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Tuesday 19 March 2013

Barclays U21s: Liverpool keep up the chase

Victory away to Wolves keeps the top three in the Elite Group tight

Reading's Alex McCarthy returned to goal after four months out

Wolves 1-2 Liverpool

A goal from Jack Dunn on his debut in the Barclays Under-21s Premier League handed Liverpool a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Telford last night to keep them in the chase with the top two sides in the Elite Group.

Alex Inglethorpe’s team had gone a goal down within two minutes of the start through Robbie Parry but a penalty from Conor Coady, after Ryan McLaughlin had been fouled, sent the sides in level at the break.

Shortly after spurning an opportunity to score after the break, Dunn, having been played in by Nacho, claimed the three points for Liverpool to leave them a point behind Manchester United and five behind Tottenham Hotspur, all having played eight times.

The top three in the Elite Group go through to the semi-finals (see here)

Wolves report | Liverpool report

Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City

Two goals from John Guidetti were not enough to prevent Manchester City from losing to Norwich City in Group 2 at Colney Training Centre.

Norwich, who fielded first-team players Luciano Becchio and Ryan Bennett, were in the ascendancy in the first half and a brace from Jacob Murphy gave them a 2-0 lead after 34 minutes.

Guidetti pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time and levelled proceedings nine minutes after the interval, but an own goal from George Evans helped Norwich seal victory with just six minutes to go.

The win is Norwich’s fourth of the second phase, and they moved to within a point of Reading.

Norwich report | Manchester City report

Reading 1-1 Newcastle United

Reading’s hopes of maintaining a three-point lead atop Group 2 were hit by a Dan Gosling goal for Newcastle United. After a goalless first half Aaron Tshibola put the home side ahead. Alex McCarthy was making his first appearance for Reading in goal for four months after injury and after saving from Adam Campbell, could not prevent Gosling heading in the equaliser.

Reading report | Newcastle report

Bolton 0-2 Stoke

Stoke City ended their five-match losing streak with two second-half goals against Bolton Wanderers at Lancashire FA. Strikes from Ben Heneghan and Lucas Dawson, who set up the first, were enough to claim a first win of the second phase against a strong Bolton side who included Stuart Holden and Matt Mills.

Bolton report | Stoke report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results  

Monday 18 March
Elite Group

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Parry) 1-2 Liverpool (Coady pen, Dunn)

Group 2
Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Stoke City (Heneghan, Dawson)
Norwich City (Jacob Murphy 2, Evans og) 3-2 Man City (Guidetti 2)
Reading (Tshibola) 1-1 Newcastle United (Gosling)

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 maintain their chase of the top two in the Elite Group by beating Wolves 2-1
  • Two goals from John Guidetti are not enough to prevent Norwich beating Man City 3-2
  • Stoke claim first win of second phase by beating Bolton 2-0

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