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Rovers u21s 3 Brighton u21s 0

28 September 2015

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Chris Taylor was on the scoresheet once more as the development squad put in an impressive display to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion at Ewood Park.

After scoring last week in a friendly win over Fleetwood, the midfielder continued his bid for full fitness with another strike in a hardworking 75 minutes.

Taylor set Rovers on their way for what would be a comfortable night for the Under-21s with a fine 20-yard strike after 12 minutes. But whilst the home side couldn't add to it in the first half, their attacking intent was rewarded in the second.

Sacha Petshi grabbed his first goal in a Rovers shirt just before the hour mark after Devarn Green had intercepted a goalkeeping clearance, before the impressive Connor Mahoney's sweet cross was nodded home at the back post by Anton Forrester.

Rovers could have scored further goals in the closing stages, but they'll have been more than satisfied with their night's work.

Damien Johnson's side started strongly under the Ewood Park lights, forcing the pace in the early exchanges.

After just eight minutes Rovers served notice of their attacking intent with a strong run on the overlap from full-back Ryan Nyambe, his cross into the box was cleared only as far Taylor who hit the ball with some purchase but Josh Smith in the Albion goal saved well diving to his left.

But it wouldn't take for Rovers, and Taylor, to find the back of the net, when on 12 a well-worked move from the home side saw Green lay the ball back to the midfielder and he sent a sweetly struck shot into the bottom corner of the net.

However the Seagulls should have levelled just seven minutes later when a ball over the top was mis-judged by defender Scott Wharton. That allowed Daniel Akindayini to steal in on goal but David Raya made a fantastic stop to push the ball over the bar.

Anton Forrester saw a header saved whilst Modou Cham threatened twice, but it was the visitors who again spurned a great chance to draw level just before the break.

A cross from the right picked out Charlie Harris unmarked in front of goal, but from ten-yards he fired straight at Raya who claimed the ball on the line.

The second half started in the same manner as the first with the Rovers looking the more threatening of the two sides.

Good work by Forrester saw him turn and feed Cham in the area, but his cross was just too high for Green, before Connor Mahoney was denied at the near post by Smith.

But just before the hour mark Rovers got the second goal their play deserved, albeit in fortunate circumstances.

A poor clearance from goalkeeper Smith was easily cut out by Green and he squared the ball for Sacha Petshi to score his first Rovers goal from close-range much to the delight of the home crowd.

Sam Lavelle could have made it 3-0 with a looping header soon afterwards, but a third duly arrived on 71 minutes courtesy of more fine football from the Rovers.

As was the case for the majority of the game, Rovers attacked well down the right flank with Mahoney sending over a peach of a cross to the back post to where Forrester stooped to head home.

Rovers could have had more goals to their name such was the manner of their play in the second half with Mahoney terrorising the Albion defence, but they had to settle for the three that they got as they closed the game out comfortably to claim a third win in their last four outings.

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Doyle, Taylor (sub Thomson 75 mins), Lavelle (c), Wharton, Mahoney, Petshi (sub Edgar 83 mins), Forrester, Green (sub Tanner 75 mins), Cham.

Subs not used: Crump (GK), Mansell.

Goals: Taylor 12 mins, Petshi 59 mins, Forrester 71 mins.

Booked: None.

BRIGHTON: Smith, Hunt, Barnett, Barclay, Dallison, White, Ward (sub Tilley 64 mins), Starkey (sub Tighe 82 mins), Akindayini (sub Kandi 72 mins), Harris, Monakana.

Subs not used: Vose (GK), Cadman.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Attendance: 238

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