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Report: Rovers 3 Sheffield United 0

Butterworth's brace helps Rovers to victory in the Premier League Cup

21 January 2019

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A first half to remember ensure a comfortable victory for Damien Johnson's Development Squad at home to Sheffield United in the Premier League Cup.

Dan Butterworth's brace followed on from an early Matty Platt opener to pick up the victory against The Blades, who struggled to create much at Leyland.

Rovers started well and a solo run and strike from John Buckley was saved by Jordan Amissah in the United goal.

But it didn't take long for Rovers to grab a deserved lead on 14 minutes when Platt scored from close range after Stefan Mols' deep cross wasn't cleared by the visitors.

A moment later and Rovers made it 2-0 as the returning Butterworth smashed home a penalty after the lively Buckley was taken down in the box by Sam Graham.

Rovers continued to probe and after Jack Vale poked wide, Lewis Thompson smashed over from close range, with a third goal evading Johnson's dominant side.

But they didn't have to wait too much longer as Butterworth unleashed a stunning strike from 25 yards that beat Amissah and nestled nicely into the bottom left-hand corner with just 10 minutes of the half remaining.

The hosts weren't letting up, and on the stroke of half time Hayden Carter had an effort saved by Amissah down to the United stopper's left side.

The second half didn't quite have the same intencity as the first 45 minutes, with Buckley again seeing a strike deflect away for a corner midway through the half.

In the end, it was a comfortable victory for Johnson's side, who leapfrog The Blades and move into the top two of Group B.

Rovers U23s: Albinson, Magloire (c), Thompson, C. Doyle (Paton, 77), Downing, Platt, Carter, Buckley, Vale, Mols (Rankin-Costello, 64), Butterworth (Simmonds, 70).

Unused substitutes: Winterbottom, Saadi.

Goals: Platt, 14, Butterworth pen, 16, 35.

Booked: Downing, 24, Butterworth, 41, Platt, 49

Sheffield United U23s: Amissah, Gordon (Williams, 46), Belehouan, Broadbent, Graham, York, Ferguson, Greaves (c), Mallon (Ackroyd, 79), Brunt (Neal, 46), Sheppeard.

Unused substitutes: Gomis, Dewhurst.

Booked: Graham, 15, Gordon, 40

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