Archive for November, 2018

Glasgow Cup Win For Under 20’s

November 26, 2018

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 6

Rangers Under 20’s recorded a comfortable win against Partick Thistle in today’s Glasgow Cup Sectional tie at Lesser Hampden. The young Rangers side got off to a slow start and fell behind. It wasn’t until the midpoint of the half that they got a foothold in the game but finished level at half time before running away with the game after the break

Thistle took the lead on eight minutes and the goal was created and finished by former Rangers players. Andy Rodden swung over a corner from the right and Ruaridh McIntyre rose to power a header past Aidan McAdams. Just before the twenty-minute mark a long ball released Callum Wilson inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot across goal and just wide of the far post.

Rangers capitalised on that let off by drawing level when the half reached its midpoint. From Kai Kennedy’s through ball Ruaridh McIntyre was short with his pass back and Dapo Mebude won the race with Jamie Stevenson to poke the ball past the keeper. A couple of minutes later Jordan Houston got to the right hand byline and picked out Andy Dallas with his cutback but screwed his shot wide of the far post.

Rangers were now starting to take control and the next effort on goal came when Kai Kennedy passed inside from the left and Jordan Houston’s thirty yard drive was held under the bar by Jamie Stevenson. On the half hour Stephen Kelly passed to Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box, his shot was saved by Jamie Stevenson diving to his right and the defence scrambled clear.

The final chance of the half came when Jordan Houston played the ball forward to Dapo Mebude on the right side of the penalty area, he cut in past a defender before shooting just wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1

Rangers started the second half well and the first chance came in the fiftieth minute when Stephen Kelly tried his luck from around twenty-five yards, and left of centre, forcing Jamie Stevenson to tip over. The keeper was called into action again less than five minutes later, Kai Kennedy latching on to a loose ball on the edge of the box with Jamie Stevenson saving low to his left.

Within a minute Rangers were ahead Dapo Mebude was alert to intercept Scott Walker’s pass to Daniel Conner, break into the right side of the box and shoot past the keeper. A minuter later a slip from Daniel Conner almost led to Dapo Mebude’s hat-trick but was denied by a brave Jamie Stevenson at his feet.

Rangers scored a third on the hour, Jordan Houston’s enterprising run from right back took past two defenders to the edge of the box where he passed to Stephen Kelly on his left and he picked his spot back across the keeper in the bottom corner. Rangers scored a fourth just before the final quarter-hour, Kai Kennedy’s crossed from the right and Liam Burt nipped ahead of a defender to poke the ball in at the near post.

A few minutes later from Harris O’Connor’s pass forward Dapo Mebude’s flick allowed Andy Dallas to spin away from a defender and continue into the box where his shot was touched wide by Jamie Stevenson diving to his right.

Rangers fifth goal came with eight minutes remaining, Dapo Mebude attacking on the right and working his was along the byline before rolling the ball across goal to present Andy Dallas with a tap in. The final minute saw Rangers complete the scoring by grabbing  sixth, Chris McKee wide on the right passed to Andy Dallas who got to the byline and centred for Liam Burt to tap in from close range.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 6

Partick Thistle:- Jamie Stevenson; Ruaridh McIntyre, Mohamed Niang, Daniel Conner; Lee Duncanson, Scott Walker (Evan Griffith 71 mins), Anton Eadie, Andy Rodden; Callum Wilson; Euan Cameron (Evan Galasso 67 mins), Jordan Kemoe.

Not Used:- Mason McCready (Gk), Bradley Renfrew, Gio Vezza.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Harris O’Connor, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Josh McPake (Liam Burt 63 mins), Stephen Kelly; Dapo Mebude (Chris McKee 88 Mins), Andy Dallas, Kai Kennedy (Leon King 84 Mins).

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth, Nathan Patterson, Scott Gray, Ben Williamson

13’s Put Six Past Hibs

November 24, 2018

Rangers 6 Hibernian 0

Rangers Under 13’s hit Hibs for six at The Hummel Training Centre this morning. After a fairly even, goalless first period Rangers took command with two quick goals at the start of the second period.

Hibs were first to threaten in the second minute, with Rangers struggling to clear a free-kick from the left a shot was fired against the crossbar. Rangers replied when Dylan Brown played the ball forward to Rory Wilson whose shot from inside the left side of the penalty area was saved by the keeper.

