|Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:13 AM|
Bangor Rangers U12’s Crowned Champions
Bangor Rangers U12’s lifted the Ards Borough Youth Development League title on Thursday with a hard fought 2 -0 victory over Bryansburn. The stakes where high for Rangers boys as they had opted to play both available fixtures with Bryansburn in one, for the six available points to finish off the league schedule in one game. Considering the last meeting was a 2 – 1 thriller , in witch the winning goal for Rangers was scored ten seconds from full time there was plenty of tension around the stands at Clandeboye Park , as a win would mean the title , anything else would potentially leave the door open for a hard chasing Ballywalter to capitalize on.
Throughout the first half Bangor Rangers had a number of clear opportunities to open the scoring but the Bryansburn goalkeeper was in stunning form. As the half progressed the combination of missed goal opportunities and threatening counter attacks by a quality Bryansburn team had all inside the ground thinking of an upset to Rangers planned celebrations.
During the interval a wake up call was administered to Rangers boys reminding them of what was on the line to throw away in the thirty minutes remaining.
The result of the half time message was immediate with Rangers taking the game by the scruff right from the whistle and pressed Bryansburn back into the final third of the pitch.
Then came two deadly strikes within the first seven minutes of the second half from the man in form all season, Jack Smyth, to effectively take the points and the title.
Man of the match chosen by George Gibson was the goal machine Jack Smyth.
Rangers U12’s stunning performance throughout this season seen twenty three wins from twenty four games with one draw. Along the way, scoring over one hundred league goals and only conceding nine in an unbeaten campaign.
Bangor Rangers U12’s would like to thank the board at Bangor FC for the opportunity allowing this dedicated and talented group of boys to win the league title in front of their parents, friends and family at Bangor’s home of football , Clandeboye Park.
Jack Smyth (Striker)
The boys , parents and coaches as always are greatly indebted to our sponsor Brian Gent of Gent & Craig Insurances , who has year after year has backed the team and contributed greatly to seeing that these boys get a shot at living out their football dream.
|Posted on April 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM|
Bangor Rangers U12’s have had a seriously demanding schedule to meet in pursuit of the Ards Borough Youth Development League title over the past two weeks.
To achieve their dream of being crowned champions the Bangor boys have to play thirteen matches in five weeks to catch up with the cancelled fixtures missed through frost in the unprecedented winter 2009/10.
After their convincing win over Shorts the boys had totravel to try to pick up three vital league points away at Ballywalter Rec.
This match viewed upon by both teams as the tipping point ofthe season where Ballywalter had to take the win to keep the heat on Bangor Rangers where as Rangers needed at least a draw to maintain the cushion achieved by beating Ballywalter in their home fixture. The clash was greatly anticipated by both clubs and the fact that it was in the evening meant parents and family members turned out in abundance to support their respective players and club.
As it turned out Bangor boys where full of confidence in the hostile atmosphere and took the game to Ballywalter from the off in a manner which surprised the home team and never really looked back. Top quality performances from all the Bangor boys was a result with goals from J Smyth, Bradley Clarke , and the pick of them from a 22 yard rocket free kick from W Smyth. Final score Rangers 3 Ballywalter 1.
This effectively put the league title in Bangor Rangers hands to take as long as their winning ways continued.
Man of the match in this crucial match choosen by George Gibson was the ever trying and talented Cameron Tinsley.
Two days later the Rangers players had to take on the challenge of Bryansburn U12’s.
Surprisingly this was the local Bangor rivals first meeting of the season because of the freak winter weather. The game on paper looked like Bangor Rangers would have an advantage which would allow them to rest players for the cup semi final only two days later,Bryansburn had other ideas though. This was one of the most competitive meetings of the season and much credit has to be given to the ‘Burn players and Coach for their improvement this season as they came back from 1 – 0 behind and battled right to the last whistle. Bangor Rangers boys gave all also and pulled through narrowly to win 2 - 1 in an thrillingly hard fought battle , with Rangers just nicking the points in the final thirty seconds with a goal from inspired late substitute , Cameron Tinsley.
George Gibson for the second time in two days awarded man ofthe match to the in form Cameron Tinsley.
Just two days later the demands of the League schedule became all too apparent when a tired Bangor Rangers U12 team met Ballywalter in an epic extra time 4 – 3 defeat. On this occasion the wee Rangers men where visibly drained and gave all they had on tired legs to hang in to the end.
