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Report: Youth team slip to home defeat against Shrewsbury

20 December 2014

Young Cod Army had taken the lead after the break

A five minute lapse in concentration cost Fleetwood Town’s youth team as they lost 3-1 to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday morning despite taking a 67th minute lead through Louis Myers.

Myers struck midway through the second half as he chased a long ball into the right channel and finished past Shaun Rowley courtesy of the post.

However, three minutes later, the Shrews were level through Josh Ginnelly, who scored the first of his two goals from the edge of the area.

Ginnelly’s equaliser sparked the visitors’ into life as they scored three times in five minutes. Ethan Jones put Shrewsbury ahead for the first time before Ginnelly’s second made it 3-1 with 76 minutes on the clock.

The result was another harsh lesson for Craig Madden’s lads following the FA Youth Cup Third Round defeat to Sunderland, but will take encouragement from the fact they looked in control for large periods of the game.

Full-back Matty Williams looked to seize the initiative as early as the third minute, driving at the opposition’s defence before being bundled to the ground some 25 yards from goal. Conor Smith took the resulting free-kick but could only find the wall.

As the first half grew on, Smith sitting at the base of the midfield, began to dictate the play for Town and caused havoc with late corner deliveries in the half.

From the first, Myers was picked out at the back post and headed back across goal to Wes Nelson, who could not find a way past Rowley.

The second, on the stroke of half-time, again found Myers, who under pressure could only head wide at the back post.

Into the second period and the Cod Army continued from where they had left off and duly took the lead through Myers who worked tirelessly throughout.

Ginnelly though who looked threatening going forward for Shrewsbury, was not to be denied grabbing a brace, the second of which was a close range tap-in either side of a neatly taken finish by Jones from 18 yards out.

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