Archive for October, 2021

Penalty Secures A Win

October 30, 2021

Rangers 1 Berwick Rangers 0

A Tony Weston penalty fourteen minutes from time was enough to secure the points for The Colts against Berwick Rangers at Dumbarton this afternoon. It was my second game of the day having watched the under 15’s rack up a few goals against Hibernian this morning.

The first chance of the game came on six minutes, Adam Devine exchanging passes with Juan Alegria and shooting just wide of Andy McNeill’s left hand post from the edge of the box. A couple of minutes later the visitors had to make an early change when Jack Cook pulled up injured and he was replaced by Cameron Scott-Dow.

Only a superb Andy McNeill save on twenty-four minutes prevented Rangers taking the lead, Charlie McCann’s twenty-five yard  free- kick was heading for the keeper’s top right corner until he dived high to his right to turn the ball over. Just after the hour mark a Juan Alegria layoff setup a shooting chance for Arron Lyall on the edge of the box that Andy McNeill dived to his right to parry.

Rangers came close to making the breakthrough just before half time, Adam Devine sent Arron Lyall to the right hand byline and he  cut the ball back for Charlie McCann’s who’s shot was netbound until a superb Jamie Piper block diverted the ball for a corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Berwick Rangers 0

The first chance after the break came on fifty-two minutes when Robbie Fraser’s corner from the right found the head of Lewis MacKinnon but Andy McNeill was well placed to make the save. A further six minutes had elapsed when Juan Alegria got on the end of Adam Devine’s cross from the right but under pressure from a defender his volley was just too high.

With a quarter hour remaining Kane Ritchie- Hosler cut in from the left and passed to Charlie Lindsay who’s shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. Within a minute Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot, the referee adjudged that Tony Weston was tripped by David Murray Ferguson and the Rangers sub converted from the spot.

Berwick had a great chance to draw level with eleven minutes remaining, Calum Smith’s flick on from a long ball sent Ciaran Heeps clear, as he tried to round Lewis Budinauckas, Cole McKinnon got back and between the keeper and defender they managed to clear the danger. With five minutes remaining former Rangers Academy player Grant Nelson was shown a straight red card for a last man foul on the edge of the box as Robbie Ure raced clear.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Berwick Rangers 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine, Lewis MacKinnon, Cole McKinnon, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller (Charlie Linsday 74 mins); Kane Ritchie Hosler, Charlie McCann; Ross McCausland, Juan Alegria (Robbie Ure 62 mins), Arron Lyall (Tony Weston 62 mins).

Not Used:- Arron Cervantes (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Mackenzie Strachan, Connor Allan.

Berwick Rangers:- Andy McNeil; Grant Nelson, Jack Cook (Cameron Scott-Dow 8 mins), Jamie Piper, David Murray-Ferguson; Aidan Denholm, Jordan Sinclair; Graham Taylor, Sean Stewart (Ciaran Heeps 64 mins), Kieran McGrath; Calum Smith.

Not Used:- Ben Swinton (Gk), John Ward, Lewis Allan, Lewis Baker.

Rangers 9 Hibernian 0

Saturday morning gave me an opportunity to take in the Under 15’s  game against Hibs and they kept up a good run of form by blowing the Easter Road youngsters away.

Rangers took the lead on the quarter hour, when the cross came in from the left Arran Kerr inside the right side of the box sent a header back across the goal and it found the top corner via the inside of the post. Five minutes later the two trialists combined to grab a second goal, Trialist No.6 progressing along the right hand byline before playing the ball across goal for Trialist No.7 to net from close range.

At this stage goals were coming at five minute intervals and when Josh Gentles won the ball inside the Hibernian penalty area it broke to Lewis Stewart who shot into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner. We only had to wait a further two minutes for the fourth, Lewis Stewart providing the through ball for Trialist No.6 to race clear, round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

The visitors rallied and created a couple of opportunities before the break, a ball over the top of Rangers defence allowed their striker race clear, as Alfie Halliwell advanced from goal he poked the ball past the keeper but wide of his right hand post. Right on half time a chip from the left hand angle of the box had the keeper beaten but bounced of the top of the bar and over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Hibernian 0

Hibs were first to threaten in the second half with an attack into the right side of the box and Alfie Halliwell had to make a save to his right. Rangers were soon back on attack and adding a fifth, Connor Campbell’s pass through the inside left channel sent Chris Eadie clear to shoot past the keeper.

Number six soon followed when Chris Eadie was again sent clear and on this occasion he beat the keeper with a sublime chip. The next goal came when Trialist No.6 was released inside the penalty area to shoot past the keeper for Rangers seventh.

