Academy Report : Mar 19 – Mar 26
Liverpool U21s suffered a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Southampton in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Beale’s side were comprehensively beaten at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium in Chester through goals from Jake Hesketh, Josh Sims and a hat-trick by Jay Rodriguez.
With the two senior sides facing each other in the Barclays Premier League at the same time, Jordon Ibe started in a strong looking line-up alongside Adam Bogdan, Jose Enrique, Tiago Ilori, Pedro Chirivella and Joao Carlos Teixeira.
Read more about it here: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/212558-u21s-suffer-heavy-defeat-to-southampton
Liverpool U21s: Bogdan, Randall, Enrique, Ilori, Maguire, Chirivella, Ibe (McLaughlin,70), Brannagan, T Gomes (Hart, 68), Kent, Teixeira (O’Hanlon, 68). Subs not used: Firth, M Gomes.
Liverpool U18s were somewhat harshly beaten 4-1 by Reading at the Kirkby Academy on Saturday afternoon.
After opening the scoring in the second minute through Yan Dhanda and going close to extending their lead in the first half, the young Reds were undone by a strong comeback.
The visitors were a different side in the second period and benefited from a penalty decision that the hosts firmly disagreed with, to completely alter the momentum of the contest and secure the result.
Neil Critchley’s team were ahead with 66 seconds on the clock.
Ovie Ejaria collected the ball midway inside the opposition half and upon lifting his head to look for the next pass forward, saw Dhanda drifting in from the right side and pointing to exactly where he wanted the ball.
His colleague found the gap between the Reading defence with a sublime assist and the forward took a touch, rounded the goalkeeper and fired a left-foot finish into the open net for 1-0.
The 52nd minute was the turning point of the contest; Ejaria went close but off target with a clipped strike from 20 yards and the Royals were level within a matter of seconds through Sam Smith.
They went in front five minutes later as Tyler Frost thumped an unstoppable finish into the top left corner from the edge of the box once his initial shot was blocked.
Reading soon increased their cushion when the referee judged that Shamal George had fouled Frost just inside the area. Smith converted the penalty.
The frustrating turn of events for Liverpool was completed when a defensive error presented Conor Davis with space to run clear and curve a side-foot finish around George.
Liverpool U18s: George, Alexander-Arnold, Lewis (Owens), Masterson (Johnston), Whelan, Coyle, Alves, Kane (Adekanye), Dhanda, Phillips, Ejaria.Unused substitutes: Kelleher, Parker.
Tournaments: (as on Mar 26)
Liverpool u15s won 1-0 in their opening game of the 2016 We Love Football tournament, Italy thanks to a header from Norwegian youngster Edvard Tagseth.
They lost 2-0 against AC Milan in their second game.
They will face Torino later today.
Liverpool u14s drew 1-1 against Lyon in their opening game of the 2016 Tournament of Sens, France.
They will face Stade de Reims later today.
Liverpool u12s bowed out of the 2016 MIC Cup after losing 13-2 to the tournament winners Espanyol.
u12s started their campaign with a 2-6 loss to Junior FC but then returned strongly to defeat FC Meccabi Netanya 3-5 and Club Esportiu Banyoles 10-3 in the group stages.
The young reds then defeated Ef Sant Feliu 2-5 in the last 32 and Next Gen USA 5-3 in the pre quarter finals.