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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

17 December 2019 Venue Brockhall Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers U18
3 - 1
Newport County U18

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FAYC preview: Rovers Under-18s v Newport County Under-18s

A look ahead to tonight's FA Youth Cup third round tie at Ewood Park

17 December 2019

Rovers make their 2019-20 FA Youth Cup bow tonight as Ewood Park plays host to a third round clash with Newport County.

County make the long trip to East Lancashire from Wales having reached this stage of the competition for the first time in their history.

Rovers were dumped out of the tournament at this stage last term at home to Gillingham, and will hope lightning doesn't strike twice when the Welshmen visit.

This is Newport's third Youth Cup tie of the season having earned a narrow 4-3 victory over Uxbridge last month in round two, and beating Bridgwater Town 1-0 in the first round.

Having not featured for the Under-23s on Friday night, Isaac Whitehall is highly likely to start in defence for Sheron's side, whilst up front it's expected that the in form Chanka Zimba will lead the line.

The powerful forward scored twice in the excellent 3-0 win at Wolves last time out in the Under-18s Premier League, and will be hoping to do similar tonight in what will be his first taste of the FA Youth Cup having been an unused substitute in the defeat to Gillingham last season.

County come into the tie in poor league form having suffered five defeats in their last six domestic outings, the latest of which was a 7-0 reverse to Oxford United in the Youth Alliance League South West Division.

They currently sit bottom of the league with four wins and 11 defeats from their opening 16 games.

Kick-off this evening is at 7pm, with admission priced at £4 for an Adult ticket and £2 for a Concession.

Please note that Season Ticket holders, 1875 Club memberships and Junior Rovers memberships aren't valid for free entry.

Payment is taken on the turnstiles, with no advanced tickets available.

If you can't make it, we will provide live updates from the encounter via our social media channels.

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Match Reports

FAYC report: Rovers U18s 3-1 Newport County U18s

Rovers progress into round four of the FA Youth Cup with a comfortable win over the Exiles at Ewood Park

17 December 2019

Rovers produced an assured performance to safely book their passage into round four of the FA Youth Cup with a comfortable victory over Newport County at Ewood Park.

First half finishes from Brandon Lonsdale and Luke Brennan put Rovers in command at a chilly Ewood Park as County were restricted to limited chances on the night in East Lancashire.

A third goal from Sam Burns killed off any chance County had to getting through, but the visitors did make sure they got on the scoresheet thanks to Ryan Hillier's second half goal.

Rovers bossed the opening stages and deservedly took the lead after just 18 minutes when Lonsdale capitalised on a mix up at the back to nip in, round goalkeeper Callum Brain and slot into an empty net to hand the hosts the advantage.

It was 2-0 just moments later as another ball over the top of the County backline was latched onto by Brennan, who cooly slotted beyond Brain and in via the inside of the post.

The chances continued to arrive for Rovers and Chanka Zimba went close to adding to the tally from close range, but his connection from Brennan's low cross wasn't strong enough.

The next opportunity came for Flavien Enzo Boyomo, but the big defender fired over from inside the six-yard box after getting on the end of Brennan's deep corner.

Newport were struggling to get out of their own half, and Rovers continued to probe with efforts from Sam Burns and Lenni Rae Cirino coming close with half-time looming.

The second half continued in the same vein, with substitute goalkeeper Louie Cirotto beating away Brennan's powerful effort just five minutes after the interval.

But moments later that advantage was added to as Sam Burns headed home from an excellent right wing cross by the advanced Dan Pike.

The game wasn't done though, and the visitors pulled a goal back just moments after Burns struck.

A cross from the right saw Jordan Eastham save Tom Wright's header, but Hillier was in the right place to tap home the rebound.

A fluid breakaway nearly led to a fourth of the night for Rovers, but after substitute Zak Gilsenan's strike was beaten away, unselfish play from the Australian saw him tee up Zimba who fired wide.

Brennan somehow skewed over with nine minutes left after getting on the end of a Sam Durrant cross, but sent his attempt into the Blackburn End.

Newport had pot shots from range late on, with Eastham holding onto Hillier's attempt from the edge of the box, but Rovers made sure they were safely through following a good performance on home turf.

Rovers will now host Charlton Athletic in the fourth round of the competition, with the tie set to be played in early 2020.

Rovers Under-18s: Eastham, Pike, Cirino (Gent, 82), Saadi, Boyomo, Whitehall (c), Burns (Durrant, 70), Harlock, Zimba, Lonsdale (Gilsenan, 70), Brennan.

Unused substitutes: Dowling, Wyatt, Weston, Wharton.

Goals: Lonsdale, 18, Brennan, 22, Burns, 55.

Newport County Under-18s: Brain (Cirotto, 46), Bates (Livermore, 69), George, Maher (Benham, 59), Wright, Woodiwiss, Jefferies, Evans, Hillier, Watts, Twamley.

Unused substitutes: Jones, Graham, Cirotto.

Goal: Hillier, 58.

Booked: Wright, 86.

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