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Report: Sunderland U18s 4 Rovers U18s 1

Ben Paton scores consolation for Rovers who suffer second straight defeat

23 October 2017

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Rovers Under-18s suffered a second straight defeat, going down 4-1 away to Sunderland.

Having lost 6-0 at Stoke in their previous game, it would prove to be another tough test on their travels for Billy Barr's young side.

Rovers got off to the worst possible start, conceding inside the opening two minutes.

Jack Diamond delivered a dangerous corner from the left and Australian defender Jacob Young headed home from close range.

The hosts then netted two goals in quick succession either side of the half-hour mark to effectively put the game to bed.

On 27 minutes, Diamond broke down the left before cutting into the area and firing past Matthew Campbell via the aid of a deflection.

Moments later, the Sunderland winger then turned provider, skipping past a couple of challenges before playing in Swedish starlet Benji Kimpioka, who coolly stroked the ball past the Rovers keeper.

With a mountain to climb in the second half, Rovers were much improved after the interval and pulled a goal back 11 minutes from time when Callum Wright crossed from the left and Ben Paton sent a superb looping header over Anthony Patterson and into the roof of the net.

However, Sunderland wrapped up the win in the 89th minute when substitute Tom Howard was allowed too much time and space to advance unchallenged, before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

ROVERS: Campbell, Carter, Wright, Evans, Buckley, Paton, Barnes, Wilson, Vale, Butterworth, Dolan (Connell 74).
Subs not used: Winterbottom, Chan, Whitehall, Boyomos.

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