Archive for September, 2018

U18’s Edge Win

September 28, 2018

Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

In the bizarre world that is Scottish football Rangers Under 18’s played a league game against a side that is not in their league. Let me explain, the CAS Elite League consists of eight clubs who play each other twice giving fourteen games. They then play the eleven clubs in the second tier once to give a total of twenty-five games, with points counting towards the respective league. Had tonight’s game ended in a draw each club would have got one point for their respective league. It was a bit of a struggle for the young Rangers side but probably just deserved to win.

Rangers had an early chance on four minutes when a good passing move ended with Ciaran Dickson’s pass freeing Joao Balde who’s shot from around the penalty spot was tipped over. Two minutes later Rangers made the break through, following a corner from the left a couple of shots were blocked, the ball came to the edge of the box and Kieran McKechnie shot through a crowded box and the keeper blocked with his legs but Matty Yates was on hand to fire the rebound into the net.

As the half hour approached St.Mirren had a great chance to draw level, the ball was sent out to the left and when the cross came in it was headed back across goal but just wide of the post. Rangers replied when Joao Balde switched the ball to James Maxwell on the left, a series of passes between the full back,  Josh McPake and Ciaran Dickson ended when the keeper turned the latter’s shot wide.

Five minutes before the break the visitor’s attacked centrally and a long-range shot had Nicky Hogarth stretching to hold underneath his crossbar. On the stroke of half-time Matty Yates combined with Joao Balde  on the right to set up a shooting chance for Ciaran Dickson which the keeper blocked with his legs.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Little happened after the break until St.Mirren broke into the right side of Rangers penalty area with twenty minutes remaining with Nicky Hogarth blocking the shot with his legs. Five minutes later Kieran McKechnie’s cross from the left broke off a defender to Ciaran Dickson but he was denied by a fine save at close range.

With eight minutes remaining Murray Miller played the ball forward to Josh McPake who went past two defender before forcing the keeper to save low to his left. The final chance came when Josh McPake passed to Ciaran Dickson who moved the ball on to James Maxwell on the left hand angle of the box, he took on a defender and shot narrowly over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson, Leon King (Harris O’Connor 61 mins), Kyle McLelland, James Maxwell; Murray Miller; Joao Balde (Cole McKinnon 54 mins), Ciaran Dickson; Kieran McKechnie (Ryan Muir 83 mins), Matty Yates (Chris McKee 61 mins), Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Jay Mack.

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Reserves Hit Six

September 24, 2018

Rangers 6 Motherwell 2

It was an interesting game at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon, a strong Rangers team dominated the first half and established a two goal lead. With Rangers fielding a younger team after the break Motherwell came back to level the game before Rangers ran away in the final quarter-hour scoring some fine goals.

The first chance came on six minutes when Cammy Palmer passed to Umar Sadiq inside the box, he showed good skill to beat a defender and force Rohan Ferguson to turn the ball wide of his left hand post. Seven minutes later And Dallas won a challenge and the ball broke to Umar Sadiq on the edge of the box but again Rohan Ferguson saved this time diving to his right.

At the midpoint of the half Jordan Rossiter tried his luck from a thirty yard free-kick that Rohan Ferguson stretched to tip over. Motherwell hadn’t threatened but with the half-hour mark approaching James Scott had a chance inside the right side of the box, although it appeared he pushed Cammy Palmer to gain possession, but he shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Rangers took the lead a couple of minutes later, when the ball was cleared from the Motherwell box Cammy Palmer’s twenty-five yard strike slipped through Rohan Ferguson’s grasp low at his right hand post.  Lee Wallace then exchanged passes with Eros Grezda to break into the left side of the penalty area but was denied by a Rohan Ferguson save.

Rangers doubled their lead four minutes before the break, Cammy Palmer finding Eros Grezda inside the left side the box and he shot past Rohan Ferguson.

Half-Time Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

With Rangers replacing the four first team players they still were first to threaten after the break, Serge Atakayi breaking into the left side of the box and forcing Rohan Ferguson to block with his foot. The visitor’s first chance of the half came on fifty-five minutes, Adam Livingston passing to Broque Watson inside the right side of the penalty area with Aidan McAdams coming from his line to make the block.

