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Rovers u18s 0 Everton u18s 4

22 September 2014

Rovers' youngsters slipped to a disappointing 4-0 home loss to Everton at Brockhall at the weekend.

Three first half goals from the visitors put them firmly in command and although Rovers put in a better showing in the second half, it was the Toffees who grabbed a fourth 20 minutes from time.

The opening exchanges were even enough with Rovers having strong claims for an early penalty waved away by the officials.

Sam Joel looked to have been brought down in the area as he broke into the box but nothing was given.

The visitors took full advantage with three goals in the space of 15 minutes. Craig Connolly opening the scoring on 20 minutes with a right-foot shot from outside the box.

Then five minutes later the Toffees had a second, Liam Walsh applying the finishing touch in the area after a well worked move.

A third soon arrived as Everton took full advantage of poor Rovers play, a short corner routine finished off well by Harry Charsley.

Rovers readjusted for the second half and they made a much better fist of it. Showing a greater determination and belief, but it was Everton who grabbed the final goal of the match as Charsley, who looked suspiciously offside, claimed his second of the game with a cooly taken lob.

"Overall it was a big learning curve for the boys against a very strong Everton team," said coach David Lowe.

"We failed to match their tempo in the first half and although we showed more belief in the second we are disappointed that we didn't give them more of a game."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Askew (sub Mansell 72 mins), Scott, Wharton, Nyambe, Pierce, Edo (sub Platt 46 mins), Howarth, Joel, Wall (sub Callaway 87 mins).

Subs not used: Williams, Mehew.

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