Lisburn Youth 2004’s were invited to attend the Rangers Academy training complex at Murray Park recently, where they experienced the surroundings, facilities and opponents of a full time club.
This was a great opportunity not only for Lisburn Youth, but the players themselves to experience such a trip and showcase their talents and abilities against a top academy side.
So on a fresh and early start on Saturday morning Lisburn Youth set off on their trip to Scotland.
On arrival to Murray Park, Lisburn Youth was set for a stern test as the first two fixtures paired them against the host’s two academy sides.
As the pre match routines kicked in it was a great chance to take in the surroundings and the teams in which they were to face as many players wouldn’t get such an opportunity to do so.
Both games kicked off simultaneously with the two Lisburn Youth and Rangers Academy teams getting the days fixtures underway.
Ranger’s Academy were without doubt a strong outfit with great passing and composure on the ball.
The football was a joy to watch and you could see that the hours of training their Academy go through shone through on match days.
Lisburn Youth showed great mental strength and ability to compete against the Rangers Academy all the way, showing some great football that didn’t look out of place at academy level.
In fact the high tempo pressing from Rangers only encouraged better football from Lisburn Youth as they knocked the ball round quicker with great composure and sharpness in both games.
After the much entertaining fixtures against Rangers Academy, Lisburn Youth had the opportunity to reflect on the first round of games as they were given a tour around the Rangers 1st team’s and Academy facilities.
The tour was a great insight to how a professional club is run at all levels and the benefits of what there could be as a professional footballer.
There were some great questions put to the Rangers staff during the tour, showing the guys were eager to learn and gain as much inside info and tips to try and improve their game.
All the information provided from the Academy staff gave great incentives for the guys to push their game on as they look to becoming a professional footballer.
On completion of the tour, Lisburn Youth were back in action against Carryduff Colts to round off the day’s fixtures, again with the two games kicking off simultaneously.
Using the valuable experience against Rangers Academy from the first games, Lisburn Youth asserted themselves well on the two fixtures showing great football and movement off the ball.
Despite much slower paced games to finish the day, Lisburn Youth had conducted them very well indeed and adapted to their opponents showcasing some real potential talent.
There was a great deal to take away from the trip not only for the players but the coaches as well.
The players conducted themselves in a highly professional manor showing great ability, technique and most important of all, attitude.
Lisburn Youth FC would like to thank all the parents for their continuing support and for the staff at Rangers FC for a fantastic opportunity and day out which all the players will not forget.