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Rovers u18s 1 Man City u18s 3

24 August 2015

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Rovers Under-18s tasted defeat on Saturday as they went down 3-1 at home to Manchester City.

It was a hard-working display from the young Rovers, but without reward at Brockhall.

Lewis Mansell had headed the home side in front early but City equalised soon after through a long-range strike from Zac Faour.

Moments into the second half the visitors took the lead courtesy of Demeaco Duhaney's spectacular effort, and with Rovers chasing the game they were caught on the break late on as Lukas Nmecha sealed the victory for the Manchester club.

Rovers started brightly at Brockhall, taking the lead inside the first ten minutes of the match.

Excellent attacking play by winger Tre Pemberton saw him beat his man before crossing for Mansell who nodded home from close-range.

However Rovers weren't able to build on their lead, as an impressive City side soon equalised as Faour fired home from distance.

Billy Barr's side defended well to ensure the scores were level at the break but two minutes into the second half the visitors got their noses in front.

As with their their first half goal, it was another long-range strike, Andy Fisher in the Rovers net powerless to stop Duhaney's effort finding the top corner.

The home side thought they had got back on level terms with 20 minutes to go with claims that the ball had crossed the line after a goalmouth scramble from a corner, but the officials waved play on.

Substitute Stuart Callaway then went close for Rovers but his shot just cleared the crossbar.

The Brockhall boys continued to push for an equaliser in the closing stages, but two minutes from time they were caught on the break as City claimed a third through Nmecha.

"The lads showed good character, commitment, and plenty of desire," said Under-18s coach Billy Barr.

"We spent a lot of time out of possession but we needed to be braver when with the ball as we gave it away too cheaply at times.

"We stood up to the test and looked like we could get something from the game but it wasn't to be. Man City were very complimentary about the lads."

The Under-18s are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool.

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Platt, C. Doyle, Askew, Hardcastle (sub Rankin-Costello 70 mins), Mols, Fawns (sub Callaway 70 mins), Pemberton, Howarth, Mansell (sub Steer 65 mins).

Subs not used: Ascroft, Curran.

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