Telford On Target In 3-1 WinBlackpool are through to the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup after an impressive 3-1 win against Burnley on Tuesday afternoon.
Goals from Bright Samuel, Joe Moulden and Dom Telford ensured The Seasiders progressed into the last four. Josh Dolling had grabbed a late consolation for The Clarets, who also missed a penalty in the first half, but in truth it was a result which the home side thoroughly deserved.
On a glorious winter’s afternoon at Squires Gate, Richie Kyle’s side were looking to put Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Shrewsbury behind them and created the first chance of the game on 11 minutes, Samuel showing brilliant trickery to lose his marker down the left wing, but he his goal-bound shot was saved by Tony Agahare’s feet.
The opening exchanges were quite cagey, with Burnley looking to take advantage of some shaky defending from the home side. Hobson’s header was never threatening Miles Boney after 15 minutes.
Five minutes later and a moment of controversy, Dom Telford was played through on goal, and his shot beat Agahare and looked destined to open the scoring. The young attacker felt his shot had gone in but the referee waved play on, much to the frustration of the young Seasiders. On reflection, the ball had crossed the line and bounced off a wheel connected to the goal.
After 24 minutes, Blackpool got their breakthrough. Telford releasing Samuel down the left and the young winger lifted the ball over the on-rushing Agahare to score a goal Kyle’s men had richly deserved.
From the very next attack, Burnley had a glorious chance to equalise. Christian Hill was fouled in the box but saw his penalty parried away by Miles Boney, before Ntumba Massaka cannoned the rebound off the bar to keep The Seasiders in front.
As the first-half drew to a close, Burnley were growing into the game, Hill seeing two long-range efforts just wide as pressure mounted on Boney’s net.
Blackpool saw the half out, but a slow start to the second should have seen an equaliser. Massanka’s header rebounded off the bar, and Hill with the goal at his mercy somehow managed to scoop the ball over to sum up a miserable day for the young winger after 46 minutes.
That woke The Seasiders up, and the excellent Telford smelt blood. First he saw his rasping drive from 25 yards tipped around the post, and then from the resulting corner he took, Joe Moulden headed in at the far post to give the home side breathing space with 54 minutes gone.
Telford was running riot, after 64 minutes he saw his left-footed 25 yard curling effort rebound off the post with the goalkeeper well beaten. Some might have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t going to be his day.
But these days, it wouldn’t be a Blackpool youth match without a Telford goal and on 70 minutes the moment came. This time with his right foot, his shot beat Agahare and the post to make it 3-0. It was a moment of brilliance from the young number 10.
Great work from Anthony Cato and Elliot Pond nearly set Telford up for his second, but this time his shot flashed wide of the post on 76 minutes.
By now it was game over, despite a late Melling tap-in to give The Clarets hope, Blackpool had learnt from their mistakes at the weekend and saw the game out with little bother.
The full-time whistle was greeted with the cheers from the home bench on a wonderful afternoon for the young Seasiders. Richie Kyle’s side are now one step away from another final, and with Telford in this form, anything is possible.