Archive for October, 2018

Reserves Win At Balmoral Stadium

October 30, 2018

Aberdeen 0 Rangers 3

A fine performance saw Rangers record a convincing win over Aberdeen at Cove Rangers Balmoral Stadium this afternoon. With Gareth McAuley strolling through the ninety minutes in the centre of defence there were a number of other good performances, two goal Andy Dallas  and the two youngest starters Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude to name a few.

Rangers had a great chance in the opening minute when Andy Dallas raced through on Stephen Kelly’s pass, but his touch too him a little wide on the right side of the penalty area and David Craddock dived to his right to make the save. There was twelve minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Andy Dallas chased Josh McPake’s through ball  but Jordan McGregor got there before him, his attempted pass back wrong footed David Craddock who was coming from his line and the ball rolled into the net for an Own Goal.

The home side came close to equalising midway through the half, Greg Tansey’s powerfully struck free-kick from the right hand angle of the box beat Robbie McCrorie but came back of his right hand post, the ball then struck the shin of Miko Virtanen on the edge of the six yard box and bounced just wide of the other post. Seven minutes before the break a great touch from Dapo Mebude sent Matthew Shiels down the left and from his dangerous low cross it took a superb clearance from Luke Turner to knock the ball over his own crossbar.

Half-Time:- Aberdeen 0 Rangers 1

An exchange of passes on the right side of Aberdeen’s penalty area early in the second half involving Andy Dallas, Josh McPake and Stephen Kelly ended with David Craddock saving Andy Dallas’s shot at his near post.  On fifty-five minutes Miko Virtanen’s pass sent Ethan Ross down the right, his cut back picked out Chris Forrester and it took a brilliant Gareth McAuley block to avert the danger.

Almost another ten minutes had passed when a throw in from Matthew Shiels allowed Andy Dallas to turn and shoot from the left hand angle of the box with David Craddock diving to his left to parry. With the final quarter-hour approaching Rangers doubled their lead, a neat move sent Dapo Mebude to the right hand byline and his cutback bounced off a defender to Jordan Houston who took a step forward and rolled the ball across the six yard box to give Andy Dallas a tap in.

Two minutes later David Craddock raced from his box but his clearance went straight to Josh McPake whose lob looked destined for the net until Jack Mackenzie got back to make a superb goal line clearance. Rangers added a third on the stroke of full-time, it started with a great throw out from Robbie McCrorie and ended with Jordan Houston’s through ball sending Andy Dallas through the inside right channel to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Aberdeen 0 Rangers 3

Aberdeen:- David Craddock; Miko Virtanen (Ryan Harrington 60 mins), Jordan McGregor, Luke Turner, Jack Mackenzie; Greg Tansey (Lewis Duncan 84 mins), Dean Campbell (Morgan Brown 60 mins); Conner McLennan (Seb Ross HT), Chris Forrester, Ethan Ross; Bruce Anderson (David Dangana 60 mins)

Not Used:- Archie Mair (Gk), Sean Linden

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston, Gareth McAuley, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly; Josh McPake (James Maxwell 82 mins); Dapo Mebude (Harris O’Connor 89 mins), Andy Dallas, Serge Atakayi (Scott Gray 66 mins).

Not Used :- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Danny Finlayson, Nathan Patterson.

 

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Friendly Win For 18’s

October 26, 2018

Rangers 2 Morton 0

A Rangers Under 18’s side had a comfortable win over Morton at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. Although it wasn’t a big margin of victory, the visitors never really troubled either of the Rangers keepers. With a few players on international duty it was an opportunity for a few younger players.

The first chance came when James Maxwell took on a defender on the edge of the box and his shot brought out a fine save from the keeper tipping over. Midway through the half Rangers attacked the centre of the box and when the ball broke to Kieran McKechnie his shot was saved by the keeper low to his left.

