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Youth Team Frustrated By Tranmere Rovers

17 September 2018

Ian McGuckin Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Youth Team Coach Ian McGuckin

Pools Youth Team were forced to settle for a point in their second group game of the Youth Alliance League Cup despite dominating at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters delivered a powerful performance as they looked to respond after a disappointing defeat to Grimsby Town last time out and a defeat.

They were quickly on to the front foot and looked a menace every time they went forward, creating several good opportunities to get their noses in front.

The best of the first half chances fell to Liam Pritchard who found space at the back post to get on the end of Josh Scott’s cross but his header was well saved by the keeper with the goal gaping.

A similar pattern followed after the break with Pools coming close to breaking the deadlock when Joe Jackson fired a shot just wide from close range.

There were also further openings for Jack Leonard and Pritchard but both saw shots blocked as Rovers defended their goal with determination to secure a share of the spoils.

“It was just one of those days in front of goal for us,” admitted McGuckin.

“We could probably have played all night and not scored because we created some great chances all through the game but they just wouldn’t go in for us.

“It was a much better performance than against Grimsby – we looked much more solid at the back and we were pleased with what we did when we had the ball.

“The only criticism has got to be in terms of the finishing because if we had been more ruthless in front of goal we really could have been out of sight and won the game comfortably.”

Full Time: Tranmere Rovers 0 Pools 0

Pools: Young, Thompson, Webster, Boyle, Miller, Murphy, Pritchard, Rennison, Scott, Leonard, Jackson.
Subs not used: Roxburgh, Willoughby, Naylor.

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