With respect to the main objective of being ArdsBourgh League Champions their unbeaten record is intact and are fully focused on the prize.
Back to Back winner of Man of the Match Cameron Tinsley (Right Wing)
|Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM|
Bangor Rangers U12’s Continue Unbeaten Title Challenge
The wee men of Bangor Rangers U12’stook another step toward being crowned league champions on Saturday with a resounding 6 -1 win over Shorts U12’s. This victory is the most convincing over Shorts of recent seasons and Rangers hope it’s an indication of peaking form,as many tough opponents still remain to be played before anyone can lay claim to the title.
Regardless Shorts U12 have always historically turned up to give the Bangor boys a tough game, from first to final whistle and Saturday at their home was no exception.
The scoring was opened early after seven minutes by Cameron Tinsley, who always puts on a star performance away to Shorts, his strength and determination along with support from McCourt’s along the touchline taking him barreling through the home team’s defenders, to calmly slide the ball past the Shorts ‘keeper. This early strike was vital to Rangers boys to ease minds with respect to maintaining their advantage at the top of the league, and that it did.
Immediately following the opening goal,the midfield trio of B Clarke, M McKee and W Smyth, where bossing the game in the midfield, producing tough challenges to take possession and intelligent use of that possession to bring the wide options of Buchanan and Tinsley in to play,while Hare and W Smyth, given the opportunity made regular surging solo runs through the centre of the park forcing Shorts onto the retreat.
The second break through came as a result of a steady build up of passing from defence eventually feeding up theleft wing with J Barkley picking out Buchanan on a surging run up the left touch line, to deliver a fine cross into the penalty area, where J Smyth drove it into Shorts net from close range. Half time score Bangor Rangers 2 Shorts 0.
The Bangor boys where made aware at half time that the two goal advantage still made them vulnerable , if Shorts where to score early and so set to work to put the game to rest.
The next strike for Rangers started with a powerful headed clearance from wee Clarkey to McKee who was awarded a penalty following a clever dribbling run round three Shorts defenders , before being tripped as he was about to pull the trigger. McKee converted the penalty with composure to increase the lead to three nil.
Shorts attempted to match the pace and strength of the Rangers boys for a brief spell, resulting in a token strike ten minutes into the second half but apart from that the back four of McCourt and Hare on the right and the hard tackling Jamie Gent and J Barkley on the left where in total control as the have been throughout the season, with only seven conceded league goals in total. In goals Keable was rarely called upon on, but when required always gets the job done.
Three changes where made in the second half, LeCheminant, Ballentine and Wright where welcome fresh legs who all had a significant impact in wearing down fading Shorts team. A quality goal from William Smyth put the game beyond Shorts, quickly followed by the best goal of the day from Mickey McKee, who linked up with Buchanan to tear open theShorts defence then round the keeper to make it five. Not to be outdone W Smyth responded with his second goal a few minutes from the final whistle.
Bangor Rangers man of the match was Bradley Clarke for his tireless work rate and total commitment
Wee Clarkey - Midfield
|Posted on March 23, 2010 at 7:22 AM|
Rangers U12 Star at Clandeboye Park
For the forth time this season the Rangers U12’s came up against Ballyclare Comrades on Sunday. This time the venue was Clandeboye Park, the home of Bangor FC, so as an occasion for wee men of this age it doesn’t get better than this. The weather perfect and pitch like a billiard table compared to surfaces they usually play on , the scene was perfectly set.
The big question to be answered was could this team raise itself to the challenge of overcoming the Comrades for the first time , after coming up short on the three previous matches.Certainly there would be no excuses on this occasion as unlike the other encounters Bangor Rangers U12’s where at full strength and firing on all cylinders after dispatching with every team in the Ards Borough Youth League this season.
The Comrades boys had good reason to look confident as they lined up for the kick-off as they had put four goals past the Bangor boys in the previous two encounters , but from the off there was a determined and confident look to the home team which took the Ballyclare boys by surprise right from the whistle. In the midfield Clarke and Kurtis Barkley scrapped it out with their opponents overpowering them to allow Jack Smyth to pick up the pieces and dominate the play with precision passes with either foot to the wingers Tinsley and Buchanan. Going forward the Rangers boys where a dream to watch with unselfish running and passing that put the onform Jack Smyth in to shooting positions.
The defence of the U12’s atthis stage of the season is something the coaches and the boys can be very proud of , as only 5 goals have been conceded in the league. McCourt , Gent, Hare & Barkley took total charge of anything Ballyclare threw at them ,with strong gutsy commitment and composure.
