Liverpool 0-1 Reserves FT

Barclays Premier Reserve League
Liverpool reserves v West Ham United reserves
Prenton Park
Kick-off: 7pm


Final score - 0-1

That's it. All over and it is three wins from three for Alex Dyer's side. What a professional performance from his young side, although it was the experienced Benni McCarthy who grabbed the winner with his late penalty.

94min - The referee is letting them play an extra minute. Irwin flashes a header just wide. That was close.

93min - Fearless tackle by Spence on Spearing sees him clear the danger. The Hammers captain is down clutching his left knee after a brave challenge.

92min - A minute to go...

91min - We are playing three minutes of added time. Flanagan and Abdulla exchange words. This match means a lot to both sides.

90min - We are into added time and Boffin calms things with an assured take from a lofted Liverpool ball forward. Hodgson has seen enough and is on his way home.

89min - Can the Hammers hold on? They have not conceded a goal in their two wins from two games this season and might make it three tonight.

86min - Spence does well again to snuff out any danger. The captain is growing in stature this season.

84min - The Reds are desperate for a way back into this. Dyer will be delighted with the way his men soaked up the pressure before getting the goal.

82min - Irwin tries a long-ranger that flies high and wide. Liverpool are frustrated.

81min - Eccleston counters quickly from the restart. His deep cross is headed behind for a corner by the rightly cautious Brown. Amoo meets the corner with his head but could not guide it on target.

79min - GOAL! - McCarthy scores! Benni took the ball with some purpose and no one was arguing. He took a couple of strides and then lashed it down the middle past the helpless Jones.

78min - Sears runs with four Reds defenders in pursuit. He supplies McCarthy, who draws the challenge and wins a corner. Penalty!! Jack Robinson handles. Sears will take this, surely?

77min - Neat turn and pass from Sears. He feeds McCarthy, who supplies Moncur. The No8 shifts on to his left and shoots but Liverpool block.

76min - Well done Brown. He crowds out Amoo on the flank and forces him to kick it behind for a goal-kick. The Hammers have been very organised.

75min - The game is a little bit scrappy now. Tired legs may mean a few more substitutions. Dyer has a very young bench to choose from but they will certainly be eager to impress, if given the chance.

73min - Brown clears the danger after a ricochet nearly lets Liverpool in. Babel looks like he might get the full 90 minutes tonight in front of the watching Hodgson. The Hammers have denied him so far.

72min - Eccleston gets a half-chance after Liverpool do well up the left wing.

71min - McCarthy was unlucky there. Modelski crosses and just as the No9 was about to head in for the opening goal, Stephen Darby rises to clear.

70min - Terrific play again sees five Hammers involved before a ball into the home side's penalty area is cleared. Dyer's men may believe they can snatch all three points here.

69min - The Reds cannot handle Sears. McCarthy flicks on and Coady is nowhere as Sears nips in behind. The No10 is forced wide and he feeds it back to McCarthy who shoots over the bar.

68min - Amoo's shot is deflected by Spence and Boffin struggles to gather it at the second attempt. Liverpool had worked the opening well, with Babel involved.

65min - When I say Sears is having a good game, that is something of an understatement. He streams forward from his own half in a run that takes him past two men and to the edge of the area. Coady fouls him and earns a yellow card. From the free-kick, McCarthy smashes for goal but the ball hits John Flanagan in the wall and is cleared.

64min - Well done skipper Spence. He stops Babel from getting to the ball then dances his way past two before launching the ball away.

63min - Sam Cowler is warming up but Boffin may be OK to continue.

62min - Boffin is unhappy with his ankle. He is getting treatment now. Goalkeeping coach David Coles has made the trip up north and will be anxious over his young Belgian shot-stopper.

61min - Spearing tries his luck but again the Hammers block. After a clearance upfield, the ball comes back and then Amoo has a go. Wild shot and no danger for Boffin.

59min - Sears nips in after a defensive mix-up. He rounds Jones well but his touch is then a tad too heavy and he is unable to knock the ball at the goal. It runs out for a goal-kick. Sears is having a fine game.

58min - McCarthy should have scored. Lee fizzes it low across the box and the South Africa striker does well to connect but cannot divert it goalwards. The move came after a great run inside from Sears, who then released Moncur.

57min - Pacheco clips the top of the crossbar with a lofted effort after just beating Moncur to the ball. The Barcelona product, still only 19, is a threat from a central position now behind Babel.

55min - Sears drops deep to retain possession. He feeds Modelski but his cross is blocked. It is a bit hit and miss for the Hammers going forward at the moment. A quick Liverpool counter is then ended by a superb Wearen track back and tackle.

53min - Eccleston wins a corner off Sanchez. After a retaken flag-kick, Moncur clears the danger.

52min - Amoo does well on Liverpool's right wing. He crosses low for Eccleston, who turns Spence and then shoots low. Boffin watches it run wide but it was a dangerous moment.

49min - The Hammers are doing well this half. Already Brown and Modelski have got forward well up the flanks. Dyer has clearly told his men to believe they can get something from this game with a bit of adventure.

47min - McCarthy and Sears have already shown up well in this second half, with surges into the Reds penalty area.

46min - David Amoo is on for Liverpool with Thomas Ince making way. The youngster has already played in the UEFA Europa League for the Reds this season. No changes for the Hammers.

45min - There goes the half-time whistle. Dyer will be very pleased with his men, particularly the lively Sears - who has had little to feed on but made things happen whenever he has had the ball.

45min - Coady does well to block after McCarthy had beat him and managed to cross. The South Africa striker is showing nimble feet this evening.

