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REPORT | Rovers U18s 3 Oldham U18s 1

9 October 2021

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Two goals from Jack Goodman and a Tavonga Kuleya strike earns Rovers’ U18s their first win in four games.

U18s boss Gary McSheffrey introduced U15 Sam Brown and U16 Will Green to his side for the cup game with only two U18 players starting.

Oldham did not test Rovers a great deal in the first half with only half chances coming from dead-ball situations, but it was nothing that Rovers' defense could not deal with.

Gradually Rovers grew into the game with the first noticeable chance coming on the 18th minute when a lovely curved ball from Josh Lindley unlocked Goodman who fired over the bar.

Later, Charlie Petch played a ball through to Goodman on the edge of the box. The Rovers forward showed excellent skill twisting and turning past his man before pulling the trigger, only for it to be blocked by Oldham’s defender. Rovers won a corner from that which led to Petch, unfortunately, seeing his shot denied as Oldham continued to throw their bodies in front of any shots. 

On the brink of half-time, Kuleya fired Rovers into the lead after a great assist from Goodman.

During the second half, most of the second-year scholars were introduced to see the game out, but things got off to a rocky start when Oldham countered Rovers from a corner and their number 11 buried the ball into Luke Chadwick’s goal.

Rovers regrouped well and after a period of pressure for Rovers which included chances for Green and Tom Parkinson, Rovers retook the lead on the 86th minute through Goodman.

Three minutes later, Rovers had the game wrapped up through Goodman again. This time he scored from 25-yards out. The first-year scholar now has six goals in eight competitive games this season.

The U18s will now have a week without competitive action before they visit Rotherham United in the Youth Alliance League on October 23.


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