Archive for May, 2018

17’s Draw As Accies Remain Unbeaten

May 16, 2018

Hamilton Accies 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Under 17’s completed their league programme with a draw against champions Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park tonight. That result meant Accies had the distinction of going through their league campaign unbeaten. A draw was probably a fair result with the home side having the edge on better chances.

A superb passing move carved the first chance of the match for Rangers in the fourth minute. Josh McPake, Kai Kennedy, Dapo Mebude and Ben Williamson were all involved as the ball was worked to Zac Butterworth inside the left side of the box, Ross Connelly dived to his left to parry with Josh McPake firing the loose ball wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The home side’s first chance came of the quarter-hour mark, Sean Slaven passed to Charlie Reilly on the left hand angle of the box with Lewis Budinauckas saving comfortably.

With both teams cancelling each other out there was only seven minutes of the half remaining before the next real chance, the ball broke to Dapo Mebude twenty-five yards out and left of centre,  his shot forcing Ross Connelly to turn the ball wide of his right hand post.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 0 Rangers 0

The second half was barely a minute old when the home side took the lead, Leon McCann played the ball up to Charlie Reilly on the edge of the box, he laid the ball back to Liam Scullion whose shot gave Lewis Budinauckas no chance. Rangers had a great chance to equalise just before the hour, Dapo Mebude and Kai Kennedy combined to create the space for Euan Deveney to cross from the left, Matty Yates stretched at the back post but headed over.

Accies were immediately back on attack, with Charlie Reilly feeding Kyle Munro inside the left side of the penalty area and it took a fine Lewis Budinauckas block to turn the ball wide. From the corner on the left Kyle Munro headed against the near post, Jamie Harrison followed up but was denied when Nathan Patterson cleared from the line.

Within a couple of minutes Rangers were level, Josh McPake broke forward before playing in Dapo Mebude on the left side of the box and he shot past Ross Connelly. With twenty minutes remaining a Josh McPake solo run took him past three defenders and into left side of the penalty area but shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Back to the other end and Charlie Reilly picked out Niyah Joseph with a cross from the right hand angle of the box with Lewis Budinauckas holding his header just under the bar. With ten minutes remaining a clearance set up a race between Matty Yates and Leon McCann, the Rangers striker got ahead of the defender but Ross Connelly came from his box to challenge. The ball broke to Josh McPake but his effort lacked conviction and Leon McCann headed clear on the six yard box.

The final chance came for the home side, Kyle Munro in possession on the right side of the box picked out Niyah Joseph on the edge of the six yard box but his shot took a slight deflection on the way over.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 1 Rangers 1

Hamilton Accies:- Ross Connelly; Jamie Harrison, Jamie Hamilton, Taylor Wilson, Leon McCann; Daryl Miekle; Liam Scullion, Reegan Mimnaugh (Niyah Joseph HT), Charlie Reilly; Kyle Munro, Sean Slaven.

Not Used:- Marley Redfern, Andrew Winter, Rhys Casci, Jay Blair, Adam McLean.

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson (Ryan Muir 77 mins), Danny Finlayson, Jay Mack (Matty Yates 57 mins), Zac Butterworth (Euan Deveney 57 mins); Ben Williamson, Murray Miller; Ciaran Dickson; Josh McPake, Dapo Mebude (Kieran McKechnie 85 mins), Kai Kennedy (Joao Balde 77 mins).

Not Used :- Jack McConnell (Gk)

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16’s Grab Late Winner

May 14, 2018

Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

It took a Robbie Fraser penalty a couple of minutes from time to secure a win for Rangers U16’s (2003) at Auchenhowie tonight. It was a game Rangers pretty much controlled, especially in the second half but had failed to edge ahead until that late penalty.

Kilmarnock took the lead in the second minute the play was switched from the left to inside the right side of the penalty area and the shot found the net via the underside of the crossbar. Ten minutes later Lewis Robertson got to the left hand byline and from his cutback Dire Mebude’s clipped the outside of the near post.

Just after the quarter-hour mark a Killie cross from the right was controlled inside the box by their striker but his shot was too straight and Jack McConnell made the save. Almost immediately Adam Devine and Reegan Aitken combined to set up a shooting chance for Dire Mebude inside the right side of the penalty area but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

With the twenty-minute mark approaching Dire Mebude burst into the box past two defenders but the keeper made a fine save. Five minutes later Dire Mebude laid the ball back to Lewis Robertson whose cross come shot from the left side of the box had the keeper stretching to claw the ball away.

Eight minutes before the break a great turn inside the box from Dire Mebude took him clear of the defence but his shot was weak and a defender got back to clear from the line.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 1

When the Killie keeper fumbled a Robbie Fraser free-kick early in the second half a goal seemed inevitable but he recovered to block Matthew Henderson’s shot from the rebound. Rangers drew level on sixty-five minutes, some good play on the left allowed Matthew Henderson to reach the left hand byline and from his cutback Alex Lowrie netted from close range.

