Rovers 2-0 Cheltenham
BRISTOL ROVERS 2
CHELTENHAM TOWN 0
Two Jamie Lucas goals were enough to see our U-18 side make it through to the semi finals of the Alliance Youth Cup in a game played at our training ground on Tuesday.
It was, said Alan Walsh, the proverbial game of two halves.
“We played really well in the opening 45 minutes and although we only scored twice, it could so easily have been four or five given the number of chances we created.”
Jamie scored two well crafted goals; “The first came from a good build up when Tom Lockyer broke down the left and crossed into the box where Jamie produced a good finish.
“His second after a great ball down the left from Shaquille Hunter found Aaron Ward Baptiste, and he ran before picking out Jamie, who controlled the ball well before finishing in the far corner.
“However, when you are only two goals ahead, as we were at the break, then you expect your opponents to cause you a few problems and that turned out to be the case.
“In the second period Cheltenham played with a strong wind behind them and got the ball forward quickly and put us under a little bit of pressure and there were times we couldn’t get out of our half.
“The boys stuck to their task, though, and kept a clean sheet which was very pleasing and we were delighted to get through to the semi final."
Team: Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Pat Keary, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Alefe Santos, Tom Lockyer, Dominic Thomas, Shaquille Hunter,Jamie Lucas, Aaron Ward-Baptiste
Substitutes: Connor Finn, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Carlos Barra, Sam Kamara, Aaron Bryan
Alan’s side face an away tie against Portsmouth in the semi final, in a game to be played next Saturday (16th February).