The Academy under 18s shared the spoils with their counterparts from Blackburn when the teams met at Compton Park on Friday afternoon.
Coach Mick Halsall said: “This was a game of two halves between two evenly matched sides and the one all draw was, in my opinion, a fair result after we had enjoyed the best of the opening half before Rovers took over after the break.
“We took the game to Rovers with something of a cutting edge to our play and took the lead after twenty minutes through Ceiron Keane who finished with a strong left foot shot after good work from Peter Smith down the right side. He cut inside to cross and the ball carried to the back post for Keane to finish.
“We were forced to make a change at half-time taking Ibrahim Keita off which made an impact on our play as we did not have an outlet to play up to. So we had to work the ball in a different way up to the front men.
“This gave the opposition the opportunity to press onto us which we handled well for most of the time. But we needed a little more understanding on when to play the ball out of defence and when to go longer when we pushed forwards.
“Blackburn drew level midway through the second half and, after looking at the video, the Rovers player who scored for them was in an offside position.
“At times, when things are going for you, you get those decisions but in all fairness it was an evenly matched game.”