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Tough Day For 2006’s

October 13, 2019

Motherwell 5 Rangers 1

With five 05’s and two 06’s at The Istria Youth Cup in Croatia with the 2004’s it had an impact on the 2005 and 2006 squads over the weekend. With another three players playing up on Saturday with the 2005’s it meant five 2007’s were included in today’s squad and it was a tough ask for the boys against a bigger and physically stronger Motherwell side.

Yet the Ibrox youngsters got off to a great start with a goal in the second minute, Finlay  Curtis took a short corner on the right and when the ball into the box landed at the feet of Rocco Friel inside the right side of the penalty area his shot looped in at the near post. A quarter of an hour later Rangers struggled to clear a corner from the left and keeper Evan Anderson was forced to block at close range.

Six minutes before the break Sean Phinn broke forward and passed to Ethan Sutherland on the left and he continued into the box but shot straight at the keeper. The second period was six minutes old when the home side drew level, Rangers failed to clear a corner from the right and it was fired past Evan Anderson at close range.

With ten minutes of the period remaining Motherwell attacked on the left and when the ball was crossed into the box their striker got a flick at the near post but was denied when Alfie Halliwell dived to his right to save. Two minutes later the home side took the lead, a corner from the left was headed against the crossbar by a Rangers defender and the rebound was forced over the line.

A few minutes later Rangers fell further behind to a disappointing goal, a free-kick from the left hand angle of the box was struck powerfully enough but slipped through the keeper’s hands and into the net. A minute later Motherwell broke through into the left side of the box but Alfie Haliwell came from his line to make a fine block.

Another attack came down the left and this time it took a fine Zander Hutton challenge to clear for a corner. Rangers were under constant pressure and when ‘Well broke into the left side of the penalty area again the shot came off the far post before being cleared.

The final action of the period saw a free-kick sent into Rangers box from wide right, it was missed by all and Alfie Halliwell seen it late but produced a superb reaction save. Motherwell scored a fourth in the opening minute of the final period, the attack came down the right and when the cross bounced inside the box the striker stooped to head past the keeper.

Alfie Halliwell was called into action again from a free-kick on the edge of the box and left of centre, the Rangers keeper getting down to his right to save. Rangers rallied and when Sean Phinn played a short corner on the right to Ethan Sutherland he went past a defender and into the box with the keeper diving to his right to parry the shot before the ball was scrambled clear.

When Sean Phinn’s next corner from the right was cleared to the edge of the box Grant Leitch’s shot looked net bound until the keeper dived high to his right to produce a superb save. The scoring was completed with a Motherwell attack through the centre,the ball was played left to send the attacker clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 5 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Evan Anderson (Gk), Alfie Halliwell (Gk), Zander Hutton, Rocco Friel, Niall Rogerson, ConnorCampbell, Cooper Knox, Leighton Grant, Sean Phinn, Finlay Curtis, Josh Gentles, Ethan Sutherland, Jamie Bradley, Jack Wylie, Grant Leitch.

 

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Toothless Against Carlisle

October 8, 2019

 Rangers 1 Carlisle United 2

A toothless display saw Rangers Development squad lose to Carlisle at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. With Eros Grezda playing as the main striker and Jamie Barjonas pushed into the front three Rangers rarely looked threatening despite having the bulk of possession.

Yet Rangers missed a great chance to take the lead in the third minute, Jamie Barjonas broke into the right side of the box and when his shot struck Arron Hayden to the surprise of those watching the referee pointed to the spot for a very soft penalty. Eros Gredza stepped up but blazed the spotkick high over the bar. The game had reached the twenty-five minute when Jamie Barjonas worked a short corner on the left with Eros Grezda before breaking into the penalty area but his shot from a narrow angle went across the face of goal and wide of the far post.

A couple of minutes after the half-hour mark a Carlisle corner from the left was headed from the penalty area as far as Stefan Scougall whose cross found Aaron Hayden who headed straight at Andy Firth. Eight minutes before the break Aaron Lyall and Zac Butterworth combined on the right to set up a shooting chance for Greg Docherty but it was straight at Louis Gray who saved comfortably.

