Pools’ Under-16s took centre-stage over the weekend when they beat Shrewsbury Town to make the National Final of the Schoolboys Games.
Played at a neutral venue in Doncaster, the game against The Shrews was entertaining from the off and both sides created plenty of chances in the opening period.
However, it was right on the stroke of half-time when Pools – led by Antony Sweeney - grabbed the opening goal, Luca Murphy producing a brilliant free-kick from twenty yards to make it 1-0.
Pools made it 2-0 midway through the second half when Joshua Scott refused to give up on a seemingly lost cause to charge down a goalkeeper clearance which ricocheted in to the net.
Things got nervy late on when Shrewsbury grabbed a goal back with just thirteen minutes left on the lock but Pools dug deep to withstand a late onslaught and progress to the Final.
“We made it quite hard for ourselves at the end and it was quite nervous but the lads battled hard and deserved the win,” Sweeney explained.
“It’s great for them to make it through to the Final because it’s a little reward for the hard work they’ve put in and the progress they’ve made this season.”
Pools will now face Oxford United in the Final next month after they defeated AFC Wimbledon in the other semi-final.