Liverpool under-18s closed out their season with a thumping 5-0 win at Newcastle, with Louie Koumas, son of Jason, scoring his first goal at the level.
Newcastle U18s 0-5 Liverpool U18s
Goals: Clark 8′, Blair 28′, 58′, Chambers 48′, Koumas 80′
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson named an exciting XI to close out the season and they put on a show in the northeast, one week on from Jurgen Klopp‘s side clinching a valuable win on Tyneside.
Bobby Clark kickstarted the rout with only eight minutes on the clock, a benefactor of Terence Miles’ ball over the top that was duly volleyed into the net against his former team.
The young Reds’ dominance threatened to see the net rustle in quick succession following Clark’s opener, but they needn’t wait long before they landed the next blow thanks to Harvey Blair.
The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut at Preston in October, positioned himself nicely in the six-yard box to capitalise on Calum Scanlon’s delivery to make it 2-0.
The first half threatened more goals through Clark, Blair and Oakley Cannonier, but Bridge-Wilkinson’s side had to wait until early into the second half to add to their tally.
And captain Luke Chambers’ strike was more than worth the wait, rifling an emphatic free-kick into the top right corner to see the scoreboard read 3-0.
Cannonier continued to spurn chances to add to his impressive 41-goal tally this season, and it was Blair that added the fourth of the afternoon after showing composure to round the goalkeeper.
Isaac Mabaya provided plenty of dynamism on the right-hand side and proved a constant threat, while Scanlon’s defensive discipline helped end the campaign with a clean sheet.
But at the other end of the field, Liverpool were not finished with Newcastle as two substitutes combined with Tommy Pilling’s cross headed home by Louie Koumas for his first at U18s level.
In the end, Liverpool’s 5-0 win brought a memorable season to a close in an emphatic fashion.
Liverpool U18s: Davies; Mabaya, Miles, Chambers, Scanlon; Stephenson, Balagizi (Pilling 61′), McConnell; Blair, Cannonier, Clark (Roberts 61′, Koumas 78′)
Subs not used: Hewitson, Osbourne