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Rovers u18s 1 Man Utd u18s 1

14 September 2015

Rovers' Under-18s earned themselves a useful point at the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Billy Barr's side went into the match looking to make it a hat-trick of wins following victories over Liverpool and Derby County, and it looked on course when a second goal in as many games from Joe Grayson gave Rovers a first half lead.

However, on this occasion the young Rovers weren't able to hold onto their advantage as the visitors ensured the match would end all square by virtue of a second half penalty.

As has been the case for the majority of games this season, the Under-18s were on the front foot from the off at Brockhall. Stefan Mols rattling the visitor's crossbar in the early exchanges.

But unlike the previous matches, Rovers weren't able to turn their advantage into goals until the 30th minute.

It was made and converted by Joe Grayson. The midfielder intercepted a wayward pass from a United player before advancing on goal and finding the back of the net with a sweet shot fron just inside the box.

Rovers went looking for further goals with leading scorer Lewis Mansell going close on a couple of occasions, whilst the United keeper did well to ensure it was just a 1-0 lead that the home side would take to half-time.

Grayson almost doubled Rovers' advantage early in the second half with a free-kick that struck the woodwork, but they couldn't build on their lead and just past the hour mark Manchester United were back on level terms from the penalty spot.

United's Angel Gomes was afforded too much room in the penalty box and as he cut back across Charley Doyle, the Rovers defender brought him down.

Marcus Rashford stepped up and scored for the visitors, although Andy Fisher did get his hand to the ball.

Both sides pressed in the closing stages for the winner, but in the end they had to settle for a share of the points.

"We've drawn 1-1 with Manchester United and we are disappointed," said U18s lead coach Barr.

"On another day we could have won the game quite comfortably.

"We are disappointed for the lads as they deserved to win, but from a coaching point of view it is pleasing with the way they are approaching each game."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Askew, Platt, C. Doyle, Hardcastle, Grayson (sub Rankin-Costello 75 mins), Mols, Ramirez, Mansell, Fawns.

Subs not used: Callaway, Boyling, Steer, Curran.

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