Fixture: Rangers SABC v Rossvale Madrid
Competition: Under 14's CSFA "A" League
Rossvale forced a couple of free kicks and Lee Sharp hit the wall with one and Cavan Burns pulled a comfortable save from the Rangers keeper Robbie Walker.
Rangers were using the wind well and fired in a few long range efforts on Andrew Coyle's goal but he dealt with them comfortably.
The midfield battle was good to watch and the referee did well to let play flow. Rangers got a foul too far out for a shot and with a minute of the half left they floated a ball to the back post.
The Rossvale defence switched off and number 8 John Wilson finished well.
The half came to an end with the hosts in front.
Half Time : Rangers SABC 1-0 Rossvale
The second half started well for Rossvale and Coyle was using the wind to play balls deep into the Rangers half. The tall Rossvale strikers were causing Rangers problems and could sence a goal coming.
The ball was played into the lively Lee Sharp who fired in a clever shot into the corner of the net.
Rossvale then took the initiative and the defensive pairing of Ahmed and Harrison were dealing well with the pace of Mutenge when he burst forward as was Burns who now seemed to have a man marking job on the midfielder.
The visitors with some determined tackling showed lots of fight and in some instances had 3 players tackling the one Rangers player for the ball.
Rangers broke through the defence and with the striker on a 1-1 with Coyle tried to slip it under him but the keeper pulled off and outstanding save with his feet to keep the visitors in it.
Rossvale broke into the edge of the box and the defender looked to have pulled down the attacker inside the box but the referee gave a foul outside. The free kick came to nothing and you felt the game was heading for a draw. Then a similar ball into the box and it was handled by Brown and the referee pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Lewis Wilson who sent the Rangers keeper the wrong way.
The jubilant Rossvale team were urged to end their celebration as there was only a couple of minutes left.
Rangers kicked off and Brown tried to make up for the hand ball incident by breaking immediately down the left, into the box and fired in a terrific shot. Coyle looked to get fingers tips to it as it rattled off his right hand post. The referee disagreed and gave a bye kick.
The final whistle blew and brought to an end a very entertaining game in difficult conditions.
Rossvale can be very proud of their tenacity with no failures in their side however Rangers will need to pick themselves up for next week as the two teams meet again in the League knockout cup.
Full Time : Rangers SABC 1-2 Rossvale Madrid