Torquay United 2
Bristol Rovers 3
Goals from Sam Kamara, Aaron Bryan and Trey Anderson gave our U-18's a 3-2 win against Torquay United at Plainmoor last Saturday.
Alan Walsh, taking charge of the team for the first time, was pleased with what he saw.
"The lads played well; they showed the right attitude and played with a tempo and a passion and it was a good performance, though I think they can play better."
It was the first competitive game for the side after a two week break, but they started the game well.
"We had trained quite hard over that two week period and the boys started the game quite brightly. We put Torquay on the back foot straight away and that continued throughout the game. I can't really say that we totally dominated proceedings, because they scored twice although both goals were scored against the run of play and their goalkeeper had a lot more to do than ours!
"We created a couple of early chances after some very good build up play, but fell behind on 16 minutes when Torquay scored after we failed to deal with a free kick into our area.
"We hit back strongly, though; heads didn't drop, which was good, and we kept playing in the right way and did the right things and were rewarded with an equaliser ten minutes after conceding.
"A good build up down the right saw Conor Finn cross to the back post, where Alefe Santos headed back across goal where Sam Kamara was on hand to sidefoot a shot past their keeper.
"I think we deserved that given the way we were playing, but had we taken our chances we would have been ahead at half time rather going in on level terms.
"I asked the boys to step up a gear in the second half and we did play well, though I didn't think our play was as fluid as it might have been. We were still creating chances though and, in my opinion, we were the better team."
Torquay had a player sent off in the 7oth minute and, as often happens, the ten men took the lead.
"One of their midfield players hit a 35 yard effort that flew into the top corner of the net and we found ourselves behind for the second time in the match.
"We continued to put pressure on their goal and created chances, some of which were missed while others were saved by their keeper. Just when I thought it was going to be one of those days, we equalised when Aaron Bryan slid in to knock the ball past the keeper after a cross from the right by Jamie Lucas.
"That was in the 85th minute and we continued to press. In the last minute we were awarded a corner and a good delivery, to the back post, by Alefe Santos saw Trey Anderson come to power a header past the keeper.
"I felt that we deserved the win, but had we taken our chances, then we would have had things wrapped up well before the ninety minute mark. Overall, though, I was pleased with the way the boys went about their jobs. They played with the right attitude, in what was a very disciplined performance."
Team: Matt Macey, Conor Finn (Pat Keary), Tom Lockyer, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Lauren Mondo (Aaron Bryan), Alefe Santos, Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas, Sam Kamara, Josh Southway (Chad Douglas)