Blackpool played host to a strong Liverpool Northern side that they had played many times in the past. An ever increasing Blackpool squad saw the introduction of Chris Brookes and Lee Warburton who made their debut for the Seasiders right from the off Blackpool stepped up to the challenge and proceeded to push players forward in an attempt to grab the first goal. Northern’s defence stood strong, as wave after wave of Blackpool attacks threatened the Northern goal. Some skilful play by Callum Lynch and Oliver Kelly down the left wing aided the Blackpool attack. However, relentless defending from the away team resulted in the half time score being 0-0.
Blackpool started the second half in similar fashion and applied pressure to a Northern defence that was starting to show signs of weakness. Constant Blackpool pressure eventually resulted in a short corner, which was expertly converted by Declan O’Hara. Blackpool pushed for a second goal and shortly after Ryan Lynch slotted home for the Seasiders, with a shot from a very tight angle. Two goals up Blackpool thought they had the game won, but a surprise counter attack from northern resulted in a goal for the away team. Northern then started to push men forward to try and grab an equaliser. However, the Blackpool goalkeeper had other plans as he pulled off a string of amazing saves to keep the Seasiders ahead. As the final whistle drew nearer the Northern players were pushing harder for an equaliser, but centre backs Phil Taylor and Callum Cloves halted any Northern attacks. In the final minutes Blackpool pushed forward and tried to make the game safe. Ryan Lynch popped up again to score his second of the game and secure victory for Blackpool. The game finished 3-1 and it was a great end to another successful game for the under 16’s team.