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Rovers u18s 2 Liverpool u18s 4

4 March 2015

A young inexperienced Rovers side came unstuck against a lively Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon.

Playing their penultimate game of the regular league season, three goals in the space of 15 second half minutes did the damage at Brockhall.

Rovers showed good character to come back in the latter stages of the match to reduce the scoreline, but it proved to be too little too late.

Liverpool dominated the first half at Brockhall, controlling the game for long periods.

But despite plenty of possession, the Reds didn't give Andrew Fisher in the Rovers goal much to do in terms of saves.

However Rovers offered little as an attacking force, with the visitors eventually making their dominance count on the stroke of half-time with the opening goal of the game.

A strong run through midfield saw the ball cut back in the area and Adam Phillips finished high into the net.

Trailing at the break, Rovers couldn't have had a worse start to the second half as Phillips doubled Liverpool's advantage, before goals from Ovie Ejaria and Sam Hart put the visitors firmly in control.

A double change on the hour mark proved to be the catalyst for an improved showing from Rovers as Scott Wharton and Stefan Mols were introduced.

On 75 a short corner routine from Ramirez Howarth and Stuart Callaway saw the ball whipped into the box and Wharton headed home.

Sam Joel and Luke Wall then both missed great headed chances to reduce arrears further, which could have made the end to the game more interesting had they been taken.

Ten minutes from time Rovers did get a second when Wharton intercepted a pass to find Sam Joel, but the striker's goal proved to be mere consolation.

"It was a disappointing afternoon as we weren't competitive enough and didn't reach the standards of previous weeks," said coach Brian Carey.

"The pleasing aspect to the match is that the Under-16s are getting a taste of Academy football, and some who haven't played regularly this season are getting 90 minutes under their belts."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Askew, Grayson (sub Mols 60 mins), Platt, Magloire (sub Wharton 60 mins), Callaway, Tomlinson, Howarth, Joel, Wall (sub Mehew 80 mins).

Subs not used: Williams, Rankin-Costelllo.

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