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Rovers u18s 1 Man City u18s 4

18 August 2014

Rovers youngsters tasted defeat to Manchester City in their opening league fixture on Saturday.

The Under-18s made a good contest of it against last season's Premier League North winners but eventually lost 4-1.

It was an even start at Brockhall with little between the two sides, however poor defensive play saw the visitors take the lead on 24 minutes through Denzeli Boadu.

Ten minutes later City doubled their advantage, Bersant Celina converting a free-kick from the edge of the box after Boadu had been fouled.

The Manchester club lead at the break but Rovers started the second half brightly and deservedly pulled a goal back within two minutes.

Sam Joel did the damage as he won possession in the opposition half before dancing through the City defence to cooly slot home.

Stuart Callaway got on the end of a cross from Ryan Nyambe only to see his header tipped over the bar before Joel again took advantage of a City error to race through only to be denied by the goalkeeper.

Unfortunately for Rovers instead of getting back on level terms, they then found themselves two goals behind once more. Isaac Buckley scoring for the visitors from a tight angle on 56.

Rovers continued to look for a way back into the game but an individual mistake allowed City to grab a fourth, substitute Zacharias Faour racing clear to score.

"We felt the scoreline was a little bit harsh but there were plenty of positives," said coach Brian Carey.

"Our performance at times was good, we are a young side so this is a great learning experience for the lads, each of them will have gotten something out of the game.

"Against one of the best sides it was a bit of a step up from Under-16s football for a lot of the lads, but they'll adjust to it over the coming months."

ROVERS: Williams, Nyambe, Langford, Scott, Platt, Edo, Howarth, Pierce, Mehew (sub Tomlinson 46 mins), Joel, Callaway (sub Askew 80 mins).

Subs not used: Mansell, Fisher, Wharton.

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