Two second-half goals from Ewan Bange and a first-half strike from Rob Apter got the youth team’s Youth Alliance Cup campaign off to a perfect start, as the under-18s beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1.
The game initially got off to a bad start for Blackpool, though, with midfielder Ryley Smith sustaining a nasty injury after blocking a cross, forcing him off the field of play.
However, the team rallied on in his absence and opened the scoring just before the half-time whistle. Tony Weston found space to pass to Rob Apter and he took his man on before finishing well into the bottom corner.
After the break, Tranmere came out looking to work their way back into the game and 20 minutes into the half they drew level. A free-kick taken far out near the touchline was whipped in, Charlie Monks misjudged the ball and saw it end up in the back of the net.
Despite the goal, Blackpool kept applying pressure and that eventually paid off.
Apter crossed into the area where Cameron Antwi was waiting to receive the ball, he took it down and got caught in the area, leaving the referee with no other option than to point to the spot. Ewan Bange stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner.
Then, five minutes later and 10 minutes from time, Blackpool had their third. A brilliant floated ball from Will McGladdery was aimed towards Bange, he took one touch on his chest and lifted it over the Tranmere ‘keeper, rounding off a good win for The Seasiders in the group stage of the competition.