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Report: Rovers Under-23s 0-3 Manchester City Under-23s

Three second half strikes see Rovers comfortably beaten against City's Under-23s at Leyland

22 November 2019

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A late Jayden Braaf brace helped Manchester City's Under-23s to a comfortable victory against a disappointing Rovers Under-23s at Leyland.

Braaf emerged off the bench to score a quickfire double in the last 10 minutes after Fisayo Dele-Bashiru had given the visitors the advantage midway through the second half.

Rovers struggled to create too many clear cut chances, and ultimately deserved to be on the wrong end of the result against Paul Harsley's outfit.

Both sides had opportunities early on, with Harry Chapman firing into the side netting for the hosts and Ian Povedo-Ocampo forcing Joe Hilton into a save down to his left inside the opening 10 minutes.

Soon after and visiting skipper Tommy Doyle sent a strike just wide of Hilton's right-hand post following an inventive free kick routine.

Midway through the half and Hilton was called into action again, this time saving with his legs to keep out Nabili Touazizi from inside the box.

With half time looming, Joe Rankin-Costello attempted to curl beyond City stopper Gavin Bazunu, but the Irishman was equal to the effort.

Chances were few and far between both before and after the interval, but it was City who broke the deadlock in impressive circumstances.

Dele-Bashiru controlled a hight ball from Rowan McDonald expertly, before volleying low, beyond Hilton and into the back of the net just before the hour mark.

The goal opened the game up, with Hilton staying big to deny Ian Povedo-Ocampo after the forward was played in by Doyle.

Rovers went in search of a route back into the encounter, but Bazunu was in the right position to deny Isaac Whitehall after the right back was found by Rankin-Costello.

But a moment later the lead was doubled through substitute Braaf.

Just four minutes after entering the action, the Dutchman cut onto his favoured right foot to smash a strike to the right of Hilton and into the bottom corner with 10 minutes remaining.

Braaf made the game safe soon after, capitalising on a mix up between Hilton and Lewis Thompson to slot into an empty net with only one minute remaining.

Rovers Under-23s: Hilton, Whitehall,Thompson, Davenport, Barnes, Carter, Rankin-Costello, Mols (c), Vale (Paton, 82), Butterworth, Chapman.

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Evans, Boyomo, Brennan.

Booked: Carter, 33

Manchester City Under-23s: Bazunu, Dionkou, McDonald, Harwood-Bellis, Wilson, Pozo, Poveda-Ocampo (Braaf, 76), Doyle (c), Touaizi (Simmonds, 90), Dele-Bashiru, Rogers.

Unused substitutes: Trafford, Ogbeta, Bernabe.

Goal: Dele-Bashiru, 56, Braaf, 80, 89.

Booked: McDonald, 67, Pozo, 77

Referee: Daniel Middleton.

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