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Academy Report : Feb 14 – Feb 20

Liverpool u21s

Feb 14: Brighton & Hove Albion

Jerome Sinclair was the hero as Liverpool U21s completed a dramatic turnaround to reach the semi-finals of the U21 Premier League Cup with a 4-3 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Michael Beale’s side had to come back from behind twice but won the quarter-final tie with an extra-time goal courtesy of second-half substitute Sinclair.

Brighton had initially took the lead eight minutes in at Prenton Park through Tom Dallison before the Reds quickly pegged them back with Jose Enrique’s deflected goal.

Two James Tilley goals either side of half-time put the visitors 3-1 before Ryan McLaughlin, back off the bench after injury, pulled one back midway into the second half.

Sinclair levelled proceedings in the 75th minute with his first touch and then won the game for his side right at the start of extra-time.

Liverpool U21s: Bogdan, Randall, Enrique, Ilori, Maguire, Virtue (McLaughlin 63), Ojo, Chirivella, Lennon (Sinclair 75), Brannagan, Kent (Hart 105).


Feb 18: Middlesbrough

Sheyi Ojo netted a dramatic stoppage time winner as Liverpool U21s came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Chester FC’s Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on Thursday night.

Ojo netted twice in the game as Michael Beale’s side had to play most of the game with 10 men after captain Cameron Brannagan was sent-off.

The away side could have taken the lead from the penalty spot after 28 minutes but Bogdan, following on from his shootout heroics against Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, was the hero as he denied Jordan Jones from 12-yards out.

However Middlesbrough weren’t to be denied and they took the lead after 34 minutes from a set piece. Brannagan was shown a straight red card for a foul on Jones and Arnel Jakupovic stepped up to make it 1-0 with a brilliant free-kick.

Ojo made it 1-1 on 53 minutes when he cut in from the left to curl the ball beyond the reach of Joe Fryer.

It looked as though the game would end all square, but in the third minute of stoppage time substitute Brooks Lennon was brought down, and Ojo calmly picked himself up to net the winner from the penalty spot.

The only sour note of the night was the sight of substitute Matty Virtue being stretchered off with an ankle injury, and Beale will be hoping it won’t be a serious injury to a player who has had an excellent season to date.

Liverpool U21s: Bogdan, Flanagan, Enrique, Ilori, Maguire, Brannagan, McLaughlin (Virtue, sub M Gomes), O’Hanlon, Sinclair (Lennon), Kent, Ojo. Subs not used: Firth, Hart.


 

Liverpool u18s

Neil Critchley’s side didnt play this week, but will take on Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium on Friday March 4.

Kick-off will be at 7pm GMT and the tie has to be decided on the night with extra-time and penalties if necessary.

Neil Critchley’s charges booked their last eight spot courtesy of a dramatic stoppage time win over Nottingham Forest earlier this month, while the Gunners beat Coventry City on penalties on Monday night.


 Liverpool u16s

Feb 15: Cambridge United

Reds were held to a 2-2 draw by Cambridge United under the floodlights of the Abbey Stadium on Monday night.

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Buoyed by the superb turnout, the U’s began the game the brighter of the two sides and took a deserved lead on 19 minutes, when a well-executed piece of play was finished expertly 12 yards from goal.

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However, the Reds came out of the blocks quicker in the second half and Okera Simmonds equalised in the 49th minute to balance the scoreline.
Despite both teams splitting possession of the ball during the second half, the visitors proved  to be slightly more fruitful with efforts on goal and Dan Griffiths headed home a second to open up an advantage after the hour mark.
However, the young U’s outfit put in a determined shift during the closing stages and with two minutes left on the clock, equalised with a glancing header from a free kick.
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Feb 20: TNS
Liverpool u16s thrashed Welsh side TNS 10-1 in a club friendly on Saturday.
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Liverpool u14s
Liverpool u14s defeated Sunderland 4-2 in the quarterfinals of National Cup on Saturday.
Jake Cain impressed with a goal and an assist.
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Liverpool u12s
Feb 14: Coventry City
Liverpool u12s won 11-0 against Coventry City on Sunday afternoon. Harvey Blair starred for the reds with 4 goals.
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Feb 17:
The young reds went onto win the Birmingham tournament two days later tafter beating the likes of Charlton Athletic (twice).
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Internationals
England u16s:
Rhian Brewster scored a hattrick and assisted another goal for England u16s in their 5-1 win over Czech Republic on Wednesday.
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He remained on the bench for England u16s in their 1-0 win over Norway on Tuesday.

England u15s:

Curtis Jr and Paul Glatzel featured for England u15s in their 2-2 drew on Thursday. It was Curtis’ first appearance for the England u15s.

The duo featured again for the u15s in their 4-2 win over USAA u16s on Saturday.

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