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Cardiff game now Sunday 12.00 kick off
Blackpool U18 0 PNE U18 6
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Preston North End U18s produced a stellar performance to run out emphatic 6-0 winners over local rivals Blackpool in the North West Youth Alliance league.
The Lilywhites were two to the good before the break thanks to a pair of Joe-Rodwell Grant penalties, a lead that was doubled within five minutes of the restart with Noah Mawene volleying home and Rodwell-Grant completing his hat-trick.
Midfielder Ben Dooley added a fifth with ten minutes to go before a late Blackpool own goal make it six and wrapped up a massive derby day win.
Academy manager Nick Harrison made two changes from last week’s league opener against Carlisle, bringing in Josh Seary and Jacob Slater for Vaughn Green and Levi Lewis, whilst Lewis Leigh moved into the midfield.
It was a scrappy start to the game with fouls aplenty and both sides fighting hard to gain a foothold.
The key foul however came in the 15th minute when skipper Rodwell-Grant was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. The striker powered the ball straight down the middle past Alec McLachlan in the Blackpool net who dived to his right, opening the scoring.
The home team responded well to going behind with Luke Mariette shooting wide from range and Prince Yelegon hitting the target with his edge of the box shot after some good work to hold off Harry Huddart.
At the other end, Rodwell-Grant had a great chance just before the half hour mark when he was played through on goal, but his chipped effort curved wide of the right post.
Decyln Duggan pulled off a crucial save with a minute of the first half left to deny Mariette, who seemed certain to score but could only find the PNE ‘keeper with his powerful volley.
It was into added time when North End won their second penalty of the game as Leigh was tackled late after he had broken clear down the left.
Rodwell-Grant this time went low to the left and McLachlan guessed correctly but couldn’t stop the striker from giving his side a two-nil half-time lead.
North End started the second half as they finished the first, working the ball well down the left before it fell nicely to Mawene, who’s volley flew into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0.
It was soon four after another positive move on the left flank resulted in Dooley cutting it back for Rodwell-Grant, who slotted the ball into the same corner that Mawene had just a minute before.
The hat-trick hero showed great strength to hold off a Blackpool defender when Harry Nevin played a through ball over the top, but the striker couldn’t quite bring it under his control and was then replaced by Green for the final 20.
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McLachlan made a solid stop to prevent Leigh’s left-footed effort, but he was helpless a few minutes later when Leigh’s interception found Dooley with loads of time to round the Blackpool ‘keeper and make it 5-0.
North End were made to work for their clean sheet with Blanchard on hand to clear Jak Wood’s curling left-footed shot off the line.
The centre back and his fellow defenders could then only watch as Rob Apter’s strike from inside the box struck the left post a minute later.
Two further changes were made by PNE when Kyi Nicholson and Teddy Mfuni came on for the final five minutes in place of Seary and Slater.
The sixth and final goal then came in the 88th minute when a back pass deceived McLachlan and ended up in the back of the net.
Nick Harrison was elated at the full-time whistle after seeing his young side deliver what would certainly have been a dream scenario heading into the game.
“It was an excellent performance and a great result in terms of playing our local rivals,” said Nick. “The players need to take all the credit.
“For the first 15-20 minutes they really had to do the ugly side of the game first and win their battles and put their body on the line, so I thought we did that really well.
“As much as scoring six goals might be the headline, I’m pleased with the way the players worked and competed for each other to try to get the ball back in order for us to score the goals.”
A second successive clean sheet was also a positive factor for the Academy manager.
“We’ve kept two clean sheets in the two league games we’ve played after what was a difficult pre-season coming up against some big clubs and conceding a number of goals, so in terms of that process, it’s certainly worked.
“The players have worked hard on defending and protecting the goal and I thought they did that really well again.
“It’s a really young back four and a first year goalkeeper, so it’s really pleasing that we’ve managed to do that in a game again and long may that continue in the games coming up.”
Speaking on Rodwell-Grant, Nick added: “He’s a player that’s really matured, which we often see when players come back after the summer, and when they do their performances improve and that’s certainly true with Joe.
“He’s worked hard, he’s put his body on the line, he’s worked for the team and he’s got his reward with the three goals today.
“That’s something we expected from Joe, we hoped that it might have come in his first year, it didn’t but he’s worked hard over the break and we’re delighted with the way that he’s come back for this season.”
PNE line-up: Duggan; Seary (Nicholson, 86) Nevin, Blanchard, Slater (Mfuni, 86); Huddart, Dooley; Mawene, Leigh, Bennett; Rodwell-Grant (Green, 70).
