Posts Tagged ‘Youth Team’

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.

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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



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.

Development Teams Round Up

September 3, 2009

With last weekends games cancelled due to a coaching conference at Hampden,  Rangers took the opportunity to arrange some friendlies against Clyde for this midweek.  I managed to take in a couple of these games and here is a brief report below.

Rangers 14’s -3- Clyde 15’s -0

On Tuesday night the under 14’s took on Clyde’s under 15’s in what was a entertaining game. After an even first period that finished goalless Rangers took the lead towards the end of the second period. The goal coming from a Tom Walsh corner on the left that was headed home by central defender Greg Pescezio.

In the third period Rangers added two further goals which in the end secured a comfortable win. The second goal came when Lewis Morgan played the ball in from the right which was helped on by Luke Hammond to Tom Walsh on the left side of the penalty area and he shot across the keeper into the net.

The third goal was started on the left by some good work by Mark Filshie and Tom Walsh, the later playing the ball inside to Luke Hammond, who in turn found Lewis Morgan wide on the right. Lewis’s cross come shot went high over the keeper and into the net.

Rangers Squad:- Liam Kelly, Ryan Sinnamon, Mark Filshie, Greg Pascezio, Jack Baird, Scott Roberts, Tom Walsh, Clody Ntumba, Jamie Mills, Danny Stoney, Luke Hammond, Lewis Morgan, Elliott Ford

Rangers 12’s -3-Clyde 13’s -2

On Wednesday night it was the turn of the under 12’s, when they took on Clyde’s 13’s. The sides had shared 4 goals in a draw at Broadwood a few weeks ago. At this age group Rangers will be playing 7-a-side until the turn of the year when they move to 11-a-side. These games are an opportunity to give them some experience of the 11 a side game on the full size park before making the switch permanently.

Just like the game previous game the young Rangers side had to come back from two goals down. Clyde took the lead in the first period when keeper Robbie McCrorie was rather harshly judged to have fouled when challenging inside his penalty area, Clyde converting from the spot.

Early in the second period Clyde doubled their lead when Rangers failed to clear following their own goal kick. At this point the younger side were struggling to adapt to the 11-a-side game, but the longer the game went on the more they settled in to a rhythm.

Rangers had a great chance to pull one back midway through the second period when Anton Richardson was fouled inside the box. He stepped up to take the kick himself but knocked it wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

The goal was only delayed and Rangers were back in the game when Josh Jeffries made progress down the left and he shot across the keeper who managed parry but only into the path of  Robbie Crawford who had an easy task to net from close range.

Going into the third period Rangers were much more in the game and it was no surprise when they equalised. Robbie Stirling broke in to the box and it looked like he had lost his chance, but when the Clyde keeper failed to gather Robbie found the ball back at his feet and he knocked it across goal to give the Trialist No.14 a simple tap in.

As time wore on it was looking like ending in a 2-2 draw just like the previous game, but the young Rangers side were not to be denied. When the Clyde defence failed to clear the ball it eventaully broke to Robbie Stirling who shot high past the keeper to give Rangers a hard fought win.

Rangers Squad:- Robbie McCrorie, Ross McCrorie, Jamie Ballentyne, Danny Kelly, Ryan Hogan, Stuart Golley, Cameron Price, Jamie Brandon, Adam Frizzell, Robbie Crawford, Josh Jeffries, Lewis Smith, Kieran Miller, Robbie Stirling, Anton Richardson, Ross Doohan and the afore mentioned trialist.

Rangers 15’s -1- Clyde 16’s -2

This game took play on Monday night, unfortunately I couldn’t make it along so no report on that game.

Youths Win At Hearts

August 29, 2009

Hearts 0Rangers 1

With Jamie Ness and Gregg Wylde on first team duty and Danny Wilson injured there were three changes to the team that drew with Falkirk last week. Darren Cole and Rhys McCabe came in to a re-shuffled back four and Gordon Dick coming in to midfield.

Rangers were first to threaten after ten minutes when Kane Hemmings played Archie Campbell through but he was forced wide and keeper Dean Lyness saved easily. Nine minutes later Rangers were unfortunate not to take the lead, great play down the left by Campbell and his cut back set up Gordon Dick, his effort coming back of the post with Lyness beaten.

Hearts first real chance came on 27 minutes after good play down the left saw Michael Deland through but his shot failed to trouble Grant Adam and he saved easily. Hearts were having their best spell of the game and eight minutes later another good passing move gave Jamie Walker a chance but he shot straight at Adam. A minute later Rangers had a big let off when Hearts really should have taken the lead. Jamie Walker turned Scott Durie and raced clear, his shot brought out a fine save from Adam, but with the keeper now helpless the ball fell to Scott Robinson and with the goal at his mercy he shot over.

Rangers then came back into the game and Kane Hemmings turned on a Rhys McCabe throw and his shot brought out a save from Lyness his right hand post at the expense of a corner. Five minutes before half time Hemming won the ball 30 yards from goal and his shot brought out another save from Lyness. The last action just before the half time whistle saw Scott Durie win the ball on the halfway line and stride forward to fire a shot just over.

Half Time:- Hearts 0 Rangers 0

Rangers started the second half on the ascendancy and Hemmings had a shot deflected wide. With eight minutes gone in the second half Rangers should have taken the lead, an attempted clearance cannoned off Max Wright in to the path of Archie Campbell but he was denied by a fantastic save from Lyness at close range.

