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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.

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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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Penalty Sees Off Fleetwood

July 24, 2019

Rangers 1 Fleetwood Town 0

It was a strange Rangers lineup in this afternoon’s Under 18 friendly against Fleetwood Town this afternoon. With five trialists in Rangers squad and three of them 2001’s which means they were Under 19’s. A early Matty Yates penalty was the difference between them and a decent Fleetwood side.

The visitors should have taken the lead on six minutes, the ball was moved from left to right and when it was played back across the six yard box a goal seemed certain but was miscued at the back post and when the loose ball was fired goalwards a brilliant block from Kyle McClelland prevented a goal. Rangers capitalised by taking the lead from the spot five minutes later. Trialist No.10 played the ball forward to Kane Ritchie-Hosler who flicked the ball up, it struck the hand of a defender and the referee pointed to the spot. Matty Yates did the needful and converted the penalty.

Rangers had a chance when the Trialist No.9 latched on to a short pass back but the Fleetwood keeper saved bravely at the striker’s feet. Just before the break Cole McKinnon passed to Kane Ritchie-Hosler on the right, he passed inside to the Trialist No.10 but his shot was weak and drifted wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Fleetwood Town 0

An early Rangers chance after the break came when Trialist No 3’s throw in on the left allowed the Trialist No.9 to lay the ball off and Matty Yates strike from the edge of the box forced the keeper to save low to his left. With the midpoint of the half a couple of minutes away Matty Yates showed good skill on the right hand byline, from his cross the Trialist No.16 headed back across goal but just wide of the post.

With the game now in the final quarter hour Fleetwood came close to an equaliser, a powerful strike from inside the right side of the box saw Jay Hogarth push the ball onto the bar and over. The Rangers keeper came to the rescue again with a couple of minutes remaining, the attack took Fleetwood deep into the right side of the penalty area with Jay Hogarth diverting the shot wide of the far post with his leg.

The final chance of the game came at the other end, Ryan Muir playing a one-two with Matty Yates on the right side of the box but was denied when the keeper blocked the shot with his foot.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Fleetwood 0

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Kyle McClelland (Ryan Muir HT), Trialist No.5, Leon King (Lewis McKinnon HT), Trialist No.3 (Adam Devine 59 Mins); Murray Miller (Umaro Balde HT); Trialist No.10, Cole McKinnon; Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Trialist No 16 HT), Trialist No.9 (Matthew Henderson 59 Mins), Matty Yates.

Not Used:- Aaron Lyall, Ross McAusland.

Reserves Win Over Cambridge

July 16, 2019

Rangers 2 Cambridge United 0

Originally deemed a closed door game a late change meant it was open, the plan was to stay for the afternoon’s Under 18’s game. Circumstances meant I had to leave after the morning game. It was a good win for what was a young Rangers team with only Jamie Murphy as a recognised first team player.

The young ‘Gers took the lead on ten minutes, Serge Atakayi in possession on the left played the ball forward and inside where it was helped on by James Maxwell for Andy Dallas to shoot past Dimitar Mitov. A few minutes later Jamie Barjonas came close with a long range effort that was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Just after the hour Cambridge hit the left hand byline, from the cutback a mishit shot landed kindly for an attacker and it took a superb block form Jordan Houston to prevent a goal. Rangers really should have doubled their lead a couple of minutes before the break, Jack Thomson’s superb pass inside the left-back released Serge Atakayi, his low cross picked out Andy Dallas but he shot over with the goal at his mercy.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Cambridge United 0

Rangers doubled their lead just over ten minutes into the second half, Glenn Middleton passed inside to Jamie Barjonas from the left and his twenty-five yarder beat Dimitar Mitov low at his right hand post, with keeper looking a bit culpable. With the midpoint of the half approaching Dimitar Mitov was called into action, tipping over a twenty-five yard effort from Jamie Murphy. 

Rangers last chance came when Trialist No 16 beat a defender to a long ball just inside the Cambridge half, he continued into the left side of the box and forced Dimitar Mitov to dive to his left and make the save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Cambridge United 0

Rangers:- Andy Firth; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson (Trialist No.18 56 Mins), Rhys Breen (Zack Butterworth 60 Mins), James Maxwell (Trialist No. 19  56 Mins); Jamie Barjonas (Ben Williamson 56 mins), Jack Thomson (Nathan Patterson 56 Mins); Jamie Murphy (Joao Balde 76 Mins); Serge Atakayi, Andy Dallas (Trialist No 16 60 Mins)

Not Used:- Kieran Wright (Gk)

