The pick of the weekend’s ties came in the form of the ‘mini’ Merseyside Derby, with visitors Liverpool thrashing their neighbours 6-1 after going a goal behind. Tyler Onyango, recently called up to the England U17s squad, got the goal for the Toffees, but Fidel O’Rourke and a Layton Stewart penalty gave Liverpool the lead at half time. An own goal from Reece Welch further increased the Red’s lead, with the most notable performance coming from the in-form Jake Cain who scored the fourth, bringing his tally for the season to four goals and six assists. The other Liverpool players to find the net were Leighton Clarkson and substitute Tyler Morton, helping their team to second place in the table.
Manchester City made it six wins from seven and sit in first place after a 2-0 win over Wolves. City captain Cole Palmer won and converted a penalty, with that being his seventh goal of the season so far. Ben Knight made it 2-0 just after the hour mark to round off another win for the Citizens.
Manchester United U18s had a much better result than their first team against Newcastle on Saturday, beating them 5-2 away from home. United went 2-0 down after goals from Josh Gilchrist and Dylan Stephenson, however new signing Dillon Hoogewerf bagged himself a brace, as did Anthony Elanga. Both strikes from Elanga were from long-range and move the Swede to five goals and two assists for the season so far. Another goal from Will Fish gave United a much needed three points after no wins in four matches.
In Friday night’s game West Brom came from a goal down to beat Sunderland 2-1, who are still rock bottom of the table with no points after seven games. Finley Thorndike scored his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign for the Baggies who are now in fifth place, level on points with fourth placed Everton.
Last year’s U18s Premier League winners Derby County won 3-1 away at Blackburn Rovers, with Jack Stretton scoring a brace and Eno Nto getting the other. Sam Burns scored for Blackburn however a red card for Luke Brennan gave the home side too much to do. Derby and Blackburn now sit seventh and tenth respectively.
Stoke failed to make it four wins out of seven after drawing 1-1 with Middlesbrough. Both goals came in the first half with Boro taking the lead through a Joe Gibson penalty, however Ruben McIntosh levelled the scoring two minutes before half time to give Stoke their first draw of the campaign.
U18 Premier League North
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