Roberts shot 1-0
27 mins Virtue shot 1-1
Half time: Reds 1 Magpies 1
73 mins Ejaria shot 1-2
Full time: Reds 2 Magpies 1
Newcastle's second game in this season's Premier League International Cup
ended in a narrow defeat to their Liverpool counterparts at the Prenton Park
home of Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.
The game began in driving rain with a howling gale blowing off the nearby
River Mersey and the Reds quickly mounted their first attack - Rhian Brewster
testing goalkeeper Nathan Harker on 62 seconds.
Harker was then called into action to deny Matty Virtue in the 18th minute,
with a visiting defender completing the clearance by hooking the ball away.
However it was the black and whites who struck first, Callum Roberts
curling home a beautiful left footer beyond Caoimhim Kelleher after 22nd
Sadly though that advantage lasted for just five minutes before Liverpool
levelled; midfielder Virtue forcing in a low centre from the right
Level at the break, Newcastle then threatened four minutes after the restart
when striker Tom Heardman latched the end of a Victor Fernandez and tested
Kelleher with a header.
Within seconds the visitors should have retaken the lead as Roberts and
Heardman exchanged passes before the former played in Fernandez - only for the
Spanish youngster to blaze over from close range.
Roberts then came close to his second of the night just past the hour, before
play switched to the opposite end and Virtue struck the goal frame after
Harker blocked Cameron Brannagan's initial effort.
What proved to be the decisive goal came after 73 minutes, when a close
passing move ended with Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria rounding Harker and netting.
Roberts did have one shot in the closing stages that was straight at the
'keeper and the winger's low centre in added time deflected off an unwitting
defender but Kelleher scrambled to claim it.
A record of just one win in eleven is grim, but United were slightly
unfortunate to have left empty- handed after offering a far more
organised performance than in their recent away games.
Thanks to GW
Group A results/fixtures:
Tue 24.10.2017 NUFC 2-1 Sparta Prague B
Fri 10.11.2017 Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle
Tue 28.11.2017 Liverpool v Sparta Prague B
Thu 30.11.2017 PSV V Sparta Prague B
Tue 12.12.2017 NUFC v PSV
Tue 19.12.2017 Liverpool v PSV