Pools Youth Team safely made it through to the final round of qualifying in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night with a comfortable victory at Morpeth Town.
Ian McGuckin’s youngsters knew it wouldn’t be a straightforward assignment at Craik Park and there was a little nervousness at the start of the game with the players taking time to settle in to a rhythm.
Pools began to create some decent opportunities and finally took the lads when a long ball from Lewis Orrell found Connor Simpson in the box and he gave the goalkeeper no chance with his header to make it 1-0.
It was a setback which Morpeth struggled to recover from and Pools went further in front minutes later; after winning the ball back on the left, Liam Pritchard swung it in to the box where Jacob Owen was in the right place to convert the second goal.
The hosts came out in more resolute mood after the break and limited Pools to very few chances, though Simpson should have made it 3-0 when presented with a great opportunity only to get his angles wrong and let Morpeth off the hook.
Pools did get a third goal late in the game when Ryan Robinson played a fantastic pass in to the path of Daniel Boyle who showed great composure to chip the keeper and ensure the place in the next round of the competition.
“It was a fantastic result for us,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“To keep a clean sheet was a bonus for us and the main thing is that we’re in the hat for the next round because this is an exciting competition to play in.
“All the players and staff are keen to have a good run in the FA Youth Cup this season so we’re looking forward to seeing who we get in the next round now.”
Full Time: Morpeth Town 0 Pools 3
Pools: Stephenson, Holliday, Cooper, Bayne, Miller, Owen, Weirs, Orrell (Robinson 65), Simpson (Jackson 55), Boyle, Pritchard.
Subs not used: Lawrence, Leonard, Rennison.