The next chance came for the visitors with an attack into the right side of the box with Sam Kane saving the shot. Five minutes before the end of the period Finlay Curtis passed to Rory Wilson inside the left side of the box, he went past the keeper but from a tight angle his effort was easily cleared in front of goal.

Rangers started the second period on the front foot with Finlay Curtis breaking into the right side of the box and forcing the keeper into a save diving to his right. Barely sixty seconds later Rangers were ahead, Ethan Sutherland attacked the right side of the box and passed inside for Rory Wilson to shoot past the keeper.

Within three minutes Rangers doubled their lead, Kerr Robertson’s chipped pass picked Rory Wilson inside the left side of the penalty area and he curled a shot beyond the keeper and into the far corner. Just after the midpoint of the period Cooper Knox’s pass allowed Finlay Curtis to break into the left side of the box but he shot straight at the keeper.

Rangers next attack came when Leighton Grant’s ball over the Hibs defence sent Rory Wilson racing into the right side of the box but he shot across the keeper and wide of the far post. Hibs showed they were still in the game with an attack through the centre and a shot from the edge of the box forced Sam Kane into a save.

In the final minute of the second period Rangers scored a third, Kole Connelly passed the ball forward to Ethan Sutherland who broke into the right side of the box, the keeper saved his initial shot but he followed up to net from the rebound. The opening minute of the third period saw Rangers score a fourth, Hibs failed to clear Kerr Robertson’s corner from the right and Niall Rogerson forced the ball home from close range.

Rangers fifth soon followed, Zander Hutton crossing to the back post from the right hand byline where Finlay Curtis controlled the ball before shooting past the keeper. Rangers now looked like scoring with every attack and added a sixth before the period turn around. Kerr Robertson played the ball forward to Crispin McLean on the edge of the box, he side stepped a defender before firing a shot off the under side of the crossbar with Zander Hutton following up to net from the rebound. 

Rangers continued to create chances after the turn around and when Ethan Sutherland’s cross from the right was cleared to the edge of the box Zander Hutton’s shot was cleared from the line. Ethan Sutherland then struck a free-kick from the right hand angle of the box, it was cleared to the edge of the box and Finlay Curtis’s follow-up was cleared from the line.

The final chance came when Finlay Curtis fed Ethan Sutherland on the left side of the box and the keeper dived to his right to make the save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Hibernian 0

Rangers Squad:- Sam Kane (Gk), Zander Hutton, Niall Rogerson, Rocco Friel, Dylan Brown, Kerr Robertson, Copper Knox, Crispin McLean, Ethan Sutherland, Rory Wilson, Finlay Curtis, Jamie Bradley, Kole Connelly, Leighton Grant, Trialist.

18’s Edge Out Ross County

November 23, 2018

Rangers 1 Ross County 0

With several Under 18’s in the Under 20 squad for Monday’s Glasgow Cup tie, it was a much changed squad that took on Ross County at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. It was also a young squad with an Under 15 starting and another on the bench with four Under 16 players. The game was settled by a single Chris McKee strike to give the Ibrox youngsters a deserved win.

The first chance came on twelve minutes, James Maxwell breaking into the left side of the penalty area with his shot striking the outside of the near post. Midway through the half Matty Yates got a flick on with his heel to Ciaran Dickson’s near post corner and the ball struck the face of the bar.

The visitor’s came close just after the half hour when a corner from the left was sent towards the back post and the resultant header clipped the post on the way past. Rangers responded by taking the lead two minutes later. Leon King sent a ball over the Ross County defence and a good first touch took Matty Yates into the left side of the box, the keeper came from his line to block his shot but Chris McKee followed up to fire the loose ball into the net.

The Dingwall side tried to respond before the break when their striker turned on the edge of the box but Brian Kinnear saved the shot comfortably.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ross County 0

Rangers threatened ten minutes into the second half Ciaran Dickson combining with Nathan Patterson on the left side of the box before cutting inside and shooting narrowly over. Just after the hour mark Chris McKee switched play to Ciaran Dickson on the left hand angle of the box, he cut inside but again his shot was just too high.

