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A goal in each half gave Blackburn's Youth team, a well deserved 2-0 win at Ewood this afternoon to knock the cup holders, Manchester United out of the FA Youth Cup.


Drench, Peers, Andy Taylor, Luke Jones, Barr, Weaver, Peter, Stopforth, Walsh (Garner), Barker, Byrom.

Subs not used. Hodge, Zak Jones, Reid, Welch.

Yellow cards. Peers, L Jones, Barr.

Goal scorers. Byrom.(pen) 15min, Barker 81min.


Heaton, Howard, Eckersley, Spector, McShane(Hogg),R Jones, Eagle, Ngalula, Ebanks-Blake, Calliste (Puustinen), Matin.

Subs not used. Picken, Lee, Neumayr.

Yellow cards. Howard.

Ref M Jones.

Attendance 3206.

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United kicked off attacking the Blackburn End and went close with a header within the first 5 minutes. However Drench in the Blackburn goal quickly organised his defence and commanded his area for the remainder of the game, giving United very few goal scoring opportunities.

Blackburn’s Luke Jones and Craig Barr were unfortunate to be both booked within the first 15 minutes for miss timed tackles, however they soon settled and looked solid in the centre of the defence, aided by Peers on the right and Taylor on the left.

Rovers took the lead within 15 minutes of the kick off when United’s Martin brought down Peter in the area. The resultant penalty being converted by Byrom, who placed his shot in the opposite corner to the diving United keeper.

United main threat came from Calliste, the first occasion when Drench had to race off his line to put the ball into row z, and the second occasion when he was brought down just outside the area by Peers just before half time. Fortunately Peers was not the last defender, so only received a yellow card for the foul.

Sergio Peter threaten the United defence throughout the game and his cutting runs  in from the right stretched the United keeper on a number of occasions, and with the left back, Taylor venturing more up field in the second half, Rovers stretched United and as the game wore on Rovers looked more like the team that would score.

Byrom was again involved in the 80th minute when his free kick from the left hand side was firmly headed into the back of the net by Barker.

Final score 2-0

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