Pool’s reserves beat Liverpool

Blackpool's Luke Varney
Blackpool's Luke Varney
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GOALS from Sergei Kornilenko and Malaury Martin handed Blackpool’s reserves a superb win against Liverpool.

The strong Seasiders side led at the break thanks to Martin’s penalty before Thomas Ince drew Liverpool level on 60 minutes.

And after Mark Halstead saved a Jesus Fernandez penalty, Kornilenko won the game for the Seasiders with a superb finish from 12-yards.

Ian Holloway named a strong side to face a young Liverpool side managed by John McMahon, brother of former Pool boss Steve.

Kornilenko, Luke Varney, Matt Phillips and Chris Basham all featured alongside Stephen Crainey, who played 70 minutes and is now in contention for Monday’s clash with Chelsea.

Maluary Martin, who was injured in pre-season, impressed on his first start in midfield alongside Liam Tomsett.

After a Varney goal was ruled out for offside in the opening ten minutes, the Seasiders eventually took the lead on 26-minutes when Martin slotted home a penalty after Sergei Kornilenko was fouled in the box.

After the break Pool started the second half well and the lively Varney almost doubled their lead when his left-footed strike rattled the post.

However, Liverpool managed to draw level on the hour mark when a mistake from Salahadinne Sbai allowed Thomas Ince to finish past Mark Halstead.

Halstead became Pool’s hero in the 80th minute as he saved a Jesus Fernandez penalty superbly before Kornilenko sealed the win for Blackpool five minutes later when he ran onto a superb pass from Adam Dodd and fired past Martin Hansen.