Archive for July, 2018

U20’s Win Over Newcastle U23’s

July 30, 2018

Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1

Rangers Under 20’s supplemented with Under 21 goalkeeper recorded a deserved win over Newcastle United’s Under 23 side at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. The Ibrox youngsters fell behind against the run of play but came back strongly to win comfortably.

Rangers were unfortunate not to take the lead on four minutes, Stephen Kelly sent Andy Dallas down the right and his back-heel teed up Jordan Houston for a cross that found Serge Atakayi arriving at the back post and his first time effort came back off the under side of the bar. A couple of minutes later Stephen Kelly and Jamie Barjonas worked a short corner on the right, the ball was played to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box and he forced a fine save from the keeper low to his left.

The visitors took the lead with their first attack on eleven minutes, their Number 10 attacked the penalty area before passing to the striker inside the left side of the box, he got the better of Aidan Wilson before shooting past Robbie McCrorie. Rangers restored parity seven minutes later, Serge Atakayi collecting the ball on the right hand angle of the box before cutting inside and beating the keeper low to his right with the aid of a slight deflection.

Eight minutes before the break the Newcastle full-back broke down the right and from his cross Matthew Shiels diverted the ball towards his own goal but was rescued when Robbie McCrorie dived to his left to turn the ball wide. With the half-time whistle two minutes away Jamie Barjonas teed up Jordan Houston’s who’s twenty-five yarder forced the keeper to turn the ball wide of his left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Newcastle United 1

The second half was just over five minutes old when Jordan Houston won possession inside the right side of the box and passed inside to Zak Rudden whose shot was saved low to the keeper’s left. Within two minutes Stephen Kelly’s corner from the left was headed to the edge of the box where Jamie Barjonas effort forced the keeper to tip over.

On the seventy minute mark Serge Atakayi on the left hand angle of the box passed inside to Stephen Kelly and his shot was saved by the keeper diving to his left. Within three minutes Rangers took the lead, Jamie Barjonas sent the ball out to Serge Atakayi on the left and he went passed the full-back before crossing for Zak Rudden to send a glancing header into the far top corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston (Danny Finlayson 78 mins), Aidan Wilson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer (Murray Miller 78 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly (Josh McPake 78 mins); Andy Dallas (Liam Burt 65 mins), Zak Rudden, Serge Atakayi (Dapo Mebude 84 mins).

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King’s Lynn Tournament

July 24, 2018

A Rangers Under 20 side travelled south to take part in King’s Lynn Town’s tournament over the weekend. Rangers were without Aidan Wilson, Kyle Bradley, Zak Rudden and Glenn Middleton who remained at home on first team duty.

First up was Friday night’s game against a Legia Warsaw youth side.

Rangers 2 Legia Warsaw 2 (Rangers won 3-2 on penalties)

Rangers opened against a Legia Warsaw side that was a bit older, mainly 1998 and 1999’s but also included Radoseaw Pruchnik, a thirty-one year old who has played over 200 Polish league games. The young Rangers side had the better of the first half and could have been more than a goal up, with the Polish side coming back strongly after the break before Rangers won the penalty shootout.

Rangers took the lead just before the twenty-minute mark, Serge Atakayi attacked on the left and when his cross was cleared from the box to Kai Kennedy on the left his superb first time pass inside setup Stephen Kelly to shoot past Viacelaus Kurdgavcevs from the edge of the box. On twenty-seven minutes Serge Atakayi hit the left hand byline where he turned a defender, from his cross Kai Kennedy headed just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Ten minutes before the break Radoseaw Pruchnik hit a powerful free-kick from around thirty yards that Aidan McAdams saved comfortably. With the half-time whistle approaching Mateusz Leleno crossed from the right and Lukasz Zjawinski stooped to head narrowly past Aidan McAdams left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Legia Warsaw 0

Legia had upped their game after the break and five minutes in Mateusz Praszelik tried his luck from around twenty-five yards which Aidan McAdams parried. Five minutes later the Polish side were level, Radoseaw Pruchnik curling a twenty-five yard free-kick over the wall and into the top left hand corner of the net.

Before the half was twenty minutes old Legia took the lead, Konrad Matuszewski’s corner from the right was flicked on at the near post and Bartosz Brodzinski arrived to net at the back post from close range. Within a minute Amos Shapario-Thompson broke forward to test Aidan McAdams with a powerful shot.

