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U18s report: Rovers 1 Everton 2

The young Blues suffered a narrow home defeat at the weekend

26 November 2017

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Rovers Under-18s suffered a fourth straight league defeat, going down 2-1 at home to Everton.

Billy Barr’s side started well, taking the lead inside five minutes with a well taken goal by Kyle Connell.

Rovers remained the better team in the opening half an hour, creating numerous chances, but a combination of wayward finishing and a lack of composure would ultimately prove costly.

Everton drew level on 34 minutes when Stephen Duke-McKenna’s deflected shot beat Ben Winterbottom in the Rovers goal.

The visitors ended the half strongly, with the half-time whistle coming at a good time for Rovers, who never really got going in the final third in the second half.

Despite performing well for certain periods of play, the hosts would then lose their way, taking too many touches and too much time on the ball, before giving possession away cheaply.

And the Toffees took full advantage on 52 minutes when Flavien-Enzo Boyomos tangled with an Everton player in the box and Anthony Gordon converted the subsequent spot-kick.

Rovers ended the game with 10 men after Hayden Carter picked up two bookings in quick succession – his second dismissal of the season.

After the game, Billy Barr said: “People are getting opportunities and not enough are taking them.

“We are still young and in the long-term this will be good for their development, but as a team we have become used to losing, which becomes a habit, whereas in the past couple of years, we have been used to winning, which is benefitting the Under-23s this season.

“We need to stop the rot, to hopefully help facilitate some good careers for these players.”

ROVERS: Winterbottom, Carter, Thompson, Boyomos, Buckley, Paton, Wilson, Vale, Lynch (Khoury 66), Dolan (Pike 66), Connell (Chan 81).
Subs not used: Eastham.

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