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Aberdeen 2 - 6 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 4 Rangers

SPL Youth 18
Aberdeen scorers: Jackson, Ruth 41.
Rangers scorers: Ritchie-Holser (15), Balde (21,35), McCausland (25), McKee (79), Ebiowei (81, pen)

06/03/2020 | KO: 16:00

U18's Lose First League Game of Season

Aberdeen U18's lost their first league game of the season as they went down to an impressive Rangers team at Cormack Park. The Dons lined up with Tom Ritchie in goal, a back four of Kieran Ngwenya, Luke Turner, Andy Paterson and Lyall Booth. Calvin Ramsay and Connor Barron anchored the midfield with Kevin Hanratty, Michael Ruth and Lewis Duncan playing in front of them with Michael Dangana playing as the lone front man.

Rangers created the first chance of the match when a long ball forward found Alexander Lowry but his curling shot produced a strong save from Ritchie who turned the ball behind for a corner.
It wasn't long until Rangers took the lead. The Dons failed to clear their lines and from edge of box Kane- Ritchie- Hower curled an effort away from the outstretched hands of Ritchie.
Aberdeen had a chance to equalise minutes later when Barron curled in a dangerous free-kick from the right but he couldn't pick out a man in red and Rangers were able to clear.
The away side doubled their lead just after the 20 minute mark. Barron was caught in possession by Umaro Balde who worked his way into the box and calmly slotted past Ritchie.
Rangers tails were up after the goal as they passed the ball about with confidence as Aberdeen struggled to get out of their own half.
The away side made their dominance count when they worked the ball well down the right to create space. Winger Ross McClausland collected the ball and drove forward, he cut into the box and fired low past Ritchie.
Manager Barry Robson made an early sub to try and change the Dons fortunes with Barry replacing Ngwenya.
The change of personal allowed the Dons to have more possession but it was Rangers who scored next when they exploited space down the left, the ball was touched back to Balde who found the bottom corner.
Aberdeen pulled a goal back before half time when Ruth brilliantly controlled a long pass and finished calmly past the Rangers keeper.

Half Time Aberdeen 1-4 Rangers

Aberdeen started the second half brightly and they pulled an early goal back. Barron's corner from the left wasn't dealt with by the Rangers defence and Dangana pounced to push the ball over the line to give The Dons hope.
Sensing a comeback was on, Aberdeen pushed for a third goal. The Dons worked the ball well, substitute Max Barry's cross field pass found Duncan, his cut back fell back to Barry but he blazed his effort over the bar.
The game was a much more even contest in the second half with both sides battling to win the midfield battle. Dangana was denied his second goal of the game when he pounced on confusion in the Rangers defence but Jay Hogarth came rushing off his line to block the striker's effort.
Aberdeen kept looking for their third goal and came close with 15 minutes remaining. Hanratty displayed good skill to create space for himself. He glided across the park and fed Duncan but his shot from a tight angle was saved by feet of the Hogarth.
Despite The Dons creating numerous chances in the second half it was Rangers who grabbed the next goal. Ebiowei showed neat footwork, he chipped the ball into McKeee who took one touch and fired the ball past Ritchie.
Rangers put the game well beyond doubt in the final 10 minutes when Ebiowei scored from the penalty spot after a handball was given against Turner.
Despite the scoreline, Aberdeen still looked for a third goal. Turner got his head to a Ryan Duncan free-kick but couldn't direct it on target and Barry tested Hogarth late on with a long range drive but the Rangers keeper held onto his effort well.
Rangers Teamsheet
Hogarth, Devine, Fraser, Miller, McClelland, King, McCausland, Balde, McKee, Lowry, Ritchie-Hosler

Unused Subs: Ewen, Henderson, Hampl, Ebiowei, Mebude, Thackray
Attendance: 250
Venue: Cormack Park, Aberdeen
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