Rangers youth team miss penalty and hit woodwork twice in 5 five minutes in narrow UEFA Youth League loss to Ajax

RANGERS were twice denied by the woodwork and missed a penalty against Ajax in their UEFA Youth League opener.

The Young Gers almost pulled off a memorable comeback from 2-0 down after 30 minutes.

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Ajax saw off Rangers U-19s 2-1
Lewis MacKinnon celebrates pulling one back for Rangers U-19s


Lewis MacKinnon celebrates pulling one back for Rangers U-19s

Lewis MacKinnon got the only goal for the Light Blues in the 37th minute.

Ajax went ahead through Skye Vink and Stanis Idumbo-Muzambo.

Both sides traded early chances at the Sportpark De Toekomst, as Ross McCausland went close for Gers and Silvano Vos missing the target when he was fancied to score on the counter attack.

Vink then fired the hosts in front in the 12th minute as he connected with a cross from Chahine van Bohemen.

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It was an end-to-end opening half hour as Charlie Lindsay sent a shot over the bar just after Jacob Pazikas was forced into a good save by Vink.

Robbie Fraser and Connor Allan linked up from a free-kick as the cracked the woodwork with a header – only for Ajax to score within moments on the break through Idumbo-Muzambo right on the half hour mark.

Seven minutes later Rangers had a goal back though as Lindsay swung in a free-kick that was headed down by Robbie Ure into the path of MacKinnon, who duly tapped home for 2-1.

Ure and Zak Lovelace also went close before the interval.

20 minutes after half-time, Ajax goalkeeper Stan Kremer was almost caught out by a long-range effort from McCausland, forced into tipping the ball just over the bar.

In the next five minutes the Young Gers would hit the woodwork not once but twice as they won a penalty – and missed it.

MacKinnon nearly scored a second with a header from Ure’s corner but hit the crossbar before the visitors were awarded a penalty for a foul on Ure in the 69th minute.

But Lindsay stepped up and saw his right-footed effort hit the post.

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Lovelace had another shot fly wide while down the other end a powerful Oualid Agougil drive flew just inches over the bar.

The Young Gers continued to push until the final whistle and came painfully close to a late equaliser but Kremer was equal to Bailey Rice’s free-kick, getting just enough on the shot to divert it over the bar.

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