The visitors then took the lead just before the break, Eilas Sorensen collected a throw in from Jamie Armstrong inside the right side of the box and turned a defender before shooting past Andy Firth.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Carlisle United 0

The first effort on goal of the second half came on the hour with Arron Lyall passing to Jamie Barjonas on the edge of the box and left of centre but his shot was weak and Louis Gray saved easily. Carlisle missed a great chance ten minutes later, Jamie Armstrong sent Eilas Sorensen down the right, he looked up and played the ball across the penalty area to the unmarked Ryan Loft but he shot tamely wide of the far post.

A minute later Ryan Loft chased a long ball into the left side of the box, it appeared that Lewis McKinnon’s superb challenge had cleared the ball for a corner but the referee pointed to the spot for the second mysterious award of the game and the striker blasted the ball past Andy Firth. The game was in the final ten minutes when Greg Docherty passed to Jamie Barjonas, there seemed little danger but his strike from fully thirty yards gave Louis Gray no chance.

The final chance came at the other end when a Eilas Sorensen solo run took him from halfway into the left side of the box with Andy Firth standing up to make the save.

Full-Time:- Rangers 1 Carlisle United 2

Rangers:- Andy Firth; Zac Butterworth, Leon King (Alex Lowrie 75 mins), Rhys Breen (Lewis McKinnon 27 mins), Matthew Shiels; Matt Polster, Ben Williamson, Greg Docherty; Arron Lyall (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 75 mins), Eros Grezda, Jamie Barjonas.

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Murray Miller, Adam Devine, Julian Anderson.

Carlisle United:- Louis Gray; Jamie Armstrong (Keighran Kerr 71 mins), Jarrad Braithwaite, Arron Hayden, John Mellish, Charlie Birch; Canice Carroll, Stefan Scougall (Tom Wilson HT), Taylor Charters; Eilas Sorensen, Ryan Loft.

Not Used:- Liam Lightfoot, Adam Walton

Derby Win For 2006’s

October 6, 2019

Rangers 3 Celtic 1

A fine performance saw Rangers 2006’s record a fine win over a bigger and physically stronger Celtic side. Celtic included two 2005’s in their lineup, normally this would by be players that were smaller in stature but the two included were among the biggest on the pitch.

Celtic had a chance on two minutes but were denied by a fine double save from Sam Kane, their midfielder broke through the centre, the Rangers keeper got down to his left to parry and was quickly back on his feet to block the rebound from the striker at his left hand post. The rest of the period was uneventful in respect of clear chances and the first half-hour ended goalless.

Sam Kane again came to his sides rescue early in the second period, Celtic got to the byline on the right and from the cross the header seemed net bound till Sam Kane dived high to his right and claw the ball away for a brilliant save. He was called in to action again a couple  minutes later diving to his left to save a shot from the edge of the box.

The period was eight minutes old when Rangers took the lead, Crispin McLean in possession on the left hand angle of the box chipped a pass into Rory Wilson who flicked a ball over a defender before shooting across the keeper into the far corner. Rangers held the lead until the midpoint of the period when a short pass back saw Sam Kane bring down the Celtic striker as he tried to round him and the penalty was converted. The period ended with the sides all square.

Rangers regained their lead on seventy-two minutes with another fine goal, Kerr Robertson played the ball forward to Ethan Sutherland who laid the ball back to the midfielder and his twenty-five yarder found the keeper’s top left hand corner despite him getting a hand to it. Celtic threatened following a corner from the left when the ball went back out to the left Evan Anderson was forced to tip the cross over.

Rangers had a great chance to make the game safe with two minutes remaining, when Cooper Knox played the ball forward Rory Wilson challenged with a defender and the ball broke to Ethan Sutherland but he shot just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. But the clinching goal did come in the final minute, Cooper Knox passed to Ethan Sutherland who played the ball to Rory Wilson on the left hand angle of the box, he turned and held off a defender before poking the ball past the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Celtic 1

Rangers Squad:- Sam Kane (Gk), Evan Anderson (Gk), Zander Hutton, Rocco Friel, Leighton Grant, Dylan Brown, Sean Phinn, Kerr Robertson, Crispin McLean, Finlay Grant, Rory Wilson, Ethan Sutherland, Jamie Bradley, Niall Rogerson, Cooper Knox, Chris Eadie, Connor Campbell.

UEFA Youth League

October 4, 2019

 Young Boys 3 Rangers 3

Rangers Under 19’s made their debut in the UEFA Youth League on Thursday as a precursor to first team action later the same day. A thrilling draw was the outcome at the Wyler Sportspark in Bern, Rangers will be disappointed to lose a two goal lead but over the ninety minutes a draw was probably the fairest result.

