YOUTH FOOTBALL: Cirencester Academy go down fighting in FA Youth Cup at Forest Green
1:04pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
FA Youth Cup
Forest Green Rovers 3
Cirencester Academy 1
ROVERS' U18s booked themselves a place in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup with a satisfying win in difficult conditions against the Cirencester Academy, writes Richard Joyce.
Rovers are managed by Scott Bartlett, himself a former product of the Ciren Academy.
Rovers’ youngsters will now host Football League apprentices Torquay United in the first round at The New Lawn.
Heavy rain and a boggy surface made life difficult, nonetheless both teams impressed throughout with Rovers' ability in front of goal the telling factor.
Dan Martin fired Rovers in front after just five minutes and on the half-hour mark, Callum Richings put the home side two goals up via the penalty spot.
Cirencester, managed by former Wales international Steve Lowndes, hit back strongly when dominating the second half.
Despite facing an uphill task, Cirencester produced some excellent football with Harry Owen and Mason Thompson both producing good openings.
Gareth James pulled a goal back for Ciren and just minutes later substitute Liam Mansell’s speculative long distance drive almost forced the game into extra time.
Rovers' win was confirmed, though, three minutes from the end when Niall Morgan blasted a loose ball in the Ciren box into the back of the net.
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