Seasiders Lose OutBlackpool Youth suffered a 2-0 defeat away to local rivals Preston North End on Saturday morning at Springfield training ground.
Richie Kyle’s men had the better of the chances in the first-half but found themselves going into the break 1-0 down thanks to a Luke Pritchard strike. Blackpool also had a number of opportunities to score during the second-half, but PNE striker Eddie Dsane tucked away a penalty to double their advantage.
The Seasiders performed admirably without their captain Mark Waddington and leading goalscorer Dom Telford, who had travelled with the first-team away at Rotherham.
Blackpool had the first real opportunity of the match in the 15th minute following a brilliant curling cross by Henry Cameron which evaded the PNE backline, to fall inches wide of Bright Samuel with any sort of touch needed to convert.
Minutes later and Blackpool were handed a half chance with Elliott Pond’s long range effort stinging the palms of the PNE keeper who had to collect at the second attempt.
Blackpool were beginning to build real momentum and had three glorious chances to take the lead following a huge goal mouth scramble in the 21st minute.
Bright Samuel used his trickery to find himself one on one with the keeper and his brilliant save fell to Henry Cameron whose snap shot hit the post, with the ball then finding its way to Elliott Pond’s head only to see his effort being cleared off the line.
The Seasiders must have been wondering how they had not taken the lead and on the 39th minute mark, Luke Higham's free-kick from distance just glanced over the top right hand corner of the net.
Despite Blackpool’s dominance Preston went into the break with a 1-0 lead after Eddie Dsane beat his man to produce a drilled in cross which was thumped home by winger Luke Pritchard just before half-time.
The second-half started quietly and it was PNE who threatened first just before the 60th minute. Luke Pritchard’s impressive run was unable to be followed up with a second goal thanks to keeper Miles Boney who dealt with the powerful effort, tipping it over for a corner.
From the following corner The Lillywhites were awarded a penalty with no one really sure what had happened. Eddie Dsane confidentially placed the ball into the bottom left of the net with Boney being sent the wrong way.
Preston almost found a third in bizarre fashion after a long 60-yard punt from the Preston defence left Boney unable to see the ball with the sun in his eyes, only for the ball to bounce up and hit him in the face before bouncing clear for a corner on the 64th minute.
Blackpool were looking deflated but still tried to start a fightback with Henry Cameron’s goal bound effort blocked after 70 minutes and Rhys Coogan’s strike from the edge of the box well saved by the Preston keeper with eight minutes remaining.
In the 84th minute Preston captain Bradley Roscoe received his second yellow of the match after cynically chopping down Elliott Pond. However with little time remaining Blackpool were unable to make their numerical advantage count.