Rangers had an early chance in the third minute from a free-kick on the edge of the box and left of centre, Kai Kennedy beat the defensive wall but Lars Elcher save comfortably low to his left. The Ibrox youngsters suffered a blow on ten minutes when captain and one of the over age players Lewis Mayo picked up an injury and was replaced by Ben Williamson.

They didn’t allow the setback to affect them and took the lead within two minutes, Kai Kennedy in possession on the left  side of the box delayed his pass to allow Ciaran Dickson to hit the byline, from his cross to the far post Dapo Mebude’s header was blocked by the legs of Lars Elcher but Nathan Patterson followed up to slam the ball into the net. Just after the quarter hour mark the ball broke for Benjamin Kabeya and his twenty five yarder beat Lewis Budinauckas high to his right but clipped the junction of bar and post.

Five minutes later Nico Maier broke through the centre of Rangers defence and deep into the penalty area with Lewis Budinauckas coming from his line to make a fine block. Rangers response saw Kai Kennedy go past a defender and to the left hand byline where he cut the ball back to Ciaran Dickon whose shot was saved by Lars Elcher at his near post.

The home side threatened just before the half hour when Joel Ris moved the ball forward to the impressive Nico Maier and his shot from the edge of the box forced Lewis Budinauckas to tip over. Young Boys had another chance before the break with Lewin Blum attacking the right side of the box and when the ball broke for Samuel Ballet, Lewis Budinauckas blocked the shot with a foot at his near post.

Half-Time:- Young Boys 0 Rangers 1

The sides were level before the second half reached the fifth minute, Samuel Ballet in possession outside the left side of the penalty area laid the ball back to Samuel Kasongo on the angle and he cut inside before firing a shot into the keeper’s top right hand corner. Within four minutes Rangers had restored their lead, Kai Kennedy worked a short corner on the left by exchanging passes with Dapo Mebude and from his centre Danny Finlayson poked the ball into the far corner.

A similar period had elapsed when Rangers increased their lead with a stunning strike, Kai Kennedy won the ball inside Young Boys half and laid it back to Ben Williamson, from his pass forward Ciaran Dickson took a touch before giving Lars Elcher no chance from around twenty-five yards. 

With the game now inside the final twenty minutes Samuel Ballet passed to Gabriele De Donno on the right, his ball into the box broke to Nico Maier on the edge of the six yard box but he scooped his shot wide of the far post. Samuel Ballet was again the provider a minute later teeing up Breston Malula but Lewis Budinauckas comfortably saved the shot from distance.

Within a couple of minutes of coming on Mischa Eberhard made an impact racing into the left side of the box on a through ball and shooting across Lewis Budinauckas and into the far corner. The home side were now looking for the equaliser and when Breston Malula played Nico Maier into the left side of the box Lewis Budinackas was forced to save at the near post.

Rangers were still a threat and when Dapo Mebude and James Maxwell combined on the left to carve out a shooting chance for Ben Williamson the midfielder shot wide of the far post. Back to the other end and when the ball broke to Jonathan De Donno on the edge of the box a deflection took it over. From the resultant corner on the left Breston Malula rose to power a header against Rangers crossbar.

Just when it looked like Rangers had done enough and the clock ticking deep into injury time a long through from the right was flicked on at the near post and converted at close range by Gabriele De Donno.

Rangers should get over the disappointment for the return tie at Firhill on 23rd October with the slight advantage of three away goals. Unfortunately I will be travelling to the Europa League game in Porto and won’t make the game.

Full Time:- Young Boys 3 Rangers 3

Young Boys:- Lars Elcher; Lewin Blum (Gabriele De Donno 61 mins), Sadin Crnovsanin, Simon Geiger, Joel Bischsel; Benjamin Kabeya, Breston Malula; Joel Ris ( Jonathan De Donno 61 mins), Nico Maier, Samuel Kasongo (Mischa Eberhard (73 mins); Samuel Ballet (Marc Jenni 90 mins)

Not Used:- Leandro Zbinden (Gk), Aurele Amenda, Fabiano Pereira.

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Nathan Patterson (Zac Butterworth 88 mins), Danny Finlayson, Rhys Breen, James Maxwell; Murray Miller, Lewis Mayo (Ben Williamson 10 mins); Ciaran Dickson; Dapo Mebude, Nathan Young-Coombes (Arron Lyall 88 mins), Kai Kennedy.

