Under 16s Manager Tony Sweeney brings us a report from Sunday's Under 16 National Final of the Schoolboy Games Programme.
Pools Under 16s overcame Oxford United 2-0 on Sunday afternoon in the National Final of the competitive games programme.
In what turned out to be a really competitive game against a physically tough opposition and in testing windy conditions, Pools produced a mixture of resilient defending and creative attacking play to run out deserved winners.
Pools weathered an early onslaught to take the lead when Joshua Scott opened the scoring on 12 minutes, latching on to a superb through ball by Jack Leonard and striking a left-footed shot across the keeper and into the corner of the net.
Further chances came and went with Scott twice prevented from adding to his tally with good saves from the keeper.
Jack Leonard then volleyed a fantastic effort off the bar after being found on the edge of the box from a Conner Rennison corner.
Although we had the best chances Pools had to defend well for periods of the first half as Oxford pressed to get back into the game.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Oxford, who were backed by a strong wind, loaded the box with crosses, shots and set plays but the the young back four and keeper stood up to the task.
Pools continued to be a threat on the counter attack and a with a bit more quality on the final pass or shot would have extended the lead.
The game was wrapped up in the 83rd minute when Aaron Willoughby beat his man on the edge of the box and slid the ball across goal for Aiden White to smash home the second seal the win.
Oxford nearly set up a tense finish when a shot from 18 yards was brilliantly turned around the post from Brad Young in the Pools goal to maintain a clean sheet and make the 3 minutes of injury time more comfortable.
Full Time: Pools 2 Oxford United 0
Pools Squad: Young, Kaba, Webster, Naylor, Thompson, Murphy, Fox, Rennison, Scott, Leonard, Willoughby, White, Henderson