Pools Youth Team were made to pay for some wasteful finishing and careless defending as they were beaten by Carlisle United in their first Youth Alliance Cup fixture.
John Hewitson’s men began the game on the front foot and created numerous opportunities in the opening half hour but both Kenton Richardson and Jacob Owen missed chances after getting on the end of excellent deliveries from Josh Hawkes.
Liam Travers had a great chance when he got through and took the ball round the keeper but just couldn’t squeeze home from a tight angle, while he also struck a shot over the bar after meeting a Jack Cooper cross.
However, they were punished for not putting the ball away when The Cumbrians broke to snatch the lead five minutes before the break after Pools had given possession away in a dangerous area.
And on 43 minutes it got worse for Hewitson’s side as Carlisle again found space inside the penalty area and doubled their advantage to 2-0.
Pools regrouped during half time and came out strongly again after the restart and gave themselves hope on 51 minutes when Hawkes volleyed a superb goal following a good diagonal ball from Owens.
Buoyed by the strike, Pools continued to press on and created numerous chances to have drawn level but Hawkes, Owen, Jon Weirs, Travers and Richardson all passed-up opportunities.
Despite the pressure, Carlisle held firm and counter-attacked to make it 3-1 in injury time to make sure of their victory.
Full Time: Carlisle United 3 Pools 1
Pools: Catterick, Holliday (Miller 65), Owen, Fielding, Cooper, Richardson, Wood, Orrell (Simpson 73), Weirs (Short 65), Hawkes, Travers.
Moloney, Jackson.Subs not used: