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    Shrewsbury Town U18 2 PNE U18 5




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    The youth team ended their North West Youth Alliance campaign in style with a 5-2 turnaround victory away to Shrewsbury Town.

    Lifumpa Mwandwe scored in the 20th minute to give the hosts a half-time lead, and he would go onto score another after the break, but Ethan Walker scored a brace while Lewis Simmons, Jack Baxter and Josh Pollard all also found the net in a much-improved second-half display.

    The hosts had more possession in the opening 45 minutes and could have capitalised on that three minutes in when Luke Ward’s shot was deflected wide from a corner.

    Ryan Barnett’s was the creative force in the home side’s ranks, playing a fine low cross to the right-hand side of the area but Aaron Gilpin couldn’t finish.

    Shrewsbury took the lead in the 20th minute when Barnett regained possession in midfield and played Mwandwe into the inside left area of the box, and he finished low into the left corner.

    Jack Baxter tested goalkeeper Cameron Gregory in the 27th minute with a dipping effort from range, the Shrewsbury stopper claiming it at the second attempt.

    PNE ‘keeper Callum Lenton also made his first meaningful save shortly after with a fine dive to his right to deny Gilpin.

    Cameron Day fended off Tyrone Ofori well while Walker had a penalty appeal waived away in the half’s closing moments, before North End came out much stronger after the break.

    The equaliser came almost immediately after the interval, in the 48th minute. Kamol Campbell raced inside after receiving a throw in advanced down the left and laid it off for Walker, who jinked past a man before slotting into the bottom right corner.

    Walker’s pass to Pollard in space was intercepted, while Adam O’Reilly and Walker saw shots trickle into the ‘keeper’s grasp and wide respectively, before a frantic end to the game ensued.

    Simmons kickstarted that, putting the Lilywhites ahead in the 70th minute. It was admirable persistence from the right sided player, who closed down Gregory’s clearance with a block which ended up in the back of the net.

    Five minutes later, it was 3-1. Walker was brought down just outside the box, earning a free-kick for Baxter to take, and his low curling effort went in off the inside of the right-hand post.

    The Lilywhites almost scored again in the next attack with Day heading wide from a corner, but it was Shrewsbury who struck next after 78 minutes. Mwandwe cut inside from the left and curled a super finish into the top right corner.

    The pendulum then swung North End’s way again in the 81st minute to restore the two-goal margin. Joe Nolan timed a challenge to perfection near the centre circle and chipped a ball over the top for Walker, who sent a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner.

    Pollard completed the scoring in the 84th minute with another fantastic goal. He picked the ball up deep on the left, drifted past a couple of Shrewsbury players and into the area, where he brilliantly curled into the top left corner.

    Shrewsbury might have reduced the deficit late on when Mwandwe took down Rhys Davies’ cross and aimed for the bottom left corner, but was denied a hattrick by the post.

    But it was a deserved victory for the young Lilywhites, as Professional Development Phase coach, Andy Fensome, hailed the players’ second-half response having gone behind.

    “It was very good by the players to come back from a mistake in giving the ball away to concede,” he told PNE.com. “They showed great character in the second-half to get a foothold in the game and take their chances.

    “The lads knew at half-time that we hadn’t played well and although Shrewsbury had had a lot of possession, they didn’t really threaten us.

    “I think we created some half chances in the first-half but the final ball wasn’t good enough. After the break, we seemed to find that final pass and it started almost straight away in the second-half.

    “We just asked the players to tidy up their passing, make better decisions on the ball and play a little bit quicker. I think they did that well, which showed in some of the goals the players scored, and there was some good quality play.”
    Fensome has been pleased by the team’s end to the season, with eleven goals being scored in their last two matches, but felt that that goalscoring prowess could have been shown more often throughout the campaign.

    “I think it’s nice to finish any league season with the win. The cup game in midweek [against Oldham Athletic] was a confidence booster because it was our first win for a while. Finishing the league programme with a win should only stand the players in good stead.

    “We’ve scored eleven in two games and some of those have been outstanding goals, whether they’ve been individual goals or team goals.

    “That’s the quality we’ve had all season, it’s just unfortunate that we’ve failed to show that at times because we’ve created lots and lots of chances, but we haven’t always been able to take those.