Rangers took the lead a couple of minutes before the break, James Maxwell’s corner from the right picked out Matty Yates near post run and his glancing header found the net via the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Morton 0

Rangers doubled their lead early in the second half, it was a brilliant solo effort from James Maxwell, starting on the right he dribbled past three defenders into the right side of the penalty area before netting from the edge of the six yard box. The final chance came from a diagonal pass the picked out Chris McKee inside the right side of the box with the keeper diverting his shot wide of the near post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Morton 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas (Brian Kinnear HT); Ryan Muir, Harris O’Connor, Leon King (Jay Mack HT), Nathan Patterson (Adam Devine 65 mins); Ben Williamson (Cole McKinnon HT); Joao Balde, Kieran McKechnie; James Maxwell (Alex Lowrie 65 mins), Matty Yates, Trialist (Chris McKee HT).

Youths Share Four Goals With Spartak

October 26, 2018

Rangers 2 Spartak Moscow 2

Rangers under 19’s drew 2-2 with their Spartak Moscow counterparts this afternoon at Forthbank, the Ibrox youngsters will be a bit disappointed with the result as they looked to be cruising at 2-0. But a goal seemed to give the Russians a lift and they grabbed a late equaliser. 

Rangers were first to threaten on nine minutes, Jack Thomson’s cross from the right hand angle of the box found Stephen Kelly arriving at the back post but he shot into the side netting. There was little goalmouth action until Rangers took the lead just after the half hour mark. A superb turn from Josh McPake on the halfway line took him clear of a defender and his pass sent Andy Dallas into the right side of the box to shoot past the keeper.

Two minutes later another brilliant turn from Josh McPake allowed him to send Andy Dallas into the right side of the penalty area but on this occasion Artem Poplevchenkov came from his line to make the block. Spartak came close to drawing level two minutes later, a free kick from the right hand angle of the box was delivered to the back post and Daniil Petrunin’s header looked destined for the net till Cammy Palmer produced a brilliant goal line clearance.

Rangers had the final chance of the half when Cammy Palmer won the ball and passed to Serge Atakayi whose pass sent Andy Dallas racing through the middle but he shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Spartak Moscow 0

Rangers doubled their lead two minutes after the break when Stephen Kelly curled a free-kick from the left hand angle of the box over the defensive wall and into the top corner. Five minutes later Cammy Palmer strode forward and his effort from around twenty-five yards was just too high.

Just after the hour Spartak threatened when Dmitry Markitesov in possession on the left passed inside to Damila Proshliakov who shot narrowly over from distance. Rangers replied immediately with a Josh McPake solo run that took him into the right side of the box and his shot forced Anton Shitov to dive to his right to parry. The corner from the left was worked to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box and his powerful shot had Anton Shitov diving high to his left to save.

Twenty minutes into the second half the Russians reduced the deficit, a quick break ended with Maksim Danilin in possession on the left side of the box passing inside for Daniil Lopatin to shoot past Aidan McAdams. Rangers were soon back on the attack with Jordan Houston breaking on the right, he passed inside to Andy Dallas who forced a save from Anton Shitov.

Rangers next chance came from a free-kick close to the left hand byline, Stephen Kelly crossed and Andy Dallas headed just wide of the near post. With the final quarter-hour appraoching Spartak had a free-kick just outside Rangers penalty area, Daniil Lopatin curled a free-kick over the wall and Aidan McAdams was forced to dive high to his left to produce a fine save.

A quick Scott Gray throw in sent And Dallas down the left, he passed inside to Dapo Mebude who moved the ball onto Josh McPake whose shot was just wide of the far post. With nine minutes remaining the sides were level a cross from the left was flicked on and Nikita Morgunov netted from close range at the back post.

Rangers created a couple of chances in the final minutes with James Maxwell twice being denied by Anton Shitov. The first came when the ball was worked from left to right to James Maxwell via Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake, the keeper saving at his near post. Then on a Cammy Palmer pass he took on a defender to break into the right side of the penalty area but again the keeper made the save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Spartak Moscow 2

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 68 mins); Jack Thomson (James Maxwell 68 mins);Cammy Palmer, Stephen Kelly; Josh McPake (Leon King 86 mins), Andy Dallas, Serge Atakayi (Dapo Mebude HT).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Harris O’Connor, Nathan Patterson.

Spartak Moscow:- Artem Poplevchenkov (Anton Shitov HT); Turgai Mokhbaliev, Maxim Aktisov, Daniil Petrunin, Maksim Sazonov (Nikita Morgunov 77 mins); Maksim Kalachevskii (Nikita Bakaliuk HT), Dimitrii Mitroga (Maksim Danilin HT); Dmitry Markitesov (Daniil Lopatin HT), Sergei Eremenko (Fanil Sungatulin 67 mins); Danila Proshliakov, Kirill Folmer. 

