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Newcastle Utd u18s 3 Rovers u18s 4

Rovers clinch seven-goal thriller in injury-time

2 October 2017

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Rovers' youngsters claimed their second win of the season in dramatic fashion on Saturday.

An injury-time goal from captain Hayden Carter saw Billy Barr's side saw win by the odd goal in seven at Little Benton.

The Blues started poorly, falling behind inside the opening minute of the match when Elias Sorensen fired the hosts in front.

But a first goal at this level from Sam Barnes saw Rovers back on level terms. The young central defender crashing home Brad Lynch's corner in off the post.

However the Magpies immediately got their noses back in front once more as Kelland Watts ran from halfway to score.

Despite going behind once more, Rovers continued to create chances, but the Newcastle keeper made several good saves to ensure they lead at the break.

And their advantage was then extended five minutes into the second half when Sorensen grabbed his second of the game, but Rovers went on to turn the match on it's head in the final 20 minutes.

Summer signing Kyle Connell grabbed his first Rovers goal to make it 3-2 on 69, before Callum Wright drew the visitors level with ten minutes remaining.

Rovers pressed and pressed for a winner, pushing their hosts back in the closing stages, and that pressure eventually told as the clock ticked into added time at the end of the game.

Again Rovers found joy from a corner kick, and as Ben Paton sent the ball into the box, Carter was on hand to head home, and spark jubilant scenes amongst those in blue and white.

"It was hard to watch at times, as we weren't fantastic, but we felt we deserved to win the game," said Barr.

"We have played a lot better and lost this season so it is pleasing for them to get something out it.

"However we were wasteful with our play, whilst they took their chances. We weren't decisive with our passing, we took too many touches.

"As always it is a good learning curve, I'm just pleased that they got the result."

ROVERS: Campbell, Wilson, Evans, Buckley (sub Donnelly-Blackburn 76), Carter, Barnes, Wright, Paton, Connell, Lynch (sub Dolan 38), Vale.

Subs not used: Chan, Winterbottom, Khoury.

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