With three minutes remaining Rhys Caves exchanged passes with the trialist striker but his shot was saved by the Kilmarnock keeper. A minute later Reegan broke into the right side of the box and was tripped as he went past a defender, Robbie Fraser stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

In injury time Killie sent a free kick from ten yards inside Rangers half into the box, it went over the heads of attackers and defenders alike and bounced off the cross-bar.

Full- Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Adam Devine, Leon King, Ben Duncan, Matthew Henderson, Rhys Caves, Robbie Fraser, Alex Lowrie, Reegan Aitken, Dire Mebude, Lewis Robertson, Trialist, Aaron Lyall, Aiden Berry, Harley Ewan.

17’s Edge Out Aberdeen

May 12, 2018

Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

Dapo Mebude’s first half goal was enough to secure three points for Rangers Under 17’s against Aberdeen at Auchenhowie this afternoon and keep their league hopes alive. It was probably a deserved victory but the narrow margin meant a few nervy moments in the closing minutes. They are now dependant on Celtic winning at Hamilton tomorrow to set up the final game away to Hamilton, which Rangers would need to win. If Hamilton take anything from the game tomorrow they are champions.

Rangers hand an early chance on two minutes, Ciaran Dickson passed to Josh McPake inside the right side of the box with Archie Mair blocking the shot before gathering. The visitors created their first chance on  thirteen minutes with an attack on the right side of the box, the ball broke to Max Barry with Lewis Budinauckas saving at close range.

A few minutes later Kai Kennedy broke into the left side of the penalty area and forced Archie Mair to block with his legs. Just before the twenty-minute mark Josh McPake burst past three defenders and into the right side of the box but dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Rangers took the lead on twenty-seven minutes, Josh McPake sent Nathan Patterson to the right hand byline and his low cross presented Dapo Mebude with a simple finish at the back post. Four minutes before the break Kieran Shanks advanced deep inside Rangers penalty area before passing to the Ethan Ross who was denied by a superb Lewis Budinauckas save at point-blank range. 

On the stroke of half time Zak Butterworth played the ball forward to Josh McPake who went past a defender and into the right side of the penalty area but shot over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

The first chance of the second half came nine minutes in, Kai Kennedy’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box was headed just wide of the far post by Danny Finlayson. Two minutes later Rangers had a great chance to double their lead, when Dapo Mebude broke into the left side of the penalty area the referee adjudged he was impeded and pointed to the spot. The striker stepped up to take the spot kick but Archie Mair dived to his left to parry and reacted to keep out Dapo Mebude’s shot from the rebound.

With ten minutes remaining Joao Balde broke to the edge of the box and his shot was parried by Archie Mair who was back on his feet to keep out Matty Yates effort from the rebound. With a couple of minutes remaining Josh McPake’s run along the byline set up a chance to seal it, his cut back found Dapo Mebude whose shot was deflected just wide of the far post. 

In the dying minutes the visitors piled long balls into Rangers box and even had the keeper up for a corner but Rangers held on to secure the points.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson (Euan Deveney 41 mins), Danny Finlayson, Jay Mack, Zac Butterworth; Murray Miller (Ben Williamson 79 mins); Cammy Palmer, Ciaran Dickson (Joao Balde 72 mins); Josh McPake, Dapo Mebude, Kai Kennedy (Matty Yates 64 mins).

Not Used :- Lewis Muir (Gk), James Maxwell, Ryan Muir.

Aberdeen:- Archie Mair; Danny George Strachan, Lloyd Robertson, Kyle Dalling, ????? McLachlan; Jack Chesser, Connor Barron (Lyle Robert Booth 83 mins); Sean Linden (Tyler Chicken 66 mins), Ethan Ross, Max Barry (Tyler Dylan Alexander 66 mins); Kieran Shanks (Lewis Duncan 77 mins).

 

Youth Double Header

May 6, 2018

Today was an opportunity to watch the two older youth sides, the Under 17’s taking on Hamilton Accies at Auchenhowie in the morning and the under 19’s hosting Burnley at Ibrox in the afternoon. It was a disappointing day in terms of results finishing with a draw and a defeat in two games they really should have won.

Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 0

The League hopes for Rangers Under 17’s suffered a blow when they failed to break down Hamilton Accies at Auchenhowie this morning. The Ibrox youngsters pretty much controlled the game but they only really put the visitors under sustained pressure at the start of the second half. In the opening minute Dapo Mebude collected a Nathan Patterson throw in  and flicked the ball over the head of a defender and into the right side of the box before volleying over. Six minutes later Kyle Munro got to the left hand byline, his cross had Lewis Budinauckas stretching to claw away and when the ball bounced beyond the back post Andrew Winter’s header bounced off the cross-bar.

Both teams pretty much cancelled each other out  until seven minutes before the break when Rangers missed a great chance. Some good work from Josh McPake took him along the left hand byline and his cutback found James Maxwell on the edge of the six yard box but he failed to connect properly and the ball drifted past the far post.

Half- Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 0

Three minutes after the break Cammy Palmer’s pass released Josh McPake inside the right side of the penalty area, Ross Connelly made the save with Kai Kennedy knocking the rebound wide of the far post. Barely sixty seconds later another pass again picked out Josh McPake inside the box with Ross Connelly getting down to his let to make the save.

