Archive for December, 2018

Reserves Lose At The Orium

December 17, 2018

Hearts 2 Rangers 1

Rangers reserves lost a tight game by the odd goal in three against Hearts at The Orium this afternoon. The game was fairly even over the ninety minutes and could have gone either way.

Early chances were at a premium and the game had almost reached the midpoint of the half when a great turn from Josh McPake allowed him to break into the left side of the Hearts penalty area but a heavy touch gave Colin Doyle the chance to save at the attacker’s feet and the ball was cleared for a corner. Just after the midpoint Hearts took the lead, they were awarded a free-kick just outside the left side of the box and close to the byline. It was driven into the six yard box at waist height by Harry Cochrane and Harris O’Connor stooped in an attempt to head clear but diverted the ball past Aidan McAdams for an Own Goal.

The home side then threatened a couple of times before the break. First Tony McDonald broke int the left side of the penalty area but shot narrowly over. Then Harry Cochrane had a go from a free-kick on the left hand angle of the box that forced Niko Katic to head over his own crossbar.

Half- Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 0

Nine minutes into the second half Stephen Kelly tried to pick out James Maxwell’s run into the box and with Colin Doyle coming from his line Alex Petkov’s header almost went over the keeper, but he stretched and just managed to hold on. It only took Rangers a further three minutes to draw level, the ball was worked out to Harris O’Connor on the right and when his cross arrived knee height at Andy Dallas he volleyed into the net via the near post.

Rangers should have taken the lead just after the hour, from a free-kick close to the byline on the left Stephen Kelly sent it towards the back post where Niko Katic headed the ball down into the six yard box, Danny Finlayson didn’t quite connect properly which allowed Colin Doyle to scramble clear with the Rangers players claiming the ball had cross the line.

Hearts grabbed what proved to be the winner with nine minutes remaining, Lewis Moore attacked the centre of Rangers defence going past two defenders before releasing Euan Henderson inside the left side of the penalty area and he shot across Aidan McAdams into the far corner.

Full-Time:- Hearts 2 Rangers 1

Hearts:- Colin Doyle; Jamie Brandon (Cammy Logan 74 mins), Chris Hamilton, Alex Petkov, Aaron Hickey; Dean Ritchie; Tony McDonald, Harry Cochrane (Connor Smith 60 mins), Jake Mulraney (Lewis Moore 70 mins); Bobby Burns; Rory Currie (Euan Henderson 60 mins).

Not Used:- Kelby Mason (Gk), Bartlomiej Gajda.

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Harris O’Connor, Niko Katic (Kyle McLelland 62 mins), Danny Finlayson, Nathan Patterson; Cammy Palmer; Jordan Rossiter (Ben Williamson 62 mins), Stephen Kelly; James Maxwell, Andy Dallas, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Joao Balde, Matty Yates.

Youth Update

December 14, 2018

This youth update covers yesterday’s Under 20’s friendly in Vienna and tonight’s Under 18 League match against Morton and Parklea Community Stadium.

Rapid Vienna 2 Rangers 4

A young Rangers under 20 side, the back four where the Under 18 back four from last week’s youth cup tie, supplemented by Jordan Rossiter were a bit unfortunate to be trailing  by two goals at the break. But they produced a stunning second half performance to turn the game around and record a fine victory.

Rangers produced the first real chance just before the quarter-hour mark, Harris O’Connor played the ball forward to Andy Dallas who broke into the right side of the box and saw his shot deflected narrowly wide. Midway through the half Cammy Palmer sent a cross filed pass to Dapo Mebude inside the right side of the penalty area, a good turn set up a chance put his shot was weak and the Fabian Haberl saved comfortably.

On twenty-six minutes Eddie Jusic passed to Melih Ibrahimoglu on the right side of the box and his shot forced Aidan McAdams to tip over although the referee gave a goal kick. Ten minutes before the break Patrick Obermuller fed Nemanja Tomasevic on the left side of the box and his shot saw Aidan McAdams dive to his left to make the save.

Two minutes later Rapid attacked on the left and when Daniel Markl crossed low into the six yard box, Kyle McLelland attempting to clear turned the ball past Aidan McAdams. Two minutes before the break Daniel Markl played the ball forward to Nemanja Tomisevic and his shot came of the near post. On the stroke of half- time Lukas Sulzbacher played the ball forward to Marco Hofer who was tripped by Liam Burt as he broke into the right side of the penalty area for a clear penalty that Melih Ibrahimoglu converted.

Half-Time:- Rapid Vienna 2 Rangers 0

Rangers first chance after the break came on fifty-three minutes, Stephen Kelly passing to Liam Burt on the left, he cut inside but shot straight at Fabian Haberl. On the hour mark Elias Felber tried his luck from around twenty-five yards with Aidan McAdams saving low to his right.