With the game now in the final ten minutes Alex Lowry’s corner from the left found its way to James Maxwell beyond the far post and his shot forced the keeper to save at his left hand post. A quick throw in from Ryan Muir on the right allowed Chris McKee to turn the defender and shoot, with the keeper saving at his near post.

Rangers really should have doubled their lead with four minutes remaining, a superb Ben Williamson run took him down the left and along the byline from where he picked out James Maxwell, a goal seemed certain but he shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Ross County 0

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Ryan Muir, Kyle McLelland, Leon King, Nathan Patterson; Ben Williamson; Zack Butterworth (Alex Lowry 52 mins), Ciaran Dickson; James Maxwell; Chris McKee, Matty Yates (Dire Mebude 79 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas, Adam Devine, Matthew Henderson, Robbie Fraser.

14’s Stalemate With Aberdeen

November 18, 2018

Rangers 0 Aberdeen 0

An unusual event in pro youth football occurred at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon, a goalless draw. Neither side managed to make the breakthrough and overall a draw was probably the correct result.

The first chance came when a storming run from right back took Zack McKay past four defenders before he passed to Tiaman Scott on the left side of the box, he was denied when the keeper came from his line to make the block. Aberdeen replied with an attack the took them through the inside left channel and into the box but the shot was wide of the far post.

With nine minutes of the first period remaining Aberdeen broke into the right side of the penalty area with Jacob Bazikas getting down to his right to parry, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box from where a shot was fired over. Six minutes into the second period Liam McInteer took on an Aberdeen defender on the edge of the box but his shot was wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

The visitors replied with an attack towards the right hand angle of the box and the shot forced Jacob Bazikas to save at his near post. Midway through the second period Aberdeen were struggling to clear from their penalty area and Tiaman Scott’s over head kick looked to be looping under the bar until the keeper leapt high to his right to tip over.

A couple of minutes before the end of the second period Adam Forrester curled a free-kick over the defensive wall from the edge of the box forcing the keeper to tip over. The third period saw few chances but with five minutes remaining Tiaman Scott went past a defender and passed across the box to Roman McMenemey but his shot was wide of the near post. The visitors had the last chance with a break that took them to the edge of Rangers penalty area but the shot was wide of Scott Cowie’s right hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Aberdeen 0

Rangers Squad:- Jacob Bazikas (Gk), Scott Cowie (Gk), Zack McKay, Christian Webster, Adam Forrester, Ryan Murray, Kian Gunn, Callum Sandilands, Euan Ross, Liam McInteer, Ricco Diack, Tiaman Scott, Brodie Kerr, Zak Queen, Roman McMenemey,

15’s Hit Aberdeen For Five

November 17, 2018

Rangers 5 Aberdeen 1

Rangers Under 15’s were in control from start to finish in today’s clash with Aberdeen at The Hummel Training Centre. First half chances were few but the young Rangers side added goals after the break to win comfortably.

Rangers scored in the second minute, Leyton Dunlop and Connor Allan combined on the left side of the penalty area and when the latter cut the ball back Robbie Ure’s shot took a deflection and looped in at the far post. Rangers were dominating possession but it was just after the half hour when they really should have doubled their lead. Sam Lovie hit the left hand byline, his low cross evaded Connor Allan but rolled to Robbie Ure at the back post but he shot over from the edge of the six yard box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 0

Rangers again struck early, doubling their lead in the opening minute of the second half. Connor Allan won the ball and broke into the right side of the penalty area, Tyler Pasnik challenged for his cross at the back post but the ball was knocked into the net by an Aberdeen defender for an Own Goal. Ten minutes later Rangers scored again, Darren McInally swung in a free-kick from close to the left hand byline, it was missed by every one and bounced in at the far post.

Aberdeen then capitalised in a bit of slack defensive play to pull a goal back. Rangers restored their three goal lead just after the hour mark, Tyler Pasnik’s corner from the right found its way to Robbie Ure at the back post and he fired into the roof of the net.

Rangers next chance came with Tyler Pasnik hitting the right hand byline, his cutback found Robbie Ure whose shot came back off the underside of the bar and Callum Sandilands saw his effort from the rebound cleared from the line. In the next attack Tyler Pasnik burst into the right side of the box before forcing the keeper to save at his near post.

