Blackpool’s youth team suffered their first defeat of the year in last night’s Youth Alliance Cup northern section semi-final at Bradford City last night.
Richie Kyle’s side, who last tasted defeat to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup in December, went down 4-1 to a Bantams team who, like Pool, top their table after just one league defeat all season.
After controlling the early stages, Bradford took the lead with a 25th-minute penalty by striker Ollie McBurnie, who had been pulled down by Dion Charles.
Joe Brennan doubled the lead with a flick from Niall Heaton’s long throw.
Pool nearly pulled one back before half-time when Mark Waddington’s volley was cleared off the line.
The young Seasiders had the wind in their favour in the second half but Bradford were awarded a second penalty when Dylan Mottley-Henry was felled by Harrison McGahey. Again McBurnie scored from the spot.
George Lomax gave the Tangerines hope when he guided a free header into the net from Henry Cameron’s corner.
But Bradford sealed victory when winger Nathan Curtis cut in from the right and curled a shot into the left corner.
A disappointed Kyle said: “I thought they outbattled us in the first half, and we didn’t compete very well with the conditions and their physical presence.
“In the second half, when we had the wind, we had lots of chances to win the game, let alone get back into it.
“It just wasn’t our night because the ball didn’t want to go into their net. We move on to play Oldham on Saturday.”
BLACKPOOL: Hunt; Thurston, Moulden, McGahey (Clayton, 80), Higham; Cameron (Shaw 80), Waddington, Staunton-Turner, Charles (Ready, 58); Telford, Lomax.
SUBS: Milton, Clayton, Richardson, Shaw, Ready.