YA Cup: Doncaster Rovers 3 - 4 Youths
By Derek Priestley
Imps remain top of the group with two wins from two and end Rovers unbeaten run.
The Imps started the game the most brightly of the two sides and were soon rewarded with the opening goal of the game, the ball was played wide to Jordan Adebayo-Smith who nicked it past the defender and with the keeper not advancing he slotted the ball past him from 6 yards out to put the Imps a goal to the good.
Imps keeper White was then called upon in a 1v1 situation but he was equal to the effort to deny an equaliser. Jon Smith had a speculative effort from 25 yards but the keeper dealt with it but it was Adebayo-Smith again breaking down the right and as the keeper came to meet him just inside the penalty area on the angle he knocked it pat the keeper on a tight angle to put the Imps two up.
Boocock for the home side was denied a goal back after some resolute Imps defending as the visitors went in at the break in front.
HT: Rovers 0 - 2 Imps
Rovers came out strongly in after the interval and McGowan was brought down inside the penalty area, up stepped Boocock who sent White the wrong way to reduce the deficit. Moments later Rovers were level and it was Boocock again tapping in from close range after the ball was crossed from the right only to be knocked back across goal to the waiting Boocock.
The Imps were rewarded a free kick just 20 yards from goal, Smith curled it over the wall with his right foot into the top left corner giving the keeper no chance but Rovers were soon level again, Boocock completing his hat-trick was a superb 25 yard strike to find the top corner to make it all square again.
With 15 minutes remaining the Imps got the winner, a long throw into the box from the Imps right was headed by the defender into the path of Josh Woodcock who controlled his shot from around the penalty spot, the keeper somehow let it squirm through him and the Imps were in front.
Goals from the game can be found on Doncaster Rovers Youtube account: Match Highlights
FT: Rovers 3 - 4 Imps
Imps: White, West, Hart, Idehen, Bucci, Watkins, Akinola, Woodcock, Sartorius, Smith, Adebayo-Smith.
Subs: Burns, Woolley, Liversidge, Christer, Gee.