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Youth Team Knocked Out Of League Cup

10 October 2019

Match Reports

Youth Team Knocked Out Of League Cup

10 October 2019

Pools Youth Team were knocked out of the NLFA League Cup on Wednesdaywhen they were beaten 2-1 by Chester at Welfare Park in Blackhall.

It was a disappointing outcome for the Club's youngsters who

went in to the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 7-0 win over Seaham

Red Star in the FA Youth Cup.

However, after a solid start to the game in which Pools

began to move the ball around well during the early stages, Chester grew in

stature and stole in front on 32 minutes when visiting forward Will Goodwin stormed

forward through a number of challenges to finish neatly for 1-0.

Chester gave Pools a mountain to climb when they doubled

their lead three minutes after half-time when they broke quickly to find a second

goal through Tom Ruffer.

Ian McGuckin made a couple of changes and Jay Gibson came

off the bench to have an immediate impact when he pulled a goal back, getting

on the end of a swift counter-attack down the right following good work from Joe


The goal lifted Pools and they had their visitors on the

back foot for the closing fifteen minutes as they searched for an equalising


Grey hit the bar with a header and then saw another headed

effort drop just wide of the post but McGuckin's side couldn't find another

route to goal as Chester held on for the win.

“It was a frustrating afternoon,” admitted McGuckinafterwards.

“We didn't play to our full capabilities for the majority of

the game and it was only in the final quarter of an hour when we really got


“We need to be better for longer periods because when we get

it down, move it quickly and look to play forward we are a real handful for the

opposition teams.

“As well as that, we did look a little vulnerable in the

game and without the ball we weren't as good as I would like us to be so there

is work to be done.”

Full Time: Pools 1 Chester 2

Pools: Young, Wilson, Thompson, Pilling, Webster, Campbell, Sturdy, (Gibson 70) Willoughby (Chapman 57), Shepherd, Leonard, Grey.
Subs not used: Lowerson, James, Naisbett.

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