Plymouth 1-2 Rovers
Goals from Carlos Barra and Dominic Thomas gave our U-18 side victory in their game against Plymouth Argyle last Saturday.
Youth Team Coach Alan Walsh was pleased with the win, but admitted that his side had to work hard to take all three points and said that he couldn’t remember when a side put Rovers under as much pressure as Plymouth did in the second half of the game.
“It was,” said Alan, "the proverbial game of two halves. We deservedly went a goal up just before half time, playing with the wind at our backs.
“However in the second half Plymouth threw men forward and put us under a great deal of pressure, so much so that we found it difficult to get out of our half. We held out for a while but Plymouth equalised, though our boys showed great character to hit back and score again.
“We were under the cosh again after that, but we battled well to hang on to the lead.”
Rovers took a lead into the half time break courtesy of a great goal from Carlos.
“Jamie Lucas found him out on the right and continued his run, taking the full back and the centre half with him. That allowed Carlos to cut inside and get away a 25yard angled drive with his right foot. We were stood directly behind him and from the moment the ball left his boot, we knew it would end up in the back of the net.
“Plymouth went on to miss a number of chances before they equalised with a well taken long range effort.
“However we hit back well and won a corner from which Dominic headed past the home keeper for what proved to be the winning goal. At least, we are crediting Dominic with the goal for now, though as it took a deflection off a home defender on its way into the back of the net, it might well have been an own goal.
"We’ll need to study the DVD before determining whether we give it to Dominic or not!”
Team: Kieran Preston, Harrison Trueman (Dan Haile, 70), Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Jay Malpas, Ryan Broom (Aaron Ward-Baptiste, 30), Dominic Thomas, Carlos Barra, Jamie Lucas, Laurent Davis-Wilson (Chad Douglas, 80).
Substitutes: Aaron Bryan, Donovan Wilson