A late goal from Oakley Cannonier saved Liverpool U18s one point after a dramatic game, with 16-year-old Bobby Clark making his competitive debut at eye level with a goal.
Nottingham Forest U18 3-3 Liverpool U18
U18 Premier League, Nottingham Forest Football Academy
September 11, 2021
Goals: Osong 21 ‘, 32’, Hammond 45; McConnell 10 ‘, Clark 45 + 4 ′, Cannonier 89 ′
After three weeks without a competitive game, Liverpool’s U18s had to be switched on quickly, as five goals and two early substitutions were recorded in the first half.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson appointed a young XI for the trip to Forest, with Bobby Clark, formerly Newcastle, making his summer debut for the club.
The home side looked more likely in the early stages before Terence Miles delivered a well-aimed cross to the back post for James McConnell to head home to make it 1-0.
Dangerous lightning bolts would follow for the Forest defense thanks to Miles, but just 22 minutes into Liverpool’s opener, the Reds fell behind when Esapa Osong emerged as a threat.
Waving the Reds’ defense aside and knocking them off, the No. 9 finished in both corners behind an unlucky Harvey Davies.
Forest’s last two goals of half came after left-back Gyimah and goalscorer McConnell were blown off the field with blows to the head, forcing Bridge-Wilkinson’s hand to change.
It resulted in 10-minute stoppage time and Clark made his debut at eye level with a goal to keep the Reds in after taking advantage of a poor defensive header with an instinctive close.
The start of the second half would be delayed by more than an hour after McConnell was rushed to the hospital as a precautionary measure for his major collision, with the ambulance having to return before restarting.
The Reds got off to a strong start in their quest for an equalizer, with Forest ‘keeper Bott asking questions to both Melkamu Frauendorf and Harvey Blair when Liverpool scored his goal.
The formidable Oakley Cannonier provided further attacking impetus as Liverpool took control of the game and after Forest fell to 10, he saved a point with his sixth goal of the season in the last minute.
Liverpool U18: Davies; Miles, Omoruyi, Bajcetic, Gyimah (Balagizi 28 ′); Stephenson, Roberts, Frauendorf; Blair (Cannonier 63), McConnell (Pilling 41 ′), Clark
Unused subs: Mrozek
Next game: AC Milan (M) – UEFA Youth League – Wednesday September 15, 1pm (BST)