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Kyle McClelland, Chris McKee, Kane Ritchie-Hosler.

Under 18’s Win Again

September 23, 2019

Rangers 4 St.Mirren 1

Rangers Under 18’s recorded another comfortable win in tonight’s game at The Hummel Training Centre against St.Mirren. The visitor’s briefly threatened to set up a nervy finish but a linesman’s flag and another goal avoided that.

St.Mirren were first to threaten on eight minutes the attack came on the right and when the ball was passed inside the initial shot was blocked with the rebound going narrowly wide of Grant Thackray’s right hand post. Rangers first attack came when the ball was played out to Ross McAusland on the right, he cut inside before shooting which the keeper saved comfortably.

On twenty minutes Chris McKee latched on to a slack pass and passed to Kane Ritchie-Hosler inside the left side of the box, his shot took a deflection but the keeper managed to change direction and turn the ball wide of his right hand post. A minute later Ross McAusland attacked the right side of the box and played in Chris McKee but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

With the mid-point of the half approaching Kyle McClelland’s ball down the right allowed Harris O’Connor to break into the right side of the penalty area but the keeper stood up to save at the near post. On twenty-five minutes a short corner on the left saw a cross from Matty Yates headed back across goal by Kyle McClelland and volleyed over by Chris McKee.

Just after the half hour Matty Yates won possession and fed Ross McAusland inside the right side of the box but he shot wide of the far post. St.Mirren who had shown little in attack won the ball inside the right side of Rangers box and Grant Thackray was forced to block with his foot at the near post.

Rangers took the lead seven minutes before the break, Umaro Balde passed to Robbie Fraser on the left, Matty Yates was stretching to reach the cross and headed up in the air, the ball dropped for Ross McAusland at the back post and he shot across the keeper and into the net. A minute later Ross McAusland cut in from the right and only a fine save prevented his and Rangers second goal.

The visitor’s then broke through the middle and it took a great Harris O’Connor challenge to clear the danger.

 Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Rangers doubled their lead six minutes after the break, Matthew Henderson’s cross from the left sailed over the keeper and stuck the far post with Ross McAusland following up to slam the ball into the net. Eight minutes later Ross McAusland came close to his hat trick, cutting in from the left past a defender his shot forced the keeper to push over.

Rangers went three up with twenty minutes remaining, a superb Arron Lyall solo run took him past two defenders and along the left hand byline before cutting the ball back for Chris McKee to slam past the keeper. The visitor’s reduced the deficit eight minutes later, a free-kick on the right hand byline was crossed to the back post where it was headed back across goal and nodded past Grant Thackray.

A couple of minutes later a Saints free kick from the right hand angle of the box was only just wide of the far post. From their next attack a cross from the right saw a Saints attacker arrive around the same time as Grant Thackray and the ball looped up and off the outside of the keeper’s left hand post.

With ten minutes remaining Umaro Balde passed from the left, inside to Dire Mebude who was tripped as he went past a defender but the ball broke back to Umro Balde and his twenty-five yard short forced the keeper to tip it wide of his left hand post.

With three minutes remaining St.Mirren had the ball in the net and after awarding the goal the referee noticed the linesman’s flag and it was disallowed. Rangers responded by scoring a fourth, again Arron Lyall was the architect, this time on the right, going past a defender before passing across the penalty area for Dire Mebude to beat the keeper.

Full-Time:- Rangers 4 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Grant Thackray; Harris O’Connor (Mackenzie Strachan 57 mins), Lewis McKinnon, Kyle McClelland (Matthew Henderson 40 mins), Robbie Fraser; Umaro Balde, Krystof Hempl; Matty Yates; Ross McAusland (Dire Mebude 68 mins), Chris McKee (Connor Allan 68 mins), Kane Ritchie-Hosler (Arron Lyall 50 mins).

Not Used:- Jack McConnell (Gk).

St.Mirren:- Callum Law; Danny Baker, Carter Frew, Callum Johnston, Sam Ellis; Alex McCaw, Shea Scally, Finlay Gray, Simone Zanda: Lewis Jamieson, Reis Webster.

Subs:- Kyle King (Gk), Max Kerr, Aiden Clocherty, Max Brown, Dylan Reid, Fraser Taylor, Daniel McManus, Paul O’Hare.

