Pools Youth Team won for the second game in a row on Saturday as they thrashed Notts County 6-2 at Blackhall Welfare Park.
After a brilliant win away at Carlisle United in the League Cup last time out, Ian McGuckin’s men were full of confidence as they returned to Youth Alliance League action against The Magpies.
However, it was the visitors who struck first early on when Pools failed to defend a cross in to the box from the right and the County forward volleyed home the opening goal on nine minutes.
The response from Pools was decisive and devastating though; good pressure high up the field saw Jon Weirs intercept a poor clearance from the keeper before showing the presence of mind to lob the ball over the stranded shot-stopper from twenty yards to level things up.
McGuckin’s youngsters continued to press their visitors and Daniel Boyle was rewarded for his work-rate when he picked the pocket of a defender before ramming in Pools’ second goal of the day.
Weirs made it 3-1 just after half-time when his shot crept over the line despite the best attempts a recovering defender, before County then broke pull a goal back almost immediately.
Boyle then doubled his tally to make it 4-2 with a neat finish from the edge side of the penalty area after more good play from Weir in the build-up.
The game was effectively over when a great move down the left saw the ball crossed in to the area where it was brilliantly swept home by Joe Jackson to hand Pools a fifth goal.
And there was even time for Boyle to claim his hat-trick near the end after a mesmerising goalmouth scramble which culminated in the youngster forcing the ball home from close range.
“We were absolutely delighted with the result and it’s something we have to build on in future games,” admitted McGuckin.
“It was annoying that we conceded the first goal again but the lads battled back very well, playing some excellent football and scoring some very good goals.
“A special mention has to go to Daniel Boyle for his hat-trick – he deserved it because he worked so hard throughout the ninety minutes.”
Full Time: Pools 6 Notts County 2
Pools: Lawrence, Holliday (Rennison 80), Cooper (Webster 80), Bayne, Miller, Owen, Pritchard (Robinson 70), Orrell, Jackson, Boyle (Murphy 80), Weirs.
Subs not used: Stephenson.