Archive for August, 2019

18’s Overcome Killie And The Conditions

August 30, 2019

 Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers Under 18’s made it two wins from two in the youth league with a win over Kilmarnock on a rain soaked pitch at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. It was a comfortable win with Killie failing to seriously trouble Lewis Budinauckas over the ninety minutes.

The first real dangerous incident cam on thirteen minutes, Alex Lowry switched play to Ross McAusland on the right and he hit the byline before crossing low with Keir Russell sliding in to clear for a corner. Just over ten minutes later Harris O’Connor headed the ball into the Killie box and Matty Yates managed to get a shot away which Harry Broun save comfortably.

On the half-hour Harris O’Connor passed to Ross McAusland and his shot from the right hand angle of the box forced Harry Broun to save low to his right. Two minutes later Adam Devine took a shot corner on the left to Ciaran Dickson and his shot from the left hand angle of the box was deflected wide.

Six minutes before the break Matty Yates fired a twenty-five yard free-kick and left of centre just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Lewis Budinauckas had virtually been a spectator but in the conditions Steven Warnock’s thirty yard free-kick could have been troublesome but the Rangers keeper displayed impeccable handling with the ball bouncing just in front of him.

Rangers took the lead on the stroke of half-time, Ross McAusland went past Jake Willis and into the right side of the box, his shot had Harry Broun at full stretch diving to his right to parry but the keeper was helpless as Alex Lowry followed up to score from the rebound.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 0

The second half had reached it’s midpoint when Rangers doubled their lead, Aaron Lyall attacked the Killie box leaving two defenders in his wake before played in Chris McKee deep inside the right side of the box and he shot past the keeper. With the game inside the final quarter hour Kane Ritchie-Hosler worked along the right hand byline, his cut back found it’s way to Matthew Henderson inside the left side of the penalty area but he shot straight at the keeper.

The final chance came with five minutes remaining, Aaron Lyall danced past three defenders on the left hand byline, his cutback picked out Chris McKee who was denied by a fine point blank save from Harry Broun.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Kilmarnock 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Harris O’Connor, Lewis McKinnon (Matthew Henderson 64 mins), Kyle McAusland, Adam Devine (Ryan Muir 79 mins); Leon King; Ciaran Dickson, Alex Lowry (Umaro Balde 67 mins); Ross McAusland (Arron Lyall 64 mins), Matty Yates (Chris McKee 54 mins), Kane Ritchie-Hosler.

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Robbie Fraser

Kilmarnock:- Harry Broun; Kenny Sloan, Keir Russell, Craig Ross, Jake Willis; ???? Devenny;Ross Smith, Tarek Abed, Liam Smith; Steven Warnock; Josh Rennie.

Subs Used:- Ryan Walker, Jason Walker, Blyth Mullen

Not Used:- Jamie Walker (Gk)

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Late Goals Stun Colts

August 27, 2019

Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 2

Two goals in the last four minutes condemned Rangers Colts to defeat in tonight’s Glasgow Cup tie at Dumbarton. Ironically Rangers missed their best chance just before Thistle grabbed their first goal.

Rangers included Matt Polster and Brandon Barker as their two over age players allowed, while Thistle included “Ranger” Cammy Palmer. Thistle had a great chance on four minutes when Raffaele De Vita latched on to a slack pass and progressed deep into the left side of Rangers penalty area and it took a great block from Rhys Breen to avert the danger. Rangers replied two minutes later with a Kai Kennedy free-kick flighted over the defensive wall that Jamie Sneddon saved comfortably.

There was eight minutes on the clock when Kai Kennedy swung in a free-kick from the left, Jamie Sneddon allowed the ball to slip through his grasp but it went wide of the back post just before Lewis Mayo could reach it. Lewis Mayo then sent a ball over the Thistle defence and Brandon Barker was in a race with Bradley Renfrew, the Rangers player got the break but his poke goalwards was blocked by Jamie Sneddon.

