Friday, August 02, 2013

Shoot-Out Glory For 10-Man Reds

Liverpool U17s are through to the final of the premier Milk Cup Globe after winning a tense penalty shoot-out against Brazilian side Corinthians.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw in normal time. Harry Wilson gave them the lead from the penalty spot on 27 minutes after he was fouled inside the area.

Shortly after the interval, however, full-back Sam Hart was shown a straight red card for a challenge out near the left touchline and Mike Garrity's team were forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the semi-final.

They showed a huge amount of discipline to keep the Brazilians at bay for most of the second half, but their defence was eventually breached by a fine passing move, which was finished coolly by Miullen Natha with 15 minutes to go.

No extra-time was played and it was straight to penalties. Pedro Chirivella, Tom Brewitt and Louis Robles all converted for the Reds, but Adam Phillips and Dave Roberts missed theirs, so the shoot-out went to sudden death.

Wilson stepped up to send the 'keeper the wrong way and edge the Reds in front, before Pablo Victor Pires cannoned his effort against the crossbar, meaning Liverpool won 4-3 in the shoot-out.

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