Match Report: Youth Team Beat Preston In Five-Goal Thriller

The youth team won 3-2 in a fiercely contested Lancashire derby against local rivals Preston North End.

Jack Newton’s header gave Ciaran Donnelly’s side the lead before Michael Howard’s low shot levelled things up for North End.

In the second half PNE went ahead through Kian Smart but The Seasiders mounted a comeback thanks to Rowan Roache’s double, ensuring the bragging rights and all three points.

Blackpool started the game well and came close to scoring through Roache when the striker found space on the edge of the box, but his shot went just over the bar.

It was the Republic of Ireland youth international who provided the first goal early in the first-half with a great delivery from a free-kick that Newton headed into the back of the net.

Chea came close twice to doubling the lead, with his first shot going wide of the post and his second strike forcing Callum Roberts into a great save low down.

Just before the half-hour mark, Will Dunne’s header was denied by an excellent fingertip save.

Chea came to close to scoring once again when he beat the keeper with a shot, but it was cleared off the line by Tom Stead.

Just a few minutes later, PNE equalised through Howard’s low shot. The goal rejuvenated The Lilywhites and they created a great opportunity on the stroke of half-time, but Harry Garstang’s shot from close range was saved well by Jack Sims

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Preston North End 1

Preston started the second-half well and took the lead for the first time in the match after Smart headed in from Josh Earl’s cross.

Despite going behind, Blackpool’s heads didn’t drop and they continued to press their rivals.

Roache had a turn and shot saved just before a penalty was awarded for a foul on Chea. It was Roache who stepped up to take the penalty and he kept his composure to score from 12 yards out.

Both sides pressed for a late winner but it was Blackpool who got the final say when Roache was slipped in through on goal and the striker made no mistake when one-on-one with Roberts.

Full-Time: Blackpool 3 Preston North End 2

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