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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.

High Scoring Draw For U15’s

May 28, 2022

Rangers 4 Aberdeen 4

Doubles from Murray Shaw and Brandon Ramage saw Rangers Under 15’s come from behind twice to earn a draw with virtually the last kick of the ball at The Rangers Training Centre this afternoon.

Aberdeen had the first chance on seven minutes with an attack on the left when the ball was passed inside Jayden Millarvie dived to his left to save the shot. Two minutes later the visitors took the lead, from a free kick just wide of the left hand angle  the ball was sent into to the box and a header glanced in at the far post.

Rangers first chance came when Ronald Mynell was through on a clearance but under pressure from a defender he screwed his shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Midway through the half Aberdeen doubled their lead, Jayden Millarvie miscued a clearance and the ball went straight to an Aberdeen player on the right hand angle of the box, his shot came back off the crossbar with the rebound being fired into the net.

Rangers reduced the deficit a couple of minutes past the half hour mark, a long ball was flicked on allowing Murray Shaw to race clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Barely a minute later Aberdeen restored their two goal lead, Rangers lost possession in their own final third and the ball was played forward to the edge of the box where the shot was fired past the keeper.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Aberdeen 2

Rangers came close five minutes into the second half, Zak Richford on the right passed to Brandon Ramage inside the box and he knocked the ball past the keeper but a defender cleared from the line. The ball was soon back on the right and from Matthew McIvor’s cross Murray Shaw’s header clipped the top of the bar on the way over. When Aberdeen attacked on the right two minutes later they looked sure to extend their lead when the ball was centred until Aaron McAlonan produced a stunning point blank save.

Rangers capitalised on their keeper’s excellence by scoring just over five minutes later, Sam McLachlan passed to Murray Shaw on the left and he took off passing two defenders and into the left side of the box where he poked the ball past the keeper. Aberdeen were soon back testing Aaron McAlonan with an effort from around twenty-five yards with the keeper saving low to his left.

Midway through the half Murray Shaw fed Brandon Ramage inside the left side of the penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle was diverted wide by the foot of the keeper. A couple of minutes later the sides were level, another superb run down the left from Murray Shaw took him past a couple of defenders and into the box, his shot was parried by the keeper but Brandon Ramage was well placed to knock the loose ball into the net.

With the game inside the final quarter hour Rangers had their keeper to thank again, Aberdeen attacked on the right, when the ball was centred the initial shot was blocked but the ball broke for Aberdeen deep inside the left side of the box with Aaron McAlonan again keeping the ball out at point blank range. Within seconds Rangers Trialist No 14 found himself  through on goal but was denied by the keeper advancing from his line.

With seven minutes remaining Aberdeen took the lead, from a long ball the attacker out muscled a Rangers defender inside the right side of the penalty area allowing him to shoot past the keeper. With time running out Thomas Falconer tried his luck from distance with the keeper saving comfortably diving to his left.

With the last attack of the game Aiden McCallion provided the pass for Brandon Ramage to chase and nod the ball past the advancing keeper then roll the ball into the empty net.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Aberdeen 4

Rangers Squad:- Jayden Millarvie (Gk), Arron McAlonan (Gk), Matthew McIvor, Trialist No.5, Lyle Hunter, Thomas Falconer, Lewis Marshall, Aiden McCallion, Sam McLachlan, Flynn O’Brien, Ronald Mynell, Murray Shaw, Brandon Ramage, Trialist No.14, Zak Richford, Trialist No.16.

Friday “Play On The Pitch Day”

May 15, 2022

Over the past few days Rangers have been hosting “Play On The Pitch Days”, before Ibrox is ripped up to be relaid for next season, all the academy teams get the opportunity to play at Ibrox. On Friday I took in the Under 18’s game against Motherwell in the afternoon and the Under 16’s (2007’s) clash with St.Mirren at night. Unfortunately both teams continued the theme from Thursday’s Colts game by gifting the opposition cheap goals. In between those games I watched the U12’s seven-a-side games against St.Mirren, first time I’ve seen this group so I’m unfamiliar with them.

