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U18s: Rovers 0 Everton 0

31 October 2016

The Under-18s earned a creditable draw at home to Everton on Saturday morning.

Billy Barr's side had to play more than 50 minutes with ten men after Daniel Butterworth saw red for a reckless lunge in the first half, but they were more than worthy for their share of the points.

Rovers went into the match full of confidence off the back of a five-game winning run, and they showed their early promise when great control by Lewis Thompson saw him set up Brad Lynch, but the forward saw his shot saved.

It was then the turn of fellow full-back Andy Jackson to provide a centre, but Alex Curran nodded wide at the back post.

Shane Lavery lashed a shot wide of goal for the visitors, but it was Rovers who continued to create the better openings. Tre Pemberton's drilled cross picked out Butterworth, but his shot was expertly saved with Lynch blocked on the follow-up.

But after Butterworth had gone close on 39 minutes, the Academy top scorer was then shown a straight red card after a poor challenge.

But despite being a man light, Rovers continued to play some enterprising football. The start of the second half saw Jack Evans fire wide after good work from Pemberton, before the diminutive winger broke through but blazed over.

Everton's Beni Baningime poked narrowly wide before Ascroft made a stupendous save to keep out Charlie Ball. The Rovers goalkeeper unaware that the offside flag had already been raised.

Callum Wright fired over before fellow sub Joel Steer spurned the chance of the match on 72. A free-kick from the impressive Stefan Mols was headed goalwards by Tyler Magloire, the ball fell to Steer six yards out but his shot was straight at Chris Renshaw in the Everton goal. Magloire tried to head home the rebound but it deflected onto the roof of the net.

Moments later Steer showed great awareness to break through once more, but his shot was saved by the keeper's legs.

The Toffees offered a late threat, but Ascroft saved what came his way to ensure a point for the boys in blue and white.

"We created good chances today, despite going down to 10-men early," said Barr.

"The lads have come off saying they're disappointed they've not taken all three points, but I think they'll be happy to take a point, keep a clean sheet and carry on the unbeaten run."

ROVERS: Ascroft, Jackson, Thompson, Evans, Makinson, Magloire, Pemberton, Mols, Butterworth, Lynch (sub Steer 62 mins), Curran (sub Wright 58 mins).

Subs not used: C. Doyle, Campbell, Buckley.

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