Cup joy for youths

Rovers' Liam Wakefield challenges the Hull keeper for the ball. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' Liam Wakefield challenges the Hull keeper for the ball. Picture: Andrew Roe

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DONCASTER Rovers are one win away from ending a forgettable season with a trophy - after the club’s youth side made it through to the FA Youth Alliance Cup Final.

Paul Stancliffe’s team beat league leaders Hull City 3-1 at Cantley Park on Saturday to reach the last two.

Rovers' Jordan Ball in action against Hull. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' Jordan Ball in action against Hull. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers will face the winners of the southern area semi-final between Millwall and Exeter in the final.

Doncaster took the lead against the Tigers in the eighth minute when Paddy Mullen’s cross from the right was headed home by Jordan Ball.

And moments later it was 2-0 when Sam McMahon rose to divert home Mullen’s corner.

Liam Wakefield headed just over and Jacob McCormick fired wide as Rovers went close to putting the tie beyond doubt soon after the restart.

But instead they were made to sweat as Hull’s leading scorer Lewis Clarkson latched onto a long ball and coolly rounded Jonathan Maxted to halve the deficit.

Ball regained Rovers’ two-goal advantage shortly after the hour mark when he smashed a penalty after Mullen was upended.

In addition to their cup run, Rovers are on course for a top four finish in the North East Youth Alliance.