The youth team were knocked out of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup this afternoon after losing out on penalties to Shrewsbury Town.
A Tony Weston goal and a hat-trick from Rob Apter were only enough to earn the Seasiders a draw in an eight-goal thriller, meaning the game had to be settled on penalties.
The game started off in the worst possible way for Blackpool. With 15 minutes on the clock, the home side took the lead before adding a second minutes later with a free header at the back post.
With Blackpool on the back foot, Tony Weston gave the Seasiders hope after pulling a goal back. Will McGladdery found space out on the left to whip a cross into the box, Weston pounced and hit a left footed shot into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Blackpool had an equaliser. Rob Apter found space on the edge of the box and looped a speculative shot over the Shrewsbury ‘keeper and into the net. Shrewsbury threatened just before the break, hitting the post twice before the referee blew the half-time whistle.
The goal fest continued after the break, with Shrewsbury scoring the first of the second half to give them the lead. That lead lasted just four minutes before Blackpool replied. Apter cut in from the right wing to get a shot away, the ball deflected and looped over the ’keeper to bring the Seasiders back on level terms.
Five minutes later, Blackpool took the lead for the first time in the game. Matthew Liptrott’s shot hit both the crossbar and the post before falling to Apter who had a simple finish – giving him his hat-trick.
Again, though, the home side weren’t giving Blackpool a moments peace, just ten minutes after Apter scored, the Shrews equalised to level the game once again. With the game finishing level, the game went to penalties. After taking a 2-1 lead, Shrewsbury went on to win the shootout 3-2.