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Liverpool u18s 3 Rovers u18s 2

Rovers narrowly beaten on Merseyside

21 August 2017

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Brad Lynch
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Rovers' Under-18s slipped to a narrow 3-2 loss at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday.

It was a spirited display from a Rovers side that was always chasing the game, but in the end only the woodwork denied them from coming away from Merseyside with a share of the spoils.

The hosts started the match the stronger of the two sides, eventually taking the lead seven minutes before the break through Edvard Tagseth.

Their advantage was soon doubled after the turnaround through captain Liam Coyle who scored from close-range.

But the young Rovers, as they showed on numerous occasions last season, never know when they are beaten and soon pulled a goal back in fine style.

Last season's top scorer Daniel Butterworth claimed possession on the left of the half-way line and powered his way to the edge of the area before lashing the ball home emphatically. A great way for the striker to open his account for the season.

Suddenly it was all Rovers, Jack Vale going close to making it 2-2 after being played through on goal.

However the Reds restored their two-goal advantage just past the hour mark. Breaking from a Rovers corner, Tagseth found striker Glen McAuley and he made no mistake.

Again Rovers pressed for a way back into the match, and again they got their reward 13 minutes from time.

Pressure around the Liverpool box saw the ball break to Brad Lynch and the substitute slotted home for his second of the campaign.

With everything to play for Rovers pinned their hosts back for the remaining minutes as they went in search for an equaliser.

Unfortunately they did everthing but score, as both Butterworth and Callum Wright saw late efforts strike the frame of the goal and bounce away to safety as Liverpool claimed the victory.

"We were very poor in the first half and it took until half-time to get the message to the lads," said Barr.

"We conceded a second goal but from that point on the shackles were broken and we were able to go out and express ourselves and keep the ball very well.

"It ended up being a very entertaining game and we can come out of it with many positives from the performance in the last 40 minutes."

ROVERS: Winterbottom, Jackson, Evans (sub Carter 35), Buckley (c), Jones, Donnelly-Blackburn, Vale (sub Dolan 85), Wilson (sub Lynch 55), Butterworth, Wright, Paton.

Subs not used: Eastham, Chan.

Goals: Butterworth (55), Lynch (77) 
Booked: Buckley, Jackson, Carter, Jones

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