Posts Tagged ‘youth development’

Thomas Madigage & Augustine Makalakalane

January 7, 2010

In August 1989 it was big news when two South African trialists arrived at Ibrox. They were brought over through a link with a former playing colleague of Jimmy Nicholl, South African Jomo Sono who played along side Jimmy at Toronto Blizzard. Both players were on the books of the team he owned, Jomo Cosmos.

There was quite a contrast between the players. Makalakalane was 25 years old and an established player in the South African league, where as Madigage was the new emerging teenage talent, who made his debut  two years  earlier for Jomo Cosmos as a 16-year-old.

From memory both players were involved in a friendly at Clydebank, Madigage scoring in a 4-2 win. Madigage played wide right and Makalakalane came on as a substitute in central midfield. I think Madigage also played as a sub in a game against Clyde, but the game I remember most was a friendly on a miserably wet night against Cumbernauld United. Madigage was pretty sensational seemingly passing players at will as he set up chance after chance.

Where as both players impressed during the trial period, Makalakalane’s age meant he was less likely to be offered a deal, but Rangers were pretty keen on securing the teenager Madigage. Unfortunately negotiations to bring him to Ibrox broke down and the deal was dead.

Both players went on to have “interesting” careers in the game, so I thought it would be worth a wee post.

Thomas Madigage

Starring for Rangers at a youth tournament in Italy, impressing on pre-season games and being dubbed “Pele” by his Rangers team mates it looked likely that  he would become a Rangers player, but it wasn’t to be.

A similar experience then followed at Manchester City, invited to and starring in an Under 19 tournament for the Maine Road club, the “Pele” tag again, but for one reason or another no signed contract at the end of it.

So it was with FC Zurich in 1990 that Thomas finally signed a professional contract in Europe. Unfortunately an ankle injury meant he only made four appearances for the Swiss club and his European adventure was over after one season.

It was back to South Africa and he managed to get back to a level where he gained for caps for his country. Starting with a substitute appearance against Mauritius in April 1993 in an African Nations Cup qualifier, this was followed by another from the bench in a friendly against Brazil in 1996. The same year he started against Ghana in a Four Nations Cup match, with his last appearance being a start against Holland in a friendly in June 1997.

He was in the news again in February 2001, when playing for Supersport United in a game live on TV, he suffered a cardiac contusion (bruising of the heart). He received treatment from the club medical staff  until a helicopter landed pitch to whisk him to hospital.

Fortunately Thomas soon made a complete recovery and today he is still involved in the game. He is now assistant coach to Gavin Hunt at Supersport United where they have guided the club to the last two Premier Soccer League Championships.

Augustine Makalakalane

As already mentioned Makalakalane was seven years older than Madigage when he was on trial at Ibrox, so he would have had to have been pretty exceptional to secure a deal.

He did go on to have a career that surpassed the younger player, who didn’t have his injury problems to seek.  He joined FC Zurich at the same time as Thomas, Augustine’s career in Switzerland lasting seven years, split between FC Zurich and FC Baden. He returned to South Africa to play for Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits University.

During his time in Switzerland he gained 14 caps for South Africa, making his debut against Cameroon in July 1992.  He played against teams of the quality of Argentina and Germany in friendlies, with his last cap coming in the African Nations Cup Finals of January 1996 against Egypt.

Like Madigage, Augustine is still involved in the game and is now coach of “Banyana Banyana”, the South African women’s team to you and me.

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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)

FIFA Under 17 World Cup’s Lone Ranger

November 11, 2009

Andy Milne_1

How many of you know the player pictured above, not many I bet. It is of course Andy Milne, Rangers sole representative at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Nigeria. It saddens me to say that the club has not felt that Andrew’s achievement has  been worth even the smallest mention on the Official website. So I will try and do it justice in a little post on the blog.

A few of you may have seen Andy in last season’s Glasgow Cup Final victory over Celtic at Broadwood, where he had an excellent game at left back.  In the month before that game Andrew was part of the New Zealand side that won the Oceania Under 17’s Championship, scoring in each of his country’s three games. This victory meant they had qualified for World Finals in Nigeria.

