Own goal 59 mins
- Match reports
- Sat 07 Jan 2012, 2:34PM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City’s Under 18’s got the year off to a winning start with a battling 1-0 victory over Blackburn at a sodden Brockhall Village.
In the first game of their 2012 programme, Adam Sadler’s boys put in a dogged and determined display against a strong Rovers side that had previously beaten them 4-2 at Platt Lane earlier in the season.
Conditions were far from ideal in the Ribble Valley with persistent drizzle making the playing surface tricky.
The Blues started brightly, but it was Blackburn who almost went ahead after hitting the post after 10 minutes with City goalkeeper Angus Gunn stranded.
As the match continued the home side began to establish a foothold in the game, but struggled to carve out any real chances of note.
City absorbed the pressure well and almost went ahead when winger Alex Henshall cut inside and fired a shot just past the post. Further chances came again for Henshall and Devante Cole but the sides went into the break level with little separating them.
After the break the game continued to ebb and flow and Rovers went close early on before City missed a guilt-edged chance to take the lead when Adam Drury’s cross into Cole was cleared desperately by the Blackburn defence.
The deadlock was finally broken after 59 minutes when the Blues enjoyed a large slice of good fortune
...Rovers 0 City 1
A superb ball from Luke Coulson set up Henshall, whose cross was deflected into the net by a hapless Rovers defender. It may have been something of a fluke, but it was no less than City deserved for a determined and gritty display.
Both sides continued to attack, with Blackburn desperately searching for an equaliser, but the Blues stood firm with a strong rear-guard action in the latter stages against a useful Rovers team to secure all three points.
Head of Academy Mark Allen was happy with the manner of the Blue boys’ overall performance, saying: “It was a battling performance against a tough Blackburn side. Conditions did prove to be difficult but the lads dug in and fought hard to earn an important win.”