The under 18’s ran out 4-1 winners in the EFL North West Youth Alliance meeting, beating Morecambe to earn their first win of the 20/21 campaign.
Goals from Rob Apter and Ewan Bange saw the Seasiders go ahead before Lewis Connolly pulled one back for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.
After the break, Brad Holmes and Rob Apter’s second of the game saw Blackpool claim a comfortable victory and take all three points.
The Seasiders started the hungrier of the two sides, chasing every ball, getting stuck in like it was a cup final, and it nearly paid off in the opening five minutes.
Jack Moore burst down the right to cross into the 18-yard-box where Bange was waiting. The striker took the ball down to shoot, but his effort went just wide of the post.
Moments later, Bange could have opened his account again. Holmes was the architect this time, finding Bange again in the box, but his shot was saved well from Lewis O’Brien.
Then, the deadlock was broken. Matthew Liptrott found space out wide to play a ball across to Apter, he knocked it onto his left foot and struck from outside the area, past O’Brien and into the bottom corner.
It didn’t take long for Danny Ventre’s side to double their lead. Apter crossed into the middle to find Arnold Matshazi, his chest of the ball dropped to Bange, who on the half turn fired past O’Brien.
Luke Mariette almost added a third when his header looked destined for the back of the net, only for O’Brien to deny him on the line.
Just before the break, Morecambe halved the deficit. A corner whipped in from the right wasn’t dealt with by the Blackpool defence, but as the ball bobbled around in the area, Lewis Connolly met it with a left boot and struck past Charlie Monks.
HT: Blackpool 2-1 Morecambe
The second half started in a quieter fashion than first, as the weather started to play a part in proceedings, but 10 minutes after the restart, the Seasiders had a third.
Jak Wood did superbly to find Brad Holmes on the penalty spot, he turned and placed a right-footed effort past the Morecambe defence and into the bottom right corner, adding to Blackpool’s tally.
‘Pool wanted more, and it was Mariette who nearly added a fourth when he weaved in and out of several Morecambe players only to shoot well over O’Brien’s bar.
However, five minutes later, the fourth came. Bange did ever so well to hold the ball up and play a superb back-heel to Apter, allowing him to take one touch and find the far corner with a curling effort.
Mariette could have had his hat-trick when Apter squared the ball to him in the area, but he couldn’t quite direct his shot towards goal.
That was to be Mariette’s final participation in the game, as in the final minutes he saw red after reacting to a terrible challenge from behind.
FT: Blackpool 4-1 Morecambe
Blackpool XI: Monks, Moore, Turner, Fitzgerald, Wood, Liptrott, Mariette, Apter, Matshazi, Holmes, Bange.
Subs: McLachlan, Sinclair, Tshola, Trusty, Harrison.