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Youth Team Report | Dale 1-1 Blackpool

16 August 2021

The Youth Team drew 1-1 at home to Blackpool in the EFL Youth Alliance League on Saturday.

Peter Thomas scored a late equaliser to cancel out James Harrison's first-half strike to earn Dale a point.

Goalkeeper Brad Kelly made a couple of fine stops early on to deny the visitors, first from a free-kick then a fierce effort from 25-yards.

Blackpool took the lead five minutes before the break when Harrison finished off a swift counter attack.

After the break, Kelly was to thank for keeping Dale just one goal behind, when he dived low to his right to save a Blackpool penalty.

Thomas then pulled Dale level, latching on to a ball in the area before knocking it past the goalkeeper and making sure of the goal by turning home from a yard out.

Ben Kershaw tested the Blackpool goalkeeper direct from a free-kick, before Kelly made another good save with his body.

Dale had a couple of chances late on to complete the turnaround but were denied by the Blackpool stopper.

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