Three second half goals helped the young Millers to victory over Huddersfield Town at Canalside on Thursday afternoon.
In a well contested opening period, it was the Terriers who went closest to breaking the derby deadlock, when Ernaldo Krasniqi threaded the ball through to Sonny Whittingham, who fired just wide of the right post.
Huddersfield went close again on the stroke of half time, when Darnel Baxter-Alleyne saw his powerful effort cannon back off the woodwork, as the two sides went in level at the break.
The Millers started the second period brightly, and got their reward eight minutes into the half through George Scott who broke into the area and slotted the ball past Nicholas Bilokapic.
The youngsters began to get a foothold in the game and doubled their advantage, as Scott helped himself to his second goal of the game, before Haroon Salah added gloss to the scoreline with the third, to round-off a fantastic day's work in West Yorkshire.
Having combatted Town's strengths to good effect in the first half, Head of Academy Coaching John Williams was delighted the young Millers were able to capitalise with three unanswered goals in the second period.
Speaking to www.themillers.co.uk, he said:
“It was a very tactical game, technically Huddersfield have got some very good players but I think we combatted that very well in the first half.
“We set up to try and frustrate them but we were also looking to play as well, which we had quite a lot of success with.
“In the second half we became more expansive and put players higher up the pitch to try and dominate periods of play and I think we did that.
“We scored at vital times in the game which really helped with the lad’s confidence, which is important. Hopefully we can take that into the next few games.”
George Scott was intsrumental in his side's victory, helping himself to a second half brace at Canalside, and Williams reserved special praise for the midfielder, in what he described as an accomplished performance.
“George was very solid and implemented our game plan extremely well. He was very confident in what he had to do," Williams explained.
“In the second period we asked him to play a little bit further up the pitch and he got his reward with two goals and a very accomplished performance.”
FULL TIME | Huddersfield Town 0 v 3 Academy
ACADEMY XI | Ellis; Makwedza (Booth 81’), Carroll, Exton, Smith; Clark, Durose (Watson 81’), Scott, Greenhouse (Warne 76’); Greaves (McGuckin 72’), Salah.
UNUSED | Burnett.