Youth Cup Exit

September 12, 2014

Gloucester City 1-0 Bristol Rovers


A 23rd minute goal by the home side put paid to our progress in this year’s FA Youth Cup tie and we exited the competition at the preliminary round stage. “It was very disappointing to go out so early, and very frustrating,” said Youth team manager Alan Walsh, adding “because the way we played mirrored our performance in the game against Plymouth Argyle just a few days before.

“There was never really any continuity to our play and we gave away possession far too easily. “That said, we should give Gloucester some credit because they dug in and worked hard for each other. While we matched them to a degree we never really got going.” The only goal of the game came after a goalkeeping error in the 23rd minute. “Cameron seemed to be in two minds when a ball was played into the box and not sure whether to stay on his line or come to collect. In the end he never reached the ball and it dropped, with none of our players reacting to it, and their lad had the simple chance of tapping the ball into an empty net.

“Prior to that we had shown up well in our approach play but everything fizzled out on the edge of their area and we never really created too much. All we had to show for our efforts in the opening 45 minutes was a shot on target from a free kick.

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(Donovan Wilson who picked up a hand injury in the first half)

“Donovan Wilson picked up an injury before the break, which saw him break his hand, so he had to come off at half time and we tried to get back in the game. “To be fair there was a little more intensity about our play after we made a few changes, and we pushed forward a little bit more. “We did have a few chances before the 90 minutes were up but were unable to make the breakthrough.

“We do need to address a number of issues in training to make sure we can put things right in matches, and hard work will be the order of the day as we attempt to turn things around.”

Team: Cameron Clarke, Alfie Kilgour, Tom Fry, Tyler Lyttle, Bradley Confrey, Jay Malpas, Ryan Broom, Connor Jones, Donovan Wilson (Blake Davies, 45), Isaac Pearce (Elliott Green, 70), George Corp (Laurent Davis- Wilson, 60)

Substitutes: Kieran Preston, Harrison Trueman



Sat Aug 9 Newport County H 1-2
Sat Aug 12 Oxford United LC A 1-2
Sat Aug 16 Portsmouth A 3-3
Sat Aug 23  Torquay United H  4-1
Sat Aug 30 Cheltenham T. A 1-2
Sat Sep 6 Plymouth Argyle H 0-1
Tue Sep 10 Gloucester FAYC A  0-1
Sat Sep 13 Oxford United H
Sat Sep 20 Exeter City A
Sat Sep 27 Swindon Town H
Sat Oct 11  A.F.C. Bournemouth A
Sat Oct 18 Plymouth Argyle A
Sat Oct 25  Cheltenham Town H
Sat Nov 1  Exeter City H
Sat Nov 15 Oxford United A
Sat Nov 22  A.F.C. Bournemouth H
Sat Dec 6 Swindon Town A
Sat Dec 20 Newport County A
Sat Jan 10 Portsmouth H
Sat Jan 17 Torquay United A
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