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Liverpool North teams battle out a fabulous friendly match

LIVERPOOL North JFC rounded off a brilliant weekend with a fundraising game between parents, family and friends of both the under-7s and under-12s.

The weekend started great for the club with the under-12s winning both games in a double header versus Crosby Stuart 3-0 and then 2-0 with goals coming from Joe Riley, Tom Cross and a Jack Sadler hat-trick.

The under -7s then followed suit by winning their cup match 2-1 with an own goal and a Nathan Rennie strike securing the triumph.

Sunday saw a select 11 from the under-12s take on their rivals from the under-7s. The game was played in fantastic spirit considering the weather conditions and the crowd who turned out were not disappointed.

The under-7s representative side captained by manager Robbie Radford started the brighter and it looked as though they would run out comfortable winners after they took a deserved early lead through Neil Bretherton.

The under-12s representative outfit could not get going in the terrible conditions and had goalkeeper Dodge to thank after his wonderful penalty save kept them in the game.

A tackle by right-back Scott McKenzie's seemed to spur the under-12s on, and Phil Riding who was managing the under-12s made some tactical changes.

The equaliser came from a Simon King free-kick which was floated into the box. Ste Martin was climbing all over Jay Smith’s back and the referee pointed to the spot.

The responsibility fell to captain and under-12s manager Liam King who calmly slotted home to level matters.

The under-12s then took the lead just on half-time as Stewart King curled in a wonderful 40-yard free-kick.

The under-7s came back into the contest in the second-half and the conditions took their toll on both sets of players.

It was the under-12s, though, who got the next goal after good work saw Liam Mutch slot the ball home.

Chances were few and far between but the better fell to the under-7s and after good build up play they netted again to pull within a goal.

The under-7s had the chance to level the game as Bretherton, who was looking for his second of the game, rounded the keeper but unbelievably with the goal at his mercy put the ball wide of the target.

The game was then put to bed after a quick break saw Dave Halbert at the back post with his looping effort deceiving the goalkeeper.

The under-12s had the opportunity to extend their lead as Mutch was sent clear, one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but spurned his opening.

The referee blew the full-time whistle with the game finishing 4-2 to the under-12s.

Liverpool North JFC would like to say a massive thank you to all those who braved the terrible conditions to come along and support the club.

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