Match Report: Leeds United end Rangers winning streak

Jul 27, 2022 | Junior Section

Leeds United end Rangers winning streak as they grab back-to-back wins.


Two quickfire early second-half goals from Freddie Lane and Devon Brockie were enough for the Yorkshire side to take the spoils.


Rangers number nine, Findlay Curtis grabbed another goal, taking his tally for the tournament to three but it wasn’t enough to salvage any points for the Glasgow side.


Leeds came into the game off a high as they defeated San Francisco Glens 2-0 in Tuesday’s game but this optimism was nearly diminished within seconds of the kick-off as Rangers striker, Findlay Curtis shot straight from kick-off, only to hit the crossbar.


Rangers began the match in control having countless threatening attacks especially down their right with forward, Archie Stevens, who was giving the Leeds defence numerous problems.


The right winger had a chance gifted to him after a poor back pass from Coban Bird led to him having a strike on goal but Owen Grainger spared the blushes of his left-back, coming up with a fine save.


It was that man Stevens again with the next chance as he raced away through on goal, but failed to hit the target as he blazed over.


Leeds United’s number ten Devon Brockie had a few nice touches in the first half especially in the 31st minute when he used his feet to make space on the edge of the box, but his shot failed to test Mason Munn in the Rangers goal.


On the stroke of half-time the English side took the lead as left-back, Coban Bird put in a wicked delivery which caused chaos in the box resulting in the ball cannoning into the net off a mixture of defender and attacker.


The Whites thought they would take the lead into half-time but Rangers instantly hit back through star striker, Findlay Curtis as he slide the ball coolly past the onrushing Owen Grainger.


The second-half started in the same chaotic fashion the first ended in as Leeds retook the lead in the 37th minute through Freddie Lane.


From a free-kick delivery Mason Munn seemed to have the ball but it left his grasp and Lane was the quickest to react and prod home.


Munn complained to the referee that he was fouled when he dropped the ball but the claims were waved away.


Straight from the restart the Whites added a third through Devon Brockie, who deserved a goal based on his performance.


The young midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and smashed it into the roof of the net passed the despairing Munn.


The rest of the second-half failed to live up to the same intensity and excitement as Leeds held on for the three points with Rangers rarely threatening.


Rangers manager Cameron Campbell spoke after the game about how his players will learn from this defeat.


He said: “I think it tells us loads and loads about our players and there’s always that old one that you always learn more when you get beat”.


He also commented on how important this tournament is for his squad of youngsters.


He said: “Listen at Rangers they will hopefully compete in the Champions League and Scottish cups and they need to learn how to go and play in tournaments and get results because there is always an expectation as soon as you put on that shirt”.


Campbell will have been delighted when it was announced that despite Rangers loss today they have qualified for the Semi-finals of the Super Cup NI Junior section.


His side will face County Antrim at Riada Stadium on Thursday at seven o’clock.


After their impressive display against one of the favourites for the tournament, Leeds United have qualified for the Globe semi-finals.


The Yorkshire outfit will play fellow English side, MK Dons on Thursday at Castlerock at 2:30pm.


By Stuart McCracken