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McCabe Double Secures Points

November 22, 2009

Rangers 3 St. Mirren 1

A Rhys McCabe double went a long way to securing the points for Billy Kirkwood’s Under 19’s this afternoon. With Murray Park passing a morning inspection it saw Rangers line up with three changes to the team that win the cup tie at Pittodrie a fortnight ago. Gregg Wylde, Gordon Dick and Dylan McGeough coming in to replace Ewan McNeil, Scott Durie and Kamil Wilktorski.

It was a great start for the youngsters taking the lead as early as the fourth minute. Gordon Dick was fouled just outside the box and Rhys McCabe stepped up to fire a tremendous strike past Jake Cunningham in the St.Mirren goal. St.Mirren first threatened on 18 minutes when Darren Cole allowed a long ball to go over his head giving Fraser Team a chance but Gregg Wylde blocked at the expense of a corner.

On 22 minutes Kyle Hutton played the ball through and Cunningham was quick from his line to beat Archie Campbell to the ball. Campbell then had a chance on the half hour mark when through on a Grant Adam clearance, his attempted lob over the advancing Cunningham drifted wide.

A couple of minutes later saw St.Mirren’s best chance of the half. Fraser Team crossed from the right to the unmarked Kenny McLean who tried to head over Adam, but his effort lacked height and the keeper saved comfortably. Straight to the other end and Cunningham denied Kane Hemmings  with a fine block with his legs after the striker was played in by Kyle Hutton.

Half-Time:- Rangers 1 St.Mirren 0

Two goals in as many minutes sealed the points for Rangers early in the second half. On 52 minutes Dick played the ball into the box from the right, a great first touch from Rhys McCabe gave him a chance, he miss hit his first attempt but prodded the ball past Cuuningham when the it broke to him of the defender. A minute later Cunningham saved at the feet of Hemmings as he chased a through ball, only to see the ball break to Dylan McGeough who side-stepped the keeper and scored with ease.

To the visitors credit they pulled a goal back two  minutes later. A free kick swung in from the left was headed back across goal where Fraser Team found the net from close range.  On 64 minutes Rangers had a similar chance to McLean’s first half effort for St. Mirren. A McCabe cross from the saw Campbell attempt to head over keeper Cunningham, but like McLean’s it lacked height and the keeper saved.

With quarter an hour remaining McGeough set up the overlapping Wylde and keeper Cunningham did well to divert the ball wide with his legs. St. Mirren then had a chance with a free-kick on 85 minutes, Adam saving John McShane’s shot from just outside the box. The last effort came in the final minute when Hutton played through substitute Max Wright who’s shot from a tight angle brought out a fine save from Cunningham.

Full Time:- Rangers 3 St.Mirren 1

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Rhys McCabe, Chris Scott, Darren Cole; Kyle Hutton, Gordon Dick, Jamie Ness, Dylan McGeough; Archie Campbell (Max Wright 87 mins), Kane Hemmings

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Kyle McAusland, Nicky Main, Anthony Marenghi, Christiano Kisuka

St.Mirren:- Jake Cunningham; Mark McLennan, Rhys Devlin, Dominic Kennedy, Ally Love (No.16 69 mins); Fraser Team (no 14 77 mins),Kyle Faulds, Kenny McLean, Sean Burns; John McShane, Graeme Ramage (no 12 58  mins)

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Fightback Secures Point For Youths

August 21, 2009

Rangers 2 Falkirk 2

Rangers under 19’s got their league campaign under way this afternoon at Murray Park, and had to come from two goals down to secure a point. It was a disappointing start to the competitive season, but at the half time mark it was looking much worse.

Yet they started brightly and Kal Naismith should really have put them ahead in the 13th minute. Scott Durie’s cross into the box was missed by the Falkirk defence and Naismith was left with only the keeper to beat, but was too deliberate and Kevin Walker blocked with his legs. Walker was in action again two minutes later, tipping over an Archie Campbell effort when he was sent clear by Darren Cole.

A minute later Campbell had another chance on the end of a Grant Adam clearance but miss hit his shot and Walker saved easily. Falkirk then took the lead on 21 minutes with their first real effort at goal. Lewis Bonnar picked the ball up in midfield and strode forward to fire a shot from 25 yards that found the top corner via the post with Adam seeming to anticipate it going wide.

