Archive for August, 2018

Easy Win For Reserves

August 27, 2018

Rangers 5 St.Mirren 1

A Rangers reserve side that included Lee Wallace, Sadiq Umar and the McCrorie brothers recorded an easy win over a St.Mirren squad that included five former Rangers players at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon.

Rangers were first to threaten on seven minutes when Lee Wallace passed to Serge Atakayi on the left side of the penalty area, he tried to curl the ball in at the far post but was just wide of target. A minute later Cammy Palmer’s pass sent Sadiq Umar through on goal but the striker shot over.

Rangers took the lead on the quarter-hour mark, Andy Dallas exchanged passes with Jordan Houston to hit the right hand byline and from his low driven cross Sadiq Umar made sure the ball crossed the line at the back post. The incident of note was an incredible refereeing decision on twenty-six minutes, Serge Atakyi dispossessed Conor MacBrearty inside the left side of the penalty area and he was clearly hauled back by the St.Mirren defender but to the surprise of those in attendance the referee cautioned the Rangers winger for simulation.

The visitors hadn’t carried a threat but nine minutes before the break Max Potter rose highest to head Josh Jeffries corner from the right wide of the far post. Rangers doubled their lead two minutes before the break, Max Potter was short with a pass back and as Sadiq Umar tried to round Lewis Muir the keeper got a touch on the ball, the ball came back to the striker with the keeper saving at point-blank range, but when the ball landed at the feet of Andy Dallas his shot crossed the line despite the best efforts of Liam Miller to keep it out.

On the stroke of half-time Stephen Kelly’s corner from the right went beyond the back post when Ross McCrorie crossed for Lewis Mayo to power a header goalwards but he was denied by a brilliant tip over from Lewis Muir.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 0

Rangers scored a third seven minutes after the break, from a free-kick on the edge of the box and left of centre Sadiq Umar fired a shot against the far post with Andy Dallas following up to net the rebound. Three minutes later Rangers fourth was a disaster for keeper Lewis Muir, he took his eye off Liam Miller’s pass back allowing the ball to run under his foot, Serge Atakayi was alert to race past the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

With quarter of an hour remaining Rangers scored a fifth, Liam Burt latched on to Liam Miller’s pass back and broke into the right side of the penalty area where he squared the ball for Sadiq Umar to net from around seven yards. Saints grabbed a consolation goal with eleven minutes remaining, Danny Finlayson was a bit casual in possession twenty- five yards from his own goal and was dispossessed by Cameron Breadner who continued into the box to shoot past Robbie McCrorie.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo (Danny Finlayson 67 mins), Lee Wallace (Scott Gray HT); Ross McCrorie ( Liam Burt 57 mins); Cammy Palmer, Stephen Kelly; Andy Dallas, Sadiq Umar, Serge Atakayi (Kai Kennedy 74 mins)

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk)

St.Mirren:- Lewis Muir; Cammy MacPherson, Conor McBrearty, Liam Miller, Max Potter, Aaron Reid (Jamie Walker 54 mins); Conor O’Keefe (Cameron Breadner 74 mins), Scott Glover, Ethan Erhahon, Josh Jeffries (Matthew Grant 54 mins); Sam Jamieson.

Not Used:- David Wilson (Gk), Ben Cameron, Ross MacFarlane.

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Comfortable Win For 18’s

August 24, 2018

Rangers 4 Hibernian 0

Rangers Under 18’s recorded a comfortable win over Hibs in tonight’s Youth League game at The Hummel Training Centre. Despite playing three-quarters of the game with ten men following Ciaran Dickson’s red card, Hibs failed to trouble Lewis Budinauckas during the ninety minutes.

Rangers dominated the early stages but without creating any clear-cut chances. Hibs gained a free kick on the right side of Rangers penalty area with their first venture forward on twenty-four minutes. Before the free-kick could be taken Ciaran Dickson was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident. Rangers took the lead on that half-hour, from Josh McPake’s free-kick on the left hand angle of the box his cross was headed back across goal and in of the post by Kyle McLelland.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 0

Just before the twenty-minute mark of the second half Murray Miller played the ball forward to Josh McPake with the keeper saving his shot from the edge of the box comfortably. Rangers doubled their lead two minutes later, Josh McPake chased a long high ball towards the left hand angle of the box, with the keeper coming from goal he got there first, went past the keeper and rolled the ball into the unguarded net.

