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Newcastle Utd u18s 0 Rovers u18s 2

10 March 2015

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Rovers' Under-18s concluded their regular league campaign with a fine 2-0 away win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

In the last match before the play-off groups begin, second half goals from Modou Cham and Luke Wall gave Rovers victory on their travels.

The first half was largely devoid of any meaningful goalmouth chances for either side and  the windy conditions at Little Benton didn't help.

But it was Rovers who grabbed the all-important opening goal ten minutes into the second half. Rovers captain Modou Cham capitalising on a Newcastle ball out of defence to race through on goal before cooly slotting home.

Boosted by their opener, Brian Carey's side went looking for a second and it duly arrived just ten minutes later.

Good work in the centre of the park from Sam Joel saw him spread play wide to the right to Stuart Callaway, the midfielder crossed it for Luke Wall and the striker showed good awareness to let the ball go across his chest before turning and firing home his fifth of the campaign.

Defensively strong throughout, Rovers were largely untroubled at the back as they saw the remaining minutes out with ease.

"Newcastle had a lot of the ball but it was largely in their half as we defended well," said coach Brian Carey.

"We were pleased with how we played, we adapted well to the windy conditions, unlike last week against Liverpool.

"We scored two good goals and it is always good to get a clean sheet."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Askew, Joel, Scott, Wharton (sub Platt 72 mins), Callaway, Tomlinson, Wall, Cham (c), Howarth (sub Mols 88 mins).

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

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