A couple of minutes later and Campbell was played through  by Naismith, keeper Walker again denied the Rangers striker with a fine save low to his right at the expensive of a corner. On 26 minutes Falkirk managed to break from defending a corner to double their lead. Naismith’s corner was flicked on by Kyle Hutton and was cleared of the line. The ball was played forward and Durie missed his tackle on the halfway line and James Bloom raced clear, he advanced into the box to shot past Adam.

Rangers having made those earlier chances were now struggling to make an impact and the nearest thing to a goal before the half ended came when Young and Scott Davidson combined on the right and the laters effort went just over.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Falkirk 2

Straight from the kick off Walker made another fine save to deny Gregg Wylde after he broke down the left and fired in an effort from just inside the box. Just before the hour mark a long ball was missed by Danny Wilson and Blair Young shot just wide. At the other end Jamie Ness played the ball out to substitute Rhys McCabe who’s cross was met by Hutton but was just off target.

With 25 minutes remaining Grant Adam had to look smart to tip another Young effort over. Then Max Wright came close to reducing the deficet when set up my Dylan McGeough but his shot was deflected wide.

On 70 minutes Rangers pulled one back, a corner on the left was taken by Max Wright,  was met by the head of Danny Wilson to give the keeper no chance. A minute later saw a carbon copy of the previous corner but this time a combination of keeper Walker and the defender on the line, some how managed to divert the ball over the bar.

The equaliser was only delayed, from the resultant corner, this time taken from the right by Gregg Wylde caused panic in the Falkirk penalty area with the ball eventually falling for Jamie Ness to net from close range.

The expected pressure from the Rangers to snatch a winner never materialised and the best chance before the end came with two minutes on the clock. A corner from the right was missed by Adam but the Falkirk player headed over.

Full Time:- Rangers 2 Falkirk 2

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Scott Durie, Chris Scott, Danny Wilson, Gregg Wylde; Darren Cole (Rhys McCabe 46mins), Kyle Hutton, Jamie Ness, Kal Naismith (Max Wright 55mins); Kane Hemmings, Archie Campbell (Dylan McGeough 63mins)

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Kyle McAusland.

Falkirk:- Kevin Walker; Blair Aiston, Murray Wallace, Euen Grant, James Bloom; Ally Graham, Sean Fraser, Jonathan Cooper, Lewis Bonnar; Scott Davidson, Blair Young.

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Rangers 6 Ayr United 0

The much changed under 15 squad continued there build up to the news season with an easy win over Ayr United at Murray Park on Thursday night. The game was played over three, 30 minute periods, with Rangers finishing the first period 3-0 up.

The first goal coming when a Blair Munn corner was headed home at the back post by Kieran McKenna. The impressive Darren Ramsay added a second when he won the ball just ouside the penalty area, made space for a shot and beat the keeper from the 18 yard line. The third gaol came whan a good passing move put Charlie Telfer clear and he ran on to slot past the keeper.

The second period only saw a single goal due some good defending, bad misses and heroics from the Ayr keeper. The goal coming near the end of the period, Darren Ramsay breaking through and finding the net from the rebound after the keeper had blocjked his first effort.

The final period saw a further two goals, Darren Ramsay powering home a header from another Blair Munn cornert to complete his hat trick. Then new recruit from Queens Park Gordon Young scoring a similar effort to Ramsay’s second, scoring from a rebound after the keeper blocked his first effort.

Rangers Squad:- Sam George, Dylan Dykes, Kieran McKenna, Stuart Urquhart, Jordan Wilson, Darren Lyons, Darren Ramsay, Blair Munn, Darren McGill, Charlie Telfer, Callum McConnell, Gordon Young, Ciaran Summers, Jake ??, Yusef ??

Rangers 6 Dundee 1

November 4, 2008

Rangers 6 Dundee 1

Billy Kirkwood’s under 19 side took on Dundee in a friendly at Murray Park this afternoon and ran out comfortable 6-1 winners. There were two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Hamilton at the weekend, Grant Adam replacing Arturs Vaiculis in goal, and Kal Naismith coming for Danny Wilson. This meant a positional change with Darren Cole partnering Ross Perry in central defence.

