The Liverpool youth climb onto the table as Tyler Morton celebrates the big day with a victory.

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Morton celebrated his 18th birthday with two goals when the U18s scored a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in a stormy academy in Kirkby on Saturday afternoon.

Tyler Morton congratulated Liverpool on his birthday and helped Liverpool FC advance to the U18 Premier League.

Match report on Liverpool’s rise to the U18 Premier League after a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at the Academy in Kirkby near the top of the table

With Morton playing superbly in midfield alongside the imposing James Balagizi and 16-year-old Isaac Mabaya impressing after being reassigned to the right-back, the Magpies were well placed.

Max Woltman and Layton Stewart were also in goal when Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side came within a point of leaders Middlesbrough with a game in hand.

Liverpool, however, took the lead after 21 minutes with a goal that was largely due to exploiting the conditions.

Liverpool had signalled their intention early on when Balagizi shot too close to Newcastle goalkeeper Oliver Marshall after a good game from the busy Woltman.

Stewart had one shot blocked and another blocked before the visitors responded with a merciless shot from Lucas De Bolle from distance that hit the beam.

Eight minutes later, Liverpool’s lead was doubled, with Woltman this time making a clean pass inside the penalty area for an easy goal from Morton.

As the wind stopped a deliberate long pass from Lee Jonas from the back of Lee Jonas, Woltman was able to bypass the Newcastle defence and run with his left foot into the outside post.

In the second half the pattern of play hardly changed as the Reds continued to have chances.

Stewart was again frustrated by Marshall after being held back by an excellent pass from Morton, while a rare Newcastle opportunity ended with Jarell Quansah defending his own crossbar.

Morton conquered his second chance six minutes after the restart when, after a good move from Melkamu Frauendorf, he hit the ball back from the left.

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To their credit Newcastle did not allow their heads to be lowered and De Bolle took comfort in the closing stages.

Stewart, on the other hand, scored the ninth goal of the season with 19 minutes remaining after Woltman’s shot was blocked by Mabaya after a good first attack.

LIVERPOOL (4:3:3): Ojrzynski; Mabaya, Quansah, Jonas, Corness; Stephenson, Morton, Balagizi (Musialowski); Frauendorf, Woltman, Stewart (Cannonier). Subdivisions: Davies, Wilson.

The Liverpool U18 will be back in action next Saturday when they visit the Wolverhampton Wanderers….

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