    “Any goal that’s scored is a good one, it doesn’t matter whether it’s from one or 25 yards out. In the last two games, we’ve taken a lot of the chances that we’ve created and taken them really well.”
    PNE line-up: Lenton; Ngongo, (Earl, 79), Fensome, Day, Campbell; O’Reilly, Baxter (Nolan, 79); Simmons, Dolan (Pollard, 62), Jolly, (Armer, 74); Walker. Subs not used: Cottam.
     
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    Youth Team Beaten In Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup Final




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    The youth team were on the receiving end of a harsh 4-1 scoreline as they lost the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup final to Wigan Athletic.

    North End were unable to make a breakthrough during their stronger periods and although Lewis Fensome cancelled out Brad Roberts’ opener, Divin Baninigme put Wigan back in front almost immediately to lead at half-time, before Joe Gelhardt and Victor Maffeo scored late on to seal it.

    Baninigme could have put his side ahead within three minutes, but dragged wide from close range after James Cottam had parried a cross back into the centre, with Connor Simpson seeing his low effort blocked shortly after at the other end.

    Wigan took the lead in the 12th minute, albeit thanks to some good fortune. Mitchell Culshaw chased down the ball to the right byline, delivered back into the box and after a couple of ricochets, the ball fell into Roberts’ path, who rifled into the right corner with the help of a deflection.

    Lewis Simons struck wide via a deflection in the next attack but it was a tense affair overall. The nearest either side came to scoring in the intermitting moments saw Charlie Jolley break into the Lilywhites’ box, but Cameron Day defended superbly to regain possession.

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    North End’s youngsters grew in confidence and went close when Simpson took on Dolan’s pass and forced ‘keeper Jordan Perrin into a top save to tip wide his low left-footed strike.

    The Lilywhites profited from the resulting corner, levelling matters in the 33rd minute. Ethan Walker’s delivery found Simpson, whose volley took a touch off Fensome for a deserved equaliser.

    PNE might have scored a second before the break, but two decent openings fell either side of Latics’41st minute effort to send them back in front.

    Tyrhys Dolan glided into the box and was halted as he cut back onto his left foot, with Wigan netting just a minute later. Mwiya Malumo slid a ball into the box for Baninigme, who fired into the bottom left corner from just inside the box.

    Jerome Jolly did superbly in the final minute of the half to hold off his man and lay it off for Dolan on the edge of the box, his first-time effort drawing another excellent saw from the feet of Perrin.

    Opportunities came for both sides in the moments following the break, as Simpson’s swept effort from the left side of the box was blocked, Jolly drew another long distance save from Perrin, before Cottam produced some goalkeeping heroics at the other end to save Culshaw’s shot with his legs.

    For much of the remainder of the second-half, the Lilywhites dominated the play but couldn’t breach Wigan’s resolute backline. Half chances fell for Jolly and Simpson, whose header wide was sandwiched between the former’s two glancing headers over the bar.

    Jolly then had another long-range shot pushed wide by Perrin before Wigan took advantage of the Lilywhites’ search for a second equaliser in the closing minutes.

    Latics took a quick free-kick in the 83rd minute, with substitutes Maffeo and Gelhardt combining as the latter received a through ball in the box and drilled into the far right corner.

    Fensome might have doubled his tally two minutes from time, but he volleyed into the side netting from Jack Baxter’s free-kick.

    There was still time for Wigan to extend their lead, Maffeo netting in the 93rd minute. He passed for Malumo and although his shot was blocked, the former finished from the rebound to complete the scoring.

    Youth team manager Nick Harrison agreed that the scoreline was harsh on his players, but said they must learn from the experience of defeat.

    “The scoreline is really disappointing but at the end of the day, it’s a cup game and it’s all about winning,” he told PNE.com.

    “I thought today, again, we performed well, we dominated at times and won a lot of second balls, which we’ve been working hard on with the players. We probably weren’t clinical enough and their goalkeeper pulled off two or three excellent saves.

    “But we made it far too easy for them to score their goals, which was the difference between us winning and losing the game today.

    “The players can take credit for their work rate, they worked hard and put a shift in and tried to play the right way. But they have to play in the right way and win games because ultimately, that’s what they have to do at the next level.”
    Harrison was disappointed with the lead-up to Wigan’s third goal, resulting corner from a quickly taken free-kick, which looked to be taken further forward than position of the alleged foul.