Cambridge United 1st Half:- Dimitar Mitov, Leon Davies, Louis John, George Taft, Trialist, Tom Knowles, Paul Lewis, Liam O’Neil, Luke Hannant, Ben Worman, Jabo Ibehre

Cambridge United 2nd Half:- Dimitar Mitov; Kyle Knoyle, Greg Taylor, Harry Darling, Harrison Dunk, Jordan Norville-Williams, Reggie Lambe, Luke Hannant, Wes Hoolihan, Trialist, Jabo Ibehre

18’s Stroll Past Huddersfield Town

July 12, 2019

Rangers 9 Huddersfield Town 1

Rangers Under 18’s strolled to a high scoring win over Huddersfield Town at The Hummel Training Centre this morning. Not sure of the make up of the English Championship side, if anything they were physically a wee bit bigger, but were no match for the young Rangers side.

Rangers took the lead from the spot on six minutes, Nathan Young-Coombes took on a defender inside the left side of the box and he was brought down for a clear penalty which he duly converted. Only a further two minutes had passed when the lead was doubled. Adam Devine’s pass allowed Nathan Young-Coombes to break into the right side of the penalty area and shoot past the keeper.

Just after the quarter hour mark the ball broke for Cole McKinnon on the edge of the box and his volley was only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. The visitor’s then had their first real attack which started on the right and when the ball was passed inside the shot was deflected just wide of Jay Hogarth’s right hand post.

Rangers capitalised on that by adding a third two minutes later, Alex Lowry passed to Nathan Young-Coombes on the right and as he took on a defender inside the right side of the box and on this occasion Alex Lowry did the necessary from the spot. On twenty six minutes a passing move ended when the ball was moved inside from the right to Albert Rachi and his thirty yarder beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar.

Barely sixty seconds later Rangers scored a fourth, Albert Rachi passed to Nathan Young-Coombes on the right, he went past a defender and his low cross broke to Cole McKinnon who netted from close range. Just after the half-hour mark Rangers scored again, Cole McKinnon and Nathan Young-Coombes combined on the right side of the penalty area and when the ball was played to Kane Ritchie-Hosler inside the box he spun to shoot into the far corner.

Huddersfield then attacked on the left and when the ball was passed inside it took a fine Leon King challenge to deflect the shot wide of the far post. A couple of minutes later Jay Hogarth got down to his right to comfortably save a free-kick from the right hand angle of the box. The Rangers keeper was called into action again just before the break, standing up to save a shot from the edge of the box.

Half-Time:- Rangers 5 Huddersfield Town 0

Rangers added to their tally in the opening minute of the second half, Matty Yates dispossessing a defender inside the right side of the box before shooting past the keeper. On the hour mark Lewis McKinnon was dispossessed inside the box but a superb block from Kyle McClelland prevented a goal.

Ross McAusland then exchanged passes Cole McKinnon before continuing into the box and firing a shot against the crossbar. The half was barely twenty minutes old when the visitor’s keeper hit a clearance straight to Cole McKinnon who strolled into the box and picked his spot.

With eighteen minutes remaining Huddersfield grabbed a consolation goal, the attack took them to the left hand byline and when the ball was cutback it was fired past Grant Thackray. Rangers response was to immediately hit an eighth, Matthew Henderson played the ball forward and Matty Yates out muscled a defender to enter the box and shoot past the keeper.

The visitor’s kept trying and Grant Thackray was called in to action when he dived to his left to save a shot from the left hand angle of the box. The scoring was completed with five minutes remaining, a sweeping passing move concluded with a Kane Ritchie-Hosler pass to Alex Lowry who calmly beat the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 9 Huddersfield Town 1

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Adam Devine, Leon King, Kyle McClelland, Robbie Fraser; Albert Rachi, Umaro Balde; Cole McKinnon; Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Nathan Young-Coombes, Alex Lowry.

Rolling Subs All Used:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Matty Yates, Ryan Muir, Lewis McKinnon, Matthew Henderson, Ross McAusland.

 

Belated Under 18 Report

July 10, 2019

Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 1

Time restrictions from the final whistle to travelling to Gibraltar meant I had to leave Monday’s match report until I returned home. Rangers first friendly of the season for the under 18’s saw them run out comfortable winners in a game where they fielded a different eleven in each half.  The game saw a competitive first half hour  change when Thistle capitulated to Rangers four goal burst in a ten minute period.

The first real effort on goal came just before the quarter hour mark from a Nathan Young-Coombes free-kick on the edge of the box and right of centre that forced a diving save to his right from the Thistle keeper. Ten minutes later Joao Balde played the ball forward to Kane Ritchie-Hosler who laid it back into the path the midfielder and his shot was tipped over.

