AcademyU21s match report: Hill and Glatzel goals give Liverpool win over Wolves
A goal in either half from Tom Hill and Paul Glatzel gave Liverpool U21s a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2.
Reds captain Hill struck just before the break in Kirkby on Sunday afternoon, and the second arrived from Glatzel on 66 minutes, the striker’s first competitive goal since returning from long-term injury.
The win capped a memorable week for Barry Lewtas’ team, who had delivered a first success in the EFL Trophy at Morecambe on Tuesday, with 16-year-old centre-back Carter Pinnington helping to secure clean sheets in both matches.
The first half was a routine affair, with both sides building steadily from the back but neither able to produce an end product.
Mateusz Musialowski delivered one fine run for the hosts on 10 minutes before firing a dangerous ball across the face of the goal, though with no teammate there to finish it off.
The visitors found themselves in some good positions but Fabian Mrozek was only needed to gather a couple of crosses, and it was Hill who struck on the verge of half-time.
A loose ball fell to Lewis Koumas in the box and he guided a superb cutback into a dangerous area where midfielder Hill arrived to finish for 1-0.
By Nick Taylor
The second period was more entertaining, with an early run and shot from Owen Hesketh, saved low by Mrozek, suggesting a tough half might be ahead.
Lewtas’ side were quick to regain the initiative, however, Musialowski hitting the crossbar after a good move started by James McConnell in his own half.
The Reds’ press was now really starting to pay dividends and another Musialowski effort deflected just over after Josh Davidson regained possession high up the pitch.
Mrozek had to get down quickly to gather a flick from Wolves substitute Owen Farmer from Aaron Keto-Diyawa’s cross just after the hour, but Liverpool went down the other end quickly and it needed a fine save from Joe Young to deny Hill a second from Glatzel’s incisive pass.
Musialowski shot just wide from another Glatzel set-up – but the second goal came shortly afterwards with 66 minutes on the clock.
This time it was Hill turning provider, sliding in Glatzel, who beat Young with a low shot that went in off the near post to give the cushion on the scoresheet the home side desired.
Glatzel curled another shot just wide before the final whistle as Liverpool saw out the remaining time with few difficulties to collect a deserved three points.
Liverpool U21s: Mrozek, Davidson, Chambers, Miles, Pinnington, McConnell (Spearing, 81), Clark, Hill, Musialowski (Pilling, 78), Koumas, Glatzel (Pennington, 90).
It’s a quick turnaround for the U21s as they return to the Academy on Wednesday night to begin their Premier League International Cup campaign.
AS Monaco are the visitors, with the tie kicking off at 7pm BST.