Les U18 de Liverpool ont souffert du chagrin de la FA Youth Cup en étant battus 2-1 par Aston Villa lors de la finale de lundi soir. </p><div> <p>Villa a pris une avance de deux buts en moins de 12 minutes grâce à Ben Chrisene et Brad Young, et a continué à garder les Reds à distance pendant une grande partie de la pièce maîtresse de la prestigieuse compétition.
Mateusz Musialowski and Max Woltman had the opportunity to bring Liverpool back to a level playing field, while the home side twice hit the woodwork.
Substitute Melkamu Frauendorf put on a fascinating final when his volley was deflected into the net by Seb Revan with 17 minutes remaining.
But Villa’s opening salvo proved enough to clinch the trophy as Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side fell to the last hurdle after a great run in the tournament this season.
An equal start at Villa Park, where several thousand home fans were present, gave way to a decisive double blow from the hosts.
The final was only seven minutes old when Arjan Raikhy burst towards the sideline, turned and guided a precise pass to the center for Chrisene, who took one touch to control and another to crush a low shot in the legs. by Billy Koumetio in the lower right corner.
Villa sensed an opportunity to bombard the recovering Reds and Young slipped into space in the left channel, but sent a direct effort to Harvey Davies from a narrower angle.
The same man was celebrating in a minute, however.
Young fell inside Liverpool’s area under Koumetio’s attention and, although the contact seemed accidental, the referee awarded a penalty which the No.9 Villa sent with a jump and side foot. .
The Reds might have equalized in a quarter of an hour as James Balagizi grabbed the ball at the edge of the opponent’s box. He was blocked by the goalkeeper but the loose ball came out to Musialowski, who lifted his net drive too high.
Villa’s fierce pace continued to carve out great chances, however.
Young’s point blank shot at the turn glanced outside the right post after carrying the ball around James Norris and Davies, only a brave block from Koumetio turned Louie Barry down, and Chrisene went on to hit the same part of the goal frame.
Villa right-back Kaine Kesler-Hayden whistled a hit at the far post and Musialowski sent the ball back into the stands from a decent position 20 yards away as the break came in with the score 2-0.
Bridge-Wilkinson responded by presenting Frauendorf at the start of the second half, in place of Dominic Corness.
And the replacement almost made an immediate impact, beating his man down the right flank and crisscrossing the area for Woltman. The first strike of No. 9 drifted widely.
Norris had to make a timely intervention to stop Barry from serving as a keeper for Young, before Davies thwarted Young, Carney Chukwuemeka and Barry in quick succession.
On time, Liverpool were relieved to see Young slip a harmless shot after Chukwuemeka dribbled dangerously along the touchline and the ball came into the box.
Davies fought off another blast from the relentless Young and it proved to be an especially big stop when the Reds ringed the other end moments later.
Tyler Morton’s deep corner kick from the right came to Frauendorf, who showed the strength to hold his marker and connected cleanly with a volley in the right corner that was pushed through the line by Revan .
The hosts rallied and Davies vitally turned them down once again as Barry’s pass inside the zone invited Aaron Ramsey to strike on goal from a few yards away.
Liverpool mounted increasing pressure on Villa’s goal as time passed and a late chance fell on Musialowski in the box, only for Sil Swinkels to block the striker’s shot.
Jarell Quansah also sent a stopper straight to the goalkeeper, meaning Villa held on and was crowned the winner of the 2020-21 Youth Cup.
Liverpool: Davies, Bradley, Norris, Quansah, Koumetio, Stephenson, Corness (Frauendorf, 46), Morton, Woltman, Balagizi, Musialowski.
Unused substitutes: Jonas, Mrozek, Wilson, Chambers, Mabaya, Bajcetic.