AcademyRhys Williams' stoppage-time goal earns draw for U23s
Rhys Williams scored a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw for Liverpool U23s against Blackburn Rovers.
The centre-back headed in an excellent delivery from Tyler Morton in the 93rd minute of Sunday’s Premier League 2 match at the Academy.
Barry Lewtas’ side fell behind on the stroke of half-time through a Tom Clayton own goal but fought back amid awful weather conditions in Kirkby to earn a deserved point.
During a first half that was twice halted temporarily due to the torrential rain, Jack Bearne saw an effort saved well by Antonis Stergiakis and Morton was thwarted by a block by George Pratt.
However, the visitors went in ahead at the break when Clayton inadvertently got the final touch following a Rovers corner.
The young Reds cranked up the pressure throughout the second half, with Leighton Clarkson twice going close and Fidel O’Rourke forcing Stergiakis into a fine stop.
And they were rewarded late on when, after Rovers had half-cleared a corner, Morton crossed and Williams nodded home.
Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga, Bradley, Williams, Koumetio, Norris, Clayton (Corness, 84), Clarkson, Morton, Bearne (Quansah, 77), Balagizi (O’Rourke, 62), Woltman.
Unused subs: Kelly, Wilson.