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18’s Finish With Win Over Ayr United

May 21, 2019

Rangers 2 Ayr United 1

Rangers Under 18’s closed their league programme with a win over Ayr United at The Hummel Training Centre tonight. Rangers fielded a lot of younger players and the late winner came from U15 player Dire Mebude, younger brother of first team debutant Dapo.

The visitors should have taken the lead on five minutes, Owen McGinty’s cross from the left picked out Joy Goma inside the six yard box but he failed to connect properly which allowed Brian Kinnear to make the save. Rangers took the lead on the twenty minute mark, Cole McKinnon passed to Matty Yates on the left and he cut inside before blasting the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box.

Just after the half hour mark the ball was worked inside to Ben Williamson from the right and his effort from fully thirty yards was just too high.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ayr United 0

A couple of minutes past the hour Ayr equalised from the penalty spot, Owen McGinty exchanged passes on the left to break into the penalty area where he was tripped by Ryan Muir and he converted the penalty. Rangers reply saw Dire Mebude pass to Alex Lowry and his flick allowed Joao Balde to break forward, he passed to Aaron Lyall on the right hand angle of the box, he cut inside before forcing the keeper to save low to his right.

A short corner was worked on the right and Kyle McClelland flicked on Aaron Lyall’s cross, the ball went towards the back post where Leon King met it on the volley but it went straight at the keeper. With nine minutes remaining Rangers took the lead, Ryan Muir provided the through ball for Dire Mebude to race clear and slot past the keeper.

Rangers had further chances before the final whistle to increase their lead. The first came when James Maxwell hit the left hand byline and from his low cross Joao Balde forced a save from his keeper at the near post. Then Alex Lowry played a one-two with Joao Balde and the ball broke to Matty Yates who saw his effort saved. The final chance saw an Alex Lowry’s through ball sending Matty Yates breaking into the right side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Ayr United 1

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Zac Butterworth (Ryan Muir 55 mins), Kyle McClelland, Leon King, Adam Devine (James Maxwell 55 mins); Harris O’Connor (Aaron Lyall 55 mins); Cole McKinnon, Ben Williamson (Alex Lowry 55 mins); Joao Balde; Matty Yates, Chris McKee (Dire Mebude 55 mins).

Not Used:- Jay Hogarth (Gk)

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18’s Share Six Goals With Accies

May 19, 2019

Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 3

Rangers and Hamilton Accies shared six goals in this morning’s Under 18 League game at The Hummel Training Centre. Rangers edged the first half but Hamilton raced into a two goal lead early in the second half, and missed a couple of chances to extend their lead, but Rangers came back strongly and over the ninety minutes a draw was probably fair.

For a variety of reasons only three of Rangers starting eleven from the Youth Cup Final were starters in today’s game. This gave the opportunity to a few U16 players who will be U18 mainstays next season. Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, Chris McKee passed to James Maxwell inside the left side of the penalty area where he was brought down by Liam Scullion for a clear penalty which Ciaran Dickson converted.

The lead barely lasted two minutes and Hamilton drew level when Reegan Mimnaugh curled a free-kick from the edge of the box over the defensive wall and into to Brian Kinnear’s top left hand corner. Ten minutes later Harris O’Connor won possession inside the right side of the penalty area and his shot from a narrow angle was blocked by the foot of Ross Connelly.

Within a minute Andrew Winter cut in from the right and went past two Rangers defenders and deep into the penalty area, Brian Kinnear got down to his right to parry, it seemed certain Sean Slaven would net the loose ball but a superb Zac Butterworth clearance conceded a corner. On the twenty sixth minute Harris O’Connor got a flick on and the ball went to Chris McKee deep inside the box, he laid it back to Nathan Young Coombes whose effort was saved by Ross Connelly.

