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Under-18s Progress In FA Youth Cup

First Round Victory Secured

29 October 2018

Two Ewan Bange goals and one each for Will Avon and Nathan Shaw saw Blackpool progress into the second round of The FA Youth Cup with a 4-0 victory against Guiseley.

Two goals in either half rounded off a dominant display by Blackpool to give Danny Ventre his first win as new boss.

Both teams looked to get hold of the ball in the early stages, but it was Blackpool who did. Will McGladdery ran down the left to cross, but his delivery was gathered by the visiting keeper.

With the hosts now enjoying the possession, McGladdery had the ball again, this time playing in Nathan Shaw in the 18 yard-box. He then tried to slide it into the middle, but the keeper got down well to prevent any danger.

Nathan Shaw put a ball into the box which found Harry Winstanley, he headed it back towards goal, but his effort was tipped around the post.

Then came the first goal of the game. Tom Williams cut inside and crossed towards Bange, who slotted it right footed into the net to give Blackpool the lead.

Moments later, and after a few half chances, Bange was on the scoresheet again. This time, Sean Graham crossed almost from the by-line towards Bange, he then headed powerfully past the travelling keeper.

Blackpool then went looking for a third. Great play from Jaaskelainen set Graham away in the area, but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Just before half-time, Graham was at it again. He cut inside and played a through ball to Smith, who in turn played it back towards Jaaskelainen, but he couldn’t quite get the ball under control.

Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Guiseley 0

After going into the break on the back of a strong first-half performance and a two-goal advantage, Blackpool got the second-half underway.

And they started the half in the same fashion as they finished the first. Nathan Shaw whipped a dangerous free-kick in the area, but the keeper came off his line and gathered it.

With Guiseley applying more pressure, Blackpool were forced to play out of defence, which they did. Tom Williams stepped out with the ball into space and passed towards Bange, but the flag went up for offside.

Guiseley were having their moments attacking. This time a free-kick was put into the area towards a blue shirt, but the opportunity was headed over the bar.

Again, the visitors came forward, this time winning a corner. The ball was floated into the box which Blackpool tried to clear, but that clearance hit the back of a Guiseley man and went just over the bar. 

Then, straight down the other end, Blackpool got a third. A short corner was played to Nathan Shaw, he beat his man to cross into the danger zone. The ball found its way to captain Will Avon, who from six-yards out nodded home.

A better second-half performance presented Guiseley with more chances, and again they were looking for a way back into the game. This time a cross in to the box was cleared away, but only to a Guiseley man. He set himself to drive a fierce shot towards the Blackpool goal, but Harry Winstanley produced a great block to keep hold of the clean sheet.

At the other end, Blackpool went on the attack again. A loose ball from the visiting keeper was pounced upon by substitute Sky Sinclair, son of former Blackpool player Trevor Sinclair, and he showed a good use of pace to beat the Guiseley defence before shooting, but he dragged the ball wide.

Blackpool then grabbed a fourth. Ryley Smith was able to cross towards Emil Jaaskelainen, but he couldn’t get his shot right. The ball then fell to Nathan Shaw, and after many Guiseley attempts to clear the ball, he managed to scramble it home.

The referee then brought the game to a close. Blackpool ran out deserved winners after a dominant display and progressed into the second round.

Full-Time: Blackpool 4 Guiseley 0

Blackpool: Simson, Williams, Winstanley, Maddox, Avon, Smith (Liptrott), Graham (Sinclair), Shaw, Bange (Ravenscroft), Jaaskelainen, McGladdery

Unused subs: Turner, Kellett

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