A free-kick from Gary O’Neill proved to be the deciding factor as the Wolves under 18s enjoyed an impressive victory over Liverpool at the weekend.
After the disappointing start to the New Year when Sunderland took the points back home after a 4-1 win at Compton, the Molineux youngsters have bounced back in style taking a point from their trip to Spurs before enjoying consecutive home victories.
Coach Sean Parrish says: “Following on from our good win against West Ham last week, we entertained a strong Liverpool side who came into the game off a back of an excellent 4-0 victory away to Histon in the FA Youth Cup.
“We had put a lot of hard work in during the week on our defensive shape, especially defending against a 4-3-3 and making sure we all understood our roles and responsibilities both in and out of possession.
“During the first half, although Liverpool had the majority of the possession, we kept a good shape and were well organised, restricting them to one or two half chances. With a bit more composure in front of goal we may have gone in ahead with Ibrahim Keita shooting narrowly wide and getting in a header that he should have worked the goalkeeper with.
“The second half was a tight affair with both teams trying to find the quality in the final third to create that bit of magic that could unlock the opposing defence. And, with under 10 minutes to go it was our team that made the breakthrough.
The Referee pulled play back when I felt an advantage should have been played in our favour but, from the resulting free kick, midfielder Gary O’Neill shot right footed and somehow managed to find a gap in the Liverpool wall to score low down to the goalkeeper’s right.
“The goal seemed to spark more life into Liverpool and we had to weather some constant late pressure, especially from their two tricky wide men, with both Ryan Rainey and Ben O’Hanlon defending well against them in one against one situations.
“The desire and commitment shown by everybody, subs included, to stop crosses or block shots was tremendous and we all must continue to show this team spirit in order to achieve more positive results and finish as high as we possibly can in our current league campaign.”