Under-18s Suffer First Defeat Of The Season
BOOKED: Hurley (55).
GOALS: Bradbury (27), Hall (66).
UNUSED SUBS: Tom Fowler, Max Brown.
: Morgan Bacon (GK); Cuan Hurley, Ellis Pearson (Craig McCue, 78), Joran Holt, Matthew Douglas (c), Joe Robson, Carl Taylor, Karlton Rudd, Kieran Hall, Cameron Salkeld (Jack Egan, 88), Aaron Bradbury. CARLISLE UNITED
BOOKED: Hughes (49).
UNUSED SUBS: Ryan Barnett, Charley Higgs, Tom King.
: Harry Lewis (GK) (c); Joel Bonner (Callum Grogan, 45), Ryan Sears, Callum Roberts, Joe Kenton, George Hughes, Jacob Rammell, Nathan Millis (Jack Butts, 45), Ethan Jones, John McAtee, George Hassall (Jordan Wilson, 45). SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Carlisle United 2-0 Shrewsbury Town
Jones also placed a free-kick low and wide with two minutes to go, and the result meant Town’s under-18s slipped to their first defeat of the season.
Shrewsbury continued to push to halve the deficit at the end and Wilson had a second chance to get Town off the mark but his low drive from close range crashed back off the near post with five minutes left.
Wilson stepped up to take the penalty, having scored one against Burnley on Saturday, but saw his low drive to the left corner saved by Bacon.
All was not over and Town were awarded a penalty with 12 minutes left for a foul on Jordan Wilson inside the box.
At the other end, midfielder Joe Kenton could have pulled one back for Town when Roberts’ cross fizzed in from the left for the unmarked second-year scholar, but Kenton placed his first-time effort wide.
The Cumbrians thought they had a third with little over 15 minutes left to play but the referee ruled out Hall’s effort, which found the net from a corner, for using his hand.
Lewis then had to prevent a Carlisle third by acrobatically turning behind Hall’s shot from outside the box.
Holt latched onto a ball over the top on the right and pulled the ball back from the byline for Hall to simply tap in at the near post.
And the task was made even tougher for Shrewsbury as Carlisle grabbed a second with 66 minutes gone.
There was then an opportunity for defender Callum Roberts to equalise after the ball came back to him on the left following Jones’ driving run, but the full-back blasted over the target.
And Town made a better go of it in the second half, coming close to an equaliser just three minutes after the restart when Jones fed John McaAtee down the inside right before the latter fired wide of the target.
Dawes made a triple change at the start of the second period to try and swing the game in his side’s favour, with Callum Grogan, Jack Butts and Jordan Wilson all coming on for Joel Bonner, Nathan Millis and George Hassall.
HALF-TIME: Carlisle United 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
But Carlisle continued to pressure for a second goal before the break and could easily have gone into the interval further ahead.
The young Shrews nearly responded to the setback just two minutes later, however, as Carlisle goalkeeper Morgan Bacon had to tip Ethan Jones’ curled effort from outside the penalty area around his far post.
Salkeld latched onto a ball over the top on the right wing for the Cumbrians and crossed into the centre where Aaron Bradley hit a superb first-time volley low into the far left corner, giving Lewis no chance.
However, there was little the Town stopper could do to prevent Carlisle’s opener in the 27th minute.
And just a minute later, with 24 on the clock, Lewis was again called into action as he sprung to his right to Holt’s header from a free-kick around his near post.
Shrewsbury had to withstand the hosts’ pressure as best they could in the first half and goalkeeper Harry Lewis was required to pull off a reaction save from close range when Jordan Holt fed Hall through the centre where he should have scored.
The Carlisle striker again had space to shoot from outside the box ten minutes later but could not find the target.
Carlisle made the brighter start in the Cumbria drizzle and went close to opening the scoring in the third minute at Kieran Hall fed Cameron Salkeld on the inside right before the latter drove his shot low and wide of the left post.
Chris Gallagher and Mathew Jones still await international clearance to play.
Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes made one change to the side which beat Burnley on Saturday, with Joel Bonner starting at centre-back in place of Callum Grogan.
But it was a first defeat of the season for the young Shrews who went into the game at the top of the table.
Shrews substitute Jordan Wilson had the chance to pull a goal back from the penalty spot late on but was denied by the goalkeeper. He also hit the post moments after.
Goals in either half from the Cumbrians' Aaron Bradley and Kieran Hall were enough to give the hosts all three points in the Football League Youth Alliance – North West league game on the training pitch at Brunton Park.
Shrewsbury Town's youth team slipped to their first defeat of the season at Carlisle United on Tuesday afternoon.
ASSISTANTS: Neil McCrickard & Kieran Carruthers
: Jim Halliday REFEREE
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