This season’s City of Glasgow Cup sees the introduction of a further revised format. This season's competition will be played by the ‘Colts’ (Under-21) sides of Rangers and Celtic, and the first teams of the other member clubs, Clyde, Partick Thistle, and Queen’s Park. Clyde make a welcome return to the competition after a few years’ absence.
The participating teams will play each other twice in a round-robin league. The final league placings will determine the line-up for the City of Glasgow Cup Final (1st v 2nd), details of which will be announced once the round-robin matches are complete.
20 Aug. 2019
at Broasdwood Stadium
Tuesday 27 Aug.
at Dumbarton FC
1st in League v 2nd in League
be made later
Match report courtesy www.clydefc.co.uk
Tue, 20th Aug 2019
Clyde made a winning start to their City of Glasgow Cup campaign this evening, registering a 3-1 victory over an energetic Celtic Colts side at Broadwood.
Michael McGee was given his first Clyde start in goals, and with several players on the injury list, Danny Lennon named himself as a substitute to make up the numbers. The Bully Wee came close to scoring in the opening minutes but Martin McNiff's header came back off the crossbar. At the other end McGee was equal to his first test, making a good save from Luca Connell's drive.
Ally Love broke the deadlock four minutes before the interval. The captain for the evening was on the receiving end of Chris Johnston's teasing cross into the box, and guided a header past Liam Hughes in the Celtic goal.
The young Hoops' side almost found an equaliser just after the restart. McGee made another smart save from Jack Aitchison, and the ball broke to Ewan Henderson on the edge of the area, who rifled a shot against the base of the post. Darren Smith then came close to doubling Clyde's advantage in the 52nd minute when he met Johnston's cross, but Hughes turned his header behind. From Johnston's resulting corner it was 2-0, as Craig Howie powered home a header from the centre of the box.
Howie almost got another goal in spectacular style. From a free-kick ten yards inside his own half, he spotted Hughes off his line and thumped the ball towards goal. The Celtic 'keeper scampered back and managed to save his blushes by just getting a hand to it inches from the line. Clyde kept looking for a third and Smith was desperately unlucky not to score after showing great skill to twist past two Celtic defenders, before Hughes came out to smother his attempt.
The visitors began to dictate proceedings as the game wore on but created little in the way of clear cut opportunities. They did however pull a goal back from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining. Peter Stuart pointed to the spot after Love barged Armstrong Oko-Flex, and Henderson made no mistake from 12 yards.
Danny Lennon then introduced himself to proceedings to help his side to see the game out. Every touch of the ball by the 50-year-old was greeted with a warm cheer by the Clyde support.
McGee made a vital point-blank save from Oko-Flex with time running out to protect Clyde's lead, and the result was sealed in stoppage time when Mark Lamont robbed Henderson of possession on the half-way line and drove forward. He attempted to square the ball for the unmarked Smith to finish the move, but the pass was intercepted by Celtic skipper Stephen Welsh, who could only slot it beyond his own 'keeper and into the back of the net.
Match report courtesy www.rangers.co.uk
Tue, 27th Aug 2019
by Louise Shaw
Two late goals gave Partick Thistle a victory over Rangers Development side in the opening game of this season’s Glasgow Cup. A Lewis Mansell strike was diverted into the net after taking a deflection on the 85th minute before Alex Jones got the second with just three minutes remaining.
Rangers fielded a side mixed with youth and first-team players as Matt Polster, Jake Hastie and Brandon Barker came into Graeme Murty’s starting eleven. Kai Kennedy had an early shot for Rangers with just three minutes on the clock as Dapo Mebude diverted Jake Hastie’s cross into his path but the shot was just wide from the number 10. Kennedy again threatened the Partick Thistle goal just a few minutes later as he swung a dangerous free-kick into the area, which troubled goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon who was dealing with low sun, but the free-kick was turned behind for a corner.
In a spell of early pressure from the Gers Brandon Barker saw his shot from inside the area blocked by Sneddon. Partick had their first effort of the game on the 13th minute as Alex Jones’ shot had Keiran Wright at full stretch as it drifted just wide of the Rangers goal. Jones took a free-kick on the 24th minute as he tried to curl the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box but it was just over the bar. Matt Polster had a good chance for Rangers a few minutes later as he got on the end of a Jake Hastie corner but his effort was glanced just wide of the target.
Early in the second-half Jamie Barjonas tested the keeper as his powerful strike from 25-yards was tipped over by the Thistle keeper. At the other end Kieran Wright was called into action as he produced a good save to deny Rangers’ loanee Cammy Palmer from opening the scoring for Partick Thistle. Wright produced another save just after the hour mark as he pushed wide a shot from Thistle substitute Joe Cardle.
Rangers were pressuring late on for a goal with Kai Kennedy sending a cross into Dapo Mebude but he couldn’t get enough of a touch on the ball and it was saved by Jamie Sneddon. The Partick Thistle keeper had a great double save as he denied Lewis Mayo from close range before Dapo Mebude cut in from the right to fire his shot just wide.
Gary Caldwell’s side opened the scoring on the 85th minute as Lewis Mansell’s shot was turned into the net after taking a deflection off of a Rangers defender.
The Championship side got their second just two minutes later, as Alex Jones doubled the scoring.
Rangers: Wright, Patterson, Maxwell, Mayo, Breen, Polster, Hastie (Young-Coombes,87), Barjonas, Mebude, Kennedy, Barker (Atakayi, 67). Subs: Budinauckas, Finlayson, Thomson, Balde, Butterworth.
Partick Thistle: Sneddon, Renfrew (Bannigan, 58), Robson, O’Ware, Trailist, Palmer, Galasso (Cardle, 58), Niang (Mansell, 65), Jones, Gordon, De Vita (Saunders, 65). Subs: Fox, Cardle, Sauders, Mansell, Rodden, McIntyre, Bannigan.
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