Liverpool U18 striker Layton Stewart has been in impressive form all season. The 17-year-old will be hopeful of a first-team debut in the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury next month.
His goal-scoring exploits over the weekend will have not done his chances any harm. Stewart scored three goals as the Reds U18’s beat Sunderland 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
This clash between teams at different ends of the table went exactly as expected. Barry Lewtas’ side put on a dominant display from start to finish in this routine victory. After just eight minutes the young Reds took the lead courtesy of Tom Hill. He’ll also be hopeful of more first team involvement after debuting against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
From there on out it was the Layton Stewart show. The Liverpool striker latched onto a ball over the top and scored a beautiful lobbed goal to make it 2-0 at half time. Quick out of the blocks in the second half the Reds grabbed a third goal to kill the game. A change over in possession in the Sunderland half had us through on goal. Fidel O’Rourke exchanged passes with Stewart before he tapped in his second of the day. Many more chances came and went in a dominant display. However, one-minute into stoppage time Stewart completed his hat trick. After drawing out the Sunderland goalkeeper he swept the ball over the ‘keeper and several defenders to make it 4-0.
After another man of the match display Stewart must be a serious candidate to play in the FA Cup replay next month. His hat trick against Sunderland puts him on 16 goals for the season. Nine of which have come in just 11 league games. He’s certainly got an eye for goal, which we’ll need if we hope to overcome the plucky League One side and advance further in the competition.