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Liverpool u18s 5 Rovers u18s 0

20 October 2014

Rovers Under-18s slipped to a disappointing 5-0 loss away at Liverpool on Saturday.

The visitors started brightly at the Kirkby Academy but a defensive error ten minutes in saw the home side take the lead. Striker Will Marsh chipping the ball over goalkeeper Andrew Fisher after possession was lost.

Rovers looked to hit back, working their way into several decent goalscoring positions, Lewis Mansell and Matthew Platt in particular both going close to equalising.

However it was Liverpool who grabbed the all-important second goal, Marsh the fortunate recipient as his deflected shot found the back of the net.

By half-time Liverpool had their third with Marsh the goalscorer once more, the forward completing his hat-trick with a composed finish.

Rovers came out at the start of the second half eager to find a way back into the match, Mansell and substitute Sam Joel both going close.

But like the first half it was Liverpool who were the more clinical in front of goal, and they added two late goals thanks to a brace from Sergi Canos.

"We conceded three goals from making mistakes in our own half of the pitch to put ourselves on the back foot." said coach Brian Carey.

"A lot of our play was good and we created chances, but it is no good if you are conceding goals like we did.

"In the second half we had a lot of chances but just couldn't score. In the end they get two breakaway goals to make it a miserable day for us.

"It wasn't good enough from our point of view. Yes we are young and the lads are learning, but we need to be stronger and better when we haven't got the ball.

"We did okay when we had it, but there are two sides to the game, we have to learn from this."

ROVERS: Fisher, Tomlinson, Askew (sub Edgar 75 mins), Hardcastle (sub Joel 65 mins), Scott (c), Platt, Mansell, Pierce, Wall, Edo, Callaway (sub Howarth 65 mins).

Subs not used: Williams, Pirretas.

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