Within a couple of minutes Motherwell reduced the deficit, Jake Hastie’s pass sending Jamie Semple through to shoot past Aidan McAdams. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Serge Atakayi skinned Shaun Bowers on the left he was denied when Rohan Ferguson blocked with his foot.

Motherwell drew level just after the seventy minute mark, when a long ball into the Rangers box was knocked clear it fell to Shaun Bowers on the edge of the box and he shot into Aidan McAdams bottom right hand corner. Rangers restored their lead within three minutes, Serge Atakayi went past Shaun Bowers on the left and passed inside to Stephen Kelly who moved it on to Dapo Mebude on the right hand angle of the box, his initial effort was blocked but when the ball came back to him he shot across the keeper and into the net.

Rangers restored their two goal cushion with eleven minutes remaining, Dapo Mebude evaded a challenge as he broke down the right and passed to Andy Dallas who held off a defender inside the right side of the box and shot past the keeper. There seemed little danger when Andy Dallas chased a ball into the left side of the box but Rohan Ferguson left the ball slip through his grasp, the Rangers striker tried to walk the ball into the net but was dispossessed by Jordan Armstrong who cleared.

Within the game now in the last five minutes Rangers scored a fine fifth goal, Andy Dallas sent Serge Atakayi down the left, he went past a defender and crossed low for Dapo Mebude to fire into the net. In injury time Stephen Kelly swung over a corner from the left and Lewis Mayo’s attempted volley landed kindly for Dapo Mebude at the back post to net from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Motherwell 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Lee Wallace (Matthew Shiels HT); Jordan Rossiter (Stephen Kelly HT); Cammy Palmer, Jack Thomson; Andy Dallas (Scott Gray 88 mins), Umar Sadiq (Dapo Mebude HT), Eros Grezda (Serge Atakayi HT).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Murray Miller.

Motherwell:- Rohan Ferguson; Kyle McDonald, Jordan Armstrong, Yusuf Hussain (Jake Hastie HT); Shaun Bowers, Liam Brown, Akeal Rehman, Adam Livingston; Broque Watson; Jamie Semple (Neil McLaughlin 74 mins), James Scott.

Not Used:- Robbie Hemphrey (Gk), Dean Cornelius, Stuart McKinstry.

Off Day For Under 15’s

September 23, 2018

Rangers 1 Hibernian 4

It was a bit of an off day for Rangers U15’s against an efficient Hibs team at The Hummel Training Centre yesterday afternoon. The Edinburgh youngsters pretty much converted all their clear-cut chances while the young Rangers side were a bit wasteful with he chances that came their way. If there was a positive to take from the game it was the inclusion and performance of the five U14’s in the squad.

Rangers fell behind on four minutes, Hibs worked the ball to the left hand angle of the box and the low centre was fired past Jack McConnell. They were behind for less than five minutes, Connor Allen broke forward and played Robbie Ure through, when he was challenged the ball broke back to the Rangers midfielder who shot high past the keeper from around twenty-five yards.

Hibs regained the lead just after the twenty-five minute mark, they moved the ball along the eighteen yard line from the right to central and the shot took a big deflection to give Jack McConnell no chance. Rangers had a great chance to draw level on the stroke of half-time, a superb reverse pass from Leyton Dunlop released Robbie Ure inside the right side of the penalty area but the Hibs keeper stood tall to make the block.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 2

Rangers again lost an early goal in the second half, Hibs moved the ball from the right to inside the left side of the penalty area and the shot was across Jack McConnell into the far corner. They fell further behind before the hour mark, a free-kick from midway inside Rangers half and right of centre was delivered to the back post where it was volleyed past Jack McConnell. Rangers response was a Robbie Ure pass to Leyton Dunlop on the left hand angle of the box, he took on a defender before forcing the keeper to make a save from his shot. 