Two minutes later Rangers worked a short corner on the right, Josh McPake passing to Stephen Kelly, a neat piece of skill took him past two defenders on the right hand angle of the box before forcing a save from Fabian Haberl.

Rangers missed a great chance on sixty-three minutes when Stephen Kelly’s pass inside Martin Moormann released Liam Burt inside the right side of the penalty area but Fabian Haberl came from his line to block the shot with his foot, the ball eventually fell for Jordan Rossiter on the edge of the box with the keeper saving his shot low to his left. Rangers reduced the deficit on seventy-two minutes, Liam Burt sent Andy Dallas to the right hand byline and low ball across the six yard box was converted by Josh McPake at the back post.

Five minutes later Liam Burt passed to Cammy Palmer on the edge of the box and his shot was deflected just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. With eleven minutes remaining Rangers drew level, Andy Dallas out muscled the centre back to latch on to Aidan McAdams clearance and continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

With the game entering the final five minutes Rangers took the lead, Cammy Palmer won the ball on the half way line and sent Jordan Rossiter down the left and his centre was converted by Andy Dallas with a first time shot. The turnaround was complete in the final minute, with Rapid attacking Cammy Palmer gained possession inside Rangers penalty area his clearance found Josh McPake just inside the home side’s half, he went past the last defender and continued into the box to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Rapid Vienna 2 Rangers 4

Rapid:- Fabian Haberl; Lukas Sulzbacher, Leo Greiml, Patrick Obermuller, Martin Moormann; Lion Schuster, Melih Ibrahimoglu; Marco Hofer, Eddie Jusic, Daniel Markl; Nemanja Tomasevic.

Used Subs:- Unknown

Rangers:- Aidan McAdams; Harris O’Connor, Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Cammy Palmer, Jordan Rossiter; Dapo Mebude (Josh McPake HT), Stephen Kelly ( Trialist 65 mins), Liam Burt (Kai Kennedy 86 mins); Andy Dallas.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Ben Williamson


Morton 1 Rangers 4

For the second Friday night running Rangers Under 18’s travelled to The Parklea Community Stadium to take on Morton. It was a much changed Rangers lineup with no fewer than seven changes from last week’s Youth Cup side. All Rangers outfield subs along with starter Adam Devine were under 16 players.

Rangers took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark with a stunning strike, James Maxwell in possession on the left passed inside to Kieran McKechnie and his shot from fully thirty yards gave the keeper no chance. Five minutes later Rangers were forced into to an early substitution when Chris McKee sustained an injury and was replaced by Cole McKinnon.

Rangers doubled their lead with eleven minutes of the half remaining, it was another fine strike but a big slice of luck contributed to the goal. Cole McKinnon passed inside from the right to Joao Balde whose shot from around twenty-five yards to a significant deflection and looped over the keeper and into the net. The home side threatened a minute before the break, the attack started on the right and the ball was moved across the box to the left side of the penalty area and Brian Kinnear saved a close range shot.

Half-Time:- Morton 0 Rangers 2

Rangers third goal came twelve minutes after the break and it was another fine goal. Joao Balde broke forward before passing to Kai Kennedy inside the left side of the penalty area and he blasted high past the keeper. With twenty minutes remaining Rangers added another quality goal, it was the same combination with Joao Balde breaking forward and passing to Kai Kennedy on the left, he cut inside and fired an unstoppable shot past the keeper from round twenty-five yards.

Morton called Brian Kinnear into action with a long-range strike with a quarter-hour remaining that the Rangers keeper held under his crossbar. With the final ten minutes approaching Robbie Fraser and Alex Lowry combined on the left hand angle of the box to send James Maxwell breaking through the middle, when he was challenged the ball broke to Dire Mebude whose effort clipped the bar on the way over.

A minute before time the home side grabbed a consolation goal, the attack came on the left and the ball found its way to an unmarked attacker inside the right side of the penalty area and he shot past Brian Kinnear.

Full-Time:- Morton 1 Rangers 4

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Adam Devine, Jay Mack, Ben Williamson, James Maxwell; Ciaran Dickson; Joao Balde, Kai Kennedy (Alex Lowry 64 mins); Kieran McKechnie (Robbie Fraser 76 mins); Chris McKee (Cole McKinnon 21 mins), Matty Yates (Dire Mebude 76 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk)






U18’s Battle Through In Youth Cup

December 7, 2018

Morton 0 Rangers 2

A battling performance saw Rangers Under 18’s progress to the next round of the Youth Cup at Parklea Community Stadium tonight. Lining up against a strong wind their task got more difficult after sixteen minutes when Dapo Mebude was shown a straight red card. They were up against it in the first half but with the wind at their backs they took control after the break to progress comfortably.

Morton had the first attack on five minutes which came into the right side of the penalty area and Lewis Budinauckas was forced to save low to his right. Just after the quarter-hour mark Rangers task became more difficult when Dapo Mebude was show a straight red card. He allowed the frustration of a previous rash challenge and then being denied another free kick to get to him and when he went in late on a Morton defender the referee flashed a red card. Personally I felt it was a wee bit harsh and a yellow card may have been suffice.

