Archive for June, 2022

Under 16’s Hit Ayr For Six

June 21, 2022

Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

Rangers Under 16’s were in control from start to finish in tonight’s game against Ayr United at The Rangers Training Centre tonight with keeper Colbi McQuarrie a virtual spectator. The margin at the break was only a single goal but Rangers added the goals their play merited in the second half.

Rangers opened the scoring in the opening minute from the penalty spot, Lewis Stewart was tripped inside the box for a clear penalty which was converted by Chris Eadie. When play was switched from right to left a great first touch from Lewis Stewart inside the left side of the box it setup a shooting chance which ended just wide of the far post. 

On the quarter hour mark a slack defensive pass across the edge of the Ayr box presented the ball to Lewis Stewart, his shot beat the keeper but rebounded off his right hand post. Rangers next chance came when Chris Eadie won possession on the right hand angle of the box, he moved the ball on to Lancelot Pollard who passed inside to Lewis Stewart who’s shot forced the keeper to dive to his right to save.

Ayr stemmed the flow of Rangers chances for a while then with five minutes left of the half a superb double save from their keeper kept the Rangers lead at a single goal. Lewis Stewart played in Chris Eadie on the left side of the box with the keeper standing up to parry the shot, when the rebound landed at the feet of Grant Leitch his shot looked netbound until the keeper dived high to his left to turn the ball away.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

Rangers doubled their lead with a goal in the opening minute of the second half, Lewis Stewart attacked the left side of the penalty area and passed inside to Chris Eadie who was crowded out by defenders but when the ball was cleared it saw Callum Adamson strike past the keeper from around twenty-five yards and right of centre. Rangers came close a couple of minutes later Connor Campbell providing the pass for Josh Gentles to break into the left side of the box with the keeper saving at his near post.

A third Rangers goal wasn’t far away and it came on fifty-five minutes, Harry Weir providing the pass that sent Chris Eadie down the right where he cut into the penalty area and shot across the keeper into the net. Number four soon followed when a superb Harry Weir pass from the right picked out Cammy Scott inside the box and he knocked the ball past the keeper.

With the game at the midpoint of the half Rangers added a fifth, Connor Campbell played a ball over the Ayr defence and it was pounced on by Chris Eadie who turned inside a defender before slotting past the keeper. Only a further three minutes had elapsed when Rangers scored again, a through ball sent Josh Gentles race through the inside right channel into the box to shoot past the keeper.

Rangers final chance came with seven minutes remaining, a good passing move ended with Callum Adamson in possession on the right hand byline from where he picked out Chris Eadie who shot straight at the keeper from the edge at the box.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

Rangers:- Colbi McQuarrie; Callum Adamson, Kenzie McClelland, Cammy Scott, Connor Campbell; Grant Leitch; Grant Marchant (Harry Weir HT), Lyle Wark (Josh Gentles HT); Lancelot Pollard (Aiden McCallion 70 mins), Chris Eadie, Lewis Stewart.

Under 15’s Lose To Cork City

June 20, 2022

Rangers 2 Cork City 4

It was another disappointing night for Rangers Under 15’s (2008’s) going down to Cork City at The Rangers Training Centre. Racing to an early two goal lead and missing a couple of chances to extend that lead before capitulating, to be honest the margin of defeat could have been greater.

Rangers took the lead with the first real attack of the game, Jack Caldwell providing the pass to send Brandon Ramage clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. That lead was soon doubled when Murray Shaw was sent down the left and he cut into the penalty area and shot into the net.

Rangers threatened again from a Murray Shaw shot from the edge of the box that had Shane Hallihan diving to his right to turn the ball wide. The keeper was soon in action again on this occasion leaping to touch a Brandon Ramage header onto the crossbar following a cross from the left.

With five minutes of the thirty minute period left Charlie Hanover broke into the right side of Rangers box with Ben Coutts blocking the shot with a foot, then showing brilliant reactions to save the effort from the rebound at point blank range. Cork reduced the deficit just before the end of the first period, the ball was moved to Evan Peelo inside the left side of the penalty area from where he shot past Ben Coutts.

Cork had the first chance of the second period with Jayden Umeh progressing along the right hand byline and his shot from a narrow angle was diverted wide of his near post by Ben Coutts. With the next effort the visitors came closer still, Jayden Umeh cutting inside from the right hand angle of the box, his shot came off the inside of the keeper’s left hand post rolled along the line and hit the other post before being gathered by Ben Coutts.

The sides were level when Jayden Umeh was tripped inside the box and he stepped up to convert the resultant penalty. Cork soon got themselves in front, a corner from the left was headed back across goal by Jayden Umeh and it was slammed into the net at the post by Evan Peelo.

Rangers one real effort of the second period came when some good passing sent Aiden McCallion to the right hand byline, he picked out Brandon Ramage on the edge of the box but he shot narrowly over.

Rangers threatened in the third period when the ball was cleared from the Cork City box Aiden McCallion’s shot from distance had Cian Davis-Heelan saving low to his right. It was back to the other and when Brady Walsh spun inside the penalty area his shot was only just too high.

