Match Report: Sumner and Rufus on Target In Another Youth Team Victory

The Blackpool youth team went top of the North West Youth Alliance league table with a 2-0 win against Rochdale on Saturday.

Dylan Sumner and Tyler Rufus scored the goals that secured the win to extend their unbeaten start to the season to eight games.

The first chance of the game fell to Finlay Sinclair-Smith, who found space on the edge of the area to shoot and had an effort go wide.

After settling into the game, The Seasiders had three good chances in quick succession.

A corner routine resulted in Rowan Roache having a free shot that tested Bradley Wade, before the keeper made another save from Roache just moments later.

The Republic of Ireland international had a third shot on target from another cleverly worked corner but Wade that effort as well.

In the 27th minute Blackpool won a corner after Caleb Richards had a cross blocked. Roache took the corner and put in a great delivery to Sumner who headed past the goalkeeper to give Ciaran Donnelly’s side a deserved lead.

Will Dunne came close to adding a second goal shortly after but his header looped over the crossbar.

Half-time: Blackpool 1 Rochdale 0

Dunne had another good chance after the restart but shot over the goal after receiving a pass from Sumner.

Just before the hour mark, Wade pulled off a fantastic, diving save to palm away Roache’s curling effort for a corner.

The Rochdale keeper was called into action again when Sumner tested him and the rebound fell to Dunne who couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Wade was finally beaten for a second time in the 75th minute. Roache collected the ball from a wide position and put a fantastic cross into the box that Rufus headed in.

Blackpool remained composed to see out the game and keep their second clean sheet in three games.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 0

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