    “At 2-1, we looked dominant and I thought we would get the equaliser and maybe if the referee doesn’t make that decision for the third goal, maybe we do get ourselves back [into the game].

    “But we’ve got to look at how we got to the point where we were losing 2-1, which is purely down to poor defending and us not being clinical enough.

    “We’ve challenged the players at the end of the game – especially the younger ones coming through next year – that they can’t do that, it can’t happen if they want to progress.
    “They have to learn from this loss. It’s a great experience for them and they should go away with how horrible the feeling is of watching Wigan jumping up and down celebrating at the presentation at the end.

    “That’s something they should never want to experience in football again and hopefully they can take that into next season and beyond.”

    PNE line-up: Cottam; Ngongo, Fensome, Day, Campbell (Armer, 64); Simmons, Baxter; Walker, (Pollard, 52); Dolan, Jolly; Simpson. Subs not used: Earl, Lenton, Nolan.

    Wigan Athletic line-up: Perrin, Golden, Plant, Hilton, Roberts, Downey, McGuffie (Gelhardt, 46), Culshaw, Malumo, Jolley (Weir, 46), Baninigme (Maffeo, 53). Subs not used: Berry, Smith.
     
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    Robinson, Maguire, Cunningham, Horgan and Browne all called up by the Republic of Ireland
     
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    FIsher signs new contract until 2021
     
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    New Three year deal for Maguire
     
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    Matthew Hudson signs new contract
     
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    Gally new one year deal
     
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    A number of changes have been made to the draft fixture lists announced last week.

    As confirmed on Thursday, the Stoke City fixture on Saturday 18th August will now kick-off at 5.30pm for live SKY Sports coverage and this is one of three changes currently made to the schedule.

    The next change sees our home game against Norwich City pushed back 24 hours from Tuesday 12th February to Wednesday 13th, due to the Canaries’ clash with Ipswich Town being moved to the previous Sunday.

    This change could mean that either one of the Brentford or Middlesbrough home games in October/November could revert back to a Tuesday to keep the balance of midweek fixture days, but this is still to be confirmed at this stage. The club expect to hear from the EFL in the next few days whether one of these is changed.
    Our local derby away at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 9th March is also moving kick-off time and this will now have a 12 noon start time. This decision has been made on the advice of Lancashire Police after incidents at previous games between the sides at Ewood Park.

    All supporters are advised that when attending matches, either home or away, you are representing the club and the reputation of its fans, and any behaviour outside of the expected can affect all supporters and also the team’s preparations.

    Further changes could be announced, with ongoing discussions with clubs and local police forces, so please check the website for further updates.
     
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    Preston North End’s home game against Middlesbrough in November has been brought forward 24 hours.

    The clash with Tony Pulis’ side had been scheduled for Wednesday 28th November, but will now be played on Tuesday 27th November, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

    The change follows the movement of the Lilywhites’ home game against Norwich City last week, which was pushed back to Wednesday 13th February, the new alteration keeping the balance of Tuesday and Wednesday games.
     
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    Huntington three year deal
     
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    Alan Browne extends his contract to 2022.
     
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    Sorry to 2021.
     
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    Maguire out for up to three months
     
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    Yep two to three months again
     
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    Sean Maguire and Billy Bodin have both suffered injuries ahead of the 2018/19 season.

    Striker Sean Maguire was substituted in PNE's final pre-season game of the summer on Saturday, and scans have revealed damage to his hamstring.

    The Irishman will be out of action for a matter of weeks as he recovers from the injury.

    Billy Bodin will be missing for a significant period of time after suffering a knee ligament injury in training earlier this week.

    Speaking about the injuries to both players, manager Alex Neil said: “Sean was taken off as a precaution, we didn’t think much of it. Because of his history, we got him scanned and it’s come back a lot worse than what we thought. He will be missing for the best part of a couple of months.

    “It’s really bad luck, he was feeling the best he’s ever felt physically and now this has happened which is a huge blow for us and the club.
    “Another injury that has unfortunately happened in training is that Billy Bodin has popped his knee and he will be out for the best part of six months.

    "His foot got stuck in the ground and as he turned, he has damaged his ACL [anterior cruciate ligament]. It’s devastating for Billy.

