McAtee Grabs The Winner In The First Half
: Burnley v Shrewsbury Town (Football League Youth Alliance - North West league, Saturday 6 February, Nelson Football Club, 11am kick-off). NEXT FIXTURE
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ASSISTANTS: Mark Kelly & Jamie Jones
: Paul Stonier REFEREE
SUBS: Harry Pickering, Jack Grimshaw, James Gibbons, Taylor Attrell, Harry Benns.
: Calum Ferrie (GK); Ben Fraser, Alex Morris, Mike Calveley, MacKenzie Faulkner (C), Luke Dennis, Tom Ashton, Mike Cunlon, Dan Turner, Liam Mottram, Charlie Walford. RT VALE LINE-UPPO
BOOKED: McAtee (73).
GOALS: McAtee (14).
UNUSED SUBS: Ryan Barnett, Charley Higgs.
: Charlie Bannister (GK); Ryan Sears, Nathan Millis, Joel Carta (George Hughes, 60), Callum Grogan (C), Jacob Rammell, Joe Kenton (Jack Butts, 84), Tom King (Jordan Wilson, 55), George Hassall, John McAtee, Mathew Jones. SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP
FULL-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Port Vale
In the end, the Shrews held on for a good three points.
At the other end, Town could have doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go but Wilson shot over from close range when Rammell's corner was headed down.
Aftet the restart, Vale went even closer to an equaliser in the 63rd minute when Mike Cunlon got in on the inside right and Bannister came out to make a superb stop.
HALF-TIME: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Port Vale
But there was only one goal in it at the break.
There was also another chance for Port Vale ten minutes before the break as Alex Morris crossed low and Charlie Walford saw an effort deflect wide.
At the other end, with 20 minutes on the clock, King pulled the ball back from the left and McAtee fired over first-time from just inside the box.
The Valiants' first chance came in the 18th minute when Charlie Bannister got down to hold Liam Mottram's low strike.
However, McAtee did grab the opener in the 14th minute when Mathew Jones played him into the box with a short free-kick before he fired low into the far corner from the right.
McAtee then went even closer to the opener when Kenton crossed at mid-height from the right and the striker saw an acrobatic effort in the penalty area parried away by Vale goalkeeper Calum Ferrie.
Shrewsbury got the game underway and had the game's first chance in the sixth minute when Kenton crossed low from the right, Hassall turned in the box and saw a low strike deflect wide for a corner.
Ryan Sears, Nathan Millis, Joel Carta, Jacob Rammell, Joe Kenton, Tom King and George Hassall all came into the starting line-up.
Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes made seven changes to the side which narrowly lost 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers a week before, with Tuesday's Final Third Development League clash with Morecambe in mind.
And the goal was enough to get Town's under-18s back to winning ways in the league.
The first-year scholar latched onto a short free-kick from Mathew Jones at Shrewsbury Sports Village and fired into the bottom corner in the 14th minute.
A first-half strike from John McAtee fired Shrewsbury Town to all three points against Port Vale in the Football League Youth Alliance - North West league on Saturday.