Liverpool FC Under-18’s Review
After the FA Youth Cup drubbing of Southend & Raheem Sterling’s 5 star performance it was back to league action for the Under-18’s with 3 games in the space of 8 days. However, with the likes of Jack Robinson, John Flanagan & Suso now training increasingly at Melwood with the reserve squad and only playing for the U18’s in the FA Youth Cup, Academy League games offer an opportunity for some of our other up and coming players to make a name for themselves.
Liverpool 4 – 1 Stoke City – 19/02/11
The young reds took on Stoke and the Academy with the team including skipper Conor Coady & Raheem Sterling fresh from their midweek trip to Prague with the first team squad. It was Coady who opened the scoring with the sort of stunning 25-yard strike that is fast becoming one of his trademarks. Sterling then doubled the lead with a simple finish following excellent work from Brad Smith.
The young Aussie left back has certainly been one to catch the eye, looking impressive after stepping into Robinson’s place in the side and showing good attacking instincts. Unfortunately, Flanagan’s replacement at right back didn’t fare quite as well with Patrick Poor scoring an own goal to cut the Reds lead just before half time.
However the Reds restored their cushion just after the break, creator in chief Krisztian Adorjan released Sterling through on goal and after rounding the keeper the young winger picked out Adam Morgan who finished from close range with a scruffy effort at the second time of asking. Sterling completed the rout after being put through again by Adorjan, with Stoke’s keeper getting a hand to his effort there was some question as to whether the ball crossed the line but certainly no doubt about the result after the goal was given.
Liverpool Team: Belford, Poor, Smith, Sama (Regan 67), McGiveron, Coady, Sterling (Walsh 64), Roddan, Morgan, Adorjan (Sumner 71), Mukendi. Unused subs: Stephens, Clair.