With a couple of minutes remaining Aberdeen won the ball deep into the left side of Rangers box and Jack McConnell was forced to make a fine block at close range. The scoring was completed just before the final whistle, Tyler Pasnik nutmegged a defender on the left side of the penalty area, the keeper dived to his left to parry the shot, Leyton Dunlop saw his effort from the rebound blocked but made no mistake when the ball came back to him.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Aberdeen 1

Rangers Squad:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Zack Mckay, Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan, Sam Lovie, Darren McInally, Jack Harkness, Connor Allan, Gavin Gallagher, Robbie Ure, Leyton Dunlop, Tyler Pasnik, Callum Sandilands, Trialist.

Easy Win For Under 18’s

November 16, 2018

Rangers 6 Fife Elite 0

Rangers Under 18’s recorded an easy win over Fife Elite at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. The game was effectively over after seventeen minutes with Rangers three goals ahead. The rest of the match was played out without any real challenge, Rangers playing within themselves and the visitors failing to trouble Nicky Hogarth.

Rangers first chance came on nine minutes, Kai Kennedy playing in Kieran McKechnie inside the right side of the penalty area with the keeper saving at the near post. Three minutes later Rangers took the lead, Kieran McKechnie went past the full back on the right before his low centre was converted by Chris McKee.

Two minutes later Josh McPake broke towards the Fife Elite penalty area from where he found the net with the aid of a deflection. The game was effectively over on seventeen minutes when Rangers scored a third, Josh McPake glided past a defender twenty-five yards from goal and continued, to beat the keeper from the edge of the box.

Just after the midpoint of the half Kai Kennedy went past a defender on the right from his cross Kyle McLelland got the better of a defender before firing a shot against the underside of the bar. Rangers finished the half with three chances in as many minutes, Nathan Patterson won the ball on the right hand byline to tee up Kieran McKechnie inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot just wide of the near post.

Kieran McKechnie then latched on to a slack pass and forced the keeper to save low to his left with a shot from the edge of the box. Nathan Patterson then attacked on the right, Chris McKee got on the end of his cross but knocked the ball straight at the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 3 Fife Elite 0

Rangers had an early chance in the second half when Harris O’Connor sent a ball over the top of the Fife defence to send Chris McKee racing into the left side of the penalty area and his shot clipped the crossbar on the way over. Rangers fourth came a couple of minutes before the hour mark, Ciaran Dickson exchanged passes with Nathan Patterson on the right side of the box before the full-back shot across the keeper and into the far corner.

Rangers next chance came with Kieran McKechnie breaking forward and releasing Matty Yates inside the right side of the box but he was denied when the keeper dived to his right to parry. Ten minutes later the keeper thwarted Matty Yates again, this time he was fed by Ciaran Dickson, cut inside a defender and forced a save from the keeper diving to his left.

The fifth goal came with thirteen minutes remaining, Kieran McKechnie sent James Maxwell attacking down the left and Chris McKee was on hand to convert his cross from close range. The scoring was completed when Matty Yates fired a free-kick on the edge of the box past the defensive wall and into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Fife Elite 0

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth; Nathan Patterson (Ryan Muir 64 mins), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, James Maxwell; Ben Williamson; Kai Kennedy (Joao Balde 57 mins), Ciaran Dickson; Kieran McKechnie, Chris McKee, Josh McPake (Matty Yates 52 mins).

16/17’s Friendly Defeat

November 14, 2018

Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 4

Rangers took on Queen’s Park in a friendly at The Hummel Training Centre on Monday night. The Rangers side was made up of U16’s not on International duty and U17’s who were in need of game time.

Queen’s were first to threaten on four minutes, a pass through the middle saw Brian Kinnear save bravely at the striker’s feet. The visitor’s took the lead four minutes later, Rangers lost possession around twenty-five yards from goal and the Queen’s Park player continued into the box to shoot past Brian Kinnear.

Just after the quarter-hour mark Rangers had to make a change when Jay Mack picked up an injury to be replaced by U15 player Dire Mebude. Within a minute Rangers were level, Lewis Robertson’s through ball sending Matty Yates through to shoot past the keeper. Rangers survived a scare on twenty minutes, a corner from the right was headed goalwards but Rhys Caves popped up to head from the line.

