Wolves U18s 4-3 Liverpool U18s
U18 Premier League Cup, Compton Park
November 5, 2022
Goals: Farmer 10′, Esen 19′, Reynolds 53′, McLeod 64′; Figueroa 45+1′, John 74′, Pinnington 81′
After securing their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League with ease in midweek, domestic cup action was on the agenda for the young Reds and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.
Only two Reds who featured in the 5-0 thumping of Napoli, Tommy Pilling and Ranel Young, saw minutes on Saturday afternoon, with the in-form Ben Doak to be involved with the under-21s and Trent Kone-Doherty an unused substitute.
Just a week on from the defeat at Wolves in the league, it was back to Compton Park and the hosts were on the front foot early, scoring twice inside the first 19 minutes.
Owen Farmer and Josh Esen were responsible for creating an early buffer, with Liverpool pegging one back through Keyrol Figueroa in first-half stoppage time, his first goal for the U18s this season.
HT: Wolves U18s 2-1 Liverpool U18s
Liverpool turned the momentum toward the latter stages of the first 45 but much like the start to the game, Wolves struck twice in 20 second-half minutes to establish a healthy 4-1 advantage.
Fabian Reynolds and Conor McLeod’s strikes left Liverpool with little time to turn it around, with Bridge-Wilkinson turning to Cody Pennington and Josh Davidson off the bench.
And as unlikely as it felt, the young Reds did not concede defeat, instead testing Wolves‘ nerves with Elijah John making it 4-2 before 15-year-old Carter Pinnington made it 4-3 with 10 minutes remaining.
A strong finish to the match offered Liverpool the chance to complete the comeback but they had given Wolves too much of a headstart and with time not on their side.
Liverpool XI: Hewitson; Gymiah, Samuels, Pinnington, Giblin (Davidson 58′); Laffey, Pilling. John; Young, Danns (Pennington 58′), Figueroa
Subs not used: Morana, Kelly, Kone-Doherty