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    City  2

    McDermott 26 min, Poole 41 min

  • Blackpool  1

    Ormerod 9 min

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  • 05 October 2010 21:13
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

City's youngsters extended their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier Reserve League campaign by overcoming a strong Blackpool side on a crisp night at Hyde.

Seasiders boss Ian Holloway was on hand to see veteran Brett Ormerod put Blackpool ahead, but first-half replies from livewires Donal McDermott and James Poole turned the tide in the Blues' favour.

Holloway put out a surprisingly experienced side, with proven senior forwards Marlon Harewood and Jason Euell climbing off the charabanc with Ormerod when it pulled up at Ewen Fields.

Defender Keith Southern, the Seasiders' man of the match when they won promotion in the play-off final at Wembley, was also in the line-up, along with two former Hyde loanees, defender Ashley Eastham and goalkeeper Mark Halstead.

It was a marked contrast to City's line-up, lacking the injured John Guidetti among others due to international call-ups, but there was a sprinkling of players with senior experience such as Abdi Ibrahim and Ben Mee.

The Young Blues were coming off the back of an encouraging 3-1 win at West Brom a week earlier, having opened the campaign by beating Aston Villa, with a home draw against a tasty Arsenal team sandwiched in between.

City's prospects of another victory didn't look too illuminating as Blackpool's heavyweight front three flexed their muscles and Ormerod beat David Gonzalez to put the visitors ahead with just nine minutes on the clock.

Eastham, back on familiar territory, almost stretched Blackpool's lead when he rattled the bar from a corner soon after, and Gonzalez had to be swiftly out of his area to deny Euell, who had sprung the offside trap.

But the Blues had pace and ingenuity to counter their more experienced opponents, none more so than McDermott, and he conjured a 26th-minute City equaliser from a narrow angle with the aid of Poole's pass.

Having weathered Blackpool's early onslaught, City took a firm grip, with Ahmed Benali almost playing in Poole before McDermott unleashed a shot on the run that Halstead did well to turn against a post.

Blackpool were not idle at the other end - Gonzalez was forced to make a super save from Euell - but they fell behind after 41 minutes when Poole exploited McDermott's smart pass with a deflected shot past Halstead.

The visitors were out of luck just after the hour when Ormerod lashed a first-time volley against the underside of the bar with Gonzales well beaten, then saw his hurried follow-up shot cleared off the line by Mee.

But there was no doubting City's right to claim the three points in their last home game until the derby in late November as Blackpool, and Harewood in particular, grew more frustrated as the clock ticked down.

The entertainment goes on for those fans in the 602 crowd backing both clubs, with Hyde facing big guns Boston on Saturday. 

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Match details

Tuesday 05 October 2010, 7:00PM

Barclays Under 21 Premier League

PA Davison


Manchester City:

Gonzalez, Logan, Wabara, Mee, Chantler, Etuhu (Bunn, 86), Kay, Ibrahim, McDermott, Benali (Elabdellaoui, 70), Poole.

Unused subs:
Johansen, Helan, Roman



Halstead, Philips, Edwards, Eastham, Coid, Sylvestre, Southern (Husband, 72), Basham, Harewood, Euell (Barkhuizen, 82), Ormerod (Demontagnac, 62)

Unused subs:
Tarney, Youanda


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