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Derby County u18s 0 Rovers u18s 0

1 September 2014

The Under-18s picked up their first league point of the season with a worthy draw away at Derby County on Saturday.

After losing their first two matches of the season, David Lowe's young side put in a strong defensive display against the Rams in a goalless draw.

It was a match in which both defences were on top with goalscoring opportunities at a premium.

The best chance for Rovers fell to young striker Ramirez Howarth in the second half but he couldn't convert, whilst 16-year-old goalkeeper Andrew Fisher made a last minute save to thwart the home side from a late corner.

Speaking after the game, a delighted David Lowe said: "It was a very hardworking performance against an older Derby County side.

"We played some decent football in patches but couldn't maintain enough momentum to create the required chances.

"It was a determined display from the lads, a workmanlike performance, and defensively strong which was pleasing. I'm delighted with our first clean sheet of the season, hopefully we can keep a few more now.

"Special praise for goalkeeper Andrew Fisher, he dealt with everything that came his way."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Langford, Platt (sub Askew 36 mins), Scott, Pierce (c), Edo, Tomlinson, Joel, Callaway (sub Mansell 79 mins), Howarth.

Subs not used: Williams, Mehew.

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