Santos and Lucas on target
Bristol Rovers 2
Santos (40), Lucas (50)
Torquay United 1
Rovers made it through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup by virtue of a 2-1 win over Torquay at the Memorial Stadium this evening.
Alefe Santos and Jamie Lucas scored the goals that took them through, and whilst the scoreline suggests a close game it was anything but.
Rovers were in control for most of the game and played some good football. If any criticism can be levelled at them, then it was that they were not clinical enough in front of goal, as their play deserved more than the two goals they ended up with.
Alan Walsh included Shaquille Hunter in his starting lineup as the youngster continued his recovery from the injury he sustained in a pre season friendly against Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the summer.
Rovers began the game playing at a high tempo and took the game to their opponents.
For the first ten minutes they were camped in the Torquay half, but in spite of dominating possession they were unable to test goalkeeper Conor
Thompson and all they had to show for their efforts was Hunter’s shot from distance that was deflected behind for a corner.
With 15 minutes on the clock the visitors won a free kick midway inside the Rovers half and the ball was worked into the area where Matt Macey had to be alert to touch the ball behind as Liam Primm closed in.
From the resulting corner Torquay took the lead when central defender James Washburn timed his run to perfection and powered a header past Macey from six yards.
Shortly afterwards Daniel Sullivan fired an angled drive over Macey’s crossbar before Rovers hit back and Sam Kamara bent a shot round the post from just outside the area.
Rovers continued to dominate proceedings and were rewarded with an equaliser five minutes before the break.
Jamie Lucas received the ball in a crowded area and did well to slip the ball to Kamara. He, in turn, found Alefe Santos to his left and he finished the job with a delightful curling shot into the top corner of the net.
Rovers began the second half in the same way they finished the first and rewarded with a second goal just five minutes in.
Kamara made a good run down the right and cut the ball back into the box where Lucas bundled the ball into the net from close range.
For a while it was all one way traffic and the only surprise was that Rovers didn’t add to their lead as they were so much on top.
Hunter drove a shot wide of the target, Thompson palmed away a dangerous cross from Danny Greenslade and a shot from Laurent Mondo came back into play off the post.
As they continued to turn the screw, Dominic Thomas fired just over the bar and Lucas hit a shot just wide of goal.
Having soaked up so much pressure the visitors almost scored on the counter attack and Macey did well to touch a shot from Jack May round the post.
Rovers were soon back on the offensive and Santos played in substitute Chad Douglas, who hit a shot that drifted agonisingly wide of the upright.
Santos saw a shot deflected behind for a corner and Thomas finished a superb run with a weak shot straight at Thompson as Rovers continued to search for a third goal.
Douglas, who showed some decent touches after replacing Lucas, might have added a third goal before the end but his effort from just outside the area just cleared the cross bar.
Rovers: Matt Macey, Tom Lockyer, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo, Alefe Santos, Shaquille Hunter (Connor Finn, 88), Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas (Chad Douglas, 76), Sam Kamara, Josh Southway
Substitutes: Jay Malpas, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Liam Vaulters
Torquay United: Conor Thompson, Robert Nardiello, Mickey Parcell, Jack May, James Washburn, Jack Hutchings, Jack Mace, Jordan Campbell, Liam Primm (Monty Berrow, 67), Daniel Sullivan, James Alexandrou
Substitutes: Alex Avraamides, Freddie Palmer, Aaron Ibbotson, Sam Chaney