The youth team got their season off to the perfect start with a 5-0 win against Fleetwood Town at Poolfoot Farm yesterday.
Rowan Roache, Christian N’Guessan, Dylan Sumner, Jack Steele and Alwyn Flynn were all on the scoresheet as Ciaran Donnelly’s side ran riot over their local rivals.
Roache got the team off to flying start and put the team in the lead after just 13 seconds when he got in the way of a clearance from the hosts.
The goal gave Blackpool an early boost and they continued to play on the front foot.
N’Guessan collected the ball on the halfway line and ran past several Fleetwood defenders before scoring to round off a superb individual goal and double Blackpool’s advantage.
Half-time: Fleetwood 0-2 Blackpool
The youth team started the second-half on the front foot again and pressed the hosts into their own half.
The third goal came just a few minutes into the second-half, Caleb Richards found space on the left wing to cross the ball into the box for Sumner to head into the back of the net.
A cross was then played into the box that Billy Crellin spilled, allowing Steele to pounce on the rebound and make it 4-0.
Flynn came on as a second-half substitute and scored with a sublime chip from the edge of the area to round off the rout.
Overall, it was the perfect way to start the season for Ciaran Donnelly’s side, who now face Bradford City next weekend in the EFL Youth Alliance Northern Cup.
Full-time: Fleetwood 0-5 Blackpool
Speaking after the game, Assistant Manager John Murphy said: “I’m very pleased. It’s our first league game this year so to win 5-0 at our derby rivals is a big statement to the rest of the league.
“I’m not even sure that we played to our best. We scored three excellent goals and a couple off mistakes from their keeper, and we got a cleansheet which was pleasing, but we can certainly get better.”
Despite the torrential rain, the youth team managed to implement their game plan to perfection.
“I think we’ve got the capabilities and the squad to do well this season. If we keep everyone fit there will be good competition for places and hopefully it will be a good season.
“You’ve got to play well whatever the weather. You’d like to think that a 5-0 win would warm them up a little bit. We want characters to play for this club and most of them did well.”