Just after the half hour mark only a brilliant Ross Connelly save kept the sides level. Leon King played the ball forward and Chris Mckee’s flick sent Nathan Young-Coombes racing clear, Ross Connelly came from his line and got a strong hand to the striker’s shot. The ball eventually landed back at the feet of Nathan Young-Coombes but the keeper saved again. Rangers were forced into a change just before the break when the injured Leon King was replaced by Cole McKinnon.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 1

The visitor’s took the lead in the opening minute of the second half, Ciaran McAndrew played the ball into the box from the right, Sean Slaven got  there just ahead of Brian Kinnear and knocked the ball goalwards for Niyah Joseph to slam the ball into the net from close range. A few minutes later Accies doubled their lead, Rangers struggled to clear a ball in from the right and when it fell for Sean Slaven he shot past Brian Kinnear from around ten yards.

Rangers reply saw Aaron Lyall cut in from the left past a defender but he shot straight at Ross Connelly. Rangers next chance came on fifty-six minutes when Ben Williamson’s free kick from around twenty five yards and left of centre was only just wide of the far post. Within a minute the ball broke for Joao Balde deep inside the Hamilton penalty area but he was denied by another Ross Connelly save.

Hamilton then came close from two left hand corners both taken Charlie Reilly and both found the head of Ciaran McAndrew at the back post. The first forced Brian Kinnear into a diving save to his right and the second saw the header slip just wide of the back post. Rangers capitalised on those let offs by reducing the deficit midway through the half, Alex Lowry’s corner from the left landed at the feet of Cole McKinnon beyond the back post and he shot through a crowded six yard box into the net.

With five minutes remaining the tenacity of Ben Williamson saw Rangers draw level, working his way along the right hand byline through two challenges, when the third challenge came in the ball looped over the head of Ross Connelly and had crossed the line before it was hooked clear.

Full-Time:- Rangers 3 Hamilton Accies 3

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Zac Butterworth (Adam Devine 75 mins), Harris O’Connor, Leon King (Cole McKinnon 44 mins), James Maxwell; Ben Williamson; Joao Balde (Alex Lowry 63 mins), Ciaran Dickson; Aaron Lyall, Chris McKee (Matty Yates 63 mins), Nathan Young-Coombes (Ryan Muir 75 mins).

Hamilton Accies:- Ross Connelly; Liam Scullion, Ciaran McAndrew, Jamie Hamilton, Kyle Munro; Reegan Mimnaugh; Charlie Reilly, Marley Redfern; Andrew Winter, Sean Slaven (Lennon Pirrie 74 mins) , Niyah Joseph (Jay Blair 77 mins).

Not Used:- Adam McLean (Gk), Cameron Marshall, Jack Garrad.

 

Late Leveller For 2005’s

May 18, 2019

Rangers 2 Inverness Caley Thistle 2

A last minute Rory Wilson strike provided a deserved equaliser for Rangers 2005’s against Inverness Caley Thistle at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. With a few 2005’s moving up to the 2004’s this weekend today’s squad was supplemented with 2006’s, Kerr Robertson, Crispin McLean and Rory Wilson.

Rangers took the lead from the penalty spot on ten minutes, Tiaman Scott won the ball inside the left side of the penalty area and the referee judged he was bundled over by a defender, he got up and confidently converted the penalty. Just after the quarter hour mark a free from Jamie Newton midway inside the Inverness half picked out Callum Sandilands inside the right side of the box and his controlled volley was saved by the keeper.

The visitors drew level midway through the half, a shot from the edge of the box was diverted past Jacob Pazikas by the striker in front of goal. Five minutes later Jamie Newton showed great skill to take on the defence on the left hand angle of the box and played a one-two with Ricco Diack before firing a shot against the near post. On the half-hour mark Kerr Robertson passed to Elliott Dunlop on the right, his low cross was fired against the near post by Ricco Diack at close range.

Five minutes before the break Jamie Newton’s corner from the right was hooked on by Rory Wilson at the near post and Adam Forrester volleyed back across goal and just wide of the post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Inverness Caley Thistle 1

Rangers created an early chance after the break, a short corner was worked on the left with Jamie Newton crossing from the angle of the box and Brodie Kerr’s header was only just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. A couple of minutes later Inverness took the lead, Rangers failed to clear a corner from the right and the ball was eventually knocked past Scott Cowie from close range, possibly by a defender.