Accies In Uefa Youth League

October 24, 2018

Hamilton Accies 2 FC Basel 2 (Hamilton won 3-2 on Penalties)

Tonight I decided to take in Hamilton’s historic Uefa Youth League tie against FC Basel at New Douglas Park. It proved to be a wise decision with a great night’s entertainment served up. With the score standing at 2-2 from the game in Switzerland, Accies took the lead, lost it, looked to be going through on away goals, fell behind to a late strike, drew level with virtually the last kick of the ball, took a two goal lead in the shoot out, were pegged back to 2-2. Then when Reagan Mimnaugh netted Accies fifth, Ross Connelly dived to his right to save Valentin Kaufmann’s weak penalty to take Hamilton through to meet Denmark’s Midtjylland.

After a cagey opening Accies were almost caught out from Leonardo Gubinelli’s in swinging corner from the left but Ross Connelly dived to punch clear. When the ball is crossed back into the box Ticlan Tushi is only just wide of the far post with a header. Hamilton’s reply is a Charlie Reilly free-kick on the edge of the box that is fired into the defensive wall.

Two minutes later Hamilton took the lead, Andrew Winter gains possession just inside the Basel half and breaks forward to send  superb thirty yarder in to Niklas Steffen’s bottom right hand corner. Within a couple of minutes Elis Isufi turned James Hamilton on the right hand byline his cross found Leonardo Gubinelli at the back post but he was denied by a brilliant Ross Connelly block although the attacker was flagged offside.

In Basel’s next attack a through ball released Marin Martinovic breaking into the right side of the box but Ross Connelly advanced from his line to block with his foot. Accies replied with another free-kick that Reagan Mimnaugh curled over the wall but Niklas Steffan dived to his left to turn the ball wide.

Basel squared the game ten minutes before the break, Dejan Zunic’s pass inside Adam Douglas allowed Nicola Suter to cross low from the left, Ross Connelly dived out but couldn’t hold on and Ticlan Tushi netted from close range. With half-time approaching Charlie Reilly sent Andrew Winter through the inside left channel, he holds off Gabriele Levante but shoots just wide of the near post.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 1 FC Basel 1

A good passing move from the Swiss side sees a cross cleared from Accies box but only as far as Elis Isufi on the left hand angle of the box and he forces Ross Connelly to save at his right hand post. Just before the hour Elis Isufi sends Dejan Zunic to the left hand byline, Ticlan Tushi is first to his cross but is wide of the near post.

Niklas Steffan then sets up a quick break with a great throw to Nicola Suter who goes past Reagan Mimnaugh on the halfway line and advances to the penalty area before passing inside and Yannick Marchand’s shot is only just too high. Accies reply is a Lewis Smith solo run from the right hand touchline, cutting in past three defenders and forcing Niklas Steffan into a save diving to his left. Almost immediately Charlie Reilly wins the ball and shoots just wide of the keeper’s right hand post from around twenty-five yards.

With ten minutes left on the clock Lewis Smith crosses from the right to the unmarked Liam Scullion inside the left side of the box but he shoots across goal and wide. The Swiss side edged ahead with four minutes remaining, Ross Connelly raced from his box to clear but didn’t get the required distance, Adrian Durrer collected the ball and passed to Leandro Gaudiano who broke into the right side of the box and turned past a defender before shooting into the net.

Unbelievably Accies got the goal to take the tie to a penalty shoot out with virtually the last kick of the game. Lewis Smith was the provider sending Sean Slaven through in the right side of the penalty area to blast past the keeper.

