Narrow Loss For Donnelly's SideThe youth team fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town at AFC Blackpool on Saturday.
The Shrews took the lead late in the first-half through Callum Roberts, who headed in from a corner by Chris Gallagher.
After a poor first-half, Ciaran Donnelly’s side were much improved after the break but were unable to find a way through a resolute Town defence.
Jack Steele, who came on at the interval, nearly made an instant impact when he found space down the left wing to cross the ball to Kit Gregory, who saw his header well saved by the goalkeeper.
Rowan Roache whipped in a free-kick from the halfway line that ended up in the path of James Doyle, who shot from close range, but his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.
Roache again caused trouble with his delivery from set pieces when he whipped in a corner that bounced around in the box and was eventually cleared off the line by the defence.
Overall it was a disappointing defeat for the youth team, who were hoping that a win could have seen them leapfrog their opponents in the North West Youth Alliance League table.
Assistant Manager John Murphy said: “I’m disappointed. From the sublime to the ridiculous if you like. The other day against Rochdale we played with fluidity and passed the ball well but we were unrecognisable.
“It’s just frustrating when you know what you’re capable of and what you actually do. We didn’t create enough and we lost to a poor set piece goal.”