Resounding Win For The Seasiders
Blackpool’s youth team demolished local rivals Fleetwood Town with a crushing 6-0 win at Poolfoot Farm.
A brace from Macauley Wilson and goals from James Doyle, Rowan Roache, Kit Gregory and an own goal completed the rout.
Wilson opened the scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot, before Doyle headed in a second just before the break.
In the second-half, Wilson scored his 14th goal of the season when he headed in a corner by Roache to extend Blackpool’s lead.
Roache turned from the creator to scorer just a few minutes later, when he received a great ball by Gregory and showed off his class with a fantastic finish.
The fifth goal came from Gregory, who glided past several Town defenders before shooting past the goalkeeper.
And Fleetwood’s misery was compounded just before the final whistle when Roache played a cross into the box and a touch from an opposition defender put it into his own net.
It was a dominant performance by Ciaran Donnelly’s side who started on the front foot from kick-off.
After spending the first ten minutes camped in Fleetwood’s half, Pool won a penalty when Roache played the ball to Gregory who was fouled in the box by a clumsy challenge.
Wilson, who signed his first professional contract on Monday, calmly stepped up to take the penalty and scored after selling the keeper a feint.
The Seasiders pressed for a second goal and came close through a free-kick from Roache which Fleetwood managed to clear for a corner.
Gregory, who was dangerous all game, came agonisingly close to scoring when he advanced down the right wing and hit a cross-cum-shot which struck the crossbar.
Doyle also went close when he was played through on goal but he couldn’t beat the keeper who made an excellent save.
The Fleetwood goalkeeper made another fine save just before half-time when Wilson curled a free-kick from the edge of the box towards the top right corner but was denied by a fingertip save.
After some last-ditch defending, Blackpool finally got a deserved second goal through Doyle, who headed in from a free-kick by Roache.
Half-Time: Fleetwood Town 0 Blackpool 2
After the break Blackpool continued to press and were rewarded for their efforts with another goal. Roache whipped in a corner which Wilson managed to meet and head into the back of the net.
Roache then added a fourth goal for Pool just a few moments later when Gregory played a great ball to the 16-year-old, who showed off his class with an extraordinary finish.
Despite being 4-0 up, the youth team continued to press for more goals and did not give their hosts a moment to rest.
Defensive midfielder Christian N’Guessan drilled a shot just wide when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box.
Sumner also came close to scoring on the hour-mark when he went on a run past a number of Town defenders, but could not complete the move with a finish on target.
Just seconds after that, Gregory went on a mazy dribble past several Fleetwood defenders, using a variety of skills, and scored a great individual goal.
The gloss was added to the scoreline just before the final whistle when Roache’s cross went into the back of the net via an unfortunate deflection off a Fleetwood defender.
Full-Time: Fleetwood Town 0 Blackpool 6