Thursday 29th March
Game Day 3
The bad weather meant our three squads final group games were played on Thursday. Having won their first two games convincingly a draw would have seen our U17’s top the group. They were facing Fullerton Rangers (California). The game started with both teams looking to attack and the USA side took the lead mid-way through the first half. The Liverpool lads continued to press and created several one on ones on goal but could not convert their chances. They were punished twice via Fullerton counterattacks. Their heads never dropped and they pulled a goal back to make it 3-1, but despite piling on more pressure they couldn’t get the goals their performance deserved. A brilliant tournament performance from our youngest players and this will prepare them well for next year’s competition. They have all been fantastic on and off the pitch and made many friends.
The U18’s had performed so well leading up the tournament, really gelling as a group. Their first two games had brought a really creditable draw v FC Dallas Academy side and a win against Asces Coral Soccer Club. Facing Albion (San Diego) they started full of confidence only to concede from a sloppy set piece. The boys probed the Albion defence but found them tough to break. Albion managed to get 3-0 ahead before Nugent pulled a goal back. Still driving forward our boys then conceded a couple of goals to the counter attack before Jenkins-Burke grabbed a goal back. Credit to the Liverpool lads who never stopped fighting, never let their heads drop and were always positive. The boys earned many admirers through their brand of football, never-say-die attitude and outstanding conduct on and off the pitch.
The U19’s had started the tournament really focused and going about their business efficiently. They faced Sereno in the final group game and continued in the same positive fashion as the previous two matches. Playing with confidence and purpose the lads coasted to a 6-2 victory with Campbell, Lewis 2, Makin, Cain (pen) and Wilson scoring. Dylan Makin deserved special praise for his excellent performance.
The U19’s face the same opponents in the 1/4 finals on Friday.