Rangers 1 Motherwell 3

Motherwell took the lead in the opening minute, the ball was played across the box from the right, when it arrived at the back post the shot appeared to be mishit but squeezed under the body of Jack McConnell and into the net. Rangers reply came on twelve minutes from a James Graham twenty-five yarder which was straight at the keeper.

A minute later Charlie Lindsay passed to Zak McKay on the left, he cross low into the six yard box where Leyton Dunlop’s flick at the near post was just wide. There was only fourteen minutes on the clock when Rangers gifted the visitors a second goal, Kelsey Ewan lost possession inside the left side of his own penalty area and the ball was squared for the striker to shoot past Jack McConnell.

Rangers had a couple of chances in the final five minutes of the half, from a corner from the right Mackenzie Strachan’s net bound volley was cleared from the line. Next Jack Harkness cut in from the right and passed to Leyton Dunlop who moved the ball on to Zak McKay breaking into the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Motherwell 2

The visitors had the first effort of the second half seven minutes after the break with a shot from distance that Jack McConnell dived to his right to turn wide. Less than five minutes later Rangers fell further behind, the attack came on the right and when the ball was passed inside it was fired past Jack McConnell.

With twenty-five minutes remaining Finlay Curtis challenged for Kristian Webster’s long ball and when the ball broke for him on the edge of the box his shot forced the keeper to turn the ball wide of his right hand post. Two minutes later there was a save at the other end, Motherwell breaking into the right side of the box with Jack McConnell saving the shot with his foot.

Rangers next attack saw Jamie Newton reach the left hand byline and when his cross was cleared to the edge of the box Crispin McLean’s net bound shot was deflected wide. With five minutes remaining Finlay Curtis’s header from Mackenzie Strachan’s free-kick from the right was heading inside the far post till the slightest deflection took it just wide.

Rangers subs had made a positive difference and Crispin McLean had another effort on goal after cutting in from the right but the shot was straight at the keeper. Rangers consolation goal came in injury time, Ryan Duncan attacked the left side of the penalty area, the ball broke to Jame Newton close to the byline and his centre was turned over the line by a Motherwell defender for an Own Goal.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Motherwell 3

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Harley Ewan (Jamie Newton HT), Kristian Wenster, Kelsey Ewan; Jack Harkness (Zander Hutton 67 mins), Mackenzie Strachan, Charlie Lindsay (Ryan Duncan HT), Zak McKay (Crispin McLean HT); Leyton Dunlop, Jack Roberts (Finlay Curtis 60 mins), James Graham.

Not Used:- Sam Kane (Gk), Niall Rogerson.

Rangers 3 St. Mirren 4

The night time game saw Rangers 2007’s take on their St. Mirren counterparts and rather harshly losing to the odd goal in seven.

Rangers took the lead on ten minutes, Harry Weir’s pass inside the right back to release Josh Gentles inside the left side of the penalty area and he beat the keeper with a fine finish. With just over ten minutes to the break Saints were gifted an equaliser, Greig Thackray’s clearance went straight to a St.Mirren attacker who advanced into the left side of the box before shooting into the net.

Within in two minutes Rangers were back in front, Josh Gentles showed good skill cutting in from the left before passing to Chris Eadie on the edge of the box and he side stepped a defender before shooting past the keeper. Rangers came close to extending their lead when Cameron Scott advanced on the left and picked out Chris Eadie inside the box on this occasion he was denied by a stunning save from Shay Kelly who tipped over.

Two minutes before the break Jack Wylie broke from defence past two defenders and his shot from distance was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 St.Mirren 1

Rangers had the first effort of the second half from a Lyle Wark twenty-five yarder that was straight at Shay Kelly. The sides were level when a short corner was played to the left hand angle of the box, the shot came off the far post and the rebound knocked into the net.

St. Mirren the took the lead with a finely worked goal, a series of one touch passes took them through the centre of the Rangers defence and the ball was planted into the net. Rangers tried to get back on level terms and from a Harry Weir corner from the right Leo Fisher’s header was just too high.

Rangers did get back on level terms when Lyle Wark’s cross from the left found its way the the Trialist inside the right side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the net. Saints then threatened with an attack into the right side of the box but the shot was straight at Colbi McQuarrie.

