Swindon Town 1
Bristol Rovers 2
Our U-18 side beat their Swindon Town counterparts last Saturday, courtesy of goals from Jamie Lucas and Laurent Mondo.
Youth Team manager Alan Walsh was pleased that his side came away with all three points from quite a close contest.
"Swindon started really well and played quite a direct style of football. That put us on the back foot for a while and we conceded a goal after only ten minutes. We didn't really deal with a long ball into our box which fell to a Swindon forward.
"Goalkeeper Kieran Preston parried his shot, which rebounded to another Swindon player. His shot was blocked, but the ensuing goalmouth scramble saw the home side force the ball over the line.
"We worked hard tried to get back into the game, but didn't really create anything from open play and we were still behind at the break.
"We were under a little bit of pressure at the start of the second half but gradually improved and managed to get back on level terms after 65 minutes. A good cross from Carlos Barra saw Jamie Lucas beat the offside trap and get in between the defenders and keeper before knocking the ball into the net.
"From then on we controlled the game and put them under pressure. The winning goal came ten minutes from time when a corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Laurent Mondo chested it down and took a shot. That was blocked, but he pounced on the rebound and rifled a great shot into the top corner of the net.
"We had further chances to score after that, but didn't take them. However it was good to come away from what was, at times, a very close game, with a win."
Goalkeeper Kieran Preston, who had been due to sign his scholarship forms on the pitch at the Memorial Stadium, played in this game as Matt Macey was drafted in as cover for the first team.
"He did very well for us, showing good positional sense and kicking the ball well. We think he is a good prospect and look forward to having him with us, as a scholar, for the next two years."
Team: Kieran Preston, Josh Southway, Pat Keary, Trey Anderson, Connor Finn, Alefe Santos, Laurent Mondo, Dominic Thomas, Shaquille Hunter, Aaron Ward-Baptiste (Jamie Lucas), Chad Douglas (Carlos Barra).
Substitute: Danny Greenslade