Thursday, April 18, 2013

U18s Complete League And Cup Double

Rovers Under 18s last night defeated Carlisle United 3-1 at Brunton Park to win the Youth Alliance Cup. The success comes a few days after they sealed the divisional title with a victory at home to Exeter City.

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The team stayed from Tuesday through to Wednesday in order to prepare for the match after travelling up north in a move that was financed by the Supporters Club. First team manager John Ward was present to watch the boys and saw a header from captain Pat Keary put Rovers ahead in the second half before the hosts equalised. Almost instantly though the lads responded and winger Alefe Santos, who made his senior debut away at Port Vale, scored to put us in front again. Victory was sealed minutes from time when substitute Aaron Ward-Baptiste won and converted a penalty to the delight of friends, family and supporters who made the journey. The game was contested well by two talented teams but ultimately it was our impressive group of teenagers who won the cup.

It has been an unprecedented season of success for our U18s and our Head of Youth Tom Curtis, as well as Youth Team manager Alan Walsh, deserve a lot of credit for what they have masterminded. A 'winning' environment has been created and is exactly the type of culture that needs to be instilled in our young players if they are to make the transition from scholars into professionals, according to Curtis.

There is set to be news regarding who from the group of second year scholars is being offered professional terms in the very near future.

Congratulations lads, you've done the club proud.

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