Youth Update

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)







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