Rhys Williams' stoppage-time goal earns draw for U23s

AcademyRhys Williams' stoppage-time goal earns draw for U23s

Published 20th February 2022

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.

Published 20th February 2022