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Youth Team Report: Huddersfield Town 3-3 Blackpool

Youth Team Secure Dramatic Point In Youth Alliance Cup

9 November 2020

Ewan Bange scored a hat-trick to earn a point for Danny Ventre’s side in a thrilling encounter against Huddersfield Town in the Youth Alliance Cup.

Conor Falls put the hosts ahead when he slid in at the back post to poke home, before Ernaldo Krasniqi and Myles Bright scored two quickfire goals to extend the Terriers' lead.

Ewan Bange scored his first of the game from the spot after being brought down in the area. He then added to his tally in the last ten minutes with two well-taken finishes, securing a point for the Seasiders and completing his hat-trick.

Falls was quick off the mark in the early stages to line a shot up from distance, but McLachlan was alert to hold onto the ball.

On his first start this season, Joe Strawn nearly had his first goal for the under 18’s. Rob Apter – who signed a professional deal with Blackpool last week – crossed towards Strawn at the back post, he took one touch and looked to place an effort into the bottom corner, though Nicholas Bilokapic’s outstretched leg denied him.

The Seasiders went close through Matty Liptrott, after a well worked free-kick found its way to him in the area, but he was quickly closed down by the Huddersfield defence, who cut the danger out.

Moments later, Blackpool had the ball in the back of the net. Brad Holmes’ effort cannoned off the post to Ewan Bange, he tapped into an empty net only for the referee to disallow the goal after Holmes accidently handled in the build-up.

Then, Huddersfield took the lead. Donay O’Brien-Brady found space down the left to flash a ball across the face of goal, where Falls slid the ball past McLachlan and into the net.

Huddersfield went close again after Falls struck from close range, but McLachlan stood firm to deny him.

On the stroke of half-time the post was rattled once again, this time through Bange, after he met Apter’s corner.

Half-Time: Huddersfield 1-0 Blackpool

Just after play resumed, the Terriers went close through Darnel Baxter-Alleyne, though his thunderous shot whistled just past McLachlan’s post.

The hosts' pressure eventually paid dividends. A cross into the area was met by the unmarked Krasniqi at the back post to tap in for Huddersfield's second goal of the game.

Two minutes later, Myles Bright extended Huddersfield’s lead when he dispossessed Liptrott in the 18-yard box to slot past McLachlan.

The game really sprung into life in the second half, but it was now Blackpool’s turn to get in on the act, as Ewan Bange was brought down in the area. He picked himself up to take the spot kick, slotting calmly past Bilokapic. 

A golden chance then fell to Perez Goumou. Apter produced yet another superb delivery towards Goumou at the back post, but he couldn’t quite guide his header towards goal.

Falls was then denied by McLachlan, before a crazy final two minutes saw Bange involved in the thick of the action.

Apter did well to burst down the right and cross into the area, James Harrison was there to meet it to help the ball on to Bange, and from two yards out, he made no mistake to put the Seasiders within touching distance of a point.

With just seconds remaining, the Seasiders grabbed that point and completed their comeback, as Bange grabbed his and Blackpool’s third of the game.

After Jack Moore broke play up in the middle of the park, a mistake in the Terriers defence deflected the ball to Bange unmarked, he then stretched to poke under Bilokapic and into the net.

Full-Time: Huddersfield Town 3-3 Blackpool

Blackpool: McLachlan, Goumou (Yelegon, 87’), Sinclair (Squires, 62’), Fitzgerald, Moore, Liptrott, Trusty, Apter, Strawn (Harrison, 75’), Holmes, Bange.

Unused subs: Matshazi, Rogers.

Blackpool's Under 18's are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they face Fleetwood Town in the Youth Alliance Cup. Kick off is at 1:00pm at Pool Foot Farm.

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