Rangers next chance came when Kelsey Ewan played a one-two with Leyton Dunlop to break into the left side of the penalty area with the Hibs keeper blocking the shot with his foot. The last chance of the game came when Gavin Gallagher sent Robbie Ure through a slight hesitation allowed the keeper to save and then block the effort from the rebound from a narrow angle.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Hibernian 4

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan, Logan Dunnachie, Sam Lovie, Harvey Cunningham, Connor Allen, Gavin Gallagher, Timan Scott, Robbie Ure, Leyton Dunlop, Max Conway, Zak McKay, Callum Sandilands, Kyan Gunn.

Reserves Win At Dundee United

September 18, 2018

Dundee United 1 Rangers 2

A young Rangers team supplemented by Lee Wallace recorded a deserved win over a slightly more experienced Dundee United at St.Andrews University this afternoon. The young Rangers side were in control for most of the match but when Lewis Toshney reduced the deficit with a quarter-hour remaining they finished the game hanging on a bit.

Dundee United were first to threaten on seven minutes, Declan Glass in possession on the right passed inside to Billy King whose shot from the edge of the box was saved by Aidan McAdams low to his left. Three minutes later Rangers took the lead, a loose ball fell perfectly for Jack Thomson to run on to and beat Josh Donaldson low to his right from around twenty-five yards.

Just after the twenty-minute mark Cammy Palmer passed to Matthew Shiels and his shot from the edge of the box forced Josh Donaldson to dive to his left to save. The home side replied from a Fraser Fyvie free-kick on the edge of the box, it was a powerful strike but straight at Aidan McAdams who beat the ball away.

With the half hour mark approaching Matthew Shiels fed Andy Dallas who broke into the left side of the penalty area and his shot from a tight angle was blocked by Josh Donaldson’s foot. A few minutes later Dapo Mebude held the ball up and laid it back to Andy Dallas on the edge of the box and he again forced Josh Donaldson to make the save diving to his left.

Five minutes before the break Matty Smith broke down the right and when he passed inside it took a superb defensive block from Danny Finlayson to deny Declan Glass.

Half-Time:- Dundee United 0 Rangers 1

Rangers doubled their lead five minutes after the break, Dapo Mebude sent Andy Dallas through the inside right channel, he progressed into the box and his shot took a deflection off William Edjenguele and slipped through the grasp of Josh Donaldson. The next chance came when Dapo Mebude attacked the right side of the United penalty area before finding Andy Dallas with a back heel, another back heel teed up Cammy Palmer who shot just over.

When Cammy Palmer won the ball in midfield Stephen Kelly spotted Josh Donaldson off his line, his shot from the halfway line was heading for the net but the keeper got back to tip over. Midway through the half when Dapo Mebude was fouled on the edge of the box Stephen Kelly was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post with his effort.

Five minutes later Matty Smith broke down the right and cut inside before shooting with Aidan McAdams turning the ball wide of his near post. With the final quarter-hour approaching Rangers lost a disappointing goal from a set play. Declan Glass swung over a corner from the right and Lewis Toshney stooped to head past Aidan McAdams from just outside the six yard box.

Five minutes later only a brilliant point-blank Aidan McAdams save kept Rangers lead intact, Mati Zata sent Matty Smith down the right and from his cross Louis Appere looked certain to score but the Rangers keeper somehow turned his powerful close ranger header over. Rangers were now hanging on, defending deeper and pretty much just knocking the ball back to United. But they did make a break to have the last real effort on goal with two minutes remaining. When Josh McPake’s attempted pass to Serge Atakayi came back to him off a defender his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of Josh Donaldson’s left hand post.

Full-Time:- Dundee United 1 Rangers 2

Dundee United:- Josh Donaldson; Sam Wardrop (Kieran Inglis 75 mins), Luc Bollan, William Edjenguele (Lewis Toshney 65 mins), Ross Graham; Fraser Fyvie (Mati Zata 65 mins); Declan Glass, Archie Thomas, Billy King (Louis Appere HT); Matty Smith, Trialist.

