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Man City u18s 5 Rovers u18s 1

11 September 2017

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Rovers' Under-18s suffered their third defeat of the season after going down to a strong Manchester City side on Saturday.

Despite a third goal of the campaign for striker Brad Lynch, it proved to be mere consolation as the hosts ran out 5-1 winners.

Despite a makeshift defence, Rovers were more than a match for City in the opening stages, enjoying as much possession as their highly-rated opponents.

But all that good work was undone when Rabbi Matondo was given far too much time and space to open the scoring after 17 minutes.

However the Rovers response was swift, getting back on level terms just seven minutes later.

Counter-attacking from a City corner, early substitute Callum Dolan switched play to Louis Khoury, and he beat his man to centre for Lynch to fire home.

But parity would last for just five minutes. Keeper Ben Winterbottom failed to hold a corner, and in an attempt to retrieve the situation, he then fouled a City player in the box.

Felix Nmecha stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Rovers regrouped once more, but a poor goal conceded just before half-time gave Billy Barr's side a mountain to climb as Ryan Corrigan made it 3-1.

Like the first, play was evenly matched in the second half, but two quick-fire goals in the closing from Nmecha saw the game get away from the young Rovers.

"It was a hard day, but a good learning day for us," said U18s coach Barr.

"The majority of the play was even, but we never really looked like hurting them, we were sloppy in possession.

ROVERS: Winterbottom, Wright, Donnelly-Blackburn (sub Dolan 19), Buckley, Carter (c), Barnes, Khoury (sub Chan 72), Wilson, Vale, Lynch (sub Pike 53), Paton.

Subs not used: Campbell, Connell.

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