St Albans Rangers ease to Olympiacos win

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St Albans Rangers Under-11 Reds recorded a 6-2 win over Olympiacos Red after an impressive team performance.

Looking solid throughout, Rangers took an early lead with Oliver Ward touching the ball back to Louis Shaw, who passed square to Jack Kerr, and he slotted home for 1-0. Continued pressure from Rangers saw a corner slotted home by Ward for his first goal.

Rhys Frost, who was having a great game, put a ball in for Shaw, who raced clear and beat the keeper for 3-0. William Manchester was keeping the defence well marshalled and continually broke up the opposition attacks.

Oli Taits put in a very strong performance on the right side. At the back, man-of-the-match goalkeeper Sam Hardie was kept busy and he produced several great saves to stop the visitors scoring.

The second half saw Rangers extend their lead. Charlie Brook, with one of his very long throw-ins, found Rhys Frost, who turned neatly and rifled in with his trusty left foot for 4-0. Frost then put a great ball down the line for Sam Brooks to run on to. Brooks crossed for Tom Scott to score Rangers’ fifth goal.

The visitors pulled two goals back but Rangers netted their sixth when Amjad Choudary played in Kerr who cut in and found the top corner.

Rangers Under-9 Reds won 7-2 against Harvesters East with a goal on his debut from Ben Day.

Bailey Shipp scored back to back hat-tricks while Oscar Reeves, cousins Taylor Rosen and Brandon Trainis added to the total. Daniel Gough was man-of-the-match for a great defensive display to ensure victory. The Under-10s Blue came from behind to win a thrilling game with AC Finchley West 7-4.

The match started at a frenetic pace, with Finchley racing into a 3-1 lead as Sebastian Pound scored Rangers’ goal. It was Pound who pulled another back just before half-time, to make the score 3-2. The second half started much the same way as the first, and before long Harrison Shipp added Rangers’ third, and Pound completed a hat-trick to level the scores at 4-4.

With 15 minutes to go, the game could have gone either way with both teams having good chances. It was however Rangers who took the initiative with two further goals from the impressive Pound and another from Shipp to end the match 7-4. Man-of-the-match for Rangers was Pound with a fine performance scoring five of Rangers’ goals.

Rangers Under-13s played stupendously in a thrilling 5-3 victory over Enfield Rangers.

The side started brightly and they quickly scored one through Frankie and doubled their lead just after. A Harry Giggins free-kick put them 3-0 up inside ten minutes.

Enfield struck two back in quick succession and then scored again right at the death of the first half.

Rangers dominated the second half. Omar scored the next goal in emphatic style.

Reece then seemed to put the game beyond doubt. Enfield kept on fighting and forced a good save but the game finished 5-3 to Rangers.

Harrison Reeve was a well deserved man-of-the-match.

Rangers Under-16 Reds beat Edmonton Leopards 3-0 with goals from Jack Gage, Ben St Clair and Kie Thompson. Will Kilpatrick was the star player.

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