1-0 victory comes courtesy of a Conor Falls goal
- Young Terriers win at Liverpool after confident performance
- Valuable experience against a tough opponent for young Town side
- Second-half Conor Falls goal rounds off fantastic team effort
A young Huddersfield Town side put in a great, confident shift at Liverpool to come away with a 1-0 win early on Saturday afternoon.
The Young Terriers were given another tough test against a high calibre opponent and rose to the challenge, with the team featuring several of the squad that impressed in the 5-0 win at Manchester United recently.
It was an intense start to the game with both sides making chances.
Early on the Young Terriers came close when a trialist in midfield curled an effort inches over the bar.
Then, just a few minutes later, Giosue Bellagambi – one of just two Under-19 players to start the game alongside the returning Sam Sharrock-Peplow – was forced into his first save, getting down quickly to make a fine stop.
Town came the closest to opening the scoring from close range through a header from 16-year-old centre back David Adewoju following a corner, but he was unable to beat Liverpool’s ‘keeper.
The side – led by young coaches George Danaher and Oran Thompson – then then took control of proceedings and for the rest of the first half. They were impressively controlled in possession, quick to every second ball and won their battles in defence.
The only thing the first half lacked was goals, as both sides remained resilient to keep service to the attackers at a minimum.
The home side came out for the second half with intent, and immediately got on the front foot. Bellagambi was called into action on two occasions, both times making superb saves to keep the score level, whilst the Reds hit the bar with a third attempt.
However, Liverpool’s pressure gave the Young Terriers the chance to counter, and they took their chance clinically in the 58th minute.
Initially breaking down the right-hand side, the ball was switched to left back Luke Daley, and after setting himself he played a perfect ball to the back post for 16-year-old striker Conor Falls (pictured above) to bundle the ball over the line.
This opened the game up as the Young Terriers looked to kill the game off, whilst Liverpool were in search of an equaliser, and there was plenty of action as the game drew to a close.
Substitutes Evander Grubb and Michael Stone - also 16 – each gave the Liverpool ‘keeper something to deal with, and at the other end - despite a couple of late penalty shouts - Town’s defence held together to keep the ball away from Bellagambi’s goal.
The Young Terriers are in action again on Tuesday, travelling to the North West again to play Blackburn Rovers.
Town’s team (4-3-3)
Giosue Bellagambi; Luke Daley (Nassim Kherbouche, 61’), Shane Maroodza, David Adewoju, Brodie Spencer; Trialist (Sonny Whittingham, 78’), Myles Bright (Michael Stone, 59’), Donay O’Brien-Brady; Sam Sharrock-Peplow (trialist, 46’), Conor Falls (Charles Nduwuisi-Ondo, 86’), Trialist (Evander Grubb, 50’)
Conor Falls 58’
Liverpool 0-1 Huddersfield Town