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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

06 April 2019 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Doncaster Rovers U18
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Hartlepool United U18

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Youth Team Target Win Over Leaders

5 April 2019

Aaron Willoughby Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Aaron Willoughby in action for Pools Youth Team

Pools Youth Team face a pivotal weekend in their challenge for the Youth Alliance League title when they travel to face current leaders Doncaster Rovers on Saturday (11am kick-off).

Ian McGuckin’s men gave themselves renewed hope of landing the title with a 3-1 triumph over Notts County at Blackhall last week.

However, they know that they need at least a point from Saturday’s game against Rovers to keep themselves in the frame for silverware.

Pools are currently fourth in the table but only four points behind their weekend hosts but, after beating them 3-2 on home soil earlier in the season, they will make the trip in good spirits.

“We want to go there and try to win,” insisted McGuckin.

“We had a really good game first time round and we just about edged it on the day but we know we’re going to have to be at our best on Saturday, with and without the ball.

“The lads are going to have to put lots of hard work in to the performance and we’ll have to be tight defensively because Doncaster are a good team.

“But so are we and the pitch there is great so that will allow us to get the ball down and play a bit, which is what we’ll try to do when we can.

“We want to get on the front foot and really go toe-to-toe with them.”

Ian McGuckin has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the game; Aaron Willoughby took a knock in training earlier this week but is expected to be fine to feature.

The game takes place at Doncaster’s Cantley Park Training Ground and entry is free for all supporters.

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Match Reports

Youth Team Pull Off Great Win At Doncaster

9 April 2019

Ian McGuckin Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Youth Team Coach Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team kept their Youth Alliance League title hopes alive with an impressive victory over leaders Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Ian McGuckin’s side knew they needed a result on the road against Rovers in order to stay in the mix for silverware and they got it thanks to Coleby Shepherd’s dramatic late winner.

The winger pounced with just three minutes remaining to drive a shot through a crowded penalty area and in to the net to set off wild celebrations on the pitch and in the dugout.

The goal was nothing more than Pools had deserved given the nature of their display, during which they bossed the encounter and inflicted just a fifth league defeat of the campaign on their hosts.

McGuckin’s youngsters set the tone early on and dominated possession without really opening up the home side on too many occasions during the first half.

Shepherd had the best of the opportunities when he cut in dangerously from the flank and moved inside the area but his low shot was well parried by the keeper and Rovers cleared from the rebound.

The second half was similar in feeling, with Pools looking the more likely to break the deadlock but struggling to break down a resolute Rovers rearguard.

They came close to scoring ten minutes from time when Danny Boyle let fly from the edge of the area but his shot came back off the crossbar and it looked as though the points would be shared.

However, as the clock ticked over to 87 minutes, Ollie Thompson played another testing ball forward which the hosts failed to deal with and Shepherd responded quickest to tuck the ball home.

“It was a very good performance and an excellent result because Doncaster a good side,” McGuckin admitted afterwards.

“We started the game very well and put them on the back foot though and I don’t think you can really argue against the fact we deserved the three points.

“Everything just fell in to place for the lads. I am their biggest critic at times but they played extremely well on Saturday, every single one of them.

“They were good with the ball, aggressive without it, they made good decisions all the pitch – it was just a strong all-round performance.”

The win sees Pools stay fourth in the North East Division table but they are now just one point off top spot though some of their rivals do still have games in hand.

Full Time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Pools 1

Pools: Young, Pritchard, Thompson, Miller, Webster, Boyle, Naylor, Leonard, Shepherd, Fox, Best.
Subs: Roxburgh, Pilling, Willoughby, Rennison, Chapman.

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