Liverpool U18s beat Leeds United 10-3 at Academy

Match reportLiverpool U18s beat Leeds United 10-3 at Academy

By Glenn Price


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Liverpool U18s were in clinical form when they beat Leeds United 10-3 at the Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Oakley Cannonier grabbed four of his side's goals in the U18 Premier League North contest and opened the scoring after seven minutes.

Another Cannonier finish and efforts from Luke Chambers, Lee Jones and Bobby Clark had the young Reds 5-1 up at half-time.

Mateusz Musialowski grabbed a deserved goal early in the second period and was joined on the scoresheet by Calum Scanlon, with Cannonier (twice) and Clark also adding to their tally during the half.

An entertaining start to the contest consisted of five goals within the opening 24 minutes.

Liverpool kick-started the scoring when Musialowski went on a run from his own half, brilliantly spinning past Morton Spencer in midfield.

He completed his drive forward with a perfectly-weighted pass for Cannonier, who astutely rolled the ball into the net.

Leeds responded quickly to equalise, though, as Spencer thrashed a free-kick from a central area beyond Luke Hewitson in the hosts' goal.

But from that moment on, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's charges were rampant.

Cannonier restored their lead after a quarter of an hour when Isaac Mabaya closed down Keenan Carole's attempt at a crossfield pass, with the ricochet dropping kindly to the scorer inside the area.

Chambers calmly made it 3-1 from the penalty spot when Musialowski's shot towards goal was adjudged to have been deflected over by the hand of Cian Coleman.

And the centre-halves then combined to net the fourth, with a Chambers corner met by a towering Jonas at the back post.

Musialowski went extremely close to adding the fifth on three separate occasions – including a shot that struck the crossbar – but that would arrive five minutes prior to half-time.

Mabaya, a constant threat down the right wing, was the creator when his pacy ball into the box was nudged over the goalline by Clark from a yard out.

Musialowski was left frustrated again before the end of the first half, watching Darryl Ombang poke away his finish from close range after dribbling through the Leeds backline.

There was a similar open feel to the game after the break as Liverpool sought to add to their lead, while Leeds looked to reduce it.

Ombang produced two brilliant saves to keep out long-range efforts from Musialowski and Mabaya.

At the other end, Hewitson was twice called into action but was then unable to keep out Luca Thomas' finish from a tight angle after Chambers was caught in possession.

But as was the case all afternoon, Liverpool's response was swift, and Musialowski finally got on the scoresheet. Clark dispossessed Jay Buchan and then quickly squared for the Polish forward, who rifled his effort into the corner.

Leeds drew another back after Ronnie McGrath won and converted a spot-kick on the hour mark.

However, Scanlon made it 7-3 when he timed his run into the box perfectly to send Clark's cut-back into the back of the net with a first-time finish.

The goals continued to rain in Kirkby as Cannonier completed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion.

The No.9 brought Mabaya's cross under close control and hit a shot on the turn into the bottom left corner, leaving the goalkeeper and his defenders with no chance.

The Reds' ninth arrived in rather fortunate circumstances as a Leeds clearance inside the box cannoned off Clark and went beyond Ombang.

And the scoring was completed eight minutes from full-time. Scanlon's delivery from the left was half-cleared, leading to Cannonier latching onto the loose ball and clinically converting from inside the box.

Liverpool U18s: Hewitson, Davidson (Osborne, 31), Jonas, Chambers, Scanlon, Stephenson, Pilling, Mabaya, Clark (Pennington, 85), Musialowski (Gyimah, 62), Cannonier.

Unused substitutes: Mrozek, Giblin.



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