Rangers third came just after the midpoint of the half, Zack Butterworth chased a short pass back towards the right hand byline where he cut the ball back for Josh McPake to slam the ball past the keeper. The scoring was completed with seven minutes remaining, Dapo Mebude passed to James Maxwell who attacked the box before passing to Josh McPake inside the right side of the penalty area and shot past the keeper to complete his hat trick.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hibernian o

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson (Ryan Muir 70 mins), Danny Finlayson (Harris O’Connor 70 mins), Kyle McLelland (Jay Mack 78 mins), James Maxwell; Murray Miller; Kieran McKechnie (Ben Williamson 61 mins), Ciaran Dickson; Zak Butterworth (Joao Balde 72 mins), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Matty Yates.

Winning Start For Reserves

August 20, 2018

Queen Of The South 1 Rangers 2

Rangers reserves opened their league campaign with a win over Queen of the South at Palmerston this afternoon. After losing an early goal they dominated the rest of the match but it took a while to turn the game around.

Queens were first on attack and when Connor Murray sent over a corner from the right B???? Thomson sent a looping header goalwards that Aidan McAdams tipped over. Within a minute the home side took the lead, keeper Jack Leighfield sent the ball forward into Rangers half were Declan Tremble got a flick on, the ball broke to Dom McMahon whose pass sent Connor Murray through to shoot past Aidan McAdams.

Just before the twenty-minute mark Rangers countered with a quick break, Stephen Kelly passed to Andy Dallas on the right, he cut inside and his shot appeared to strike the raised hand of B Thomson but the referee waved play on. A minute later Liam Burt cut in from the right and his shot was turned wide of the far post by Jack Leighfield.

Rangers were now on top and when the ball broke to Serge Atakayi inside the left side of the penalty area Jack Leighfield seemed a bit fortunate to scramble the ball over. Rangers looked certain to draw level on twenty-six minutes, Serge Atakayi, midway in side the Queens half picked out Liam Burt to leave him one on one with the keeper but Jack Leighfield diverted the shot wide of his right hand post with his foot.

With the half now in the final quarter-hour Jordan Houston challenged Robbie Ivison close to the right hand corner flag and the ball broke to Andy Dallas who progressed along the byline with Jack Leighfield cutting out his cross with Zak Rudden ready to pounce. Eight minutes before the break Rangers missed another great chance, Stephen Kelly’s pass leaving Andy Dallas through on goal but he shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

On the half-time whistle Zak Rudden chased a Lewis Mayo header towards the left hand byline where he passed inside for Andy Dallas to turn and shoot but the ball was deflected narrowly over.

Half-Time:- Queen of the South 1 Rangers 0

In the opening minute of the half Cammy Palmer passed to Stephen Kelly who shot from the edge of the box with Jack Leighfield saving comfortably low to his right. Within six minutes Rangers were level, Stephen Kelly’s shot from the edge of the box struck Andy Dallas and landed perfectly for the striker to shoot past the keeper from arund ten yards

A few minutes later and following a sustained bit of Rangers pressure the ball was cleared to the edge of the box where Stephen Kelly shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. On sixty-five minutes a corner from the right broke to Lewis Mayo inside the box but his shot was deflected wide.

The final quarter-hour was approaching when Andy Dallas cut in from the left and his shot broke off a defender to Zak Rudden who shot home but was flagged offside. What proved to be the winner came with six minutes remaining, Jack Thomson broke forward before passing to Andy Dallas breaking into the left side of the box and he fired a left foot shot past Jack Leighfield.

Full-Time:- Queen of the South 1 Rangers 2

Queen of the South:- Jack Leighfield; Daniel Irving, Ewan Gourlay ( Liam Douglas 50 mins), B??? Thomson, Charlie Exley; Archie Gardiner (Callum Williamson 71 mins), Dean Watson, Connor Murray, Dom McMahon, Declan Tremble (Ross Irving 78 mins) Robbie Ivison. 

