Rovers 4 Govan Res 2 Scorers were Harry x 2, John, Kyle
First friendly in preparation of the 2018/2019 season saw Rovers play Govan Res from the Manchester League on a very sunny and hot afternoon. Rovers started brightly creating many chances which didn't really test the keeper. Rovers played the better football within the opening 20 minutes. Lots of pass and moving and playing balls into channels especially integrating the new players into the football played.
Rovers took the lead around 25 minutes in when Harry whipped in a free kick from the by line which evaded the Govan defense and Rovers Andy Weaver to bounce into the corner of the net.
Some 5 minutes later Harry repeated the feat again catching the keeper out with another in-swinging reek kick. which nestled into the corner.
On 35 minutes some nice wing play by Leo led to him playing in Josh on the edge of the box who then slipped the ball to the on running John Hitchen who from 18 yards passed the ball into the corner of the net. 3 nil Rovers.
Rovers continued to dominate and tested the keeper on manly occasion but couldn't quite direct the ball into the net..
Half time 3 nil.
Rovers started the 2nd half as they ended the first creating chance after chance but with no breakthrough until around the 65th minute when Kyle pounced on a knock down and powered the ball into the net.beyond the keeper.
With having a small squad and some players having not been at training, tiredness kicked in and within the final 15 minutes Govan replied with 2 goals in quick succession giving Rovers keeper no chance in stopping them. The game fizzled out due to the heat and ended 4-2 to Rovers.
The game was played the right way with both sides playing decent football.
Good luck to Govan for the forthcoming season.
3. Harry Roache ©
4 Jack Roache
5. Anthony Wainman
7. Andy Weaver
8. John Hitchen
9 Kyle Tridenti-Wilkie
10 Josh Davenport