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18 August 2018 Venue Academy Stadium Attendance

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Manchester City U18
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Blackburn Rovers U18

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Report: Manchester City U18s 1 Rovers U18s 2

Two first half goals do the damage as Rovers topple the Citizens at the Academy Stadium in Manchester

19 August 2018

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Rovers produced an accomplished performance to beat a highly-fancied Manchester City side at the weekend, earning a narrow 2-1 victory away from home.

Goals from new signing Sam Durrant and Isaac Whitehall gave Rovers a dream start just after the opening half hour, against a side who included D'Margio Wright-Phillips - son of ex-England man Shaun - and Keyendrah Simmonds - the brother of Rovers U23s' attacker Okera.

Although Lewis Fiorini pulled a goal back from the spot with 11 minutes to go, Rovers triumphed against the Citizens, who had previously thumped Newcastle United 6-0 a week earlier.

The impressive Jack Vale was the architect for the first goal, beating Tom Midgley down the right-hand side and crossing for Durrant to simply tap home to hand Rovers the advantage 25 minutes into the encounter.

The lively Durrant went from scorer to provider seven minutes later, and it was his cross from a wide area which found Whitehall bursting into the box to score from close range and put Billy Barr's side 2-0 up.

The second half saw City - under the stewardship of former Rover Jason Wilcox - come flying out of the blocks, with Fiorini curling an effort onto the upright before Wright-Phillips did similar soon after with a powerful volley.

The hosts did pull a goal back with time running out, with Fiorini stepping up to fire past Ben Winterbottom after Tom Deli-Bashiru was taken down in the box, but Rovers saw the game out to earn a morale-boosting win, ahead of a trip to Derby County next weekend.

Manchester City U18s: Moulden, Dionkou, Harwood-Bellis, Amankwah, Midgley (Sobowale, 64), Dele-Bashiru, McDonald, Florini, Wright-Phillips, Simmonds, Ogunby.

Unused substitutes: Hodge, McAtee, Trafford, Ritchie-Hosler.

Goal: Florini, 79 (pen)

Booked: McDonald, 52

Rovers U18s: Winterbottom, Wilson, Barnes, Boyomos, Pike, Whitehall, Connolly, Vale, Brennan, Durrant (Burns, 64), Connell (Zimba, 82).

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Fatoki.

Goals: Durrant, 25, Whitehall, 32

Booked: Whitehall, 73, Pike, 90.

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