Not Used:- Henderson (Gk), Bailey White, Jake Thompson.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly (Jack Thomson 60 mins), Liam Burt; Andy Dallas, Zak Rudden, Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth, Danny Finlayson, Kieran McKechnie, Murray Miller, James Maxwell.

15’s Halt Saints Run

August 18, 2018

Rangers 4 St.Mirren 1

Rangers Under 15’s took on a St Mirren side who were on an unbeaten run of fourteen games at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. It was a good performance from the Ibrox youngsters who ran out comfortable winners.

There was only three minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, a short corner was worked on the right and it was a cross from Leyton Dunlop that picked out Dire Mebude at the back post, his header forced the keeper to dive to his left to parry but trialist John Craig was on hand to net from close range. Five minutes later Robbie Ure’s free-kick from the left hand angle of the box cannoned off the wall to Gavin Gallagher whose from the edge of the box was straight at the keeper.

A couple of minutes after the mid-point of the half Rangers doubled their lead, Dire Mebude robbed a defender twenty-five yards from goal and his pass sent Robbie Ure through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Eight minutes before the break the visitors had a free kick on the edge of Rangers box which was fired against the defensive wall but from the rebound Jack McConnell was forced to save low to his left.

St Mirren were having their best spell and three minutes before the break they attacked on the right, when the ball was passed inside, a good turn from the striker made space but he shot straight at Jack McConnell. On the stroke of half-time Saints pulled a goal back from another free-kick, the ball was struck over the wall and into the corner of the net.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 1

In the opening minute of the half Damiola Fadeun attacked down the right and his pass allowed Tyler Pasnik to break into the box with the St.Mirren keeper blocking with his legs. Rangers next chance came when Darren McInally picked out Leyton Dunlop’s run into the right side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

A good passing move was the source of Rangers third goal on fifty-five minutes and it ended with Gavin Gallagher passing to Robbie Ure who held off a defender before shooting past the keeper. Midway through the half Rangers added a fourth, Darren McInally’s pass inside the left-back gave Damiola Fadeun the opportunity to break forward and win the fifty-fifty challenge. He then passed to Robbie Ure who turned inside a defender and slotted past the keeper.

With thirteen minutes remaining a slack pass allowed the Saints striker to break into the penalty area but trialist keeper Beppe Mangion stood up to make the block and the ball was cleared for a corner. The final chance came from a Leyton Dunlop free-kick that the St.Mirren keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 St.Mirren 1

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Beppe Mangion (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Sam Lovie, Leyton Dunlop, Darren McInally, Tyler Pasnik, Gavin Gallagher, Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, John Craig, Logan Dunnachie, Damiola Fadeun.

Belated Challenge Cup Report

August 18, 2018

Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Due to a very early start for my journey to Maribor on Wednesday morning my report on Tuesday night’s Challenge Cup tie was delayed until I returned home. The young Rangers side found the early stages tough and fell two goals behind, but when Falkirk lost Dennon Lewis to injury the focal point of their attack was gone and the threat they posed was curtailed. Rangers pretty much took control and had Zak Rudden’s goal came a wee bit earlier the outcome may have been different.

The Championship side took the lead in the first attack of the match on three minutes, Jordan McGhee combined with Dimitris Froxylias on the right and from the latter’s cross Dennon Lewis volleyed goalwards and Robbie McCrorie couldn’t quite stop the ball crossing the line. Rangers really should  have drawn level on twelve minutes when Cammy Palmer’s ball over the top of the Falkirk defence sent Zak Rudden clear, but he failed to get the required elevation on his attempted lob and Robbie Mutch made the save.

Five minutes later Falkirk doubled their lead, Paul Paton passed to Tom Owen Evans on the right and he passed inside to Jordan McGhee who’s shot from inside the box was deflected wide. The corner from the right was sent beyond the back post where Scott Harrison rose to head into the net. Twenty minutes before the break Andrew Irving played a short corner on the right to Dennon Lewis who returned the pass and Robbie McCrorie was forced into a save at his near post from Andrew Irving’s strike from the angle of the box.

