FT: Liverpool U23s 2-2 Leicester City U23s - Live Match Updates, Team News & Reaction

Live updates from the AXA Training Centre as Liverpool U23s host Leicester City U23s in penultimate Premier League 2 fixture.
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FT: Liverpool U23s 2-2 Leicester U23s (18' Clarkson, 46' Woodburn (p); 45' Clayton (og), 65' McAteer,7' Boyes sent off for Liverpool) 

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FT: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City

Liverpool end the game with nine men after Boyes first-half red card and Morton's second yellow seconds before the end. 

The Reds come close but McAteer's superb left-footed volley ensured both teams share the spoils.

Leighton Clarkson put Liverpool ahead rounding off a sweeping move from Barry Lewtas' side.

Ben Woodburn quickly restored the lead from the spot after the Foxes grabbed a fortunate equaliser on the stroke of half-time after Clayton turned the ball into his own net.

It appears the U23s manager was shown a red card after the whistle as well in what turns out to be a poor afternoon for the referee, Aaron Jackson.

Their attention turns to this same fixture in seven days time as they travel to the Midlands. 


Tyler Morton sent off

Morton is shown a second yellow card. He tries time-wasting and the referee shows him a second yellow. A poor decision. 


Last chance saloon

Leicester's corner is cleared but only as far as Hughes, his volley is deflected into the path of four Leicester players but they're all offside. 


Iestyn Hughes is the coolest man in the place, he marauds back with the ball and with quick feet avoids the tackle of two Liverpool players on his own six-yard box.


A foul throw from Leicester hands possession back over to Liverpool.


CHANCE!

90+' Liverpool break with Hardy, he finds Woodburn who looks for Clarkson in the middle of the box but Nelson's stretches and intercepts.


LEICESTER DENIED BY THE WOODWORK

88' Twice Leicester are denied by the woodwork, first from Wakeling wins the header, it loops and crashes off the crossbar and from the rebound McAteer rattles the post.

The Foxes desperately continue to apply the pressure and Ojzynski comes for the cross and is clattered.  

CHANCE

87' McAteer has a free header, Ojzrynskii dives on the danger.


Leicester win a corner

On the near side, it will be an in-swinging delivery.

Clark flicks it on at the near post but Liverpool clear.

Beck is booked in the aftermath too, unsure why.


CHANCE!

Leshaela flashes a cross across the box but no blue shirt can get on the other end.


Into the final 10 minutes now

Liverpool holding on with 10 men, it remains 2-2.


Ben Woodburn sends the goalkeeper the wrong way

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Change for Liverpool

O'Rourke time is up, he is replaced by Joe Hardy.


CHANCE!

Leicester continue to pile the pressure on. Sungchittthawon pulls back to the penalty spot after his run to the by-line, Leshabela sidefoots on the half-volley but it's easy for the Liverpool goalkeeper. 


Down to 10 men

Liverpool have now played an hour of football with 10 men following Morgan Boyes straight red.

15 minutes remaining, the score remains 2-2


O'Rourke returns

After the collision, he returns albeit gingerly.


Nasty tackle

Fidel O'Rourke is hauled down and looks to be in some discomfort. 

Woodburn isn't happy, the referee consults his assistant but appears no card is given.

He thinks the Leicester player won the ball and Liverpool have a throw-in.


Double change for Liverpool

Remi Savage and Tyler Morton on for Longstaff and Glatzel.


Leicester dominating possession

It's one-way traffic so far with Barry Lewtas' side hanging on by a thread.


CHANCE FOR LEICESTER

Golden opportunity for the Foxes goes begging. 

The cross comes in from the far side, Gallacher slips and misses the header, Suengchittthawon takes a touch and looks certain to score, his effort is deflected narrowly past the post.

From the resulting corner, a foul in the box sees Liverpool awarded a free-kick.


LEICESTER SCORE

What an unbelievable goal! 

Flynn's cross from the left is brilliantly met on the volley by McAteer who loops his left-footed volley into the top-right corner. 


Corner to Liverpool

Fidel O'Rourke wins a corner after it deflects off Ben Nelson.

Clarkson plays it along the floor to Woodburn, he shoots but it is well blocked. 

Liverpool preparing a change.


Close

Suengchitthawon delivers, Ojrzynski elects to punch it, punches against his teammate and luckily picks up the pieces.


Dangerous free-kick for Leicester


ANOTHER CHANCE!

61' It's Leighton Clarkson again! Huge chance for Liverpool, a great run from Glatzel who plays across the face of goal, Stolarczyk parries straight into the path of Clarkson, with the goal at his mercy, blazes over.


CHANCE!

58' A terrific run from Leighton Clarkson, he breezes past two defenders and rifles a cross or a shot from the byline, it appears that Stolarczyk parried over but the referee says it's a goal kick. 


Another Leicester change

55' Daley Campbell comes off for Iestyn Hughes.


Weather update

Still raining.


Woodburn booked

51' The Reds skipper is in the book for a late tackle on Suengchitthawon in the middle of the pitch. 


Liverpool get the game back underway.

Glatzel kicks off the second half, kicking from left to right.


Teams emerge for the second half

The visitors are the first out looking to take advantage of their man advantage.