Rangers took the lead a coupe of minutes before the half hour mark, Joao Balde broke towards the penalty area before passing to Matty Yates inside the left side of the box and he shot past the keeper. Queen’s then attacked down the left and when cross landed at the back post Brian Kinnear saved at his left hand post.

The Rangers keeper was called into action again, a corner from the left landed at the back post with Brian Kinnear saving at his left hand post. The visitors drew level in first half injury time, the attack started on the right and when the ball was passed inside the shot beat Brian Kinnear with the aid of a deflection.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen’s Park 2

An attack in the opening minute of the half came from Queen’s down the left and Brian Kinnear had to make the save at his near post. Just before the hour a sweeping Queen’s Park move ended with the ball being played down the right, when it was passed inside it took a brilliant Brian Kinnear save diving to his right to prevent a goal.

Rangers came close when Adam Masouri won the ball and from the edge of the box shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s left hand post. The visitors capitalised by taking the lead, the attack came on the left and the low cross was converted at close range.

Queen’s had their tails up and an attack into the left side of the penalty area forced Brian Kinnear into another save. Rangers equalised on sixty-five minutes, Robbie Fraser passed to Dire Mebude on the right, his cut back found Matty Yates who forced the keeper to parry but Adam Mansouri was on hand to net from close range.

With both sides searching a winner Queen’s Park attacked through the middle and a shot from the edge of the box forced Brian Kinnear to save to his right. Rangers replied when Adam Mansouri picked out Matty Yates run into the right side of the penalty area, he lobbed the keeper but the ball bounced on to the crossbar and over.

The was now in the final quarter-hour when Brian Kinnear was forced to save high to his right from a twenty-five yard free-kick. The visitors next attack came through the middle but on this occasion the shot was wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post.

The pressure told for the Hampden side with six minutes remaining, the attack began on the left and when the ball went to the back post the Queen’s Park player side-stepped a defender before shooting past Brian Kinnear. Rangers last chance came when Aaron Lyall’s reverse pass sent Matthew Henderson to the left hand byline with the keeper getting a touch on his low driven cross to divert the ball wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queen’s Park 4

Rangers Squad:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Ryan Muir, Aiden Berry, Jay Mack, Matthew Henderson, Robbie Fraser, Rhys Caves, Joao Balde, Aaron Lyall, Matty Yates, Lewis Robertson, Dire Mebude, Adam Mansouri.

 

Youths Catch Up

November 11, 2018

Two contrasting match reports to catch up on, the Under 19’s friendly against Spartak Moscow in Russia on Thursday and today’s Youth Cup tie (Under 18’s) against East Kilbride at The Hummel Training Centre. 

Spartak Moscow 2 Rangers 1

Rangers Under 19’s were a touch unfortunate to lose by the odd goal in three to Spartak Moscow at the Spartak Academy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The home side had a chance on two minutes when Maksim Danilin shot straight at Robbie McCrorie from the edge of the box. There were thirteen minutes on the clock when Spartak took the lead, Maksim Danilin attacked the centre of Rangers defence and left two defenders in his wake before passing to Ilya Mazurov inside the left side of the box and he shot across Robbie McCrorie and into the net.

The Ibrox youngsters were only behind for three minutes, From a free-kick on the left side of the penalty area Stephen Kelly picked out Andy Dallas whose shot was saved by Artem Poplevchenkov, the Spartak defence failed to clear and Lewis Mayo fired the loose ball into the net. The home side replied when a Dmitry Markitesov cross from the left saw Robbie McCrorie save Nikita Bakaliuk’s header.

With the half-hour mark approaching Maksim Sazonov broke into the left side of the penalty area to force a save from Robbie McCrorie. On the half-hour mark Stephen Kelly played a ball over the home defence for Serge Atakayi to feed Jordan Houston who forced Arten Poplevchenkov into the save.

The end to end nature of the game continued with Maksim Danilin attacking the Rangers box and passing to Daniil Lopatin whose shot was saved by Robbie McCrorie. The final chance came when Andy Dallas cut in from the left before testing Artem Poplevchnkov with his shot.

