Blackpool's Youngters Too Strong For Carlisle
Blackpool Youth exacted revenge upon Carlisle United with a 3-2 victory over the Cumbrians at Squires Gate on Saturday.
In the reverse fixture in September Carlisle ran out 4-1 winners; a score line that was harsh on The Tangerines, but coach John Hills felt his side got what they deserved this time.
"You could say we owed them one, we didn’t deserve to get beat 4-1 last time."
First half goals from Henry Cameron and Ramone Blackett, followed by a second half strike from George Lomax, was enough to give the home side their fourth win of the season.
In one of their most accomplished performances of the season Blackpool could have won the game much more comfortably, but for a couple of late goals from Carlisle.
The Seasiders deservedly took the lead early in the second half when Cameron finished off a good team move with a calm finish past the Carlisle goalkeeper.
In a really dominant first half display Blackpool passed the ball well and created plenty of chances. Strikers Lomax and Blackett were a constant threat and Cameron and Ade Cole were keen to join in on the action.
After 28 minutes a through ball was played in behind Carlisle’s back line, and the jet heeled Blackett raced onto the ball before nonchalantly chipping the ball over the keeper to double the home side’s lead.
Both sides started the second half slowly, with passes going astray regularly.
Carlisle began to press Blackpool but that didn't deter The Seasiders from playing their usual passing game and on 62 minutes the home side went further in front.
The ball was played of out defence to the feet of Lomax, who brilliantly flicked it out wide to Cameron. The home side then rapidly switched the play to the right flank where Cole played a fantastic ball across the six yard box to Lomax who was on hand to slide the ball home.
Blackpool were in control and had chances to make the score even more emphatic but with eight minutes remaining Carlisle pulled a goal back.
After failing to clear their lines the ball fell to a Carlisle striker on the edge of the box, who finished emphatically to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.
After 88 minutes Carlisle made it 3-2, when captain Louis Cross headed the ball into his own net from a dangerous free-kick.
Blackpool held on and saw out the game well to the delight of Hills.
“You could tell the lads were disappointed to have let the two goals in, and at the start of the season I don’t think that would have been the case.”
After a really strong performance, The Tangerines will be hoping they can take this momentum forward into future games.
Next up for Hills’ side is a trip to Morecambe on Saturday before they face Shrewsbury in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday 21 November at Squires Gates.