Subs not used: Pedley, O'Neil.
Referee: Mr R Denton.
The B'burn supporters are raving about Dolan, and he did well against Wycombe. NE supporters are questioning the decision to let him go free. I am sure there is more to the issue than not recognising obvious talent. Got any inside intel to share?
Apparently a bit of a show pony
Neyyyyy! Or a flash in the pan!
Don't give up your day job
Retired but I believe some people want us to work until 75. Only 1 year and 2 months to pass that target.
Was due to retire next March but will soon be working from home, paying me to walk from the bedroom to the dining room table yes please
I 'retired' when I was 58 but kept working in the NHS until 65. I made way as a nurse manager for younger brighter people having developed a small team that would, I hoped, bring in new researched practice. But there was always work to be done in the NHS. Sort of miss it now.
Brentford now Sunday 4/10/20 2pm
Morecambe U18 3 PNE U18 1
27 September 2020
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A decent display from Preston North End U18s was not enough to secure three points against a resilient Morecambe side as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners.
PNE got off to the perfect start after Levi Lewis opened the scoring for the visitors after just 11 minutes.
Lewis connected sweetly when his left-footed strike placed the ball into the right corner of the net, topping off an impressive move for the Lilywhites.
The lead was cut short just three minutes later as Morecambe equalised through a deep, in-swinging free-kick that caught everyone unaware at the back post.
With the scoreline locked level and both teams trying to get a foothold in the game, there were plenty of strong challenges from both Teddy Mfuni and Harry Nevin as they worked together to minimise the threat of Morecambe’s No.9.
Preston regained momentum and were playing some nice one-touch football with midfielder Aaron Bennett at the heart of most PNE attacks.
t it was the home side who took the lead on 30 minutes against the run of play as an unfortunate deflected shot trickled past Declyn Duggan and into the North End goal.
The Lilywhites defended well to keep the scoreline at 2-1 after crucial tackles from both Mfuni and Harry Nevin kept the threatening Shrimps at bay.
The away side responded positively, creating two chances before the half-time break with Levi Lewis almost adding his second of the game.
The visitors started the brighter of the two sides and on the 50th minute, Bennett saw a long-range strike narrowly sail over the bar.
Bennett was at the heart of things again for PNE, this time creating a chance for Kyi Nicholson whose attempt was saved by the goalkeeper.
Mikey O’Neil was also unfortunate not to see his effort find the back of the net just a minute later after he was denied by another good save from the Morecambe No.1.
The best chance of the half fell to Bennett again, this time dancing his way through the home side's defence before lobbing the onrushing ‘keeper, only to see his audacious effort come back off the crossbar.
PNE stuck to their game plan of patient, one-touch passing football, but were often met by a sea of red shirts behind the ball when threatening the opposition box.
The closing stages also saw the introduction of last week's hat-trick hero Joe Rodwell-Grant, after he netted three goals in a resounding away win against Blackpool, as well as appearances from Lewis Leigh and Ben Dooley.
Morecambe were becoming increasingly dangerous through counter attacks and almost made it 3-1 on 75 minutes but for a crucial last-ditch challenge by Joe Blanchard.
Ben Dooley had an effort flash just wide with ten minutes remaining on the clock for the Lilywhites, but it would be the home side who would get the next goal and extend their lead with eight minutes to go.
North End looked threatening right to the final whistle but just could not find a way back into the game against a resolute Morecambe defence.
Speaking after the game, Academy manager Nick Harrison insisted that despite the result, there were plenty of positives for his side to take from the game.
“I thought overall, the general performance of the team was good,” he told PNE.Com. “We had some good patterns of play in the game and when we got into the final third we had plenty of chances that we should have scored from.
“We had to be patient and look to break through their lines, but I thought we looked quite threatening when we did break through. The only thing missing was our players being more clinical in front of goal, but overall, the performance was very positive.”
Harrison was also pleased with how influential playmaker Aaron Bennett performed, the midfielder having been unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when his second half effort struck the woodwork.
“I thought Aaron was outstanding. We made the decision to push him higher up the pitch in the second half and he got into some very dangerous areas in the final third and was unlucky not to score after hitting the crossbar.”
The young Lilywhites are next in action with the visit of Fleetwood Town to UCLan Sports Arena next weekend.
Looking ahead to that contest, Nick added: “We will go away now and analyse the game over the week and improve the areas we need to.
“The next game we play, we will be looking for the players to perform well and aim for a more positive result.”