Half-Time:- Spartak Moscow 1 Rangers 1

The half was two minutes old when Maksim Danilin’s pass sent Maksim Kalachevskii breaking into the left side of the penalty area, the referee judged he was tripped by Dapo Mebude and pointed to the spot, with the Spartak captain the converting the penalty. The game was about to enter the final quarter-hour when Kai Kennedy and Stephen Kelly combined to tee up Serge Atakayi, his shot beat the keeper but crashed off the crossbar.

The home side were the reduced to ten men when Turgai Mokhbaliev’s reckless challenge on Kai Kennedy saw him receive a second yellow and subsequent red card. Rangers tried to make the man advantage tell, Kai Kennedy feeding Andy Dallas on the left side of the box and his shot forced Artem Poplevchenkov to tip over.The Ibrox youngsters continued to press but couldn’t quite find the equaliser.

Full-Time:- Spartak Moscow 2 Rangers 1

Spartak Moscow:- Artem Poplevchenkov; Turgai Mokhbaliev, Nikita Morgunov, Daniil Petrunin, Maksim Sazonov; Nikita Bakaliuk, Maksim Kalachevskii; Maksim Danilin; Ilya Mazurov, Daniil Lopatin, Dmitry Markitesov.

Subs:- Daniil Yarusov (Gk), Maxim Aktisov, Ruslan Litvinov,  Dmitrii Mitroga, Ivan Repyakh, Artem Gorbulin, Fanil Sungatulin.

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie (Aidan McAdams HT); Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen (Danny Finlayson 32 mins), Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Josh McPake (Kai Kennedy 65 mins); Dapo Mebude, Andy Dallas, Serge Atakayi.

Not Used:- Murray Miller, Harris O’Connor, James Maxwell.

 

Rangers 8 East Kilbride 2

Today’s Youth Cup Tie saw Rangers Under 18’s survive a couple of first half scares before running out comfortable winners in the second- half. The Lowland League side twice took the lead, but were quickly pegged back on both occasions.

The first incident of note came on nine minutes when Murray Miller had to leave the field due to injury and was replaced by James Maxwell. Rangers were shocked on twelve minutes when East Kilbride took the lead, Zak Lindsay held off the challenge of Kyle McLelland as he broke into the right and into the penalty area, his attempted pass broke back to the striker and he shot past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers were back on level terms almost immediately, Ciaran Dickson broke forward and played a one-two with James Maxwell to break into the box where he was taken out by Jonathon Kavanagh for a clear penalty that Nathan Patterson stepped up to convert.

Less than five minutes later Josh McPake in possession on the left hand angle of the box saw his shot  saved low to his left by Adam Haynes, Chris McKee followed up to net the rebound but was flagged offside. Two minutes later Danny Finlayson was dispossessed on the edge of the Rangers box by Ben Simpson who stepped into the  areato shoot past Lewis Budinauckas.

On this occasion the visitors held their lead for four minutes, Kai Kennedy latched onto a cross from the right and when his shot was blocked it broke for Chris McKee who netted from the edge of the six yard box. With the half hour mark approaching Kai Kennedy moved the ball to Josh McPake on the left side of the box, his reverse pass released Chris McKee who saw Adam Haynes save his shot.

Rangers came close again, Josh McPake exchanging passes with James Maxwell to take him deep into the left side of the penalty area with a deflection taking his shot narrowly wide of the far post. East Kilbride showed they were still a threat when they should have taken the lead for a third time. A flick on allowed Zak Lindsay to break doe the right from his low cross Dylan Collins shot straight at Lewis Budinauckas.

Rangers capitalised by taking the lead for the first time, James Maxwell broke down the right before passing inside to Ciaran Dickson who shot past the keeper. Rangers were now taking control and when Kai Kennedy delivered a free-kick from the right hand angle of the box to the back post Chris McKee’s header brought out a fine save from Adam Haynes who finger tipped the ball on to the bar.

The next chance came when Kai Kennedy  passed to Josh McPake who went past a defender and shot for goal with Alistair Peacock heading off the line. On the stroke of half-time Chris McKee passed to Kai Kennedy on the right side of the box, he passed inside to James Maxwell who turned before shooting past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 East Kilbride 2

Rangers first goal of the second half came seven minutes after the break, Chris McKee playing the ball across goal from the left hand byline for Josh McPake to net from close range. Four minutes later Kai Kennedy curled a free-kick on the right hand angle of the box round the defensive wall and into the net.

