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20 February 2020

Collin Quaner back in action when Town’s EDT team take on Liverpool FC

- Town’s EDT team face Liverpool FC on Friday 21 February 2020
- First Team’s Collin Quaner will be part of the action
- Supporters can watch the fixture at Liverpool FC’s Academy

Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner is excited to be part of the action when Town’s Elite Development Team take on Liverpool in the Premier League Cup.

Collin has been out of action since the early stages of the season due to injury.

Following surgery and a steady recovery process, Quaner has been back on the grass with the First Team, something he admits has been a long time coming.

“It’s definitely been a very long time!

“I was focusing on getting back to full fitness, so it feels really good to be back on the grass and get some proper training in.

“It’ll take a bit of adjusting, but that’s purely because my body needs to get used to it again and adapt to being back on a training schedule.”

The 28-year-old will get the opportunity to play some minutes when Town’s Elite Development Team take on Liverpool FC in the group stage of the Premier League Cup.

“I’m looking forward to getting some minutes under my belt against Liverpool.

“The Premier League Cup is high quality football and it’s a great opportunity for me to get involved.

“I enjoy playing with the younger lads, I think they look up to me a bit so it’s great fun and I think the circumstances are going to be brilliant.

“I’ve heard the pitch is very good quality, everything’s set up to have a good game.”

The Premier League Cup is a competition for Under-23 players, although clubs are permitted to play three overage outfielders and an overage goalkeeper if they choose.

Danny Schofield’s side will be after a win on Friday to give them a chance of qualifying to the next round. Their last game in the Cup in was a 2-1 loss to Sunderland – their first loss of the group stages.

Meanwhile opponents Liverpool FC go into the game off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Wigan.

The two sides last met at the John Smith’s Stadium in December, leaving with a point each after a 1-1 draw.

The game will take place at Liverpool FC’s Academy (L33 7ED), kicking off at 7pm. Supporters can attend for FREE!

If you can’t attend the game you’ll be able to follow live match updates on the Academy Twitter @htafcacademy.

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21 February 2020

Town’s youngsters beaten in latest Premier League Cup outing

- Liverpool FC beat Town’s Elite Development Team in the Premier League Cup
- Collin Quaner played 45 minutes as he comes back from injury
- Young Terriers created a number of chances in the second half

Huddersfield Town’s Elite Development Team’s penultimate Premier League Cup game ended in a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool FC despite spirited performance from Danny Schofield’s side.

The Young Terriers were undone by goals from Liam Millar and Sepp Van Den Berg inside the opening half-an-hour but showed a good mentality to create a number of second-half chances that, on another night, could have earned them at least a point.

Despite their positive display it was Liverpool FC who notched the final goal of the evening courtesy of substitute Joe Hardy.

One positive for Town was the inclusion of Collin Quaner following a long-term injury lay-off. The forward came through the opening 45 minutes unscathed, before being replaced by Jaheim Headley at the break.

Liverpool FC began the game in the ascendancy and created the game’s first opportunity inside five minutes. An excellent ball in behind the Town defence located the run of Jack Bearne, whose touch almost took it round Bellagambi but Town’s ‘keeper got down at full stretch to thwart him.

The home side continued to press the Young Terriers relentlessly high up the pitch, however Schofield’s side refused to shy away from their principles. Mustapha Olagunju’s back-pass did not have enough on it, which allowed Millar to pounce and prod home.

Town defended resolutely following the opener but were undone via a set-piece just after the half hour mark to double Liverpool FC’s advantage. Bellagambi’s punch landed only at the feet of Van Den Berg, who slotted the ball calmly into the corner.

Demeaco Duhaney provided a useful outlet down the right-hand side and fashioned Town’s first opening when his cross almost found the head of Rekeil Pyke, but Caoimhin Kelleher got there first to punch clear and away from danger.

Duhaney was involved in the Town attack once again moments later and was inches away from halving the deficit. He played an intricate one-two with Matty Daly inside the area but stroked his first-time effort agonisingly wide of the far-post.

Despite Liverpool FC’s early second half pressure, the Young Terriers posed a threat of their own on the counter attack. Substitute Kieran Phillips latched onto an excellent pass by Daly and attempted to cut the ball back to Headley, who saw his effort well blocked.

Schofield’s side created another opportunity to get back into it midway through the second half. Some neat interplay involving Josh Austerfield and Headley resulted in the latter laying the ball back to the unmarked Scott High. Unfortunately for Town, his effort rolled just wide.

The Young Terriers refused to roll over and showed their character as chances began to arrive more regularly. Some excellent pressing from Phillips saw him dispossess Kelleher inside the area. As the on-loan Everton striker attempted to prod the ball into the empty net, he appeared to be dragged down by the Liverpool FC ‘keeper, but the referee waved away the penalty appeals.

The hosts then rounded off the scoring in stoppage time when Hardy was first to pounce on a Bellagambi save to slot home a third goal of the evening.

Huddersfield Town’s EDT (4-2-3-1)

Giosue Bellagambi; Jaden Brown, Mustapha Olagunju, Loick Ayina, Demeaco Duhaney; Josh Austerfield, Scott High (C); Collin Quaner (Jaheim Headley, 46’), Matty Daly, Will McCamley (Patrick Jones, 69’); Rekeil Pyke (Kieran Phillips, 46’)

Unused subs

Luke Mewitt, Ilounga Pata

Final score

Liverpool FC Under-23s 3-0 Huddersfield Town EDT

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