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REPORT | Rovers U18s 5 Hull City U18s 0

5 September 2022


REPORT | Rovers U18s 5 Hull City U18s 0

5 September 2022

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Rovers U18s put on a five-star performance against category 2 side Hull City to take victory on matchday one of the Professional Development League Cup group stage at Cantley Park.

Max Adamson opened the scoring for Chad Gribble’s side with Will Green and Faris Khan contributing before a Jack Goodman double rounded off the goals in what became a comfortable third win of the 2022/23 season on home soil.

It was Rovers’ first game of the cup competition that sees them placed in a group with the Tigers, Lincoln City and Barnsley and the home side wasted no time in peppering the opposition goal.

Three minutes into the game Rovers almost found themselves with an early chance after winning a corner and as the ball was crossed in from the left-hand side, Josh Lindley attempted to guide it goalward but his effort just glanced past the face of goal and went behind for a goal kick.

Lindley’s effort would be the first of what was to be many Rovers attempts at goal and with a quarter of an hour on the clock, the visitor’s goalkeeper was called into action.

Adamson drove through the midfield and into the box where he managed to lay off the ball to Goodman who took on the shot first time and it looked to be curling into the left hand side of the goal but a great diving save pushed the ball away from danger.

Gribble’s side’s attacking pressure would then pay off 10 minutes later when Alex Fletcher broke forward down the right wing and aimed a cross at the far post where Adamson jumped highest to head past the keeper and into the back of the net to give the hosts a deserved lead.

Rovers would not settle there however, the home side would push on and double their lead another 10 minutes on from a freekick on the right of the box which Will Green stepped up to take and it looked to be rifling in the top right corner but a deflection off the wall would change the course of the ball and take it beyond the keeper to give his side breathing room heading into the break.

The interval came and went and the second half would begin in the same fashion with Adamson this time coming close in the opening minutes.

The first-year scholar brought the ball down well to beat his man and found himself faced with goal and the support of Faris Khan who he could have played a square ball to inside the box but he decided to take the shot on himself only to see his effort roll just wide of the far left post.

It did not take much longer however for Rovers to find their third goal of the day with Khan playing the ball in for Goodman to carry towards the goal line and pass back into the midfielder on the penalty spot to smartly slot into the bottom left corner and put further daylight between the two sides.

Entering the final half an hour of the match Gribble would then turn to his bench to ensure the intensity on the Tigers backline wasn’t dropped with two changes that were made within five minutes of each other saw Tom Parkinson take the place of Green and then Owen Scattergood replace Adamson.

Talisman Goodman was then looking to get in on the goalscoring act and minutes, after cruelly having a bicycle kick disallowed, found success.

The striker latched onto Scattergood’s misjudged attempt deep inside the box and drilled low past the keeper to get Rovers’ fourth goal of the game and his first.

The game then entered the final 20 minutes and Rovers triggered their remaining three substitutions of the fixture bringing on Sam Brown, Harry Wood and Freddie Allen in place of Jack Raper, Faris Khan and Jak Whiting respectively.

The hosts were not quite finished with their goalscoring antics however as Brown made an immediate impact to win a free-kick 25 yards out which Jack Goodman smashed into the back of the net to get his second goal of the game and Rovers’ fifth and final success as they saw out the final minutes untroubled to maintain their unbeaten start to the competitive season.

The result sees Rovers sit top of Group C with three points and Gribble’s side will now turn their attentions back to the EFL Youth Alliance League campaign as they prepare to face reigning champions Bradford City at Cantley Park on the evening of Friday, September 9 (kick-off 6pm).

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