Rovers 2-0 Torquay
On Saturday our U-18 side played Torquay for the fourth time this season, and recorded their third victory against them thanks to goals from Sam Kamara and Dominic Thomas.
“We drew the other game we played against them,” said Alan Walsh, “so they are probably glad to see the back of us for another season.
“We started quite brightly in this game and played some decent football, and kept possession well, without really testing their goalkeeper.
“Our first goal arrived on 20 minutes, when Sam took a corner out on the right and their goalkeeper seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball and it ended up in the back of the net. He did appear to get a hand to it, but we credited Sam with the goal.
“I think we deserved our lead but for the remainder of the half there wasn’t too much to choose between the sides, in a game played on a difficult surface, and there were no further goals.”
Alan’s side started the second half in much the same way they had started the first and scored their second goal of the game after 70 minutes.
“It came from a good move that saw Sam get down the left and pull a ball back to the edge of the box for Dominic Thomas. He took a touch before hitting a great shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards.
“After that, we continued to keep good possession and, although we were unable to score again, I think we deserved the win. Once again the lads did very well and I couldn’t fault their effort or their work rate.”
Team: Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Pat Keary, Trey Anderson, Connor Finn, Tom Lockyer, Sam Kamara, Dominic Thomas (Shaquille Hunter), Aaron Bryan, Carlos Barra (Alefe Santos), Jamie Lucas (Aaron Ward-Baptiste)
Substitutes: Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo
Alan’s side take on a Nike Academy side today, at Loughborough University, as they begin preparations for Saturday’s Alliance Youth Cup semi final against Portsmouth.
“Portsmouth are a little bit of an unknown quantity,” said Alan, “but as they have reached the semi final they must be a decent side, and we are looking forward to the game down at their place.”