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Donnelly: Get Behind The Youth Lads

1 May 2017

Academy Manager Looks For Extra Support In Title Quest

Ciaran Donnelly has urged the Blackpool fans to get behind the youth team next weekend in their quest to win the North West Youth Alliance title.

After beating Wrexham 4-0, coupled with second-placed Burnley’s 4-4 draw against Shrewsbury, the under-18s need just a point from their final match against Morecambe to complete a league and cup double.

Speaking on the back of Saturday’s victory, here’s what the academy manager had to say…

One game away from the league title.

We will still approach the game in the same manner that we do every game – we want to win, we want to perform well. With Burnley dropping points, we can afford to draw the game but that’s not going to be our mentality going into it. 

Encouraging fans.

The first team play their last game of the season at home but it’s a later kick-off at 5.30pm so I’d like to think that the Blackpool supporters would come down to Myerscough College and get behind the lads and fingers crossed we can win the title.

The squad depth.

The team that has played for most of the season has been five under-17s and one under-15 so it’s hardly been a team of 18-year-olds. It’s been a squad contribution with all 19 of our scholars, plus the schoolboys have all contributed to the season so far.

Ralph Chea.

He’s had a good year but unfortunately we’ve not kept him for next season, but he’s contributed 11 or 12 goals and has been a great lad. He’s going off the university now but we thanked him in the changing room for his efforts over the last two years and wish him all the best for the future.

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