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Rochdale U18
4 - 0
Blackpool U18

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Match Reports

Youth Team Report: Rochdale 4 Blackpool 0

9 March 2021

The youth team's unbeaten run of 14 matches came to an end on Tuesday afternoon, in a 4-0 defeat to Rochdale.

The superb unbeaten run came to an end after Louie Chorlton, Paul Kyffin, and two strikes from Peter Thomas condemned Danny Ventre’s men to a loss.

The Seasiders made one change to their side, with Alec McLachlan replacing the suspended Charlie Monks.

Rochdale looked to stamp their authority on the game early on, keeping hold of possession well and attempting to stretch ‘Pool.

However, it was Blackpool who came closest first through Michael Fitzgerald, as he met Rob Apter’s corner to head towards goal, only for him to see his effort cleared off the line by Luke Nock.

At this point, it was an end-to-end game. Joe Wright found himself free 12-yards out but managed to drag a shot wide of the post.

The hosts then took the lead after Jadel Yaduat set Chorlton free down the right flank. His initial shot was blocked, but at the second time of asking, he curled a left-footed shot past McLachlan and into the net.

Just six minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead through Kyffin, who slotted home after Thomas managed to ride a challenge, stay on his feet, and square the ball to him.

The Seasiders looked for an instant reply, and they almost had one when Brad Holmes met Luke Mariette’s cross, but his glancing header went just wide.

Captain Sky Sinclair looked to have pulled a goal back, but Bradley Kelly did well to get across his goal line to keep him out.

Half-time: Rochdale A.F.C 2-0 Blackpool

Ventre’s side came out in the second half, looking for an instant reply. Apter drove into the area and hit a rasping strike towards goal, but Kelly stood firm to keep him out.

James Harrison got his side moving up the pitch as he drove into Dale’s 18-yard box to have two quickfire shots saved by Kelly.

A quiet ten-minute period then led to Rochdale stepping it up an extra gear, but McLachlan denied the hosts smartly.

It didn’t take long, however, for Dale to extend their lead further. A well-worked corner found Thomas in the area, whose powerful header evaded everyone and hit the back of the net.

With just nine minutes left on the clock, Dale added a fourth after Thomas was played through on goal to roll an effort under McLachlan. 

The hosts looked to add one more before time was up with a free-kick from just outside the area, but McLachlan parried the set-piece away from goal.

Full-time: Rochdale A.F.C 4-0 Blackpool

Blackpool: McLachlan, Moore, Wood (68’ Penman), Sinclair, Fitzgerald (71’ Squires), Strawn, Apter, Trusty (74’ Matshazi), Holmes, Mariette, Harrison (71’ Yelegon).

Unused subs: Goumou. 

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