When the late winner came it was for St. Mirren, the attack came down the left and when the ball was played across the box it was knocked into the net by Jack Wylie while trying to clear for an own goal.

Full- Time:- Rangers 3 St. Mirren 4

Rangers Squad:- Greig Thackray (Gk), Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Arran Kerr, Duncan Barlow, Jack Wylie, Cameron Scott, Callum Adamson, Grant Leitch, Grant Marchant, Harry Weir, Chris Eadie, Josh Gentles, Leo Fisher, Lewis Stewart, Lyle Wark, Kenzie McClelland

Footnote:- In between those games I took in Rangers U12’s seven-a-side games against St. Mirren. Played across the pitch both teams have two squads and they play both squads from their opponents making four games. Rangers won three games 5-0, 8-1 and 7-2 with the other game finishing a 3-3 draw.

First time seeing this squad and there are a few promising players but didn’t have a squad list so didn’t know who they were. A couple of St. Mirren players also caught the eye.

Colts Lose To Newcastle

May 13, 2022

Rangers 2 Newcastle United 3

Rangers Colts lost to the odd goal in five to Newcastle at Ibrox yesterday. There was a distinct contrast in the quality of goals scored, Rangers two stunning strikes giving the keeper no chance but they would have been disappointed with the three goals they lost.

With a few B Team regulars missing, presumably part of this weekend’s first team squad, Jake Hastie and Josh McPake were in the starting lineup after their loan clubs season’s had ended and they were joined by a few under 18 players.

The visitors had a chance in the opening minute when Kyle Crossley burst into the right side of Rangers penalty box before shooting across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers responded immediately with Tony Weston’s shot from the edge of the box being deflected just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

On the quarter hour Jake Hastie’s cross from the left had Max Thompson stretching to get a touch on it, the ball fell for Arron Lyall on the right side of the box and he picked out Tony Weston with his cross and Max Thompson was forced to tip the striker’s header over. The corner was played short to Josh McPake on the left hand angle of the box and his shot gave Max Thompson no chance as it found the far top corner of the net.

The sides were level by the half-hour mark, Dylan Stephenson dispossessed Kyle McClelland inside the left side of Rangers box and beat Jay Hogarth with a fine strike. Rangers got their noses back in front eight minutes before the break, Jake Hastie’s corner from the right was headed clear but only as far as Charlie Lindsay who met it full on the volley and again Max Thompson dived in vain.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Newcastle United 1

Rangers had the first chance of the second half on fifty-seven minutes when Josh McPake fed Arron Lyall on the right, he cut inside and forced a save from Will Brown. Within a minute the sides were level again, a mix up between defence and goalkeeper on the edge of the box left Matty Bondswell with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

A further quarter hour had elapsed when Lucas De Bolle fed Dylan Stephenson inside the left side of Rangers box and his shot forced Jay Hogarth to dive low to his left to turn the shot wide. Midway through the half Newcastle grabbed what proved to be the winner, more slack defending allowed Jamie Miley time and space inside the left side of Rangers box to play the ball across the penalty area for the arriving Dylan Crossley to shoot across Jay Hogarth and into the net.

Neither keeper was seriously troubled for the remainder of the game and the visitors comfortably held on to emerge as winners.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Newcastle United 3

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Connor Allan, Kyle McClelland, Johnly Yfeko (Kelsey Ewan HT), Jake Hastie; Darren McInally, Charlie Lindsay (Leyton Dunlop HT); Josh McPake; Arron Lyall, Robbie Ure, Tony Weston (James Graham HT).

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

Newcastle United:- Max Thompson (Will Brown HT); Joe Oliver (Josh Stewart 67 mins), Charlie Wiggett, Nathan Carlyon, Jordan Hackett; Jamie Miley, Lucas De Bolle (James Huntley 67 mins); Santi Munoz (Ellis Stanton HT);Kyle Crossley, Dylan Stephenson, Josh Scott (Matty Bondswell HT).