From early on Rangers started to dominate and the first real attempt at goal came in the 9th minute when Archie Campbell cut in from the right and fired over. Two minutes later Stephen Stirling got to the byline and cut it back to Kyle Hutton who shot over from the just outside the six yard box.

A couple of minutes later and Rangers created another chance, Steven Forbes had a run and shot from the right side of the penalty area which Kyle Hutton attempted to divert into the net but knocked it wide. The breakthrough finally came on 23 minutes, an Archie Campbell cross from the right was headed past the keeper by Kyle Hutton.

On 30 minutes Rangers went 2-0 up, Gregg Wylde took a short corner on the right to Gordon Dick, he then whipped in a left footed cross from the return pass which was missed by forwards and defenders alike and ended up in the bottom corner of the net. Rangers were then forced to make a substitution five minutes later when Jamie Ness left the field to be replaced by Kane Hemmings.

Rangers then ran up a further three goals in the five minute period before the break. First on 40 minutes good play by Kal Naismith on the edge of the box was finished with a low left foot shot passed the keeper. A minute later another piece of good play by Naismith on the left and his cross was controlled in the box by Archie Campbell, who was then brought down as he turned the defender. The same player converted the penalty low to the keeper’s left, with the keeper almost managing to keep it out. Right on half time Stephen Stirling broke from the half way line passed two defenders and hit a low right foot shot to make it 5-0.

Half Time: Rangers 5 Dundee 0

Rangers made a second change at halt time, with Kyle McAusland replacing Gregg Wylde. On 49 minutes Stephen Stirling tried to catch the goalkeeper out with a shot from wide on the right which just went wide.Ten minutes later a great bit of skill from Kal Naismith saw him through, he dinked the ball past the Dundee keeper only to see it come back of the post.

A few minutes later a miss hit corner by Naismith from the right was missed by everyone at the front post and cleared off the line. With around 20 minutes to go Rangers made their final change, Gordon Dick being replaced by Max Wright. Soon after it was 6-0, an Archie Campbell through ball sent Kane Hemmings through and he made no mistake.

With ten minutes left Dundee managed to get a consolation in what was their only real attempt at goal. A long ball was well controlled by one of the Dundee subs, he cut in from the right passed the Rangers defender and shot passed the advancing Grant Adam.

Rangers Team :- Grant Adam; Steven Forbes, Ross Perry, Darren Cole, Gregg Wylde (Kyle McAusland); Gordon Dick (Max Wright), Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness (Kane Hemmings); Archie Campbell, Kyle Hutton, Kal Naismith.

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

November 1, 2008

Rangers 4 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers were looking to close the gap at the top of the league at Murray Park this morning. After the stalemate between Celtic & Hibs yesterday, this was an opportunity to make up some ground on league leaders Hibs. Things didn’t get off to the best start when Hamilton were awarded a penalty in the 1st minute. After the Rangers defence failed to clear Hamilton striker Stuart Mills was tripped by Danny Wilson for a clear penalty. Joe Connolly stepped up and struck the spot kick to the keeper’s right and Arturs Vaiculis parried it clear with a fine diving save.

Rangers then took the lead in the 10th Minute, an Archie Campbell shot was blocked, but it broke to Gregg Wylde who fired in to the bottom right hand corner. It took Rangers until the 35th minute to extend their lead. A through ball by Jamie Ness, found Archie Campbell cutting in from the right and he fired a shot across the keeper in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

In was relatively uneventful first half, Darren Cole and Stephen Stirling both picked up yellow cards, one of which was to prove costly later.

Half Time: Rangers 2 Hamilton Accies 0

The start to the second half was again pretty low key with little happening until the 60th minute when Kyle Hutton should have extended Rangers lead. Stephen Stirling crossed from the byline, but Kyle Hutton headed wide from the edge of the six yard box. Five minutes later Rangers were reduced to ten men, Darren Cole bringing down the Hamilton player who was breaking from his own half. The referee had little option to show a second yellow and the subsequent red card.

There was certainly a bit more action this half and Rangers went three up in 70 minutes. Gregg Wylde attacked down the left, beating the last defender and rolling the ball across the six yard box to give substitute Kyle McAusland a simple tap in.

