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Monday 15 April 2013

Barclays U21s: Liverpool return to second

Reds up to second place in Elite Group after 2-0 win over West Brom; Fulham on course in Group 1

Liverpool's Adam Morgan in action against West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool returned to second place in the Elite Group and on course for a place in the end-of-season finals for the Barclays Under-21 Premier League with a home win against West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool 2-0 West Brom

Goals from Nacho and Conor Coady fired Liverpool to a comfortable victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Academy on Sunday.

After a goalless first half that Liverpool dominated, they took the lead in the 53rd minute, when Suso crossed to Nacho to head in his first goal of the season.

Ten minutes later the lead was doubled as Nacho this time turned provider, teeing up Coady, the captain, for a 30-yard effort that curled in. The three points returned Liverpool to second place in the Elite Group. Liverpool have 17 points, two above Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

Liverpool report | West Brom report

Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough

Fulham kept alive their hopes of topping Group 1 with a narrow win over Middlesbrough at Motspur Training Park on Thursday.

Cauley Woodrow got the only goal after 12 minutes as a side that featured many of the players who won the Dallas Cup this month edged the victory.

Kit Symons’ team have 15 points from 10 matches, three points behind leaders Everton, who have played two matches fewer. Fulham have two matches remaining.

Fulham report | Middlesbrough report

Manchester City 1-2 Newcastle United

Two late goals from Newcastle United kept up their pursuit of Group 2 leaders Reading with victory over Manchester City at Hyde FC’s Ewen Fields.

City had taken a first-half lead through Jose Angel Pozo, but the striker was later carried off with a serious-looking injury. Newcastle, who included first-team player Gabriel Obertan turned the match around in the last 13 minutes when first Alex Gillead got the equaliser before Romain Amalfitano scored the winner.

Newcastle are four points behind Reading with a match in hand and three matches remaining.

Man City report | Newcastle United report N/A

Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Reading

A towering header from defender Cian Bolger was enough for Bolton Wanderers to beat Reading, leaders of Group 2 on Thursday.

The goal came on the stroke of half-time at the Reebok Stadium and gives Bolton hope of claiming top spot and qualifying for the play-off to play in the last four.

Reading remain four points clear after 10 matches, while Newcastle United are four points behind with a match in hand. Bolton are a further three points behind after eight matches, as are Norwich City.

Bolton report | Reading report

Barclays U21 results

Elite Group
Liverpool (Nacho, Coady) 2-0 West Brom

Group 1
Fulham (Woodrow) 1-0 Middlesbrough

Group 2
Bolton Wanderers (Bolger) 1-0 Reading
Manchester City (Pozo) 1-2 Newcastle United (Gillead, Amalfitano)

Barclays U21 fixtures

Monday 15 April (7pm unless specified)

Elite Group
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (Salford City Stadium)
Southampton v West Ham United (Eastleigh FC)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal (AFC Telford United)

Group 1
Aston Villa v Chelsea (Villa Park) 7.05pm
Middlesbrough v Everton (Rockliffe Park) 1pm
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers (Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground)

Group 2
Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City (Lancashire FA)
Crystal Palace v Reading (Crystal Palace Training Ground) 2pm

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Liverpool move to second in Barclays Under-21 Premier League Elite Group with 2-0 win over West Brom
  • In Group 1, Fulham beat Middlesbrough to keep alive their hopes of winning the group
  • In Group 2, Newcastle and Bolton maintain pressure on leaders Reading

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