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REPORT: Rovers U18's 2-0 Lincoln City U18's

15 August 2015

U18's newly-appointed captain Jordan Linley and striker Joe Pugh wrap up three points to make it two wins out of two in the new league season.

Rovers U18's - 2 (Linley pen 10', Pugh 83')
Lincoln City U18's  - 0 

Saturday 15th August 2015, 11:00am
Welfare Ground, Armthorpe. 

There was change of location for the under-18's game this morning but there was no change in the score line as goals from Jordan Linley from the penalty spot and Joe Pugh wrapped up another three points for the youth side.
Lincoln could have taken the lead with the first chance of the game, the Rovers defence failed to clear a standard cross from the left it fell to Jake Akar who unleashed a right-footed effort and luckily for the red face defenders the ball flew over the bar.

It was Rovers who opened the scoring though, striker Pugh was tripped over by back tracking Matt Clarke in the penalty area and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Up stepped newly-appointed captain Linley to slot the ball past goalkeeper Richard Walton who dived the other way. 

The Imps had their own penalty shout just before the half hour mark, but the referee decided that the ball did not strike the hand of central-defender Conner Williamson. Kevin Mbuti had two chances to double the home sides lead but the strong and powerful defender could not get either of his headers on target, after two delightful crosses from Matthew Parkin. 

Parkin could however count on Williamson just before the break, a whipped free-kick this time was met by the head of the youngster which forced a brilliant save from Walton in the Lincoln goal. 

HT: Doncaster Rovers U18's 1-0 Lincoln City U18's 

Lincoln were on top straight away from the start of the second half and they could have been level if winger Akar could have shown a little bit of composure. Substitute Jake McCarthy slotted the ball through to Akar and with the goal gaping he really should have hit the back of it, but he fired his shot well over Louis Jones' crossbar.   

Doncaster's defence stood firm throughout the second half which saw Williamson make the tackle of the game on the edge of his own box to halter a promising Lincoln attack. 

The Imps should have been level with twenty minutes remaining but this effort will go down as one of the biggest misses of the season. a delightful fizzed ball along the floor by Leon Loftus from the right wing was fired over from three-years by Liam Harris. 

That chance came back to haunt them ten minutes later, as that man in form Pugh doubled Doncaster's lead. A lobbed ball over the top by substitute Joey McCormick fell to the feet of Pugh who beat the offside trap, the striker slotted the ball through the keepers legs to give Doncaster all three points.
FT: Doncaster Rovers U18's 2-0 Lincoln City U18's

Paul Wilson's men make that two wins in two games since the start of the new season, they are at home again on the 22nd of August against local rivals York City. 

DRFC U18's STARTING XI: Jones, Greasley, Carberry, Williamson (Fielding 88'), Mbuti, Walker, Parkin, Linley (C), Pugh (Morris 88'), Davies (McCormick 74'), Longbottom.

DRFC U18's Subs not used: Sampson and Howe.

LCFC U18's STARTING XI: Walton (C), Loftus, Stewart, Moyses (McCarthy 45'), Kiter, Anderson, Akar, Harris, Millington, Fewkes, Clarke.

LCFC U18's Subs not used: Start, Thompson, Matthews and Horton.

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