With Sean Slaven and Lewis Smith netting their penalties and Ross Connelly saving from Yibar Lokaj and Ticlan Tushi hitting the post Accies took a two goal lead. But Leon McCann hit the cross-bar and Niyah Joseph saw his saved while Elis Isufi and Uran Bislimi converted theirs to square the shoot out and on to the dramatic fifth penalties.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 2 FC Basel 2 (Hamilton Accies won 3-2 on penalties)

Hamilton Accies:- Ross Connelly; Adam Douglas (Niyah Joseph 87 mins), Jamie Hamilton, George Stanger, Leon McCann; Daryl Miekle; Lewis Smith, Reagan Mimnaugh, Andrew Winter (Liam Scullion 79 mins); Charlie McNeil; Kyle Munro (Sean Slaven 54 mins)

Not Used :- Jamie Smith (Gk), Taylor Wilson, Marley Redfern, Jay Blair.

FC Basel:- Niklas Steffen; Gabriele Levante (Valentin Kaufmann 83 mins), Yiber Lokaj, Elis Isufi, Dejan Zunic; Uran Bislimi; Marin Martinovic (Lirik Vishi 75 mins), Yannick Marchand ( Leandro Gaudiano 71 mins), Leonardo Gubinelli (Adrian Durrer 83 mins), Nicola Suter; Ticlan Tushi.

Not Used:- Felix Gebhardt (Gk), Hugo Casano, Batuhan Sevinc.

Ten Years Of The Youth Blog

October 19, 2018

Ten years ago this week I started the blog, it was the lack of youth league coverage that prompted my decision and as I was attending the games anyway. It was initially only reports on youth league games, but eventually that was extended to any youth game I attended, so that could be any group from U13’s up.

With a game to attend tonight it will be 512th report I have written for games at Rangers Training Centre. Add to that several 100 for games at other venues, I reckon reports would number around 800. The blog was started in 2008, but the facility was opened in 2001, I don’t have any record of the games I attended between 2001 and 2008 but it must be around 1000 in total since the Training Centre opened.

Now on to tonight’s game.

Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers Under 18’s recorded a comfortable win over Queen’s Park at The Hummel Training Centre tonight, although it took them a while to make the breakthrough after a goalless first half. The other thing that was significant in tonight’s game was the substitute appearance from goalkeeper Brian Kinnear after a long injury lay off.

Rangers enjoyed the bulk of possession but were struggling to break down the visitors and create a clear chance, indeed it was Queen’s Park who should have taken the lead on twenty-eight minutes. A cross from the right picked out an unmarked attacker right in front of goal but he headed straight at Nicky Hogarth. Two minutes later Queen’s attacked on the left and when the shot came in from a tight angle Nicky Hogarth saved at his near post.

Rangers had their first real chance a couple of minutes later when James Maxwell’s pass sent Josh McPake racing into the right side of the box, but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to come from his line to make the block. Five minutes before the break Josh McPake exchanged passes with James Maxwell to break through the centre, but the keeper got enough of a touch to divert his shot wide of his right hand post.

On the stroke of half-time the Queen’s keeper dived to his left to keep out Kai Kennedy’s free-kick from the edge of the box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers made the break through four minutes after the break, Kai Kennedy sent Nathan Patterson to the left hand byline and his cross landed at the feet of Josh McPake who shot past the keeper from around the penalty spot. Within a couple of minutes Ciaran Dickson broke towards the box and played in James Maxwell on the right side of the penalty area but the keeper blocked the shot with his foot.

Rangers next chance came from a Kai Kennedy free-kick just outside the left side of the penalty box that had the keeper stretching to push over. Next up came a Josh McPake solo run into the right side of the box from his cutback Ciaran Dickson’s back heel was cleared from the line by a defender.

Rangers second goal was barely delayed sixty seconds, Ciaran Dickson broke down the right and from his pass into the box a superb drag back from James Maxwell created the space to slot the ball past the keeper. Just before the hour mark the Queen’s Park defence was struggling to clear from their penalty area and when the ball fell for Kieran McKechnie he crashed a shot against the crossbar.

With ten minutes remaining a good passing move sent James Maxwell to the right hand byline, from his cutback an attempted clearance from a Queens defender bounced off the near post. Rangers added a couple of goals in the final two minutes, Ciaran Dickson chased down a through ball and blocked the keeper’s clearance, a goal was certain as the ball rolled towards the line, the only thing in doubt was who would score, but he got their just before Kieran McKechnie. The fourth was a James Maxwell solo run, hewent past several defenders into the right side of the box before shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Queen’s Park 0

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth (Brian Kinnear 75 mins); Ryan Muir (Jay Mack 84 mins), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Nathan Patterson; Murray Miller; Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy (Joao Balde 57 mins); James Maxwell, Josh McPake (Matty Yates 65 mins), Kieran McKechnie.

