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Harrogate Town U18
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Doncaster Rovers U18
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Bray and Brodella two minute double seals U18s win at Doncaster

18 February 2024

Town U18s came away with all three points against Doncaster as two quick goals via Jack Bray and Josh Brodella proved the difference between the two sides.

Town came into this one off the back of a disappointing result in the week away to Rotherham but were looking to put things right with a good performance.

It was two changes for Rory McArdle’s side from the team that played Rotherham with Alfie Lee and Olly Nicholson entering the fray.

It was a fast start for Doncaster who tested the hands of Frankie Shepherd on several occasions in the opening 10 minutes with it looking like the Doncaster striker Imariagbe would be a handful for the Town defence with the home side having a quick counter attacking style of play.

After an evenly contested half hour, both teams found their feet in which was a feisty opening. It took Town some time to carve out any real chances in front of goal but on 26 minutes, Town created a lovely move down the left wing as Emmanuel Ilesanmi drove inside and played a reverse pass into the path of Brodella who looked destined to score but the defender came across putting in a goal-saving tackle.

The first card of the day was shown to the Doncaster centre midfielder Dillon with a late challenge on Ilesanmi in the 34th minute and shortly after the right back Piekarski was cautioned for dissent.

That brought an end to the first half with the scores all level and chances seeming hard to come by for both teams.

The referee was kept busy throughout the game issuing the third yellow to Lee and so too Imariagbe for a tactical foul stopping a potential counter attack.

On 66 minutes Town made the breakthrough. It was a well-worked move down the right wing with Brodella and Ilesanmi interchanging well. Brodella fired the ball low across the face of goal and Bray was in the right place at the right time to sweep the ball home from close range.

Two minutes later Town made it two-nil with Brodella adding his name to the scoresheet as he took a long ball down with a delightful touch which took it right into his path for him to strike the ball past the keeper into the near post.

A minute later. Town could’ve made it three in three minutes as Ilesanmi had a great opportunity as he was played through from a long ball. Bearing down on goal 1v1 he couldn’t find the corner with his effort, and it ends up in the keeper’s grasp.

As the game entered the final 20 minutes, it was evident that Town had a comfortable grip on the game with a two-goal lead having grown confidence and were assertive in possession.

As the clock ran down, Town slowed the tempo of the game, with Nicholson shown a yellow card for time wasting in the 90th minute.

Elijah Samuels and Ollie Robinson came on late for Town in replace of Ilesanmi and Brodella and looked bright when coming on to see out a hard fought win.

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