Daniel Trickett-Smith scored a late penalty as Liverpool U21s secured an important 2-1 victory at Manchester City yesterday morning. In Liverpool Under 21s first trip to the new academy complex, it was a trip to remember as Michael Beale’s men showed great character to be on song for the whole 90 minutes to come away with all three points.
Again, Liverpool started the game brightly and had the ball in the back of the net earlier on. However, Dan Cleary’s effort was chalked off for offside. Shortly after, Beale’s side did get their deserved goal, with Welsh winger Harry Wilson scoring the goal. Jerome Sinclair did all the hard work with a superb run and Wilson was in the right position to get on the end of the striker’s ball to open the scoring.
The Reds were in control up until the 75th minute, but then Manchester City equalised when Jack Byrne fired in his effort. Liverpool left in late to win it, in the 88th minute to be specific. The Reds were awarded a penalty after Sergi Canos was hauled down and Trickett-Smith won it from the penalty spot.
After the game, Beale was frustrated with the chance conversion rate his young side had, but was pleased with their opening goal. He told Liverpoolfc.com: “In the first half we started ever so well and could have scored three or four goals. We scored an excellent first goal when Jerome has put a great ball in and Harry has timed his run brilliantly to find the net.”
He also spoke about how his team could not keep up the same tempo and intensity they showed in the first half, which allowed the hosts back into the game. He said: “Then in the second half it was a different game as they put us under pressure and we had to rely on the counter attack.They got the equaliser and we then made some changes.”
Despite this, Beale thought his side did just enough to earn the victory despite missing some key opportunities throughout the game. “We more than deserved the victory in the end and I am so pleased for the boys. We had some great chances. Sergi has missed when clean through and Connor Randall has had two one-on-ones with their goalkeeper.We then got the penalty when Sergi was brought down and Daniel has showed great charater to score after only just coming on,” he said.
Liverpool XI: Vigouroux; McLaughlin,Williams, Cleary, Maguire,Smith, Randall, O’Hanlon, Sinclair, Brannagan, Wilson.