Another Win For Under 18’s

May 11, 2022

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers Under 18’s recorded their 20th League win of the season at home to Hamilton Accies last night. A late first half goal from Darren McInally gave Rangers a lead at the break that was probably a bit harsh on Accies. Rangers could and probably should have added more than three goals to their tally after the break.

The visitors had the first chance on three minutes, breaking into the right side of the penalty area with Jacob Pazikas standing up to beat the shot away. Accies next attack came on the other side of the penalty area and on this occasion Jakob Pazikas clutched the shot under his crossbar.

Rangers came close to taking the lead on nine minutes, Mackenzie Strachan fed Jamie Newton on the left, when the cross found its way to Leyton Dunlop at the back post his shot beat the keeper but was cleared from the line by a defender. Jacob Pazikas was soon back in action, making a fine block when the Accies forward turned a defender on the edge of the box to make space for the shot.

There was a lull in goalmouth action for a long spell in the rest of the first half, until five minutes before the break. James Graham went past a defender inside the right side of the box with the keeper turning the shot wide of his near post. Rangers made the break through three minutes later, a good passing move ended with Leyton Dunlop’s pass sending James Graham through, as he took on a defender on the edge of the box the ball broke to Darren McInally who shot into the keeper’s bottom right hand corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers doubled their lead five minutes after the break, Robbie Ure was played into the left side of the penalty area where the keeper forced him wide but he found the net from a tight angle. Accies responded with a header from a right wing corner that Charlie Lindsay cleared from the line.

Within a minute Jack McConnell was called into action again producing a fine double save, he parried the initial shot at close range from inside the right side of the box and showed great reactions to turn the shot from the rebound wide of his left hand post. Rangers then broke and with Charlie Lindsay the furthest player forward but inside his own half and clearly onside, he continued into the box but was denied by the keeper with a fine save low to his left.

The game had reached the hour mark when Rangers scored a third, a good passing move ended with Robbie Ure teeing up Charlie Lindsay inside the box to beat the keeper from around the penalty spot. Just over ten minutes later James Graham’s superb turn on the right hand byline left a defender on the ground and his cross found Jack Roberts at the back post, he looked sure to score but somehow his header bounced across goal and wide of the far post.

Within two minutes Rangers had another incredible miss, Charlie Lindsay sent Jack Roberts breaking into the right side of the penalty area where he cut the ball back to Leyton Dunlop on the six yard line but he shot over. The visitors were still threatening to get on the scoresheet and Jack McConnell had to make a save from a shot from inside the right side of the penalty area.

Rangers were soon back on the attack with Charlie Lindsay sending Zak McKay into the left side of the box but the keeper parried his shot diving to the left. Rangers completed the scoring in the final minute, Leyton Dunlop in possession on the right laid the ball back to Charlie Lindsay who dribbled past two defenders into the box before playing the ball across goal and presenting Jack Roberts with a tap in.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers:- Jakob Pazikas (Jack McConnell HT); Jack Harkness, Kristian Webster, Connor Allan, Jamie Newton (Zak McKay HT): Mackenzie Strachan (Kelsey Ewan 50 mins); Darren McInally (Christian Mulindwa 70 mins), Charlie Lindsay; Leyton Dunlop, Robbie Ure (Jack Roberts 60 mins), James Graham.

Not Used:- Harley Ewan, Ryan Duncan.

Glasgow Cup Winning Colts

May 10, 2022

Rangers 3 Queens Park 1

After a competitive first half a dominant second half display saw Rangers Colts lift the Glasgow Cup at Broadwood Stadium last night.

There was only three minutes on the clock when a superb run and cross from Robbie Fraser on the left was matched by Cole McKinnon’s finish arriving into the box and firing into the keeper’s top left hand corner. Within a minute Scott Williamson had the ball in the net for Queens but he was flagged offside.

The sides were level on twenty-three minutes, Scott Williamson progressed on the right where he cut the ball back for Dylan Ruiz Diaz to shoot past Lewis Budinauckas. Rangers came close a couple of minutes later, Kane Ritchie-Hosler teeing up Adam Devine inside the right side of the penalty area but the full back’s shot was just wide of the far post.