On 65 minutes Rangers took the lead with a slighlty fortunate goal, Campbell broke forward in to the Hearts half and played the ball inside to Kal Naismith,  who then played the ball out wide left where Rhys McCabe’s cross was carried by the swirling wind over keeper Lyness and in to the net. Hearts then had a chance a couple of minutes later when a free kick from wide left wasn’t cleared by the Rangers defence but the eventual effort on goal when wide of the post.

On 72 minutes Rangers should have increased their lead, Hemmings flicked on Darren Cole free kick to give Campbell a clear chance, but he shot over. Five minutes later it was Hemmings that came close, running on to a McCabe through ball he lobbed the advancing Lyness only to see the ball just go past.

Rangers saw the game out comfortably and the last effort of note came from a McCabe free kick that had Lyness scrambling across goal as the ball just missed his left hand post.

Full Time:- Hearts 0 Rangers 1

Rangers:- Grant Adam; Darren Cole, Chris Scott, Scott Durie, Rhys McCabe; Max Wright (Christiano Kisuka 57mins), Gordon Dick, Kyle Hutton, Kal Naismith (Kyle McAusland 77mins), Archie Campbell; Kane Hemmings (Steven Forbes 86 mins).

Not Used:- Mark Weir, Andrew Milne, Ewan McNeil

Hearts:- Dean Lyness; Billy McKenna, Dylan McGowan, Conrad Balatoni (Jamie McCormack 46 mins) , Michael Deland; Jamie Walker  (Ryan Stewart), Danny Thomson, Jihn Woods, Jason Holt (David Smith 53mins), Scott Robinson; Jordan Morton.

Under 17’s Take On Estonians

July 31, 2009

Rangers under’s continued their pre-season build up with a game against the youth side from current Estonian champions Levadia Tallinn at Murray Park this afternoon.

Rangers 3 Levadia Tallinn 1

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Rangers were first to create when a cross field pass from Anthony Marenghi saw Steven Hetherington touch the ball first time to Trialist No.10 who’s shot was diverted for a corner with a fine save from the keeper. The goal was only delayed until the 5th minute when Rangers took the lead with an excellent strike. Mark Taylor made progress down the right and his cross to the back post was met on the volley by Steven Hetherington to give the keeper no chance and put Rangers ahead.

The visitors then had a chance a few minutes later when a headed clearance was picked up and the midfielder fired just wide from the edge of the box. Straight to the other end and a powerful strike from distance by Mark Taylor brought out a fine save with the keeper diving to tip over. The keeper was in action again a minute later in the 10th minute when a Nicky Main free kick was headed goalwards by Scott Rumsby and again it was tipped over.

Rangers were creating lots of chances and the Trialist No 10 came close twice in the next five minutes. First he controlled a long pass from Adam Hunter on his chest and shot just wide. Then he combined with Taylor but sent his effort narrowly past the same post. A few minutes later he was involved again, Hetherington sent him clear on the left and his pass inside gave new signing Zane Powell a chance but the keeper saved well.

On 25 minutes Rangers had a great chance to double their lead. Main and Trialist No.10 combined to feed Taylor on the right, as he cut inside the box he was fouled and the referee pointed to the spot. The Trialist took the spot kick but the Lavadia keeper made a fine save diving to his left and touching the ball on to the post, and getting back to his feet to deny Powell from the rebound. A couple of minutes later the visitors failed to clear a ball into the box and Trialist No. 10’s shot was deflected on to the bar and cleared.

With 5 minutes to the break the Baltic side got an unlikely equaliser. There were awarded a free kick just outside the box and the shot took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall giving Blair Currie no chance. Rangers replied when good play on the left between Hetherington and Frankie Owens saw the latter’s cross was headed weakly straight at the keeper by the Trialist N0.10. Just before the break the visitors broke down the right wing and from the cut back a powerful shot saw Currie make a fine diving save to his right.

Half Time:- Rangers 1 Levadia Tallinn 1

Ten minutes into the second half saw Rangers come close, Powell cutting in from the left and forcing a save from the keeper. In the 60th minute Hetherington set up a chance for Christiano Kisuka but he shot just wide. Two minutes later Rangers were back in front, Kisuka won the ball on the halfway line and his powerful run to the edge of the box gave Steven Hetherington a chance, his first effort was blocked but when the ball came back to him and another great strike left the keeper stranded.

The Estonian side was still a threat on occasions and 67 minutes Currie saved an effort from the right hand side of the penalty area. Then a Currie clearance sent Kisuka clear, his attempted lob had the keeper stretching and he just managed to get a touch to prevent a certain goal. With 15 minutes remaining Kisuka advanced on the left and his low cross was thundered against the crossbar by Powell.

The recent signing from Dunfermline was not to be denied and a minute later the Levadia keeper made a fine save to deny Hetherington but Zane Powell was on hand to net the rebound from close range. He had another opportunity just a minute later, provide by a great Taylor run and pass but this time he shot just wide.

Again Powell threatened, this time chasing a long ball and holding off a defender to get his shot in, which the keeper saved at the expense of a corner. From Taylor’s set piece Scott Rumsby powered in a header which the keeper blocked on the line.  The final chance with 5 minutes remaining  saw the keeper deny Rangers again. Adam Hunter miss hit his shot but the ball landed at the feet of Christiano Kisuka and his effort saw the keeper dive high to his left and touch the ball wide.

Full Time:- Rangers 3 Levadia Tallinn 1

Rangers:- Blair Currie ( Trialist GK 76mins); Adam Hunter, Scott Rumsby, Kyle McAusland ( Michael Mosson 46mins), Frankie Owens; Mark Taylor, Anthony Marenghi (Darren Ramsay 76mins), Nicky Main, Steven Hetherington; Trialist No.10 (Christiano Kisuka 46mins), Zane Powell.

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.