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U18s: Sunderland 0 Rovers 3

Hendry, Lynch and Steer all on target on Wearside

16 October 2016

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Rovers' Under-18s recorded their fourth win in a row with a 3-0 away victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

First goals in their first outings of the season for Callum Hendry and Joel Steer, either side of a Brad Lynch strike, saw the young Rovers run out comfortable winners at the Academy of Light.

Billy Barr's side were at their best in the first half, opening the scoring on 13 minutes.

Neat approach play from Rovers saw the ball find Hendry in the box, and although his first effort was blocked, the attacker fired home at the second attempt.

Rovers continued to take the game to their hosts, seeing a goal chalked off for offside when Lynch teed up Daniel Butterworth to fire home, but they got their reward of a second goal on the stroke of half-time.

Quick incisive play saw the ball moved out to the right to Tre Pemberton and his cross was well finished by Lynch for his second of the campaign.

Sunderland changed their system in the second half and came at Rovers with renewed enthusiasm.

Ben Ascroft in the visiting goal had to make a couple of key saves, whilst Stefan Mols pulled off an outstanding piece of defending to clear the ball off the line.

Had any of those chances gone in the game could have changed, but as it was Rovers countered well, grabbing a third goal eight minutes from time.

Butterworth broke down the right to cross, and as the Sunderland keeper failed to hold, Steer nipped in to fire home first time to secure the win.

"Some of our play in the first half was really good and with a bit more care in the final third we could have scored more goals," said Barr.

"But Sunderland changed their shape at half-time and we didn't get into the flow of the game.  However we defended well and scored a good goal on the counter-attack.

"We've got to look back on the first half and not the second to see if we can develop it even more in the coming games.

"It was also great to see both Callum Hendry and Joel Steer back in action. Both have been out through injury for a long time. They are still a long way off completing 90 minutes, but it is good to see them progressing."

ROVERS: Ascroft, Jackson, Thompson, Evans, Carter, Makinson, Pemberton, Mols, Butterworth (sub Williams 83 mins), Hendry (sub Steer 55 mins), Lynch (sub Curran 65 mins).

Subs not used: Campbell, Wright.

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