Seasiders Come Back To Beat BurnleyBlackpool Youth produced an astonishing second-half comeback against a shell-shocked Burnley to seal a 3-2 victory at Squires Gate.
Henry Cameron, Bright Samuel and Tyler Rufus sealed a memorable win against The Clarets, who had raced into a 2-0 lead in the first-half through Bradley Jackson and Jamie Frost.
With star duo Dom Telford and Mark Waddington again missing, Richie Kyle’s men were up against it on a cold morning at the training ground. The home side were looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat away at Preston last weekend, against a team they had beaten only 11 days ago.
The first-half took a while to get going, the dangerous Jamie Frost with a flashed effort for the away side which sailed over the bar after 14 minutes.
Cameron was lively throughout for Blackpool, and Rhys Coogan’s ball released the winger who beat goalkeeper Agahare but his trickling effort was cleared by Shaun Hobson.
After 21 minutes, Elliot Pond nearly gave The Seasiders the lead, his header off the corner was heading towards the top corner before Agahare tipped it over the bar on 21 minutes.
10 minutes later, the visitors had the breakthrough. Bradley Jackson tapping in at the near post after good work down the left.
The goal took the wind out of Blackpool’s sails on a desperately cold morning and four minutes before the break, Burnley doubled their lead, Frost finishing hard and low from the edge of the box. At this stage it was looking bleak for Kyle’s side.
The Liverpudlian demanded an immediate response and that he got just that, a ball over the top was expertly controlled by Cameron, and from 18 yards he flashed a shot past the despairing Agahare and into the far corner to half the deficit at the break.
Blackpool made a double substitution at the interval to try and avoid a second successive defeat, Coogan and James Doyle making way for Anthony Cato and Bright Samuel.
But it was Burnley who had complete control during the next 30 minutes, both Ntumba Massanka and Brandon Wilson’s free-kick forcing comfortable saves for Daniel Milton.
Massanka found himself with space in the box on 65 minutes but his header was over the bar as the visitors looked to close the game out.
Samuel nearly found an equaliser for The Seasiders on 76 minutes, as his strike rebounded off the post. That was the first chance of the second-half for the home side, but it sparked them into life.
Only minute later and Blackpool were level, the impressive Cameron used his pace down the left-hand side to beat two men before cutting it back for Samuel to score his second goal in 10 days against The Clarets to set up a grandstand finish.
With Burnley now pressing to re-take the lead, the ball broke to Cameron who fed in Samuel, the winger looked up and played in Tyler Rufus who finished calmly to turn the game on its head.
As the game went deep into stoppage time, goalkeeper Milton nearly gifted the away side an equaliser. Having gathered the ball he didn’t look behind him and as he dropped to kick it away a striker was lurking behind him, there was a scramble in the area but with hearts in mouths, Milton gathered and the three points were sealed.
Whatever quality and experience was missing from the Blackpool side they more than made up for with heart and courage. Kyle’s side never know when they’re beaten, and this should set them up nicely for The FA Youth Cup in midweek.