David McCallum was happy with his side’s performance as they made it two wins out of two in the CAS Under-18’s league.
The under-18’s head coach admitted it would have been nice to score a few more as the Young Gers ran out 2-0 winners at The Hummel Training Centre, but he was content with the performance.
He said: I enjoyed the game I thought in the first half we probably had more threat without actually creating a lot if that makes sense but I thought we had a lot of control and a lot of possession.
“We challenged the boys to be a bit more willing to run without the ball to challenge the opposition defence and to try and break their lines without possession and I thought that was better tonight however I don’t think that we worked the goalkeeper as much in the first half.
“Second half I think we had a few more opportunities to put the game to bed but we didn’t quite do that and that leaves us always having to make sure that we keep it tight at the back and I thought we done that and credit to the lads I thought they done that quite well tonight and they defended well when they had to.”
Rangers got the opening goal with just a minute left of the second half through Alex Lowry before Chris McKee netted in the second half.
McCallum continued: “It is always a great time to get the first goal. I think it was a good goal from our point of view.
“We had the ball at the left-back area and had a couple of good combinations and we get to Matt Yates who plays a great switch to the wide and Ross [McCausland] goes and threatens the full-back which he is good at doing.
“In the second half again I thought it was an excellent goal by Chris McKee, it was a good run again off the ball and finds himself facing the goalkeeper and Chris does what he does best there and puts the ball into the corner.
“We scored two excellent goals, unfortunately we didn’t get any more than that but I think we have got to be content and pleased by how the game ended up.”
With substitutes Aaron Lyall and Chris McKee linking up well for the second goal, McCallum was pleased with the squad performance and the impact of the substitutes.
He said: “We are at this stage now in under-18 football we have got a big squad and it is a challenging squad so players will get frustrated when they don’t get a chance to start.
“Each game will come and go but tonight I think you look at the substitutions’ contributions in that second goal Aaron’s dribbling run and a great through ball for Chris and his run and finish.
“That is what it is going to be like and they have got to keep challenging each other and pushing each other and hopefully the season will continue in that way and the players take that opportunity and keep challenging us to make the right decisions.”