Zele Ismail stretchered off after an hour as Wolves lost to Liverpool

When it was announced that Wolves had been drawn against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup the feelings about it were both positive and negative. Coach Thelwell said to the official site:

It will be a great experience for the lads to play at Anfield. It will provide a memorable occasion for our young players. We have had some very tight matches with Liverpool recently and I am sure this will be no different. It couldn’t be a harder draw but we will go there in a positive frame of mind.’’




And it sure was a hard fought game tonight at Anfield for the Wolves youngsters. Mick McCarthy and Jez Moxey was at the stands together with former Wolves player Paul Ince who had a personal stake in the game as his son Tom plays for the Mersey side.

And it was Pauls son who produced the first danger for the Wolves defence as he went clear on the left, but his shot went wide and East in the Wolves goal could rest easy for a while. But Ince came back five minutes later but that time Parsonage could clear the ball.

After about twenty minutes McAlinden had a free that Ebanks-Landell and Parsonage almost got at the end of and a couple of minutes later Mendez-Laing played Spray in and he hits a good shot across goal which the Liverpool keeper turned around the post.

Five minutes later came Liverpools best chance so far when their full back Flanagan advanced and played a neat one-two before finding himself clean through. But East stood firm and managed to divert the shot over the crossbar.

But Wolves had a chance of their own only a couple of minutes later when Mendez-Laing and Rooney passed the ball between them. The ball was worked to Spray whose fierce rising drive only just cleared post and bar.

But in the 35th minute Tom Ince broke through on the left again and this time he made no mistake with the shot and the ball got past East and into the net. 1-0 to the home team.

Just before half time Spray sent a ball from the left into the area and McAlinden was not far from reaching it, but Wolves are down with one goal after the first half.

The second half starts with a shot from Ngoo and he almost managed to kill off the match. The ball went slightly wide, though. Just a minute later Adorjan of Liverpool took a shot that went over the crossbar.

After ten minutes of the half Ismail sent in a ball from the right that reached to Maindez-Laing at the post, but his shot was blocked.

A minute later Liverpools Hungarian dangerman Adorjan had a run and broke into the area and side footed the ball home. 2-0 to Liverpool.

After the hour the play got a little bit rougher with tackles and yellow cards as a consequence. After 65 minutes a fair tackle from Robinson on Ismail left the Wolves winger lying in agony on the turf. The Wolves physio went on to treat him but immediately signaled that a change was required. The winger was stretchered off to be replaced by Landell.

In the 77th minute Landell fired just over after a good pass from Mendez-Laing. And that was a start for several chances for Wolves by the cooperation of Landell and Mendez-Laing and they were very close to a Wolves goal.

But the match ended a disappointing 2-0 win for Liverpool.

(A link to a video from the game can be found in the right sidebar under ‘Videos’)

Wolves Under-18s: East, Metcalf, Reckord, Rooney, Parsonage, Ebanks-Landell, Mendez-Laing, Price, Spray, McAlinden, Ismail (Landell 67). Subs: McCone, Rodgers, Harris, Cranston.

Liverpool Under-18s: Chamberlain, Flanagan, Robinson, Wisdom, McGiveron, Coady, Buchtmann, Roberts, Ngoo, Adorjan (Pepper 84), Ince. Subs: Sama, Jacob, Roddan, Morgan.


~ by paddytheflea on November 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “Zele Ismail stretchered off after an hour as Wolves lost to Liverpool”

  1. If zele is the next 100m player, then maybe Mick should throw caution to the wind and play him?

    Maybe he could keep us up! When teams stay up, it is usually someone who is the main man in keeping them up!

  2. […] Cup game away at Anfield, Monday. Wolves lost to Liverpool with 2-0 after playing well (see article HERE and […]

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