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U21 Report: Rovers 2-0 Mansfield

15 April 2015

Rob Jones up and out early after victory against Leyton Orient to lead his team to another three points

Rob Jones was up and out early to lead his team to another three points, the veteran centre half played 90 minutes and even managed to nick the winner for the first team away at Leyton Orient the night before.

But it was Jack McKay who stole the show, the young Scottish striker scored two fantastic goals late in the second half to round off the second last game of the season for the U21's side.

Mansfield started the game the better of the two sides and they nearly took the lead through a mistake from Mitchell Lund, his short back pass to Marosi was pounced upon by Alex Fisher who tried to take the ball past Marosi but the Slovakian nicked the ball off the striker with his feet.

Doncaster finally stepped up to the plate and they were very close to taking the lead, a defence splitting pass by Jack McKay to Jonathan Margetts who was through on goal but his left-footed effort trickled just wide.

It was McKay again with another superb through ball, this time it was to Robbie Fixter. He created some room for himself on the edge of the box and he unleashed a stunning effort that looked to be heading in the top-left corner but Adam Bishop in the Mansfield goal produced a top draw save to deny the youngster.

From that resulting corner the Stags countered, with majority of the larger defenders up attacking the corner they broke away and it was Luke Hendrie who lead the attack. He single handily carried the ball from the half way line but as he advanced into the penalty box, out came Marosi to make a quality 1-on-1 save to keep the score at 0-0.

Doncaster Rovers U21's 0-0 Mansfield Town U21's

Rovers had an early shout for a penalty turned down by referee Mr. Glazewski on the 50th minute, Margetts was tripped over by Brownlie inside the box but he was up like a flash to win the ball back. He dropped the shoulder and sent the defenders the wrong way before opening his body to curl an effort just wide of the right post.

Jack McKay should have opened the scoring for the red and white hoops but he got under the ball and scooped it well over the bar.

That did not dent his confidence though because six minutes later he scored from 18 yards out, this time it was Margetts with a defence splitting pass to McKay who broke free of the Stags lacklustre defence and he passed the ball past the on-rushing Adam Bishop in the Mansfield goal.

Then it was the turn of Marko Marosi to steal the show with two amazing saves in two minutes which kept Rovers in front, the first was a double handed save to deny Wes Atkinson and the second one was in contention for save of the season.

A long ball over the top by the Stags defence landed at the feet of Dwyer who expertly beat the tight Rovers defensive line, he unleashed a thunderbolt of an effort that was superbly clawed out of the top corner.
Two minutes later Rovers doubled their lead, a clearance from Lund was misjudged by the Stags defence was picked up by Jack McKay. He beat one defender which freed up some space for him to apply a left-footed finish into the roof of the net.

Doncaster had one last effort on goal before the final whistle and it was by substitute Joe Pugh. Lewis Ferguson whipped a curling ball over from the left side and it fell into the path of Pugh whose left-footed effort was only just over.

Another convincing win for Doncaster who face Hull City at home in their last game of the season, they will undoubtedly be looking for another three points to round off their impressive season under manager Rob Jones.

Doncaster Rovers U21's 2-0 Mansfield Town U21's

DRFC Starting XI: Marosi, Lund, Carberry, Linley, P.McKay, Mbuti (Off 83), Ferguson, Head (Off 45), J.McKay, Margetts, Fixter.
DRFC Subs: Greasley, McLaren, Williamson (On 83), Pugh (On 45), Parkin.

MTFC Starting XI: Bishop, Marsden, Brownlie, Spencer, Green, Fitzpatrick (Off 60), Atkinson, Hendrie, Dwyer, Fisher, Danquah (Off 53).
MTFC Subs: Wilson, Bayne, Hutchinson, Thomson (On 60), Hempshall (On 53).

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