Rangers replied when Scott Gray passed to Sadiq Umar from wide left, he looked up and picked out Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box but the midfielder’s shot was blocked. Rangers had a scare on the half-hour mark, Robbie McCrorie’s attempted clearance was fired against Lewis Mayo and when the ball broke to Dennon Lewis a goal seemed certain, but a superb Lewis Mayo challenge delayed the attacker enough to allow Robbie McCrorie to dive on the ball.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 2

Rangers immediately showed their intent in the first minute after the break, the play was switched to Glenn Middleton wide on the right, he took on a defender before forcing Robbie Mutch to save at his near post. Falkirk’s first attack after the break saw Dimitris Froxylias on the right, pass inside to Andrew Irving who’s turn on the edge of the box made space for the shot that Robbie McCrorie saved low to his left.

Just after the hour mark Glenn Middleton dispossessed Jordan McGhee he broke into the right side of the box and his low dangerous cross was cleared by Aaron Muirhead. Midway through the half Scott Gray tried his luck from a twenty-five yard free-kick that Robbie Mutch saved comfortably.

With the final quarter-hour approaching Glenn Middleton cut the ball back from the right hand byline to pick out Jordan Houston but his shot was deflected wide. A couple of minutes later from a free-kick just outside the box and left of centre Glenn Middleton forced Robbie Mutch to stretch and tip over.

With the clock ticking into injury time Zak Rudden broke forward and his effort from around twenty-five yards was only just too high. In their next attack Rangers reduced the deficit, Kai Kennedy passed to Andy Dallas on the right, he went past Tom Robson before crossing low for Zak Rudden to net from close range.  The goal came too late and Falkirk held firm to progress to the next round.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Falkirk 2

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Kyle Bradley, Lewis Mayo, Scott Gray; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Zak Rudden; Liam Burt (Andy Dallas 69 mins), Sadiq Umar (Glenn Middleton HT), Serge Atakayi (Kai Kennedy 69 mins).

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Danny Finlayson, Murray Miller, Josh McPake.

Falkirk:- Robbie Mutch; Aaron Muirhead, Scott Harrison, Tom Dallison (Mark Russell 53 mins); Jordan McGhee (Delmantas Petravicius 64 mins), Paul Paton, Andrew Irving, Tom Robson; Dimitris Froxylias, Tom Owen Evans; Dennon Lewis (Rees Greenwood 36 mins).

Not Used:- Leo Fasan (Gk); Lewis Kidd, Ruben Sammut, Dylan Mackin.

 

14’s Lose To Older Opponents

August 11, 2018

Rangers U14’s 1 Ross County U15’s 2

With Rangers Under 15’s at a tournament in Germany the Under 14’s took on Ross County Under 15’s in today’s fixture at The Hummel Training Centre. It was a stiff test for the Rangers youngsters who came within two minutes of securing a draw, but it has to be said it took a series of fine saves from Scott Cowie and the Trialist keeper to take the game to the final couple of minutes.

The visitors had the first chance on ten minutes, the ball was moved from left to right and when the cross came in Scott Cowie stretched to save. Three minutes later Ross County took the lead, the cross came in from the left and the header was planted past Scott Cowie.

Just after the midway point of the half Ross County broke quickly and the attack took them deep into the left side of Rangers penalty area with Scott Cowie diving to save low to his left. Three minutes before the break a good passing move took Ross County deep into the left side of Rangers box and a superb point-blank save from Scott Cowie prevented a second goal.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Ross County 1

The second half was only two minutes old when Jamie Newton’s first time pass picked out Zack Mackay inside the box and he shot past the keeper. Two minutes later with Rangers struggling to clear from their penalty area Scott Cowie showed great reactions to turn a close range effort on to the bar. The Rangers keeper was called in to action again barely four minutes later, this time saving low to his right.

Just before the hour mark Jamie Newton’s pass sent Zack Mackay racing through, with the keeper advancing from his line he prodded the ball past the keeper but just wide of his left hand post. Within a minute Taimam Scott tried his luck from around twenty-five yards that had the keeper stretching to tip over.

