Youth Team Hit Seaham For Seven

Aaron Willoughby, Hartlepool United

Pools Youth Team made a safe passage in to the next round of the FA Youth Cup as they won 7-0 at Seaham Red Star on Thursday night.

Ian McGuckin’s youngsters were in irresistible form and scored some mouth-watering goals during the rout, which is sure to boost confidence levels going back in to their league campaign.

The emphatic result saw has set up an away tie in the next phase of the prestigious competition when they will travel to Stockport County.

It was 1-0 inside six minutes when Joe Grey did well down the right and his low ball across found Aaron Willoughby who skilfully turned away from the defender to finish low inside the right-hand post.

Keaton Sturdy made it 2-0 not long afterwards when he made a determined run towards the edge of the home side’s box before sending a clinical low drive in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Coleby Shepherd then showed great imagination to clip a ball in behind the Seaham defence for Jack Leonard who cleverly cut inside on his right foot to fire in a third goal on the half-hour mark.

Grey then started and finished a lovely team move to make it 4-0 eight minutes later; the young front man drove forward menacingly and the ball was then worked out to Kyle Wilson who played a one-two with Leonard before slipping a low cross along the six-yard line to the waiting Grey.

Adam Campbell then took matters in to his own hands with a brilliant run from the halfway line, driving between three Red Star defender before applying a clinical finish to make it 5-0 before break.

Willoughby’s direct running was a threat all night and he caused more problems just before the hour-mark when he linked-up wonderfully with Grey before side-stepping across a defender and slotting home his second of the night to make it 6-0.

The home side continued to show spirit and determination, which meant Pools had to wait until six minutes from time to celebrate their seventh goal – this time Leonard cleverly moved the ball on to his left foot twenty yards from goal to deliver a stunning finish in to the top corner.

Full Time: Seaham Red Star 0 Pools 7

Pools: Young, Wilson, Pilling, Thompson, Campbell (Gibson 71), Webster (Naisbett 63), Sturdy, Shepherd, Willoughby, Grey (Chapman 63), Leonard.
Subs not used: Lowerson, James.