Eddie Shaw is a player who always knows where to be to score goals and for the Rangers second he lived upto his reputation with a cool finish from six yards out in a congested penalty area. The third goal came following a spell of relentless pressure down the right wing , where J Barkley was making the extra man pushing up from defence ,while K Barkley danced through the Comrades midfield , passing to Chris Ballentine , who picked out J Smyth , who in turn launched a brilliant swerving right foot effort over the keeper to find the opposite top corner of Comrades net.
For the first two thirds ofthe game Rangers had the game by the scruff, quicker to the ball, stronger in the challenges and showing considerable levels of skill. Still Ballyclare dugdeep to rally commendably and force Rangers back into their own half for a fifteen minute spell with the score at 3 – 0 , but a resolve to see a home win was among the Bangor boys , who drove themselves on tirelessly to repel each attack. Any aspirations the visitors had of a fight back where killed of by William Smyth who hammering home a rasping right foot shot ten minutes from the end which brought the crowd in the stand to its feet.
Good performances where aplenty from Beers , Tinsley, Le Cheminant and Kane Watson , but special mention has to be given to Keable who once again when called upon twice pulled of stunning saves , which brought much appreciation from the big turn out of appreciative parents and family.
All in all the best football this group of boys has produced in all the years the have been together, well done.
Man of the match for Saturdays clash with Abbey Villa was Chris Ballenting with four goals and his standards continue to rise this season , well done Chris !
Chris Ballentine- Striker The Whole Squad Man of the Match Sunday
MOTMatch Saturday Bangor Rangers 4 Ballyclare Comrades 0
|Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:21 PM|
On Saturday Bangor Rangers U12’s continued there so far unbeaten league campaign with a visit from Shorts U12 at Ballykillaire. Ranger’s boys aware that any lapse in concentration could result in leaving the door open to a hard challenging Ballywalter in what is now effectively a two horserace for the ABYDL title.
Shorts put up a stiff challenge from the off and made Bangor Rangers work hard for possession. Putting in a good shift on the right wing Jason Beers battled up and down the right touchline along with J Smyth resulting in a number of quality crosses into the penalty area.
Kurtis Barkley and Chris Wright produced some good work supported by LeCheminant along the left wing getting the ball into some dangerous positions but Shorts defence managed to get the ball clear at the vital moments to keep the game level.
On two occasions Shorts capitalized on Rangers pushing high up the field and broke through to threaten the Bangor goal , the second effort resulting in them taking the lead against the run of play.
With the league challenge at risk a response was required and when it came it was a wonder strike by Jamie Gent from with a first time strike all of thirty five yards into the roof of the Shorts net and a serious contender for goal of the season.
Rangers relieved to have got the game back on level terms made five changes at half time. On came Mickey McKee , Jordan Barkley , Cameron Tinsley , Bradley McCourt & Luke Buchanan
For the first ten minutes of the second half Rangers where desperate to get into the lead as a draw was not good enough at this stage of the season.Through sustained many chances came and went and a brave Shorts back line heldout. Eventually under considerable pressure the Shorts defence conceded a penalty which was sweetly converted by W Smyth.
The match by this stage was all Bangor Rangers and Buchanan and McKee both had goal opportunities fly wide of the target. Inevitably with Shorts trapped in there own half more goals came with one a piece for M McKee and J Smyth to make the final score 4 – 1.
George Gibson once again chose his Bangor Rangers man of the match as William Smyth.
|Posted on March 8, 2010 at 12:55 PM|
Bangor Rangers "Boy Wonders" Stun Ballywalter
For the boys of Bangor Rangers U12’S this week’s top of the table clash with Ballywalter U12was a potential stepping stone to greater things this season. Both teams have this season beaten everything put before them and with the opening game of the campaign ending in a 2 – 2 draw everything was set for a dramatic collision at the Valentines.
From the first whistle the match was off at a frantic pace with Ballywalter forcing the Rangers back towards their own penalty area where some initially shaky moments in defence had the many Bangor boys parents and supporters holding their heads in anguish when a scrambled effort rebounded of Rangers crossbar, and a further effort forced a vital save from keeper Keable.
