Rovers 3-0 Newport
Our U-18 side extended their unbeaten run in the league with a convincing win against Newport County AFC on Saturday, thanks to goals from Dominic Thomas, Aaron Ward-Baptiste and an own goal.
“It was our first competitive game of the year,” said Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh, “and it was great to get back into league action.
“The lads played very well, especially in the first half when we dominated proceedings and created a number of very good chances.
The opening goal came on 13 minutes when a ball into the Newport box was cleared as far as Dominic who hit it on the half volley from 20 yards and it flew across the goalkeeper into the top corner of the net. It really was a great finish, and a goal we deserved after the way we started the game.
“From then on we controlled the first half and we could have been out of sight after 25 minutes. I know I keep saying that, but we just can’t seem to finish teams off in spite of the chances we create.
“We did score again on the half hour mark thanks to an own goal conceded by their central defender who tried to play it back to his keeper as he came off the line, and succeeded only in putting it in his own net.
“At half time I told the lads not to underestimate Newport and to continue playing as they had in the opening period.
“We scored again on the hour when Chad Douglas crossed from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Aaron who hit a sidefoot volley into back of the net, and we went on to see out the game quite comfortably.
“Whilst it was frustrating that we didn’t capitalise on any of the numerous set pieces we had during the game, it’s hard to find fault with the lads after an excellent result, and performance, that took us to the top of the league.”
Rovers: Kieran Preston, Dan Haile (Ryan Broom, 50), Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Aaron Bryan, Chad Douglas, Dominic Thomas, Carlos Barra (Donovan Wilson, 75), Laurent Davis-Wilson, Jamie Lucas (Aaron Ward-Baptiste, 42).
Substitute: Jay Malpass