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Youth Win At Port Vale

26 September 2015

U18s League: Port Vale 0-2 Shrewsbury Town

: Mansfield Town v Shrewsbury Town (Football League Youth Alliance Cup Round 2, Saturday 3 October, 11am kick-off). NEXT FIXTURE


ASSISTANTS: Matthew Walker & Ryan Morris
: Matthew Tyres REFEREE

BOOKED: Ben Fraser (87).

UNUSED SUBS: Joe Slinn (GK), Luke Dennis.

: Callum Ferrie (GK); James Gibbons, Alex Morris (Ben Fraser, 80), Michael Calverley, Mackenzie Faulkner (c)Taylor Attrell, Charlie Walford, Brad Ede, Dan Turner, Liam Mottram (Brian Barton, 61), Tom Ashton (Harry Benns, 78). PORT VALE LINE-UP

SENT OFF: Butts (84).

BOOKED: Kenton (58), Wilson (64), Robert (86).

GOALS: Ethan Jones (33), Wilson (73).

UNUSED SUBS: Joel Carta, Josh Agbozo.

: Leon Reece (GK); Callum Roberts, Callum Grogan (c) (Joe Kenton, 41), Ryan Sears, Tom King (Mathew Jones, 71), Jack Butts, Chris Gallagher, George Hughes, Ethan Jones, Charley Higgs (John McAtee, 45), Jordan Wilson. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Port Vale 0-2 Shrewsbury Town

However, goalkeeper Reece got down to his right to turn Barton's resulting penalty against his right post to preserve Shrewsbury's clean sheet and give Town their fifth straight win.

The game was not finished there, though, as the hosts were awarded a penalty when defender Butts was adjudged to have fouled a Port Vale player off the ball inside the box.

But Dawes' side doubled their lead a minute later, with 73 on the clock, as Jones fed in Wilson on the inside right before the latter fired under the legs of the goalkeeper from the angle.

Town continued to search for an all-important second, though, and Jones fired a side-foot shot straight at the 'keeper when Wilson pulled the ball back for him.

At the other end, with 69 minutes on the clock, Vale were denied by the post Calverley struck against the left side of the woodwork from close range.

And in the 67th minute, the ball fell nicely for the run of McAtee around 20 yards out and his half-volley was tipped around the right post by the Port Vale goalkeeper.

Then, from the rebound, Joe Kenton volleyed just wide of the target from the edge of the box.

First, Wilson ran past his marker on the right and was denied low at the near post.

Shrewsbury continued to search for a second and there was a double chance for Town to double their lead.

Jones then had a great chance himself in the 56th minute as Roberts hit a first-time cross from the left to the far post, substitute John McAtee headed it back across goal and Jones sent the ball over from close range.

Ethan Jones did well to be his man on the inside left of the penalty and cross for Wilson who then headed over from close range.

The second period proved to be a lot livelier and Wilson had the chance to double the lead within a minute of the restart.

HALF-TIME: Port Vale 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

Grogan's injury forced him to come off, with Joe Kenton his replacement.

The only concern of the first period for Shrewsbury came when Grogan clashed heads with fellow defender Callum Roberts when jumping to clear from a free-kick.

Town then took the lead in the 33rd minute as Callum Grogan sent a free-kick upfield from just inside his own half, it flicked off the head of Vale's Michael Calverley and Jones brought it down just outside the box before sending a stunning, looping half-volley into the far left corner for his fifth goal of the season.

The hosts' first chance arrived on the half-hour mark as Tom Ashton layed a short free-kick for the run of Brad Ede on the edge of the box but he curled just over having hit the ball first time.

It was a fairly even start between the two teams and Ethan Jones had the game's first effort on goal in the 14th minute as his strike along the ground from 20 yards out was straight at Port Vale goalkeeper Callum Ferrie.


Chris Gallagher returned from injury to start in midfield in place of Josh Agbozo, Tom King replaced Mathew Jones at left wing back and Leon Reece replaced Shaun Rowley in goal.

Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes made three changes to the side which won 3-0 at home to Tranmere Rovers a week before.


And Shrewsbury retained their place at the top of the table as a result of the win.

Town were reduced to ten men late on when Jack Butts was shown a straight red card and goalkeeper Leon Reece saved a penalty from the hosts' Brian Barton following the incident.

Goals in either half from Ethan Jones and Jordan Wilson were enough to see the young Shrews past the Valiants in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league clash at Vale's training ground.

Shrewsbury Town's youth team picked up their fifth straight win with victory at Port Vale in the league on Saturday.

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