Midway through the half a through ball deflected into the path of Elliott Dunlop and his drive from the edge of the box forced the keeper to dive to his left to save. The game had entered the final quarter hour when a superb Crispin McLean through ball released Elliott Dunlop but the keeper raced from goal to block on the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Elliot Dunlop turned provider with his pass sending Rory Wilson into the box but he was denied when the keeper blocked with his legs. With the game in the final minute Zak Queen tried his luck with a looping shot from around twenty five yards, the keeper dived high to his right to parry but Rory Wilson was on hand to fire into the roof of the net for an equaliser the young Rangers side deserved.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Inverness Caley Thistle 2

Rangers Squad:- Jacob Pazikas (Gk), Scott Cowie (Gk), Callum Sandilands, Brodie Kerr, Adam Forrester, Ryan Murray, Kerr Robertson, Zak Queen, Jamie Newton, Elliott Dunlop, Ricco Diack, Tiaman Scott, Kian Gunn, Crispin McLean, Kole Connelly, Rory Wilson.

Last Minute Penalty Floors 2006’s

May 11, 2019

Rangers 2 Ross County 3

A last minute penalty condemned Rangers 2006’s to defeat against Ross County’s 2005’s at The Hummel Training Centre this afternoon. It was harsh on the young Rangers side against an older, bigger and physically stronger opponent.

Rangers had an early chance when Kerr Robertson played the ball into the right side of the box, it broke to Crispin McLean whose shot was turned wide of the near post by the keeper. Rangers took the lead on twenty minutes, a good passing moved was concluded when Kerr Robertson’s chipped pass into the left side of the penalty was chested by Elliott Dunlop into the path of Rory Wilson, he first effort was saved but he slammed the rebound into the net.

Rangers lead lasted seven minutes, they failed to clear a corner from the right and the ball fell to the Ross County centre back inside the six yard box and he fired into the net. Rangers had a chance just before the break when Elliott Dunlop’s through ball played in Rory Wilson on the left side of the box and he shot narrowly wide of the far post.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 Ross County 1

Ross County had two glorious chances early in the second half, on both occasions they were deep inside Rangers penalty area but failed to trouble the keeper on either occasion. Rangers were back in front just before the hour mark, Finlay Curtis broke from inside his own half, he passed to Ethan Sutherland to his left and he shot over the keeper from around twenty-five yards.

Five minutes later Finlay Curtis passed to Ethan Sutherland whose through ball sent Rory Wilson clear, he continued into the right side of the box but the keeper got down to touch the ball wide of the far post. With the game inside the final quarter hour Ross County attacked on the right, when the ball was crossed to the back post the referee saw a push and pointed to the spot and the penalty was converted.

Rangers seemed certain to go back in front when Rory Wilson went through the inside right channel, his shot looked net bound until the keeper dived high to his left to turn the ball wide. With five minutes remaining only a brilliant Sam Kane save kept the sides level. The attack came on the right and the cross to the back post was volleyed goalwards but the Rangers keeper got down to his right to make a brilliant save.

With the clocking ticking in the final minute Ross County attacked into the right side of the box, a trip saw the referee award a second spot-kick which was again converted to send the young ‘Gers to a undeserved defeat.

Full-Time:- Rangers 2 Ross County 3

Rangers Squad:- Evan Anderson (Gk), Sam Kane (Gk), Zander Hutton, Rocco Friel, Niall Rogerson, Dylan Brown, Kerr Robertson, Cooper Knox, Crispin McLean, Kole Connelly, Rory Wilson, Elliott Dunlop, Leighton Grant, Finlay Curtis, Trialist No 16, Ethan Sutherland, Trialist No 12.

 

 

Belated Corby Town Report

May 10, 2019

Corby Town 3 Rangers 3

Finally back home and got round to doing a belated match report from Wednesday. It was a young Rangers starting eleven with only trialist Yanis Bensaber too old for Under 18’s, being a year older.

