Pelosi 40, 80
Hiwula 43, Suarez 70
- Match reports
- Mon 03 Sep 2012, 4:31PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Scott Sinclair made his first appearance in a City shirt and Gareth Barry got another 80 minutes under his belt as the Blues' EDS drew 2-2 with Liverpool on Monday afternoon.
With no first-team match for 12 days due to the international break, this was seen as the perfect opportunity to hand Sinclair his first minutes in a City shirt at Liverpool’s Kirkby Academy base.
Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers was also in attendance to run the rule over Liverpool’s youngsters whose only recognisable name came in the shape of Jack Robinson who has turned out for Liverpool’s senior side before.
Sinclair’s first meaningful contribution arrived after 10 minutes when he drove forward and cut back for Luca Scapuzzi to narrowly miss the target. A minute later, the former Swansea man was put clear but Sama did well to divert his shot over the bar.
On the half-hour mark, City went close to taking the lead again - this time through Albert Rusnak who wriggled free to get his shot away only to see his effort go a yard wide of the target.
Rusnak picked up a knock in the process and was promptly withdrawn, meaning there was another chance for 16-year old Marcos Lopes to shine.
Liverpool took the lead after 40 minutes, slightly against the run of play, when Pelosi tapped in from close range.
City reacted well to the set-back, winning a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Huws was pulled down in the box.
Sinclair stepped up for what would have been a debut goal but it wasn’t to be as the ball cannoned back off the post but fortunately, Hiwula was on hand to tap in the rebound for his third goal of the season.
Halfway through the second period, City won a second penalty, this time Suarez was brought down by Sama and the Spaniard stepped forward himself to convert his second spot kick of the season with a convincing finish into the bottom corner.
Despite looking relatively comfortable in the proceeding exchanges, City held the lead for just 10 minutes before Pelosi struck again from an Ngoo cross, poking past Johansen with an instinctive finish.
It was hard on Atillio Lombardo’s men who had controlled much of the match but there were still plenty of positive takeaways for the EDS from this match despite being held to a draw.
The Blues now have a 10-day break before entertaining Fenerbahce at Hyde FC