Youth football match of the week: FC Rangers Under-14s v South Shore Under-14s

FC Rangers Under-14s v South Shore U14
FC Rangers Under-14s v South Shore U14

New recruit Mario Craescu scored a bunch of five as FC Rangers started the season with a thumping 14-4 win over South Shored in the driving rain.

But they had to come back from behind in this Blackpool and District Youth League clash at Boundary Park, where Kasey Knott netted first for South Shore.

But despite missing their main goalscorer, Rangers got a grip on proceedings and started to score goals, netting seven in each half.

There was a hat-trick for Lee Carmichael and two goals each for Lewis Godley and man of the match Carl Wallace, while other Rangers scorers were captain Domonik Gill and Logan Hunston, who came out of goal to show his quality at the other end.

Shore kept going valiantly despite trailing 7-1 at half-time and they were rewarded with three goals in the second half in their first game at 11-a-side.

Finlay Jones scored their second and fourth goals, with the outstanding Fran Jones on target in between.

Shore manager Natalie Etheridge said: “FC Rangers are one of the stronger teams but the players did everything we had worked on in training.

“They had some possession, scored some goals and really enjoyed it despite the weather. It’s a new team but they kept going and managed to score four goals.”

After 25 years as a coach, FC Rangers’ Colin Cardwell has won three promotions but never a league title.

He would love to see his team crowned champions but admits it will be tough: “There are some strong sides in this league and I’ll be happy to finish in the top four,” he said.

“This game was all about what we had done all pre-season. It was about players’ ability and workrate, and putting into practice what we have tried to install.

“The win will give us confidence and belief for the next fixture. We will have highs and lows this season but we want the players to enjoy it.”

Carl Wallace

Operating in several positions, Carl Wallace was the Rangers man of the match as his energy and pace posed major problems for the defence and was rewarded with a late goal.

Midfielder Fran Lyons was the stand-out for South Shore as he held the ball up, distributed well, never stopped running and took her goal well.