Liverpool U18s fall to Manchester City defeat

Match reportLiverpool U18s fall to Manchester City defeat

Published 14th April 2022
By Joe Urquhart

Liverpool U18s fell to a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in the U18 Premier League North on Thursday lunchtime.

The Reds returned to action following an emphatic 10-3 victory over Leeds United last weekend at the Academy.

It was first versus second at City’s Academy Stadium and the hosts opened the scoring inside five minutes, Will Dickson finishing calmly inside the box after a low cross deflected into his path.

City continued their early dominance to open up the Reds on a number of occasions, forcing Luke Hewitson into several strong saves.

Bobby Clark saw a penalty claim turned down as the visitors responded, the winger producing a clever run into the area before falling under pressure.

Mateusz Musialowski twice had opportunities to shoot cut out, while at the other end Adedire Mebude blazed over the bar from close range.

City were made to pay for the miss ahead of the half-time interval as Clark evened up the scoreline, latching on to a James Balagizi through ball to drive on and find the back of the net.

The Reds started the second half on the front foot, boosted by the leveller, with Oakley Cannonier twice breaking through on goal. The second occasion saw another penalty appeal waved away as goalkeeper Josh McNamara challenged low.

City had a goal ruled out for offside in the opposite half as the game ebbed and flowed, Hewitson saving well from Dickson initially and Nico O’Reilly tapping home before the flag was raised.

Cannonier proved a bright spark for the Reds and a mistake handed him his best chance of the afternoon.

Liverpool pressed City into giving up the ball inside their own box but the striker could only shoot over the bar off balance.

The hosts made the most of their escape just 70 seconds later, retaking the lead with a little over 20 minutes to go.

A low shot was scrambled away, though Kian Breckin was on hand to fire home the loose ball to restore the league leaders’ advantage.

City then added a third in the closing stages as Mebude’s low cross found substitute Daniel Ogwuru inside the six-yard box to seal the points.

Liverpool U18s: Hewitson, Osborne, Jonas, Chambers, Scanlon, Musialowski (Frauendorf, 72), Balagizi (McConnell, 90), Stephenson, Pilling, Clark, Cannonier.

Unused substitutes: Mrozek, Koumas, Gyimah.

Published 14th April 2022