AndrewMilne-side300The Kiwis were drawn in the same group as Costa Rica, Burkina Faso and Turkey. First up was the Central Americans and New Zealand took the lead after 19 minutes, Andy holding the ball up and fending off several defenders to set up Michael Built who blasted home. The Costa Ricans equalised in the first half, and with the second half being goalless it was a creditable start for the New Zealand side.

In their second match they were up against it, going a goal down to Barkina Faso and struggling to get out of their own half. Keeping the score at 1-0 proved to be essential when in a rare attack skipper Gordon Murie got his head to a free -kick to glance the ball home. Just after the hour mark an incredible downpour gave the referee no option but to take the players from the field. This may have helped the Kiwis, as when the game resumed almost two hours later, they managed to hold out to record their second 1-1 draw.

The final group match was against  the group favourites Turkey, but a positive was the Turks had won their two games and had already qualified for the next phase, so left out four of their regular starters for this game. The Turkish side were still the dominant team and took an early lead in the first half. Once again the New Zealand side showed their great spirit and hung in there. Just when it looked like they would suffer their first defeat an injury time wonder strike from Jack Hobson-McVeigh gave them their third 1-1 draw and a place in the next round as one of the top third placed sides, a fantastic achievement for a New Zealand soccer team.

Andy Milne_2The last 16 saw them up against the hosts Nigeria and it was a step too far for the young Kiwis. Down 2-0 after 25 minutes they never recovered and went on to lose a further three goals. Some consolation for them is that Nigeria are still in the tournament and face Spain in tomorrow’s semi final. From Andy Milne’s perspective the tournament was agreat success, playing every minute in all four games. The challenge now for Andrew is to kick on with his club career. With preparation and the tournament itself he has been away from Murray Park for a significant amount of time. I am sure he will have benefited from this experience and will be pushing for a starting place in the under 19’s in the coming months.

Footnote:- Andy wasn’t the only Scottish based player in the New Zealand squad, Jamie Doris who featured in three of the for games has recently signed  for Hibs.

Hard Fought Win For Youths

October 31, 2009

Rangers 1 Hibs 0

A brilliant Kane Hemmings strike midway through the second half was enough to give Rangers Youths the points at Murray Park this morning. Billy Kirkwood had Jamie Ness and Gregg Wylde available and they replaced the injured Kyle Hutton and Steven Forbes respectively.

In the first notable action of the game only a stunning Grant Adam save prevented Hibs taking the lead. David Love’s cross from the left was met by the head of Fergus Bell,  the ball looked net bound but Adam at full stretch tipped over. Five minutes later Jamie Ness had a chance when Calum Burns failed to clear but his effort looped over the bar.

On the 20 minute mark Hibs appeared to have strong claims for a penalty when Lewis Horner looked to have been caught by Scott Durie’s challenge, it looked harsh when the referee deemed it a dive and cautioned the Hibs player. Two minutes  later at the other end Kane Hemmings had an incredible miss. He chased down a pass back and charged down Paul Grant’s attempted clearance. It left him with a simple task of walking the ball in to the empty net but he elected to shoot first time and knocked the ball wide.

The visitors then replied with a long range effort from Scott Taggart but it was straight at Adam and he saved comfortably. Just after the half hour Dylan McGeough won the ball in midfield and sent Hemmings clear on the left, the ball was then played inside to Archie Campbell who’s shot was saved by Grant.

Rangers then had a couple of half chances in the minutes leading up to half time. Kamil Wiktorski played the ball forward to Campbell,  he turned the defender at the edge of the box but Grant dealt with his strike easily. Then Wylde, Wiktorski and Hemmings combined on the left to give Jamie Ness a chance, but his attempted chip landed on the top of the net.

Half Time :- Rangers 0 Hibs 0

Six minutes after the break a Jamie Ness through ball gave Archie Campbell a great chance, he advanced in to the box but keeper Grant blocked his shot with his foot. A short time later Hemmings set up substitute Gordon Dick on the right hand side of the box, with options in the centre he shot into the side netting.

