Youth Team Report: Blackpool 3 Morecambe 0
A dominant display from the Under-18s saw them secure a 3-0 victory over Morecambe in their first home game of the season on Saturday.
The young Seasiders returned to Myerscough College in superb fashion as goals from Jack Moore, Michael Fitzgerald and Jake Daniels, meant the side claimed all three points.
A thunderous strike from Jack Moore gave the Seasiders the lead midway through the first half before two quickfire second-half goals from Fitzgerald & Daniels made sure of the victory.
Alec McLachlan returned in goal, while Dannen Francis and Kwaku Donkor were both handed starts, also.
It was a lightning start to the game for Blackpool. Johnny Johnston was denied by an outstretched Joe Lawton leg before Luke Mariette was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area seconds later after being brought down. Moore stepped up to take the set-piece but was a lick of paint away from scoring as his effort rattled the woodwork.
Jake Daniels was next to have a pop at goal when he met Donkor’s fizzing cross on the penalty spot, but he could only direct his effort wide of the post.
Then, the breakthrough came. Fitzgerald sprayed a magnificent ball out wide to Moore, which resulted in him drifting inside, taking one touch and unleashing an inch-perfect strike into the top corner.
Blackpool dominated in all aspects of the game, creating numerous chances along the way. Will Squires was next in line to have an opportunity from close range, though he headed over the bar.
Just before the half-time whistle, Johnston raced through on goal and looked destined to score after a mistake from Kian Hope in the Morecambe backline – however, Hope recovered well to ensure Johnston shot wide.
Half-time: Blackpool 1 Morecambe 0
The young Seasiders were still in the ascendency after the break, which saw Francis enjoy a mazy run down the right-wing and cut the ball back to Johnston, who fired over with a first-time effort.
Fitzgerald was so far putting in a Man of the Match performance as the game approached the 60-minute mark, and he almost had something to show for his hard work, though he headed wide from a tight angle.
Chances kept flowing for Blackpool, but they didn’t quite have the cutting edge just yet as Francis saw an audacious volley saved by Lawton and Daniels hit a dipping shot centimeters wide.
However, ten minutes from time, Fitzgerald did what all captains do and led by example when he followed up Tayt Trusty’s saved header and laced the ball into the roof of the net to double Blackpool’s lead.
A complete performance was rounded off by Daniels three minutes later after he met a Luke Byron cross with an overhead kick to put the icing on the cake for the young Seasiders.
Full-Time: Blackpool 3 Morecambe 0
Blackpool: McLachlan, Donkor (82’ Hill), Moore, Squires, Fitzgerald, Trusty (82’ Littler), Mariette (82’ Byron), Francis, Strawn (82’ Harrison), Daniels, Johnston (63’ Yelegon).