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EFL Youth Alliance: Walsall 1 Carlisle United 3

Here is our update from the young Saddlers' Youth Alliance clash with visitors, Carlisle United.
Walsall Under-18s returned to action on Saturday afternoon as they faced Carlisle United Under-18s in their second EFL Youth Alliance outing of the season.

WALSALL TEAM
Jackson; Baldwin, Sawyers, Angafor, Lawal-Olumegbon, Cristofaro, Maher, Sarvari, Onabirekhonlen, Derry, Shaw

Substitutes: Kilroy, Taylor, Robinson, Toor
 
Heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town, Miguel Llera's side started the game brightly and opened the scoring with seventeen minutes on the clock as Marvellous Onabirekhonlen got on the end of a Semim Sarvari free-kick to head his team into the lead.

Sadly for the young Saddlers, they were unable to hold onto their advantage for long, as Max Kilsby crashed the ball home via corner to level the scores just a few minutes after Onabirekhonlen has given his team the lead.
 
Walsall were unable to keep the scores level for the remainder of the first half, as the visitors struck late on to reach the break with a one goal advantage. A disappointing way to end the first forty-five.

Frustratingly, the visitors were handed a golden opportunity to extend their lead as Noel Angafor gave away a penalty shortly after the hour mark. Mason Hardy was happy to take advantage and went on to slot the ball past Tommy Jackson to put the young Cumbrians further ahead.

There were no further goals as the young Saddlers' slow start to the season continued, although they did create several promising openings over the course of the game.

FT
WFC
1-3
CUFC
Onabirekhonlen (17')
 
 
Kilsby (21')
TBC (45')
Hardy (P - 64')
AT
Ray Hall Lane

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