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Rovers U18s 0 Blackpool U18s 2

15 November 2017

Two first-half strikes from Blackpool were enough to send Rovers’ U18s out the FA Youth Cup in the second round.

The home defence were called into action straight from the first whistle as the young Seasiders piled on the pressure through an abundance of corner.

All corners taken were defended well and Rovers had weathered the storm, after which they began to take back some control.

Captain Morgan James stood up for a free-kick in a dangerous position after 13 minutes. he played it short to Jacob Fletcher, whose deflected shot was heading for the bottom-left corner meaning Craig Thordarson had to stretch all the way down to save.

Just six minutes later, however, Rovers were set back as right-back Jordan Tucker fouled Owen Watkinson in the penalty area.

The calm and composed Rowan Roache stepped up. He did a slow run-up to try and distract James Leverton before poking it into the bottom right corner, sending the home keeper diving the wrong way.

Blackpool then seized their opportunity to take an extended lead, this time through a corner.
Rovers’ players were caught off-guard after a stoppage in play to allow treatment to striker James Morris. Roache then played a low corner which found Ben Jacobson who buried the ball into the back of the net just upon half-time.

Paul Stancliffe’s men stepped up the tempo in the second half, playing a higher defensive line and quick attacking football, but it just was o’t to be their night.

Positive influences came off the bench for Rovers, with Myron Gibbons in particular getting straight involved with the action as he found himself on the end of Cody Prior’s pass, but the Blackpool defence was too alert and quickly closed down the striker.

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