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U18 Report: Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Hull City

12 April 2015

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All square at Cantley Park as the race for the title continues.

This game was one that Rovers needed to win to keep the pressure up on Bradford City U18's who  are leading the pack in the race for the Youth Alliance league title, after rolling over Chesterfield last Saturday this was one was going to be a challenge.

Hull started the brighter of the two sides and it took seven minutes for them to carve open the Doncaster defence for their first chance, some lovely quick passing football between Devante Morgan, Robbie McKenzie and Callum Lawson.

Morgan shifted it to McKenzie who flicked it onto Lawson who created some space for himself, his left-footed effort was well over the crossbar.

Rovers picked up the pace after that, Robbie Fixter played a knife-through-butter ball to Joe Pugh who decided to take his effort early and unfortunately for him it trickled wide of the right post.

Pugh had another chance a few moments later as he picked up a loose ball in the Tigers half, he continued to run at the defenders and as he made his way into the box, goalkeeper Joe Walker decided to come out and close the angle down and he produced a stunning low save with his legs to keep the score at 0-0.

Jack McKay should have opened the scoring  for the red and white hoops on the 35th minute, after some weak defending by Hull, McKay ran through on goal and should have passed it into the net but he got under the ball and scooped his shot over the crossbar.

It was McKay again who had the next effort on goal, Fixter won the ball deep in the Tigers half and put a drilled low cross into the box, McKay met the ball on the half volley and it looked to be heading into the top corner but out came the hands of Joe Walker to catch the ball.

Half time: Doncaster Rovers U18's 0-0 Hull City U18's

Rovers got a corner on the 55th minute, Matthew Parkin whipped in a delightful ball to the back post where Kevin Mbuti was waiting but he somehow managed to miss the opportunity to head Doncaster into the lead.

The introduction of Will Longbottom changed the game, he picked up the ball on the half way line and played a stunning chipped ball over the top to Pugh who was on his own at the back post.

He headed it down to Carberry who totally missed the ball luckily for Rovers Jack McKay was there to get a shot away but once again Walker in the Tigers goal produced a top quality one-handed save.

It was the other McKay who had Rovers' next effort, Alex Head flicked the ball on to Paul McKay who created some space for himself 20-yards out he shifted the ball onto his left foot, he leashed an effort that was only just wide of the left post.

Paul had the last chance of the game,  he had a free kick well in his own half and he decided to use the wind to his advantage and have a pop on goal.

He got right under the ball and it looked like it was going to go over the goalkeeper and nestle into the back of the net but some good footwork by Walker in the Hull goal kept it scoreless.

Full time: Doncaster Rovers U18's 0-0 Hull City U18’s

Team Lineups-
DRFC U18's Starting XI: Iveson, Greasley, Carberry, Head, P.McKay (C), Mbuti, Fixter (Off 57), Parkin, J.McKay, Pugh, Linley.

DRFC U18's Sub: Longbottom (On 57), Jones, Barker, Gains, Walker.

HCFC U18's Starting XI: Walker, Barkworth, Tyman, Batty, Rodgers (C), Penny (Off 45), Langton, McKenzie, Morton (Off 83), Loftus (Off 77), Lawson.

HCFC U18's Subs: Hirst, Hamilton, Buckle (On 83), Thacker (Off 45), Dunkerly (On 77).

Cautions: Dunkerly

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