Morgan 14mins & 62mins, Pacheco 70mins
- Match reports
- 19 October 2012 15:55
- Posted by Mark Booth
A quick-fire second half double was enough to seal a 3-1 win for table-topping Liverpool.
Attilio Lombardo’s team were coming up against National Group 3’s only unbeaten record so were fully aware of the difficult task ahead of them under Friday afternoon’s pale Hyde sunshine.
With the talismanic Denis Suarez missing due to the injury sustained against Wolves last time out, French midfielder Olivier Ntcham stepped in to make his first start in a solid midfield three alongside George Evans and Adam Drury.
Most of City’s joy came from down the left in the early exchanges, with Jeremy Helan’s bombing raids forward overloading visiting right-back Ryan McLaughlin.
It was from this area after four minutes that Scapuzzi combined with Helan and found some space but his cross was just about scrambled away by the Liverpool back four.
Big Michael Ngoo, such a handful for City EDS in the 2-2 draw in September, proved to be so again, with the huge striker as dangerous on the ground as in the air.
Belgian central defender Mathias Bossaerts was making his City debut alongside Kieran Kennedy in defence and the pair were accomplished in forcing Ngoo out to the channels on every occasion except for in the 14th minute.
That time, Ngoo muscled his way in on goal from a high clearance and despite the best efforts of Eirik Johansen, the ball broke for Adam Morgan to slot home and give the visitors the lead.
In their September draw, Liverpool twice recovered from going from behind to level, this time, in the 25th minute, it was City’s turn.
Scapuzzi’s name will go on the scoresheet but this goal was all about Marcos Lopes, who wriggled free from his marker’s shackles, slid a beautiful through ball into Hiwula’s path and when his shot was deflected onto the post, the Italian was on hand to tap home from close range.
City fell behind after 62 minutes when Pacheco intricately worked the ball on to Adam Morgan who tapped home on the far post.
Liverpool extended their lead eight minutes later when Pacheco’s cross/shot took Johansen by surprise and found its way into the back of the net.
A bad day got worse with 15 minutes remaining when Shay Facey was stretchered off after 80 minutes, the full-back is due to link up with England U18s next week so will be hoping the measures taken by the concerned-looking medical staff were precautionary.
City EDS are next in action away at Middlesbrough next Friday afternoon.