Youths Visit Larne

October 18, 2018

Larne 2 Rangers 1

A Rangers Under 20 visited the port of Larne to take on the local side who are creating the headlines with their investment and ambition to make an impact in the Irish league. It was a disappointing performance from the young Rangers side who never really got going and were second best throughout.

Rangers had the first real chance on eight minutes when Jordan Houston played the ball forward and Andy Dallas got the better of a defender to break into the right side of the penalty area but was denied by a save from Michael Dougherty. The keeper was alert midway through the half, racing from his box to get there before Dapo Mebude, the clearance went straight to Liam Burt who got his shot all wrong and was well wide of the unguarded goal.

With the half-hour mark approaching Matthew Henry passed in from the right and David McDade’s  turn and shot on the edge of the box forced an Aidan McAdam save diving to his left. The homes side took the lead with just under ten minutes of the half remaining, Jeff Hughes showed a neat piece of skill to go past Jack Thomson and beat Aidan McAdams from around twenty-five yards.

Rangers responded immediately when Stephen Kelly picked out Dapo Mebude inside the box, but from a good position he shot straight at Michael Dougherty. Four minutes before the break Martin Donnelly on the left side of the box chipped towards the back post, Aidan McAdams and Matthew Shiels were brave in the aerial challenge with Benny Igiehon. The keeper’s punch cleared the danger but both Rangers players lay injured on the goal line. Aidan McAdams continued after treatment but Matthew Shiels was replaced by Scott Gray.

Half-Time:- Larne 1 Rangers 0

Larne came close on the hour, Andrew Osei-Bonsu was the creator on the right side of the box, he passed inside to Benny Igiehon who turned and shot with Aidan McAdams diving to his left to save. The second Larne goal was only delayed a couple of minutes, David Scullion chased Shane McEleney’s through ball into the box before laying it back to Andrew Osei-Bonsu who gave Aidan McAdams no chance as he passed the ball into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner.

Rangers reduced the deficit with seven minutes remaining, when the ball was played up to Andy Dallas inside the box he held it up before laying it back to Josh McPake who fired into the net from around the penalty spot. The next chance came for the home side from a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box, it was taken by Andrew Osei-Bonsu and Aidan McAdams had to dive high to his left to turn the ball wide.

Rangers had one final chance to draw level, Dapo Mebude passed to Andy Dallas and with the Larne defence claiming offside he broke into the right side of the penalty area but shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Larne 2 Rangers 1

Larne:- Michael Dougherty; Matthew Henry (Tomas Cosgrove), Shane McEleney, Paul Finnegan (Patrick McNally), Chris Ramsey (Graham Kelly), Ben Tilney; Liam Hassin, Jeff Hughes (Andrew Osei-Bonsu); Martin Donnelly, Benny Igiehon, David McDade.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Kyle Bradley (Aidan Wilson HT), Danny Finlayson, Matthew Shiels (Scott Gray 41 mins); Jack Thomson; Cammy Palmer, Stephen Kelly (Murray Miller 85 mins); Dapo Mebude, Andy Dallas, Liam Burt (Josh McPake HT).

Not Used:-Lewis Budinauckas.

 

13’s Lose To Odd Goal In Seven

October 9, 2018

Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 4

Tonight was a chance to catch up with the youngest eleven-a-side team and to get to know the players having only seen them once before. It was an entertaining game and they were a bit unfortunate to lose with a draw probably being a fairer result.

I was trying to get some info on the squad and starting lineup when Rangers scored in the opening minute. I know it came from a corner on the left, but how it got into the net and who put it there I don’t know. Hamilton equalised on eighteen minutes when the ball landed at the Hamilton player’s feet deep inside the left side of the box he shot across the keeper and into the far corner.

Rangers restored their lead four minutes later, a through ball sending Rory Wilson racing clear to continue into the penalty area and shoot past the keeper. Accies immediately capitalised on a short pass back with their striker prodding the ball past Sam Kane.

