Institute Football Club played host to the Milk Cup on Monday night at the Riverside Stadium as Glasgow giants Rangers faced-off against the County Armagh select team at Under 15 level – the tie finishing 3-0 to the Gers after ninety minutes.
The game got off to a flying start when Rangers striker Sam Jameison netted on the back of an assist from Liam Burt – Craig Mulholland’s team immediately demonstrating the ability that had been expected of them on the eve of this encounter.
County Armagh – under the leadership of experienced manager Pat McGibbon – did manage to fight their way back into the game throughout the first-half however, but their hopes of a comeback quickly ended when Andrew Dallas slotted into the bottom, left corner of the goal to put the Blues 2-0 in front heading into the break.
In the second phase of the match, well-timed substitutions ensured that the Rangers team remained lively, while Armagh appeared to succumb more greatly to the difficulties of match endurance – and it didn’t take long before Sam Rutherford found a finish to put the game beyond doubt.
After this, Rangers continued their domination of the match, and although the Armagh defence held out in the remaining twenty minutes, a series of good moves could’ve increased the scoreline further for the Scotsmen.
After the match, we spoke to Rangers U15s coach Craig Mulholland, and he had the following to say:
“We’ve only just started preseason, so I felt that in the first half we were a bit sloppy and a bit slower than I’d have liked, we started well with the goal, but then didn’t really get into the game after that.”
“We played much better in the second half, passed the ball around well, and we could’ve come away with a few more goals, we hit the crossbar twice, and were unlucky in a few one-on-one chances.”
“Overall though, we’re pleased with the win and the goals we got, the facilities down here were excellent for us today, and the pitch was perfect – we have received another great welcome at the Milk Cup this year thanks to Institute.”
Next up on the timetable at the Riverside Stadium – Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk travel down to the Drumahoe ground in order to play their second friendly against Institute this preseason on Wednesday, while the Sky Blues also meet a North-West select team on Friday led by Stuart Moore, as preparations continue in the lead-up to the approaching Premiership term.