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Imps U18 3 Doncaster Rovers U18 1

26 October 2022

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The young Imps booked their place in the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 victory against Doncaster Rovers U18.

Doncaster got the game underway at the LNER Stadium but were almost immediately under pressure when the ball fell to Louis Nesbitt on the edge of the box, whose goalbound effort was saved by Jake Oram.

The away side responded soon after which saw them take the lead in the ninth minute through Jack Goodman who found himself free inside the area to hit a powerful volley into the back of the net.

In the 19th minute, the Imps had a good opportunity to level the game when Tayo Tucker spun a defender and got a shot away, but the ball travelled wide of the goal.

Goodman nearly doubled Doncaster’s lead in the 25th minute, when a through ball from Thomas Parkinson allowed the Rovers striker to shoot narrowly wide.

Ash Foyle’s side had a golden chance to equalise in the 40th minute when Imps captain Oisin Gallagher delivered a ball into the box that found MJ Kamara, whose fierce shot had to be flicked over the bar for a corner.

As the half-time break approached City found an equaliser as Julian Donnery's cross from the left set up Tucker who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom right corner.

In the 55th minute, the hosts worked the ball nicely down the left wing, with the ball eventually ending up at the feet of Adamson, whose strike was deflected for a corner.

Doncaster went close to retaking the lead in the 56th minute, when Faris Khan’s header had to be pushed past the post by Isaac Allan in the City goal.

Harry Wood replaced Khan for the away side in the 69th minute, and no less than a minute later, the substitute had received a straight red card for a dangerous challenge.

The Imps were pressurising ten-man Doncaster, and after winning yet another free-kick, Gallagher powered a low strike from 25 yards on to the base of the post.

Ash Foyle's side finally made the man advantage count in the 76th minute when the ball fell kindly to Kabeya just inside the area from a corner, which he struck high into the net from the centre of the box.

City wrapped up the win deep into second half stoppage time as Donnery was played through on a counter-attack which he tucked away neatly into the bottom right corner to send his side through to the FA Youth Cup second round.

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