Rangers took the lead within a minute, Nathan Young-Coombes blocked an attempted clearance from Jamie Anton and pounced to shoot past Dan George. The home side’s reply saw Connor Kennedy cut in from the left and shoot narrowly wide of the far post.

Corby equalised on five minutes, Rangers failed to clear a corner from the right and when the ball fell to Joel Carta he shot past Brian Kinnear. On twelve minutes Connor Kennedy swung over from the right and Joel Carta’s header was just over.

The home side’s next attack came when Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson latched on to a clearance from keeper Dan George and progressed to the left hand byline, where his shot from a narrow angle forced Brian Kinnear to dive to his left to save. The home side were on the ascendancy and a move started on the right by Jake Bettles saw the ball move via Connor Kennedy to Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson on the left hand angle of the box and he shot narrowly over.

There was twenty-five minutes on the clock when a ball over the top of Rangers defence sent Jake Bettles clear and it took a superb challenge from James Maxwell to clear the danger. A minute later Jordan Crawford cut in from the left and his shot slipped from Brian Kinnear’s grasp but the keeper gathered before it could cross the line.

The pressure paid off for the home side when they took the lead soon after. It started on the left with Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson on the left, he passed inside to Connor Kennedy who moved it on to Joel Carta and he gave Brian Kinnear no chance from around twenty-five yards. Rangers tried to reply with a twenty-five yard free-kick from Kai Kennedy that Dan George saved low to his left.

Ten minutes before the break only a brilliant Brian Kinnear save prevented Corby from extending their lead. Connor Kennedy’s free-kick from wide right was headed towards goal by Gary Mulligan, Jordan Crawford got a touch on the edge of the six yard box but the Rangers keeper saved at point-blank range.

Half-Time:- Corby Town 2 Rangers 1

Corby had an early chance after the break when Jamie Anton crossed from the right and Joel Carta forced a save from Nicky Hogarth. Five minutes later a fine turn inside the right side of the penalty area from Jordan Crawford created a shooting chance but it went wide of the far post.

Rangers first opportunity of the half came when Yanis Bensaber played the ball to Kai Kennedy on the right side of the box, he played the ball across the six yard box but their was no takers. Just after the hour mark Rangers drew level, Owen McGinty crossed from the right hand byline, it went beyond the far post where it was collected by Yanis Bensaber and he shot past Dan George from a narrow angle.

The young Rangers side took the lead with seventeen minutes remaining, a low driven cross from the right hand byline by Andy Dallas was flicked past the keeper by Stephen Kelly from just inside the six yard box. The lead wasn’t to last and when the ball was played in from the right Jake Bettles knocked the ball past Nicky Hogarth.

Full-Time:- Corby Town 3 Rangers 3

Corby Town:- Dan George; Jamie Anton, Gary Mulligan ( Dean McBride 77 mins), Ashley Robinson, Sam Warburton (Luke Aridegbe 77 mins); Jordan Crawford (Stephen Diggin 77 mins), Greg Ling, Connor Kennedy, Jordan Francis (Jake Bettles 5 mins); Joel Carta (Zac Allen 65 mins); Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson.

Other Subs:- Dan Smith (Gk), Danny Furey

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear (Nicky Hogarth HT); Zack Butterworth (Jordan Houston 60 mins), Danny Finlayson, Kyle McLelland (Lewis Mayo 60 mins), James Maxwell (Matthew Shiels 60 mins); Ciaran Dickson (Joao Balde HT), Ben Williamson (Cammy Palmer 60 mins); Kai Kennedy (Stephen Kelly 60 mins); Kieran McKechnie (Owen McGinty HT), Nathan Young-Coombes (Andy Dallas 60 mins), Yanis Bensaber.

Reserves Clinch League Title

May 6, 2019

Falkirk 1 Rangers 3

Rangers Reserves came from behind to beat Falkirk 3-1 and clinch the Reserve League title at Falkirk Stadium this afternoon. With Celtic beating St.Johnstone by the odd goal in five Rangers youngsters ended the campaign with a four goal lead at the top of the table.

