Bristol Rovers became the Football League Youth Alliance Cup champions after beating Carlisle United 3-1 at Brunton Park.

Goals from Pat Keary, Alefe Santon and Aaron Ward-Baptiste gave the Pirates victory over the Cumbrians and their cup triumph rounded off what has been a remarkable campaign.

Rovers' win in the North West came just days after they clinched the Football League Youth Alliance South West title by beating Exeter City in their final league fixture, pipping Oxford United to top spot.

Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs reserved special praise for Head of Youth Tom Curtis and Youth Team Coach Alan Walsh, as well as all the players.

He told www.bristolrovers.co.uk: "I would like to congratulate the youth team on a fantastic end to what has been a brilliant season.

"It is a fantastic achievement, and gives us all reason to be very excited about the future. There have been a number of youth team players in and around the first team this season, and it looks like that will be set to continue.

"Youth is very important to us at Bristol Rovers, and we know how much you supporters value young local talent coming through the ranks."

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