Spurs v Liverpool Reserves match reports
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|03.09.2022||A 3-0 half-time lead disappeared as Liverpool Under-21s staged a comeback against Spurs at Stevenage FC.
Spurs almost took the lead inside 20 seconds from kicking off. Jamie Donley and Yago Santiago worked a move on the left and Santiago got into the left side of the box before sliding a shot past the keeper, but also narrowly wide of the far post. It didn’t take much longer for Spurs to find the net, with Quansah’s loose control to Ashcroft’s long ball allowed Donley pinching the ball off the defender and from the left slide a ball across the penalty area for Romaine Mundle to side-foot the ball past the Liverpool keeper from just inside the box.
Spurs had a let off when Matthew Craig’s clearance fell for Dominic Corness to fire a fine volley against the bar from 25 yards out, but Craig’s perceptive pass up the right wing sent Santiago away to out-pace the defence and then find the net with a shot that went over the keeper as he went down from a narrow angle to make it 2-0 with 42 minutes gone. It was two minutes later that Roshaun Mathurin, close to the left touchline halfway inside his own half played a ball forward that Jonas sliced behind him, allowing Santiago to use his speed to race away again and he took the ball around the keeper’s left hand side to slip the ball into the goal as Jonas tried desperately to recover his mistake.
Harvey White was substituted at half-time and seven minutes into the second half, Charlie Sayers had to be taken off with a facial injury after a challenge from Norris. With the changes, Liverpool seized the initiative, with a goal coming just after Sayers‘ substitution. From the restart with a drop ball to Liverpool on their right wing, the ball was lobbed into the box, cleared and Mundle was tripped on the edge of the Spurs box. The referee played on and Maguire did well to keep out Chambers’ first shot with his foot, but the Liverpool defender got to the ball to shoot past the Spurs keeper from the left of centre, just inside the area to make it 3-1 in the 52nd minute.
The Reds hit the woodwork again, with Corness picking up the ball from a Spurs throw-in and bursting forward on the left into the penalty area before sending a shot against the far post that bounced out. After the ball ricocheted around the edge of the Tottenham box following a Liverpool attack, it fell kindly for Woltman to curl a low shot past Maguire to pull the score back to 3-2 with 69 minutes on the clock.
Maguire made a fine stop at his near post to deny Woltman a second goal, but he was helpless when the ball was worked to the Liverpool right in the 77th minute and Harvey Blair got into the area to score from a narrow angle with a powerful shot, similar to Santiago’s first goal. There was still time for Stewart to have a goal disallowed for offside, Mathurin to fire a free-kick from outside of the box just wide of the angle of the Liverpool goal and Williams only just failed to convert Santiago’s cross after he left a defender running in treacle as the striker diverted the ball wide of the far post. Then a corner was headed up into the air and Nile John ran onto it in the area, but pulled his volley wide. Blair had an injury time chance, but dragged the ball wide and the game ended 3-3.
It was highly disappointing to let the big lead slip, but the changes affected Spurs and the visitors took advantage to salvage a point.