An even better chance was passed up a couple of minutes before the half-hour mark, Charlie McCann sent Robbie Fraser down the left and another superb cross picked out Tony Weston but the striker headed over. With the half heading for the final five minutes Tony Weston passed to Charlie McCann on the edge of the box, he tried to pass the ball into the net but the lack of power allowed Jacques Heraghty to save low to his left.

The final chance of the half came when Charlie McCann went past two defenders as he attacked the Queens Park penalty area and he played in Ross McCausland inside the right side of the box but he shot across goal and wide.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Queens Park 1

Rangers had the first chance of the second half, persistent play from Ross McCausland inside the right side of the penalty area saw a couple of efforts blocked, the ball broke to Charlie McCann who’s shot looked net bound until Max Gillies made a fine block. At the other end Dylan Ruiz Diaz broke into the right side of the box but shot wide of the far post.

Just before the hour mark Murray Miller tried his luck from fully thirty yards that had Jacques Hegarty stretching to tip over. With twenty-five minutes remaining Robbie Fraser found himself on the right following a corner and passed to Kane Ritchie-Hosler, he fired the ball across goal and Lee Kilday while attempting to clear knocked the ball towards his own goal and forcing a save from Jacques Heraghty.

A minute later Ross McCausland broke on the left and passed to Robbie Ure inside the left side of the box and he forced a save from Jacques Heraghty at his near post. Rangers took the lead on sixty-nine minutes, Queens were struggling to clear and after a few blocked shots Robbie Ure got the final touch on a Charlie McCann shot to guide the ball past Jacques Heraghty.

With a quarter hour remaining Rangers extended their lead from the penalty spot. Stuart Morrison was bit short with his pass back to Jacques Heraghty and when Robbie Ure got to the ball before him the keeper brought him down for a clear penalty, Charlie McCann stepped up and blasted the penalty past the keeper. There was six minutes remaining when Robbie Ure dribbled past two defenders inside the box with Jacques Heraghty saving low to his left.

Queens Park came close to cutting Rangers lead to a single goal when Ronan Darcy’s thirty yarder beat Lewis Budinauckas but came back off the crossbar.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Queens Park 1

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine (Jack Harkness 87 mins), Kyle McClelland, Johnly Yfeko, Robbie Fraser; Murray Miller; Cole McKinnon, Charlie McCann (Darren McInally 87 mins); Ross McCausland (Arron Lyall 72 mins), Tony Weston (Robbie Ure 62 mins), Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Charlie Lindsay 87 mins)

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Connor Allan.

Queens Park:- Jacques Heraghty; Max Gillies, Lee Kilday (Archie Graham 65 mins), Stuart Morrison, Cameron Bruce; Grant Gillespie (Alex Bannon 70 mins), Calum Biggar; Lewis Moore (Alex Fairlie 70 mins), Dylan Ruis Diaz, Ronan Darcy; Scott Williamson.

Not Used:- Liam Russell; Zach Mauchin, Gregor Nicol, Lucas McCormick.

Academy Round Up

May 8, 2022

The weekend gave me the opportunity to take in two 11-a-side games and one 9-a-side game as Rangers took on Hearts at various age groups.

Hearts 3 Rangers 1

The first eleven a side game was at lunchtime on Saturday at The Heriot-Watt Sports Academy and it was the Under 15’s (2008) age group. There was a bit of a delay as the referee hadn’t turned up with the game eventually kicking off with a member of Hearts coaching staff taking on the whistle. Hearts were dominant in the first have and took a three goal lead early in the second half, Rangers came back strongly and tested the Hearts keeper on a few occasions but could quite pull back the three goal deficit.

Hearts took the lead on fourteen minutes, the attack took them to the right hand byline and when the ball was played across goal it was knocked past Colbi McQuarrie. Rangers reply saw Aiden McCallion break toward the Hearts penalty area but his shot from the edge of the box was just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Midway through the half the home side came close to doubling their lead, the attack started on the right and when the ball was centred it took a well placed Aiden McCallion to head the shot off the line. Just before the half hour mark Hearts worked a short corner on the right and well the ball was crossed into the box Jayden Millarvie dived high to his right to keep the shot out. A few minutes later the second Hearts goal did come, the cross was provided from the left and a header planted past Jayden Millarvie.

