Blackpool’s youth team missed out on a league and cup double after a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat to Oldham at Bloomfield Road, writes WILLIAM WATT.
Richie Kyle has enjoyed a memorable first season in charge of the Pool youngsters, who looked set to add the Lancashire Cup to their league title at Bloomfield Road last night.
Debutant Sam Roscoe, who stepped up from the U16s to replace new first-teamer Harrison McGahey at centre-half, flicked home a Dom Telford cross to give Pool a 76th-minute lead in the final.
But their hearts were broken with just a minute to go, when Danny Byrnes scored a sensational volley for the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men.
The final went straight to penalties, in which misses by Mitch Clayton and Dion Charles left Ryan Ellison to net the decisive spot-kick.
Kyle said: “I am really proud of all the lads. It’s been a massive achievement to win the league.
“This was a bonus game for me and I thought we deserved to win.
“But football can be cruel. We were done by a worldy goal and the penalties are a lottery.
“Our success this season hasn’t just been down to me – the players have been fantastic.
“They have a real willingness to learn and to win matches.
“I just put the structure in place and hopefully it can work to get one of two more into the first team.”