Rangers replied with a patient passing move which ended with Jordan Houston picking out Dapo Mebude with a cross from the right but the striker shot over. With ten minutes remaining a good move from the Polish side saw the ball played to Oskar Wojtysiak on the right, he passed inside to Radoseaw Pruchnik with Aidan McAdams blocking with his foot.

Rangers got a break with five minutes remaining, the ball was worked out to Scott Gray on the left and from his cross the ball stuck the hand of a Legia defender as he tried to clear and the referee pointed to the spot for a rather harsh penalty. Jordan Houston stepped up to covert the spot-kick.

With no further scoring it was on to a penalty shootout in which Aidan McAdams emerged as the Rangers hero saving three spot kicks. With Radoseaw Pruchnik and Oskar Wojtysiak converting for Legia, Aidan McAdams saved from Mateusz Praszelik and Kamil Orlik. Legia keeper Viaceslaus Kurdgavcevs saved from Jordan Houston and Andy Dallas, but Matthew Shiels and Dapo Mebude both converted their spot kicks. So with the shootout at 2-2 Jamie Barjonas stepped up to put Rangers ahead, and the scene was set for Aidan McAdams to dive to his left and parry Bartosz Brodzinski’s shot and send Rangers into Sunday’s final.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Legia Warsaw 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen (Danny Finlayson 57 mins), Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer (Murray Miller 70 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Serge Atakayi (Scott Gray 70 mins), Andy Dallas, Kai Kennedy (Dapo Mebude 57 mins)

Legia Warsaw:- Viaceslaus Kurdgavcevs; Mateusz Leleno, Mateusz Bondarenko, Kacper Pietrzyk, Konrad Mateuszewski; Michal Krabownik, Radoseaw Pruchnik; Michal Badhur, Mateus Praszelik, Kamil Orlik; Lukasz Zjawinski.

Subs Used:- Cezary Miszta, Oskar Wojtysiak, Bartosz Brodzinski, Amos Shapario- Thompson. 

With King’s Lynn Town beating a young Norwich City side 4-1 on Saturday,  Rangers would meet the Southern League Premier Central side in the final.

King’s Lynn Town 1 Rangers 0

Once again it was a game of contrasting halves with the young Rangers side looking to be intimidated and bullied in the first half before performing much better after the break.

Rangers had a great chance to take the lead on three minutes, Serge Atakayi latched on to a slack pass from Ryan Jarvis to race clear but was denied by a fine save from Alex Street. The home side’s first effort came from a Michael Clunan free-kick that was straight at Kieran Wright.

On eleven minutes Rory McAuley broke from the back and passed to Ryan Hawkins on the right, from his cross it took a great Jordan Houston clearance over his own crossbar to avert the danger. From the right hand corner the home side took the lead, Rangers struggled to clear convincingly and when the ball broke to Ryan Fryatt he fired into the roof of the net from close range.

Midway through the half the Trialist No.2 crossed from the right and Harry Limb turned inside the box but was denied when Kieran Wright blocked with his foot. Five minutes before the break Serge Atakayi and Jordan Houston combined on the right hand angle of the box to tee up Stephen Kelly twenty-five yards out but his shot was straight at Alex Street.

Half-Time:- King’s Lynn Town 1 Rangers 0

Rangers started the half on the front foot, on three minutes Kai Kennedy attacked the left side of the box and passed to Stephen Kelly on the angle of the box, from his shot Alex Street dived to his left to turn the ball wide. Rangers worked the right hand corner short, with Serge Atakayi and Jamie Barjonas setting up Stephen Kelly on the edge of the box but he was again denied by a fine Alex Street save low to his left.

Just before the hour mark Alex Street left a pass to a defender short and Serge Atakayi pounced and passed inside to Andy Dallas, but he delayed his shot allowing Ryan Fryatt to challenge and clear for a corner. Rangers had the better of the remainder of the game that was mainly noted for a rash of substitutions, but they couldn’t get the goal to take the game to another shootout.

Full-Time:- King’s Lynn Town 1 Rangers 0

King’s Lynn Town:- Alex Street; Trialist No.2, Ryan Fryatt (Dion Frary 69 mins), Rory McAuley (Matthew Castellan 69 mins), Frazer Blake-Tracy (Eoin McQuaid 69 mins); Ryan Jarvis (Sam Gaughran 69 mins); Michael Clunan (Trialist No.18 69mins), Ryan Hawkins (Lee Beevers 83 mins), Jordan Richards (Trialist No.12 HT); Michael Gash (Dylan Edge 69 mins), Harry Limb.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen (Danny Finlayson 28 mins), Matthew Shiels (Kai Kennedy HT); Murray Miller (Cammy Palmer HT); Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Serge Atakayi, Andy Dallas (Dapo Mebude 64 mins), Scott Gray (Kyle McLelland 81 mins).

