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Rovers u18s 2 Newcastle Utd u18s 3

27 October 2014

Rovers Under-18s showed good battling qualities but they unfortunately went down 3-2 at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.

The young Rovers twice came from behind but lost the game late on at Brockhall.

Rovers started the game brightly but were left to rue missed opportunities when Sean Longstaff gave the visitors the lead inside 20 minutes.

The home side's response was immediate, good work involving Mark Edgar and Willem Tomlinson down the left saw the ball centred for Sam Joel and he finished smartly.

The scores were level at the break, however it was Newcastle who regained the lead from the penalty spot after Cameron Scott was adjudged to have fouled his man in the box. Longstaff getting his second of the game.

Again Rovers came back, Joel grabbing his second from a Lewis Hardcastle corner kick.

Rovers pushed for a winner that their play deserved but they were caught on the break with men upfield, Joe Kerridge grabbing the winner for the Magpies.

"It was a workmanlike performance from us but we lacked quality at time," said coach Brian Carey.

"The lads showed good spirit to come back twice, so it was disappointing to lose it late."

ROVERS: Williams, Pirretas, Edgar, Edo (sub Mehew 80 mins), Platt, Scott, Howarth (sub Mansell 60 mins), Pierce, Wall, Joel, Tomlinson (sub Hardcastle 60 mins).

Subs not used: Fisher, Askew.

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