Bristol Rovers 2
Plymouth Argyle 0
Goals from Jamie Lucas and Laurent Mondo gave our U-18 side a 2-0 win over their Plymouth Argyle counterparts last Saturday.
Youth Team manager Alan Walsh was, understandably, pleased with the result and the work ethic shown by his team.
“Naturally I was pleased with the result but, equally, I was very pleased that we kept a clean sheet against a very good side. We limited Plymouth to very few opportunities in the game and, in fact, I really can’t recall Matt Macey having to make a save of any significance.”
The defensive display wasn’t just down to those playing at the back.
“We defended as a team and, to a man, they all put in a shift and worked hard to deny Argyle any real clear cut opportunities.”
The first goal arrived on 55 minutes.
“A good through ball from Alefe Santos found Jamie and he controlled the ball with a good first touch before sliding a shot under the keeper on his near post. He did get some pace on his shot and it was a very good finish.
“The second goal came when Alefe crossed from a free kick out on the left. A Plymouth defender headed out to edge of the box, as far as Laurent. His first touch took him past his marker and he then bent a shot into the far corner of the net for another really good finish.”
In spite of describing the win as comfortable, Alan still feels there is room for improvement.
“While we defended well, we have to keep possession a little bit better and our decision making also has to be better at times.
“These boys are developing as individuals and as a team, and the aim is for that development to continue with each game and each training session.
“The lads are working hard, and I can’t fault them for that. Their effort, and work rate, on Saturday was really good. We fielded a side containing a good mix of first and second year scholars and although they have only played two games since my arrival a month ago, they train really well and so are maintaining excellent fitness levels.”
Substitute Ben Worlock had spent the previous week on a work experience placement with the squad and was given a run out in the final twenty minutes; “He had worked hard all week and hadn’t looked out of place. He has a very good attitude and was given a chance in the closing stages of the game.”
Team: Matt Macey, Sam Kamara (Aaron Bryan), Tom Lockyer, Trey Anderson, Connor Finn, Danny Greenslade, Alefe Santos, Laurent Mondo, Dominic Thomas (Ben Worlock), Jamie Lucas (Chad Douglas), Josh Southway,