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Hartlepool United U18 3 Rovers U18 2

3 December 2018

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Rovers' U18s were unfortunate not to pick up a point against Hartlepool, despite strikers Jack Watson and Rieves Boocock hitting the target.

Rovers took the lead inside the opening eight minutes when a corner was only half cleared by the home defence, and when the ball was played back into the area Watson was able to connect and steer the ball into the back of the net.

Boocock went close on a couple of occasions, with Luca Murphy getting a vital block in on a shot then the Rovers forward not quite able to get on the end of Elliott Walker's cross into the area.

The opening half ended in dramatic style, with the home side awarded a penalty after 45 minutes. Declan Ogley dived the right way, but could not keep out Josh Scott's effort.

But Rovers attacked straight from kick-off and were awarded a penalty of their own, with Boocock stepping up to smash the spot-kick straight down the middle and restore the advantage.

The weather conditions continued to deteriorate into the second-half on the coast, but this did not put Rovers off as they forced Brad Young into a sublime save after he ran back to his line to par Myron Gibbons' effort away.

Down the other end of the pitch, Ogley produced a great save when he was quick to get down and save an attempt from Hartlepool with his legs.

Pools drew level when a clearance fell short to a home attacker who finished smartly into the bottom-right corner.

And they snatched the win in the closing stages with a stunning curled effort from Colby Shepherd which nestled into Ogley's bottom left corner.

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