Blackpool’s youth team picked up their first point of the season on Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Accrington Stanley.
Pool started the game in fine fashion and went ahead after five minutes, courtesy of a confident finish from Kieran Shaw. Sam Staunton-Turner played the ball down the line to set tricky winger Ramone Blackett free. Blackett ran at his man with pace, twisting one way, turning another, before finding Shaw with a low cross.
It was just the kind of start the club’s youngsters needed after losing their opening games to Preston and Bury.
On 23 minutes Shaw turned provider with a pass to Ash Rowley on the edge of the box. Rowley opted for power and his shot was parried away by the busy Accrington goalkeeper Kieran Wollard.
With the second half drawing to a close, Blackpool looked to make their domination count and created a handful of chances.
Accrington equalised shortly after half-time, with Josh Peake’s cross deflecting into the path of James Jenkins to score.
Despite Blackpool playing the better football and continuing to create chances, Accrington took the lead on 79 minutes with what can only be described as a bizarre goal. Stanley substitute James Roberts hit a shot with power from the edge of the area and the ball then took two wicked deflections and looped up and over the unlucky Dean Gardikiotis.
With ten minutes remaining the 2-1 score line didn’t reflect how the game had been played, and Blackpool pressed forward in search of an equaliser without abandoning their attractive playing style.
Then on 82 minutes the home side got the goal their play deserved, showing great character after going behind. Ready was played in down the middle and rounded the keeper to place the ball into an empty net.
In a match that The Seasiders dominated for large periods, Youth Team Coach John Hills had mixed emotions following the game.
“We played some great football and deserved to win. We’re a little frustrated because we created a lot of chances but didn’t take them,” he said.
“I’d be more upset if we were not creating any opportunities but we’ll be working on finishing in training next week.”