Hamilton then threatened to pull a goal back on 75 minutes, with Arturs Vaiculis first parrying a shot from outside the box, and then deflecting the follow up wide for a corner. One minute later It was 4-0, a through ball from Kyle Hutton, saw Stephen Stirling in race with the keeper who was advancing from his penalty area. Stirling got there first, nicking the ball passed the keeper and rolling it into the empty net.

Next chance came from Archie Campbell cutting in from the left, but his shot deflected of a Hamilton defender and wide for a corner. Then in the dying minutes we almost had a goal at each end, firstly Gregg Wylde cleared a shot off the line, and from the long ball up the park Archie Campbell was through one on one with the keeper. The Hamilton stopper Stephen Hall blocked the shot with his legs. That was the last chance for either side and Rangers have narrowed the gap at the top with a comfortable win.

Rangers:

Arturs Vaiculis; Steven Forbes, Ross Perry, Danny Wilson, Gregg Wylde; Gordon Dick (Kyle McAusland), Stephen Stirling, Jamie Ness, Darren Cole; Archie Campbell, Kyle Hutton.

Unused Subs

Grant Adam, Kal Naismith, Isa Bagci, Dylan McGeough.

Hamilton Accies:

Stephen Hall; Brian McQueen, David Collins, Grant Evans, Matthew Sheridan; Ali Crawford, Grant Gillespie, Joe Connolly, Jordan Kilpatrick, Gary Gow; Stuart Mills.

The youths next game is Sunday 9th November against Brora Rangers in the Youth Cup 3rd round. This is being played at Ibrox Stadium with a 3pm kick off.

Unfortunately that means a clash with the first team game at Rugby Park so I will be unable to attend.

Under 19’s Meet Hamilton Accies On Saturday

October 27, 2008

The youth team return to league action this Saturday 1st November. After a two week break due to five on the squad being away with Scotland in Hungary for the UEFA Under19’s Qualifiers. Danny Wilson, Jamie Ness and Stephen Stirling played in all three games as Scotland emerged top of their group. Grant Adam and Ross Perry were also in the national squad but were not used in any of the games.

They were due to be away to Hamilton Accies this weekend, but the fixture has been reversed and will now go ahead at Murray Park on Saturday at 11:00.

Development Fixtures Weekend 25/26 October

October 24, 2008

Saturday 25th October

SFYIPT 11s 25/10/2008 Rangers v Hamilton Academical @ Murray Park (astro) @ 9.30am

SFYIPT 12s 25/10/2008 Rangers v Hamilton Academical @ Murray Park (grass) @ 9.30am

Sunday 26th October

SFYIPT 13s 26/10/2008 Hamilton Academical v Rangers @ Bent Park Hamilton @ 12 noon

SFYIPT 14s 26/10/2008 Hamilton Academical v Rangers @ Bent Park Hamilton @ 2pm

SFYIPT 15s 26/10/2008 Rangers v Hamilton Academical @ Murray Park (grass) @ 11am

SFYIPT 16s/17s 26/10/2008 Rangers v Hamilton Academical @ Murray Park @ 11am

Youth Cup 3rd Round Draw

October 21, 2008

Rangers have a home draw against Brora Rangers in the Youth Cup 3rd Round. This is the round where the teams that progressed to last season’s later rounds enter.

Brora Rangers got a bye in the 1st round and defeated Nairn County 7-3 away from home in the 2nd Round. It is a great draw for the youngsters from the highlands and they will no doubt be looking forward to their trip to Murray Park or maybe even Ibrox.

Youth Cup 3rd Round

Livingston v Dundee
Queens Park v St Johnstone
Rangers v Brora Rangers
Stenhousemuir v Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian v Queen of the South
Inverurie Loco Works v Raith Rovers
Cowdenbeath v Partick Thistle
St Cuthbert Wanderers or Stranraer v Celtic
Motherwell v Kilmarnock
Ross County v Dalbeattie Star
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Annan Athletic
St Mirren v Dundee United
Hamilton Academical v Clachnacuddin
Falkirk v Aberdeen
Civil Service Strollers v Deveronvale
Dumbarton v Edinburgh City

Ties should be played by Sunday 9th November.