Match Report: Youth Team Maintain Title Push

The youth team recorded a 2-0 win against Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley to maintain their title push yesterday.

Finlay Sinclair-Smith and Will Dunne struck either side of half-time to give The Seasiders a hard-fought victory.

The game started evenly with both sides winning several corners, though the first chance fell to Ciaran Donnelly’s side. It came from Liam Robinson, who crossed the ball to Ewan Bange, and the striker poked it just over the goal.

At the other end, Jack Sims was forced into two low saves from long-range shots as the home side attempted to put the goalkeeper under pressure.

Blackpool searched for a goal to break the deadlock in the first-half and came very close shortly after the half-hour mark. Several players combined in a slick, one-touch passing move that released Dylan Sumner but he fired just wide of the post.

A few minutes before the interval, the youth team took the lead. Will Dunne played an exquisite through ball that split the Accrington defence open and Sinclair-Smith finished off the chance past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Half-Time: Accrington 0 Blackpool 1

The second-half was even, much like the first, with neither side able to dominate the game.

But the one-goal lead was nearly doubled when Roache pressured the Stanley goalkeeper and the ball fell to Bange who had a shot saved.

Shortly after the hour mark, The Tangerines did score their second goal of the match though, when Sumner’s pinpoint cross was headed in by Will Dunne.

The Seasiders held on under some late pressure from the home side to secure all three points and their third clean sheet in five matches.

The result keeps the youth team three points clear at the top of the Youth Alliance table ahead of Burnley, who have a game in hand, with three matches left to play.

Full-Time: Accrington 0 Blackpool 2

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