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Youth report: Stags 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

11 September 2017

Club News

Youth report: Stags 0-0 Doncaster Rovers

11 September 2017

Mansfield Town's U18s extended their unbeaten run to five games in the EFL Youth Alliance despite being held to a stalemate 0-0 result by Doncaster Rovers.

Both sides did have chances to find that elusive goal, but neither side could convert any of their good chances.

In the first five minutes of the game, midfielder Keaton Ward had two early free-kicks but he couldn't make the Doncaster goalkeeper work with either set piece.

Doncaster had their first attack after five minutes, but a great challenge from defender Cameron Weston led to midfielder Harry Bircumshaw picking up the loose ball and drawing a foul.

Keaton Ward took the free-kick and a deflected header fell to Stags' captain Henri Wilder, but with the goal at his mercy, he scuffed the shot out for a throw in.

The first shot for the away side came in the 10th minute from long punt forward from goalkeeper Leverton. Doncaster attacker Myron Gibbons produced great pace to run down the middle towards the penalty area but his effort was poor as it sailed over the goal.

Doncaster Rovers began to get into the game a lot better when some great link-up play from Rilwan Olaosun and Anthony Greaves led to an opportunity to cause a dangerous attack, but a well-timed challenge from Cameron Weston stopped the danger.

Just as the Rovers were starting to feed their attackers more of the ball, the Stags had a great chance. Frontman Riley O'Sullivan showed excellent hold-up for striker Rhys Sarson, but the attacker just took too long to shoot as he prodded his effort straight at the 'keeper.

Mansfield were given plenty of chances from free-kicks, but couldn't convert from any of the dangerous positions they found themselves in.

Keaton Ward had a 27th-minute opportunity after a poor challenge on Nyle Blake, but once again he drilled it into the hands of the 'keeper.

Seconds later, the first yellow card of the game was dished out to Aiden Walker which came after a silly bit of misconduct for kicking the ball out of the 'keeper's hands.

After the half hour mark, Ward played a lovely through ball to Riley O'Sullivan whose shot then forced the Doncaster 'keeper to make his first real save.

Doncaster replied immediately as Myron Gibbons went on a fantastic run down the right flank but his cross only found the head of Mansfield centre-half Lewis Gibbens.

The best chance of the half then came just five minutes before the whistle. Riley O'Sullivan made a brilliant run to find himself one-on-one with the 'keeper, but his attempt at driving it low towards the right of the goalkeeper was saved thanks to James Leverton's left shin.

With the second half underway, Stags made their first substitution as Rhys Sarson made way for Iywrah Gooden. It was very much dominated by Doncaster early on as Gibbons ran straight past Henri Wilder, but when the ball flew in, Weston was there to shield off the attacker and clear the danger.

Despite Doncaster dominating the first five minutes of the half, an early chance came for Gooden to make a positive impact after coming off the bench but his shot was blocked in the middle of the penalty area. A quick follow-up shot was hit from Ward, but he couldn't test the busy Doncaster 'keeper.

After 57 minutes, Stags won a corner when O'Sullivan's shot was deflected behind. It was brilliantly whipped in by Harry Bircumshaw to find Gooden who tried a spectacular volley. Had he connected with the ball, it would have been a breathtaking finish but he didn't quite get the required contact and the ball sailed behind him into middle of the pitch.

In the 61st minute Doncaster made all of their three substitutions with Gibbons, Matthew Overton and Brandon Horton all replaced by James Morris, Cameron Barnett and Lewis Scattergood.

There were concerns for O'Sullivan and Cameron Baldock-Smith after they collided when both lunging for a loose ball. After a four-minute stoppage, Riley O'Sullivan was subbed off for Kieran Darby and Doncaster Rovers had to continue with ten men as Baldock-Smith was not fit to continue.

Scoring for Doncaster in their last game, Lewis Scattergood got the second booking of the day for a nasty challenge on Jack Cornell, but Keaton Ward's delivery was cleared by the Rovers' defence.

Gooden again attempted an ambitious effort after being laid off by Keaton Ward, this time hitting the ball towards the goal but it sailed well wide of the goal and caused no problems for Leverton.

Substitute Lewis Scattergood was very lucky to not get a second yellow after another poor challenge came in the 79th minute, this time on captain Henri Wilder, but the referee gave Scattergood one last word of warning.

Moments later, a scramble in the box from Doncaster almost allowed Stags to guide the ball into the net but no-one was on hand to apply the finishing touch.

The last ten minutes saw Doncaster Rovers take charge as James Morris had a brilliant chance to wrap up the points for the visitors but the shot was a poor one as it went past the left post and out for a goal kick.

There were four added minutes of injury time, but no real opportunities were created towards the end, leaving both sides with a point where both will feel they had numerous chances to take all three.

STAGS' XI: Sundby, Weston, Wilder (C), Cornell, Gibbens, Walker, Blake, Bircumshaw, Sarson (Gooden 46), Ward, O'Sullivan (Darby 69)

SUBS NOT USED: Mars, Briggs, Johnson

DONCASTER XI: Leverton, Foulkes, Horton (Barnett 61), Morgan (C), Bingley, Baldock-Smith, Olaosun, Greaves, Gibbons (Scattergood 61), Overton (Morris 61), Prior

SUBS NOT USED: Ogley, Amos


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