PNE line-up: Duggan ; Mfuni, Nevin, Blanchard; Nicholson (Leigh, 75), Huddart, Amaral (Dooley, 59), Bennett, Lewis; Green (Mawene, 59), O'Neil (Rodwell-Grant, 75).
Sub not used: Lombard.
Referee: Mr D Gillon.
Covid in the Republic squad Browne probably has to self isolate
Didn't go to Slovakia
PNE U18 0 Bolton Wanderers U18 1
18 October 2020
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Preston North End were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Bolton Wanderers during Saturday's Youth Alliance Cup clash.
Finlay Lockett scored the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time as the visitors took home all three points at UCLan Sports Arena.
North End remained largely unchanged from the side that defeated Fleetwood Town 5-1 two weeks previously, except for Levi Lewis, who replaced Josh Seary in the PNE backline.
PNE started the brighter of the two sides and managed to work an opening inside the first five minutes of the game when Lewis delivered a teasing cross into the Lilywhites box that was met by Harry Huddart, forcing the Bolton No.1 Luke Hutchinson into an early save.
Defences were on top during the opening 25 minutes of the game, with neither side able to break the other down despite both teams enjoying decent spells of possession.
The Lilywhites’ main threat seemed to be coming down the right-hand side through Kyi Nicholson and Lewis Leigh as they combined well on several occasions, drawing fouls in dangerous areas and corners, but to no avail.
The Trotters started to enjoy some good intervals of play as the half-time break approached, having their first real chance of the game on 26 minutes, only to be denied by a last-ditch challenge by Irish defender Harry Nevin.
Bolton created another good chance four minutes later, this time Henry Mitchell teeing up Finlay Lockett for his second of the game only to be denied by an outstanding fingertip save by Oliver Lombard in the North End goal.
The last chance of the half fell to Lilywhites forward Noah Mawene, but his strike from outside the box sailed narrowly over the bar which ensured the teams went into the half-time break goalless.
The restart of the second half saw more fine goalkeeping from Oliver Lombard as he produced a series of great saves to deny a second Wanderers goal.
PNE grew into the second half through influential playmaker Ben Dooley, the midfielder having already shown signs of class so far this season, which was on display again, this time playing a lovely one-two with Harry Huddart, before winning a corner for the home side.
On 58 minutes Kyi Nicholson found himself unmarked in the visitors’ box before seeing his goalbound attempt blocked by an on-rushing defender to keep the scores level.
The best chance of the half fell to Vaughn Green on 61 minutes as he made a bursting run into the box before firing hard and low, forcing a good save from The Trotters goalkeeper.
This would be Green’s last involvement in the game as he was replaced on 65 minutes by Mikey O’Neill as North End looked for a winner.
Three minutes later, Lombard had to react sharply as he tipped a long-range effort over the bar, before safely punching clear the resulting corner.
It was to be the visitors who did break the deadlock on 72 minutes through Finlay Lockett. The Bolton forward found himself in some space inside the box before unleashing a strike past Lombard.
North End’s No.1 was called into action again moments later as he denied what looked like a certain goal to keep the scoreline at 1-0.
The Lilywhites made their final changes of the game 10 minutes from time, which saw a double switch involving Lewis Leigh and Noah Mawene replace Kian Taylor and Dana Amaral.
Aaron Bennett almost rescued a point late on for PNE, the Welsh midfielder let loose a long-range strike which produced a fine save yet again from the in-form Bolton ‘keeper.
North End still had some defending to do in the final seconds of the match, after a quick counter attack was halted by birthday boy Joe Blanchard, as he made a crucial goal-line block.
A solid display from the Lilywhites was not enough to secure three points in their opening Youth Alliance Cup game and North End manager Nick Harrison admitted to having mixed emotions after the contest.
Nick said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the result but there was large parts of the game that I was really pleased with the team’s performance.
“I thought we started off a bit slowly but once we got to grips with the game, we started to pass the ball well, we created chances and in certain spells we dominated the game.
“It’s disappointing to not take our chances, but also disappointing to concede the goal in the way that we did.”
Nick felt his side’s chance creation was largely similar to previous positive displays this season, the difference on this occasion being his side’s ability to take those opportunities.
“We have played a number of games this season already where we have scored a number of goals and created plenty of chances, we have done that again today, but unfortunately this time we couldn’t score.
“I think we need to continue to work on being more clinical like we have done already this season or else we will be punished like we have been against Bolton.”
PNE line-up: Lombard; Nicholson, Nevin, Blanchard, Lewis; Huddart, Dooley; Leigh (Amaral, 80), Mawene (Taylor, 80), Green (O’Neil, 65); Bennett. Subs not used: Mfuni, Duggan.