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LFC Youth Watch – Chris Mavinga Match Report vs Tranmere


Chris Mavinga10th Mar – Liverpool 3 – 0 Tranmere (Senior Cup) – Chris Mavinga caught the eye playing at the back during the Reds Reserves 3-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Senior Cup Semi-final. The Reserves hadn’t played since the 1st of February due to four postponements and they were keen to make up for lost time. Rafa Benitez, Sammy Lee, Kenny Dalglish and Phil Thompson were all at the game at the Kirkby Academy and all the players were looking to put in a performance. Jay Spearing and Gerardo Bruna were particularly impressive in midfield, spraying passes around and making threatening runs forward but it was David Amoo who helped set up the first goal. After a far post cross from Kacaniklic found its way to Amoo, the winger fired in a rasping shot before Dalla Valle finished from a tight angle to ensure the Reds went in 1-0 up at the interval. Bruna came on at halt-time for Nikola Saric but a crucial moment came three minutes into the second half as Aaron Cresswell was sent off for the visitors after a tough challenge on Steven Irwin. Mavinga was involved in some important attacking moves in the second half and set Alex Kacaniklic away on the left wing. The Swede provided an excellent cross for Gerardo Bruna but the Argentinian headed wide. Not long after though, Amoo scored the second goal of the tie and once again Mavinga was involved, his long diagonal ball was controlled by Bruna who went on an excellent run, and he then provided a great ball for Ammo who duly applied a low finish from the edge of the box. A third goal came through a David McNamara.own goal after Tranmere struggled to clear a Francisco Duran corner. Mavinga is progressing well during his first season in English football demonstrating his versatility by his performances at both centre half and left back.

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