Oakley Cannonier's injury-time goal gives U18s dramatic win at Sunderland

AcademyOakley Cannonier's injury-time goal gives U18s dramatic win at Sunderland

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Oakley Cannonier's injury-time finish secured a dramatic 3-2 victory for Liverpool U18s away at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The young Reds were behind twice in the U18 Premier League North contest but responded brilliantly to secure all three points.

Luke Chambers drew the visitors level from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after Ben Middlemas had opened the scoring early on.

Oliver Bainbridge restored Sunderland's lead in the opening phases of the second half, before James McConnell scored to make it 2-2.

And then in the 91st minute, Cannonier completed the turnaround by netting his 28th league goal of the campaign.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com post-match, U18s boss Marc Bridge-Wilkinson said: "It was a difficult day, to be honest.

"We didn't perform particularly well, the conditions were tough with the wind being really strong. But the boys, to be fair to them, stuck at it and managed to get the win.

"It's obviously really pleasing that the lads have shown that mentality to stick at it, especially on a day when we weren't performing to the level we know we can.

"The lads kept going and showed real grit and determination to stay in the game and do what was needed to get the win."

Liverpool U18s: Mrozek, Scanlon, Jonas (Pilling, 40), Osborne (Koumas, 89), Chambers, Stephenson, Frauendorf, McConnell, Clark, Musialowski, Cannonier.

Unused substitute: Hewitson.

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