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LSC Report: Blackpool 2-1 Dale

5 September 2017

Rochdale fell to a 2-1 defeat at Blackpool in the first round of the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Dale fielded the Youth Team in horribly wet and windy conditions at Myerscough College, and took the lead inside eight minutes.

A ball into the area found Lewis Bradley, whose strike from 12 yards nestled in the back of the net to break the deadlock.

However, the home side equalised five minutes later, when a free-kick from the right was delivered into the area, and headed into the bottom corner from eight yards out.

Neil Kuemo almost put Dale back ahead in the move following the equaliser, but dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

A fine team move from Dale just before the half hour mark nearly saw Chris Brown’s side retake the lead. Quick passing led to James Neild having a strike from inside the area well saved by the Blackpool goalkeeper.

He denied Dale again on the stroke of half time, saving Isaac Ward’s close-range shot, before Ward appeared to be fouled on the follow up. However, the referee waved away the protests.

The visitors continued to dominate play into the second half, with Harrison Hopper and Neild both testing the goalkeeper from distance.

Fabio Tavares had the ball in the back of the net just before the half hour mark but was deemed to be offside from Kuemo’s pass.

Tavares then found Bradley on the edge of the area after a fine ball from Neild down the right, but his shot was blocked.

Florent Hoti had a good chance to put Dale ahead 12 minutes from time, but his shot from the edge of the area was inches wide of the far post.

The second half had been all Dale, but against the run of play the hosts scored what would be the winning goal.

They broke down the left side, pulling the ball back from the byline, where it was finished coolly.

Blackpool were reduced to ten in the final minute of normal time, thanks to a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.

Dale pushed for a late equaliser, but couldn’t create the chance that would see them deservedly draw level.

 

Dale XI: Wade, Appiah, Ward, Renner, Kearney, Hopper, Neild, Hoti, Bradley, Kuemo, Tavares.

Subs: Hamzat, White, Murray, Kisimba, Yonsian.

 


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