Late blow to Reds’ Tro­phy hopes

Accrington Observer - - MOTORS - STAN­LEY......................... 1 BLACK­POOL ................... 2

CHECK­A­TRADE TRO­PHY GROUP STAGE SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley came up short in their EFL Tro­phy clash with Black­pool af­ter con­ced­ing a late win­ner at the Wham Sta­dium.

Max Clay­ton struck in the 88th minute to earn the win for Black­pool, af­ter Stan­ley’s Erico Sousa had lev­elled to can­cel out Danny Philliskirk’s opener.

The Reds were lively in the open­ing stages, with Tyler Forbes fir­ing over the cross­bar af­ter get­ting on the end of a pass from Mekhi McLeod.

Just mo­ments later, McLeod was in­volved again when he had an ef­fort of his own, but it was de­flected wide of the post.

Black­pool had chances of their own, with Clay­ton fir­ing a free-kick wide of Aaron Chap­man’s post.

Stan­ley be­gan to dic­tate play, as Sousa went close when his curled ef­fort clipped the cross­bar, be­fore Mal­lik Wilks shot nar­rowly wide.

The hosts couldn’t make the chances count though and Black­pool made them pay when they took the lead on 33 min­utes.

Philliskirk was the man to get it, with his shot from the edge of the area go­ing through a sea of bod­ies and into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Stan­ley pushed for an equaliser and they weren’t be­hind for long as they man­aged to level things up just six min­utes later.

Sousa’s hard work through­out the game was re­warded when he fi­nally got his goal, get­ting on the end of a cross from McLeod to head home and make it 1-1 at the break.

It was an end to end af­fair in the sec­ond half, with both teams hav­ing numerous chances as they looked to go in front.

Tom Dal­li­son had a good chance for Stan­ley, while Scott Quigley forced Chap­man into a good save at the other end.

Wilks then thought he’d given the hosts the lead when his shot had Chris Mafoumi beat, but it can­noned back off the post.

It seemed like the match was head­ing for penal­ties, but Stan­ley were dealt a cruel blow when Black­pool found a win­ner on 88 min­utes.

Clay­ton was the man to get it, slot­ting the ball home from close range.

Sean Hans­ford

Danny Philliskirk

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