Liverpool U18s beat Spurs 4-1 in friendly Kirkby
The Liverpool U18s concluded their 2020-2021 calendar with a 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Jarell Quansah, Kaide Gordon, James Norris (penalty) and Tyler Morton were on the right track for the young Kirkby Reds to sign their season in style.
It was an action-packed 2020-2021 final outing for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side as they looked to shake off the disappointment of losing the FA Youth Cup final on Monday night.
After Fabian Mrozek kept Spurs sidelined with an excellent point-blank save just two minutes, Liverpool found their rhythm and fashioned a series of chances.
Max Woltman first shot into the side net after loving Melkamu Frauendorf’s pass into the box, before the forward hit the post with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Tottenham took the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot, however, when Quansah’s tackle on the stretch was ruled a foul despite their protests.
The Reds rallied and were repeatedly foiled by the visiting goalkeeper until they found a way eight minutes before the interval.
Morton’s left-side corner was greeted by Quansah at the near post and the center-back returned home to bring the score to 1-1.
The hosts may have slipped in front at half-time as well, as Norris’ superb cross pass invited Gordon to attack the goal from the right, but he curled up just after cutting inside.
Gordon was also denied from 12 yards, with the Spurs goaltender making a brilliant save from his penalty after the forward’s dribble was stopped by a foul.
The theme continued in the second half as Gordon was thwarted by the Tottenham stopper after clearing on goal.
But neither he nor Liverpool have given up.
In the 65th minute, Mateusz Musialowski – as part of a rolling substitution policy – picked Gordon, who again left the flank and this time sent his finish to the opposite corner.
Then he won a second penalty of the afternoon for the Reds as he was down in the zone; Norris took responsibility for the kick and converted 3-1.
And Morton then put the seal on the game and the season, scoring from a free kick to the edge of the box in the 87th minute to confirm an impressive result.
Liverpool U18: Mrozek, Wilson, Chambers, Quansah, Koumetio, Corness, Gordon, Morton, Woltman, Norris, Frauendorf.
Substitutes: Musialowski, Stephenson.