Match reportOakley Cannonier’s late goal gives Liverpool U21s win at Wolves

Published 27th January 2023

Oakley Cannonier came off the bench to give Liverpool U21s a 1-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2 on Friday night.

The striker had an instant impact when he netted the game's only goal in the 84th minute to secure the points for the young Reds at Aggborough Stadium.  

Wolves themselves had opportunities to snatch the win but Barry Lewtas' side registered an important clean sheet to arrest their three-game losing slump in the division.

The visitors made an encouraging start to proceedings, though found clear-cut opportunities hard to come by in the opening half an hour. 

But they then created a pair of great chances within the space of 60 seconds. 

First, Max Woltman was off target when in front of goal following good build-up play by Luca Stephenson and Harvey Blair. The latter was then denied by the post following his fierce shot from inside the penalty area. 

Harry Birtwistle drilled a shot into the side-netting for Wolves, before their goalkeeper Louie Moulden made a succession of saves to deny Owen Beck and Blair. 

Liverpool suffered a blow early in the second half when Blair picked up an injury and was unable to continue.

Owen Farmer had two golden chances to put Wolves ahead but was first denied by Harvey Davies following a counter-attack, as he then dragged a shot wide when through. 

The Reds were forced to make another alteration when Beck limped off injured, with Cannonier stepping off the bench to deliver the match-winning moment. 

The substitute was in the right place at the right time to convert from close range in the aftermath of a Bobby Clark saved shot.

Wolves could have equalised right at the end of injury time but Nathan Fraser headed over from a free-kick, with the referee then immediately blowing the final whistle.

Liverpool U21s: Davies, Jonas, Olufunwa, Koumetio, Beck (Cannonier, 80), Corness, Stephenson, Blair (Musialowski, 56), Frauendorf, Clark, Woltman.

Unused substitutes: Hughes, Miles, O'Rourke.

Published 27th January 2023