Fleetwood Town’s Under-18s rose to the occasion on Tuesday evening as they secured a spot in the FA Youth Cup Second Round after comfortably beating Carlisle United 4-0 at Brunton Park.
The game started as it was meant to go on as Town pressed from the front, as they look for the opener from the off.
They did just that nine minutes into the clash as a handball in the box from a Carlisle defender meant the young Cods would have a gilt-edged opportunity to break the deadlock – Mikey Lane stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, making it 1-0 early on.
It wasn’t that score for long as they doubled their lead eight minutes later. Another goal from a set piece was coming as Kyle King whipped in a perfectly placed corner kick from the right-hand side, which Kayden Hughes climbed highest in a packed box and nodded home from six yards out.
Town were comfortable after this as they had a buffer between them and the hosts – this spurred on the confidence to go for more goals, which they did through Zane Marsh.
He netted a brace in the second half; the first strike was a drilled effort from the edge of the box which went under the goalkeeper, and the second was a header from Brad Arthur’s cross, which he converted from close range.
Town XI: McMullan (GK), Jones, Arthur, Khela, Johnson (C), Hughes, Kearns, Morrison, Lane, Marsh, King.