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Liverpool u18s 0 Rovers u18s 4

30 August 2015

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Lewis Mansell hit a hat-trick as Rovers' Under-18s defeated Liverpool 4-0 on Saturday.

The young Rovers put in a dominant display from start to finish on Merseyside to claim their first win of the new season.

After Lewis Hardcastle had opened the scoring from the spot early on, striker Mansell took charge, netting a goal either side of the break, before completing his treble in the final seconds to complete a convincing victory.

Rovers went at their hosts from the off and after a couple of promising opportunities they were awarded the chance to open their account after just three minutes from the penalty spot.

It was the lively Tre Pemberton who won the spot-kick, the speedy attacker leaving Reds defender Trent Arnold in his wake before he was scythed down in the area.

Lewis Hardcastle took the responsibility from 12-yards and made no mistake to put Rovers in front.

The Lancashire club continued to force the pace, Pemberton fired into the side-netting when well placed, Hardcastle whistled an effort just past the post.

Such was their dominance the only surprise was that it took until the 40th minute for Billy Barr's side to grab their second.

It stemmed from a misplaced Liverpool pass high upfield, with Rovers taking full advantage on the counter-attack.

Ramirez Howarth showed good awareness to claim possession and as he and Mansell raced through on goal, Howarth fed his forward partner who applied the clinical finish.

Leading 2-0 at the break Rovers kept their cool in the opening minutes of the second half, before claiming a third on 55 minutes.

Joe Grayson hit an inswinging corner to the back post to where an unmarked Mansell rose to head home his second of the game.

The home side had spells in the match but against a resolute Rovers they struggled to find a clear route to Andy Fisher's goal.

In the end it was the the visitors added a fourth to complete a satisfactory afternoon.

With just a minute remaining Rovers again capitalised on lost possession by their hosts, Mansell breaking away from the Liverpool defence to claim the match ball with a cool finish.

"Every one of the lads played well," said Under-18s lead coach Billy Barr.

"We had a game plan and stuck to it, everybody comes out of the game with a lot of credit.

"We went about our work in a very professional way, Liverpool had spells but we defended our goal well for our first clean sheet.

"It was a very pleasing away day."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Askew, Platt, C. Doyle, Hardcastle (sub Rankin-Costello 83 mins), Mols, Grayson (sub Curran 80 mins), Pemberton (sub Fawns 80 mins), Howarth, Mansell.

Subs not used: Boyling, Steer

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