Youth Team Report: Blackpool 4 Carlisle United 2
Blackpool Under-18s were 4-2 winners against Carlisle United on Saturday, as they battled superbly to come out on top in the Youth Alliance Cup.
Joe Strawn gave the young Seasiders the lead after 20 minutes when he slotted in at the near post before Tayt Trusty doubled his side’s lead on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors then came out fighting in the second half, pulling two quickfire goals back through Ryan Carr and Mason Hardy, though the Seasiders kept fighting until the end, as Jake Daniels and Prince Yelegon made sure Blackpool came away with the three points.
John Murphy kept the same side that beat Morecambe last weekend, but there were changes on the bench, with Archie Cunningham & Arnold Matshazi replacing Tyler Hill & Luke Byron.
It was a bright start to the game for the young Seasiders, as identical to last weekend, Jack Moore cut inside and looked to replicate his strike against Morecambe, but the Carlisle ‘keeper was equal to it.
Carlisle looked to stamp their mark on the game early on when Carr dispossessed Trusty in the middle third, though his shot didn’t worry Alec McLachlan.
The breakthrough came just before the 30-minute mark, as Luke Mariette’s effort on goal deflected off a blue shirt and into the path of Strawn, who on his birthday, slotted calmly into the back of the net.
Strawn’s goal turned out to be the first of many when Trusty won the ball back 25-yards from goal and struck a swerving effort into the goal, leaving the Carlisle stopper rooted to the spot.
Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Carlisle United 0
Moments after the break, the visitors pulled level after a quick one-two presented Carr with a chance, which he despatched past McLachlan.
Then, Kwaku Donkor got the wrong side of his man and ended up going to the ground to win the ball back, however, he ended up conceding a penalty. Hardy stepped up and sent McLachlan the wrong way.
Carlisle continued to threaten, and Charlie Watt had a chance to put his side ahead from a free-kick, but McLachlan had other ideas and palmed his effort away from goal.
The visitors’ little spell sparked Blackpool into life, which saw Daniels and Johnny Johnston combining on the attack, though the latter ended up striking wide of the post after excellent work from Daniels.
Blackpool, however, continued to push towards regaining the lead. Dannen Francis used his blistering pace to beat his man and cross to Daniels in the area, who poked the ball home.
Johnston had a perfect opportunity to extend the Seasiders’ lead further, but he ended up placing his shot wide.
Prince Yelegon, as always, caused havoc after coming on as a substitute and ended up having the last say on proceedings. He found himself with a free run at goal and finished with ease into the bottom corner.
Full-Time: Blackpool 4 Carlisle United 2
Blackpool: McLachlan, Donkor, Moore, Squires (45’ Littler), Fitzgerald, Trusty, Mariette, Francis, Strawn (83’ Harrison), Daniels (71’ Matshazi), Johnston (74’ Yelegon).
Unused subs: Cunningham.