Pools Youth Team produced a solid performance to see off Chester at Victoria Park on Wednesday night and seal their place in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup.
The visitors gave as good as they got during a pretty even first half but Ian McGuckin’s side were more of a threat after the break and took their chances to run out 3-1 winners in the end.
Pools started the brighter and could have snatched the lead on five minutes when Joe Jackson fired a low drive on goal which was finger-tipped wide by keeper Ben Gale.
However, Jackson wasn’t to be denied and helped himself to his second goal in this season’s FA Youth Cup when he got his reward for persistence in the area to smash home from close range on 26 minutes.
The lead only lasted five minutes though as Chester fought back quickly, levelling the scores through Cain Noble who headed home from a right-wing corner to make it 1-1.
Josh Bayne had an opportunity to restore Pools lead as half time approached but he drove an effort too high and the teams went in all-square at the break.
The was an early scare for Pools in the second half when Iwan Murray’s searching free-kick from the right evaded everyone in the middle and bounced up off the cross bar before it was finally scrambled clear.
Pools were back in front just before the hour mark when a ball over the top found Daniel Boyle on the right of the box and he engineered the space to fire a shot in to the top corner and make it 2-1.
And it got better for Ian McGuckin’s youngsters on 72 minutes when Jon Weirs was tripped in the box by Dion Jones and Connor Simpson just about squeezed the resultant penalty past the fingers of Gale to give Pools a 3-1 advantage.
Pools managed to control the closing stages of the game well and could even have increased their lead when substitute Liam Pritchard almost got on the end of a ball across the six-yard area.
But in the end they had done enough and continued their impressive record of having won every one of their five outings in cup competitions so far this season.
Full Time: Pools 3 Chester 1
Pools: Stephenson, Holliday, Cooper, Bayne, Owen, Miller, Jackson, Orrell, Simpson, Weirs, Boyle (Pritchard 81)
Subs not used: Lawrence, Robinson, Murphy, Webster.