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REPORT | Bradford 2 v 4 Academy

7 January 2020

Rotherham United's U18's came out on top in an entertaining encounter away to Bradford City on Saturday, winning 4-2 to move up to fourth in the Youth Alliance League.

Both sides had chances to open the scoring during the early exchanges, but it was the Millers who eventually broke the deadlock with 22 minutes on the clock courtesy of Jerome Greaves.

That lead didn't last long, however, as the Bantams levelled things just six minutes later. Jonny White was able to pick out Kian Scales with a pass, and he made no mistakes with the finish. 

As the game approached the break, it was Rotherham who hauled themselves back in front as Greaves netted again, this time rising highest to send a header beyond the goalkeeper after getting on the end of a Joel Spence cross.

Following the restart, Jack Wilson equalised once again for Bradford, but it proved to be indecisive as the Millers dictated the remainder of the second half, keeping possession well in West Yorkshire. 

Their pressure paid off as Jacob Gratton popped up with a great goal to make it 3-2, with the attacking midfielder showing excellent footwork before bending one into the corner of the net from distance.

Things were then wrapped up by Spence in spectacular fashion as he sent an overhead kick beyond the reaches of Tom Donaghy in the home goal, and that 63rd-minute strike was enough to seal all three points. 

Line-Ups

Bradford City: Donaghy; Francis, Rowe, Harrop,Sikora ©; Wilson, Scales, Wood, Norman (Palit 70’); Ripley (Toukara 64’), White. 

Unused Substitutes: Ombang, Ormerod, Ajibode. 

Rotherham United: Burnett; Makwedza (Salah 87'), Hull, Beeden, Smith; Scott, Spence, Peel-Evans (Kenny 80'), Hodgkinson; Gratton; Greaves.

Unused Substitutes: Wenham.


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