West Brom U18s hammer Liverpool after netting SIX goals in 29 minutes
West Bromwich Albion’s under 18 side blew away their Liverpool counterparts in a 39-minute first half goal frenzy as they closed the gap at the top of the U18 Premier League table.
The Baggies, managed by Peter Gilbert who took the role as part of the academy’s recent restructure, found themselves SIX goals to the good comfortably before half time, thanks in no small part to Jovan Malcolm, who netted four strikes in the space of 23 minutes – including two goals in as many minutes.
Alex Gilbert chipped in with a further effort before Albion’s sixth – which eventually went down as an own goal by 16-year-old Reds goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski – arrived in the 39th minute.
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The visitors, who in second place sit two places and three points above Albion, pulled one back in first half stoppage time through Thomas Hill.
Liverpool came out in the second half with the intention of having a go in the hope that they could claw the chasm of a deficit back even further, and they did so through Conor Bradley with a quarter of the match to go.
Central midfielder Hill did find the net to double his own personal tally in the latter stages, but Albion – who are fourth – had put the game and the points comfortably out of their prestigious guests’ reach in the first period.
With Liverpool’s fixture pile-up, and their arrangement to play both the Carabao Cup quarter final meeting with Aston Villa and their first tie of the Club World Cup in Qatar within 24 hours of each other, there’s a good chance that first-team boss Jurgen Klopp could look to his academy to help cover all bases amid an extremely busy schedule.
Albion, meanwhile, travel to visit their Leicester City counterparts in the Premier League Cup next Saturday, before they then tackle Manchester United in a league and cup double header before the arrival of December.