Liverweb Match Report
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Liverpool 1 Everton 1
The Reds under 18s were pegged back at the death of this one to finish all square in the youth derby. Everton equalised with virtually the last kick of the game from a corner after the Reds had gone ahead just before the hour mark.
The Reds were twice denied from the spot in the game as well although Craig Roddan managed to score the rebound on his one after Coady had failed in first half stoppage time. Overall though the 1-1 scoreline was probably about fair overall.
After a minute's silence before the game the Reds got the game started at the academy. They went straight on the attack and had a corner kick inside the first minute but it came to nothing. Everton were typically right up for the game and strong in the tackle from the off. Lundstrum certainly let Ngoo know he was around after just three minutes. Ngoo was given a free kick and the striker limped away although in fairness to the Everton player he did win the ball quite cleanly for me.
After just eight minuets the ref had his card out and Jordan Barrow was cautioned after he went straight through the back of Raheem Sterling. It was a poor tackle and the one thing that probably saved Sterling from anything worse is he sensed it was coming.
There was a lengthy stoppage in the game just twelve minutes in when Hammar came off worst when he and his own man sandwiched Ngoo in midfield. I actually think his own man caused the damage but there was blood coming from him and the doctor was called for. After a five minute delay he managed to go off and get a change of shirt before coming back on.
It wasn't the prettiest of games but the away side had the better chances in the first half. On nineteen minutes Hope smashed the ball past Belford but off the bar for Everton. It was a lucky escape for the Reds who managed to clear the loose ball.
Too much of the play was long ball in the first half which is typical of a derby at this level. The Reds were sending it long as well but really struggling to hold it up at all up front.
Gerard Kinsella was shown a yellow card on forty minutes when he clattered Silva in midfield whilst trying to win a header. Silva needed treatment but was ok to carry on after that.
The Reds should have gone in to half time ahead when they were rightly awarded a penalty four minutes in to stoppage time. John Flanagan was brought down in the box when he cut back inside and the ref had no hesitation in blowing the whistle. Conor Coady stepped up and after a delay for Everton to try and get space on the edge of the box the kick was allowed to be taken. Coady hit it hard and low to his right but the keeper did superbly well to fling himself across goal to save it and then managed to prevent the rebound from Coady going in.
The sides came back for the second half and the Reds had woken up a bit more than the first half and after a Blue first half it was far more of a Reds second half. Everton made a change at half time with Garbutt replacing Orenuga.
The Reds were far better in the second half as the match opened up far more. Raheem Sterling forced the visiting keeper to tip his shot over the bar. A minute later at the other end Forrester was put through on goal but despite rounding Belford his weak shot in the goalward direction was cut out by Brad Smith.
On fifty eight minutes the Reds finally took the lead. Raheem Sterling ran at Luke Garbutt and sold him all ends up only to be brought down for a second clean cut penalty. This time Craig Roddan stepped up to take the kick and just like the first half the keeper made the save but this time the ball came out enough for Roddan to head the ball home. It was a bit unlucky on the keeper but I don't care.
The Reds were now looking good and they broke well on sixty one minutes after clearing a corner. Brad Smith raced up field and was found by Silva but when he got in the area he found his shot saved. A few minutes later and Ngoo shot in to the side netting.
On seventy one minutes Craig Roddan curled a shot over and wide of the far post whilst a few minutes later Ngoo shot over the bar.
The clock ticked on and the Reds looked safe for the three points as Everton couldn't really test Belford. The referee had his card out three times in the dying minutes. First Forrester was booked when he went in hard and dirty on Coady who as a result needed treatment.
Next in the book was Silva who slid in late across by the benches and was rightly booked. It was then Murphy who was booked for Everton when he went through on Silva.
In stoppage time of the second half Everton finally got themselves an equaliser and it was right at the very end of the game. They swung a corner in to the near post and it was bundled in. I've got no idea who scored from the angle I was at and every blue quickly raced around to celebrate the goal so who knows.
All in all it was gutting to concede the equaliser so late given that the Reds had played well in the second half but had we scored both our penalties it would have been enough although their keeper deserves credit for both saves.
One other comment about the game I really have to make is that hearing the game was like watching women's tennis. The two Everton centre backs made grunts at every header they won - under pressure or not. I don't know what it added to them at all but it sounded funny all the same.
MotM : Conor Coady - gradually came more in to the game throughout and is certainly one who reads the game well and you can always hear him talking to his players. He played really well in the midfield and was well supported by Craig Roddan.