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Accrington Stanley U18
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Rochdale U18

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Youth Team Report: Accrington Stanley 2-5 Dale

22 October 2017

The Youth Team were convincing 5-2 winners over Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Goals from Aaron Morley and Neil Kuemo put Dale ahead, before the hosts pulled a goal back before the break.

Kuemo made it 3-1, although Stanley looked to have set up a tense finale with their second in the final ten minutes.

However, Fabio Tavares made sure of the victory, before a late own goal rounded off the scoring.

Dale started the game brightly. Joe Renner saw a header deflected over the crossbar, but it was the hosts who were inches away from an opener when a corner kick came off the foot of the near post, with the help of Brad Wade who was scrambling across.

Dale didn’t have long to wait for their opener, when Morley converted in the 14th minute. A corner taken by Morley came back to him, and he drove into the area before firing in low at the far post.

Lewis Bradley produced a fine stop from the Stanley goalkeeper six minutes later, when he picked the ball up 20 yards out, skipped one challenge, and fired goalwards, only to be denied by a fine diving stop.

Kuemo had a great chance to double the lead after a superb counter attack from Dale. Luke Matheson picked up on a ball down the right side, found Bradley, who turned it on once more to Kuemo, but he dragged his shot wide of the far upright.

However, Kuemo and Dale didn’t have long to wait before making it 2-0. Bradley played a superb through ball to Florent Hoti, who squared to the back post. Kuemo was there ready and waiting, to turn the ball home.

The hosts responded well though, and equalised almost immediately, when a corner was headed into the far corner of the net from ten yards out.

Morley sent a free-kick from distance in the arms of the goalkeeper, before Fabio Tavares struck the woodwork with a header from Kuemo’s left wing cross as the first half came to a close.

The second half only came to life inside the final fifteen minutes. Bradley and Hoti both saw efforts deflected earlier on in the half, but Kuemo’s second goal in the 77th minute was the first of four before full-time.

The goal was set up by Morley, who played an outstanding through ball from his own half, perfectly weighted into the path of Kuemo, who finished clinically to restore the two-goal cushion.

However, the hosts halved the deficit again six minutes later, when an almighty scramble in the Dale area was eventually turned home from close range.

It took just three minutes for the two-goal cushion to be restored once again though, when Tavares smashed home a loose ball inside the area after Morley had whipped a free-kick into the area.

There was time for one more Dale goal in stoppage time, although it came from an Accrington defender. He played it back to his goalkeeper, and as he went to clear it upfield, the ball bobbled over his foot and into the back of the net, to round off a superb performance and result for Dale.

 

Dale XI: Wade, Matheson, Ward, Renner, Appiah, Morley, Hoti (75’ Hopper), Adshead (85’ White), Bradley, Kuemo, Tavares.

Subs: Hamzat, Neild, White, Hopper, Yonsian.

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