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Everton u18s 1 Rovers u18s 2

20 August 2014

The Academy lads put the disappointment of their opening day defeat to Manchester City firmly behind them by beating Everton in a friendly match played at Finch Farm on Tuesday.

Rovers used the friendly match to get more game time into some of the players and it paid dividends as they came from behind to beat the Toffees 2-1.

The first half had Everton in control as they saw plenty of the ball and were always a threat from the flanks.

The only goal of the half came Everton's way after Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher made a fine save but he was unable to thwart the home side on the follow-up.

Rovers were much the brighter side in the second half and deservedly drew level with 15 minutes remaining.

After Ramirez Howarth had seen his effort saved, Ollie Mehew was on hand to tap home the rebound.

With five minutes remaining Rovers grabbed the winning goal from the penalty spot. Willem Tomlinson making no mistake after being fouled in the area.

"For a lot of the lads it was their first 90 minutes of the summer," said coach Brian Carey.

"It was great to see Scott Wharton back playing after injury sustained last season in the Spartak Cup in Moscow. Andrew Fisher and Jan Pirretas both played well.

"It means there are plenty of positives to take into this weekend's league match against Bolton Wanderers."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Askew, Platt (sub Nyambe 46 min), Wharton, Tomlinson, Howarth (sub Scott 78 mins), Hall (sub Edo 60 mins), Mansell, Mehew, Callaway (sub Langford 46 mins).

Sub not used: Williams.

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