Home | 24 July 2016
A sell-out crowd watched as Rhyl took on Liverpool in an entertaining friendly match at the Corbett Sports Stadium.
The visitor’s side featured many stars of the future including the dynamic Wales international, Harry Wilson who opened the scoring in a 1-4 victory for the Merseyside giants.
The Lilywhites grew into the game and grabbed a second half consolation goal in a game with plenty of positives and encouraging signs as the Welsh Premier season looms.
The young Liverpool side were quick out of the blocks and immediately forced Mike Askew into an early save as the Rhyl keeper had to be alert to palm away a Lloyd Jones header.
Ryan Kent was unlucky to hit the bar with a deflected shot before Harry Wilson gave Liverpool the lead on 15 minutes with a crisp volley that nestled in the bottom corner.
Liverpool remained on top and soon extended their lead after Matt Virtue had hit the post with a long drive, Brooks Lennon made no mistake as he powered in a close range header from a Juanna cross.
The visitors intensity did not let up and took a 3-0 lead just past the 30 minute mark when Ryan Kent rounded Askew to slot the ball past the defender on the line.
The second half saw a number of substitutions from both sides as the game lost some of the flow it had displayed earlier.
The young Liverpool side continued to create chances however as Rory Crowther had to save well from Toni Gomes and Dan Collins cleared off the line to deny the visitors a fourth.
Rhyl grew into the game as the half went on and registered their first shot on goal around the hour mark with Alvarado’s shot from range being comfortably saved by Kelleher after a mix up in the Liverpool defence.
Despite the Lilywhites offering more competition in the second half, Liverpool did grab their fourth when Sam Hart drilled in a low shot into the bottom corner after a great run and cross from Joe Maguire.
Rhyl continued to work tirelessly as the half wore on and got their deserved reward with a consolation goal when Webb (trialist) beat the offside trap and slammed the ball past Kelleher only ten minutes before time.
Both sides remained competitive in the final minutes but without the same energy and intensity that the game had exhibited for long periods and the game ended with a 1-4 win to the Reds.
Rhyl Line Up:
Michael Askew, Kieran Hilditch, Tom Hartley, Stefan Halewood, Paul James, James Bell, Jack Abraham, Zyaac Edwards, Jordan Miller, Jack Roberts, Kristian Pierce
Subs : Rory Crowther, Jamie Brewerton, Dan Collins, Jamie Whitehouse, Aaron Simpson, Alex Jones, Trialist, Rob Hughes, Ryan Hughes, Andreas Alvarado
Liverpool Under 23's:
Caoimhin Kelleher, Corey Whelan, Juanna, Tom Brewitt, Lloyd Jones, Matt Virtue, Harry Wilson, Adam Phillips, Brooke Lennon, Jack Dunn, Ryan Kent
Subs Sam Hart, Andy Firth, Toni Gomes, Herbie Kane, Jordan Williams, Joe Maguire, Nathan Phillips, Kane Lewis
Match photo's courtesy of www.chestertonphotography.co.uk