With twenty minutes remaining Ross County broke into the left side of the penalty area, Brodie Kerr made a superb block from the initial shot and from the rebound Scott Cowie tipped over. The game had now entered the final quarter-hour and Rangers were holding on, with them struggling to clear from the box Scott Cowie came from his line to block, the rebound was net bound until Callum Sandilands cleared from the line.

Ross County attacked down the left with four minutes remaining, the ball was passed inside and the shot had Ranger Trialist keeper saving at his near post. With two minutes on the clock Ross County attacked and a shot from the edge of the box forced a fine save from the Trialist keeper diving to his left but he was helpless as the rebound was fired high into the net.

Full-Time :- Rangers 1 Ross County 2

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Max Conway, Brodie Kerr, Adam Forrester, Ryan Murray, Kyan Gunn, Callum Sandilands, Euan Ross, Zack Mackay, Ricco Diack, Tiamum Scott, Elliot Dunlop, Jamie Newton.

Footnote:- Rangers Under 15’s in Germany lost to FC Porto (2-0) and 1.FSV Mainz 05 (1-0), drew with RB Leipzig (3-3) and Bayern Munich (0-0), beat SC Eintracht Oberursel (2-0) to finish 4th in their five team group.

Injury Time Goal Denies U20’s A Win

August 7, 2018

Wigan Athletic 2 Rangers 2

An avoidable injury time goal cost Rangers Under 20’s a win against Wigan Athletic U23’s at Christopher Park this afternoon. Following up last week’s win over Newcastle United the Ibrox youngster were deservedly in front only to lose an equaliser just before the final whistle.

Rangers came close on nine minutes when Stephen Kelly played the ball to Serge Atakayi on the right, he fed the overlapping Jordan Houston and from his cutback from the byline Andy Dallas shot narrowly over. The home side took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark, when Lewis Mayo allowed a long ball down the left to bounce he was out muscled by Callum Lang who then broke into the right side of the penalty area, Aidan McAdams parried the shot but in his attempt to clear under pressure Danny Finlayson turned the ball into his own net.

Rangers replied within a couple of minutes, Cammy Palmer winning the ball on the halfway line and passing to Zak Rudden, he exchanged passes with Andy Dallas before forcing Owen Evans to save low to his left with a shot from the edge of the box. On the half hour mark Cammy Palmer passed to Zak Rudden who played in Jordan Houston inside the right side of the penalty area with Owen Evans blocking the shot with his legs at the near post.

The home side went straight to the other end and Divin Baningime in possession on the left hand angle of the penalty area played the ball across the eighteen yard line for their Trialist No.7 to force a save from Aidan McAdams diving to his left. Within a couple of minutes Chris Merrie attacked the box and the ball broke to Joe Piggott who again brought the best out of Aidan McAdams saving to his left.

Ten minutes before the break Rangers drew level, Cammy Palmer robbing Chris Merrie twenty-five yards from goal and striding into the penalty area to shoot past Owen Evans. Five minutes later the ball was knocked back into the Rangers box  following a Wigan attack and Callum Lang beat the offside to find himself one on one with Aidan McAdams but he knocked the ball wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Wigan Athletic 1 Rangers 1

Two minutes after the break Liam Burt appeared to have been fouled when he won possession midway inside Wigan’s half but Zak Rudden collected the loose ball and broke into the right side of the penalty area where he squared the ball to Stephen Kelly who was denied when Owen Evans saved low to his right at the expense of a corner. The half was only five minutes old when Rangers took the lead, they worked a short corner to Stephen Kelly on the left hand angle of the box, his shot took a deflection and the ball  looped towards the back post, from the right hand byline Danny Finlayson hooked the ball back across goal and into the net.

The remainder of the half was mainly noted for multiple substitutions. With Rangers looking to see the game out and the clock ticking into injury time Lewis Mayo could have played the ball long but he elected to play a pass to Kieran McKechnie midway inside Rangers half. A Wigan player was stronger and got a touch to allow Callum Lang to race to the right hand byline and from his low cross Divin Baningime converted from close range.

