James Balagizi made two assists in his second begin again from harm because the Liverpool under-18s cruised to a 3-0 victory at Newcastle, restoring their title hopes.
Newcastle U18s 0-3 Liverpool U18s
U18 Premier League, Newcastle United Academy
March 13, 2021
Targets: Musialowski 9′, Corness 47′, Woltman 55′
Balagizi missed nearly three months with an ankle harm, however made his fast return to the beginning lineup for the U18s’ 1-0 defeat on Man United final weekend, and adopted that up with one other begin on Saturday.
The 17-year-old took his place in midfield alongside Dominic Corness and Luca Stephenson, offering guile and creativity within the superior position within the trio, supporting an assault notable for the absence of Kaide Gordon.
Mateusz Musialowski has been a daily presence within the entrance line in latest months, and the younger Pole – one of many younger Reds’ standout performers in his first season with the membership – obtained Liverpool off the mark throughout the first 9 minutes.
It was Musialowski’s fifth aim of the marketing campaign, and set the U18s on their strategy to a dominant first-half show, performed within the robust winds on Tyneside.
The second half noticed the younger Reds start robust as Balagizi teed up Corness to make it 2-0, earlier than notching one other help as Max Woltman tied up the scoring quickly after, in a sport that noticed Liverpool hearth 18 photographs on aim to their hosts’ seven.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson was ready to make use of the result in handle the minutes of the returning duo of Balagizi and Stephenson, with 16-year-old right-back Luke Chambers approaching for his first look since October as Isaac Mabaya shifted to midfield.
It served as the right preparation for the return of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night time, with Sutton United the guests to Kirkby because the younger Reds search for a powerful begin to the delayed event.
The likes of Corness, Balagizi, Mabaya and Musialowski are prone to take a focal position in the event that they do, as they kind an thrilling new core for the U18s within the second half of the season.
Liverpool U18s: Mrozek; Mabaya, Quansah, Jonas, Norris; Corness, Stephenson (Chambers 63′), Balagizi (McConnell 69′); Ennis, Woltman, Musialowski
Subs not used: Kelly
Subsequent match: Sutton United (H) – FA Youth Cup – Tuesday, March 16, 7pm (GMT)