Footnote:- In the game for 3rd and 4th placed Legia Warsaw beat Norwich City 3-0.

Early Strikes Secure Win For U18’s

July 13, 2018

Rangers 2 Carlisle United 1

A young Rangers side minus six players who are in the Czech Republic with the Under 19’s squad, recorded a good win against an older Carlisle side. Especially in the second half when Rangers used several U16 players while the visitors fielded a few U19’s.

Rangers struck early with a superb goal on two minutes, Joao Balde played the ball out to Ryan Muir on the right and from his brilliant cross Matty Yates gave the keeper no chance with a header into his top left had corner. Barely another two minutes had passed when the lead was doubled, James Maxwell cut in from the right and beat the keeper from the edge of the box with the aid of a deflection.

The visitors came close on eleven minutes with an attack coming in from the left side of the penalty area, the shot being deflected on to Nick Hogarth’s left hand post and wide. From the corner the Carlisle striker was free at the back post but headed straight at Nicky Hogarth.

Ten minutes before the break Michael Ruth played the ball forward to Matty Yates who sent it wide to James Maxwell on the right, he cut inside before firing a shot off the far post. When Ben Williamson lost possession five minutes before the break Carlisle had a great chance to reduce the deficit but were denied when Nicky Hogarth produced a superb save low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Carlisle United 0

Rangers had an early chance in the second half when Ben Williamson played a ball into the right side of the box and it broke for Michael Ruth who shot straight at the keeper. Five minutes of the second half had elapsed when the visitors pulled a goal back, a great pass inside Ryan Muir allowed their attacker to advance into the left side of the penalty area and shoot past  Nicky Hogarth.

With a rash of substitutions the English side now appeared to have a big physical advantage but it was the young Rangers side that came closest to adding to the goal tally. With a quarter of an hour remaining Kieran McKechnie broke towards the edge of the box and his deflected shot had the keeper diving to his left to save. With the game in the final couple of minutes Aaron Lyall cut in from the right and picked out Chris McKee inside the box with a chipped pass but the striker shot over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Carlisle United 1

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth (Lewis Budinauckas 56 mins); Ryan Muir (Adam Devine 59 mins), Harris O’Connor (Leon King 70 mins), Leon King (Robbie Fraser 65 mins), Euan Deveney (Matthew Henderson 59 mins); Ben Williamson; Michael Ruth (Aaron Lyall 65 mins), Joao Balde (Trialist 59 mins); James Maxwell, Matty Yates (Chris McKee HT), Keiran McKechnie.

Under 18’s Hit Thistle For Six

July 10, 2018

Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers Under 18’s came back for the new season and they put six goals past Thistle at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. Leading by a solitary goal at the break they upped their performance in the second half by adding another five.

The Ibrox youngsters took the lead in the sixth minute with a superb goal. It started with Ben Williamson’s pass inside the Thistle left back which sent Nathan Patterson breaking down the right, from his cross Chris McKee finished with a brilliant controlled volley. Around seven minutes later Joao Balde picked up a loose ball and attacked the centre of Thistle’s defence before playing in Chris McKee inside the left side of the penalty area but on this occasion he shot straight at the keeper.

Chris McKee was again at the centre of the action, nutmegging a defender to break into the right side of the box with the Thistle keeper blocking at the near post. Just after the half-hour mark Michael Ruth, Kai Kennedy and Chris McKee combined on the right and from the latter’s cross Joao Balde volleyed narrowly over.

With half-time approaching Kieran McKechnie attacked the centre of the box before passing to Michael Ruth on his left, he cut inside before shooting straight at the keeper. The next chance came when Murray Miller fed Kai Kennedy on the right side of the box who took on a defender before forcing a save from the keeper at the near post.

Thistle had shown little in attack but with the half time whistle beckoning their striker broke through on a long ball and it took a superb Euan Deveney challenge to clear for a corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers started the second half on the front foot and the first chance came when Josh McPake played in Matty Yates on the right side of the box and he forced a save from the keeper. Within a minute a James Maxwell solo run took him past three defenders and into the penalty area where the ball broke to Michael Ruth who was also denied by the keeper.

Rangers increased the pressure around the hour mark and doubled their lead just before it, Dapo Mebude broke forward and went past a defender before shooting past the keeper from the edge of the box. Just over a minute later Dapo Mebude won the ball wide on the left and he cut inside to the edge of the box and forced the keeper to save low to his right.

