By Scott Taylor
Rhian Brewster scored twice and grabbed an assist as Liverpool U18s continued their recent form with a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in a friendly at the Kirkby Academy on Wednesday evening.
George Johnston opened the scoring with his first goal in all competitions this season with a header before Brewster doubled the hosts’ lead in some style.
The England U17 forward returned to his club full of confidence and grabbed his second and Liverpool’s third to seal off a strong win for Neil Critchley’s side.The Liverpool Head Coach fielded a strong side with Glen McAuley fresh from his debut for the U23s a day before, whilst U16 full-back Anthony Glennon was given his debut for the U18s.
Liverpool opened the scoring in the first half when Brewster’s free-kick was whipped into the far post for Johnston to peel away from his marker and head the ball into the far corner.
Brewster saw his 25-yard effort from the right wing smash the crossbar leaving the Crewe goalkeeper beaten after receiving a cross-field ball from Liam Coyle.
The England youngster again lobbed the goalkeeper, but this time got his reward as Liverpool doubled their lead.
Adekanye sprayed a low ball across the edge of the area before Brewster took a touch and with the help of a wicked deflection, the ball looped over the Crewe ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
In the second half, manager Critchley, who joined from Crewe, brought on Yan Dhanda, who also featured for the U23s a say before, and Marley Blair as they searched for more goals.
However, it was Brewster who added the hosts’ third, choosing not to play in Blair and instead fire a shot through the legs of the Crewe goalkeeper as Coyle again was the provider.
After 10 days without a competitive game, Liverpool U18s needed some game time, and will look to continue their form when they face Wolves U18s in the Premier League on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool U18s: Williams; Glennon, Masterson, Johnston (Lattie 50’), Owens; Coyle, Hunter; Brewster, Camacho (Dhanda 77’), Adekanye (Blair 70’); McAuley.