area he blazed over from a good position. Midway through the half Rangers grabbed a third goal, Myles Beerman broke forward from left back, he passed to Zak Rudden on the edge of the box and he neat back heel flick returned the ball for the full back to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers next chance came when Stephen Kelly’s superb pass inside the right back allowed Serge Atakayi to break into the box but Elias Olafsson stood up to make the save. With the game in the final quarter-hour only a great Aidan McAdams point-blank save prevented a goal for the visitors, Thorbergur Steinarsson crossed from the right hand byline to find Gabriel Stefansson arriving at the back post with the Rangers keeper blocking the header with his legs.

The scoring was completed with seven minutes remaining, when a cross from the right was headed to the left hand angle of the box Stephen Kelly curled a shot beyond the keeper and into the far top corner of the net .

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Breidablik 0

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston (Grant Nelson 72 mins), Kyle Bradley,  Aidan Wilson (Lewis Mayo 63 mins), Matthew Shiels (Myles Beerman 52 mins); Jordan Rossiter (Jack Thomson 63 mins); Jamie Barjonas (Cammy Palmer 72 mins), Stephen Kelly; Glenn Middleton, Zak Rudden, Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:-  Kieran Wright (Gk)

Breidablik:- Elias Olafsson; Amar Helgason, Gabriel Stefansson, Aron Adalsteinsson, David Ingvarsson; Thorbergur Steinarsson, Kolbeinn Thordarson, Eysteinn Bjorgvinnsson (Isak Gudlaugsson 72 mins), Karl Gunnarsson (Olafur Eriksson 72 mins); Brynjolfur Willumsson; Stefan Sigurardson.

Linfield 2003’s Visit Auchenhowie

April 8, 2018

Rangers 6 Linfield 0

Rangers U16’s (2003) entertained their Linfield counterparts at Auchenhowie this afternoon. The Ibrox youngsters recorded a comfortable win against a Linfield side missing a couple of their regular starting players, Ross McAusland and Charlie Allen who are on international duty with Northern Ireland’s U17’s.

Rangers opened the scoring on five minutes, Ben Duncan played the ball forward to Lewis Robertson on the left who advanced forward before cutting the ball back for Aaron Lyall to shoot past the keeper. The visitors first chance came on the twenty-minute mark, Kyle Flynn played the ball over the top of the Rangers defence on the left and Michael McDade got on the other side of Aidan Berry to break into the box but he shot across goal.

Rangers response was to immediately double their lead, Adam Devine in possession on the right cut inside before passing to Lewis Robertson on the left side of the box and he went past a defender before shooting past Connor Friel. Rangers third goal came on the stroke of half-time, Aaron Lyall’s solo run took him past two defenders and deep into the penalty area where he unselfishly rolled the ball to his right for Rhys Caves to shoot into the empty net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Linfield 0

There was barely two minutes gone in the second half when Rangers added a fourth, Robbie Fraser’s free- kick was headed against the keeper’s left hand post by a Linfield defender and the ball rolled along the line to present Leon King with a tap in. Within a minute Connor Friel produced a stunning double save to prevent a further Rangers goal. Ben Duncan broke in to the left side of the box and the keeper parried his powerful shot then reacted superbly to keep out Reegan Aitken’s effort from the rebound.

The ten minute mark of the half was approaching when Rangers scored again, Robbie Fraser burst into the left side of the penalty area leaving a defender trailing, his powerful shot had Connor Friel diving to his left but although he got a strong hand to the ball  he couldn’t prevent the it going into the net. Linfield created a chance at the other end soon after, Josh Archer passed to Matthew Lusty inside the left side of the box, he made space for the shot that the Rangers Trialist keeper got down to his left to make a fine save.

At the mid-point of the half Dire Mebude exchanged passes with Reegan Aitken to break through the middle but was denied when Connor Friel blocked with his legs. The next chance came when Aaron Lyall’s pass sent Dire Mebude racing into the right side of the penalty area, he showed great strength to hold off Ethan Hall but Connor Friel again blocked with his legs.