Comfortable Win For 2005’s

September 21, 2019

Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 1

This morning’s game at The Hummel Training Centre was my second 2005 game in four days after Wednesday’s narrow defeat to Hamilton. After a fairly even first half Rangers 2005’s were dominant after the break to run out comfortable winners. 

Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot on thirteen minutes, a Zak McKay solo run took him deep into the Killie penalty area where he went down under a challenge and the referee awarded a rather soft penalty from which Tiaman Scott scored. The visitor’s reply came midway through the half from a shot from the edge of the box that was just wide of Jacob Pazikas right hand post.

On twenty-five minutes Rory Wilson tried his luck from a thirty yard free-kick that the keeper saved low to his right. Two minutes later the sides were level, a free-kick from wide left was allowed to drift to the back post by the Rangers defence where it was fired past Jacob Pazikas.

Rangers then had their keeper to thank for going in level at the break, Jacob Pazikas diving high to his left to turn the ball wide from a free-kick on the edge of the box as half-time approached.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers were back in front eight minutes into the second half, Elliot Dunlop in possession close to the right hand byline laid the ball back to Adam Forrester and from his cross Callum Sandilands glanced a header inside the far post. On the hour mark a Rangers attack broke down at the edge box but fell for Callum Sandilands whose shot forced the keeper to stretch to tip over.

Rangers third came from the resultant corner, Rory Wilson taking it short to Ryan Murray and his cross sailed over the keeper and into the net. A fine first time Elliot Dunlop pass then released Rory Wilson into the right side of the box but his shot found the side netting.

With just over twenty minutes remaining Killie gifted Rangers  fourth, their defender stood on the ball inside the left side of the penalty area presenting possession to Richard Van Cruigen who rolled the ball across goal to give Ricco Diack a tap in. Kilmarnock responded with an attack into the left side of the penalty area to force a save from Jacob Pazikas.

Rangers immediately went up the other end and added a fifth, from Elliot Dunlop’s pass a great touch and turn into the right side of the box by Rory Wilson allowed him to shoot across the keeper and into the far corner. The final chance came when Ryan Murray hit the left hand byline and from his cross Elliot Dunlop headed it back but just wide of the post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 5 Kilmarnock 1

Rangers Squad:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Zak McKay, Brodie Kerr, Kristian Webster, Adam Forrester, Callum Sandilands, Zak Queen, Jamie Newton, Kian Gunn, Rory Wilson, Tiaman Scott, Ryan Murray, Kerr Robertson, Ricco Diack, Richard Van Cruigen, Elliot Dunlop.

 

Under 18’s Hit Seven

September 20, 2019

Motherwell 0 Rangers 7

Rangers Under 18’s turned in their best performance of the season so far putting seven goals past Motherwell without reply in tonight’s game at Braidhurst High School. The Ibrox youngsters blew their opponents away with a four goal burst in a ten minute spell in the first half.

Rangers took the lead on four minutes, Alex Lowry’s corner from the left went beyond the back post where Kyle McClelland headed back across goal and Chris McKee headed it back and into the net at the post. Two minutes later Harris O’Connor fed Aaron Lyall inside the right of the box with the keeper saving his shot from a narrow angle. Motherwel’s first threat was an attack on the left and when a dangerous cross came in to the six yard box Kyle McClelland cleared.

Just before the half hour mark Robbie Fraser chased a ball to the left hand byline and passed it back to Alex Lowry who picked out Aaron Lyall inside the left side of the penalty area and he fired  shot off the near post. A minute later Rangers scored a fine goal, Harris O’Connor passed to Alex Lowry on the edge of the box and his back heel found Kane Ritchie-Hosler who teed up Chris McKee too shoot past the keeper.

Within a couple of minute the Rangers striker completed his hat-trick, Alex Lowry took the corner on the right and Chris McKee glanced a header in at the far post.  In Rangers next attack Alex Lowry passed to Chris McKee on the left and he was tripped inside the left side of the box, Alex Lowry confidently stroked the penalty past the keeper.

Rangers looked like scoring with every attack and when Harris O’Connor passed the ball forward to Alex Lowry, he went passed a defender on the edge of the box but the keeper advanced from his goal to make the save. The ball was then played forward on the right, Harris O’Connor’s first pass found Alex Lowry, he passed inside to Chris McKee who fired over.

An Arron Lyall solo run took him deep in to the Motherwell penalty area where he passed to Chris McKee and his shot was touched wide of the left and post by the keeper. Alex Lowry took the resulting corner from the right towards the back post where Kyle McClelland looped a header back across goal and in off the post.