    “They are both strong lads, both physically and mentally and they will be back as soon as they can.

    “It’s not great news but we have been in this situation before and we have had to deal with setbacks in the past, but it presents other players with an opportunity now and it’s up to them to step up to the plate.
    "It’s taken me a couple of days to get my head around it but you can’t be too pessimistic because that feeds through everybody, we still have to believe and like I say it gives others a chance.”

    Everyone at the club would like to wish both players a speedy recovery.
     
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    it is bad luck. Hopefully, there is a Plan B.
     
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    PNE U18 2 Wigan Athletic U18 4


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    wo goals in six second half minutes condemned Preston North End’s youth team to a 4-2 home defeat against Wigan Athletic in their opening league match of the season.

    Brad Roberts gave the visitors a sixth minute lead, but North End responded admirably with Darren Brannigan and Tyrhys Dolan turning the scoreline around by the midpoint of the first half.

    The Lilywhites looked worthy of a half time lead as the break approached, but Joe Gelhardt earned his side a spot kick three minutes before the interval, Victor Maffeo successfully converting from it.

    In a second half where the hosts had more attempts on goal than in the first, North End were punished for their failure to keep up their ruthless streak, Adam Long scoring from a set piece just after the hour and Divin Baningime doubling the visitors’ advantage with 20 minutes remaining.

    A competitive affair throughout, both sides looked sharp early on but it was the visitors that made the quicker start in terms of chances, making it 1-0 with six minutes on the clock.

    Forward Charlie Jolley had his header palmed away by Jimmy Corcoran in the North End goal, but Brad Roberts followed in well, neatly tucking it back inside the bottom left corner with his right foot.

    Wigan almost had a second goal two minutes later as Gelhardt took aim from the edge of the box, his shot hitting the outside of the bottom right hand post.

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    With a quarter of an hour played, though, North End drew level. It was a superbly worked goal, Ethan Walker’s fine reverse pass sending Jerome Jolly into space down the left flank, the latter crossing low for Brannigan to slot it home with a cool first time finish.

    The young Lilywhites had a number of corners but could not muster annother effort on goal until the 23rd minute – that the strike which gave them the lead. It came from some more fine link-up play down the left, Jack Baxter this time playing the pass down the flank for Jack Armer, skipping past his man to cross for Dolan, who finished past ‘keeper Bobby Jones from close range.

    Gelhardt curled over from distance on the half hour after his free-kick was blocked and he was involved once more just over ten minutes later, controlling a pass into the area where he was brought down by Charlie Lyons as the referee pointed to the spot.

    Full back Victor Maffeo stepped up and converted the penalty and Wigan found the net again before the half-time whistle blew, but Emeka Obi’s header was disallowed for offside.

    The Lilywhites had more opportunites after the break but the first fell for Wigan’s Jolley, who found the near side netting from the left side of the box.

    Lyons was doing really well to get on the end of a number of corners, the first of those a header wide from Walker’s delivery early in the second half.

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    Either side of the hour saw Dolan go close, his effort unfortunately blocked at the back post after Adam O’Reilly and Walker had combined well to get the cross to him, before Baxter’s exuberant overhead kick flashed wide.

    With 63 minutes played, the visitors restored their lead. Long took down a free-kick in the box and prodded it past Corcoran for the game’s fifth goal.

    The scoring was complete on 69 minutes when Corcoran failed to gather a cross in from the left and Baningime capitalised by poking home inside the six yard box.

    The Lilywhites finished the game really well and had a host of chances, Lyons heavily involved again with three more headers in the final 20 minutes, the last of which hitting the crossbar in the final moments.

    O’Reilly curled a free-kick marginally over late on as well as PNE tasted defeat in their first league match of the season.

    Academy manager Nick Harrison remained upbeat about his side’s performance but stressed that there is work to be done for the players.

    “It was a fast-flowing game, both teams played to win and I thought we played our part in that,” he told PNE.com. “We passed the ball very well at times and created a number of chances that we could’ve done better with.

    “When we passed it quickly and passed it well, I thought we looked better than Wigan. We’ve told the boys after the game that that’s our strength and we’ve got to pass it quickly and move on and off the ball to open teams up.