But as all good teams do the wee men got themselves reorganized swiftly and got their shape back pressing the play up the field away from their own goal. As the game proceeded to spread out it was evident that Rangers had the edge in pass and move football which resulted in the wide men Buchanan and Tinsley producing some thunderous challenges in their efforts to progress the ball toward the Ballywalter penalty area. Through the initial spell the majority of the play was focused in the middle of the park where Bangor Rangers teak tough trio of McKee,Clarke and W Smyth scrapped out a ferocious battle with Ballywalter boys more often than not overpowering them with courageous and decisive skill.
The strike force of Ballywalter statistically is the most potent in the league sothe Rangers back four knew much of the responsibility for getting the result was on their shoulders. A rapidly improving McCourt patrolled the right defence working tirelessly while the ultra reliable Jordan Barkley had the left flank under control, both working effectively to take charge and distribute the ball to their respective wingers reliving the pressure exerted by Ballywalter on the occasions when they broke through. Meanwhile in centre of defence for Bangor Rangers the winning combination of captain J Hare and J Gent goes from strength to strength, no team has got the better of them in the league this season and as a result this was the first match in which Ballywalter had not scored in two seasons.
On the two occasions in the first half when Ballywalter forced through to produce a goal threatening opportunity keeper Keable anticipated perfectly and made the vital interceptions to keep the match at 0 – 0 at half time.
The Bangor Rangers boys came out second half determined to seize control and the addition of K Barkley for injured Tinsley was effective as he showed some class and skill in wrestling possession to release J Smyth, who demonstrated sublime skill with a step-over right out of the top drawer to wrong-foot the defence putting himself through on goal and produce a clinical finish into the bottom corner of the Ballywalter goal for the Rangers to take a much deserved lead.
In the remaining fifteen minutes Bangor Rangers continued to work hard to increase their lead and also effectively closed ranks to defend two threatening free kicks.
With a strong work rate right until the final whistle Rangers boys kept possession and composure to seal a victory which may prove to be decisive to the final outcomeof the league campaign.
We are once again very appreciative for the wealth of experience and knowledge brought to the team by Irish League legend George Gibson who nominated Jack Smyth as man of the match.
Jack Smyth - Striker
|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM|
On Saturday Bangor Rangers U12’s faced Eddie Irvine Sports U11’s in the Ards Borough Knock-out Cup at a very muddy Bloomfield. With four of the regular first 11 players playing up a year in U13 cup an opportunity for players pushing for first team selection was available.
It became apparent that the very difficult conditions where going to play a major part in the fixture as both sides struggled to link up passing moves. After five minutes C Ballentine broke the dead lock with a well taken chance and Rangers boys pressed further to consolidate this early lead against a strong battling and committed EIS. In the demanding conditions the players from both midfields tried to play the ball out to the wings to escape the congestion in the centre of the park. As a result J Smith , K Barkley and new signing Luke Buchanan managed on a number of occasions to make supporting runs for each other down the left wing threatening the EIS goal where Buchanan hammered a spectacular left foot shot from twenty five yards which pinged of the cross bar. Rangers increase the lead to two goals soon after with a very welcome first of the season from Chris Wright , and a third before half time from J Smith.
Much credit has to be given to the wee men from EIS U11 as they resumed the second half three goals down but came on even stronger again , forcing swift defending from Owen LeCheminant and B Clarke and a heroic Jamie Gent in the centre of Rangers defence.
Following spells of sustained pressure from Rangers eventually where rewarded by a well taken second goal for J Smith to make the score four nil. Still undeterred by the score line EIS lads pressed on taking any chance to pressurize Rangers boys all over the park and where justly rewarded with a quality goal.
Through the second half Bangor Rangers held more of the possession following the addition of J Beers , B McCourt and K Watson from the bench , and also W Smith taking up his outfield position after first half in goals.
As a result the balance of the game swung towards Rangers resulting in three further goals from W Smith, C Tinsley and a special effort from new boy L Buchanan direct from a corner kick.
Man of the match this week was clearly Jamie Gent who held the show together in defence allowing the team to progress to a much anticipated semi final.
|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM|
For the second week in succession Bangor Rangers U12’s opponents where from the highly regarded Lisburn Youth League, Ballyclare Comrades U12’S currently in 4th position.
Rangers boys started fast and took the game to Ballyclare and for first ten minutes had much of the possession pushing deep into the opposing half with good passing moves and strong runs down the flanks but none of the early pressure resulted in Smith or Beers testing the keeper.
After this early endeavour the pattern of the game swiftly changed as Ballyclare started to show why they are strong contenders for Lisburn League title. The home side’s midfield engaging Bangor’s in a dogfight against Mc Kee and Clark which raged through out the game, with possession being won and lost at the blink of an eye. For the latter period of the first half Ballyclare produced attractive football to drive the Bangor boys back into their own half repeatedly for extended spells.