Motherwell had shown little in the way of attack but the broke into the right side of the box with Jay Hogarth saving confidently.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangerss 5

Rangers first chance after the break came when Ross McAusland won possession and broke into the left side of the box but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably. Just after the hour mark the home side attacked into the left side of Rangers box, the ball was knocked past Jay Hogarth but Harris O’Connor was on hand to clear.

Midway through the half a Motherwell corner from the left bounced off the bar before being cleared. Rangers scored a fifth with the game entering the final quarter hour, the ball was played out to Matty Yates and his low cross presented Chris McKee with a tap in at the back post. The scoring was completed with two minute remaining. Matty Yates exchanged passes with Chris McKee to break into the right side of the penalty area, the keeper dived to his right to parry the shot but Ross McAusland followed to slam the ball into the net.

Full-Time:- Motherwell 0 Rangers 7

Rangers:- Jay Hogarth; Harris O’Connor, Lewis McKinnon, Kyle McClelland (Ryan Muir HT), Robbie Fraser (Matthew Henderson 69 mins); Umaro Balde, Murray Miller (Krystof Hempl 53 mins); Alex Lowry (Matty Yates 53 mins); Aaron Lyall (Ross McAusland HT), Chris McKee, Kane Ritchie-Hosler.

Not Used:- Grant Thackray (Gk), Adam Devine.

 

2005’s Score Four But Lose

September 18, 2019

Hamilton Accies 5 Rangers 4

Unable to make the game in Ballymena my alternative was a trip to New Douglas Park to watch the 2005’s face Hamilton Accies. The young Rangers side lost to the odd goal in nine with two rather harsh penalty awards against keeper Scott Cowie being the difference between the sides.

The home side took the lead on five minutes, they attacked through the centre which was halted by a superb Kristian Webster challenge but the ball broke to an Accies player inside the left side of the box and he shot past Scott Cowie. An attack down the left provided the home side with another chance, when the ball was crossed to the back post it took a fine close range save from Scott Cowie to prevent a goal, and he saved again from the ensuing scramble.

Rangers equalised on eighteen minutes, Euan Ross passed the ball forward to Tiaman Scott on the edge of the box and he turned before shooting high past the keeper. Rangers had another chance when Jamie Newton’s free-kick was just beyond Adam Forrester and the ball drifted wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Rangers edged ahead on twenty-five minutes, Jamie Newton and Zak Queen worked a short corner on the right and from the latter’s cross Adam Forrester headed past the keeper at the far post. Within two minutes Hamilton drew level from the penalty spot, the striker broke through the middle and knocked the ball past the advancing Scott Cowie, Kristian Webster got back to clear but the referee judged the Rangers keeper had followed through and caught the striker and awarded a penalty that was converted.

With half-time approaching Hamilton attacked on the right and when the ball broke around the penalty spot the shot was deflected over. Rangers response saw Kristian Webster send Ryan Murray down the left but his cross just evaded the stretching Rory Wilson.

Half-Time:- Hamilton Accies 2 Rangers 2

Rangers were first to threaten after the break with Richard Van Cruigen passing from left to right along the edge of the box where Adam Forrester’s chip had the keeper stretching to touch the ball onto the bar. Within a minute Accies regained the lead, the attack came into the right side of the box and the cross was deflected past the keeper by a defender  for an own goal.

Accies then doubled their lead with their second penalty, Scott Cowie threw himself bravely at the attacker’s feet inside the left side of the penalty area, with both players colliding and sustaining injuries the referee pointed to the spot. The Rangers keeper was unable to continue and was replaced by Jacob Pazikas before the penalty was scored. Rangers got back in the game when the ball was played up to Richard Van Cruigen and his touch released Rory Wilson to shoot past the keeper.

The next goal came from the home side with a pass picking out the midfielder’s run through the middle and he continued into the box and dinked the ball past Jacob Pazikas. Back came Rangers and a ball from inside Rangers half sent Elliott Dunlop through and he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the net.

Full-Time:- Hamilton Accies 5 Rangers 4

Rangers Squad:- Scott Cowie (Gk), Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Zak McKay, Adam Forrester, Kristian Webster, Ryan Murray, Euan Ross, Kerr Robertson, Zak Queen, Jamie Newton, Rory Wilson, Tiaman Scott, Brodie Kerr, Callum Sandilands, Kian Gunn, Richard Van Cruigen, Elliott Dunlop.