There was little goal mouth action in the early stages of the match and the game had reached the thirteenth minute when the home side came close. Kevin O’Hara passed to Nikolay Todorov on the right hand angle of the box and he shot back across Kieran Wright and wide of the far post. Midway through the half Falkirk took the lead, Shayne Lavery sent Kevin O’Hara clear on the left and he played the ball across the box for Nikolay Todorov to shoot past Kieran Wright.

Rangers first real effort on goal came on twenty-seven minutes, Jordan Houston on the right passed inside to Graham Dorrans and his twenty-five yard shot forced Robbie Mutch to parry before gathering. Three minutes later the sides were level, Stephen Kelly sent a free kick from the left hand touchline beyond the back post and Rhys Breen’s looping header went over Robbie Mutch and dropped into the net.

Four minutes later a good Rangers move saw the ball move from right, across midfield to Matthew Shiels on the left, he cut inside and passed to Stephen Kelly whose shot from the edge of the box bounced off Robbie Mutch’s right hand post. Rangers took the lead six minutes before the break, Stephen Kelly’s corner from the left went beyond the back post where Rhys Breen headed back across goal, Andy Dallas header appeared to have crossed the line before it was knocked into the net in the ensuing scramble.

Falkirk replied when Lewis Kidd’s free-kick from midway inside Rangers half was flicked on and Kieran Wright saved to his left with Jason Jarvis and Nikolay Todorov ready to pounce. 

Half-Time:- Falkirk 1 Rangers 2

The second half wasn’t five minutes old when Stephen Kelly broke forward and his pass inside Kyle Mitchell released Matthew Shiels inside the left side of the box but his effort was saved by Robbie Mutch at his near post. The next chance came when Josh McPake in possession on the left teed up Dapo Mebude on the edge of the box but he shot just wide of the keeper’s left hand post.

Just after the hour mark Josh McPake’s through ball gave Andy Dallas a chance but Robbie Mutch got there just before him to make a brave save. The midpoint of the half had just passed when Stephen Kelly lobbed the ball over the defence for Andy Dallas and he laid it back into the path of Josh McPake and his twenty-five yarder bounced off the keeper’s right hand post.

With a quarter hour remaining Josh McPake sent Dapo Mebude down the left, he passed inside to Graham Dorrans whose superb reverse pass released Stephen Kelly inside the right side of the penalty area but he was denied when Robbie Mutch stuck out a foot to divert the shot just wide of the far post. A minute later Graham Dorrans latched on to a loose ball a cracked a twenty-five yarder off the Falkirk crossbar.

With two minutes remaining the referee judged that Josh McPake was tripped by Scott Reekie on the right hand byline and inside the box for a penalty which Andy Dallas stepped up to convert. The final chance came when Ben Williamson passed to Josh McPake who exchanged passes with Andy Dallas before firing a shot on Robbie Mutch’s right hand post.

Full-Time:- Falkirk 1 Rangers 3

Falkirk:- Robbie Mutch; Kyle Mitchell, Souleymane Diakite, Scott Reekie, Patrick Brough; Jason Jarvis, Ruaridh Langan, Lewis Kidd, Kevin O’Hara; Shayne Lavery (Ross MacLean 79 mins), Nikolay Todorov.

Not Used:- Leo Fasan (Gk)

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Jordan Houston, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Graham Dorrans, Stephen Kelly (Ben Williamson 86 mins); Dapo Mebude, Andy Dallas, Josh McPake.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Danny Finlayson, Nathan Patterson, James Maxwell, Kai Kennedy, Ciaran Dickson.

 

2005’s Draw With Thistle

May 4, 2019

Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1

Rangers 2005’s were up against it today with the bigger and stronger Thistle side having the edge in this afternoon’s game. The young Rangers side, overcame two early injuries and battled to stay in the game and grab an equaliser with eight minutes remaining.

The home side took the lead with only three minutes on the clock, the attack was built on the left and when the ball was centred into the box the ball was shot past Jacob Pazikas. Rangers reply came less than ten minutes later when Zak McKay played the ball into the right side of the box and Brodie Kerr’s volley was pushed on to the bar by the keeper before gathering.

