2nd half: Liverpool U18s 3-0 Derby County U18s [10', Gordon, 45', 48' Frauendorf]|
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FT: Liverpool U18s 3-0 Derby County U18s
The Reds end their league campaign with a win.
Melkamu Frauendorf with the brace after Kaide Gordon's opener against his old club just 10 minutes into proceedings.
88' Mrozek, who has definitely been the busier of the two goalkeepers this half, denied Rogers from point-blank range.
10 minutes to play
Liverpool lead 3-0 in their final league game of the season.
Mrozek saves well with his feet from Cybulski's fizzed effort before Kelly breaks free but can only force the Reds 'keeper into making an easy save.
Roberts tips McConnell spectacular diving volley onto the bar. The eventual corner is cleared but the Reds remain in possession.
Mabaya tries his luck on his left foot but it's catching practice for Roberts. 15 to play.
Too much at times
Kaide Gordon electing to carry the ball rather than releasing it, not for the first time tonight.
Derby have a free-kick after Gordon's tackle on Seb Thompson, just left of the centre-circle.
Not so welcome for Gordon
Gordon has had a few sour greetings in this second half from Derby.
Referee David Burton gives him a talking to for venting his frustration.
65' Frauendorf is denied by a good save from the on-rushing Roberts.
Chambers shift is over he is replaced by Callum Scanlon.
James McConnell wins a free-kick for the Reds in a dangerous position. Chambers fires towards the far post but has too much venom on it for Bajcetic.
Jonas heads away Derby's in-swinging corner.
First change for the visitors
Mothersille makes way for Jack Rogers.
48' Frauendorf pokes home from Gordon's left-footed cross.
Kaide Gordon leaves Aideyan for dead, he delays his pass with three red shirts waiting, Chambers receives the ball despite his effort beating Roberts goes into the side-netting.
The game resumed, the Reds kicking from left to right.
Derby had an early corner which was cleared
HT: Liverpool 2-0 Derby
I'll keep it short and sweet as my hands are red raw.
Kaide Gordon brilliantly got the scoring underway, he combined with Maaya and drifted inside before firing into the corner.
Frauendorf or Pilling may claim the second but the goal counts either way.
45' Gordon's free-kick is only cleared as far as Pilling's effort deflects in off Frauendorf.
Dangerous Liverpool free-kick
Frauendorf is brought down, some expletives from the Derby contingent in relation to the foul.
Jonas down again
Brailsford's touch takes him too far, he dives in and catches Jonas. No card and the Reds defender is back up.
41' Jonas is careless in possession but recovers well to block Cybulski's shot.
Corner to Liverpool
Jonas bursts forward from centre-back, he plays wide to Gordon who wins a corner.
The in-swinging corner completely evades everyone in the box.
32' First opportunity for Derby, a slight push from Mothersille but he breaks free and forces Mrzoek into action to tip over.
Liverpool counter from the set-piece, Gordon bursts forward, two-on-one but his pass is just behind Frauendorf whose effort deflects over.
30' It's a bit crowded around the box, Gordon tees up Frauendorf but his effort straight at Roberts.
He looks very tricky and has superb technique. He brilliantly lofts one for Wilson who overcooks his cross.
The Reds number nine is dropping deep to receive the ball and driving at the visitors when he can.
To add to the cold winds comes the rain.
Cian Kelly teases an in-swinging left-footed delivery to the far post but no white shirt can get on the end of it. Goal kick.
That's Chambers third foul and he is in the book. Late on Derby's Brailsford, dangerous free-kick for the Rams.
Back up and stretching off
Good news is the damage doesn't look too bad, he is back on and can continue.
Lee Jonas is down holding his back, the defender made a great tackle and clearance but appears to have landed awkwardly, he is receiving treatment.
20' Gordon cuts inside from the right but drags his effort wide of the Derby near post.
Derby definitely have the upper hand in the aerial department. Their number nine, Bart Cybulski, is huge in fact his strike partner Mark Mothesille is the same height.
A real test for the youthful U18s tonight against a physical side.
16' Bajcetic switches it to Luke Chambers, he comes inside on his weaker right foot and forces Roberts to push his effort past the post.
Liverpool's corner is cleared. Derby clearly possessing the aerial advantage in these early stages.
Derby's Aideyan is booked for a cynical pull on Pilling.
10' Kaide Gordon gets his goal. Great play down the right, this time. Mabaya plays Gordon through, the youngster cuts inside fakes twice before firing into the back of the net.
5' Patient play from the Reds. Chambers looks down the line to Frauendorf who feeds Pilling but Derby cover and the ball goes behind for a corner.
The corner is cleared.
3' Kaide Gordon fires his free-kick into the wall.
Teams are out
Derby get the game underway.
Some noticeable absentees for the Reds which is a given considering the turnover from Friday to today.
Liverpool XI: Mrozek; Wilson, Chambers, Bajcetic, Jonas, Miles; Mabaya, McConnell, Gordon; Pilling, Frauendorf
Subs: Kelly, Quansah, Scanlon, Hayes-Green
Derby XI: Roberts; Brailsford, Moloney, Aideyan; Solomon, Jinkinson, Thompson, Hawkins, Cybulski, Kelly, Mothersile
In position here at Kirkby, it isn't raining unlike yesterday's under-23s clash with Leicester City.
It is, however, quite windy.
TEAM NEWS COMING SOON
[18:35] Team news is expected to be announced soon.
Last time out
Last time out, the Reds cruised past the Gunners to book a semi-final against Ipswich Town.
Woltman, James Norris and Musialowski all on the scoresheet at Anfield.
You can catch up with the recap below.
What to expect
For those tuning in, you may of heard of the name, Mateusz Musialowski, and with good reason too.
The 17-year-old Pole has shone this season for the Reds scoring some magnificent solo goals, most notably his goal of the month winner against Newcastle United.
He also scored Liverpool's third in their 3-1 FA Youth Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal, in front of the famous Kop End.
He isn't the only one to look out for, Bridge-Wilkinson has talent in abundance in his squad with James Balagizi, Max Woltman, the aforementioned Gordon, Billy Koumetio, Jarell Quansah, just to name a few.
The game has some significance for Gordon having signed from Derby County during the transfer window, he has since trained and scored in training matches with the first-team as well as enjoying a flourishing partnership with Balagizi, Woltman and Musialowski.
His arrival on Merseyside cost an inital £1 million in the winter window.
Stipulations ahead of today's game
To be perfectly honest, not many!
U18s Premier League north leaders Manchester United currently have an eight-point gap over the Reds.
Nearest challengers, Manchester City, are three points clear of Liverpool with two games in hand.
A win by two or more goals for the Reds tonight would see them momentarily move into second.
Derby, on the other hand, have one more game after tonight. They're currently level on points with Everton but the Toffees greater goal difference sees them above the Rams in seventh.
[18:30] Hello and welcome back to another Matchday Live with LFC Transfer Room.
Today we are in the position at Kirkby once again but this time it is the final game of the season for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's Reds.
Kaide Gordon's former club Derby County are today's opponents as the under-18s look to end their season on a high.
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