Rovers show class in a dominant performance in friendly against National League North side York City.
First half goals from Bradley Dack, Corry Evans and Ben Gladwin (x2) comfortably put Rovers 4-0 up at half-time. The scoreline was repeated in the second half when Paul Caddis (x2), Danny Graham and Elliott Bennett chipped in with goals to give Blackburn a resounding 8-0 win.
Rovers started the game strongly and, after 12 minutes, their efforts were rewarded. Corry Evans lifted the ball into the box, and after it took a slight deflection off the defender’s head, Bradley Dack went through on goal and simply placed the ball in off the far post.
After that, there was only one real winner. Rovers made it 2-0 on 17 minutes after Dack became provider and Evans become the scorer. Paul Caddis, who was a strong contender for man of the match, drilled a cross into Dack, who laid it off to Evans to finish via a deflection.
Then, on 27 minutes, Dack picked up his second assist. Dack played a one-two with Gladwin before the former QPR man placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner from 25 yards. Gladwin then picked up his second of the game after 44 minutes, after Caddis headed down to Gladwin who finished from close range.
The half-time whistle went and Rovers were comfortably up at 4-0. Darragh Lenihan replaced Ryan Nyambe at half-time as Mowbray kept the same team as the first half – except Nyambe. Rovers then made it 5 as Evans fed Doyle down the left hand side, and Caddis finished from 2 yards – he could hardly miss!
The trialist RB then made it 2 for himself and 6 for Rovers as Caddis took it down the right-hand side, then fed into Dack. Dack held the ball up well and then back-heeled where Caddis took the shot left footed and first time to curl the ball into the right side of the keeper’s net. (The goal can be seen here)
There was then four changes for Rovers, as Mulgrew, Whittingham, Hardcastle and Graham came on for Ward, Caddis, Evans and Gladwin after 60 minutes. 9 minutes later, Raya, Wharton, Smallwood, Bennett, Rankin-Costello and Nuttall came on for Steele, Williams, Doyle, Tomlinson, Feeney and Dack
Then, only 14 minutes after coming on, Graham made it 7-0 to Rovers. Smallwood played the ball to Bennett, who clipped the ball over to Graham who headed home for Rovers.
Rovers saved the best goal until last, with Elliott Bennett scoring 6 minutes from the end. Nuttall, a trialist striker, laid to ball off to Bennett, who smashed the ball from 25 yards past the disheartened York goalkeeper.
Overall, although it was only a friendly against a team three divisions below Rovers, it was good to see Rovers be dominant in a game. Overall, we showed class and the game was summed up when York City player Adriano Moke tweeted the following tweet:
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