Chris Eadie then turned provider with a pass to release Trialist No.6 to continue into the box and complete his hat-trick.  Alfie Halliwell then produced an incredible save to keep his clean sheet intact, the attack came on the left and the ball was played into the box the Rangers keeper somehow diverted the point blank effort on to the bar an over.

The scoring was complete when Trialist No.7 passed to Frankie Aitchison who dribbled past two defenders before shooting past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Hibernian 0

Rangers Squad:- Alfie Halliwell (Gk), Arran Kerr, Jack Wylie, Cameron Scott, Connor Campbell, Trialist No.6, Grant Marchant, Grant Leitch, Lewis Stewart, Josh Gentles, Trialist No.7, Jace McCulloch, Duncan Barlow, Leo Fisher, Lyle Wark, Callum Adamson, Chris Eadie, Frankie Aitchison

Another Win For Colts

October 23, 2021

Rangers 3 Caledonian Braves 1

Rangers Colts recorded another Lowland League win at Dumbarton this afternoon, it was a hard fought came with The Colts getting on top late on as the ten man Caledonian Braves side tired.

The first chance of the game came for the visitors on seven minutes, Zac Butterworth cutting in from the left and passing to Cameron Breadner who’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide for a corner. Rangers took the lead on 19 minutes from the penalty spot, Matthew Henderson had a poor touch inside the box and when he stretched for the ball he tripped Charlie Lindsay for a clear penalty. Juan Alegria stepped up to convert from the spot.

A few minutes later Caley Braves threatened from a free-kick that Jack Brown fired just wide of Lewis Budinauckas’s right hand post.  Another free-kick called the Rangers keeper into action, turning Rhys Armstrong’s shot from the left hand angle of the box wide of the near post.

With the half entering the final ten minutes Rhys Armstrong sent in a corner from the right that Marc Kelly headed wide of the far post. Caledonian Braves when reduced to ten men just before half time when Cameron Breadner was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on Charlie McCann.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Caledonian Braves 0

Two minutes into the second half the sides were level, Rhys Armstrong’s corner from the left was allowed to bounce inside the box and Jack Duncan pounced to nod into the net at the back post. Rangers had a chance on fifty-two minutes when Kane Ritchie-Hosler broke forward and passed to Ross McCausland inside the left side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the far post.

Soon after coming on Alex Lowry’s shot from the edge of the box forced a superb tip over from Chris Hendry. With twenty-five minutes remaining Rangers looked likely to take the lead when a Kane Ritchie-Hosler solo run took him deep inside the penalty area but the ball took a bobble in the act of shooting and his shot went wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Rangers were creating more chances as the ten man Braves started to tire, Alex Lowry released Tony Weston to break into the right side of the box but he shot over from a narrow angle. A couple of minutes later Adam Devine’s cross from the right found its way to Robbie Fraser beyond the back post and he saw his shot beaten away by Chris Hendry.

Kane Ritchie-Hosler then tried his luck from around twenty-five yards with Chris Hendry saving low to his right. Rangers pressure told with six minutes remaining, Charlie McCann provided the pass to release Ross McCausland inside the right side of the penalty area and he managed to squeeze the ball past the keeper from close to the byline.

The same players combined two minutes later, Ross McCausland turning provider to tee up Chris McCann on the edge of the box but his shot was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. With two minutes remaining Ross McCausland and Tony Weston exchanged passes before the ball was played into Kane Ritchie-Hosler inside the box were he was brought down with a challenge from behind. Alex Lowry did the needful sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

There was still time for Chris Hendry to produce the save of the match, Ross McCausland  received a return pass and his goal bound shot was turned on to the cross bar and over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Caledonian Braves 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine, Lewis Mackinnon, Greig Allen, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller (Alex Lowry 55 mins); Cole McKinnon, Charlie McCann; Charlie Lindsay (Ross McCausland HT), Juan Alegria ( Tony Weston 67 mins), Kane Ritchie-Hosler.

Not Used:- Aaron Cervantes (Gk), Kelsey Ewan, Jack Harkness, Arron Lyall.

Caledonian Braves:- Chris Hendry; Jack Brown, Jack McDowall, Jack Duncan, Matthew Henderson (Lewis McLear HT); Rhys Armstrong, Luke Main (Ross Lindsay 80 mins); Jamie Walker, Marc Kelly (Amaury Testa 64 mins), Zac Butterworth; Cameron Breadner.

Not Used:- Lewis Duffy (Gk), Scott Forrester, Gavin Lachlan, Yacine, Boualem.

