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Last Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
Reds cling on to win FA Youth Cup
Liverpool held off Manchester City to claim the FA Youth Cup trophy for the first time in 10 years.

The Reds headed into the second leg at Eastlands with a 3-0 lead but that was reduced when Daniel Sturridge powered in a 25-yard shot.

Sturridge grabbed a second when he lashed in an angled low shot.

Liverpool's Adam Hammill showed his disgust when substituted and, while the City onslaught continued, their efforts proved in vain.

  • Liverpool academy director Heighway said:
    "Let's face it, City absolutely battered us.

    "It was like the Alamo at times. Nothing went for us. It feels like we have lost but the final is over two legs and we have to be delighted with the overall scoreline."

    Liverpool first-team captain Steven Gerrard and central defender Jamie carragher were quickly in touch after the win and Heighway added: "They have followed us all the way through.

    "They texted us before every game and they have texted us again after the win.

    "They are steeped in the history of this club and know what it means to win this tournament."

  • City's academy chief Jim Cassells said:
    "That was one of the best performances I've been involved in throughout my team in youth football.

    "Both individually and as a team we were absolutely outstanding.

    "I really did think we were going to win. It wasn't to be for us but at least we have proved we can play and I would imagine there will be a few others knocking on the first team door as well as Micah Richards in the years ahead."


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