Match Report: Blackpool Youth Team Reach Lancashire FA Youth Cup Final

The Blackpool youth team beat Rochdale 4-3 on penalties this afternoon to reach the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.

With the score level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the tie went straight to a shoot-out to decide the winners.

Rochdale had opened the scoring in the first-half when Pratt scored with an effort from 25 yards.

Kit Gregory equalised just before half-time with a placed shot which went into the bottom corner after hitting the post.

Gregory then turned from scorer to creator as he passed to Rowan Roache who found the net with a fantastic finish inside the box.

With ten minutes to go, Pratt scored his second goal of the game to send the match to penalties.

Myles Boney put in a heroic performance in the penalty shoot-out as he pulled off two great saves to secure the victory, while Macauley Wilson, Rowan Roache, James Doyle and Ben Badu converted their penalties for The Seasiders.

“Overall it was a good cup tie between two good teams with different styles of play,” Academy Manager Ciaran Donnelly said. “We’re just delighted to come out with the win and be in a final because that’s what it’s all about in cup competitions.

“We got to the final in my first season as academy manager and we lost on penalties to Oldham, so it’s great that we’ve got there again. We’ll be looking to put it right and get another trophy under the belt, which is great for our academy that we can be competing for these trophies.”

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