Our U23 side lost 5-4 on penalties to a Brentford ‘B’ side in a friendly this evening.
Brentford led 2-0 just after half-time, but Ben Woodburn scored twice in five minutes to force a shootout.
Toni Gomes had already spurned an easy chance to put us 1-0 ahead with a header when Brentford took the lead through Herson Rodrigues Alves.
Danny Parish added the second for the hosts and it wasn’t until after that goal that we seemed to come alive.
Woodburn’s first was somewhat lucky as the Brentford keeper misjudged his dive and saw the ball bounce over him, but the second was a lovely finish at the far post after bamboozling the defenders with his skills.
Brad Garton could have won the game for us in the shootout but smashed his effort off the post. Joe Maguire was the unlucky man who cost us the game as his effort was saved.
Liverpool U23s: Caoimwin Kelleher (sub Adam Firth 90 mins); Corey Whelan, Tom Brewitt, Thiago Ilori (sub Kane Lewis 46 mins), Joe Maguire; Matt Virtue-Thick; Cameron Brannagan, Adam Phillips; Brooks Lennon (sub Ben Woodburn 62 mins), Toni Gomez (sub Nat Phillips 46 mins), Yan Dhanda (sub Brad Garton 82 mins).
(Report via Brentford FC official site)