Conor Bradley was the hero as Liverpool U18’s beat Stoke City on Saturday morning.
The 16-year-old midfielder secured a 2-1 comeback win for the young Reds.
Barry Lewtas’ side continue to chase down league leaders Manchester City.
The points gap remains at five, although the Reds have played one game fewer.
Liverpool U18’s endured the worst imaginable at Clayton Wood, in Stoke-on-Trent. The hosts took an early lead with just 61 seconds on the clock. The Reds fell behind by way of an early set piece. Stoke lifted the ball into the box and it was headed back across goal for Andre Godfrinne to tap home for 1-0.
After some back and forth in the first half, Liverpool eventually levelled the scoring. Layton Stewart continued his fine form to get the Reds back in the game. It was Tyler Morton who made the goal with a brilliant ball that sliced the Stoke back line apart. Stewart expertly finished with a brilliant chip over home goalkeeper Nathan Broome.
The second half played out much like the first. Both teams had chances. Both teams missed chances. The game had looked destined for a draw with just four minutes remaining. Morton was once again the architect. This time his assist came from a dead-ball situation. His lovely ball into the box was met by Bradley who headed home to put Liverpool into the lead with after 86 minutes on the clock. The young Reds held on for the win, which is their third on the bounce.
Lewtas and co will hope to make it four in a row when they face Manchester United U18’s next Saturday.