Youths Ease Into Next Round

October 22, 2021

Rangers 5 Queen of the South 0

Rangers Under 18’s had a comfortable passage into the 3rd round of the Youth Cup against Queen of the South at The Rangers Training Centre tonight. The Rangers goal was never really under threat and they could have added a few more to their tally.

Rangers had a great chance to open the scoring in the fourth minute, Robbie Ure raced clear on a Mackenzie Strachan pass and he was brought down as he rounded the keeper, he stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way but the ball clipped the keeper’s right post on its way past. The opening goal was only delayed a couple of minutes with Robbie Ure being the creator, breaking down the left before passing inside for Rory Wilson to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers next chance came just after the quarter hour mark, Leyton Dunlop feeding Robbie Ure inside the left side of the penalty area but his shot was just wide of the far post. Rangers were in command and creating chances on a regular basis, when Mackenzie Strachan passed inside the left back Connor Allan hit the right hand byline and his ball across the six yard box just evaded the sliding Robbie Ure.

The visitors had shown little in way of attacks but on twenty-five minutes a corner from the right caused some concern inside Rangers box. When it was cleared Queen’s moved the ball out to the right and from the cross a header was glanced wide of the far post. Rangers were soon back on the attack and Robbie Ure broke forward before passing to Rory Wilson inside the left side of the penalty area with the keeper saving the striker’s shot.

Rangers doubled their lead on thirty-four minutes with Connor Allan starting and finishing the move, he progressed along the eighteen yard line from right to left leaving two defenders in his wake, his pass into the penalty area broke for Rory Wilson and his chip from the left hand byline returned the ball to the midfielder who nodded into the net. Rangers final chance of the half came when Jack Harkness and Connor Allan combined on the right to tee up Tyler Pasnik who’s shot from the angle of the box was saved.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Queen of the South 0

An early chance after the break came when the ball broke kindly for Connor Allan but his shot from the edge of the box was just too high. Rangers were continuing where the left off and the Queen’s keeper was in action again, saving Kyle Semple’s shot from the left hand angle of the box after he exchanged passes with Robbie Ure.

Rory Wilson then created a chance for Robbie Ure cutting the ball back from the byline with the keeper again making the save. On the hour a through ball from Jack Harkness sent Rory Wilson clear, a defender got back to make the block and the keeper reacted to keep out the striker’s follow up from the rebound.

On sixty-four minutes Rangers increased their lead through a superb solo effort from substitute Zak McKay, cutting in from the right he went past two defenders and shot across the keeper into the far corner. The next chance came when Rory Wilson dispossessed a defender twenty-five yards out but was denied when the keeper came from his line to block.

There was seventy minutes on the clock when Rangers scored a fourth, Leyton Dunlop attacking the left hand angle of the box, cutting inside and shooting into the far corner. It was followed by a fifth goal seven minutes later, Kyle Semple cutting the ball back from the left hand byline for Jack Roberts to blast the ball into the net despite a valiant attempt by the keeper.

A couple of minutes later the visitor’s keeper excelled with his save of the night, diverting Kyle Semple’s powerful shot from the edge of the box on to the crossbar. With two minutes remaining from Tyler Pasnik’s run and cross on the right Jack Roberts seemed certain to score but his volley was just wide of the far post.

The final chance came from a Kyle Semple attack on the left, from his pass into the penalty area Rory Wilson beat a defender but was denied when the keeper blocked with his legs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Queen of the South 0

Rangers:- Jacob Pasnik; Jack Harkness (Zak McKay 60 mins), Harley Ewan (Kelsey Ewan HT), Kristian Webster, Kyle Semple; Leyton Dunlop; Connor Allan, Mackenzie Strachan; Tyler Pasnik, Rory Wilson, Robbie Ure (Jack Roberts 60 mins)

Not Used:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Ryan Duncan, Zak Queen

18’s Good Form Continues

October 12, 2021

Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

Rangers Under 18’s continued their recent run of good form with a comfortable win over Motherwell at The Rangers Training Centre this afternoon.  Despite the visitor’s reducing the deficit to one goal in the second half they never looked like drawing level and a third gaol made the points safe.

Rangers took the lead on thirteen minutes, Mackenzie Strachan’s free-kick from the left hand angle of the box was headed past Matthew Wallace by Greig Allen. Midway through the half a through ball broke kindly for Rory Wilson and he continued into the left side of the penalty area but a defender got back to deflect his shot past the near post for a corner.

Rangers doubled their lead on twenty-six minutes, Kyle Semple on the left passed the ball forward to Rory Wilson who hit the byline and his low centre was deflected past the keeper by a defender for an Own Goal. The visitor’s first real attack came a couple of minutes later, Luca Ross broke into the left side of the box but Jack McConnell comfortably saved the shot low to his left.

