Late winner condemns Town’s Under-19s to defeat
- Town Under-19s beaten by Rangers away from home
- Leigh Bromby’s side perform well against the Gers
- Micah Obiero scored his eighth goal of the campaign
A late goal condemned Town’s Under-19s to defeat against Rangers after a good performance in Glasgow.
The Young Terriers took the lead through Micah Obiero, who signed a new deal with the Club yesterday, just after the half hour mark. However, a goal at the end of each half, meant the youngsters left Scotland empty handed.
After just five minutes, Town’s youngsters almost took the lead. Midfielder Tim Akinola received the ball, after a clever back heel from a trialist, and curled a right footed effort, which rattled the crossbar.
Despite coming out of the blocks fairly quickly, lapses in concentration almost cost Town’s youngsters. Rangers had a great chance after 11 minutes. A superb ball was played across the box and was met by Glenn Middleton, but he somehow blazed over the bar.
Shortly after, a long ball forward caused Town problems. A Rangers striker latched on to it and bore down on goal, but Loick Ayina did excellently to stop him.
Chances for the hosts continued to fall as Jacob Chapman pulled off a superb save to keep the scores level. The Australian ‘keeper did incredibly well to deny Kai Kennedy from six yards out.
After the flurry of chances, Town took control of the game and just before the half hour mark Scott High curled a sensational effort just wide. The U19 Captain won the ball back 30-yards out, took a touch and whipped a superb shot towards goal. It looked like it was heading for the top corner but went inches wide.
In the 32rd minute, Town found their opener. Aaron Rowe showed a piece of individual brilliance, nutmegging a defender, before picking out Micah Obiero. The 19-year-old striker collected the ball in the right channel and fired an effort into the back of the net; his eighth goal of the season.
The goal spurred on the Young Terriers who created more openings. Obiero tried to turn provided moments later. The striker tried to pick out Rowe in the area, but his cross just evaded the winger.
Chances continued to fall as Scott High, who performed well in the middle of midfield, played an excellent ball forwards that was collected by Town’s trialist. Under pressure, he tried to take the shot early, but was unable to hit the target.
Just before the half-time whistle, Rangers, however, found an equaliser. John Balde picked out Glenn Middleton who fired an effort past Chapman.
The Gers started the second period in the ascendancy. Jacob Chapman pulled off a superb save to deny John Balde from close range, before a Rangers free-kick, from a dangerous area, flew into his arms.
10 minutes into the half, Town created some good chances of their own. Midfielder Josh Austerfield curled an effort wide from the edge of the area, before a Town trialist had the best chance of the half. He was fed through the Rangers backline but struck the post with his effort.
The tempo of the game dropped during the last 30 minutes of the game, which was being watched by Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard. Just before the hour mark, Luke Daley made superb tackle to keep the scores level. Rangers broke through the Town backline, but Luke got back just in time to challenge and block the shot.
As the game looked to be heading for a draw, Rangers found a late winner. Kyle McClelland found Robbie Ure in the box with a good delivery and the young striker fired a header past the ‘keeper.
Town Under-19 line-up (4-2-3-1)
Jacob Chapman; Will McCamley, Luke Daley, Loick Ayina, Ilounga Pata; Tim Akinola, Scott High; Aaron Rowe, Josh Austerfield, Micah Obiero (Isaac Marriott, 52’); Trialist
Rangers 2-1 Huddersfield Town Under-19s