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Academy Report: Oldham Athletic 2 Blackpool 5

14 December 2020

The under 18’s claimed another three points in the North West Youth Alliance on Saturday, as they ran out 5-2 winners at Chapel Road Training Ground.

A win means Danny Ventre’s side have now gone five unbeaten in the Youth Alliance, and six unbeaten in all competitions going into the Christmas break.

Sky Sinclair opened the scoring with a diving header from Jack Moore’s superb free-kick, before Ewan Bange added a second minutes later to send the Seasiders in at the break two goals to the good.

The scoring continued in the second half. Rob Apter scored Blackpool’s third with a well taken finish, before Ewan Bange completed his hat-trick with two goals 15 minutes from time.

Oldham had a glimmer of hope when Kane Badby and Jake Forshaw grabbed two goals back for the hosts, but the Seasiders held on to claim all three points.

Blackpool started on the front foot. Apter drove down the right to cut in on his left foot. He floated a cross to the back post towards Brad Holmes, but the striker couldn’t quite get a touch on the ball to divert it goalwards.

The Latics had their first attack of the game through Junior Luamba, after he worked some space on the edge of the area to shoot, with his effort deflecting behind for a corner. Charlie Monks then relieved all pressure, as he came and collected from the cross.

Apter brought his side forward on the attack when he raced through on goal, however he dragged his shot wide.

Then, the deadlock was broken. Luke Mariette – fresh off first-team duty – won a free-kick out on the left. Moore whipped the set-piece into the near post where Sinclair was waiting to glance a header into the far corner of the net.

It didn’t take long for the Seasiders to score a second. Bange, who was captain in Matty Liptrott’s absence, managed to latch onto Apter’s superb cross to poke past Mackenzie Chapman.

Tayt Trusty found himself in dangerous territory, Volleying Bange’s pass over the bar.

Just before half-time, Blackpool were inches away from extending their lead. First, Apter slammed an effort off the bar, before Holmes’ deflected strike cannoned off the post.

Half-time: Oldham Athletic 0-2 Blackpool

Ventre’s men were quick out of the blocks in the second half, with Apter going close again, but he was denied by Chapman from close range.

Apter’s persistence paid off. Trusty, who put in a superb performance, won the ball back in midfield to slide Apter in behind the Oldham defence, he used his pace to get away from the defender and slot calmly past Chapman at the near post.

Again, just like the first half, it didn’t take long for the Seasiders to add another. Apter was again involved in the thick of the action, this time clipping a lovely ball over the top of the Oldham defence for Bange to run onto, he took one touch and left Chapman helpless, finishing into the bottom corner.

In a game with very little chances for the hosts, they did pull a goal back. Isaac Modi crossed from the right to an unmarked Badby at the back post, with the forward sliding his shot under Monks.

Ten minutes later, Bange completed his hat-trick after a silky passing move. The Seasiders put together several passes inside the 18-yard box before the ball fell to Trusty, who set the ball back for Bange to finish into an open net.

With just two minutes of the game left, Holmes looked to put the result beyond doubt, but again, his effort struck the woodwork and came back into play.

The game was not done there. Jake Forshaw was left free in the Blackpool half. The Striker had time to compose himself, venture into the box and chip the ball over Monks for what was only a consolation goal for the home side.

Full-time: Oldham Athletic 2-5 Blackpool

Blackpool: Monks, Strawn, Moore, Sinclair (Squires 62’), Fitzgerald; Tshola, Apter (Matshazi 78’), Trusty (Goumou 78’); Bange (Harrison 78’), Mariette, Holmes.

Unused subs: McLachlan.

 


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