A few minutes advanced of the half-hour mark a ball forward on the left broke off a defender to Rory Wilson and his attempted chip lacked a couple of inches allowing Matthew Wallace to make the save. Both sides had a chance in the closing minute of the first half. Rangers came first when the ball was worked to Connor Allan on the right, he passed inside to Tyler Pasnik who’s twenty-five yarder was straight at the keeper. Motherwell’s reply was an attack that reached the right hand byline, Greig Allen cleared the centre to the edge of the box where Luca Ross fired goalwards with Jack McConnell saving low to the left.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Motherwell 0

Motherwell reduced the deficit a couple of minutes shy of the hour mark, a free-kick from the left was deflected past Jack McConnell by a Rangers defender for an Own Goal. Just over five minutes later Rangers restored their two goal advantage with a superb goal. Jack Roberts started the move just inside the Motherwell half and right of centre, he passed inside to Tyler Pasnik who moved it on to Mackenzie Strachan on the left, his low centre just evaded Robbie Ure but found Jack Roberts arriving at the back post to shoot high into the net.

Rangers should have added a fourth with around five minutes remaining, Leyton Dunlop switched play to Kyle Semple on the left, he picked out Robbie Ure who looked certain to score but knocked the ball over from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Motherwell 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Zak McKay (Jack Harkness 69 mins), Kelsey Ewan (Kristian Webster 78 mins), Greig Allen, Kyle Semple; Leyton Dunlop; Connor Allan (Harley Ewan 81 mins), Mackenzie Strachan; Tyler Pasnik, Rory Wilson (Jack Roberts 60 mins), Robbie Ure (Ryan Duncan 88 mins)

Not Used :- Scott Cowie (Gk), Zak Queen

Motherwell:- Matthew Wallace; Daniel Hunter, Logan Dunachie, Bailey Rice, Marshall Boyd; Lennon Miller; Muhammed Adam, Kian Spiers, Adam McDonald (Ali Gould 48 mins), Luca Ross (Stefan Grant 74 mins); Mark Ferrie Jevon Beattie 57 mins).

Poor Night For Colts

October 5, 2021

Rangers 1 Cumbernauld Colts 4

It was a poor night for Rangers Colts going down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Cumbernauld Colts at Dumbarton tonight. Granted their were seven changes due to International call ups, to Saturday’s starting XI that comfortably swept Berwick Rangers aside . With the Lowland League being promoted as a development opportunity it should have been an chance for some younger players who hopefully have learned from the experience.

The visitor’s came close in the eighth minute which began a series of chances for Cumbernauld Colts. Craig Murray’s shot from the edge of the box was touched on to his left hand post by Jay Hogarth, Owen Andrew followed up to rattle the rebound against the same post. Within a minute Cumbernauld Colts took the lead, Owen Andrew broke through the inside left channel before cutting inside and shooting into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Only around another sixty seconds had passed when the Rangers defence were caught out by a long ball, Owen Andrew’s lob looking likely to produce his second goal until Jay Hogarth stretched to divert the ball for a corner. The chances kept coming and when Craig Murray released Shaun Brown inside the right side of the penalty area his shot brought out a fine save from Jay Hogarth diving to his right.

Rangers response was to draw level on thirteen minutes, Tony Weston in possession on the right passed inside to Charlie McCann who sidestepped a defender before beating the keeper from the edge of the box. The visitor’s were back in front just before the half hour mark, Shaun Brown dispossessed Murray Miller outside the left side of the penalty area and he passed inside to Owen Andrew who shot across Jay Hogarth into the far corner.

Rangers came close to equalising a few minutes later, Charlie McCann’s pass releasing Tony Weston inside the right side of the box but his shot was just wide of the far post. Ten minutes before the break Rangers fell further behind, from Dominic McLaughlin’s long throw on the right Shaun Brown laid the ball back to Stephen O’Neill who fired into the top corner from just inside the box.

Less than five minutes later Cumbernauld Colts grabbed a fourth, Owen Andrews attacked the left hand angle of the box with the ball breaking for Sean Winter inside the penalty area and close to the byline from where his shot come centre appeared to go in off a Rangers defender. Rangers had a chance from a corner from the left just before the break but Robbie Ure miscued his header at the back post and Alex Marshall saved easily.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Cumbernauld Colts 4

The second half was only three minutes old when the visitor’s Dominic McLaughlin was shown a straight red following an off the ball incident with Robbie Ure. Rangers began to dominate possession but were struggling to create clear cut opportunities, the game had reached the hour mark when Murray Miller played the ball forward to Arron Lyall who cut inside a defender before shooting straight at Alex Marshall.