The visitors had another chance with an attack into the right side of Rangers penalty area and Sam Kane had to stretch to tip over. They did edge in front early in the second period, when a free-kick from the right was delivered into the box it was volleyed into the net from around the penalty spot.

Rangers had a chance to draw level when Jamie Bradley crossed from the left but Ethan ????? glanced a header just wide of the far post. Rangers equalised in the third period when Kerr Robertson curled a free-kick from close to the left hand byline into the far top corner.  But another free-kick this time for Hamilton was the source of what proved to be the winner, the ball came in from the left and a glancing header found the far bottom corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 4

Rangers Squad:- Sam Kane (Gk), Aidan Rice (Gk), Zander Hutton, Rocco Friel, Leighton Grant, Dylan Brown, Cooper Knox, Kole Connelly, Kerr Robertson, Elliott Dunlop, Rory Wilson, Finlay Curtis, Crispin McLean, Jamie Bradley, Ethan Sutherland.

U14’s Share Six Goals With Kilmarnock

October 7, 2018

 Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 3

Rangers and Kilmarnock Under 14’s shared six goals in an entertaining game at The Hummel Training Centre this morning, with Billy Gilmour and family in attendance watching younger brother Harvey in the Kilmarnock side. A poor refereeing decision st the start of the third period probably cost Rangers victory then an equally poor decision definitely saved them from defeat in the final minute.

Rangers had an early chance when Zak McKay’s run from the halfway line took him past two defenders before he passed to Timan Scott on the left hand angle of the box, he cut inside but was denied when the keeper dived high to his left to push his shot away. Almost immediately Kilmarnock took the lead, the attack released their player inside the right side of the box and his shot went in off the far post.

Five minutes later from a similar attack Kilmarnock came close to doubling their lead but this time the ball came back of the post. Rangers responded by drawing level, Jamie Newton intercepted a poor pass out from the keeper, went past a defender and into the box before slotting past the keeper.

Rangers had a great chance to take the lead on nineteen minutes Jamie Newton combined with Elliot Dunlop whose ball over the defence released Ricco Diack who was brought down for a clear penalty, he stepped up to take the kick but shot over. Rangers took the lead just before the end of the first period, Killie failed to clear a corner from the right and when the ball broke to Christian Webster he fired into the net.

Rangers were first to threaten in the second period, Euan Ross passing to Elliot Dunlop on the right hand angle of the box, he took on a defender before shooting just wide of the far post. Just after the period’s ten minute mark Scott Cowie had to be alert to race from his penalty area to clear a through ball before the Killie striker could pounce.

Rangers increased their lead with a couple of minutes of the period remaining, a good passing move involving Callum Sandilands, Jamie Newton and Kian Gunn ended with Jamie Newton shooting high past the keeper from the edge of the box. There was still time for Rangers to mount another attack, through Zak Queen and  Jamie Newton to send Elliot Dunlop to the right hand byline and from his cutback Ricco Diack was denied by a point-blank save.

Six minute into the final period a solo run took Elliot Dunlop past three defenders and into the box but he shot straight at the keeper. A minute later the game changed on a poor refereeing decision, A Kilmarnock attack was halted by a Christian Webster foul just outside the left side of the box, but the referee pointed to the spot and showed the Rangers defender a straight red card, the penalty was duly converted.

The sides were level a couple of minutes later when a powerfully struck free-kick from the edge of the box slipped through the hands of the Trialist keeper and into the net. Rangers responded and when a corner from the right broke to Adam Forrester his hooked shot came back off the keeper’s right hand post.

With two minutes remaining Rangers had a great chance to win it, Jamie Newton’s ball over the defence sent Zak McKay racing clear, he continued into the penalty area but shot straight at the keeper, In the final minute Killie broke into the right side of Rangers box and their attacker was brought down for a clear penalty, but the referee awarded a free-kick just outside the box. From the free-kick the ball landed at the feet of an unmarked Kilmarnock player at the back post but Callum Sandilands headed the shot off the line.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 3

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Trialist (Gk), Callum Sandilands, Adam Forrester, Christian Webster, Ryan Murray, Euan Ross, Elliot Dunlop, Jamie Newton, Zak McKay, Ricco Diack, Timan Scott, Zak Queen, Kian Gunn, Brodie Kerr.