Rangers suffered a couple of early injury blows with Kian Gunn and Adam Forrester having to leave the field and were replaced by Zak Queen and Elliott Dunlop. A couple of minutes shy of the half hour Zak McKay charged down a clearance from the keeper and the ball just went wide of his right hand post. Just before the break Thistle’s striker rode to challenges cutting into the box from the left, the ball broke kindly for his colleague and he shot off Jacob Pazikas’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 0

Thistle had an early chance when a corner from the right broke to them inside the far side of the box and Scott Cowie saved the shot at his right hand post. In the home side’s next attack their attacker moved right to left before shooting narrowly over.

Rangers first chance of the half came when Tiaman Scott poked the ball through and Zak McKay shot wide of the keeper’s left hand post from just inside the box. Midway through the half Thistle came close when a cross from the right was headed just wide of the near post.

With the game now entering the last quarter hour Rangers cleared from their penalty area with the Thistle midfielder striking a shot just over. Rangers then grabbed an equaliser with eight minutes remaining, Zak McKay won a challenge inside the right side of the box, the ball broke to Elliott Dunlop who finished with a fine lob over the keeper.

A good piece of skill from Jamie Newton then set up a shooting chance from distance for Zak Queen and the keeper was forced to dive to his left to parry. The home side could have won it in the final minute, their attacker went through two challenges on the right hand byline before crossing but the header was glanced wide of the far post.

Full-Time:- Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 1

Rangers Squad:- Jacob Pzikas (Gk), Scott Cowie (Gk), Brodie Kerr, Adam Forrester, Kristian Webster, Ryan Murray; Euan Ross; Jamie Newton, Callum Sandilands; Kian Gunn, Zak McKay, Tiaman Scott, Zak Queen, Elliott Dunlop, Kole Connelly.

Under 18’s Clinch Title

May 3, 2019

Hearts 1 Rangers 3

Rangers Under 18’s clinched their league title with three games remaining at The Orium against Hearts this afternoon. Leading by two goals they looked comfortable until a bizarre own goal brought on a nervy period before Kai Kennedy’s injury time strike restored their two goal lead.

There was almost twenty minutes on the clock when Harris O’Connor played the ball forward to Nathan Young-Coombes in the inside right channel, he continued into the box but his shot was weak and Harry Stone saved easily. The home side’s response saw them work the ball in from the left and Ryan Schiavone’s shot was deflected wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post.

With twenty-six minutes on the clock Cammy Logan passed to Brodie Strang and his shot from the edge of the box forced Brian Kinnear to dive to his right and turn the ball wide. Just before the half-hour mark Rangers took the lead, Ciaran Dickson switched play to pick out James Maxwell’s run into the left side of the penalty area where he held off the challenge from Aaron Darge and beat Harry Stone with the aid of a deflection.

The lead was doubled within three minutes, Kai Kennedy delivered a corner from the right and Kyle McClelland gave the keeper no chance with a superb volley. Rangers next chance came when Nathan Young-Coombes broke on the right and he passed inside to Kai Kennedy but his shot was weak and never troubled the keeper. 

On the half-time whistle Hearts had a free kick on the left and Jay Charleston-King passed inside to Dean Ritchie who shot just wide of Brian Kinnear’s left hand post.

Half-Time:- Hearts 0 Rangers 2

Hearts got back in the game before the hour mark when Rangers gifted a bizarre own goal. There was no pressure when Harris O’Connor passed the ball back to Brian Kinnear but the keeper either let it run under his foot or got a slight touch as the ball rolled into the net for an Own Goal. With twenty minutes remaining Nathan Young-Coombes dispossessed a defender inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot wide of the near post.

Rangers now seemed to be in a nervy period and were conceding a lot of free-kicks, from one of these Aiden Denholm crossed towards Brian Kinnear’s left hand post where Chris Hamilton rose to head back towards the other post but the Rangers keeper saved comfortably to his right. Two minutes into injury time Kai Kennedy was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and just left of centre, he stepped up to curl a shot over the wall and into Harry Stone’s top left hand corner.

