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Youth Team

PNE U18 3 Morecambe U18 2

11 August 2019

Jacob Holland-Wilkinson scored an 89th-minute winner to maintain the youth team's 100 per cent start to the new North West Youth Alliance season in a 3-2 triumph over Morecambe.

Ethan Walker scored twice to overturn Morecambe's opening goal, but the visitors levelled matters again before the break in a pulsating first half.

However, in a second half without quite the same goalmouth action, Holland-Wilkinson's late decider gave the visitors no time to respond as the Lilywhites made it six points from six in league matches this term.

Morecambe broke the deadlock early on by scoring from a corner before Walker equalised on 21 minutes.

The recently turned 17-year-old ghosted in at the back post to meet a right-wing cross from Tyrhys Dolan, who himself had shown great trickery and patience down the flank before providing the all-important delivery.

In the 42nd minute, Walker completed the reversal of the scoreline with a fine individual effort, picking up the ball deep in the opposition half and driving to the edge of the area, where he drilled a left-footed strike beyond the goalkeeper and into the bottom right corner. 

That goal looked as though it would send North End in ahead at the interval, but Morecambe pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before the half-time whistle blew.

It looked for much of the second half as though it would remain 2-2, but Holland-Wilkinson popped up late on to ensure the Lilywhites ended the game on a more positive note.

Unsurprisingly, Walker had a major hand in the decisive goal, curling a free-kick in from the right and Holland-Wilkinson met his delivery at the back post to head home his first league goal of the campaign to add to the four he managed during pre-season.

That was enough for Nick Harrison's team to record a second consecutive win, with their next challenge now a trip to league newcomers Salford City next weekend.

View a gallery of images from the game above courtesy of photographer Pete Burns.

PNE line-up: Corcoran; Dooley, Earl, Williams, Coulton (McManus, 69); Nolan, Bennett (Rahman, 84); Potts (Rodwell-Grant, 46), Dolan, Walker; Holland-Wilkinson. Subs not used: Nicholson, Lombard.

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