U18s: Bolton 3-2 Morecambe

Wanderers progress to Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup Semi-Finals

Bolton Wanderers Under-18s overcame treacherous conditions to come out on top in a five-goal thriller against Morecambe on Tuesday.

Facing off at a sodden Lostock in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup quarter-finals, the young Whites took a deserved first half lead through Matthew Fearnley as the under-16s forward calmly slotted home following good build-up play from Alex Perry and Enock Likoy-Elumba.

A goalkeeping error gifted Morecambe an equaliser following the interval, but Perry fired Bolton back ahead soon afterwards as he volleyed home following a corner.

Substitute Alex Samizadeh then sealed victory for the Trotters with a well-taken individual goal, cutting in from the right before thundering home into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The visitors pulled a second goal back late on, but Wanderers held on to secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

After the game, Under-18s coach David Lee told bwfc.co.uk; "On a heavy wet pitch, the players showed a great determination to play the right way.

"We dominated the first half, and scored a well worked goal. They equalised because of an individual error, but we responded very well to re-take the lead and get the win.

"Overall it was a pleasing hard-working performance and we thoroughly deserved to go into the semi finals." 


Bolton: Turner, Grant, Spooner, Honeyball, Grivosti, Perry, Palmer, Allen (Earing 60) Likoy-Elumba, Fearnley (Samizadeh 75), McKenna.

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