Rangers third goal was barely delayed sixty seconds, James Maxwell feeding Josh McPake inside the right side of the penalty area from where he shot past the keeper. Rangers seemed to be making chances by the minute and the next came when Dapo Mebude burst into the right side of the box and forced the keeper to save.

Dapo Mebude was again prominent cutting in from the left and laying the ball off to Josh McPake who shot at the keeper. What came next was a bizarre incident on the seventy-third minute. The referee pointed to the spot when Dapo Mebude was fouled off the ball, Kai Kennedy stepped up and in what appeared to be pre-planned, rather than shooting he attempted a pass to Dapo Mebude, but a break down in communication allowed the Thistle keeper to walk from his line and pick the ball up. Kinda like the Henry/ Pires penalty cock-up from a few years ago.

Rangers were soon back on attack and Dapo Mebude broke forward to release Matty Yates inside the right side of the box but he shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post. Two minutes later Josh McPake worked his way along the byline following a short corner on the right, his attempt to score broke to Nathan Patterson who scored from inside the six yard box.

The visitors responded by pulling a goal back, they got to the right hand byline and when the ball was cutback Nathan Patterson blocked the initial shot on the line, from the rebound Lewis Budinauckas produced a fine point-blank save but they were stranded as the ball was fired into the roof of the net at the third attempt. Rangers finished on a high with two further goals. First up Josh McPake was the provider of the pass to Dapo Mebude inside the right side of the box and he shot across the keeper and into the far corner. Then when Kai Kennedy played the ball into the penalty area it broke for Kieran McKechnie inside the left side of the box and he gave the keeper no chance.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers Squad:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Nathan Patterson, Ben Williamson, Kyle McLelland, Euan Deveney, Murray Miller, Michael Ruth, Kai Kennedy, Kieran McKechnie, Chris McKee, Joao Balde, Ryan Muir, Josh McPake, James Maxwell, Matty Yates, Dapo Mebude.

 

Reserves Open Pre-Season With A Win

July 8, 2018

Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 1

A Rangers reserves side recorded a comfortable win over what was a slightly younger Partick Thiste side at The Hummell Training Centre on Saturday afternoon. None of the twenty-two players who were involved in Friday nights game took part.

Rangers first chance came on seven minutes when Harry Forrester’s pass sent And Dallas through the inside right channel but he failed to get the ball under control and the chance was lost. Two minutes later Rangers took the lead, Liam Burt’s pass inside the left back allowed Jordan Houston to hit the right hand byline and his cutback picked out Andy Dallas to net from close range.

Midway through the half Harry Forrester’s cross from the left picked out Danny Finlayson at the back post who headed just wide. Just after the half hour mark Rangers were awarded a penalty when Andy Dallas was tripped as he chased the ball to the left hand byline but Stephen Kelly blazed the spot-kick over.

Within in minutes Thistle were level, the ball was played up to the attacker on the edge of the box and a neat turn created the space to shoot past Kieran Wright. Just before the break Stephen Kelly’s pass inside the left-back allowed Jordan Houston to break into the Thistle box but he was denied when the keeper blocked the shot with his foot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Partick Thistle 1

There was barely a minute on the clock in the second half when Rangers took the lead, Stephen Kelly, Myes Beerman and Scott Gray combined on the left, and when the latter’s low cross arrived at the foot of Liam Burt arriving at the back post he shot past the keeper.

The second- half was mainly noted for a series of substitutions from both sides until Rangers added a third with a persistant attack on the seventy-eighth minute. Intiially the ball was worked to the right side of the penalty area where Josh McPake forced a fine save from the Thistle keeper. When the ball was returned to Josh McPake on the right his cross found Rhys Breen at the back post, he headed back across goal but the ball bounced of the inside of the far post. The ball was cleared from the penalty area as far as Kai Kennedy who picked out Scott Gray inside the left side  of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers:- Kieran Wright (Aidan McAdams HT); Jordan Houston (Nathan Patterson 64 mins), Danny Finlayson (Kyle McLelland 68 mins), Lewis Mayo ( Rhys Breen 68 mins), Myles Beerman (Josh McPake 58 mins); Cammy Palmer (Ben Williamson 68 mins); Jamie Barjonas (Kai Kennedy 64 mins), Stephen Kelly (Murray Miller 68 mins); Liam Burt (Zac Butterworth 68 mins), Andy Dallas (Dapo Mebude 64 mins), Harry Forrester (Scott Gray HT).