Alliance Cup: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town
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: Shrewsbury Town v Bury (Football League Youth Alliance - North West League, Saturday 5 September, 11am kick-off, venue TBC). NEXT FIXTURE
ASSISTANTS: Andy Farr & Darrell Bright.
: Martin Chester REFEREE
BOOKED: George Barnby (31).
SUBS: Joe Parker (GK), George Hornshaw, Saamie Ibraheem, Nathan Blagg.
: Ben Ledger (GK); Lewis Butroid, James Dean-Atkinson, Riley Baker, Deandre Watkiss, Leslie Sackey, Jack Dyche (c), Sunny Shilling, George Barnby, Nate Sithole, Lewis McMichael. SCUNTHORPE UNITED LINE-UP
SENT-OFF: McAtee (90+2).
BOOKED: McAtee (67, 90+2), Hughes (83).
GOALS: Watts (3), McAtee (33).
UNUSED SUBS: Joel Bonner, Jacob Rammell,
: Harry Lewis (GK): Jack Butts, Ryan Sears, Callum Roberts, Callum Grogan (c), Mathew Jones (Nathan Millis, 75), Jack Watts (trialist) George Hughes, Ethan Jones (George Hassall, 62), John McAtee, Jordan Wilson. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town
Shrewsbury will now wait to find out their second-round opponents.
Town were comfortable winners in the end although McAtee was a shown a second yellow card two minutes into added time for a second challenge.
At the other end, with little under ten minutes left, Wilson attacked the inside left area of Scunthorpe's box before firing just past the far right post.
Scunthorpe rarely threatened Town's goal on the day but Harry Lewis was forced into a near-post save to stop George Hornshaw's powerful strike from the right.
Fellow striker McAtee was then booked for a foul in the middle of the field in the 67th minute.
There was a injury concern for Shrewsbury just past the half-hour mark as Ethan Jones went down with an ankle problem and had to be replaced by George Hassall.
At the other end, United's first effort of the second half saw Sunny Shilling scoop over from the edge of the penalty area.
Ethan Jones beat his marker on the inside left and looked to place a shot into the bottom left corner but the Scunthorpe goalkeeper got down to hold the shot.
Dawes' side continued their forward momentum after the restart and went close to adding a third goal within just four minutes of the second period.
HALF-TIME: Scunthorpe United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town
And Town went into the break with a two-goal cushion.
Shrewsbury then doubled their lead with 33 minutes on the clock as McAtee grabbed his second goal of the season with a low finish into the bottom left corner from inside the box.
Scunthorpe's first attempt at the other end came in spectacular fashion in the 24th minute as Deandre Watkiss launched a long ball forward to Jack Dyche who attempted a first-time overhead kick, but the effort went wide of the right post.
The Shrews' striker then had an even better chance to double Town's lead as Watts slid him in one on one, but Ledger denied the low shot with his legs before Wilson's follow-up shot was blocked.
McAtee then tried his luck from long range with 15 minutes gone with a shot which swerved and saw Scunthorpe goalkeeper Ben Ledger hold well.
Ethan Jones drove into the Iron's penalty area from the right and squared a low ball, which was dummeyed on its way, to Watts who fires the ball low into the left corner to put Town in front.
Scunthorpe, who sit second in the Youth Alliance's North East league, got the game underway but it was Shrewsbury who took the lead with their first chance in only the third minute.
Jordan Wilson and trialist Watts were the other two chances as they replaced Joe Kenton and Jacob Rammell.
Mathew Jones, who has now received international clearance, came in for his first competitive game of the season for Tom King at left wing back.
Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes made three changes to the side beaten at Walsall a week before.
McAtee did see a late red for Shrewsbury after two yellow cards, but Town were worthy winners in the clash at the St Lawrence Academy.
First-half goals from trialist Jack Watts and striker John McAtee were enough to see Town safely through to round two of the competition's Northern section.
Shrewsbury Town's youth team reached the second round of the Football League Youth Alliance cup with victory at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.