Kaide Gordon nets against former club in dominant end to U18s league season – Liverpool FC

The players have a knack for scoring against their former club and that’s exactly what Kaide Gordon did when he started the scoring in the Under-18’s 3-0 win over Derby.

Liverpool U18s 3-0 Derby U18s

Premier League U18, Kirkby
May 4, 2021

Goals: Gordon 9 ′, Frauendorf 45 ′, 49 ′

The first league season under Marc Bridge-Wilkinson ended on Tuesday, and the U18s ended it the same way it started, with a resounding victory.

There were some drastic changes, 11 to be exact, following their momentous victory at Anfield where they sealed a place in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, but you wouldn’t have known that from their alone performance.

A younger-than-norm side picked up where they left off in the blink of an eye to what can be expected next season with a handful of 16 in the XI.

But it was Gordon, against the club he left at the end of January, who only too quickly showed the qualities that sealed his move to Liverpool.

A coiled ball from Isaac Mabaya sent Gordon on his way down the right flank, where he drove deep into the box, pulled away from a defender and slid through the six yards before finishing cool to carry him. 1-0 before the 10 minute mark. Mark.

It was his sixth goal for the U18s in eight starts, a good start indeed for his stint in Merseyside.

And after brilliant defensive work, the Reds added their second at the dawn of half-time with Melkamu Frauendorf carving his name on the scoresheet after deflecting Tommy Pilling’s strike from outside the box.

A muted celebration spoke of his good fortune, but the attacking midfielder would leave no questions about his second shortly after the interval after cleverly putting a toe on Gordon’s coiled delivery into the box.

He came after a sustained pressure surge in the final third and while Pilling, Frauendorf and Mabaya would continue to test Derby’s defense time and time again, the score would not be added.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Tuesday May 4, 2021: Harrison Solomon (L) of Derby County challenges Melkamu Frauendorf of Liverpool in the Under-18 Premier League match between Liverpool FC 18-23 and Derby County FC Under-18's at Liverpool Academy.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe / Propaganda)

And thanks to a number of brilliant interventions from Fabian Mrozek, a clean sheet capped the performance to see the young Reds finish their league campaign in third, behind both Manchester clubs.

But the season isn’t over yet as silver remains on the cards with an FA Youth Cup semi-final against Ipswich to prepare.

Liverpool U18: Mrozek, Wilson, Bajcetic, Jonas (Hayes-Green 77 ‘), chambers (Scanlon 63’); Miles, Mabaya, McConnell; Gordon, Pilling, Frauendorf

Unused Followers: Quansah, Kelly

Next match: Ipswich (A) – FA Youth Cup Semi-Final – May 15 – TBC

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