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LIVERPOOL RES 3 Tranmere Res 0

Report by Alan Kayll at the Academy


Scorer(s) - Lauri Dalla Valle, David Amoo, O.G.

Half Time – 1-0

Venue – The Academy

Date - Wed Mar 10 2010

Star Man – Jay Spearing













Liverpool Reserves finally got some playing time under their belt on a cold but sunny afternoon at the Academy. Ressies boss John McMahon was forced into a late change today with the news that Stephen Darby had agreed a loan move to Swindon Town until May. The deal is expected to be concluded on Friday barring no major injuries to the first team tomorrow night, a delighted Darby left this game midway through the 2nd half to travel down to Swindon to conclude the formalities.


The Liverpool squad were also buoyed by the news that Brazilian flop Vita Flora had returned to Brazil after an easily forgettable two year stint at the club.


Liverpool were up against a former player in Charlie Barnett who was back in familiar surroundings having grown up at Liverpool's Academy and won two FA Youth cups with the club. It looks as though first team action for Tranmere has boosted his physique. Rovers had intended to field a very strong side for this game, but those plans were dashed by a bug that has hit their camp the last few days.


Just before kick off the arrival of a relaxed and smiling Rafael Benitez was a boost for the young lads, who will have been eager to impress the boss.


The game was evenly matched early on with both sides looking to get the ball down and play football. The talented Jay Spearing was pulling most of the strings for the reds, and there was a significant moment in the game after 23 minutes when a weak Nikola Saric effort was easily saved by the Rovers keeper on his line. It must have been a huge relief to Rafael Benitez to finally see a Liverpool side have a shot on target after 130 minutes of football.


Liverpool were spreading some good balls from right to left with Ayala finding Mavinga on more than one occasion, Mavinga looks a promising player, he has the same build and look of Djimi Traore but thankfully he does not have the same touch as the former European Cup winner. Unlike Djimi, his second touch isn't a tackle.


Liverpool deservedly took the lead after 42 mins when good work by Kacaniklic found Amoo. His shot was saved but Della Valle squeezed it in from a very tight angle. The Finn may not be blessed with the greatest pace, but he certainly makes up for it with an eye for a goal and great intelligence. Very good prospect is Dalla Valle.


The 2nd half brought a change for Liverpool, as on came Gerardo Bruna for Saric. Bruna has been out for several months through injury, but is back to full fitness now. Within 3 minutes Tranmere were reduced to 10 men when Creswell was sent off for an over the top tackle on the hairband wearing Steven Irwin.


David Amoo was pushed into an attacking midfield role behind Dalla Valle, whilst Bruna moved to the right. Amoo was starting to cause Tranmere problems with a series of strong attacking runs into the Rovers box. He got his reward after 70 mins when he struck a side footed shot past the keeper.


It was a competitive fixture with plenty of strong challenges going in. A few tough but fair Charlie Barnett tackles left the Mohican sporting Damian Plessis rolling around the surface. As if he hasn't been standing out enough for his stinking performances, he's now drawing more attention to himself with a daft haircut.


Liverpool made their second change when Francisco Duran replaced the impressive Mavinga after 73 mins, this prompted Rafael Benitez and backroom staff to leave the Academy for the short journey to Liverpool airport to catch their flight to Lille.


The third and final change came in the 77th minute when Nikolaj Kohlert replaced David Amoo. The final goal came courtesy of a Tranmere og when a Dalla Valle snap shot was turned into his own net by the centre half. With three minutes remaining Liverpool should have made it 4-0 when Ayala headed back to Dalla Valle, but he missed from 5 yards out with an open goal in front of him.




Team: Gulacsi; Irwin,Ayala, Palsson, Mavinga (Duran); Amoo (Kholert), Spearing, Plessis, Kacaniklic; Saric (Bruna), Dalla Valle:

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