Battling young Rovers bow out

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DONCASTER Rovers were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in last night’s third round tie against Chelsea at Staines.

The London side, winners in 2009-10, beat battling Rovers 2-1 in what was a much closer game than many had predicted.

Lucas Piazon scored the winner in the 72nd minute with a deflected shot which wrong-footed keeper Jon Maxted. Rovers got off to a flying start, defender Liam Wakefield heading home in the first minute from a Jordan Ball free-kick.

The Blues drew level on seven minutes with a goal by the unmarked Jon Swift, who got on the end of a byline cross by Islam Feruz.

Rovers’ Eddie Wilding went down in the box after going past several defenders but pleas for a 25th minute penalty fell on deaf ears, as was the case when Feruz took a tumble in the box on 70 minutes.

Maxted had earlier produced an excellent save to deny Feruz.on 54 minutes,

Chelsea skipper Nathaniel Chalobah found the back of the net from an 85th minute free-kick only to be ruled offside. Rovers went close to a late equaliser through Ball and Wakefield in the dying minutes.

“I’m very proud of the lads; they gave it a right go,” said director of youth Paul Wilson.

“We got the early goal which gave the lads a huge lift but it made them step up a couple of gears and they equalised soon after.

“We had to try and stop them playing because they had tremendous quality and we did that for long periods of the game. They were always going to break us down on occasions; we just had to try and limit the number of times that we let them do it.

“When you look at the outstanding players that they’ve got and consider the fact that we competed with them for long periods of the game,I think it shows that we have players in the team who can go on to play in the Football League.”