Half-Time:- Hearts 2 Rangers 0

The second half was ten minutes old when Hearts grabbed a third goal, Jayden Millarvie produced a fine save diving to his right to parry a shot from deep inside the left side of the box, but it was a Hearts player who reacted quickest to fire the loose ball into the net. Rangers had their closest effort when Sam McLachlan’s free-kick from the right hand angle of the box found the head of Brandon Ramage and the Hearts keeper dived to his right to produce a fine save.

Rangers next chance saw Ronald Mynell played through but just as he was about to shoot the ball took an awkward bounce and he shot over. A Ronald Mynell solo run then took him past two defenders and deep into the Hearts penalty area with the keeper coming from his line to make the block.

Rangers got on the scoresheet when Thomas Falconer’s free-kick from the right was cleared to the edge of the box and Zak Richford’s shot looped over the keeper and into the top left hand corner. Rangers final chance came when Oliver Goodbrand sent Aiden McCallion through but the keeper raced from his penalty area to clear the danger.

Full-Time:- Hearts 3 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Jayden Millarvie (Gk), Jack Caldwell, Olly Hynd, Lyle Hunter, Thomas Falconer, Lewis Marshall, Aiden McCallion, Alex Smith, Jayden Fitzpatrick, Brandon Ramage, Flynn O’Brien, Sam McLachlan, Oliver Goodbrand, Matthew McIvor, Zak Richford, Ronald Mynell.

Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Sunday morning saw the action move to The Rangers Training Centre for the U16’s (2007’s) clash, it was an entertaining competitive game with Rangers running out deserved winners.

Rangers started brightly and on five minutes Connor Campbell picked out Chris Eadie inside the penalty area but a superb challenge from Kenzi Nair cleared the danger. A minute later Chris Eadie hit the right hand byline with Coupar Wilkie diving to gather his low centre.

Just after the half hour James Wilson was through inside the left side of Rangers penalty area, he knocked the ball past Greig Thackray but Cameron Scott was well placed to head from the goal line. Hearts came close again when a throw in on the right saw a great turn from James Wilson inside the box with Greig Thackray saving his shot at point range.

Just on the half time whistle James Wilson spun and shot from the right hand angle of the box with Greig Thackray saving low to his right.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hearts 0

Rangers took the lead three minutes after the break, from Harry Weir’s left hand corner Jack Wylie rose to power a header past Coupar Wilkie. Rangers doubled their lead from the penalty spot five minutes later, a great Callum Adamson turn took him past a defender and into the right side of the penalty area where is was hauled to the ground, he stepped up to do the job from the spot.

Another five minutes had elapsed when Lewis Stewart picked out Chris Eadie inside the box, a great first touch set him up nicely but Coupar Wylie came from his line to block the shot, the ball broke to Connor Campbell but his shot was deflected wide. Midway through the half Hearts were back in the game, the initial shot from a narrow angle inside the right side of the box was parried by Colbi McQuarrie but the rebound was converted at the back post.

Hearts then had a free-kick from around twenty-five yards but it didn’t trouble Colbi McQuarrie as the shot was straight at the keeper. With six minutes remaining Rangers restored their two goal advantage, Callum Adamson providing the pass to send Chris Eadie through to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

Rangers could have added to their tally in the closing minutes, Callum Adamson won a challenge and the ball broke for Chris Eadie to break into the box with Coupar Wylie turning the ball wide. The corner was taken short and passed to Lewis Stewart on the left hand angle of the box and his shot bounced off the crossbar.