45min - We are playing two minutes of added time.

44min - Abdulla is going to the side after treatment. We may have a few extra minutes because of the previous stoppage in play over the referee's injury.

42min - McCarthy is enjoying this and twists and turns on the touchline before playing in a cross. No one is there. Eccleston is then shown the yellow card for a lunge on Abdulla.

41min - Jordan Brown gets forward for the first time from left-back. McCarthy's delightful back-heel flick picks him out but the Reds regroup and clear the danger.

40min - Patient passing play from the visitors ends with Wearen's long-range ball forward. Dyer's men are certainly trying to find a way through but have had less of the ball. Spence is then required to block Babel's shot after a quick Liverpool break.

38min - A good block from Sanchez denies Irwin a shooting opportunity. Then Abdulla does well to deny Ince. The Hammers are working over-time to stop the home side moving forward.

36min - Dyer will be very pleased with how his young side have fared tonight. They have dealt with the early Reds pressure and slowly worked their way into the match.

34min - This is the Hammers' best spell with No10 Sears at the heart of things. He is working hard all along the front line. McCarthy is finding his range and goes close with a header from Abdulla's corner.

32min - Outstanding play from Sears. He was set free down the right by Wearen's raking pass. He easily twists and turns his defender before bursting up the byline into the box. Liverpool clear for a corner and then Jones fumbles the set-piece. A quick Liverpool counter breaks down.

31min - Once again Pacheco is crowded out. The left winger is trying to break through but finds a white shirt in the way every time.

30min - Modelski nicks the ball away from Eccleston as the Reds thought they were about to launch another go on goal. The home side are a little bit frustrated.

29min - Roy Hodgson is among those in the crowd. He will be watching Babel closely, no doubt.

28min - Ince screws one wide with his left foot after Irwin picked him out well.

26min - Both Babel and McCarthy are having to come deep in this game looking for the ball. Both men would prefer to be 20 or 30 yards further forward but this is a close contest with space at a premium.

25min - Pacheco is looking lively but the Hammers are standing firm at the back. The visitors are on the back-foot more often than not at the moment.

24min - George Moncur is penalised for a foul in midfield. The referee tried to play advantage but brought the play back after the attack broke down.

22min - Liverpool carve a way through and Eccleston should score but Sergio Sanchez is able to clear the danger. From the corner, Irwin hits a first-time volley but Boffin is down well.

20min - Modelski is cautioned after a tug back on Pacheco as he got the better of the young right-back with some neat skill.

19min - McCarthy sets Sears away again on the left and the young forward lashes in a near-post shot. It is easily saved by Jones, though.

17min - Wearen gives away another free-kick on the Liverpool left. Pacheco takes again and once more finds Babel. Again the Dutchman cannot direct his header on target. Jordan Spence then does well to clear the danger.

16min - Nathan Eccleston is at the heart of a lot of Liverpool's play up the left. The Hammers are closing down well though and refuse to make it easy for their hosts.

15min - We have had a hold up in play here as the referee has a knock. The fourth official is going to run the line with one of the assistants stepping into the middle.

11min - A lovely move forward involving Sears and McCarthy sees Filip Modelski advance up the right. His ball into the centre is good but Abdulla cannot control and the move breaks down.

10min - Irwin blazes over after a good build-up play by the Reds up their right wing. A quick Hammers counter sees McCarthy win a flick-on but Sears cannot connect.

9min - Daniel Pacheco fires in a free-kick after Eoin Wearen's foul. Babel rises to meet it but the header is high and wide.

8min - As ever, Alex Dyer is proving vocal on the sidelines. He has really got this young squad motivated this season.

7min - Brilliant play up the left wing from Freddie Sears sees him shift the ball 40 yards before winning a corner off Conor Coady. Liverpool are able to clear the resulting effort from Abdulla.

6min - The Hammers refuse to let the Reds settle and are quick into the tackle. Babel and Jay Spearing feel the full force of some weighty challenges.

5min - It is a cagey opening but Liverpool are perhaps the more adventurous as you would expect on 'home' ground.

4min - The Hammers finally show and after a good passing move, Olly Lee fires in a deflected shot from distance. Brad Jones - the Australian international - is able to collect with ease.

3min - Ryan Babel - the star man on show for the Reds - shows good footwork in midfield before being stopped unfairly by Abdulla. Free-kick to Liverpool but the Reds use it just to keep possession.

2min - Thomas Ince has a good early chance after being fed by Steve Irwin. Ruud Boffin is able to collect comfortably.

1min - Freddie Sears and Ahmed Abdulla get us under way.

Benni McCarthy and Ryan Babel are the two stand-out names on view as West Ham United reserves take on Liverpool reserves on Merseyside this evening. will have live text updates from the Prenton Park home of Tranmere Rovers, with the Hammers aiming to make it three games unbeaten in the Barclays Premier Reserve League. Alex Dyer's side have also yet to concede a goal this season, although have a very young squad on view with five players on the bench who are yet to figure for the second string.

It promises to be a tricky evening against John McMahon's Reds, who as well as Dutch international forward Babel also boast Paul Ince's son Thomas in their midfield.

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West Ham United: Boffin, Modelski, Brown, Wearen, Sanchez, Spence, Lee, Moncur, McCarthy, Sears, Abdulla
Subs: Cowler, Craig, Lletget, Fanimo, Subuola

Liverpool: Jones, Flanagan, Robinson, Darby, Coady, Irwin, Spearing, Ince (Amoo 46), Pacheco, Eccleston, Babel.
Subs: Hansen, Roberts, Bruna, Suso