Ben Nelson comes on for Dasilva and Shade replaced by Callum Hulme for the Foxes.

The Reds are out and remain unchanged.


HT: Liverpool U23s 2-1 Leicester U23s

A nightmare start from the Reds as Morgan Boyes was set off for a straight red card.

However, they fought back and Leighton Clarkson's brilliant sliding finish was wonderfully crafted by Glatzel.

But, the Foxes, fortunately, equalised after Ojrzynski's low save deflected off Clayton into his own net.

On the stroke of half-time, Paul Glatzel was fouled in the box. Up stepped Ben Woodburn who calmly sent Stolarczyk the wrong way.


Yellow card

Mitchell Clark (Leicester) is booked for dissent.


GOOAAAAL!

Woodburn steps up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way.


PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL!

Glatzel is fouled and the referee awards a penalty.


LEICESTER EQUALISE

Great pass from Daley Campbell and an even better touch from Wakeling who forces a great save from Ojrzynski but it deflects off Clayton who inadvertently puts it into his own goal. 

Very unfortunate.


Leicester shoot...

Dixon-Bonner does well to clear but goes straight to Dasilva, the left-back tries his luck from 20 yards but drags his effort wide. 


CHANCE!

Smart free-kick from the Reds, Beck bears down on goal but slices his left-footed effort from the edge of the six-yard box. 

He has to do better. 


Corner to Leicester

It deflects off Longstaff and behind for a corner.

Suengchitthawon delivers but the referee blows for a free-kick to Liverpool.

Further up the field, Leshabela cynically brings down Glatzel as he gallops forward.


Great defending from Beck

38' Super recovery from the Reds full-back as Daley Campbell raced forward but the Welshman gets the right side of the defender and uses his body well to thwart the attack.

Further warning for Orzynski

The Liverpool shot-stopper has been warned by the referee Jackson again, this time for taking longer to take the goal kick.

Previously, he complained to the Reds 'keeper about taking a free-kick further up the field than it should've been.

He seems to enjoy the authority.


The weather continues

The weather hasn't stopped since the last time is mentioned, the pitch is still in great condition but surface water is increasing


Liverpool closer to a second

30' Well worked from Liverpool once again, Fidel O'Rouke picks the pocket of the Leicester defender, he plays his pass across the box looking for Glatzel but the Leicester goalkeeper intercepts well.


CHANCE!

29' A great interception by Ben Woodburn, the Reds skipper looks up and finds Paul Glatzel in acres of space, he takes a touch onto his left and looks for the top corner, he goes mightily close but can't test Stolarczyk. 


28 minutes gone, Liverpool lead 1-0.


Feisty affair

Very niggly now, a few late tackles and complaints from the Foxes about Aaron Jackson and his assistant's decisions. 


GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!

Paul Glatzel fizzes his cross along the floor to Leighton Clarkson who slides in and brilliantly diverts the ball into the bottom corner.


CHANCE!

A delightful ball from Leshabela, Shade loses his marker as Clayton misses the header, he can't quite shift his feet and volleys straight at Orjzynski.


System Change

Liverpool have resorted to putting Elijah Dixon-Bonner at right-back following Boyes straight red. Owen Beck is on the left with Tony Gallacher and Tom Clayton at centre-back.


12' Flynn delivers a deep from wide but it evades everyone and goes behind for a goal kick.


7' Tavares takes the free-kick but his effort sails over.


RED CARD!

Morgan Boyes is the last man and is sent off for a professional foul. Not a good start for the Reds. Free-kick in a dangerous position for the Foxes.


Wet 'n' Wild

The Merseyside weather definitely hasn't been kind here, very cold as the rain continues to fall. Difficult conditions, but one you'd love to play in.


KICK-OFF!

1' Leicester get us underway, they play a crossfield ball, Beck slips but the Reds clear.


TEAM NEWS

Liverpool XI: Ojrzynski; Gallacher, Beck, Clayton, Boyes, Clarkson, Longstaff, Dixon-Bonner, O'Rouke, Glatzel, Woodburn (c).

Leicester City XI: Stolarczyk, Daley Campbell, Dasilva, Tavares, Flynn (c), Clark, McAteer, Leshabela, Wakeling, Suengchittawon. 


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The return of some old faces

[11:35] For those who are unfamiliar with Liverpool's U23 squad, the likes of Ben Woodburn and Leighton Clarkson turn out for Barry Lewtas' side. 


Welcome!

[11:30] We are here at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, Liverpool, for Liverpool under -23s vs Leicester City under-23s.

We saw the U18s overcome Arsenal at Anfield on Friday to reach the FA Youth Cup semi-final. 

Obviously, the anti-Glazers protests were the cause for the postponement of the first team's trip to Old Trafford, there is still no official rescheduling of that fixture.

In the meantime, we are here on a cold and wet Bank Holiday Monday. 

Leicester need a win to move out of the relegation zone and overtake West Ham.

The Reds, on the other hand, somewhat stuck mid-table in Premier League 2 as Manchester City were crowned champions last week.

Barry Lewtas' side come into today's match against Leicester off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium at the end of April

Buckle yourself in and enjoy the action!