Youth Watch: Liam McAlinden scores a hat-trick against Forest
Our Academy Under 18′ team stood against Nottingham Forest Saturday, and they did well.
Forest probably didn’t know what hit them when Northern Ireland international Jonny Gorman scored from just outside of the box after only five minutes.
But that was a wake up call for Forest and they equalised from a corner by Jamaal Lascelles. Some minutes later Louis Harris scored to make Wolves take the lead once again.
But before halftime Forest player Patrick Bamford scored from the spot after Wolves conceded a penalty.
Manager Thelwell and coach Halsall must have had a very inspiring talk with the Wolves youngsters at tea time and Northern Ireland Under 19 international Liam McAlinden must have listened extra intense to their words, because he responded with a real hat-trick in the second half of the game.
He started his scoring after five minutes gone of the second half and continued scoring a goal in the 53rd minute. I don’t know how he scored the goals – I can’t find any records of that.
The Academy Manager in Forest, Nick Marshall, said that a couple of the goals was due to individual mistakes and bad defence all over the pitch. But that does not take anything away from the achievement of Liam McAlinden, of course.
Forest managed to pull one back when ten minutes were left of the game, but Wolves responded well and McAlinden completed his hat-trick in second half by scoring his and Wolves last goal just before stoppage time.
Liam will now travel to train with Northern Ireland Under 19’s and hopefully play two games against Iceland away in about a week. He played for the Under 17′ last season, and scored (pic).
Not only the manager of Forest was disappointed about their teams poor defending after the match. Thelwell and Halsall also said that Wolves youngsters needs to learn to defend better.
Five goals against three says something about that, of course, but a win is a win and I congratulate the Wolves Under 18’s to that.
I’m sorry that I can’t publish the team line-up for this match. Many football clubs prefer not to publish the line-ups of their teams when it comes to youth players, I suppose it’s because the extra stress moment involved with the media attention.
There will come a time soon enough when most of these youngsters will get more than enough of that kind of attention. I can understand such a policy, but on the other hand it would be nice to know who is on the pitch. Sorry that I can’t give you that information in each and every game.