Not Used:- Fraser Currid (Gk), Scott Reekie, Trialist.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Lee Wallace (Scott Gray 69 mins); Cammy Palmer; Jack Thomson (Josh McPake 69 mins), Stephen Kelly; Dapo Mebude (James Maxwell 83 mins), Andy Dallas, Matthew Shiels (Serge Atakayi HT).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Joao Balde.

18’s Grab Late Leveller

September 14, 2018

Rangers 3 Celtic 3

Josh McPake’s equaliser deep into injury time gave Rangers U18’s a deserved share of the points against Celtic at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. The Ibrox youngsters came from behind on three occasions but would be disappointed at the goals they lost.

Rangers were first to threaten on seven minutes when Zack Butterworth latched on to a loose ball but his shot was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Celtic replied immediately switching play to wide right and when the ball was played to the edge of the box Nicky Hogarth saved low to his left.

Rangers fell behind on twenty-six minutes, it started when the gave away a unneccesary corner from their own throw in. When the corner came in from the left the Celtic centre back rose unchallenged to head past Nicky Hogarth. The Rangers youngsters were only behind for four minutes. Ciaran Dickson passed to Nathan Patterson on the right and the quality of his cross meant the slightest touch from Dapo Mebude guided the ball past the keeper.

The game burst back into life just before the break with Rangers coming close. From Nathan Patterson’s throw-in Dapo Mebude held off a defender inside the box and teed up Ciaran Dickson but he was denied when the keeper dived to his right to turn the ball wide. Celtic capitalised on the let off when their attacker turned Kyle McLelland to break into the left side of the penalty area and the ball broke for their midfielder to shoot past Nick Hogarth. They could have increased their lead in first half injury time, the attack again came down the left with their fullback combining with a midfielder to set up the attacker deep inside the box with Nicky Hogarth saving at close range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 2

Rangers started on the front foot after the break with Josh McPake passing to Ciaran Dickson who passed to Dapo Mebude inside the right side of the box but his shot went behind off the near post. Five minutes later Zack Butterworth sent Josh McPake towards the left hand byline when his cross was cleared from the box Ben Williamson’s shot from around twenty-five yards was powerful but straight at the keeper.

On sixty-five minutes Dapo Mebude picked up the ball just inside Celtic’s half, went past a defender and tried his luck from fully thirty-five yards but his effort was only just too high. When the game entered the final quarter-hour Dapo Mebude was fouled on the edge of the box. Ben Williamson curled the ball over the wall and it bounced down off the under side of the bar with the linesman indicating it had crossed the line.

Within two minutes a free kick into the Rangers box setup a bit of head tennis and the referee saw a push and awarded Celtic a penalty which was duly converted. Rangers responded with Danny Finlayson played the ball forward to Josh McPake who went past a defender and into the right side of the penalty area but his shot was saved.

With five minutes remaining the ball was played to Dapo Mebude wide on the left, he cut inside and shot from distance the keeper managed to gather at the second attempt with Chris McKee waiting to pounce. Deep into injury time Harris O’Connor won possession and picked out Ciaran Dickson’s run into the right side of the box his back heel teed up Josh McPake who shot across the keeper and into the far top corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson (Harris O’Connor 68 mins), Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, James Maxwell (Joao Balde 75 mins); Murray Miller (Chris McKee 83 mins); Ciaran Dickson, Zack Butterworth; Kieran McKechnie (Ben Williamson HT), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake.

16’s Draw At Motherwell

September 10, 2018

Motherwell 1 Rangers 1

This weekend’s football fix was Sunday’s under 16 clash between Rangers and their Motherwell counterparts at Braidhurst High School. The game finished all square with Rangers being the happier with that outcome with the home side edging the clear-cut chances.

Motherwell missed a great opportunity to take the lead on seven minutes, when the attack came in to the right side of Rangers penalty area the attacker was tripped by Matthew Henderson and the referee pointed to the spot. It wasn’t the best of spot kicks and Lewis Budinauckas saved low to his right. A couple of minutes later another Motherwell attack, this time on the left saw the ball cleared to the edge of the box and the resultant shot going just wide of Lewis Budinauckas right hand post.