It was a lively start and the game had only reached twelve minutes when Thistle’s Trialist played the ball forward to Alex Jones who turned and fired a twenty five yard shot just wide of Kieran Wright’s right hand post. Back to the other end and when Matt Polster played the ball up to Dapo Mebude he tried his luck from distance but Jamie Sneddon saved comfortably.

With the midpoint of the half approaching Matt Polster glanced a header from Kai Kennedy’s corner from the left just wide of the far post. The remainder of the half was pretty tame by comparison and the half ended goal less.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers had the first chance after the break, Nathan Patterson passed in from the right and Jamie Barjonas effort from around thirty yards had Jamie Sneddon leaping to tip over. A “Rangers” player came close a couple of minutes later when Shea Gordon passed in from the left and Cammy Palmer’s twenty-five yarder forced Kieran Wright to save low to his left.

Just before the hour mark Joe Cardle picked up a loose ball and his powerful strike from just inside the box was diverted wide of his left hand post by Kieran Wright. With twenty minutes remaining Kai Kennedy swung in a free-kick from just outisde the left side of the box which Jamie Sneddon gathered at the second attempt. 

With five minutes remaining Rangers had their best chance, a corner from the left was cleared from the box and when Jamie Barjonas knocked it back in it fell to Rhys Breen who’s powerful shot was parried by Jamie Sneddon and the keeper reacted to block Lewis Mayo’s effort from the rebound. Thistle immediately broke to the other end to take the lead, Alex Jones broke on the right and when he was challenged inside the box the ball broke to Joe Cardle whose shot was blocked but Lewis Mansell followed up and his shot deflected off Nathan Patterson for an Own Goal.

The lead was doubled within a minute, Lewis Mansell doing the creative part inside the left side of Rangers box before teeing up Alex Jones to shoot past Kieran Wright. Rangers had a final chance for a consolation, Kai Kennedy switching play from the left to Serge Atakayi inside the right side of the box but he was denied by a fine Jame Sneddon save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Partick Thistle 2

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Nathan Patterson, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, James Maxwell; Max Polster, Jamie Barjonas; Kai Kennedy; Jake Hastie (Nathan Young-Coombs 88 mins), Dapo Mebude, Brandon Barker (Serge Atakayi 67 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Danny Finlayson, Jack Thomson, Joao Balde, Zac Butterworth.

Partick Thistle:- Jamie Sneddon; Bradley Renfrew (Stuart Bannigan 56 mins), Trialist, Thomas O’Ware, Thomas Robson; Cammy Palmer; Evan Galasso (Joe Cardle 56 mins), Mouhamed Niang ( Steven Suanders 67 mins), Shea Gordon, Raffaele De Vita (Lewis Mansell 67 mins); Alex Jones.

Not Used:- Scott Fox (Gk), Andy Rodden, Ruaridh McIntyre.

 

 

 

2006’s Hit Thistle For Six

August 26, 2019

Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 0

A Rangers squad that included three trialists and two 2007’s put six goals past Partick Thistle at the Hummel Training Centre tonight.

There was six minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Trialist No.10 provided the pass to Rory Wilson inside the left side of the box and he shot across the keeper into the far corner. Twenty minutes later Thistle broke into the left side of Rangers penalty area, Sam Kane made a fine save from the shot and the rebound was fired high over.

Two minutes later the play was switched to Finlay Curtis on the right, he cut inside before forcing a save from the keeper at the near post. Rangers first chance of the second period came five minutes in, Rory Wilson providing the pass for Chris Eadie who was denied when the keeper dived to his left to parry.

With the hour mark approaching Rocco Friel crossed from the right and Ethan Sutherland arrived at the far post but headed into the side netting. Rangers doubled their lead on the hour mark with a superb goal, it started on the left with Cooper Knox and moved through Ethan Sutherland to Rory Wilson who played the ball out to Kerr Robertson before moving into the box and glance a header past the keeper from the right wing cross.