Rangers took the lead on the half-hour, a good passing move saw the ball played out to Joao Balde on the left, from his cross to the back post Nathan Young-Coombes volleyed goalwards and Kane Ritchie Hosler knocked it past the keeper from close range. Five minutes later Nathan Young-Coombes attempted a spectacular overhead kick, the ball broke to Kane Ritchie-Hosler off a defender and he found the net with the aid of a defletion.

The third goal soon followed when Nathan Young-Coombes broke into the right side of the penalty area, the keeper parried his shot but was left helpless when Alex Lowry netted the rebound. Rangers then made it four goals in a ten minute period, Nathan Young-Coombes was played through and again the keeper made the initial save but once again the rebound was netted on the follow up, on this occasion by Matty Yates.

Half-Time:- Rangers 4 Partick Thistle 0

Rangers had an early chance after the break, Aaron Lyall was the creator on the right with a pass to Cole McKinnon inside the box who was denied by the keeper. Just after the hour a great move saw Aaron Lyall play the ball to the overlapping Adam Devine on the right from his low cross Cole McKinnon seemed sure to score but miscued in front of goal. 

Five minutes later a superb double save denied Rangers a fifth goal. Matthew Henderson played the ball forward to Ross McAusland on the left, he cut inside leaving two defenders in his wake to tee up Chris McKee. His effort was blocked on the line by the keeper and when the ball landed at the feet of Ross McAusland the keeper showed great reactions to save again.

Rangers fifth goal was delayed barely sixty seconds, Ciaran Dickson passing to Chris McKee on the left hand byline, he went past a defender before beating the keeper from a narrow angle. Five minutes later Ciaran Dickson worked a short corner on the left with Ross McAusland before curling a shot past the keeper from the left hand angle of the box.

Thistle scored a consolation from the penalty spot in the final minute, Leon King was harshly penalised when he clearly played the ball and the penalty was converted with a “Panenka” style execution.

Full-Time:- Rangers 6 Partick Thistle 1

Rangers First Half:- Jay Hogarth; Ryan Muir, Lewis McKinnon, Kyle McLelland, Robbie Fraser; Umaro Balde, Joao Balde; Alex Lowry; Kane Ritchie-Holser, Nathan Young-Coombes, Matty Yates.

Rangers Second Half:- Grant Thackray; Adam Devine, Harris O’Connor, Leon King, Matthew Henderson; Trialist; Cole McKinnon, Ciraran Dickson; Aaron Lyall, Chris McKee, Ross McAusland.

Footballs Back

July 6, 2019

Rangers 2 Stirling Albion 1

Football is back with a Rangers reserve/Under 20 side taking on Stirling Albion at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. Rangers virtually fielded two different elevens in each half and it was a first half Dapo Mebude double that proved decisive.

Rangers took the lead midway through the first-half, Serge Atakayi and Graham Dorrans worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s centre Dapo Mebude shot into the keeper’s bottom left hand corner. The lead was doubled six minutes before the break, from Jamie Murphy’s ball over the top of the Stirling defence a superb first touch from Dapo Mebude took him clear to continue into the box and slot past the keeper.

On the stroke of half-time Danny Finlayson’s pass sent James Maxwell through the centre, he held of a defender but was denied when the keeper came from his line to make the block.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Stirling Albion 0

Nine minutes after the break Yannis Bensaber on the left picked out Jason Holt around the penalty spot and his shot clipped the outside of the keeper’s right hand post. On the hour mark the visitor’s attacked on the right and when the ball was played inside Brian Kinnear was forced to save the shot low to his left.

Stirling came close twelve minutes later the attack came on the left and deep into Rangers penalty area but the shot was across the face of goal. With eight minutes remaining Stirling scored the goal they were threatening, the ball came into the box from the left where the striker laid it back to Paul Willis who shot past Brian Kinnear.

Just before the final whistle Ryan Hardie cut along the eighteen yard line from left to right, his powerful shot was parried by Blair Currie, the ball fell for Glenn Middleton who’s screwed his shot wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Stirling Albion 1

Rangers 1st Half:- Nicky Hogarth; Jordan Houston, Danny Finlayson, Ben Williamson, James Maxwell; Cammy Palmer, Graham Dorrans; Jamie Murphy; Serge Atakayi, Joe Dodoo, Dapo Mebude.

Rangers 2nd Half:- Brian Kinnear; Zack Butterworth, Danny Finlayson (Joao Balde 65 mins), Rhys Breen, Nathan Patterson; Stephen Kelly, Jason Holt; Glenn Middleton; Andy Dallas, Ryan Hardie, Yanis Bensaber.