    “I thought in the first half we took our chances well and in the second half, as much as we created some really good chances, we just weren’t clinical really. If Tyrhys [Dolan] puts the ball away at 2-2 the game might be different. The pleasing thing is that we’ve created those chances – what the players need to work on now is being a lot more clinical and ruthless in front of goal.
    “Overall, we’re pleased with the performance for the majority of the game and what the players need to take from that is that if they pass the ball well and move quickly, we will create chances. The players can be pleased with their performance, we just need to be less naïve in order to win games.

    “We also need to learn that we cant make these individual errors that have resulted in at least three of their goals; we gave away a sloppy penalty and the second half goals are two individual errors.”

    PNE line-up: Corcoran; Simmons, Ngongo, Lyons, Armer; O’Reilly, Baxter; Walker, Dolan (McManus, 70), Jolly (Potts, 78); Brannigan. Subs not used: Williams, Lenton, Pollard.
     
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    PNE U18 4 Wrexham U18 2



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    ’Reilly, Charlie Lyons, Ethan Walker and Jack Baxter were all on target in the youth team’s 4-2 win against Wrexham.

    O’Reilly and Lyons netted to make it 2-0 at the end of a comfortable first half, but the Lilywhites were reduced to ten men just after the half hour when Tyrhys Dolan was sent off.

    Cameron McGregor scored a brace for the visitors after the interval but his efforts were cancelled out by direct free-kicks from Walker and Baxter.

    North End were the dominant side throughout and that was evident straightaway, as the lively Walker flashed a low delivery across the box, Darren Brannigan just unable to meet it, the former also having efforts from a free-kick and header going wide inside the opening five minutes.

    O’Reilly latched onto a loose ball with a quarter of an hour on the clock, following another Walker corner, connecting well enough but striking over.

    Walker was first to hit the target a minute later after Brannigan regained possession and held it up brilliantly before teeing up his team-mate, goalkeeper Max Williams pushing his low shot wide and then denying O’Reilly from similar range.

    Lyons probably had North End’s best chance just before the half hour when he met Walker’s corner at the back post but headed marginally wide, but the hosts soon got took an overdue lead.

    It was in the 32nd minute that Jerome Jolly, who had won the ball back initially to kickstart the move, beat his man down the right and squared it for O’Reilly to finish confidently at the near post.
    The Lilywhites had the goal advantage but in the following minute, Wrexham had the upper hand in terms of bodies, after Dolan saw red for an off the ball incident, having won PNE a free-kick.

    That did not affect the hosts’ control of the game, though, Brannigan having a goal disallowed for offside after O’Reilly’s shot had been deflected into his path.

    Wrexham’s first effort five minutes before the break saw Bobby Beaumont glance a header over but the majority of the chances continued to fall the hosts’ way, Lyons taking one of those just before half-time.

    It came from another Jolly cross, this time a free-kick from deep on the right, which perfectly picked out the Irishman to side foot into the bottom corner after 44 minutes.

    The visitors saw much more of the ball in the opening stages of the second half and they made that possession count in the 49th minute. It was the first of three successful free-kicks after the interval, McGregor curling over the wall and into the bottom left corner.

    The Lilywhites were so close to restoring their two-goal lead on the hour after Baxter and Walker both saw their efforts blocked, the ball falling on the volley for Brannigan, whose instinctive effort skimmed the crossbar on its way over.

    Wrexham were just as close seven minutes later when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box, the midfielder’s first time effort heading for the bottom corner but for PNE clearing off the line.

    Walker’s 76th minute free-kick then brought about an entertaining final quarter of the game.

    After the North End men had curled in for 3-1, with the help of the inside of the post and a touch off Williams in the Wrexham goal, McGregor struck again for his and his team’s second after 84 minutes.
    Beaumont played the pass through for McGregor down the left side of the area, his first time strike finding the far bottom corner.

    Any concern of the visitors mounting a comeback was shut down almost immediately, however, as Baxter rifled a 20-yard free-kick under the wall and into the bottom left corner with three minutes of normal time remaining.

    Brian McManus might have extended the lead in stoppage time, drawing a fine close range save from Williams, but the Lilywhites had already done more than enough for their victory.

    PNE line-up: Cottam; Simmons, Williams, Lyons, Armer; Baxter, O’Reilly; Jolly, Dolan, Walker, Brannigan (McManus, 65). Subs not used: Ngongo, Lenton, Pollard, Potts.
     
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