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Notts County U18 2 Rovers U18 1

6 May 2019

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Rovers U18s finish second in the North East Youth Division after a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Notts County.

The hosts piled the pressure on from the very start when they took an early lead through Leo Marshall who shot from distance and had to rely on a deflection to deceive Ben Bottomley.

Rieves Boocock had a snapshot on goal from the far corner of the box but his shot spun wide of the mark.

Cameron Barnett then picked the ball up from a Magpie’s defender and stormed towards goal – only to shoot straight into the path of Tiernan Brooks in their goal.

To keep Rovers in the game, Ben Bottomley produced a great reflex save to deny Notts from doubling their lead.

From 20-yards Rovers had a free-kick just before half-time which Branden Horton bent around Notts County’s wall, forcing a good save out of Brooks.

In the second-half captain AJ Greaves was next to try his luck from a free-kick as he hit the ball from 25-yards finding the bottom right corner but their keeper was quick to get down to deny.

Luca Nelson’s shot was read well by an alert Stavrou who was quick to snuff out the threat.

Then came the agonising moment where Notts County doubled their lead as they moved the ball from the left of midfield over to the right before swinging a ball into the box which Taylor Palmer was able to climb high to head home.

During the last ten minutes of the game Boocock twirled 360 degrees in the box and hit the ball off of the inside of the left post and in.

Moments later the same happened again, except it crashed off one post and into the other when Boocock’s persistent pressure on Brooks paid off.

With results elsewhere in the league going against them, Rovers finished second in the Youth Alliance North East Division.


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