Rangers were now creating chances and just after the hour Campbell made progress on the left,  his cut back finding Dick around the penalty spot and his tried to pick his spot only to be denied by the legs of keeper Grant. The goal was only delayed and on 67 minutes Kane Hemmings broke the deadlock with a brilliant individual goal. He won the ball on the halfway line and set off towards the Hibs box, his run took him past two defenders and with support either side he carried on and shot past Grant from the edge of the box.

Almost immediately Grant Adam had to look smart to save at the feet of Love at the other end. In the last twenty minutes neither keeper was troubled and Rangers held on for a good three points in their first competitive game for a month.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Hibs 0

Rangers :- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Gregg Wylde; Rhys McCabe (Gordon Dick 46mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough (Kyle Hendry 81mins), Jamie Ness; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Ewan McNeill, Steven Forbes

Hibs:- Paul Grant; Calum Burns, Aaron Chalmers, Scott Smith, Callum Booth; Lewis Horner (Keith Murray 74mins), Scott Taggart, Tom McCready, Matthew Welsh (Mark Lancaster 74mins); Fergus Bell, David Love (Jon Wright 81mins).

Not Used:- Lewis Graham, Sturt Beveridge, David Crawford



17’s and 19’s Friendlies

October 15, 2009

With five Rangers players away at the European under 19 qualifiers this was is an opportunity to give some game time to a few that have not been playing in the under 19 league and also to look at a few trialists. Unfortunately I was unable to attend either game as I am currently out of the country on a short break.

Rangers 5 Stirling Albion 0

On Monday evening a Rangers under 19  side ran out comfortable winnners against Stirling Albion at Murray Park with goals from Christiano Kisuka, Kyle McAusland, Kane Hemmings and  two from the substitute Trialist striker.

Rangers Team:-Mark Weir, Steven Forbes, Trialist, Scott Durie, Adam Hunter, Gordon Dick, Dylan McGeough, Rhys McCabe, Kane Hemmings, Gregg Wylde, Christiano Kisuka.

Subs:-Trialist, Steven Hetherington, Kyle McAusland.

St.Johnstone 0 Rangers 7

On Tuesday evening an Under 16’s went a couple of goals better away to St. Johnstone. The scorers being Lee Cochrane 2, Gregor Fotheringham2, Frankie Owens, George Scott the other goal being scored by one of the two trialists.

Rangers:- Blair Currie, Andy Murdoch, Jordan Wilson, Stuart Urquhart, Gregor Fotheringham,Trialist, Robbie Crawford, Lewis McLeod, Lee Cochrane, Trialist, George Scott.

Subs:- Frankie Owens, Michael Mosson, Darren McGill, Sam George.

Footnote:-

Grant Adam, Danny Wilson, Kyle Hutton and Archie Cambell have all played in Scotland victories over Romania (3-0) and Armenia (6-1). With Campbell scoring against Romania and Wilson finding the net against Armenia. Darren Cole , who has been an unused substitute in these games  is included in the starting lineup for tonights game against Austria, alongside Adam, Wilson and Hutton, with Campbell dropping on to the bench.

Livingston Friendly

October 2, 2009

Rangers 0 Livingston 3

With their league game postponed due to Aberdeen’s involvement in the youth cup this weekend, Rangers under 19’s lost to a Livingston reserve side at Murray Park this afternoon. Mark Weir made a rare start in goal. with Kal Naismith and a trialist replacing Rhys McCabe and Scott Durie from the side that won away to Kilmarnock last week.

They had a great chance to take an early lead when Archie Campbell was through but he was denied when keeper Craig McDowell handled outside the box. Kal Naismith had a go from the resultant free Kick shooting just over.

