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Reserves win at Finch Farm

12 November 2012

Everton u21s 1-2 Rovers u21s

A goal from Bruno Ribeiro 14 minutes from time secured all three points for Rovers' Reserves at Everton on Monday afternoon.

The Brazilian grabbed the winning goal as Rovers defeated the Toffees 2-1 at Finch Farm.

Rovers had taken the lead on 25 minutes when from a Diogo Rosado corner Hallam Hope turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Hugo Fernandez, but the home side levelled just before the break through Conor Grant.

The second half was nip and tuck, Rovers grabbing the all-important goal after Bruno Ribeiro cut inside from the right to fire low into the back of the net.

Ahead of the game Under-21 boss Gary Bowyer had named a squad short of first team experience. Just Bruno Ribeiro, Paulo Jorge and Diogo Rosado having a taste of senior action, and a limited one at that.

In contrast, Everton counted Sylvain Distin, Thomas Hitzlsperger, and Magaye Gueye amongst their ranks.

The game was slow to get going, Robbie Cotton shooting tamely for Rovers, Conor Grant seeing his effort saved by Grzegorz Sandomierski before Gueye lashed narrowly wide.

Rovers had threatened with a series of early corner kicks and that pressure told on 25 minutes. Diogo Rosado whipping the ball in from the right and as it missed all in the centre of the area, it bounced in off Everton's Hallum Hope at the back post to put Rovers in front.

Will Beesley and Paulo Jorge both saw long-range efforts flash over whilst at the other end Everton's Gethin Jones did likewise.

But just when it looked like Rovers would take their lead into the break the home side levelled on 43 minutes as Everton took advantage of some hesitant play as Conor Grant battled his way through before tucking the ball under the advancing Sandomierski.

The second half took it's time to spring into life, Everton having the first opportunity after the restart on 61 minutes when Shane Duffy, the only goalscorer when the two sides met at Leigh Sports Village last month, headed over from a corner kick.

Then Will Beesley was called upon to clear over his own bar as Jones had lobbed the ball over Sandomierski.

Robbie Cotton saw an effort saved by Mucha on 73 minutes, but three minutes later the Everton stopper had no chance as Bruno Ribeiro collected a pass from Diogo Rosado to cut inside from the right and let fly from just inside the area and into the back of the net.

It was the Brazilian's first goal of the campaign.

Everton looked to get back into the game for the second time but Rovers held firm, intelligently retaining possession to releve any threat to claim all three points.

"It was a fantastic effort from us," said Bowyer after the game. "We were up against a side that had some seasoned pros, six or seven with first team experience.

"I also thought young Jordan Anderson did brilliantly on his Under-21 debut."

EVERTON: Mucha, Browning, Touray (sub Garbutt 62 mins), Junior, Duffy (c), Distin, Grant (sub Forrester 81 mins), Hitzlsperger, Hope, Gueye, Jones (sub Pennington 86 mins).

Subs not used: Tauduk, Kelly.

Goals: Grant 43 mins.

Booked: Junior.

ROVERS: Sandomierski, Anderson, Beesley, Paulo Jorge, Daly, Fernandez (c), O'Sullivan, Rosado, Evans (sub Hands 83 mins), Cotton (sub Haley 83 mins), Ribeiro.

Subs not used: Ware, Dilo, Laverty.

Goals: Own goal 25 mins, Ribeiro 76 mins.

Booked: None.

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