LFC 2 (Trickett-Smith 1′, 90′) – 2 (Michael-Percil 25′, 59′ ) Tottenham Hotspur

Following their recent success in the league and the FA Youth Cup, Steve Cooper’s Liverpool U18s looked to continue their fine form against second place Tottenham Hotspur, who are only a point behind leaders Sunderland. After this fixture was called off for bad weather 4 days ago, Liverpool, without the cameras and some experienced players, tried to close the gap on Spurs and Sunderland. The U18s were without Captain Jordan Lussey after he underwent hand surgery earlier in the week and Seyi Ojo had ruled himself out. That meant that younger players such as Cameron Brannagan and Kris Peterson will have a chance to shine. The home side were also boosted by the return of Lloyd Jones, as he would’ve been unavailable if the game went ahead on Saturday.

The game couldn’t have started in a better way for Steve Cooper’s men as Kris Peterson found Daniel Trickett-Smith, who beat Luke McGee in the Spurs goal with just 40 seconds on the clock. Ryan Fulton was recalled to Steve Cooper’s side, and the young ‘keeper made several great saves to ensure that Liverpool maintained their advantage. However, on the 25th minute, Spurs attacked and the ball was played to Roman Michael-Percel and he took his time before hitting past the helpless Ryan Fulton. Tottenham were now on top of the game as Michael-Percel and Nathan Oduwa were causing Steve Cooper’s young defence a lot of problems but the FA Youth Cup Semi-Finalists held out until half-time as they looked to re-cooperate.

The second half started the same way as the first, as it was Liverpool who created the first chance of the half through number 10 Alex O’Hanlon, who capitalised on a defensive error only to be denied with a brilliant stop with his feet from McGee. Shortly after that, the visitors took the lead when a cross from Michael-Percil took a slight deflection off Yalany Baio at the far post.

Steve Cooper’s young side have shown their never-say-die attitude throughout the season and Liverpool almost grabbed an equaliser when another chance fell to O’Hanlon, whose effort flew just inches past the post. Liverpool started to control the game and there was a big claim for a penalty after Cameron Brannagan burst through the defence and collided with the on-rushing Luke McGee, however a penalty was not given.

The Reds kept on pushing and in the 90th minute, Jordan Rossiter powered through Spurs defence but couldn’t finish after a vital fall. Moments later, a goal kick fell to substitute Ryan Kent, whose crossed fell to Trickett-Smith, who got ahead of Aaron McEnuff after produced a clever finish on the turn to spark wild celebrations at Kirkby. The point leaves Liverpool on a 6th match unbeaten run, and pressuring Spurs and Sunderland.

Steve Cooper’s side’s next game is at the Academy on Saturday morning against Stoke City. The game starts at 11am and is live on LFCTV from 10:45am.

Scott Taylor

LFC XI: Fulton, Baio, Maguire, Jones, Heaton, Rossiter, Peterson, Brannagan, Trickett-Smith, O’Hanlon, Wilson.

Tottenham XI: McGee, McQueen, Ball, McEnuff, Ward, Lesniak, Winks, Lameiras, Oduwa, Michael-Percil, Victor Zapata-Caicedo

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