Liverpool under-18s kicked off their FA Youth Cup campaign in style on Saturday night, with Polish forward Mateusz Musialowski netting a hat-trick against Fleetwood Town.
Liverpool U18s 4-0 Fleetwood Town U18s
FA Youth Cup, Kirkby
December 11, 2021
Goals: Chambers (pen) 26′, Musialowski 42′, 45+4′, 68′
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side made the FA Youth Cup final last season only to fall at the last hurdle, and seven months on it was a new look XI for the young Reds.
It was the latter who got Liverpool off to the perfect start in the 2021/22 edition, which came to be after Kaide Gordon was impeded in the penalty box just before the half-hour mark.
Chambers stepped up to shoulder the responsibility and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way, setting Liverpool on course for a resounding victory, with a few Fleetwood scares added to the mix.
But it was Musialowski who put the tie beyond all doubt by the time the interval came around, striking twice within a matter of minutes.
The first arrived thanks to a composed finish into the corner of the net, rewarding his drive into the penalty area before the Pole then capitalised on the Reds dispossessing Fleetwood in their defensive third.
A commanding 3-0 lead at halftime and chances continued to come Liverpool’s way in the second half as the visitors sought to strike back.
Musialowski was not finished, however. After winning a foul 20-yards out thanks to his neat footwork his subsequent shot was deflected off the wall, then the upright and into the back of the net, completing the 18-year-old’s hat-trick.
The young Pole has spent much of the season with the under-23s and has now taken his goal tally to seven this season, playing the full 90 alongside the likes of Gordon, Oakley Cannonier, and Stefan Bajcetic.
Bridge-Wilkinson’s side will now meet Burnley in the fourth round of the competition, the tie must be played by January 15.
Liverpool U18s: Davies, Davidson, Chambers, Bajcetic, Miles, Mabaya, Gordon, Frauendorf (McConnell, 45), Pilling, Musialowski, Cannonier
Subs not used: Mrozek, Scanlon, Lucky, Laffey, Danns