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Rovers u21s 2 Reading u21s 1

19 August 2013

Rovers rally to claim the win over the Royals at Ewood Park.

First goals at Under-21 level from Bradley Bauress and Devarn Green saw Rovers come from behind to defeat Reading at Ewood Park on Monday night.

After an even first half in which Gozie Ugwu saw a header cleared off the line for Reading and Tim Payne saw his header brilliantly saved by Jonathan Henly for Rovers, it was the second half that would see the goals.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring on 55 minutes. Dominic Samuel looking suspiciously offside but he cooly slotted home past Simon Eastwood in the Rovers goal.

Rovers levelled 14 minutes from time when Bradley Bauress fired home from 10 yards and then took the lead some three minutes when Devarn Green turned and fired into the opposite corner of the goal.

An additional eight minutes were played after the 90 but Eric Kinder's side held on to claim their first win of the season.

It was the visitors who created the first opening of the match and in truth they should have taken the lead.

A superb cross from the right by defender Sean Long picked out striker Gozie Ugwu perfectly but he volleyed over the bar from six yards.

The Reading man tried his luck moments later but his shot from outside the area deflected harmlessly into the arms of Eastwood.

It was a lively start from the visitors, showing good control when in possession but slowly Rovers came back into the game. A Raheem Hanley cross from the left was just ahead of striker Jordan Preston, before Tim Payne fired over with a shot that was always rising.

On 20 minutes Reading where a whisker away from taking the lead. Jordan Obita's corner from the right was met by Ugwu but Raheem Hanley cleared the ball off the goal line.

Rovers responded with a great chance of their own on 29, Bradley Bauress doing well down the left flank to send over an inviting cross, Tim Payne heads the ball powerfully down but Jonathan Henly in the Reading goal pulls off a superb one handed save.

New signing Aaron Tumwa twice sent over inviting crosses as the half drew to a close, the first seeing Jordan Preston flick over the bar at the near post, the second found the striker once more but he headed over.

The start of the second half saw Devarn Green given his first Under-21 outing as he replaced Preston, but it was the visitors who started the stronger once more.

Only an excellent tackle from Adam Henley prevented Reading from getting an early shot away before the lively Jordan Obit rode Raheem Hanley's challenge but his shot took two deflections and went wide.

The Dominic Samuel tricked his way to the byline to deliver a fizzing low centre but the outstretched boot of Ugwu failed to connect.

It was in controversial circumstances that Reading eventually took the lead on 55 minutes. Dominic Samuel looked a couple of yards offside as he collected a through-ball from Jake Taylor,  but the Reading forward kept his composure and slotted the ball underneath the advancing Eastwood and into the back of the net.

Rovers responded well with plenty of promising positions but the Reading 'keeper was rarely tested. Eric Kinder's side seeing plenty of the ball in and around the opposition area without any threat to goal.

Indeed it was in the other area where Rovers had to work, Anthony O'Connor making an important block to deflect a goal bound shot from Gozie Ugwu just past the post.

On 76 minutes Rovers grabbed an equaliser from an unlikely source. A high ball into the area saw makeshift midfielder Bradley Bauress outmuscle his marker to gain a yard and that was all he required to fire home from ten yards. Goalkeeper Henly got a hand to the ball but he couldn't prevent the ball finding the top corner.

Three minutes later and the Rovers comeback was complete with a well worked goal. Hanley fed Henley down the right and as he centred Bradley Bauress headed down to where Devarn Green turned and fired into the opposite corner of the net for his first Rovers goal.

Adam Henley received warm applause as he made his way off after 81 minutes. The full back enjoying a good night's work as he continues his comeback from injury. But there would be a lengthy delay to proceedings as his replacement Deniz Pero needed treating for a cut head.

That meant an additional eight minutes were played under the Ewood lights, but the young Rovers saw time out to claim their first win of the season.

ROVERS: Eastwood, Henley (sub Pero 81 mins), Tumwa, Daly, Songo'o, O'Connor (c), Bauress, Payne, Preston (sub Green 46 mins), Pedersen, R. Hanley.

Subs not used: Haley, Raya, Paulo Jorge.

Goals: Bauress 76 mins, Green 79 mins.

Booked: None.

READING: Henly, Long, Griffin, Tshibola (sub Tanner 66 mins), Sweeney (sub Fosu-Henry 87 mins), Cooper, D'Ath (sub Partridge 77 mins), Taylor (c), Ugwu, Samuel, Obita.

Subs not used: Moore, Murombedzi.

Goals: Samuel 55 mins.

Booked: None.

Attendance: 225

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