First's into another semi
By Gary Brigden
Rovers got off to a flying in start in their Premier Challenge Cup Quarter Final on Monday night, when a first minute corner by Ollie Twum was powerfully headed home at the back post by Asa Rixon-Nicholls.
Rovers continued to dominate the opening exchanges, and their visitors were handed a further blow on 10 minutes when the prolific Levi King was forced off with a groin problem.
Hanworth did have some possession but once again stand-in keeper Aaron Bogle was largely untested, and it was Rovers who effectively killed the game in a blistering spell ten minutes before the break.
First up, Daryl Cooper-Smith picked the ball up just outside the Villa area, drifted beyond a couple of challenges, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home. Three minutes later and Cooper-Smith had his second, latching onto a through ball from Rixon-Nicholls and calmly lobbing the keeper for 3-0.
Shortly before the break and a Matt Farrell free kick was well saved low to his left by the Villa keeper, and Rovers went in 3-0 up at the break.
Villa went close on 55 minutes when a free kick from just outside the area went just wide of stand-in keeper Aaron Bogle's left hand post, and Rovers looked to freshen things up on the hour, replacing Twum and Cooper-Smith with Brendan Murphy-McVey and Phil Page.
Rovers though were seemingly content to hold their opponents at arms length, comfortable with a 3-0 lead. With ten minutes remaining Matt Farrell made way for Charlie Alexiou, giving the youngster his third run out for the first team.
Full time came with no addition to the first half scoreline, and the lads progressed to the semi-final.