A late goal from Owen Watkinson wasn’t enough to beat Derby County in the FA Youth Cup third round, as Blackpool exited the competition with a 2-1 defeat.
The visitors scored a goal in each half courtesy of Kornell McDonald and Morgan Whittaker, while Nathan Shaw missed a second-half penalty for Blackpool, just prior to Watkinson finding the net ten minutes from time.
The Seasiders started brightly and won a corner two minutes into the game. Nathan Shaw whipped the ball into the area which Derby cleared.
With the game being played at a fast tempo, Blackpool then won a free-kick outside of the area after Owen Watkinson was brought down by Callum Minkley. Derby again cleared the set piece.
It was then the visitors turn to attack. Connor Dixon found space on the edge of the area to shoot towards goal, but Sam Kellett held well.
Then, from a Blackpool corner, Derby tried to counter, but Will McGladdery raced from the other side of the pitch to cut out the danger.
Moments later, Derby had the first goal of the game. Max Bird played a ball around the corner of the defence to Kornell McDonald, he turned his man sharply and fired past Sam Kellet to give the Rams the lead.
The Seasiders were now looking for a reply. A ball played over the top of the Derby defence caught Eiran Cashin out and Watkinson was through on goal, but a great recovery from Cashin allowed him to knock the ball back to the goalkeeper.
Derby then won a free-kick on the edge of the area. Jordan Brown took but fired over the bar.
Owen Watkinson got on the end of a Blackpool cross from the left at the other end, but he unfortunately headed wide.
The visitors got forward again. Archie Brown was given time to shoot on the edge of the area, but he fired over the bar.
Jordan Brown then got the chance to add another goal for Derby from a Morgan Whittaker corner, but he headed wide.
Then, down the other end, a free-kick which was pumped into the box found Watkinson, though he headed over.
Just before the break, Max Bird set up Whittaker on the edge of the box, he shot towards goal, but he struck over the bar.
Half-time: Blackpool 0 Derby County 1
Trailing after the break, Blackpool got the second half underway.
It was the visitors who attempted the first attack of the half, though. Whittaker tried his luck from range, but his shot went out for a throw-in.
Blackpool then had a free-kick just inside the Derby half. Sam Maddox whipped the ball in and after much battling for the ball Bradley Foster-Theniger gathered.
Straight down the other end, Derby got a second. Whittaker found space to shoot from the edge of the area, his shot deflected off a Blackpool shirt into the path of Connor Dixon, and he set himself and fired into the bottom left corner.
Derby pushed for a third via Whittaker, he slotted the ball through Blackpool’s defence to substitute Javaun Splatt, but Sam Kellett met him and smothered the ball.
Shaw swung a Blackpool free-kick into the box which found Tom Williams, who could only head the ball into Foster-Thenigers hands.
The Seasiders then won another free-kick. Watkinson was brought down by the keeper just outside the area, although there were claims it was just inside.
From the free-kick, Sean Graham was brought down in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Shaw struck towards the bottom left corner, but Foster-Theniger got a strong right hand to the ball to deny him.
Blackpool then won a corner which Shaw took. He crossed into the area towards the Derby keeper, who couldn’t deal with it, allowing Watkinson to this time nod in and pull a goal back for the hosts.
With not much time left, Derby tried to put the game to bed for sure. Whittaker struck a shot from 18-yards which whistled just past the post.
Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Derby County 2
Blackpool: Kellet, Williams, Winstanley (Ravenscroft), Maddox (Jaaskelainen), Avon, Kanga, Graham, Shaw, Bange, Watkinson, McGladdery.