The Liverpool side was made up their U18 development squad and Neil Critchley’s youngsters were too strong for an understrength home side. After the disappointment of bowing out of the Europa League to KR Reykjavik on Thursday, City boss John Caulfield gave a few of his fringe players along with a few trialists and U19s a chance to impress.
City did have new signing Steven Beattie in the side, but not many impressed as Liverpool were by far the better side throughout and it would have been much more only for the superb performance of Alan Smith in the City goal. The impressive Bobby Adekanye set up Portugese youngster Gomes to fire the Reds in front after 14 minutes. Critchley played an entirely different 11 for the second half and Dhanda added the second 20 minutes from time.
Smith (O’Brian, 71), Saki (Coleman, 62), McSweeney, McCarthy, Murphy (Gill, 57), Kearney (Taylor, 75), Holohan, Beattie (O’Connell 62), Black (Donnellan, 45), Lehane (Morrissey 35), Mohamed (Ellis, 62).
Wheeler, Lewis, Owens, Parker, Whelan, Kane, Nicholas, Woodburn, Gomes, Garton, Adekanye.
Kelleher, Coyle, Masterson, Johnston, Dobie, Alexander-Arnold, Simmonds, Watts, Ahearne, Brewster, Dianda.
Anthony Buttimer (Cork)