Rangers U17s have won the Alkass International Cup at the first time of asking.
A huge challenge awaited the young Gers on Friday afternoon, as they took on AS Roma in the final in Qatar.
However, just like at each previous stage of the competition, they rose to it.
They faced hurdle after hurdle throughout the game, yet they wouldn’t be denied.
Firstly, they went a goal down against the run of play, after 24 minutes.
Then, after Roma’s captain Mattia Ciucci had been sent off, Gers defender David McLelland was dismissed on the stroke of half-time.


Both teams soldiered on with ten men, in a frantic second period.
Then, came the equaliser.
The once again impressive Nathan Young-Coombes laid the ball back to Ciaran Dickson, who fired a shot across the Roma keeper and into the far corner.
1-1 after 59 minutes.


In the closing stages, the Gers came close to snatching a late winner.
However, when a header struck the crossbar, it looked as though their luck was out.
With the sides locked at 1-1 at full-time, a dramatic penalty shootout ensued.
The Rangers youngsters held their nerve under major pressure, eventually emerging 9-8 winners.
In sudden death, keeper, Budinauckas, made a save, before Kai Kennedy cooly secured the victory.
What a triumph for the club, as this promising group replace Paris Saint-Germain as Alkass Cup holders.
Many Bears followed the match via a live stream and were jubilant at the final whistle.

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