Full-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 3

Hearts:- Harry Stone; Jay Sandison, Aaron Darge, Chris Hamilton, Aaron Hickey; Dean Ritchie (Scott McGill); Jay Charleston-King (Aiden Denholm), Cammy Logan, Leo Watson; Brodie Strang (Kieran Mitchell); Ryan Schiavone.

Not Used:- Liam McFarlane (Gk), Mackenzie Ramos, Kyle Somers

Rangers:- Brian Kinnear; Harris O’Connor, Kyle McClelland, Leon King (Kieran McKechnie 53 mins); Nathan Patterson, Ciaran Dickson, Ben Williamson, James Maxwell; Joao Balde (Zack Butterworth 62 mins), Kai Kennedy; Nathan Young-Coombes (Matty Yates 72 mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Budinauckas (Gk), Ryan Muir, Cole McKinnon.

Injury Time Stunner For Under 20’s

April 30, 2019

Celtic 3 Rangers 2

Rangers Under 20’s suffered a cruel defeat in tonight’s Glasgow Cup Final at Celtic Park. Trailing to two first half goals, two Glenn Middleton strikes in the last fifteen minutes drew them level. They then missed a great opportunity to win it only to lose a goal with virtually the last kick of the ball.

Rangers were first to threaten when Stephen Kelly passed to Josh McPake on the right, he went past Daniel Church into the box and centred for Andy Dallas whose shot was blocked by Wallace Duffy right in front of goal. Celtic took the lead just before the twenty minute mark, Jack Aitchison cutting in from the left side of the penalty area and shooting across Kieran Wright into the far corner.

Rangers came close to drawing level on the half-hour mark, Jamie Bajonas exchanged passes with Josh McPake on the right side of the box and passed inside to Glenn Middleton, the ball broke back to Jamie Barjonas inside the right side of the penalty area and his shot beat Ryan Mullen but crashed back off the crossbar. Celtic’s reply was a Daniel Church run on the left and a pull back to Michael Johnston who shot just over from the edge of the box.

Celtic doubled their lead seven minutes before the break, Michael Johnston curling a free-kick from round twenty-five yards over the wall and into Kieran Wright’s top left hand corner. A couple of minutes later Glenn Middleton broke forward and his twenty-five yard effort forced Ryan Mullen to save low to his left. Celtic really should have scored a third on the stroke of half-time, Michael Johnston on the right played the ball across the six yards box and Ewan Henderson with the goal at his mercy knocked the ball over from a couple of  yards.

Half-Time:- Celtic 2 Rangers 0

The second half seemed to running its course with little goal mouth action and the game had passed the hour mark before any real threat on goal. It came from a Stephen Kelly pass that released Andy Dallas inside the right side of the penalty area but he shot over. Five minutes later a Michael Johnston turn took him clear to attack the inside right channel and from the edge of the box he shot just wide of the far post.

With the game now in the final quarter hour the ball was worked from Andy Dallas on the right through Stephen Kelly to Glenn Middleton on the left hand angle of the box and he cut inside to shoot across Ryan Mullen and into the far corner. Jamie Barjonas then passed to Glenn Middleton on the left, Dapo Mebude poked a foot out at the cross into the box but the ball went just over.

There were seven minutes remaining when Cameron Harper broke from halfway deep into the right side of Rangers box, Kieran Wright made the save but when the ball broke to Ewan Henderson it took a superb Cammy Palmer block to divert the ball behind. With five minutes remaining there seemed little danger when Glenn Middleton picked the ball up more than thirty yards from goal but he sent an unstoppable shot high past Ryan Mullen into his top left hand corner.

With the game in the first of five minutes of injury time Glenn Middleton fired in a twenty-five yard free-kick that Ryan Mullen dived to his left to parry, it appeared that Rhys Breen had a tap in to win the cup but the ball ran past the Rangers defender. In the final minute of injury time Scott Robertson sent a free-kick from wide on the left and close to the halfway line into to Rangers box where it broke for Robbie Deas to hook a shot past Kieran Wright.