Full-Time:- Wigan Athletic 2 Rangers 2

Wigan Athletic:- Owen Evans; Tylor Golden, Trialist No.5 (Emeka Obi 52 mins), Trialist No.4, Ryan Galvin (Trialist No.14 64 mins); Trialist No.7 (Victor Maffeo 52 mins), Will McGuffie (Jensen Weir 70 mins), Chris Merrie (Scott Smith 70 mins), Divin Baningime; Joe Piggott (Charlie Jolley 70 mins), Callum Lang.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams (Nicky Hogarth 76 mins); Jordan Houston (Nathan Patterson 84 mins), Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer (Murray Miller 76 mins); Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Andy Dallas (Liam Burt HT), Zak Rudden, Serge Atakayi (Kieran McKechnie 70 mins).

Under 15’s Win St. Andrew’s Tournament

August 3, 2018

Rangers Under 15’s were successful in today’s tournament at St. Andrew’s University, the tournament consisted of ten teams split in to two groups of five. After a series of round robin games the top two in each group contested semi finals and ultimately a final. All games were played over two fifteen minutes halves.

Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

In a tight game Rangers had the better of the opening period but it was Aberdeen who missed the best chance of the first half. The attack started on the left and when the play was switched to inside the right side of the penalty area the shot was straight at Jack McConnell. Rangers grabbed what proved to be the winner in the opening minute of the second half, Robbie Ure latching on to a short pass back before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the net.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan, Logan Dunnachie, Sam Lovie; Conner Allan, Darren McInally; Mackenzie Strachan; Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Leyton Dunlop.

 

Rangers 0 Hearts 0

Hearts were first to threaten on eight minutes when Connor Allan lost possession but their striker shot over. The Hearts striker had another great chance six minutes later when he robbed Harley Ewan on the edge of Rangers box but he shot straight at the Trialist keeper. Rangers had a decent effort before the break when Connor Allan passed to Tyler Pasnik and his shot from the edge of the box forced the keeper to dive to his right to save.

Rangers were dominant after the break and created an early chance when Robbie Ure passed to Matthew Carson on the left, from his cross a great first touch from Tyler Pasnik enabled him to get the shot away that the keeper saved at his right hand post. A couple of minutes later Mackenzie Strachan’s corner from the left found the head of Damiola Fadeun and his downward header bounced up and on to the crossbar, The final chance came when Tyler Pasnik’s flick allowed Gavin Gallagher to tee up Robbie Ure in side the right side of the box but he shot narrowly over.

Rangers:- Trialist; Damiola Fadeun, Logan Dunnachie, Harley Ewan, Matthew Carson; Connor Allan, Luke McGlynn; Gavin Gallagher; Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Tyler Pasnik.

 

Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 0

Next up for the young Gers was Partick Thistle where they recorded a convincing win, although it took them into the second half to make the break through. The only significant first half effort came when Matthew Carson played the ball forward to Tyler Pasnik who cut inside before firing a twenty-five yarder off the crossbar.

Rangers then hit Thistle with three goals in as many minutes early in the second half. First up Dire Mebude drove towards the box, exchanged passes with Gavin Gallagher and set up Tyler Pasnik inside the left side of the penalty area to shoot past the keeper. Dire Mebude then grabbed a goal of his own, breaking into the right side of the penalty area, beating a defender before shooting into the far corner of the net.

The third goal came when Leyton Dunlop passed to Damiola Fadeun on the right, from his pass Robbie Ure showed great feet to make space to shoot past the keeper. The scoring was complete when Darren McInally sent Dire Mebude into the left side of the box to round the keeper and net from a narrow angle.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Damiola Fadeun, Kelsey Ewan, Sam Lovie, Matthew Carson (Dire Mebude HT); Luke McGlynn (Connor Allan HT), Darren McInally; Mackenzie Strachan; Gavin Gallagher (Robbie Ure HT), Tyler Pasnik ( Logan Dunnachie 22 mins), Leyton Dunlop.

