Rotherham United’s Academy made it three wins from as many games as they continued their bright start to life in the Youth Alliance League in 2021/22 with a 3-2 win over Carlisle United.
A lengthy trip to face the Cumbrians on their own turf in the North West proved a successful one for Richard Hairyes’ youngsters, who prevailed on Saturday thanks to Ciaran McGuckin – who helped himself to a brace – and Nathan Exton who was also on target.
The club’s Academy have now played three and won three after a similarly unblemished pre-season record, with wins in the league over Huddersfield Town and Bradford City preceding the success over Carlisle.
The youngsters' perfect start looked in danger when Carlisle took the early incentive, putting themselves ahead after just one minute of the game.
McGuckin restored parity with his first of the afternoon before the hosts edged themselves back in front at 2-1.
The Millers rallied though and once again got themselves level as Exton found the back of the net to make it 2-2 and set up a thrilling finale in the North West.
It was then left up to Northern Ireland U19 international McGuckin to score the fifth and final goal of the game, which would also prove to be the winner late on.
Academy | Burnett; Greenhouse, Carroll, Exton (Grove 90), Jenkinson; Hatton (Bond 85), Booth, Day, Holvey; Durose, McGuckin.
Unused | Ford, Clark, Douglas.