Poulton fight back to claim a share of the spoils

South Shore Youth FC Team: Back Row Ronan Barratt, James Downer, Konrad Rusek, Rory Montgomery, Darren Kenyon, Adam Ashton, Nathan Tolley, Cameron Gourley and Elliot Hammond.
South Shore Youth FC Team: Back Row Ronan Barratt, James Downer, Konrad Rusek, Rory Montgomery, Darren Kenyon, Adam Ashton, Nathan Tolley, Cameron Gourley and Elliot Hammond.
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Poulton recovered from three goals down to earn a draw in this amazing U15 Alpha clash at Collins Park.

Poulton FC Team Back Row TJ Phillips, Ted Sarjantson, Oliver Medhurst, Tom Green, Adam Johnson, Michael Finch, Joe Manford, Joe Mountford and Ben Faill.

Poulton FC Team Back Row TJ Phillips, Ted Sarjantson, Oliver Medhurst, Tom Green, Adam Johnson, Michael Finch, Joe Manford, Joe Mountford and Ben Faill.

Indeed, the Poulton side had chances to win it and Shore admitted they were hanging on for a point in the end.

It all started so well for Shore, who took the lead through Nathan Tolley.

It was 2-0 by half-time as Cameron Gourlay, younger brother of coach Nathan, fired a free-kick over the keeper.

And a routine victory appeared on the cards as Elliott Hammond added the third early in the second half, finishing a good passing move after Poulton couldn’t clear their lines.

We have come up from the B league as runners-up and cup winners but it’s a totally different league

But then the amazing comeback began, Louis Talarcyzk getting Poulton on the scoresheet with a penalty awarded for handball inside the box. Captain Joe Mountford’s move forward from the back was a telling factor as the visitors began to control the contest.

And they cut the deficit further when Sid Sullivan controlled a ball over the top and fired home.

And the Poulton revival was complete when Liam Gerrity finished a length of the field passing move.

There was still time for Poulton to pursue a winner, but they were denied by the woodwork, several last-ditch clearances and a disallowed goal.

Youth Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'Poulton's Michael Finch holds off South Shore's Lewis Crolla.

Youth Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'Poulton's Michael Finch holds off South Shore's Lewis Crolla.

Manager Adrian Manford hopes this is a turning point in their season.

He said: “I told the players at half-time that they needed to keep the ball better and they did just that.

“We have come up from the B league as runners-up and cup winners but it’s a totally different league.

“We know we have to work hard at this level and if we do that we’ll be all right. We win or lose as a team and that spirit is what we are all about.”

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'South Shore Youth FC's  Josh Smyth with Poulton's Max Resina

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'South Shore Youth FC's Josh Smyth with Poulton's Max Resina

For Shore boss Gourlay, the hope is that Sunday’s result is a “reality check”.

He said: “It was a setback but we have started the season well and hopefully we’ll learn from this one.”

Youth Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange). South Shore Youth FC's Nathan Tolley with Poulton's Liam Gerrity

Youth Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange). South Shore Youth FC's Nathan Tolley with Poulton's Liam Gerrity

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'South Shore Youth FC's Lewis Crolla with Poulton's Steven Lambert

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange).'South Shore Youth FC's Lewis Crolla with Poulton's Steven Lambert

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange). South Shore Youth FC's Lewis Crolla

Football Match South Shore Youth FC (Red) V Poulton FC (Orange). South Shore Youth FC's Lewis Crolla