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Season 2017-18
Liverpool (a) U23 Premier League International Cup Group A


Friday November 10th 2017, 7.00pm
Live on LFC TV 

 Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Conditions: Damp

Admission: 3 (not the advertised 4)


Liverpool U23s

Newcastle U23s

  2 - 1





22 mins 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 minutes.

Sadly though that advantage lasted for just five minutes before Liverpool levelled; midfielder Virtue forcing in a low centre from the right flank. 

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

Page last updated 13 November, 2017