Liverpool booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup with a stunning second-half display, including two goals in the space of two minutes.
Liverpool U18s 3-0 Fulham U18s
FA Youth Cup 5th Round, AXA Training Centre
February 5, 2024
Goals: Koumas 56′, Morrison 57′, Danns 73′
After thumping Arsenal 7-1 to reach the fifth round, expectations were high for the young Reds at the AXA, with Marc Bridge-Wilkinson fielding a very strong side.
Kornel Misciur was required to hold strong and make a number of sharp claims at the feet of attackers as the visitors exploited errors and crafted chances, the goalkeeper keeping things level.
Liverpool’s first real opening came after a beautiful trivela pass from Kieran Morrison, with Danns brought down on the edge of the box for a free-kick which the striker drilled low and just wide.
The speed and skill of Kone-Doherty was a key feature as the half wore on, but Bridge-Wilkinson’s front three struggled to connect with a number of sloppy final passes.
HT: Liverpool U18s 0-0 Fulham U18s
Things improved after the break, with a big chance falling to Nyoni soon after the restart, but the midfielder was thwarted when a pass to Koumas was perhaps the better option.
Liverpool came to life, though, through two pieces of magic from Morrison.
First, the 17-year-old provided a brilliant assist with a first-time cross after throw-in, with Koumas on hand to head it beyond goalkeeper Marco Underwood.
A minute later, Morrison netted his seventh goal of the season with a stunning drive from range, blasting into the roof of the net to make it 2-0.
Then a remarkable goal from Danns, who fended off his marker to pick up Morrison’s header in the right channel, before blasting a powerful effort in from 25 yards.
TIA Man of the Match: Kieran Morrison
Liverpool U18s: Misciur; Davidson, Pitt, Pinnington, Nallo; Laffey, Morrison, Nyoni; Kone-Doherty, Koumas, Danns
Subs: Morana, Enahoro-Marcus, Giblin, Gyimah, Pennington, Kelly, Figueroa
Next match: Blackburn U18s (H) – U18 Premier League – Saturday, February 10, 11am (GMT)