Ten minutes later the Thistle keeper touched Rory Wilson’s free-kick from the edge of the box on to his right hand post but was helpless as Grant Marchant followed up to net the rebound. A couple of minutes later it was four, Ethan Sutherland sending Rory Wilson through and he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper.

There was still time for Rangers to add a fifth before the end of the second period, Ethan Sutherland again provided the pass to Rory Wilson, this time wide on the left and fully thirty yards from goal from where he fired a shot over the keeper and into the net. Five minutes into the final period Finlay Curtis cut in from the right past two defenders but was denied when the keeper dived high to his rightto touch the ball on to the crossbar.

Ethen Sutherand then attacked the left hand angle of the box where he exchanged passes with Finlay Curtis but his attempted lob went across the face of goal. The scoring was completed when Finlay Curtis through ball released Crispin McLean who continued into the box and slotted the ball past the keeper.

Full-Tme:- Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers Squad:- Sam Kane (Gk), Evan Anderson (Gk), Niall Rogerson, Rocco Friel, Leighton Grant, Dylan Brown, Jamie Bradley, Trialist No. 8, Trialist No.10, Finlay Curtis, Rory Wilson, Crispin McLean, Trialist No.12, Kerr Robertson, Cooper Knox, Chris Eadie, Grant Marchant, Ethan Sutherland.

 

2005’s Bounce Back

August 24, 2019

Rangers 4 Motherwell 1

Rangers 2005’s bounced back from last week’s disappointment against Ayr United with a fine win over a physically bigger and stronger Motherwell side at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. All square at the break three fine goals saw the Rangers youngsters record a comfortable win.

Yet it was the visitor’s that took an early lead on four minutes. A corner from the left went beyond the penalty area and when the ball was crossed from the right it was headed past Scott Cowie at the back post. Rangers came close to an equaliser on thirteen minutes when Ricco Diack’s through ball released Callum Sandilands inside the right side of the penalty area but the keeper dived to turn the shot wide of the near post.

On the quarter hour Motherwell won the ball inside the left side of Rangers box and Scott Cowie was forced into a save at the near post. Midway through the half Jamie Newton swung a free-kick from the left into the box, the referee saw an infringement that nobody else did and pointed to the spot, with Adam Forrester stepping up to convert.

Ten minutes before the break Scott Cowie came to Rangers rescue with a brilliant point blank save. The attack started on the right and when the ball was passed inside a neat piece of skill took the ‘Well player clear of the Rangers defender but Scott Cowie made a superb block on the edge of the six yard box at point blank range.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 1

Motherwell came close to edging ahead a couple of minutes into the second half, the shot from the edge of the box beat Scott Cowie but crashed off the under side of the bar. Rangers then hit Motherwell with two goals a minute either side of the hour mark. The first came from a fine passing move that was concluded by the two Under 14’s players, Kerr Robertson provide the pass for Rory Wilson who continued into the left side of the box and calmly beat the keeper. Next was a brilliant Zak McKay solo effort, breaking forward from right back, when the spaced opened up he left the Motherwell defence in his wake to continue into the box and slot past the keeper.

With the game entering the final quarter hour Callum Sandilands played a ball over the Motherwell defence, a good first touch from Rory Wilson set him up for the shot but it was straight at the keeper. Rangers scored a fourth with a couple of minutes remaining, Jamie Newton exchanged passes with Ryan Murray then sent Rory Wilson clear with his next pass and the striker continued into the box before passing the ball past the keeper and into the net at his left hand post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Motherwell 1

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Zak McKay, Adam Forrester, Kristian Webster, Ryan Murray, Euan Ross, Callum Sandilands, Jamie Newton, Kian Gunn, Ricco Diack, Trialist No.11, Brodie Kerr, Kerr Robertson, Zak Queen, Rory Wilson, Tiaman Scott.

Heavy Defeat For 2005’s

August 17, 2019

Rangers  Ayr United 5

It was a disappointing performance from Rangers 2005’s falling to a heavy defeat against Ayr United at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. Even more so when they were two goals up after thirteen minutes.

Rangers took the lead on four minutes when Rory Wilson fired a free kick into the keeper’s top left hand corner. Less than ten minutes later rangers doubled their lead, Jamie Newton played a ball over the Ayr defence and Rory Wilson raced clear to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

As the final ten minutes of the half approached Rangers failed to clear a corner from the left and Jacob Pazikas diverted a close range shot wide of his right hand post. Within a minute Ayr reduced the deficit, attacking on the left a shot from the angle of the box beat Jacob Pazikas low to his left.

Four minutes before the break Ayr attacked into the right side of the box with Jacob Pazikas standing up to make the save. The visitors then hit Rangers with two goals just before the break. The first came from a free kick wide on the left that glanced off a Rangers defender’s head and in at the far post. An attack then started down the left and when the ball was played across to the right side of the box it was fired high past Jacob Pazikas.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Ayr United 3

Rangers came close eight minutes after the break, Brodie Kerr played the ball forward and Ben Conduit broke into the right side of the box, he passed inside to Ricco Diack who was denied by a fine save from the keeper. Less then five minutes later the ball was knocked into the Ayr box, Ben conduit got there to knock the ball past the keeper but a defender cleared.

Just after the hour mark Jacob Pazikas came for and missed a long ball into the box but recovered to save before Ayr could capitalise. With the game now in the final twenty minutes Ricco Diack’s through ball released Ben Conduit but the keeper blocked the shot with his foot. When the ball came to Rory Wilson his twenty-five yard lob seemed net bound until the keeper recovered to tip the ball onto the bar.

The visitors immediately broke to the other end and Jacob Pazikas had to be alert to save a twenty-five yarder high to his left. They then increased their lead with the next attack, breaking on the left and converting from the edge of the six yard box when the ball was centred.

Ayr threatened again with an effort from fully thirty yards that Jacob Pazikas stretched to tip over. Ayr’s fifth goal came with two minutes remaining, the attack was through the centre of Rangers defence and the shot beyond Jacob Pazikas.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Ayr United 5

Rangers Squad:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Callum Sandilands, Brodie Kerr, Adam Forrester, Ryan Murray, Kerr Robertson, Zak Queen, Euan Ross, Tiaman Scott, Rory Wilson, Jamie Newton, Ben Conduit, Kian Gunn, Ricco Diack.

Colts Advance In Challenge Cup

August 14, 2019

Stranraer 0 Rangers 2

An improved second-half performance was the basis for Rangers Colts progress in tonight’s challenge cup tie at Stair Park. The home side had the edge on chances in the first half but the young ‘Gers side stepped it up after the break and ran out deserved winners.

Stranraer threatened on quarter hour with a quick break, Leon Murphy broke to the halfway line and when he headed forward Ryan Thomson continued into the right side of Rangers penalty area but shot straight at Kieran Wright. Ten minutes later James Hilton sent in a low corner from the right that was volleyed goalwards by Jamie Hamill and a goal line clearance from Kai Kennedy at the near post prevented a goal.

Barely a minute later Leon Murphy cut in from the left and his shot from the edge of the box forced Kieran Wright to save low to his right. Rangers had a few promising attacks in the first half but failed to test Dale Burgess in the Stranraer goal.

Half-Time:- Stranraer 0 Rangers 0

The home side continued to threaten and created a chance in the opening minute of the second half. The ball was moved from Ian Smith on the right side of the box via James Hilton to Ryan Thomson on the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and Kieran Wright saved comfortably. Rangers took the lead in the fifty-seventh minute with their first real effort on goal, Josh McPake cutting in from the left and shooting past the keeper into the far corner.

A minute later Rhys Breen passed to Josh McPake on the left, he moved the ball forward to Kai Kennedy and he switched play to Eros Grezda on the right side of the box but his shot was weak and Dale Burgess saved easily. Stranraer had a chance midway through the half when the ball broke kindly for Ryan Thomson inside the box but he shot wide of Kieran Wright’s left hand post.

Rangers replied when Nathan Patterson broke forward and his through ball saw the keeper just get there before Kai Kennedy, the ball broke to Josh McPake but from a tight angle he shot across goal. With a quarter hour remaining Kai Kennedy fed Nathan Patterson who went past two defenders as he attacked the left side of the penalty area but Dale Burgess raced from his line to block the shot.

Only a fine Kieran Wright stop kept Rangers lead intact with twelve minute remaining, James Hilton whipped in a corner from the right I was unsure if Ryan Thomson got a touch but Kieran Wright reacted brilliantly to turn the ball over.Rangers then made the tie safe two minutes later, the ball was worked to James Maxwell on the left side of the box, his shot was blocked but he collected the ball on the left hand byline and picked out Jamie Barjonas who shot past Dale Burgess from around the penalty spot.

The final chance came when Jordan Houston sent Josh McPake down the right and he cut inside before shooting just wide of the near post.

Full-Time:- Stranraer 0 Rangers 2

Stranraer:- Dale Burgess; Scott Robertson, Jamie Hamill, Adam Cummins; Carlo Pignatiello, Connor McManus, Ian Smith (Harry Mitchell 67 mins), David Smith; James Hilton, Ryan Thomson (Reece Agnew 79 mins), Leon Murphy.

Not Used:- Euan Brown (Gk), Robbie Adair, Lewis McIntyre.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen, Nathan Patterson; Jack Thomson, Jamie Barjonas; Kai Kennedy (James Maxwell 76 mins); Eros Grezda (Alex Lowry 82 mins), Dapo Mebude, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Brian Kinnear (Gk), Kyle McLelland, Joao Balde, Zac Butterworth, Murray Miller.

 

Challenge Cup Progress

August 9, 2019

Berwick Rangers 1 Rangers 2

Its a belated report having been in Denmark for a few days, but before I left I took in Rangers Under 20’s Challenge Cup clash with Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park on Tuesday night. The margin of victory was one goal but in reality Rangers never looked like losing the tie.

The first chance came on seven minutes when Eros Grezda got to the right hand byline and cut the ball back to Dapo Mebude who volleyed just over. Two minutes later Kai Kennedy cut in from the left before passing to Jamie Barjonas who saw his effort from the edge of the box deflected just over.

The game had reached the quarter hour when Dapo Mebude attacked the right side of the penalty area and when the ball broke to Eros Grezda his shot forced Sean Brennan to dive to his right to parry. Berwick had their first chance around the twenty minute mark, Cammy Lumsden delivered a corner from the left, Grant Rose got on the end of it but his powerful header was deflected wide by a Berwick player.

Rangers immediately broke to the other end and took the lead from the penalty spot, James Maxwell played the ball forward to Dapo Mebude and he was brought down inside the left side of the box and the Rangers striker dusted himself down to convert from the spot. Rangers doubled their lead five minutes later, Kai Kennedy’s chipped pass sent Josh McPake through the inside left channel to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Sean Brennan got down to his left to touch a Jamie Barjonas shot from the edge of the box on to the post. A fine Rangers move produced another chance before the break, Jordan Houston moved the ball forward to Eros Grezda who passed to Dapo Mebude, he left a defender in his wake as he broke on the right and turned another defender inside the box but was denied when Sean Brennan came from his line to make the block.

Half-Time:- Berwick Rangers 0 Rangers 2

With the hour mark approaching James Maxwell cut the ball back to Kai Kennedy from the left hand byline, he laid the ball back to Dapo Mebude and he was only denied when Sean Brennan dived high to his left to tip over. With the half now at the midpoint Berwick’s Yaw Osei was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Jamie Barjonas.

But it was the home side who were next to find the net with twenty minutes remaining, Lewis Barr broke on the right and when his cross came in Kieran Wright could only touch the ball onto the bar when he should have perhaps done better and Dan Purves dived to head the rebound into the net. Rangers had the final chance when Eros Grezda cut in from the right before feeding Dapo Mebude who saw his shot deflected wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Berwick Rangers 1 Rangers 2

Berwick Rangers:- Sean Brennan; Cammy Lumsden, Ricky Miler, Jack Cook, Kevin Waugh; Ciaran Chalmers; Dan Purves (Kieran Jack 72 mins), Ali Forster (Ali Smith 89 mins), Lewis Barr; Grant Rose (Gary Windram 70 mins), Yaw Osei.

Not Used;- Ryan Kidd (Gk), Ciaran Brian, Darly Healy.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo (Danny Finlayson HT), Rhys Breen (Cole McKinnon 89 mins), James Maxwell; Jack Thomson (Nathan Patterson 77 mins), Jamie Barjonas; Josh McPake; Eros Grezda, Dapo Mebude, Kai Kennedy.

Not Used:- Aidan McAdams (Gk), Joao Balde, Murray Miller, Alex Lowry.

New Stand Opens With Chelsea Visit

August 2, 2019

Rangers 1 Chelsea 1

A young Chelsea side that included former Rangers player Billy Gilmour provided the opposition for the official opening of the new stand at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. A strong Rangers side were held to a draw, which was the right result on the balance of play.

Rangers were first to threaten on eight minutes when Jamie Barjonas cut in from the left and his shot forced Jamie Cumming to dive to his left and make the save. The game had entered the final ten minutes of the half when the ball broke to Charlie Brown on the edge of the Rangers box and he forced Andy Firth to dive to his left to save.

Rangers came close two minutes later when a Jamie Barjonas free-kick from the edge of the box and left of centre beat the keeper but bounced off the crossbar. Chelsea’s response was a Tino Anjorin through ball the sent Charlie Brown clear but Andy Firth came racing from his line to make the save.

On the stroke of half-time Rangers came close from a flowing move, Jake Hastie passed to Josh McPake who moved the ball out to Jordan Houston on the right, Dapo Mebude met his low cross on the volley but it was straight at Jamie Cummings.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Chelsea 0

Rangers were first to threaten after the break with Jake Hastie attacking the left side of the penalty area but Josh McPake just unable to reach his cross as it flashed across goal. Billy Gilmour was then provider with a pass to Tariq Uwakwe whose shot was straight at Andy Firth.

The half was only eight minutes old when Rangers took the lead, Jake Hastie’s cross from the left found its way to Jordan Houston inside the right side of the box, he hit the byline before centring for Josh McPake to net from close range. The lead was to last until the hour mark when Juan Castillo got the better of Jordan Houston to get to the left hand byline and from his cross Tariq Uwakwe glanced a header in at the far post.

With twenty minutes remaining substitute Kai Kennedy’s first contribution was to release Dapo Mebude on the right side of the box and despite the presence of a defender he got his shot away that Jamie Cummings saved low to his right. The final chance came for the visitors, Clinton Mola broke from defence and passed George McEachran who fed Marcel Lavinier breaking into the right side of the penalty area and Andy Firth stood up to parry and the ball was cleared.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Chelsea 1

Rangers:- Andy Firth; Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Filip Helander, Jon Flanagan (James Maxwell 60 Mins); Max Polster; Jack Thomson (Kai Kennedy 70 Mins), Jamie Barjonas (Danny Finlayson 77 Mins); Josh McPake (Rhys Breen 89 Mins), Dapo Mebude, Jake Hastie.

Not Used;- Aidan McAdams (Gk)

Chelsea:- Jamie Cummings, Tariq Lampley (Josh Grant HT), Marc Guehi (Jack Wakely 67 Mins), Clinton Mola, Ian Moatsen; Billy Gilmour, George McEachran; Tariq Uwakwe, Tino Anjorin (Marcel Lavinier 60 mins), Juan Castillo (Marcel Lewis 71 Mins); Charlie Brown (Armando Broja 77 mins)

Not Used:- Ethan Wady (Gk)

 

Footnote:- Around the same time Rangers 2004’s were victorious  in the SupercupNI with a 2-0 over Charlton Athletic in the final. The goals coming from Dire Mebude & Robbie Ure.

 

 

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