Cork then extended their lead when Brady Walsh passed to Luke Hurley inside the left side of the box and his shot found the net via the inside of the near post. The final chance came for the visitors when the ball was moved from Luke Hurley on the left via Jayden Umeh to Alex Moloney and his shot from just outside the box had Ben Coutts stretching to turn the ball over.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Cork City 4

Rangers Squad:- Ben Coutts (Gk), Jack Caldwell, Matthew McIvor, Olly Hind, Oliver Goodbrand, Sam McLachlan, Aiden McCallion, Alex Smith, Flynn O’Brien, Brandon Ramage, Murray Shaw, Thomas Falconer, Lyle Hunter, Lewis Marshall, Richard Mynell, Zak Richford, Jose Calela.

Cork City Squad:- Shane Hallihan (Gk), Cian Davis-Heelan (Gk), Alex Moloney, Adam Kelly, Scott Hyde, Donal O’Connor, Craig Nolan, Dylan O’Connell, Charlie Hanover, Corey O’Sullivan, Evan Peelo, Ben Phillips, Tim Hegarty, Luke Hurley, Brady Walsh, Rossa MacGearailt, Jayden Umeh.

 

Academy Teams Play Morton

June 12, 2022

With Rangers academy team taking on Morton over this weekend it gave me the opportunity to take in three different age groups. The Under 15’s (2008’s) were at Greenock’s Notre Dame High School on Saturday while the U14’s (2009’s) and U16’s (2007’s) hosted Morton at The Rangers Training Centre on Sunday.

Morton 4 Rangers 4

First up was the Under 15’s game which somehow Rangers managed not to win, leading 4-0 just after the break they missed a few chances to add more goals while allowing Morton to pull level including two goals within the final couple of minutes.

Rangers had the first real chance on twelve minutes when Brandon Ramage went past a defender on the left and into the penalty area with the keeper diverting the shot wide of the near post. Rangers took the lead on twenty minutes, Oliver Goodbrand broke forward and his pass sent Brandon Ramage through to shoot past the keeper.

The lead was doubled within two minutes, Brandon Ramage took on a defender on the edge of the box and when the ball broke to Oliver Goodbrand he shot past the keeper. Midway through the half Morton broke into the left side of the penalty area but the shot was straight at Rangers trialist keeper.

The home keeper was called into action just after the half hour mark saving low to his left from Lewis Marshall’s shot when the ball was laid off to him on the edge of the box. Rangers scored a third eight minutes before the break, Aiden McCallion passed forward to Oliver Goodbrand on the edge of the box where he stepped inside a defender before shooting past the keeper.

Rangers next chance came when Lewis Marshall side stepped a defender on the edge of the box with the keeper saving low to his left.

Half-Time:- Morton 0 Rangers 3

The home side had a chance early in the second half when they broke into the right side of the penalty area with Sam Reid standing up to parry the shot. Rangers extended their lead on fifty-three minutes, Murray Shaw outpacing the defence when he broke from halfway to continue into the box and poke the ball past the keeper.

Within a couple of minutes Morton pulled a goal back with a fine strike from just outside the left side of the penalty area. Rangers were soon back on the attack with Oliver Goodbrand breaking forward, he passed to Brandon Ramage who turned a defender inside the left side of the box but was denied when the defender recovered with a superb challenge.

A short corner on the left was then played to Thomas Falconer on the edge of the box, his shot was deflected but the keeper somehow managed to change direction and produce a superb save low to his right. Almost immediately a poor pass back went straight to a home attacker who showed great composure to side step a defender and keeper before passing the ball into the net.

With thirteen minutes remaining a corner from the right landed at the feet of Lyle Hunter whose shot forced a save from the keeper low to his right. Aiden McCallion in possession on the right passed inside to Zak Richford who’s shot had the keeper stretching to hold under the crossbar.

With two minutes remaining Zak Richford’s reverse pass released Jose Calela inside the box with the keeper saving bravely at the striker’s feet. Morton then attacked on the left and when the ball was passed inside it was fired past the keeper. Deep into injury time Morton played a long ball through the inside left channel releasing an attacker and he lobbed the advancing keeper to square the game.

Full-Time:- Morton 4 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Trialist (Gk), Sam Reid (Gk), Jack Caldwell, Olly Hind, Matthew McIvor, Thomas Falconer, Sam McLachlan, Aiden McCallion, Trialist No.6, Zak Richford, Brandon Ramage, Oliver Goodbrand, Lyle Hunter, Lewis Marshall, Murray Shaw, Jose Calela,

Footnote:- At the same time on an adjacent pitch Rangers took on Morton in an U13 nine-a-side game. I believe Rangers won 6-3 but I don’t have any other details.

Rangers 3 Morton 0

Next up was Sunday morning’s Under 14 game at The Training Centre, it was a comfortable win for Rangers with the game being played almost entirely inside the Morton half, although it took a while to breakdown the spirited Greenock side.