Five minutes later Charlie McCann passed to Tony Weston inside the penalty area and he saw his shot deflected wide of the keeper’s left hand post. There was just over a quarter hour remaining when Rangers passed up a great opportunity. Charlie McCann picked out Arron Lyall’s run into the box but the unmarked Ranger headed over.

Rangers next effort came from a powerful Robbie Fraser twenty-five yarder but was straight at the keeper. With ten minutes remaining it was Charlie McCann’s turn to try from distance and on this occasion Alex Marshall tipped over.

The final chance of the night came at the other end, Stephen O’Neill passed to Shaun Brown inside the left side of the penalty area and a stepover took him past a defender but he fired over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Cumbernauld Colts 4

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Zak McKay (Connor Allan 59 mins), Kelsey Ewan, Greig Allen, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller; Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Charlie McCann, Arron Lyall; Tony Weston, Robbie Ure (Mackenzie Strachan 68 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Harley Ewan, Leyton Dunlop.

Cumbernauld Colts:- Alex Marshall; Dominic McLaughlin, Dominic McLaren, Dominic Slattery, Cameron Dickson; Stephen O’Neill, Lewis Warnock (Richard Kirwan 75 mins), Craig Murray (Lee Whitmore 84 mins), Shaun Brown; Sean Winter, Owen Andrew (Drew McCann 90 mins).

Not Used:- Reece Murdoch (Gk), Ewan McPherson, David Veitch, Daniel Hatfield.

Under 18’s Defeat League Leaders

October 1, 2021

Rangers 3 Dundee United 1

Rangers Under 18’s built on the win over Aberdeen in their previous game to overcome league leaders Dundee United by the same scoreline. It was a deserved win with Ibrox youngsters generally in control over the ninety minutes.

There was only three minutes on the clock when Rangers took the lead, Connor Allan latched on to a slack defensive pass to break into the left side of the penalty area where he unselfishly teed up Rory Wilson to net from around ten yards. Less than ten minutes later Robbie Ure close to the left hand byline passed to Mackenzie Strachan on the edge of the box and his shot forced a fine save from Jamie McCabe low to his left diverting for a corner.

Rangers continued to impress and doubled their lead a couple of minutes shy of the half hour, Mackenzie Strachan picked out the head of Robbie Ure from a thirty yard free-kick and left of centre and the striker’s header gave the keeper no chance. United hadn’t shown much in the way of attack but with three minutes of the half remaining they moved the ball from the left to Stuart Heenan inside the right side of the box but his shot was weak and lacked direction with Jack McConnell saving easily.

Within sixty seconds they were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded what looked like a soft penalty. Rory McLeod attacked the centre of the box and the referee judged he was impeded by Leyton Dunlop and pointed to the spot, Finn Malcolm stepped up to convert from twelve yards.

Half-Time: -Rangers 2 Dundee United 1

The start of the second half was a bit more even but with little threat to either goal. Just after the hour mark another slack defensive pass gave Robbie Ure a chance but he was denied by a fine save from Jamie McCabe who turned the ball wide of his right hand post. With eight minutes remaining the watching spectators were sure Rangers were denied a clear penalty. Kyle Semple played the ball forward to Robbie Ure who entered the left side of the penalty area where Arron Donald pushed the striker to the ground with both hands on the back but to everyone’s surprise the referee awarded a goal kick.

Within the game in injury time the visitor’s attacked the left side of the penalty area and when Rory McLeod’s shot was blocked the ball broke to Craig Moore who saw his shot saved by Jack McConnell low to his left. Rangers then secured the win with a fine goal, Robbie Ure chased a long pass into the left side of the box and passed inside to Tyler Pasnik who went past a defender before shooting into the far corner of the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Dundee United 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Zak McKay, Kelsey Ewan, Greig Allen, Kyle Semple; Leyton Dunlop; Ryan Duncan (Jack Roberts 60 mins), Mackenzie Strachan; Connor Allan, Rory Wilson (Tyler Pasnik 73mins), Robbie Ure.

Not Used:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Kristian Webster, Zak Queen, Harley Ewan, Crispin Mclean.

Dundee United:- Jamie McCabe; Miller Thomson, Arron Donald, Layton Bisland, Jacob Comerford; Lewis O’Donnell, Craig Moore; Rory McLeod; Stuart Heenan, Finn Malcolm (Dominic Naglik 73 mins), Bryan Mwangi.

Not Used:- Ruaridh Adams (Gk), Allan Domeracki, Kier Bertie.