Rangers full backs J Barkley and K Watson where tested to the extreme to contain the slick Ballyclare wide moves and the pairing of J Hare and J Gent at centre half where at the top of their game consistently to thwart a pacey and powerful strike force.
The deadlock was eventually broken by a goal from a Ballyclare, a powerful strike at the near post which keeper Keable got a strong hand to, but was unlucky to see it deflect into the Bangor goal. In the first half Rangers had no decisions from the home referee go their way and a dubious awarded penalty for Ballyclare was no surprise but was justly unconverted.
Starting the second half Rangers boys knew they had a battle on their hands to win against a very wise and organized opposition who started the faster. Rangers brought on Cameron Tinsley who repeatedly with strength and pace took on all in his path down the right wing to get his cross into the box, one of which was inch perfect for W Smith to meet sweetly but hit the post but predator Kurtis Barkley was following in to strike right footed low and hard to even the score to one each.
Through the second half credit has to go to the bravery and skill of Rangers keeper J Keable who repeatedly put himself in where it hurts for his team and the many Rangers traveling supporters. With the addition of further fresh legs in way of C Ballentine Rangers picked up the gauntlet and started to dominate producing three fine chances to win the game. Two of these winning opportunities where robbed from Rangers by blatant last man fouls when on different occasions W Smith and McKee where through on the Ballyclare goal to be scythed down from behind , in line with previous decisions the referee neither cautioned or produced a card.
Rangers U12’s once again showed they can punch above their weight establishing their credentials for future success , and would also like to thank Ballyclare for their hospitality and their part in a great game
Man of the match this week chosen by Dean Henderson went to the captain Jack Hare for a commanding performance throughout.
Jack Hare-Defender (C)
|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM|
Bangor Rangers U12’s continued their run of good form in the Ards Borough Youth League with a comfortable victory over visitors Ballywalter. Rangers fielded a team which allowed the squad members who are pushing for first 11 places to show their potential.
Goals where aplenty throughout the duration of the game for Rangers and the defence where only denied a clean sheet by a quality free kick from the visitors from 20 yards , which keeper Keable could do nothing to keep out.
From the first whistle Rangers defensive unit of Gent, Watson, Barkley, & Hare dealt with any threat comfortably.
The midfield and forwards of Rangers passed and kept possession in the Ballywalter half for majority of the game, but also kept their shape and composure to punish the visitors with a spread of good goals from J. Smith (4), Tinsley (2), K. Barkley (2), Ballentine (2), J. Barkley (1) , but a stunning B.Clarke strike from distance , topped them all.
Once again Rangers man of the match Bradley Clarke was chosen by respected former Irish League star, George Gibson.
|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 8:55 AM|
U12’s traveled away to Shorts for their first meeting of the season. From a strong squad this season of 17 players Wright , McKee & K Barkley where unavailable this week , as a result some boys had to play out of position to help the team cause. On a very wet pitch along with increasingly heavy rain and wind , skipper J Hare for once won the toss and forgot what his manager had told him and chose to play the wrong way !
This error was quickly forgotten when Watson & Mc Court linked up to release W Smith down the right wing delivering a pinpoint cross which C Tinsley took with some style to open the scoring within a minute. After stunning the opposition early Rangers kept Shorts pinned in their own half , with the Smith twins Clark & Beers creating consistent penetrating moves to feed Ballintine up front. The Shorts keeper had a fine performance to keep the Bangor boys at bay until a slick move down the right wing produced a quality finish from J Smith to make it 2 – 0.
The back four of the Rangers U12’s have only conceded 4 goals this season and where rarely extended during the 60 minutes. This allowed both Watson and J Barkley to push up the flanks and bring as result numerous scoring opportunities which could have been converted. But the Shorts boys picked them selves up a level and battled hard to keep them selves in it with Keable showing good agility to deny them at short range.
Early in the second half Rangers brought on fresh legs in way of Gent , LeCheminant & McKenna which further raised the pressure on the spirited Shorts team. To seal the points for Bangor Rangers J Barkley & Clarke linked up down the left wing to play J Smith through into the penalty area to score with his left foot past the impressive Shorts keeper.
Man of the match Cameron Tinsley was chosen by former Irish League professional George Gibson who we are indebted to for his knowledge and support this season.