Cullen Strikes Late For Pool
Mark Cullen’s late header maintained Blackpool’s unbeaten start to pre-season, as Wednesday’s friendly with Ross County finished all square.
The striker came off the bench and looped home Henry Cameron’s cross with a minute remaining, after Brian Graham had put the Scottish Premier League side in front before the break.
Blackpool were good value for their draw after Clark Robertson and Cullen squandered presentable opportunities to level earlier.
Kyle Letheren was far from untested in the Pool goal however, and Cullen’s late goal ensured a string of impressive saves didn’t go to waste.
A quiet start to the contest was livened up on nine minutes when trialist Callum Ball was denied by a simple save.
It took 25 minutes for the opening goal to arrive, and Graham punished Tom Aldred for a defensive error by skipping through and slotting past Letheren.
Another trialist Jim McAlister went looking for an instant response but fired wide, while a header from Aldred almost gave the defender retribution.
It was The Seasiders who finished the first half the stronger, first Bright Osayi-Samuel was denied by a fine save, before Jack Redshaw had an effort cleared off the line.
Half Time: Ross County 1 Blackpool 0
After the interval Letheren was called upon again, and the stopper produced an unbelievable double save to keep the score to 1-0.
Clark Robertson then blazed over for The Seasiders, before Letheren again saved well with his feet.
Impressive work by Luke Higham then created an opening for Cullen but the striker lost his composure and shot over, however he wouldn’t be denied.
The equaliser finally arrived a minute from time and it was the least Pool deserved. Cameron’s cross was inch-perfect for Cullen to loop a header home and rescue a draw.
Full Time: Ross County 1 Blackpool 1
Team: Letheren, Dams (Jones 60), Aldred, Robertson, Higham, Osayi-Samuel, Oliver, McAlister (Herron 80), Cameron, Redshaw (Cullen 60), Ball.