Youth Alliance: Walsall 1 Salford City 1 Youth Alliance: Walsall 1 Salford City 1

Youth Alliance: Walsall 1 Salford City 1

The young Saddlers were hoping to return to winning ways.
Walsall Under-18s returned to action on Saturday afternoon as they played host to Salford City in their latest EFL Youth Alliance - North West outing of the season.

After slipping to a three-nil defeat at the hands of Stockport County just over a week ago, the Saddlers welcomed the young Ammies to Ray Hall Lane and hoped to be able to secure just their third win of the league campaign.

WALSALL TEAM
Barrett; Angafor, Wilkes, Beckford, Owen, Shaw, Sawyers, Rubio, Toor, Maher, Onabirekhanlen
Substitutes: Cristofaro, Chakki, Uchenna, Francis, Juliff
 
The match itself was a close-fought affair with goals on either side of the half-time break seeing the spoils shared at the Birmingham County FA's headquarters.

It was the visitors who opened the lead late in the first-half via Ethan Smith, as goalkeeper George Barrett, who recently formed part of the first-team squad as the club continued their search for a second-choice stopper, was unable to keep his sheet clean.

Unperturbed by their one-goal deficit, the young Saddlers were able to drag themselves back into level terms with nine minutes of the second-half gone as Ronan Maher, who recently returned from a Republic of Ireland U19s training camp, slammed the ball home from just outside the box.

A welcome point for Walsall as they look to show signs of improvement over the final months of what has been a difficult Youth Alliance campaign.

FULL-TIME
WALSALL 1-1 SALFORD CITY
MAHER (54') SMITH (40')
AT RAY HALL LANE
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