Liverpool FC Academy: David Amoo earns point in six-goal thriller
DAVID AMOO'S equaliser completed a fine fightback as Liverpool under-18s came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Despite taking the lead, Hugh McAuley's team looked to be heading for a second successive FA Premier Academy League defeat to Yorkshire opposition. But they showed their resilience to claim a point.
Karl Clare opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a cool finish for his first goal for the U18s after Adam Pepper's through-ball had sent him through.
But two minutes later Huddersfield equalised from a ball into the near post. Just before the break they went ahead through a free-kick. And they made it 3-1 early in the second half, following a long clearance that deceived centre-back Joe Kennedy and gave the home striker the chance to score.
After bringing on Lauri Dalla Valle and Nathan Eccleston, Liverpool hit back. Kennedy made it a one-goal game when he headed in from a free-kick. Then Amoo levelled, firing in from close range.
Liverpool could even have won the match but Eccleston shot over two minutes from time.
McAuley said: "We had a very young team out again, which is good because it gives them a chance to play and do well. It wasn't a particularly good game because of the weather. It was very blowy but the boys worked hard."
Liverpool will try to get back to winning ways against Stoke City at the Kirkby Academy this Saturday (kick-off 11am) to provide a boost before the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final at Birmingham on April 16.
Michael Scott and Shane O'Connor are set to leave Liverpool, while Astrit Adjarevic has gone to Leicester City on loan until the end of the season with the view to a permanent switch. James Ellison is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a back problem.
Tom Ince should be back after featuring for England U17s in their European Championships qualifying four-team tournament.
LIVERPOOL UNDER-18s: Chamberlain; Flanagan (McGiveron 75), Coady, Kennedy, Robinson; Clare (Dalla Valle 65), Wisdom, Pepper, Buchtmann; Amoo, Cooper (Eccleston 75). Sub: Duyan.