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Derby u18s 0 Rovers u18s 2

7 September 2015

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Rovers' Under-18s made it back-to-back victories with a 2-0 away win over Derby County on Saturday.

Following on from their impressive 4-0 demolition of Liverpool seven days earlier, the young Rovers claimed the spoils once more with a determined display.

The damage was done in the first half as goals from Joe Grayson and Joel Steer put the visitors in control, and they defended their advantage well in the second half to secure the win.

For the third game in succession a fast start from Billy Barr's youngsters saw them rewarded with a goal from Joe Grayson after just three minutes.

Stefan Mols made progress down the flank before feeding Joel Steer, and his centre was expertly nodded home by Grayson.

The early goal gave Rovers a lift, and they continued to create several decent openings, but it wasn't until the stroke of half-time that they doubled their lead with an excellent team goal.

It quickly went from front to back as defender Matty Platt brought the ball out of defence to find Grayson and he sent a ball over the top for Ramirez Howarth to race onto before beating his man and squaring for Steer to score his second of the season from close-range.

Derby made changes in the second half and came out with a better tempo, the home side seeing more of the ball.

But Rovers coped well with the pressure from the Rams, whilst always maintaining that threat on the counter-attack.

Barr's side had Andy Fisher to thank for keeping their clean sheet with an excellent save from a close-range header, but Rovers could have claimed a third at late on as Howarth and Mols combined well for Tre Pemberton to race through, but the Derby keeper saved well.

"We won the game in the first half and managed the game in the second," said Barr.

"We are more than happy with the way we are currently, we gave them problems and defended our box relatively well.

"Our big thing is we are high on team spirit and togetherness, we'll defend the box and beak when we can, but we can also pass and open teams up.

"The lads have got that will and determination to go and match anybody with everything we do."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Askew, Hardcastle, Platt, C. Doyle, Pemberton, Mols, Steer (sub Fawns 75 mins), Grayson (sub Rankin-Costello 82 mins), Howarth.

Subs not used: Ascroft, Curran, Magloire

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