Liverpool U18s dominate against Everton in mini-derby triumph
The Liverpool Under-18s dominated from start to finish to claim local bragging rights with an emphatic Merseyside derby victory over Everton on Saturday morning.
Josh McConnell opened the scoring in the first half with a powerful long-range strike into the top corner, before the efforts of Oakley Cannonier, Bobby Clark and Stefan Bajcetic in the second half clinched a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Halid Djankpata had hit the crossbar for the visitors when the scores were only 2-0, but in truth they were no match for a more experienced Liverpool side, with Clark and Cannonier also having Efforts denied for offside and Everton having goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban repeatedly thanked for the score not being even more convincing.
Melkamu Frauendorf was the star man for the young Reds and could have opened the scoring by bursting into the box and shooting at goal from a sharp angle, before being denied by the first of Lebanon’s many saves.
However, the Everton keeper couldn’t do much for Liverpool’s opener moments later as McConnell kicked the ball out from under his feet at the edge of the box before rushing into the top corner to reward a start dominant of the Reds.
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Falling behind woke up the young Blues somewhat, Djankpata barely firing a shot a few minutes later for his team’s first match effort, but it must have been a rare Everton shot on goal.
Returning from injury, Cannonier was unlucky enough not to double his team’s lead when he headed against the crossbar from a corner kick, before tripping and shooting wide with the gaping goal after Leban denied McConnell his second goal.
The 17-year-old was hungry to add to his goal-laden start to the season and tried his luck again shortly before the break, only to send a looping shot over the bar from a distance.
Leban was once again called upon to act to prevent an effort by Luka Stephenson, which was admittedly direct to him, before staying vigilant to prevent Eddie Jones from scoring his own goal just before the break.
The Everton keeper was on hand again to turn down Fraeundorf after the restart as he continued to frustrate the young Reds.
However, Cannonier made up for his failure moments later, making sure his injury didn’t disrupt his scoring form, as the forward ran on a pass from Stephenson before scoring his 15th goal of the season. .
Djankpata was unlucky enough not to give Everton a lifeline by cutting inside and tackling the crossbar as Liverpool wasted no time in making their Merseyside rivals regret the opening missed.
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Looking more and more lively after entering the scoresheet, Cannonier was unlucky not to score his second of the game after showing smart feet to avoid his man at the edge of the box, only to see his deflected effort reversed. by Lebanon.
But the Stephenson / Cannonier combination combined again soon after to create the Reds’ third, but not before Leban prevented the striker from finishing after a clever run from his captain.
However, Clark was on hand to ward off the rebound at home into the empty net to get a deserved goal to his name, having both narrowly completed a free kick and had an effort ruled out for offside a few minutes earlier.
Stefan Bajcetic was the next man to be turned down by Leban soon after, after a good job from Fraeundorf winning a corner kick, only for the center-back to have his shot in the corner at the far post saved from the resulting free kick.
Cannonier would see an effort ruled out for a narrow offside before the returning striker was replaced by debutant Keyrol Figueroa, with Luke Chambers then denied by Leban from a distance following a heartbreaking flurry in midfield.
But Chambers would play a role in Liverpool’s late game four as Bajcetic converted his corner at the far post to close the scoring and seal the young Reds’ most convincing victory.
Liverpool are next in the Under-18 Premier League action when they host Middlesbrough next Saturday, their latest victory leaving them second in the table.
Liverpool U18 (4-3-3): Mrozek; Davidson, Bajcetic, Miles, Chambers; Pillin, Stephenson (C) McConnell; Fraeundorf, Cannonier (Figueroa), Clark (Gyimah).