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Newcastle Utd u18s 0 Rovers u18s 1

17 March 2015

Rovers Under-18s made it back-to-back wins over Newcastle United with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Brian Carey's young side followed up last week's 2-0 victory by triumphing on Tyneside once more.

After twice having seemingly good goals chalked off, Rovers eventually got their reward in the second half when Under-16 attacker Tre Pemberton scored the only goal of the game just past the hour mark.

Like the match seven days ago, Rovers saw the match out comfortably to begin their play-off group with all three points.

Rovers were quickly out of the blocks at Little Benton and inside ten minutes they thought they had taken the lead.

An inswinging corner was powerfully headed home by Scott Wharton, but the referee harshly blew for an infringement on the goalkeeper.

Fortune favoured the home side once more after a back post header from Stuart Callaway appeared to cross the line on 27 minutes, but again the officials ruled it out having deemed it didn't cross the line.

Rovers continued with their forceful play until the break but chances were missed, the visitors disappointed not to be leading having dominated proceedings.

The home side started the better at the start of the second half, with Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher called upon to make an important stop.

Rovers were playing well on the break, with Luke Wall going close from one such attack and just past the hour mark they managed to get the breakthrough their play deserved.

Good pressing prompted a poor back pass from a Newcastle defender and that was seized upon by Under-16 forward Tre Pemberton. The youngster claimed possession before racing through one on one to put the ball past the keeper.

The closing stages saw the home side press, but Rovers were once again rarely troubled by the Magpies at the back to see the match out.

"I was really pleased with how we went about it in the first half," said coach Brian Carey. "We restricted them to very little and had two clear-cut goals ruled out.

"In the second half they pressed but we broke away and scored a very good goal.

"What is pleasing is that some of the 16s have moved up now and have started to get involved. They have coped really well."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Askew, Hardcastle, Magloire, Wharton, Callaway, Joel (sub Mols 60 mins), Wall, Cham, (sub Pemberton 20 mins) Howarth.

Subs not used: C. Doyle, Ascroft, Fawns.

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