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MATCH REPORT: Young Whites overcome Blackpool in FA Youth Cup

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

MATCH REPORT: Young Whites overcome Blackpool in FA Youth Cup 17392258

Wanderers progressed to the FA Youth Cup second round following a 2-0 win against Blackpool at Victory Park.

Conor Lewis opened the scoring early in the second half, with Harrison Fleury doubling the lead before the hour mark.

Julian Darby’s side started brightly, with Anthony Pinto asking questions of the Blackpool backline with a couple of whipped crosses from the right.

The Whites enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages but struggled to carve out opportunities in the final third.

Blackpool grew into the game as the first half went on and had a half chance when Tyler Hill managed to get down the left wing and fired over from a tight angle.

Harry Leigh then tried his luck from outside the penalty area but his strike was held by Matteo Spinelli.

Jaden Jones looked a danger from set-plays but Wanderers managed to clear their lines after his delivery was nodded into a dangerous area by Hill.

Josh Miles also looked lively but couldn’t quite pick out a team-mate in the box after a bursting run down the left.

Harley Irwin made a vital clearance minutes before the break with Terry Bondo waiting to sweep home, and Toby Oliver also saw his goal-bound header cleared on the line.

Wanderers wasted no time in the second half, taking the lead through Lewis a couple of minutes after the restart.

The youngster latched onto Deashon Lawrence’s pass and kept his cool to slot past Spinelli after Leigh had won back possession high up the pitch.

The Whites soon doubled their lead when Fleury pounced on a loose ball and made no mistake with a sweet strike across goal.

Blackpool were denied a chance to pull one back when Sean Hogan made a superb sliding tackle as Bondo was about to pull the trigger after a lovely bit of skill.

Bondo found himself in the thick of the action again moments later, but he could only drag an effort wide of the near post after a Bolton clearance had been charged down.

Hill then sent a dipping strike just over the bar after Wanderers head dealt with an initial cross from the right.

George Barlow made a good save in stoppage time to keep out Miles’ flick after another dangerous set-piece from Jones.

Darby’s side deserved their clean sheet following a resilient display and progress past the opening round for the second year in a row.

Barlow, Pinto (Smith 44), Inwood, Hogan, Oliver, Leigh, Irwin, Grayson, Lewis, Lawrence (Abimbola 72), Fleury. Unused: Lomax, Bowker, Nuttall, Ritchie, Cutler


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