Rangers should have scored with the last attack of the game, Jack Wylie broke into the right side of the box and his cross come shot was parried straight to Chris Eadie but he volleyed over from close range.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers Squad:- Greig Thackray (Gk), Colbi McQuarrie (Gk), Arran Kerr, Jack Wylie, Cameron Scott, Connor Campbell, Leo Fisher, Grant Marchant, Grant Leitch, Harry Weir, Chris Eadie, Josh Gentles, Callum Adamson, Lyle Wark, Lewis Stewart, Duncan Barlow

Hearts Squad:- Coupar Wylie (Gk), Gregor Burn, Bruno Pilch, Jamie Anderson, Kenzie Nair, Matthew Gillies, Gus Stevenson, Owen Muirhead, Szymon Plesiewicz, James Wilson, Jay Boyle, Alfie Osborne, Jay Mill, Aaron Mulvanny, Adrianos Anangnostou, Lewis Barnes, Blair Mulvanny, Lyndon Tas.

Footnote:- The U13 (2010’s) nine-a-side game took place on Saturday morning at The Orium Astro pitch  where Rangers lost 5-1 to an impressive Hearts side. Rangers goal coming from Daniel Owonyomi.

Under 18’s Edge Out Hearts

May 7, 2022

Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers Under 18’s welcomed a young Hearts squad to The Rangers Training Centre on Friday night, it was ultimately a win for the young ‘Gers although it took a late penalty to secure the points.

Rangers created the first chance on five minutes from Mackenzie Strachan’s low corner from the right, Robbie Ure flicked on at the near post, Leyton Dunlop had a swing and missed and the ball landed at Charlie Lindsay who fired just over. Hearts response was to take the lead a minute later, the ball was played from the right to Bobby McCluckie inside the left side of penalty area and he shot across Jack McConnell into the top corner.

Rangers were back on level terms on thirteen minutes, Robbie Ure was through on goal with Zack Paris coming from his line to save bravely at the striker’s feet but the ball broke to Charlie Lindsay who had a simple task of knocking the ball into the net. The next chance came at the other end when Rocco Friel broke into the right side of the box and his shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

Rangers took the lead just beyond the half hour mark when Robbie Ure was fouled on the right hand byline inside the box, Darren McInally squeezed the penalty past Zach Paris low to his left despite a valiant effort from the keeper. The Hearts keeper then had a busy spell in the lead up to the half-time break, on the first occasion Darren McInally cutting in from the right past two defenders and forcing a save.

Within seconds there was a mirror image of a chance, Charlie Lindsay coming in from the left and Zack Paris saving low to his right. The final action of the half came when James Graham cut in from the left and forcing Zach Paris to touch the ball wide of his left hand post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 2 Hearts 1

The early part of the second half was mainly noted for a series of substitutions, but with twenty minutes remaining Rocco Friel broke into the right side of Rangers penalty area and forced a save from Jack McConnell. Within a minute Hearts threatened again, Mackenzie Ross broke into the left side of the penalty area but was denied by a fine Kristian Webster challenge.

Hearts continued to look most likely to be the next goal scorers and with Rangers struggling to clear the ball broke to Luke Rathie inside the penalty area with Jack McConnell producing a great save at close range. With eight minutes remaining Szymon Plesiewicz picked out Rocco Friel breaking into the right side of the penalty area, he was under pressure from a Rangers defender and didn’t get a great connection on his shot which allowed Jack McConnell to make the save.

Barely a minute later Robbie Ure was brought down on the left hand byline and inside the box for a clear penalty, on this occasion Darren McInally gave Zach Paris no chance from the spot. The final chance came when a cross from the left picked out Rocco Friel inside the right side of the penalty area and he volleyed straight at Jack McConnell.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hearts 1

Rangers:- Jack McConnell; Jack Harkness, Kristian Webster, Connor Allan (Kelsey Ewan 57mins) Jamie Newton (Zander Hutton 57 mins); Mackenzie Strachan (Jack Roberts 26 mins); Darren McInally, Charlie Lindsay; Leyton Dunlop (Harley Ewan 76 mins), Robbie Ure, James Graham (Ryan Duncan 76 mins).

Not Used:- Sam Kane (Gk), Zak McKay

Hearts:- Zach Paris; Luke Rathie, Michael Aitken, Adam Forrester; Rocco Friel, Harry Gordon ( Number 3 60 mins), Ewan Simpson, McAuley Tait (Harvey Chisholm HT), Bobby McCluckie; McKenzie Ross (Szymon Plesiewicz 75 mins); Murray Thomas (James Wilson HT).