15’s Beat Killie

October 6, 2018

Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers Under 15’s had a comfortable win over Kilmarnock at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. Once they established a two goal lead by the half hour mark there was little doubt of the match outcome.

Rangers first chance came when Zak McKay on the edge of the box laid the ball back to Darren McInally and his twenty-five yarder brought out a fine save from the keeper low to his left. With the twenty-minute mark approaching Killie attacked on the left and when the cross came in Jack McConnell got there just before the attacker to knock the ball clear.

Rangers responded immediately with Darren McInally going past a defender and shooting straight at the keeper from the edge of the box. Kelsey Ewan then played the ball forward and from Connor Allan’s flick on Leyton Dunlop shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. 

Rangers made the breakthrough on twenty-four minutes, Leyton Dunlop’s pass released Connor Allan and he was brought down as he rounded the keeper, Leyton Dunlop stepped up to convert from the spot. The margin was doubled just after the half-hour mark, a good passing move ended with Zak McKay in possession on the right hand angle of the box, from his a pass into the penalty area a good turn from Leyton Dunlop made the space for him to shoot past the keeper.

With half-time approaching Connor Allan robbed a defender on the edge of the box with the keeper saving bravely at the striker’s feet. There was still time for Zak McKay to deliver a corner from the left and Connor Allan’s header bounced before coming off the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Ten minutes after the break Dire Mebude fed the overlapping Kelsey Ewan and his drive had the keeper stretching to tip over. On the hour mark Rangers increased their lead, Dire Mebude won the ball on the edge of the box and dribbled past two defenders before slotting past the keeper. 

With twenty minutes remaining Connor Allan won the ball on the right, his low cross found Leyton Dunlop who was denied by a save from the keeper diving to his left. The visitor’s came close to a consolation goal with a quarter-hour remaining, the attack came on the left and when the ball was played inside the shot came back off the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Logan Dunachie, Harley Ewan, Sam Lovie, Darren McInally, Jack Harkness, Callum Sandilands, Zak McKay, Connor Allan, Leyton Dunlop, Gavin Gallagher, Dire Mebude, Mackenzie Strachan.

Comfortable Win For Under 18’s

October 5, 2018

Rangers 3 Hearts 0

A young Rangers Under 18 side recorded a comfortable victory over what appeared to be an even younger Hearts side at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. The Tynecastle youngsters never seriously troubled Lewis Budinauckas in the Rangers goal. The scoring was completed by the break and the second half petered out to the final whistle.

Rangers took the lead on the quarter-hour mark, Dapo Mebude chased the ball down the left and when he won possession he cut into the penalty area and shot high past the keeper. Rangers doubled their lead two minutes later from the penalty spot, James Maxwell won the ball and played a one-two with Kieran McKechnie to break into the box where he was brought down from behind. Nathan Patterson stepped up to convert from the spot.

The half was twenty-fives minutes old when Ciaran Dickson won possession on the edge of the box and exchanged passes with James Maxwell before teeing up Kieran McKechnie to his left who shot across goal and just wide of the far post. Rangers third goal came nine minutes before the break, Ciaran Dickson sent Dapo Mebude through the inside left channel, he progressed into the box before passing the ball across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

The final chance of the half came from the right with Harris O’Connor passing to James Maxwell who moved it on to Kieran McKechnie and he forced a save from the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 0

Six minutes into the second half Dapo Mebude was fouled on the edge of the box and Kyle McLelland’s free-kick was net bound until the keeper leapt to turn the ball over. A few minutes later Ciaran Dickson broke forward and passed to Dapo Mebude who continued into the right side of the box before forcing another save from the keeper.

The next chance came when Nathan Patterson linked with Ciaran Dickson on the left to move the ball inside to Kieran McKechnie and the keeper dived low to his left to save the resultant shot. Rangers continued to be the dominant force without really threatening to add to their tally.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 0

Rangers: -Lewis Budinauckas; Harris O’Connor (Ryan Muir 78 mins), Leon King (Jay Mack HT), Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Murray Miller; Cole McKinnon (Joao Balde 60 mins), Ciaran Dickson; James Maxwell, Dapo Mebude (Matty Yates 60 mins), Kieran McKechnie.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk)