Archive for September, 2021

19’s Hit Three Past Swedes

September 28, 2021

Rangers 3 Hammarby 0

A Ross McCausland double and a goal from Robbie Ure means Rangers Under 19’s take a three goal lead to Sweden in three weeks time. As the teams lined up before kick off the physical size of the visitors stuck out, but an excellent performance from Rangers saw them dominate and control the game from start to finish.

Rangers first serious attack came on four minutes when Ross McCausland controlled a long pass from Leon King to advance to the left hand byline with his low centre being cleared by a defender. There was ten minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Adam Devine was alert with a quick throw in to find Tony Weston deep inside the right side of the Hammarby penalty area and his low centre was fired past William Bjorklund by Robbie Ure.

A further ten minutes had passed when Tony Weston attacked the left side of the penalty area and caused some panic in the visitors defence, the ball eventually found its way to Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box and only a deflection took his shot wide of the far post. There was ten minutes of the half remaining when Tony Weston again instigated an attack, the ball broke to Robbie Ure who teed up Ross McCausland on the left side of the box but shot straight at William Bjorklund.

Hammarby had shown little in the way of attack but it took a superb Jay Hogarth save three minutes before the break to keep Rangers ahead. A superb reverse pass on the edge of the box from Tekin Olgun put Nobel Gebrezgi through but the Rangers keeper advanced from his line to make the block.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hammarby 0

Rangers first effort of the second half came on fifty-two minutes, Robbie Fraser in possession on the left past inside to Ross McCausland and his strike from fully thirty yards was gathered by William Bjorklund at the second attempt. Six minutes later in a rare Hammarby attack they moved the ball from the left to Ben Engdahl inside the right side of the box but he shot over.

Within a minute Rangers came very close to doubling their lead, Ross McCausland broke on the right and passed inside to Tony Weston who’s shot from the edge of the box struck the underside of the bar and then off the keeper for a corner. A couple of minutes beyond the hour Cole McKinnon’s pass inside Markus Karlsson released Adam Devine, he picked out Robbie Ure with his low cross but the striker was denied by a fine point blank save.

With twenty-five minutes remaining Rangers doubled their lead, Alex Lowry passed to Cole McKinnon on the right who moved the ball on to Ross McCausland, he cut inside before firing a shot into the far top corner. Rangers were looking for more and when Robbie Fraser won the ball on the left side of the box he passed to Charlie Lindsay who fed Robbie Ure inside the left side of the box who forced William Bjorklund to push his shot over.

The next chance came when a brilliant Alex Lowry flick released Cole McKinnon he returned the ball to the Rangers midfielder who advanced into the right side of the box before shooting across goal, Robbie Fraser was arriving at the back post but could only find the side netting. With a quarter hour remaining Alex Lowry had a go from a twenty-five yard free kick and left of centre but it was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

A minute later Robbie Ure rose to win Adam Devine’s long ball and it was picked up by Ross McCausland who moved it on to Alex Lowry, he dribbled past three defenders inside the left side of the box but could only poke the ball straight at the keeper. Rangers grabbed a third goal to take to Sweden with nine minutes remaining, Adam Devine played the ball forward to Robbie Ure and his flick allowed Ross McCausland to enter the right side of the penalty area, go past a defender and dink the ball over William Bjorklund and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hammarby 0

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Adam Devine, Kyle McClelland, Leon King, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller; Cole McKinnon, Charlie Lindsay (Mackenzie Strachan 89 mins); Ross McCausland (Rory Wilson 89 mins), Robbie Ure (Arron Lyall 84 mins), Tony Weston (Alex Lowry 63 mins).

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk), Lewis MacKinnon, Connor Allan.

Hammarby:- William Bjorklund; Ben Engdahl, Steven Beko, Gustav Hedin, Markus Karlsson; Nobel Gebrezgi, Ahmet Turhal, William Axelsson, Elias Mohammad; Tekin Olgun, Marcus Rafferty (Victor Sluug 47 mins)

Not Used:- Diego Georgis (Gk), Jesper Lindahl, Essayas Bofua Luvoss, Liam Kallman, Mansoor Dawlat.


Under 18’s Bounce Back

September 21, 2021

Rangers 3 Aberdeen 1

Rangers Under 18’s bounced back from a few disappointing recent results with a comfortable win over Aberdeen at The Rangers Training Centre tonight. The sides swopped penalties in the first half but Rangers pulled clear after the break to secure a deserved three points.

Rangers took an early lead from the penalty spot on seven minutes, Kyle Semple played the ball forward to Robbie Ure on the left and as he attacked in the penalty area the referee judged he was tripped by Finlay Murray and awarded what looked like a rather soft penalty, with Charlie Lindsay converting from the spot. Four minutes later the Aberdeen version of Ryan Duncan raced clear through the inside left channel into the penalty area before squaring to Liam Harvey, Jack McConnell blocked the striker’s shot with his foot and Kelsey Ewan cleared the loose ball.

A Charlie Lindsay solo run took him past two defenders inside the box before side footing the ball towards the keeper’s right hand post but the ball lacked pace and Euan Towler was well placed to clear. The visitors equalised from the spot on twenty minutes, Liam Harvey broke into the left side of the box where he was brought down by Greig Allen, Ryan Duncan stepped up to draw the sides level.

Aberdeen then threatened when Timi Fatona crossed from the right with Liam Harvey rising to head narrowly wide of the back post. Seven minutes before the break Rangers were denied by the woodwork, Charlie Lindsay’s corner from the left was beyond the back post where Robbie Ure headed back across goal, Greig Allen met it on the volley but it bounced down off the underside of the crossbar. Jack Roberts stretched to head the rebound goalwards with Blessing Oluyemi gathering comfortably.

Both side came close in the final minute of the first half. Charlie Lindsay danced past two defenders into the right side of the box but he shot narrowly over. At the other end Ryan Duncan cut in from the right, his shot from the edge of the box beat Jack McConnell but bounced off the keeper’s right hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 1

The second half began like the first ended with the teams exchanging early chances. Aberdeen came first with Ryan Duncan teeing up Adam Emslie inside the right side of the penalty  but he was denied by the foot of Jack McConnell. Within a minute Zak McKay was powering into the right side of the box with Blessing Oluyemi standing up to beat away the shot.

Rangers took the lead on fifty-five minutes, Robbie Ure won possession wide on the right, he then exchanged passes with Tyler Pasnik before teeing up Jack Roberts who beat the keeper from around the penalty spot.  Just over ten minutes later Rangers extended their lead, Greig Allen rising to power a header past the keeper from Mackenzie Strachan’s corner from the right.

With twelve minutes of normal time remaining Mackenzie Strachan fed Robbie Ure inside the right side of the penalty area and he forced Blessing Oluyemi to save low to his right. A slack defensive pass with three minutes remaining gave Aberdeen a clear chance, Dylan Lobban passing to Liam Harvey in front of goal with Jack McConnell producing a fine point blank save.

A full six minutes into added time saw Aberdeen send a free-kick from the halfway line into Rangers penalty area where it broke for Ryan Duncan with Jack McConnell again saving at close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Aberdeen 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Zak McKay, Kelsey Ewan, Greig Allen, Kyle Spence; Mackenzie Strachan; Ryan Duncan, Charlie Lindsay (Kristian Webster 70 mins); Tyler Pasnik (Crispin McLean 86 mins), Robbie Ure, Jack Roberts (Rory Wilson 56 mins).

Not Used:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Zander Hutton, Leyton Grant, Zak Queen.

Aberdeen:- Blessing Oluyemi; Timi Fatona (Taylor Mason 68 mins), Finlay Murray, Euan Towler, Ethan Duncalf; Finn Yates, Dylan Lobban, Adam Emslie; Ryan Duncan, Liam Harvey, Alfie Bavidge (Findlay Marshall 80 mins)

Not Used:- Jamie Shingler (Gk), Blair McKenzie.

Third Defeat For U18’s

September 18, 2021

Hibernian 2 Rangers 1

A deflected shot a couple of minutes past the hour condemned Rangers Under 18’s to their third defeat in four league games. Despite taking an early lead, once the home side edged ahead in a game of few chances the young Rangers side never looked like taking anything from the game.

With the game on the artificial pitch inside the Hibernian Training Centre viewing wasn’t ideal, watching through a mesh fence. This made identifying the unfamiliar Hibs players difficult, especially when play was at the far end.

Rangers took the lead on seven minutes, the Hibs defence struggled to deal Charlie Lindsay’s corner from the left and as the ball bobbled around the box it eventually fell for Tyler Pasnik who fired into the net from the edge of the six yard box. Jack McConnell was called into action on twenty-eight minutes, the ball was headed into Rangers box from the right and volleyed goalwards with the Rangers keeper saved comfortably.

Within a minute the sides were level, the shot coming from the left hand angle of the box, across Jack McConnell and into the far corner. The Rangers keeper was in action again just before the break, saving a free-kick from just outside the penalty area low to his left.

Half-Time:- Hibernian 1 Rangers 1

Hibs came close four minutes into the second half, a powerfully struck free-kick had Jack McConnell divining to his right with the ball just going wide of his post. The home side took the lead on sixty-four minutes, the shot from the edge of the box deflected off a defender and with Jack McConnell already heading in the other direction the keeper was left helpless.

Neither keeper was really troubled for long spells with the home side edging territorial possession. The nearest Rangers came to threatening an equaliser came inside the final ten minutes when Jack Roberts chased a ball through the inside right channel, the Hibs keeper raced from his goal line to clear for a throw in as the players came together just inside the box.

Full-Time:- Hibernian 2 Rangers 1

Hibernian:- Murray Johnson; Jacob Blaney, McKenzie Weir, Kanayo Megwa; Josh McCulloch, Murray Aitken, Oscar McIntyre; Ethan Laidlaw, Robbie Hamilton, Connor Young; Josh O’Connor.

Subs:- Josh Blair (Gk), Malik Zaid, Freddie Wylie, Ben Reilly, Jacob McIntyre, Rudi Molotnikov.

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Kelsey Ewan, Harley Ewan (Kristian Webster 81 mins), Zak McKay; Mackenzie Strachan; Ryan Duncan, Charlie Lindsay; Tyler Pasnik (Kyle Semple 63 mins); Robbie Ure, Rory Wilson (Jack Roberts 71 mins)

Not Used:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Zak Queen, Kerr Robertson.

Challenge Cup Defeat For Colts

September 14, 2021


Rangers 0 Ayr United 3

Rangers Colts were well beaten by Ayr United in the Challenge Cup at Dumbarton tonight, The Rangers youngsters were competitive in the first half and were a bit unfortunate to be behind at the break. The second half was different with Ayr bring dominant and Rangers finishing the game without forcing a save from Aidan McAdams.

Rangers had the first opportunity on ten minutes when Charlie Lindsay capitalised on hesitancy in the Ayr defence to burst into the right side of the box but he shot over. For the next twenty-five minutes or so the game was fairly even with neither side really troubling the keeper. 

On thirty four minutes Murray Miller played the ball out to Robbie Fraser on the left and from his cross Charlie Lindsay’s volley was deflected over. Five minutes later the Ibrox youngsters were behind, Andy Murdoch crossed from the right and it was flicked on by Michael Moffat for Daire O’Connor to shoot past Kieran Wright.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Ayr United 1

The visitors had the first real chance of the second half, from Daire O’Connor’s cross from the right Joe Chalmers headed straight Kieran Wright. Within a minute Daire O’Connor beat Kieran Wright with a shot from the edge of the box but the ball rebounded from the keeper’s right hand post.

Rangers then threatened at the other end when Leon King’s glancing header from Robbie Fraser’s corner from the right was only just past the far post. Ayr were soon back on attack and when Daire O’Connor crossed from the left, Mark McKenzie flicked on for Markus Fjortoft to head over at the back post.

Ayr United doubled their lead with sixteen minutes remaining, Joe Chalmers giving Kieran Wright no chance from a twenty-five yard free-kick. Three minutes later the visitors added a third, Kieran Wright failed to deal with Steven Bradley’s corner from the right allowing Markus Fjortoft to head into the net at the back post.

Ayr could have scored a fourth in the final minute, Michael Moffat broke on the right, his low cross found Tomi Adeloye who’s shot came back off the keeper’s right hand post, Cameron Salkeld fired in a shot from that rebound with Kieran Wright producing a fine save to turn the ball over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Ayr United 3

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Adam Devine, Lewis MacKinnon, Leon King (Kelsey Ewan 76 mins), Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 51 mins); Cole McKinnon, Charlie McCann, Charlie Lindsay; Ross McCausland (Robbie Ure 81 mins), Tony Weston.

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Jack Harkness, Mackenzie Strachan

Ayr United:- Aidam McAdams; Jordan Houston (Alex Jeanes 80 mins), Markus Fjortoft, Sean McGinty, Finn Ecrepont; Aaron Muirhead (Cameron Salkeld 56 mins), Andy Murdoch (Steven Bradley 67 mins); Michael Moffat; Joe Chalmers, Mark McKenzie (Patrick Reading 80 mins), Daire O’Connor (Tomi Adeloye 67 mins)

Not Used:- Charlie Albinson (Gk), Jack Baird, Kinlay Bilham


Under 16’s Lose To Accies

September 12, 2021

Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 1

Following on from Friday’s Under 18’s 2-3 defeat to Celtic and last weekend’s Under 15’s 0-4 loss to Hearts it was three academy defeats in a row for me with the Under 16’s going down at Hamilton. They were second best by some distance in the first half, improved a bit after the break but not enough to turn the game around.

Accies took the lead on nine minutes from a free-kick on the edge of the box and left of centre, the positioning of the defensive wall was suspect as a low shot past the wall found the net inside the near post. Rangers first chance came when Kieran Wilson got to the right hand byline and when his cross was headed clear Finlay Curtis met it on the volley with the home keeper making the save.

A couple of minutes before the half hour mark the home side double their lead, a free-kick from close to the halfway line was sent into Rangers box and with nobody taking responsibility to deal with it the ball bounced inside the six yard box for an Hamilton player to net. Ten minutes later an Accies attack on the left resulted in a shot from close to the byline that Sam Kane blocked with his legs.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 0

Rangers fell further behind eight minutes into the second half, the striker appeared to have lost his chance inside the left side of the penalty area, but he was allowed a second chance by the Rangers defence and shot past Evan Anderson. Rangers reduced the deficit just before mark, a corner from the left found its way to Sean Phinn at the back post and his volley was turned into the net by Cameron Ossebi. 

With the final ten minutes approaching Rocco Friel sent Crispin McLean clear on the right, he got to the byline and his cut back picked out Kieran Wilson who saw his shot blocked in front of goal.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 3 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Sam Kane (Evan Anderson HT); Rocco Friel, Leyton Grant, Niall Rogerson, Cameron Scott; Kerr Robertson, Cooper Knox (Sean Phinn HT); Crispin McLean; Finlay Curtis (Cameron Ossebi 20 mins (Trialist 58 mins)), Kieran Wilson, Ethan Sutherland.

Defeat For Under 18’s

September 10, 2021

Rangers 2 Celtic 3

A disappointing performance and result saw Rangers U18’s lose to Celtic at The Rangers Training Centre tonight.

Celtic started the better and on five minutes they broke forward from midfield but the shot from the edge of the box flew wide of Jack McConnell’s right hand post. The visitors took the lead on eighteen minutes, Rangers appeared to have repelled the attack but then lost possession inside the left side of the box to Ben Quinn who shot past Jack McConnell.

Rangers were back on level terms almost immediately, Kyle Semple was sent down the left and his low cross was converted from the edge of the six yard box by Leyton Dunlop. Celtic probably edged the first half but neither keeper was troubled for the rest of the half.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Celtic 1

Rangers had two early chances after the break, three minutes in Mackenzie Strachan broke forward and passed to Rory Wilson who’s superb first touch allowed him to get a shot away but it was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Within a minute Ryan Duncan’s pass sent Jack Roberts breaking into the right side of the penalty area with the keeper blocking the shot with a foot.

Celtic replied from a free-kick wide on the right hand touchline that was delivered to the back post where it was headed narrowly wide. A couple of minutes before the hour mark Celtic took the lead from the penalty spot, Kyle Semple conceded the spot-kick with a mistimed challenge inside the right side of the box and Ben Doak stepped up to convert.

Within a minute Celtic were reduced to ten men with a straight red card for a shocking challenge on Leyton Dunlop. With three minutes remaining and Rangers chasing the game Celtic broke to grab a third, substitute Daniel Cummings breaking on the right from the halfway line to continue into the box and shoot past Jack McConnell.

With the game entering injury time Rangers pulled a goal back, Mackenzie Strachan swung in a corner from the right and Greig Allen rose highest to head past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Celtic 3

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Kelsey Ewan, Greig Allen, Kyle Semple; Mackenzie Strachan; Leyton Dunlop (Zak McKay 74 mins) Connor Allan; Ryan Duncan; Jack Roberts (Tyler Pasnik 68 mins), Rory Wilson.

Not Used:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Harley Ewan, Kristian Webster, Kerr Robertson, Zak Queen