Liverpool went all the way down to 10-man however Tyler Morton’s first-half strike was sufficient to clinch victory over Man United within the FA Youth Cup, sealing a spot within the fifth spherical.
Man United U18s 0-1 Liverpool U18s
FA Youth Cup 4th Spherical, Leigh Sports activities Village
April 3, 2021
Targets: Morton 16′
Coming back from the worldwide break with lots of his gamers having obtained first-team publicity, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson led the U18s right into a tasty cup conflict with United.
Bridge-Wilkinson made three adjustments from the facet that thrashed Sutton United within the third spherical final day out, with Harvey Davies, Billy Koumetio and Conor Bradley coming right into a 4-4-2 diamond setup.
After a gradual begin, the younger Reds obtained going as James Norris made an incredible driving run down the left to permit Mateusz Musialowsi to chop inside and draw a save in Liverpool’s first probability of the afternoon.
A minute later they have been in entrance, and it was Norris who equipped the ball into the field to permit Tyler Morton, ghosting in direction of the six-yard field, to look his header in.
Liverpool continued to threaten, with each Dominic Corness and Max Woltman flashing vast, earlier than United turned the tide as Hannibal Mejbri dictated play, however half-time got here with the younger Reds forward.
HT: Man United U18s 0-1 Liverpool U18s
After the break, Liverpool have been required to take a rearguard strategy as United managed proceedings at dwelling, with Bradley required to make a positive goal-line clearance to maintain the lead.
Davies, who has been a daily in senior coaching in current weeks in addition to being named on the bench for the Champions League decider in opposition to RB Leipzig, was assured all through.
The 17-year-old has clearly taken confidence from working with the likes of Alisson and Adrian, along with his voice reverberating across the stadium all through as he claimed a variety of excessive balls and commanded his defence.
Liverpool have been dealt one other concern halfway by way of the second half as Norris obtained a crimson card for a powerful sort out, which left the younger Reds to carry on for progress.
A variety of adjustments allowed Bridge-Wilkinson to shore up his facet, they usually have been capable of recover from the road and arrange a fifth-round conflict with Leicester later this month, with West Ham or Arsenal awaiting within the quarter-finals.
TIA Man of the Match: Harvey Davies
Liverpool U18s: H.Davies; Bradley, Quansah, Koumetio, Norris; Stephenson, Corness (Jonas 90′), Morton, Balagizi; Woltman (Chambers 72′), Musialowski (Wilson 84′)
Subs: Mrozek, McConnell
Subsequent match: Wolves (H) – U18 Premier League – Tuesday, April 6, 3pm (BST)