Another Win For Under 18’s

September 13, 2019

Rangers 2 Hearts 0

Rangers Under 18’s made it four wins from four with a comfortable win over Hearts at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. In truth it wasn’t a classic with little in the way of goalmouth action, but Rangers pretty much controlled the game and the result was never really in any doubt.

Although Rangers had the vast majority of possession the first real threat to any goal came from Hearts after the half-hour mark. Sean Ward worked a short corner on the left with Jay Charleston-King before crossing for Arran Darge to head narrowly over. Rangers took the lead two minutes before the break, Aaron Lyall went past a defender on the left and his cross broke to Ross McAusland inside the right side of the box and he shot across the keeper into the far corner.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hearts 0

Rangers threatened on a couple of occasions at the start of the second half. First up Matty Yates free-kick from the left hand angle of the box was just wide of the near post,  then Ross McAusland’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was held by Harris Spratt. Just before the hour mark Aaron Lyall attacked along the right hand byline and his shot was parried by the keeper before being cleared.

With eighteen minutes remaining Lewis Budinauckas who had been a virtual spectator was put under pressure from a short pass back but the Rangers keeper raced from his line to get there ahead of Aidan Denholm to clear. Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Matthew Henderson crossed from the left hand byline it took Harris Spratt two attempts to gather Ciaran Dickson’s header.

Within sixty seconds Rangers had grabbed a second, when the ball came in from the right Chris McKee laid it back into the path of Alex Lowry whose shot from inside the box seemed to go through the keeper. A solo run from Kane Ritchie-Hosler took him deep into the Hearts penalty area and Harris Spratt blocked the shot with his leg, from the rebound Alex Lowry tried an audacious chip which came back off the face of the crossbar.

The final chance came when Kane Ritchie-Hosler broke from inside his own half into the right side of Hearts penalty area and when he played the ball across goal Chris McKee seemed certain to score until a defender got a touch just ahead of him.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hearts 0

Rangers:- Lewis Budinauckas; Adam Devine (Lewis McKinnon 77 mins), Kyle McLelland, Harris O’Connor, Matthew Henderson (Robbie Fraser 82 mins); Umaro Balde, Murray Miller; Ciaran Dickson; Aaron Lyall (Alex Lowry 70 mins), Matty Yates (Chris McKee 57 mins), Ross McAusland (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 57 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk), Ryan Muir.

Hearts:- Harris Spratt; Callum Flatman, Arran Darge, Michael Aitken (???? ????? 68 mins); Cammy Logan, Scott McGill, Leon Watson, Sean Ward; Jay Charleston-King ( ???? ????? HT), McKenzie Kirk, Aidan Denholm.

Reserve And 2006 Reports

September 11, 2019

Today was another double header with the reserves/U20’s taking on Hibs this afternoon and the 2004’s hosting Hamilton Accies at night.

Rangers 2 Hibernian 2 (Hibs won 5-4 on penalties)

At lunchtime Rangers reserves/U20’s took on Hibernian in the informal Glasgow FA International Cup. Rangers went in behind after a fairly even first half, but a poor second half show saw then lose a second goal and just when the game looked to be petering out they levelled with two late goals only to lose the penalty shoot out.

Rangers suffered an early blow in the second minute when Jack Thomson picked up an injury and was replaced by Ben Williamson. Hibs had  chance just before the quarter hour when James Maxwell missed a ball across the box and it fell to Fraser Murray who shot across goal and wide of the far post. Rangers immediate reply was a long ball that sent Nathan Young-Coombes clear, he was thwarted when Paddy Martin raced from his goal to block the shot with his leg.

On twenty five minutes Kai Kennedy took a short corner on the left to Jamie Barjonas who turned a defender on the byline and his shot from a tight angle was diverted behind at the near post by Paddy Martin. This time Kai Kennedy’s corner was swung into the box, Lewis Mayo’s powerful header was parried by Paddy Martin to his left and Thomas Block completed the clearance.

Just after the half hour Innes Murray moved the ball forward to Fraser Murray whose shot from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by Andy Firth low to his left. The visitors took the lead six minutes before the break, Fraser Murray’s corner from the left was met by Josh Doig at the near post who glanced a header passed Andy Firth.

