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Liverpool edge out valiant Port Vale in the FA Youth Cup

[Photo by Nick Taylor]

Michael Laffey scored the only goal of the game as Liverpool secured their place in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 1-0 win against Port Vale.

Liverpool came into the game after four consecutive defeats in the league and were dominated in large spells of the match.

This was Port Vale’s first appearance in the FA Youth Cup for 10 years and they were impressive against a Liverpool side who had the likes of Bobby Clark in the starting 11. Clark has made one first team appearance for the Reds this season.

First half

Liverpool almost made the perfect start to the game as Laffey was put through by Jayden Danns, however Laffey was unable to apply the finishing touch only 40 seconds into game.

Port Vale then came closest to the opener five minutes into the game, as the captain James Plant went round the Liverpool goalkeeper Luke Hewitson, but his shot was cleared off the line by the Spanish centre back Wellity Lucky.

After 19 minutes, Liverpool broke the deadlock after a searching ball from Euan Roberts was misjudged by the Port Vale goalkeeper Reuben Perry, leaving an empty net for Laffey to calmly slot home.

Port Vale dominated large spells of the game in the first-half. Plant dictated the game in midfield for the Valiants and came close to equalising on the stroke of half-time when he was put in behind by Eli Fisher. However, Plant was denied by a smart save from Hewitson eight yards out to ensure that Liverpool went in ahead at the break.

Second Half

A minute after the interval Port Vale hit the post through the right-back Ben Lomax, who got onto the end of a Tommy McDermott cross, but he was unable to fire the ball home.

Lomax provided a constant threat down the right-hand side in the second half. He whipped a ball into Plant, whose header forced Hewitson into another save on the hour mark.

Jack Shorrock’s cross found Che Trapasso in the 84th minute, but Callum Scanlon was there to brilliantly deny the Port Vale forward from six yards out.

Port Vale applied late pressure and deserved at least extra time, but Liverpool were able to see out a 1-0 win to book their place in the next round.

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