Rangers sixth goal came soon after with the Trialist (No. 7) going past a defender on the left side of the box and shooting past the keeper at the near post. Rangers had a couple of other chances to add to their tally. Darren McInally sent Dapo Mebude down the right, he looked up and played the ball back to Aaron Lyall who went past a defender inside the right side of the box before forcing a fine save from Connor Friel low to his left. The Linfield keeper then kept up what seemed a  personal vendetta to prevent Dire Mebude scoring, saving a third effort from the striker when he was played through by Reegan Aitken.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Linfield 0 

Rangers Squad:- Trialist (Gk), Adam Devine, Ben Duncan, Robbie Fraser, Aiden Berry, Leon King, Trialist No.7, Rhys Caves, Aaron Lyall, Alex Lowry, Lewis Robertson, Reegan Aitken, Darren McInally, Dire Mebude.

Linfield Squad:- Connor Friel, Robbie Ritchie, Ethan Hall, Lewis McKinnon, Kyle Flynn, Cameron Stewart, Jamie McDaby, Oisin Conaty, Kian Storey, Matthew Lusty, Michael McDade, Ben Chapman, Craig Farquar, Jack Barbour, Max Sterrett.

Win Secures Place In Glasgow Cup Final

April 6, 2018

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 3

Rangers under 17’s went into tonight’s Glasgow Cup tie at Lochinch knowing a point would be enough to secure a place in the final. The Ibrox youngsters recorded a comfortable win to remove any doubt.

Chances were few in the early stages and the half had reached the midpoint when Rangers had a great chance to open the scoring. Kai Kennedy was brought down as he broke into the left side of the penalty area, he could have struck the penalty firmer but the ball was placed well in the corner and Luke Scullion produced a fine save diving low to his left. Rangers took the lead four minutes later, Ben Williamson passed to Josh McPake on the left, he attacked the penalty area and when his attempted pass broke back to him off Andy Rodden he shot past Luke Scullion.

Seven minutes before the break Kai Kennedy picked the ball up around twenty-five yards out and right of centre with his effort clipping the crossbar on the way over. Just before the break Kai Kennedy exchanged passes with Ben Williamson before shooting from distance that Luke Scullion got down to his right to save.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 1

Thistle had the ball in the net early in the second half but Jordan Kemoe had used a hand to convert the cross and was yellow carded. The home side did miss a great opportunity just before the hour, Jamie Walker got to the byline on the left and his cross found Brad Renfrew arriving at the back post but he headed across goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers responded by doubling their lead, the attack started with Dapo Mebude breaking into the right side of the box and was denied when Luke Scullion saved at the near post. The corner on the right was taken short and Josh McPake went past a defender on the byline before crossing low for Ciaran Dickson to convert from close range.

With the game entering the final quarter-hour Dapo Mebude attacked on the right, his cut back found Matty Yates who was thwarted by the legs of Luke Scullion. Rangers scored a superb third with eight minutes remaining, Nathan Patterson’s brilliant pass picked out the run of Ciaran Dickson and a great first touch allowed him to go past Luke Scullion and roll the ball into the net.

The home side grabbed a consolation goal with five minutes remaining, Ruiraidh McIntyre passed to Jamie Walker on the left, the former Ranger broke forward and cut into the box to shoot past Lewis Budinauckas.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 3

Partick Thistle:- Luke Scullion; Dominic Reilly (Dylan Tait), Ruiraidh McIntyre, Daniel Conner, Jamie Walker; Shea Scally, Andy Rodden; Brad Renfrew, Ewan Cameron (Mainza Mutenge), Evan Galasso (Derek Armstrong), Jordan Kemoe.

Not Used:- Mason McReady (Gk).

Rangers:- Lewis Budinackas; Jay Mack, Danny Finlayson, Harris O’Connor, Nathan Patterson; Ben Williamson; Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy; James Maxwell (Matty Yates 65 mins), Dapo Mebude (Leon King 77 mins), Josh McPake (Aaron Lyall 88 mins).