Livingston took the lead on 12 minutes when Tony McParland lobbed the ball over the Rangers defence and Mark McNulty beat Weir from inside the box. A few minutes later Darren Cole lost possession at the edge of the box and Weir saved at the feet of McNulty. A minute later Kyle Hutton’s headed clearance only went to Sheldon Jacobs and his shot from the edge of the box was deflected on to the cross bar.

Ten minutes before half time Livingston doubled their lead, Kyle Jacobs broke down the left and his ball in to the box found Cameron McDonald who scored from around 8 yards. Five minutes later and the Jacobs brothers combination almost produced a third. Sheldon found Kyle free inside the penalty area but Kyle’s effort went wide.

Half Time:- Rangers 0 Livingston 2

Midway through the second half Rangers almost pulled a goal back. Dylan McGeough’s corner from the left was knocked towards goal by Christiano Kisuka and with keeper McDowell beaten Sheldon Jacobs cleared of the line. Livingston then went straight up the other end and increased their lead. McParland’s free kick from the left found Kyle Jacobs unmarked and he headed past Weir.

With eight minutes remaining a great run and pass by McGeough sent Kisuka clear but he shot  into the side netting.

Full Time:- Rangers 0 Livingston 3

Rangers:- Mark Weir (Trialist 78mins); Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Trialist, Steven Forbes; Kyle Hutton (Christiano Kisuka 55mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Dylan McGeough, Kal Naismith; Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Livingston:- Craig McDowell; Daniel Welsh, Callum Fordyce, Danny Griffin, Cameron McDonald(Dean Cummings 74mins); Tony McParland (Sean Kerr 74mins), Mark Torrance, Kyle Jacobs, Sheldon Jacobs; Mark McNulty (Callum McKinlay 46 mins), David Winters (Andy Russell 83mins).

 

Youths Hit Six

September 26, 2009

Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 6

Rangers under 19’s put their disappointing start to the season behind them with a high scoring win over Kilmarnock at Kilwinning Sports Club this morning. Archie Campbell was back from suspension to replace the injured Max Wright in attack, Dylan McGeough returned from injury and joined Steven Forbes in the starting line up, with Under 17 players Kyle McAusland and Adam Hunter dropping to the bench.

It was Kilmarnock who struck first taking the lead in the fourth minute, Ross Davidson broke down the left and he passed inside to Gavin Brown who in turn played it to Danny McKay, his shot from the angle of the box found the net via the underside of the bar. Five minutes later a great Rangers passing move saw Archie Campbell play the ball  through to Kane Hemmings and keeper Russell Cadwell saved at the striker’s feet at the expense of a corner.

Rangers equalised on 16 minutes via the penalty spot when a Killie defender handled inside the box, Archie Campbell stepped up to beat the keeper from the spot. It was only eight minutes later when Rangers grabbed the lead, a long throw from the left  by Rhys McCabe was met by the head of Kamil Wiktorski and his header looped over keeper Cadwell.

A minute later it looked like Rangers had extended their lead, Dylan McGeough played the ball through to Kane Hemmings and his shot across goal was knocked in at the far post by Archie Campbell but he was flagged offside. A few minutes later and a long range effort from Kyle Hutton was just wide. Ten minutes before half time a Rhys McCabe cross was met by the head of Archie Campbell but keeper Cadwell save easily.

Half Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 2

Rangers came close in the opening minute of the second half when a long diagonal ball from Kyle Hutton was controlled by Campbell and his shot brought out a fine save from Cadwell. Just before the hour mark a Darren Cole free kick was headed across goal by Hutton, as Wiktorski looked certain to score but he had an eye on the Kilmarnock defender’s boot and his header was weak and Cadwell saved.

On 65 minutes a corner on the left from Davidson gave Rangers a scare when Michael Doyle got his head to it but Grant Adam saved. A minute later a Gordon Dick corner looked netbound but Cadwell made an excellent recovery to make a great save. The move of the match came on 72 minutes when Dylan McGeough picked the ball up inside his own half and his run saw him go past three Kilmarnock defenders, his perfectly weighted pass gave Hemmings a great chance but he shot just wide.

With a quarter of an hour remaining Rangers finally got the two goal cushion they were seeking. Great play on the right by Hemmings gave the space to cross and Gordon Dick was on hand to head past Cadwell. A minute later Rangers scored again, an Adam clearance was controlled by Kane Hemmings, he then turned past the defender and sent an unstoppable shot past Cadwell from just inside the box.

Rangers added two further goals in the dying minutes. With three minutes remaining a great first time pass by Hemmings sent Campbell clear, his ball across goal was met by Kyle McAusland who’s effort was blocked, keeper Cadwell then denied Hemmings from point blank range, but was helpless when Gordon Dick netted the rebound. In the final minute a Michael Noble free kick had Cadwell struggling, he managed to get a touch to divert the ball onto the bar which gave Chris Scott a simple task to nod home the rebound.

Full Time:- Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 6

Kilmarnock:- Russell Cadwell, Stuart Currie, Callum McLuskey, Michael Doyle, Alan Cairns ( David McAuliffe 46 mins); Rory McKenzie (Joe Slattery 83mins), Craig Fisher, Gavin Brown, Ross Davidson (Jamie Lindsay 66mins); Reid Brown, Danny McKay.

Not Used :- Dylan Caddis, Aaron Wylie

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Steven Forbes (Michael Noble 87 mins); Kyle Hutton, Kamil Wiktorski (Kyle McAusland 79mins), Dylan McGeough, Rhys McCabe (Gordon Dick 58mins); Archie Campbell, Kane Hemmings.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Christiano Kisuka, Adam Hunter, Ewan McNeil

 

Development Teams Round Up

September 25, 2009

Rangers 4 Queens Park 1

On Tuesday night Rangers under 15’s took on their counterparts from Queens Park in a friendly at Murray Park. The game was marred by a horrific accidental clash of heads involving two Queens Park players. Both players looked pretty bad, one being carried from the field unconscious and I believe he had to be taken to hospital. I am sure we all hope both players are okay and are back playing soon.

Rangers took the lead halfway through the first of three periods. Ciaran Summers played the ball forward and a good turn at the edge of the box by Calum McConnell sent him clear. The Queen’s Park keeper parried his cut back, but only into the path of Blair Munn who scored from close range.

Rangers increased their lead at the start of the second period. Again Ciaran Summer’s forward pass started the move sending Darren McGill clear down the left,  his ball across the six yard box was netted by Blair Munn at the back post for his second of the game. Towards the end of the second period Queens Park got back into the game when they broke down the left and keeper Sam George was given no chance with a perfectly executed lob. Indeed at this stage only two excellent saves by Sam George kept Rangers in front.

Five minutes into the final period Rangers grabbed a third. The Queens Park defence failed to clear a corner from the right and Andy Murdoch scored from just outside the six yard box. The final goal of the match came after good work by Darren Ramsey setup substitute Jake McMahon who finished with a curling shot from the angle of the penalty area.

Rangers Squad:- Sam George, Dylan Dykes, Ciaran Summers, Kieran McKenna, Jordan Wilson, Darren Ramsay, Blair Munn, Andy Murdoch, Calum McConnell, Danny Hutchinson, Darren McGill, Gordon Young, Jake McMahon, Yusef ???.

Rangers 1 Alloa Athletic 0

On Thursday night it was the turn of the under 14’s, supplemented by Gordon Young and Jake McMahon from the older team they took on Alloa Athletic’s under 15’s. The win was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests with keeper Liam Kelly a virtual spectator.

The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot in the final period. Danny Stoney chased a through ball and as he knocked it past the keeper he was sent tumbling inside the box. Danny stepped up to beat the keeper from the spot via his right hand post.

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly, Gordon Young, Liam Smith, Greg Pescezio, Ross ???, Jake McMahon, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Mark Filshie, Lewis Morgan, Gloady Ntumba, Lewis Martin, Jack Baird, Lewis Spence, Kjeld McIntyre, Jamie Mills, Danny Stoney.

