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Report: Rovers Under-18s 1-1 Manchester City Under-18s

Zak Gilsenan's late equaliser rescues a point for Rovers at home to City

20 December 2020

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Zak Gilsenen his a late equaliser as Rovers Under-18s ended the calendar year with a morale-boosting 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City.

Mike Sheron's side have found life tough in the league in 2020, but will certainly feel boosted by the result as they prepare to head into 2021.

The encounter came only two months on from the 4-0 defeat in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals against the same opponents.

And the signs looked ominous after the visitors opened the scoring just 12 minutes in through Alex Robertson.

The scorer continued his fine form in front of goal having netted four goals in City's 7-0 win over Derby County just a few days earlier.

However, Rovers rallied and grew into the game, and were rewarded for their efforts with only two minutes remaining.

George Shmiel played in Gilsenan, who found the finish to secure a share of the spoils on home turf.

Rovers return to action on Saturday 9th January when they take on Leeds United.

Rovers: Goddard, Garrett, Connolly, Harlock, Pleavin (Biniek, 80), Gilsenan, Cirino, Weston, Gent, Haddow, Wood (Chmiel, 78)

Unused substitutes: Blease, Pratt, Wharton.

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