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Donnelly Disappointed To Exit Youth Cup

29 October 2015

Academy Manager Reflects On Crewe Loss

Ciaran Donnelly couldn’t hide his disappointment after watching his side lose out in extra-time of the FA Youth Cup last night.

The Seasiders’ Academy manager sensed an upset was on the cards early on, however Crewe came back from behind and eventually sealed a 4-1 victory in extra-time.

“I think it’s fair to say over 90 minutes we probably shaved it,” he told the official website. “We played really well in the first-half and got to grips with them.

“We knew they were a good team and we were going to have to upset the way they played, and we did. In the first 45 minutes we were excellent and in the first 15 minutes of the second half we were excellent.”

Bright Osayi-Samuel started for the youth team and was a real threat against the opposition for an hour. Unfortunately he was forced off with a tight calf.  

“We had to take Bright off because he was struggling with injury and it changed the flow of the game because he was excellent for us. They came more into it without carving us open.”

Blackpool’s best chance prior to extra-time fell to captain Macauley Wilson, who was inches away from putting the team through to the second round.

“At the end of the day we said to the lads that you were an inch away from winning it in 90 minutes when Macauley hit his free-kick.

“It was identical to Saturday but the keeper has obviously seen it on YouTube and read it slightly so managed to get a little tip onto the underside of the bar.

“We were very close to beating them. They’re a very good side and they’ll do very well in the competition, but the lads have worked really hard and I think eventually we just ran out of steam.”

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