Youths Lose To Motherwell

September 18, 2009

Motherwell 4 Rangers 1

The youths disappointing start to the season continued at Creamery Park, Bathgate this afternoon. Going down to a high scoring Motherwell side. With Archie Campbell suspended, Gregg Wylde presumably on first team duty, Kal Naismith injured and Gordon Dick only fit enough to make the subs bench there were a few changes from last week’s side. Kane Hemmings was back from injury and new signing Kamil Wiktorski were joined by under 17’s, Kyle McAusland and Adam Hunter.

Motherwell were first to threaten and after a scramble in the Rangers six yard box Grant Adam eventually smothered the ball. Rangers first real attack came on 14 minutes, an Adam kick out was gathered by Max Wright who played it back to Kane Hemmings and he shot was just wide of the post.

On 20 minutes Jordan Halsman and Ryan Martin worked their way down the left, with Martin cutting along the byline Adam blocked his shot at the near post with his legs. A couple of minutes later only a great save from Ross Hyslop prevented Rangers from taking the lead. A Hemmings long throw was headed on by Kyle McAusland and then Kyle Hutton, and volleyed goalwards by Rhys McCabe and the keeper made a great save low to his left.

Rangers were then forced to make a change when Max Wright limped off to be replaced by Steven Forbes. With McAusland going up front and Forbes taking over at right back. It was Motherwell who took the lead on 36 mnutes, Jamie Pollock ‘s corner from the right was met at the near post by Gary Smith who glanced his header past Adam.

With five minutes remaining in the first half, Adam’s clearance was flicked on by Hemmings, but McAusland’s effort was high over the bar. In the final first half minute Motherwell had a player down injured and with the Rangers players hesitating expecting the ball to knocked out of play, Pollock seeing Adam off his line shot from halfway, but his effort cleared the crossbar.

Half-Time:- Motherwell 1 Rangers 0

Rangers suffered a further blow in the opening minute of the second half, Hemmings coming out second best in a clash with keeper Hyslop and having to be replaced by Christiano Kisuka.  They were to suffer a further injury blow when Kyle McAusland picked up an ankle knock, Rangers had used their three subs and although he continued was a virtual passenger for the rest of the game.

Motherwell increased their lead on 55 minutes, Grant brown played a ball up to the edge of the box and as Darren Cole and Chris Scott dithered, Steven Lawless shot past Adam. Ten minutes later and a solo run by Jamie Pollock made it 3-0, going past two Rangers defenders inside the box and beating Adam with the aid of a deflection.

A few minutes later Martin’s free-Kick was nodded on by Smith to Lawless and Adam saved his shot low at his right hand post. Rangers had a great chance to reduce the deficit on 72 minutes, Hutton and Kisuka combined to set up a shooting chance for Dick, his effort was blocked but fell into the path of Kyle Hutton who looked certain to score but shot just wide.

With five minutes remaining Motherwell scored again. Darren Cole was short with a header back and Adam did well to save at the feet of Lawless, but the ball broke to Ryan Martin who scored from the angle of the penalty area. Two minutes later and Motherwell were denied a clear penalty when Cole sent Lawless crashing inside the box, but to everyone’s surprise the referee waved play on.

With a minute remaining Rangers scored a consolation goal, Gordon Dick’s corner from the right was headed goalwards by Kamil Wiktorski, although it may have taken a final touch of Well defender Dario Quinn before crossing the line. The final action was at the other end, the Rangers defence scrambled a corner clear, but only to Peter Innes at the edge of the box and Adam had to tip his powerful strike over.

Full Time:- Motherwell 4 Rangers 1

Motherwell:- Ross Hyslop; Grant Brown (Mark Smith 70 mins), Dario Quinn, Dan Parker, Jordan Halsman; Ryan Martin, Peter Innes, Steven Meechan, Steven Lawless; Gary Smith, Jamie Pollock.