 

Rangers 3 St.Johnstone 0

Rangers secured their place in the final with another comfortable win in the last group game against St. Johnstone. Rangers took the lead on five minutes, Kelsey Ewan broke down the right his cross found Robbie Ure on the left side of the box, the keeper parried his shot but when he was challenged by Leyton Dunlop the ball broke for Gavin Gallagher to score from close range. Rangers doubled their lead before the break, Robbie Ure teeing up Connor Allan who beat the keeper from around twenty-five yards.

The first minute of the second half saw Rangers score a third from the penalty spot. Robbie Ure passed to Matthew Carson on the left and from his low cross Leyton Dunlop was bundled over and he stepped up to convert the penalty.

Rangers:- Trialist; Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunnachie, Harley Ewan, Matthew Carson; Luke McGlynn; Gavin Gallagher, Connor Allan; Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Leyton Dunlop.

 

Rangers 5 Dundee o

With Motherwell winning the other group Rangers semi final opponents were Dundee, who finished a head of neighbours Dundee United, Fife Elite and Queen’s Park. It was a one side affair with Rangers winning comfortably.

The first goal came when Sam Lovie broke on the left and his low cross was prodded past the keeper by Connor Allan. The same player was on target again, when sent through the inside right channelby Robbie Ure, Connor Allan gave the keeper no chance from just inside the box. With two minutes of the half remaining Darren McInally broke on the right, from his low cross Mackenzie Strachan saw his initial effort saved but he followed up to net the rebound. A Dire Mebude solo run took him past two defenders and deep into the left side of the penalty area but the keeper save at his near post.

There was no respite for Dundee after the break with Rangers scoring an early fourth, Sam Lovie passing to Robbie Ure inside the left side of the penalty area where he turned past a defender before shooting past the keeper. The fifth soon followed, Matthew Carson skipping past three defenders on the left before crossing for Robbie Ure to head into the net. Matthew Carson was again the provider with an attack and cross from the left but on this occasion the keeper diverted Leyton Dunlop’s effort over. 

Rangers:- Jack McConnell (Trialist HT), Damiola Fadeun, Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan (Logan Dunnachie HT), Sam Lovie; Luke McGlynn, Mackenzie Strachan; Darren McInally (Gavin Gallagher HT); Tyler Pasnik (Leyton Dunlop HT), Connor Allan (Robbie Ure HT), Dire Mebude (Matthew Carson HT).

 

Rangers 2 Motherwell 1

The final was contested between Rangers and Motherwell, who won a penalty shootout over Hearts after a 1-1 draw. It was a game Rangers pretty much controlled, lost their first goal and Motherwell almost took it to a penalty shootout.

In Rangers first serious attack Dire Mebude attacked on the right, exchanged passes with Kelsey Ewan before forcing the keeper to divert the ball onto his near post and behind. Rangers took the lead when Luke McGlynn broke forward before playing in Dire Mebude who was brought down inside the right side of the box. Robbie Ure stepped up to convert from the spot.

Robbie Ure passed to Dire Mebude on the right side of the box in the opening minute of the second half, he went passed a defender but the keeper advanced from his line to block the shot. A Sam Lovie solo run took him past three defenders on the left before forcing the keeper to dive to his left to turn the  ball wide. Rangers took a short corner with Darren McInally passing to Dire Mebude who drove into the right side of the box and shot past the keeper. 

Motherwell reduced the deficit with their first real attack on the game, the attack came from the left hand byline, the ball was only cleared to the penalty spot from where it was fired into the roof of the net. With five minutes remaining Leyton Dunlop latched on to a short pass back and poked the ball past the keeper but a defender got back to clear from the line. In the final minute Motherwell sent a free kick from the left and midway inside Rangers half, it landed at a Motherwell player and Jack McConnell was forced to save at his near post at close range. The resultant corner was cleared and the referee blew for full-time.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Kelsey Ewan (Damiola Fadeun 24 mins), Logan Dunnachie, Harley Ewan, Sam Lovie (Matthew Carson 24 mins); Darren McInally; Luke McGlynn (Mackenzie Strachan 18 mins), Connor Allan; Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure (Leyton Dunlop 24 mins), Gavin Gallagher.

Footnote:- Tomorrow sees a similar Under 14’s tournament and Sunday is the U13’s turn, both at St.Andrew’s University.