The half was only six minutes old when Rangers created their third gilt-edged chance of the half. Kai Kennedy and Dapo Mebude combined to set up Josh McPake inside the left side of the box but again he was denied by Ross Connelly diving to his left. The visitors hadn’t threatened after the break but on sixty-five minutes Leon McCann broke forward from the halfway line before shooting from the edge of the box which Lewis Budinauckas turned wide of his right hand post.

With a minute remaining Rangers had a great chance to win it,  Josh McPake inside the right side of the box passed inside to Dapo Mebude but Ross Connelly blocked the shot with his foot. Deep into injury time when Dapo Mebude was challenged on the right hand angle of the box the ball broke for Josh McPake whose shot too a deflection but Ross Connelly saved comfortably low to his left.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson, Danny Finlayson, Jay Mack, Zac Butterworth; Ben Williamson (Murray Miller 57 mins); Kai Kennedy, Cammy Palmer; James Maxwell (Ciaran Dickson HT), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Joao Balde, Matty Yates, Ryan Muir, Euan Deveney.

Hamilton Accies:- Ross Connelly; Leon McCann, Jamie Hamilton, Taylor Wilson, Reegan Mimnaugh; Daryl Miekle; Andrew Winter (Niyah Joseph 51 mins), Marley Redfern (Jamie Harrison 51 mins),  Liam Scullion, Kyle Munro; Sean Slaven.

Not Used:- Jay Blair, Rhys Casci, Adam McLean.

 

Rangers 1 Burnley 3

A failure to take some of the numerous chances created and poor defending proved costly for Rangers Under 19’s against Burnley at Ibrox, but they really will be wondering how they lost this game.

Rangers came close to opening the scoring on seven minutes, Zak Rudden chased a Jordan Houston clearance into the right side of the box, his neat back heel setup the chance for Glenn Middleton but some how Oli Younger got back to clear from the line. The Burnley defender came to his sides rescue again a minute later, Glenn Middleton on the left side of the box passed inside to Zak Rudden whose turn and shot was net bound until it was blocked.

Rangers took the lead on ten minutes Jamie Barjonas passed to Glenn Middleton on the right and he hit the byline before cutting back for Stephen Kelly to shoot past the keeper from around the penalty spot. Just after the quarter-hour mark Stephen Kelly passed to Serge Atakayi who skipped past a defender on the left hand byline and cut the ball back for Glenn Middleton who’s shot was cleared off the line by Scott Wilson.

A few minutes later a great piece of skill from Stephen Kelly took him clear of three defenders and he fed Glenn Middleton inside the left side of the box who shot across the face of goal. Midway through the half a speculative thirty yard effort from Jack Thomson bounced off Aiden Stone’s left hand post with Zak Rudden flagged offside as he nodded in the rebound.

As the half entered the final ten minutes Burnley equalised with their first real attack, Mace Goodridge delivered the corner from the right and Rob Harker rose to head past Aidan McAdams. Rangers responded when Zak Rudden’s flick sent Glenn Middleton racing into the left side of the box, his cutback was meant for Serge Atakayi but broke to Zak Rudden whose shot was cleared off the line by Scott Wilson.

Just before the break Rangers lost what was probably a worse goal defensively than the first. They seemed to be caught out by the length of Jordan Cropper’s throw from the right and Tundi Bayonde headed in at the back post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Burnley 2

Rangers had the first chance after the break Zak Rudden feeding Glenn Middleton inside the left side of the penalty area with Aiden Stone saving at his near post. Midway through the half Burnley doubled their lead, Rob Harker was the wall for Jordan Cropper’s one-two on the right side of the box and was then on hand to convert the full-back’s cut back from close range.

Rangers came close two minutes later, Glenn Middleton sent Jordan Houston racing to the right hand byline, from his cross Zak Rudden’s header looked destined for the net until Adam Bruce produced a stunning point-blank save. Ten minutes later Zak Rudden inside the box moved the ball to Andy Dallas on the right, his shot beat the keeper but bounced of his right hand post. Burnley broke immediately through Marley Blair with Keiran Wright getting down to his left to save the shot from the edge of the box.

Hesitancy inside the Rangers box presented Marley Blair with another chance that Kieran Wright again saved to his left. The final chance came from a Glenn Middleton free-kick on the right hand angle of the box that was parried by Adam Bruce before being cleared.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Burnley 3

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams (Kieran Wright 60 mins); Jordan Houston (Michael Hewitt 80 mins), Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 80 mins); Jack Thomson; Jamie Barjonas (Liam Burt 67 mins), Stephen Kelly; Glenn Middleton, Zak Rudden,  Serge Atakayi (Andy Dallas 67 mins).

Burnley:- Aiden Stone (Adam Bruce 50 mins); Jordan Cropper, Oli Younger, Scott Wilson (Teddy Perkins 50 mins), Ali Konke (Antony Glennon 60 mins); Josh Benson; Christian N’Guessan, Mace Goodridge, James Clarke; Tundi Bayode (Rob Harker 16 mins), Tinashe Chakwana (Marley Blair 60 mins).