- Match reports
- 20 October 2012 13:15
- Posted by Mark Booth
Goals either side of half-time consign City U18s to defeat.
City had started the game well, moving the ball around nicely and creating chances which made for a pleasing opening half an hour for Sadler's men.
Brandon Barker, so impressive in the early weeks of the season, did extremely well in a one v one to beat his man but his shot was fired over the bar from a narrow angle.
More good play on the right flank shortly after gave James Horsfield the chance to get the game's opening goal but he hit the post with a decent effort shortly before Cole forced a good stop from the Liverpool keeper after a mazy run.
It was a match in which the first goal was always going to have a big say in which way the match went and unfortunately for City, it was Liverpool who got it.
A ball across the face of goal left Ian Lawlor exposed and granted Tricket-Smith with the opportunity to finish from close range.
Liverpool were buoyed by the goal and forced Lawlor into two excellent saves before half-time to keep the scoreline 1-0.
El-Fitouri was brought on at half-time for Louis Hutton and Horsfield was pushed into his most favoured position in midfield.
The second half was tight, England u18s striker Devante Cole nearly leveled on two occasions but Liverpool always looked the more dangerous side and killed the game off with 15 minutes to go with a goal that was reminiscent of their first from Peterson.
Sadler then opted to shuffle his pack and handed experience to a pair of 15-year olds Nathaniel Oseni and Aaron Nemane who both fared well in their brief cameos.
City U18s are next in action at home to Middlesbrough next Saturday.