The game was close to the half hour mark when a wind assisted thirty yard free-kick was fired straight at Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers had spent most of the half on the back foot but came close to opening the scoring in the final five minutes. Ciaran Dickson’s pass allowed Nathan Patterson to head for the left hand byline and it took a fine save from the home keeper to cut out his low cross. Two minutes later Josh McPake’s layoff saw Ciaran Dickson break into the right side of the box with his shot bouncing of the outside of the near post.

Half-Time:- Morton 0 Rangers 0

With the wind behind them Rangers came out with a purpose at the start of the second half and in the opening minute Josh McPake’s turn and shot on the edge of the box forced the keeper to save low to his left. Josh McPake was in possession on the left a couple of minutes later and when he passed inside Kai Kennedy went past a defender before bringing out another save from the home keeper.

The break through came a couple of minutes before the hour mark, Josh McPake latching onto a forward pass to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. The home side responded with an attack into the right side of Rangers penalty area, the shot came in from a tight angle which Lewis Budinauckas pushed up in the air before the ball was cleared.

Midway through the half Kai Kennedy and Nathan Patterson combined on the left to tee up Josh McPake on the angle of the box but his shot was just too high. With six minutes remaining a Josh McPake solo effort made the tie safe, receiving a short corner from Kai Kennedy on the left a great piece of skill took him past two defenders and into the box where he side stepped another defender before shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Morton 0 Rangers 2

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Harris O’Connor, Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland, Nathan Patterson; Ben Williamson; Kai Kennedy (Leon King 88 mins), Ciaran Dickson; James Maxwell (Zack Butterworth HT (Joao Balde 59 mins)), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Kieran McKechnie, Chris McKee, Matty Yates.

Reserves Put Five Past Young Killie Side

December 3, 2018

Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 0

A look at the lineups pre-match suggested a comfortable win for Rangers against a young Kilmarnock side and that was the way it panned out. From Jordan Houston’s second minute penalty the result was never in doubt as the Killie youngsters battled well but were never an attacking threat.

There was barely two minutes on the clock when Dapo Mebude was scythed down inside the right side of the box by former Ranger Euan Deveney for a clear penalty that Jordan Houston stepped up to convert. Rangers dominated possession but it was the half-hour mark before they doubled their lead. Jordan Houston played the ball forward, Andy Dallas let it run though to Dapo Mebude who broke into the right side of the penalty area and shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Rangers third came eight minutes before the break, Cammy Palmer played the ball forward and Dapo Mebude’s layoff allowed Andy Dallas to break through into the centre of the box, Curtis Lyle came from his line to block the initial shot but the Rangers striker followed up to net the rebound. With half-time approaching the ball broke to Andy Dallas inside the box, a superb turn created the space but he shot narrowly over.

A minute before the break Rangers scored a fourth, Stephen Kelly breaking forward before playing Andy Dallas through in the left side of the penalty area and the striker shot high past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers had an early chance after the break when Nathan Patterson got to the right hand byline and cut the ball back for Dapo Mebude to shoot wide of the near post. On fifty-five minutes Stephen Kelly switched play to Nathan Patterson on the right who again got to the byline, his cutback found Liam Burt who stepped inside a defender before firing  a shot off the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers had a couple of chances either side of the midpoint of the half. First up Cammy Palmer played the ball forward to Dapo Mebude and his turn allowed him to get shot away from the edge of the box that Curtis Lyle saved low to his left. Then Josh McPake passed to Andy Dallas who broke into the left side of the box with Curtis Lyle turning the ball wide of his near post.

With the final quarter-hour approaching Rangers scored again, some neat footwork from Josh McPake took him past a defender in midfield and he sent Andy Dallas clear to continue into the box a slot past the keeper. Kilmarnock hadn’t threatened but with twelve minutes remaining Danny Higgins attacked the centre of Rangers defence, his shot was powerful enough but lacked direction and Robbie McCrorie held comfortably.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers:- Robbie McCrorie; Jordan Houston (Nathan Patterson HT), Niko Katic (Matthew Shiels 70 mins), Lee Wallace, Borna Barisic (Danny Finlayson HT); Cammy Palmer; Stephen Kelly, Josh McPake (Scott Gray 85 mins); Dapo Mebude, Andy Dallas, Liam Burt.

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Chris McKee, James Maxwell.

Kilmarnock:- Curtis Lyle; Craig Ross, Luke Barlow, Edin Lynch (Callum Shiels 80 mins), Euan Deveney; Kenny Barr, Danny Higgins, Adam Frizzell, Andy Monk; Innes Cameron, Josh Rennie (Josh Walker 60 mins)

Not Used:- Ross Miller (Gk), Aiden Murphy.