Youth Team Report: Carlisle United 1 Blackpool 1

The Under-18s picked up a valuable point away from home on Saturday morning, as they drew 1-1 with Carlisle United in the North West Youth Alliance.

Prince Yelegon’s second-half strike levelled matters after Nic Bollado put the hosts ahead just minutes before the half-time whistle. 

Luke Mariette returned to the starting XI alongside Johnny Johnston, whilst three U19s were involved in Sky Sinclair, Ryan Grant and Matthew Liptrott. 

It was Carlisle who started the brighter of the two sides, with Bollado forcing his way into the area but striking wide of Alec McLachlan’s post. 

Blackpool then looked to get a foothold in the game when they piled on the pressure through Arnold Matshazi, though Carlisle cleared before Prince Yelegon met Joe Strawn’s cross, only for the midfielder to see his effort saved by Scott Simons. 

A big chance came the side's way just before the half-hour mark as Johnston slid Yelegon in inside the area, who squared the ball back to Johnston on the penalty spot for a shot on goal, but Simons saved once more. 

Just a few minutes before the break, the hosts took the lead when Bollado found himself free just a few meters inside the area to fire past McLachlan. 

Half-Time: Carlisle United 1 Blackpool 0

Although the young Seasiders found themselves a goal down, they came out firing in the second half, and Joe Strawn got the ball rolling when he struck a fierce effort at goal, which Simons managed to keep out well. 

However, that good goalkeeping didn’t last much longer, as Yelegon received a ball out wide, drove inside and hit a timid shot towards goal. Simons looked to have it covered, but the ball rolled under his body, over the line and into the net. 

The goal had the Seasiders wanting more, and more they almost had when Joe Strawn turned home a Yelegon cross, though the linesman had his flag up for offside, chalking Strawn’s first of the season off. 

Johnston then had a chance to win the game just two minutes from time after he weaved in and out of the Carlisle defence and only had Simons to beat, but a heavy touch allowed the ‘keeper to collect.

Despite that looking like the last chance of the game, the hosts managed to break from a last-minute Blackpool corner, which left Alec McLachlan one-on-one with the Carlisle striker, and as he dinked the ball over McLachlan, the ball looked destined for the net, but the shot ended up over the bar, and the referee brought the game to a close.
 
Full-Time: Carlisle 1 Blackpool 1 

Blackpool: McLachlan, Sinclair, Moore, Liptrott (60’ Trusty), Grant, Fitzgerald ©, Strawn, Mariette, Yelegon (90’ Daniels), Johnston, Matshazi (68’ Harrison). 
Unused subs: Littler, Squires. 

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