Not Used:- Liam Sloan, Shaun Thomson, Ross McKinnon, Greg Pollock

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Kyle McAusland, Chris Scott, Darren Cole, Scott Durie; Adam Hunter (Gordon Dick 39mins), Kamil Wiktorski, Kyle Hutton, Rhys McCabe; Kane Hemmings (Christiano Kisuka 47mins), Max Wright (Steven Forbes 24mins).

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Ewan McNeil.

Youths Shocked by Accies

September 11, 2009

Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

In what was one of the poorest performances I have seen from a Rangers youth side, the Under 19’s lost to a Hamilton Accies side that had lost eleven goals without reply in their previous two league games.

There was one change from the side that defeated Hearts  in their last league match, with Gregg Wylde coming in for the injured Kane Hemmings and new Polish signing Kamil Witorski among the substitutes.

In the opening minute Max Wright had a chance when played in by Kal Naismith, but shot straight at keeper Darren Dolan. On 10 minutes at the other end the ball broke to Lee Kilday following with a corner and with his back to goal he hooked the ball just over. Five minutes later Grant Gillespie won the ball in midfield, shrugged of a challenge and shot narrowly over from the edge of the box.

On 26 minutes good play by Max Wright and Gordon Dick down the right, saw Wright advance into the box and shoot across goal and just wide of the far post. Rangers then had a great chance to take the lead on the half hour mark, Gillespie was short with a pass back and Archie Campbell broke clear, as he rounded the keeper he was forced wide and Brian McQueen got back to clear from the line.

Three minutes later Rangers took the lead, a free kick by Rhys McCabe from inside his own half was flicked on by Gordon Dick into the path of Max Wright who beat keeper Dolan from around the penalty spot.

On 37 minutes Accies came close to drawing level, John Sullivan broke down the right and played the ball inside to Ali Crawford who in turn sent it out to Jordan Kirkpatrick on the left, he cut inside Darren Cole and forced a fine save from Grant Adam.

Rangers then suffered a double blow in differing circumstances. First Gordon Dick had to leave the field injured to be replaced by Christiano Kisuka. Then in an off the ball incident spotted by the linesman, Archie Campbell was shown a red card and Hamilton’s Grant Gillespie a yellow, with Rangers being awarded the free kick.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 0

Rangers startred the second half with Kamil Wiktorski replacing Max Wright, but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score. On 50 minutes good play down the right by Gillespie and Padraic Ormsby saw the later denied by a great challenge by Cole. Five minutes later only a fine save from Adam prevented an equaliser, again the play came down the Accies right and the ball fell for McQueen to shoot from the egde of the box, with Adam saving high to his left  to save at the expense of a corner.

Another last ditch clearance this time from Scott Durie on 67 minutes kept Rangers in front. The goal was only delayed and from the resultant corner Kyle Hutton headed clear, his clearance was met on the volley by Jordan Kirkpatrick and the ball flew into the net from around 25 yards.

Only 60 seconds later and the visitors were in front, Gregg Wylde lost possession at the edge of his own box to John Sullivan who took a step forward and gave Adam no chance from just inside the box. With 12 minutes remaining Hamilton should have extended their lead. Darren Cole was short with a pass and Gillespie raced clear, he played the ball across goal to the unmarked Chris Roxburgh who shot over.

Rangers had one chance to salvage a point they didn’t deserve, Wiktorski and McCabe combined on the right and Wiktorski’s cross fell to Steven Forbes just inside the box but his shot went narrowly past.

Full Time:- Rangers 1 Hamilton Accies 2

Rangers:- Grant Adam, Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright (Kamil Wiktorski 46mins), Gordon Dick (Christiano Kisuka 38mins), Kyle Hutton (Steven Forbes 68 mins), Gregg Wylde; Archie Campbell, Kal Naismith.

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Ewan McNeil

Hamilton Accies:- Darren Dolan, Padraic Ormsby, Brian McQueen, Lee Kilday (Connor McGlinchey 55mins), Declan McAvoy; Jordan McCue (Gerry O’Connell 46mins), John Sullivan, Grant Gillespie (David Hopkirk 86mins), Jordan Kirkpatrick; Ali Crawford, Chris Roxburgh.