Rangers reply came from a Jamie Murphy pass inside from the left to Jamie Barjonas  who forced a save from Paddy Martin to his right. The final chance of the half saw Jamie Barjonas fire a thirty yard free-kick just over.

Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Hibernian 1

Hibs were first to threaten after the break with Jamie Gullan’s run and cross on the left which was volleyed at the back post by Innes Murray and beat away by Andy Firth. A minute later Innes Murray cut in from the left and his twenty-five yard shot was tipped wide by Andy Firth diving to his left.

Hibs doubled their led on fifty-two minutes, Josh Doig broke forward and passed to Jamie Gullan on the left, his cross into the box was poked past And Firth by Ryan Shanley. There was little in the way of goalmouth action until the game entered the final quarter hour when Jamie Barjonas and Kai Kennedy combined to send James Maxwell to the left hand byline and he fired across the face of goal with no takers.

Kai Kennedy then sent a corner in from the right and Jamie Barjonas glanced a header wide of the far post. With two minutes remaining  Kai Kennedy passed to Nathan Young-Coombes inside the box, the referee judged he was brought down as he turned and he converted the spot kick. Two minutes into injury time Nathan Young-Coombes in possession inside the right side of the box attempted a cross which deflected up in the air, Jamie Barjonas header seemed to be handled on the line by a defender but Lewis Mayo was on hand to volley into the net.

The game then went to a penalty shootout, the first nine penalties were scored but Paddy Martin dived to his left to save Nathan Young-Coombes penalty to win the shootout for Hibs.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hibernian 2 (Hibernian won 5-4 on penalties)

Rangers:- Andy Firth; Zac Butterworth (Rhys Breen 71 mins), Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, James Maxwell; Jack Thomson (Ben Williamson 2 mins), Jamie Barjonas; Kai Kennedy; Eros Grezda (Ciaran Dickson 71 mins), Nathan Young-Coombes, Jamie Murphy (Serge Atakayi HT).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Joao Balde, Ross McAusland.

Hibernian:- Paddy Martin; Tom James, Kosovar Sdiki, Josh Doig, Thomas Block; Ben Stirling, Josh Campbell; Fraser Murray, Innes Murray, Jamie Gullan; Ryan Shanley.

Not Used:- Alan Combe (Gk), Gregor Woods, Callu Yeats, Jack Hodge.

 

Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 1

Evening saw Rangers 2006’s (Under 14’s) take on Hamilton Accies, the game came to life in the final thirty minute period with Rangers recording a deserved win.

Rangers threatened when Kerr Robertson sent Finlay Curtis down the right and from his cross Accies keeper got there just before Rory Wilson. The visitors then had a quick break down the right and when the ball was passed inside the shot was fired wide of Evan Anderson’s left hand post.

Ten minutes into the second period Hamilton attacked on the left, the cross was headed clear but the shot from the edge of the box came off the inside of Evan Anderson’s left hand post and went across the face of goal. Rangers reply was a Leighton Grant pass forward to Finlay Curtis whose ball towards the box saw Rory Wilson get a touch ahead of a defender but the keeper had advanced from goal to make the save.

Rory Wilson then got the better of the centre back when chasing Finlay Curtis’s ball into the left side of the box but he shot wide of the far post. A good move saw Rangers move the ball from Jamie Bradley on the right through Kerr Robertson and Sean Phinn to Finlay Curtis inside the left side of the box but he shot over.

Nine minutes into the final period Rangers took the lead, Crispin McLean started the move on the right passing to Finlay Curtis who moved it on to Ethan Sutherland on the left hand angle of the box and he shot over the keeper and into the net. Two minutes after the turn around in the third period Rangers scored again, Ethan Sutherland robbing a defender on the edge of the Hamilton box and knocking the ball to Rory Wilson who slotted past the keeper.

With five minutes remaining Ethan Sutherland again won possession on the edge of the Accies box, he passed to Finlay Curtis who shot over. Hamilton grabbed a consolation in the final minute when Rangers lost possession just outside their own penalty area and the ball was fired past Sam Kane.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 1

Rangers Squad:- Evan Anderson (Gk), Sam Kane (Gk), Niall Rogerson, Rocco Friel, Leighton Grant, Dylan Brown, Kerr Robertson, Cooper Knox, Crispin McLean, Finlay Curtis, Rory Wilson, Ethan Sutherland, Jamie Bradley, Chris Eadie, Sean Phinn, Grant Marchant.