Hardy nets brace and 17-year-olds debut in LFC U23s win

Liverpool kids Dominic Corness and Max Woltman made their under-23s debuts as a depleted facet visited Southampton, with Joe Hardy scoring twice in a 2-1 win.

Southampton U23s 1-2 Liverpool U23s

Premier League 2, Snows Stadium
March 21, 2021

Targets: Pearce 15′; Hardy 5′ 39′

With a clutch of his regulars coaching with the primary staff at Kirkby, Barry Lewtas was compelled to make eight adjustments to his U23s facet for his or her journey to the south coast.

Jakub Ojrzynski, Owen Beck, Conor Bradley, Billy Koumetio, Tyler Morton, Jake Cain, Ben Woodburn and the injured Layton Stewart all dropped out as a extra workmanlike group took to the sector at Snows Stadium.

The absence of Cain and Morton, together with Leighton Clarkson, handed Corness a chance to step up from the under-18s, nonetheless, with the 17-year-old – the academy’s high assist-maker this season – making his U23s debut.

Main the road was Hardy, and the 22-year-old received the younger Reds off to the proper begin as he fired in an opener inside 5 minutes.

Southampton fought again into the sport with a purpose for Luke Pearce, and regarded to take management as they used dwelling benefit to restrict possibilities for Liverpool.

Hardy had grabbed one other earlier than the break, nonetheless, notching his brace towards the run of play to set Lewtas’ facet on their option to a primary win in three video games.

Although the younger Reds have been required to carry onto a slim lead till full-time, Lewtas was nonetheless capable of give Woltman his debut off the bench late right into a productive afternoon.

Job executed for the U23s, then, with acquainted faces set to return after the worldwide break, possible buoyed by their experiences with the senior squad.

Liverpool U23s: Hughes; Partitions, Boyes, Savage, Gallacher; Clayton, Corness, Sharif; Dixon-Bonner, O’Rourke (Woltman 89′), Hardy (Ritaccio 90+4′)

Subs not used: Mrozek, Stephenson

Subsequent match: Brighton (H) – Premier League 2 – Sunday, April 4, 12pm (BST)

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