Rangers dominated the opening twenty minutes territorially without really troubling the Morton keeper and it was a minute later the visitor’s had a great chance to take the lead. A corner from the left broke to a Morton player at the back post and Aaron McAlonan twice blocked close range shots with his legs. Rangers best effort in the opening thirty minute period came from a Max Cameron twenty-five yarder that was only just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Early in the second period Morton broke into the left side of the penalty area with Jayden Millarvie saving the shot comfortably low to his left. Rangers reply was a twenty-five yard Josh Carson free-kick that was comfortably held by the keeper.

With the final ten minutes of the second period approaching Lewis Smith crossed from the left and Trialist No.16 headed wide of the near post. Rangers took the lead a minute later from the penalty spot, Trialist No.11 was tripped inside the right side of the box as he went past a defender and Connor Owen stepped up to convert from the spot.

Five minutes later Euan Gray’s net bound shot from the edge of the box was deflected narrowly wide of the keeper’s right hand post. A minute later Callum Young worked along the eighteen yard line from right to left and shot back across the keeper into the corner. 

Rangers were now creating regular chances and when Josh Carson’s cross found the head of Callum Young the keeper stretched to clutch under the cross bar. The final effort of the period saw Oliver Preston exchange passes with Euan Gray inside the left side of the penalty area but saw his shot tipped over.

Five minutes into the final period some good play setup a shooting chance for Luke Moore inside the right side of the box but it was just wide of the far post. Luke Moore came close again when fed by Oliver Preston inside the right side of the box with the keeper touching his shot wide.

On the halfway mark of the period Max Cameron tried his luck from distance with the ball clipping the crossbar on the way over. With four minutes remaining a corner from the right found its way to Ally Shaw on the left hand angle of the box with the keeper saving his shot.

Rangers scored a third with the last attack of the match, Trialist No. 16 crossed from the right and Max Cameron’s header looped over the keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Morton 0

Rangers Squad:- Arron McAlonan (Gk), Jayden Millarvie (Gk), Rory McKay, Josh Carson, Connor Owen, Lewis Smith, Ashton Patton, Ben Hutton, Luke Moore, Euan Gray, Max Cameron, Trialist No.11, Ally Shaw, Oliver Preston, Callum Young, Trialist No.16.

Rangers 4 Morton 2

My final game of the weekend was Sunday Afternoon’s Under 16 clash, Rangers went behind to a first minute penalty, looked comfortable at 2-1 but were pegged back with just over ten minutes remaining but won the game with two late goals.

Morton broke into the left side of the penalty area in the opening minute and the winger was brought down by Kenzie McClelland for a clear penalty that was duly converted. Rangers came close within minutes, Lancelot Pollard cutting in past a defender from the left and his shot beat the keeper but came back off his right hand post.

On nine minutes Callum Adamson fed Chris Eadie breaking into the left side of the box, the keeper forced him wide and his shot from a narrow angle was headed from the goal line and cleared for a corner. From the flag kick Kenzie McClelland’s header was headed off the line.

A minute later Harry Weir’s corner from the right found Connor Campbell beyond the back post from where he headed narrowly over. Rangers drew level just beyond the half hour, a good move on the left involving Harry Weir, Lewis Stewart and Lyle Wark saw the final pass back to Harry Weir who shot past the keeper from around eight yards.

Rangers took the lead six minutes before the break, a pass sent Lewis Stewart to the left hand byline and he played the ball across goal for Chris Eadie to net from close range. The final chance of the half came from a Lancelot Pollard pass that released Cameron Scott inside the left side of the penalty area with the keeper saving the shot.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Morton 1

Rangers threatened seven minutes into the second half through Harry Weir who went past two defenders before shooting just wide of the keeper’s right hand post from around twenty-five yards. Goalmouth action was at a premium until the game entered the final quarter hour, a short corner was worked on the right and from Harry Weir’s cross Chris Eadie’s header bounced of the top of the crossbar.

A couple of minutes later the sides were level, an in swinging corner from the left hand keeper and defence struggling an the ball crossed the line via a Rangers defender for an Own Goal. Rangers were back in front with four minutes remaining, Lancelot Pollard went past two defenders on the halfway line and passed to Harry Weir who sent Lewis Stewart through the inside left channel, he continued into the box and calmly beat the keeper as he passed the ball into the far corner.

Morton the attacked on the left and the ball into the box broke to an attacker with Colbi McQuarrie blocking the shot with a leg. Chris Eadie should have made the game safe in injury time, sent through on a Lewis Stewart pass he was denied as the keeper advanced from his line to block with his legs.

Barely a minute later he did extend the advantage to two goals, Lancelot Pollard passed to Chris Eadie on the right hand angle of the box and he cut inside to shoot across the keeper into the far corner,

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Morton 2

Rangers:- Colbi McQuarry; Leo Fisher, Kenzie McClelland (Grant Marchant HT), Cameron Scott, Connor Campbell; Lyle Wark, Callum Adamson (Grant Leitch 26 mins); Lancelot Pollard, Harry Weir, Chris Eadie, Lewis Stewart.