Just after the hour mark Kai Kennedy came close again from another free-kick, from a similar position this time he went over the wall, beat the keeper but the ball came back off the crossbar. Rangers seventh goal soon followed, the attack started on the left  with a James Maxwell run and cross that was converted by Chris McKee.

There was still a quarter-hour left on the clock when Ciaran Dickson passed to Josh McPake who fired into the top corner from around twenty-five yards. Rangers were now creating regular chances the next coming when Kieran McKechnie passed inside from the right to Ben Williamson who forced Adam Haynes to save low to his left.

The keeper bettered that with four minutes remaining, Kieran McKechnie sent Matty Yates through the centre, his shot was powerful and Adam Haynes saved high to his right. A good passing move created the final chance, the ball was moved from left to Kieran McKechnie on the right and he fired a shot off the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 8 East Kilbride 2

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Harris O’Connor, Danny Finlayson (Kieran McKechnie 59 mins), Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Murray Miller (James Maxwell 9 mins); Ben Williamson, Ciaran Diackson; Josh McPake, Chris McKee (Matty Yates 75 mins), Kai Kennedy.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Jay Mack, Ryan Muir, Joao Balde.

East Kilbride:- Adam Haynes; Mark Risi, Domnic, McLaughlin, Jonathon Kavanagh, Alistair Peacock; Ross Taylor, Max McWilliams, Ben Simpson, Evan Wylie; Dylan Collins; Zak Lindsay.

Subs:- Ryan Renwick (Gk), Aidan Fellowes, Barrie Donaghue, Michael Peden, Ciaran McAninch.

 

Footnote:- Also this morning Rangers U14’s took on their Esbjerg counterparts from Denmark, with the Ibrox youngsters winning 4-2. The goals coming from Tyler Pasnik, Ricco Diack & Callum Sandilands (2).

 

 

18’s Leave It Late

November 6, 2018

Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 18’s it late with two goals in the last four minutes to beat Partick Thistle  at Lochinch tonight. Rangers were pretty dominant in the second half after a first half where chances were evenly split. 

The home side had the first chance on eight minutes when  a cross from the left found their striker arriving unmarked in to the right side of the box but he shot wide of the near post. Rangers replied immediately with a good passing move ending with a James Maxwell layoff that allowed Ciaran Dickson to break unto the penalty area but the keeper advanced from his line to block with his foot.

Just after the quarter-hour mark the Thistle keeper parried Ciaran Dickson’s shot from the edge of the box and reacted to block James Maxwell’s effort from the rebound at close range. Thistle came close seven minutes before the break, a corner was delivered from the right and the ball was headed goalwards with Nathan Patterson heading off the line at the left hand post.

Five minutes later Joao Balde latched onto a loose ball to break through the centre and into the penalty area but shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 0

The second half was a couple of minutes old when Nicky Hogarth had to be alert, Kyle McLelland sliced his attempted clearance from a left-wing cross which the Rangers keeper dived to his right to make the save. An immediate Rangers reply came from a James Maxwell corner from the right and a Ciaran Dickson header just wide of the far post.

Thistle were next to threaten with a shot from the left hand angle of the box that Nicky Hogarth parried then gathered at the second attempt. Midway through the half Kieran McKechnie linked with Nathan Patterson on the left hand angle of the box before shooting just wide of the far post.

With four minutes remaining Kyle McLelland in possession on the left passed inside to Leon King on the angle of the box, he curled a shot beyond the keeper and into the far corner of the net. Right on the final whistle and following a Rangers corner Ben Williamson was taken out in an aerial challenge inside the box for a clear penalty. Nathan Patterson stepped up but the keeper dived to his right to produce a fine save. For some reason the referee ordered a re-take and this time the Rangers full back made no mistake.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk); Harris O’Connor (Jay Mack 78 mins), Kyle McLelland, Leon King, Nathan Patterson; Murray Miller (Cole McKinnon 73 mins); Joao Balde (Ben Williamson 61 mins), Ciaran Dickson; James Maxwell, Matty Yates (Chris McKee 66 mins), Kieran McKechnie.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Ryan Muir.