Full-Time:- Celtic 3 Rangers 2

Celtic;- Ryan Mullen; Wallace Duffy (Grant Savoury 81 mins), Stephen Welsh, Robbie Deas, Daniel Church; BarryCoffey, Ewan Henderson; Michael Johnston (Ross McLaughlin 71 mins); Karamoko Dembele (Scott Robertson 81 mins), Jack Aitchison (Cameron Harper 47 mins), Armstrong Oko-Flex.

Not Used:- Reece Willison (Gk), Paul Kennedy, Ciaran Diver.

Rangers:- Kieran Wright; Danny Finlayson, Lewis Mayo, Rhys Breen, Matthew Shiels; Cammy Palmer; Jamie Barjonas, Stephen Kelly; Josh McPake (Dapo Mebude 62 mins), Andy Dallas, Glenn Middleton.

Not Used:- Nicky Hogarth (Gk), Harris O’Connor, Ben Williamson, Leon King, Ciaran Dickson, Kai Kennedy.

2006’s Win At Lesser Hampden

April 28, 2019

Queens Park 1 Rangers 3

Rangers had an early chance when Ethan Sutherland latched on to a slack pass back and his effort clipped the bar on the way over. A few minutes later a Rocco Friel ball over the top of the Queens defence allowed Ethan Sutherland to break into the left side of the penalty area but his shot was weak and the keeper saved comfortably.

We still hadn’t reached the ten minute mark when Rangers created their third chance, Kerr Robertson knocked the ball forward Rory Wilson held off a defender but he shot narrowly wide of the keeper’s left hand post. A further ten minutes had passed when a Kerr Robertson pass sent Rory Wilson through the inside right channel but his shot was weak and didn’t trouble the keeper.

A minute later Rangers took the lead, a great forward run from left back from Dylan Brown took him past a couple of Queens Park players and passed to Kerr Robertson who sent Rory Wilson clear to continue into the box and shoot past the keeper. Five minutes later a good move ended with a great through ball from Cooper Knox that released Rory Wilson to break into the right side of the box but he screwed his shot wide of the near post.

At the beginning of the second period the home side had a chance with an attack down the right when the ball was centred the shot went wide of Sam Kane’s right hand post. Queens the attacked on the right again and when it was passed inside their midfielder’s shot from the edge of the box was just wide of Sam Kane’s left hand post.

Rangers first chance of the second period came when Crispin McLean latched on to a slack pass from the keeper, he laid the ball back to Kerr Robertson who picked out Finlay Curtis but the keeper redeemed himself with a fine save. Queens Park were rewarded with an equaliser just after the midpoint of the second period. Again the attack came down the right but on this occasion when the ball was centred the striker volleyed past Sam Kane.

It took Rangers a further ten minutes to restore their lead, Kerr Robertson started the move with a pass to Crispin McLean who picked out Ethan Sutherland who shot high past the keeper. Two minutes into the final period a brilliant dummy from Crispin McLean allowed Lewis Stewart to break down the left, he passed on to Rory Wilson who broke into the left side of the box but the keeper blocked with his legs.

With ten minutes remaining only a brilliant save from Sam Kane kept Rangers lead intact. Queens Park broke through the middle and a goal seemed certain but the Rangers keeper produced a fantastic point blank save. Rangers then made the game save with five minutes remaining, Jamie Bradley provided the pass to sent Rory Wilson through on the right and he lofted the keeper from the right hand angle of the box.

Full-Time:- Queens Park 1 Rangers 3

Rangers Squad:- Sam Kane (Gk), Zander Hutton, Leighton Grant, Rocco Friel, Dylan Brown, Cooper Knox, Jamie Bradley, Kerr Robertson, Finlay Curtis, Rory Wilson, Ethan Sutherland, Niall Rogerson, Crispin McLean, Lewis Stewart, Grant Leitch.