Hartlepool United were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup last night following a 4-2 defeat by Chester at The Super 6 Stadium.
Ian McGuckin’s side were hoping to set up a first-round tie against Barnsley, but couldn't make it past the third round of qualifying.
The hosts got off to a terrible start when Chester’s Lloyd Marsh-Hughes was fouled by Luca Murphy and Cain Noble converted the resultant penalty.
Pools equalised before half-time when Daniel Boyle’s speculative effort from distance took a big deflection and looped into the net.
Chester regained their advantage four minutes before the break when Louis Hayes lashed the ball home from inside the penalty area.
Second-half goals from Stuart Crilly and Marsh-Hughes put the visitors 4-1 up by the 69th minute.
Pools did pull one back three minutes from time through Joe Jackson, but it was too little too late.
Hartlepool: Young, Naylor, Webster, Boyle, Miller (Thompson 45), Murphy, Willoughby (Jackson 46), Rennison, Scott, Fox, Pritchard (Leonard 70).
Goals: Boyle, Jackson
Chester: Gale, Butterworth, Molyneux, Cottrell (Dean 77), Ruffer (Lynch 93), MacReady, Edwards, Noble, Marsh-Hughes, Crilly (Kendrick 82), Hayes.
Goals: Noble, Hayes, Crilly, Marsh-Hughes