On the quarter-hour mark Rangers only remained on level terms due to a stunning Lewis Budinauckas save. A free-kick was delivered from the left and the header seemed destined for the net until the Rangers keeper dived high to his left to touch the ball on to the bar. For the remainder of the half Rangers struggled to get a foothold in the game but restricted the home sides clear chances.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 0

The half was five minutes old when Motherwell took the lead, Aidan Berry lost possession allowing the ‘Well attacker to break into the left side of the box where he was impeded as he tried to round Lewis Budinauckas. On this occasion the penalty was only just squeezed past the Rangers keeper. Rangers responded five minutes later with Dire Mebude showing good strength to hold off a defender on the right hand byline but his shot from a tight angle went wide off the near post.

Within two minutes Rangers were level, Robbie Fraser sent the ball out to Matthew Henderson on the left and from his cross Alex Lowrie took a touch before shooting past the keeper. Just after the hour mark a Motherwell attack took them deep into the right side of Rangers penalty area with Lewis Budinauckas blocking with his legs.

Rangers response was immediate and when Alex Lowrie teed up Aaron Lyall on the edge of the box he was only denied when the keeper dived high to his left to touch the ball on to the bar. With ten minutes remaining Alex Lowrie passed to Dire Mebude on the edge of the penalty area his powerful shot was parried by the keeper and cleared behind by a defender.

Both sides then had a ball flashing across their opponents six yard box with no takers and the game ended all square.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Jack McConnell (Gk), Adam Devine, Aidan Berry, Kelsey Ewan, Matthew Henderson, Rhys Caves, Robbie Fraser, Cole McKinnon, Lewis Robertson, Adam Mansouri, Alex Lowrie, Dire Mebude, Aaron Lyall, Logan Dunnachie.

15’s Win At Thistle

September 2, 2018

Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 3

Rangers Under 15’s edged out Thistle by the odd goal in five at Lochinch on Saturday morning despite missing two penalties. It was a deserved win although the margin was the smallest in meetings between these side in the last few years.

On five minutes Rangers came close when Thistle struggled to clear a ball into their penalty area and Robbie Ure’s shot was saved by the keeper diving to his right. Rangers took the lead five minutes later, Gavin Gallagher provided the pass for Robbie Ure to lob over the keeper and into the net.

Just before the quarter-hour Connor Allan picked up a clearance and tried his luck from around twenty-five yards but was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 1

The home side came close in the opening minute of the second half, the shot from the edge of the box coming back off Jack McConnell’s right hand post. Rangers immediately broke down the right and from the cross John Craig’s volley at the back post was handled by a defender. Robbie Ure stepped up but fired the spot kick wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Back to the other end and Thistle attacked down the right and when the cross came in the ball was headed against the crossbar. The second half was eight minutes old when Robbie Ure broke to the edge of the box, his effort was saved by the keeper but John Craig was alert and knocked the rebound into the net.

On the hour mark Jack Harkness got to the right hand byline and his cutback found Robbie Ure who’s shot was saved to the keeper’s left. Within a minute Dire Mebude was tripped as he broke into the right side of the penalty area, he stepped up to take the penalty but his shot was too straight and the keeper saved.

The home side then had a chance with an attack through the middle and it took a fine save from Jack McConnell high to his left to prevent a goal. Rangers extended their lead just after the seventy minute mark, Kelsey Ewan attacked on the left and played the ball to Leyton Dunlop whose neat back heel from close to the left hand byline teed up John Craig who shot past the keeper.

With the final quarter-hour approaching there seemed little danger when Thistle moved the ball in from the left but a fine strike from fully thirty yards reduced the deficit. Thistle got the margin down to one with ten minutes remaining, from a free-kick on the edge of the box the ball found the net via a significant deflection off the defensive wall.

Rangers saw out the game comfortably to record a deserved win.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 2 Rangers 3

Rangers:- Jack McConnell (Gk),Damiola Fadeun, Harley Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Kelsey Ewan, Leyton Dunlop, Connor Allan, Gavin Gallagher, Dire Mebude, Robbie Ure, Tyler Pasnik, John Craig, Jack Harkness.