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Stanley 1 Blackpool 1

31 July 2015

Stanley rounded off their pre-season preparations with a deserved draw against Blackpool.

Tangerines youngster Bright Osayi-Samuel gave his side the lead in a tight affair, before substitute Seamus Conneely's late screamer restored parity.

Ahead of the kick-off for the new season next week, John Coleman and his side endeavoured to head into their opening fixture against Luton with a flourish, having won their six previous friendly outings.

And it was Stanley who looked the livelier of the two sides within the opening exchanges, who began with a high tempo to make life difficult for the visitors.

However, it was Blackpool who had the first real opportunity of the game, when midfielder Jack Redshaw fired narrowly wide after some neat interchange on the edge of the area.

The first half bore few memorable moments as both teams battled for dominance, but five minutes before the interval Josh Windass drove forward and his fierce effort whistled just over the bar to signal Stanley's intent.

The second period began in a similar vein to the first, with Stanley applying the early pressure as skipper Terry Gornell flashed an effort wide of the top corner.

Piero Mingoia was the next to go close, as his weaving run into the area resulted in a low drive straight at keeper Colin Doyle, before substitute Adam Morgan was ruled offside as his shot was saved by the Blackpool stopper.

The Seasiders withheld the pressure from Stanley, and found the breakthrough courtesy of youngster Osayi-Samuel, who took matters into his own hands. His mazy run down the left resulted in a low drive which found the back of substitute Ross Etheridge's net, via a deflection.

Another sub, Gerado Bruna, saw his free-kick tipped to safety by Doyle, and at the other end David Ferguson's effort flew well over as the game began to reach the end.

But five minutes from time, Stanley's Argentine winger set up fellow replacement Conneely for a superb equaliser, the Irishman firing home from the edge of the box to end the game and a strong pre-season campaign overall for Stanley.

Stanley: Mooney (Etheridge), Trialist, Davies, Wright (Pearson), Winnard (Steenson), Barry (Conneely), Crooks, Mingoia (Bruna), McConville (McCartan), Windass (Morgan), Gornell (Kee)


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