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Rovers U18 2 Rotherham U18 2

20 August 2019

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Goals from Will McGowan and Jack Watson helped the U18s come back from behind twice against South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United to earn a point.

The team was unchanged for the third game in a row after two consecutive wins shot Rovers to the top of their division.

Liam Ravenhill had seen his bending shot saved by visiting keeper Charlie Farrar, who then orchestrated the counterattack which saw Rotherham take the lead on the ninth minute through Jerome Greaves who punished Rovers for momentarily switching off.

A great aerial ball was pumped into the box by Rovers which Ravenhill got on the end of but his delicate side-footed tap made it easy pickings for Charlie Farrar.

It looked like Rotherham had a golden opportunity to double their lead when Ethan Kenny attempted to the tuck the ball around Kian Johnson, but the Rovers keeper stayed big and strong to stop the forward in his tracks.

Two Rovers shots came in quick succession on the 31st minute with McGowan and Lirak Hasani trying their luck on goal but coming to no avail with Rotherham defenders putting their bodies on the line to deny each opportunity.

At half-time Rovers remained one goal down but you could not knock the team for trying as they continued to play full of spirit and endeavour heading into the second-half.

That was reflected by Elliott Walker’s effort firing inches over the crossbar from just outside the box only two minutes into the second period.

Moments later Junior Smith got involved in the action on goal as he watched his headed effort glide past Rotherham’s right-hand post following a sumptuous delivery from the corner by Will McGowan.

On the hour mark Rovers had their equaliser which came courtesy of Will McGowan as the midfielder flicked the ball past Charlie Farrar with his head.

It didn’t take long for the Millers to respond as they caught Rovers sleeping again and hit them on the counterattack once more as they charged forward and the ran the ball around Kian Johnson to retake the lead.

Rovers then grabbed a point at the very death of the game when Jack Watson was pushed down in the box by an anxious Rotherham defender. It was Watson himself who confidently stepped up to take the penalty and buried it down the centre of Farrar’s net. Taking the striker to two goals in as many games.

Rotherham will be back at Cantley Park next Friday for the opening fixture of the Youth Alliance Cup. Kick-off: 2pm.  


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