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Last-Minute Avon Goal Earns Youth Team A Point

Under-18s Draw 1-1 With Walsall

30 September 2018

A late Will Avon goal earned the youth team a point against a well-drilled Walsall side.

The centre-half pushed forward in the closing stages of the game and managed to grab a last-minute equaliser at Myerscough College.

The first chance of the game fell to Blackpool, a free-kick in the final third was whipped in by Nathan Shaw, but no one could get on the end of it and the Walsall goalkeeper gathered comfortably.

Walsall were growing into the game but neither side created any clear-cut chances.

With the game mainly being played in the middle third, Ewan Bange managed to set Sean Graham away down the right-hand side, but good defending by Walsall gave Blackpool a corner.

Blackpool were trying to find that first goal, and Bange flicked a ball cleared out of defence on which was kicked out for another corner. Nathan Shaw floated the corner in to the 18-yard box, which found Bange, but his audacious overhead kick sailed over the bar.

At the other end, a dangerous Walsall free-kick was smartly chipped up and hit towards goal, forcing Sam Kellett to turn the ball away.

Blackpool then broke quickly with Bange. He strode away with the ball to then find Graham, but his shot was straight at the Walsall keeper who stood firm.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Walsall 0

Two minutes after the restart, Walsall went close to an opener from a corner. Blackpool failed to clear the ball in, which allowed a Walsall man to fire an effort just wide of the post.

Nathan Shaw was having a bright spell for Blackpool and he played in Graham down the left, who worked the ball well and managed to cross towards Jaaskelainen, but he headed wide.

Shaw was involved again moments later, this time swinging in a dangerous free-kick, but it missed everyone and went out for a goal kick.

From the goal kick, the visitors ended up taking the lead. A ball played over the top was worked well into the Blackpool box, and a little cut-back was then finished into the bottom corner.

It left Blackpool searching for an equaliser, and again Shaw was trying to create something. He was looking for Bange in the area, but his crossed was caught by the Walsall goalkeeper.

In stoppage time, Blackpool’s attacking efforts paid off through a Will Avon goal, though.

Avon was pushed forward to try and salvage a point, and after a ball was played over the top of the Walsall defence, Avon latched onto it and calmly slotted past the on-rushing Walsall keeper.

The goal was virtually the last kick of the game, as the referee blew his whistle on what was a well contested contest.  

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Walsall 1

Blackpool Team: Kellett, Williams, Winstanley, Maddox (Ravenscroft), Avon, Smith (Liptrott), Graham, Shaw, Bange, Jaaskelainen (Wilson), McGladdery (Kanga)

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