Youth Team Report: Accrington Stanley 0 Blackpool 3
Blackpool Under-18s put in a dominant display against Accrington Stanley on Saturday, as they picked up all three points in the North West Youth Alliance.
A first-half strike from Johnny Johnston gave Blackpool the lead before an own goal doubled the side’s lead, giving them a two-goal cushion going into the half-time interval. Jake Daniels picked up from where he left off in midweek, as he rounded off the scoring just 10 minutes after the break.
Charlie Monks came into the starting XI for the trip to Accrington, replacing Alec McLachlan between the sticks. Sky Sinclair and Ryan Grant continued in defence while Daniels was handed a start after his hat-trick in Tuesday’s Clarets Cup fixture against Huddersfield Town.
The young Seasiders were in the ascendancy from the off, starting brightly and creating plenty of chances in front of goal.
A positive passage of play allowed Blackpool to open the scoring when Tayt Trusty slipped a defence-splitting pass to Johnny Johnston, who finished calmly past an on-rushing Stanley ‘keeper.
Chances kept flowing for the Seasiders, and it was Luke Mariette that had an opportunity to extend his side’s lead five minutes later after he managed to force Accrington’s ‘keeper into making a strong save down low.
However, as the game approached the half an hour mark, the pressure told on the Stanley defence when James Harrison found space out on the left to whip a terrific cross into the danger zone. The Accrington defender got to the cross before Johnston but ended up turning the ball into his own net.
Blackpool had a scare just seconds before the half-time whistle as Monks miskicked a clearance into the path of Stanley’s striker, who was bearing down on an open goal, though luckily for ‘Pool and Monks, the referee saw a foul in the build-up and brought play back for a free-kick.
Half-Time: Accrington Stanley 0 Blackpool 2
Immediately after the interval, Johnston looked lively and ready to go again. The forward managed to cut out a square pass and go one-on-one with the ‘keeper, but his effort was saved from close range.
Daniels continued to threaten, and he was rewarded when on his weaker foot and 20-yards from goal, he let a pass from wide roll across his body and rifled a rasping strike into the net to give the Seasiders a comfortable lead.
In a half which didn’t produce as much as the first, there was still time for one last chance, as Johnston and Mariette raced through on goal, but from 18-yards out, the latter blazed over the bar.
Full-Time: Accrington Stanley 0 Blackpool 3
Blackpool: Monks, Sinclair, Moore, Mariette, Grant (90’ Squires), Fitzgerald ©, Strawn, Trusty, Daniels (60’ Yelegon), Johnston, Harrison.
Unused subs: McLachlan, Abdiu, Francis.