Match Report: Youth Team Stay Top

A 4-0 Fylde coast derby victory against Fleetwood Town ensured that the youth team remained top of the North West Youth Alliance table over the weekend.

Ewan Bange broke the deadlock shortly after the half-hour mark before Roache’s second-half double and a goal from Sebastien Des Pres added gloss to the scoreline.

With Lancashire rivals Burnley also winning on Saturday, the two sides are level on 56 points with two games of the season remaining, though a superior goal difference sees Ciaran Donnelly’s side at the summit.

The game against Fleetwood started fairly evenly, with both sides pressing well and creating chances.

Blackpool won an early free-kick for a foul on Bange which was delivered by Roache and cleared for a corner. At the other end, Dominic Kerrigan cut the ball back to Jack Bishop, who scooped his effort over the goal.

A few minutes later, a mistake by the Blackpool defence led to Daniel Mooney teeing up Gerard Garner, but fortunately he saw his shot saved.

Will Dunne came close to scoring for The Seasiders when he had a header saved by Harry Turner and then headed the rebound just wide of the post.

The Fleetwood keeper was called into action again after Fin Sinclair-Smith had a shot on goal from Roache’s flick.

The deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark though, after Roache cut the ball back for Bange to score with a fine header.

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Fleetwood 0

Shortly after the restart the lead was doubled, Des Pres went on a driving run from midfield and played the ball to Roache who beat Turner from a tight angle.

Five minutes later, Daniel Mooney rattled the woodwork with a great long-range effort.

Shortly after the hour-mark, The Tangerines were awarded a penalty for a handball by a Fleetwood defender. Roache stepped up to take it and the Republic of Ireland under-17 international made no mistake in dispatching it.

The striker came close to scoring his hat-trick in the 78th minute but his shot went across the face of goal.

With their opponents tiring, Des Pres weaved his way through the defence and beat Turner to score Blackpool’s fourth goal of the game.

The youth team are now back in action on Tuesday night for the Lancashire FA Youth Cup final, before travelling to Wrexham for their penultimate league game of the season.

Full-Time: Blackpool 4 Fleetwood 0

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