Shrewsbury 1 Tranmere 3
Luke Ward’s late penalty was only enough to serve as a consolation as the young shrews lost 3-1 to Tranmere Rovers.
Shrewsbury were already 3-0 down when Ward was fouled in the box, the centre half stood up to convert the resulting penalty, firing past the out-stretched keeper.
It was a confident finish, but it was too little too late to conjure up a come-back on a blistering afternoon.
The away side took the lead early, breaking quickly and leaving a tap in for their pacey striker, it wasn’t the start the team were hoping for, but it has given them a lot to learn from.
Shrewsbury had a long spell of possession in the first half with Charlie Catton having several good opportunities, but it was Tranmere who doubled their advantage before the break.
It was a frustrating game of fine margins with Edan Sears having an effort cleared off the line and Zac Hartley forcing a good save from the Tranmere goalkeeper from distance.
The away side wrapped up the game after a defensive error left their striker one on one with Sam Agius and they extended their lead.
It was a disappointing result but there is plenty that the team can learn from the game to take forward and all the substitutes made an impact when coming on to the pitch.
The team now looks forward to their next league game against Carlisle away next Friday. Some of the U-18 squad will also be involved in the U-23 game against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.
- Agius, Sam
- Hartley, Zac
- Walker, Dan
- Redding, Lewis
- Davies, Tom
- Sears, Edan (2nd Half Sub)
- Turner, Jamaine
- O’Toole, Ethan (2nd Half Sub)
- Catton, Charlie (2nd Half Sub)
- Grosvenor, Ryan
- Thomas, William (2nd Half Sub)
- Thompson, Reece
- Dewbury, Lewis (2nd Half Sub)
- Elmore, Archie (2nd Half Sub)
- Ward, Luke (2nd Half Sub)
- Aris, Nigel (2nd Half Sub)