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Youth Team Go Top

4 November 2013

2-1 Victory Over Preston North End

A derby day 2-1 win at Preston North End moved Pool’s youth team top of the North West Youth Alliance on Saturday.

First-half goals from Conor Ready and Dion Charles secured the points as the young Tangerines leapfrogged Walsall into first, with The Saddlers’ fixture at Rochdale being cancelled.

North End pulled a goal back through Sean Holmes before the break, but Pool saw off any comeback hopes from their neighbours to earn local bragging rights at Springfields training ground.

Ready opened the scoring for Blackpool early on with a strike on the turn, before Charles doubled the lead from George Lomax’s through ball.

Holmes brought Preston back into the contest before the interval, but his efforts were not enough as the young Seasiders made it seven league games unbeaten, including six wins from those seven.

Academy manager Ciaran Donnelly was delighted with Pool’s performance, and pleased with the spirit the game was played in.

“It was a great win for us,” said Donnelly. “It was a fair, competitive game which was end-to-end. We were the better team in the first and final third, while Preston probably shaded it in the middle.

“The lads had trained hard all week and there was a great sense of team spirit after the win. A couple of them are from Preston so it was extra special for them.”

The young Tangerines now look forward to a friendly at Manchester City under-17s on Tuesday, to be played at City’s Platt Lane training complex.

Donnelly said: “It will be a good experience for the lads and the facilities will be excellent. We want to keep our unbeaten run going through to Christmas if we can.”

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