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Manchester United beat Liverpool in U21s but a flare and smoke bombs are thrown

Flares, smoke bombs and pitch invaders mar Liverpool v Man United Under 21 clash

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 26 February 2013

Young Liverpool striker Adam Morgan was confronted by a pitch invader during ugly scenes at the Premier League Under-21 clash with Manchester United.

Morgan, 18, shrugged off the encounter which followed a flare being thrown on to the pitch at Langtree Park, the home of St Helens rugby league team on Monday night.

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

United fans threw a smoke bomb on to the pitch

Players cover their mouths because of the smoke

Man United claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory over their bitter rivals team thanks to Michele
Fornasier's last-gasp strike.

The Italian defender pounced from close range just as it seemed Warren Joyce's side would be denied victory in front of a large crowd.

Alex Buttner and Nick Powell started for United, along with Jeffery Schlupp who is on trial from Leicester, while Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey lined up for Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League Under 21 clash.

Liverpool had Stephen Sama sent off early in the second half for his second yellow card.

But the visitors almost failed to capitalise on the dismissal of Sama, spurning several good chances to score before Fornasier's late strike.

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

Two years ago the bitter rivalry marred an FA Youth Cup game at Anfield when away supporters chanted songs about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.

There were three arrests for drunkenness and six United supporters were ejected in a chaotic quarter-final.

Both sides finished with nine men as United won 3-2 after coming back from two goals down.

Old Trafford officials were appalled by the conduct of some fans – two were spoken to by police after allegedly setting off flares.

Video: Man United's winning goal

Liverpool beat Borussia Dortmund in NextGen series

Liverpool and Villa earn NextGen wins but more Euro woe for City who stumble in Paris

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 28 November 2012

Liverpool gave themselves a fighting chance of qualifying for the next stage of the NextGen tournament after a resounding 3-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

Two goals in the opening five minutes from Conor Coady gave Liverpool the solid foundation to dominate the German side at St Helens' Langtree Park.

The 19-year-old headed home a cross at the back post before adding a well-struck penalty following a foul on young striker Adam Morgan.

Young star: Liverpool's Conor Coady bagged a brace as they beat Borussia Dortmund

Young star: Liverpool's Conor Coady bagged a brace as they beat Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool had plenty of chances with Irish full-back Ryan McLaughlin also impressing with his marauding runs forward.

The lively Morgan added a third with 12 minutes to go to ensure new coach Alex Inglethorpe signalled his first game with a victory.

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Liverpool can ensure a place in the next round with a win over Inter Milan in their final group game in January.

Meanwhile, Celtic lost 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven. A late goal from Joshua Brenet was enough to claim victory for PSV Eindhoven and condemn Celtic to bottom spot in their NextGen group.

In Group 4, Aston Villa thrashed the already qualified Sporting Lisbon to give themselves hope of progress heading into the final match.

Janoi Donacien got the ball rolling inside 10 minutes, while a brace each from Michael Drennan and Graham Burke completed the rout.

City, though, who lost 2-1 at Paris St Germain, are out with Juventus taking the second place in the knockout stage ahead of the English side.

St Helens 18 Warrington 36: Match report

St Helens 18 Warrington 36: Wolves move one step closer to double after Waterhouse clinches win

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UPDATED:

21:18 GMT, 29 September 2012

Warrington are 80 minutes away from the elusive double after coming from 14-6 down to win their Super League play-off semi-final against St Helens at Langtree Park and secure a first Grand Final appearance.

Two tries in a three-minute spell midway through the second half from Australian forward Trent Waterhouse clinched victory for the Wolves, who will meet Leeds at Old Trafford next Saturday in a repeat of last month's Challenge Cup final which they won 35-18.

Warrington, who will become only the sixth club to contest the Grand Final, ran in four second-half tries to thwart Saints' bid for a seventh successive trip to Old Trafford and bring Mike Rush's reign as caretaker coach to a sorry end.

Job done: Trent Waterhouse scored two tries in three minutes to seal the win

Job done: Trent Waterhouse scored two tries in three minutes to seal the win

St Helens, the last team to do the double in 2006, dominated the first half and ought to have been further ahead than 14-12 at the break but they quickly ran out of steam when Warrington got their second wind in the second half.

The Wolves, who lost to Saints in the opening round of the play-offs, were boosted by the return of Man of Steel contender Ben Westwood for his first appearance since Wembley but it was his second row partner Waterhouse who stole the show.

The former Kangaroo international was a Grand Final winner in the NRL with Penrith Panthers back in 2003 and will fancy his chances of doing the double.

Yet Saints had looked the more dangerous side throughout the first half with right winger Tommy Makinson going close and left winger Francis Meli denied by a forward pass from Jon Wilkin and it was no surprise when they opening the scoring on 11 minutes.

Makinson had no right to score after taking Chris Flannery's pass with Chris Riley still to beat but he produced an acrobatic dive to get around his man and plant the ball over the line.

Thumbs up: Adrian Morley celebrates after the Wolves clinched the win

Thumbs up: Adrian Morley celebrates after the Wolves clinched the win

One more game: Wolves moved within 80 minutes away from winning the double

One more game: Wolves moved within 80 minutes away from winning the double

It was against the run of play that Warrington took the lead on 17 minutes, with Wilkin conceding possession with a knock-on 30 metres from his own line and Richie Myler combining with Brett Hodgson to get Riley over at the corner.

Hodgson's touchline conversion made it 6-4 but Saints remained unfazed and they looked to have seized control with two tries in a 10-minute spell.

Second rower Mark Flanagan took the ball to the Warrington line of defenders to suck in their defence and his long, looping pass gave Meli the space to cross at the corner.

The big Kiwi would have had a second try but for a last-ditch tackle from Hodgson but the Warrington full-back blotted his copybook shortly afterwards, spilling Wilkin's towering kick to present his opposite number Paul Wellens with the easiest of scores.

Makinson kicked his first conversion at the third attempt to make it 14-6 but Warrington scored what proved to be a crucial try two minutes before the interval when loose forward Simon Grix charged onto Lee Briers' pass.

Party time: Warrington Wolves ran out deserved winners in the end

Party time: Warrington Wolves ran out deserved winners in the end

The visitors were back in front eight minutes into the second half when right winger Joel Monaghan was first to Briers' high kick and, although he dropped the ball, it went backwards and he had the presence of mind to gather it back up and touch down.

Hodgson maintained his accuracy with his third goal to make it 18-14 and the Wolves produced some tremendous defence to keep their lead intact before hitting a purple patch in which they ran in three tries in seven minutes.

The impressive Waterhouse supported a break by centre Ryan Atkins to score his first before powering through a tiring defence for his second while Riley finished off a smart crossfield passing move to claim the visitors' sixth try.

Meli stopped the rot with a consolation try eight minutes from the end but Hodgson wrapped up the scoring with a penalty to take his goal tally to six from seven attempts.

St Helens sign second row Willie Manu

Brown makes first move at St Helens by signing Manu after second rower turns down Hull deal

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 11 June 2012

St Helens have announced the signing of Hull second rower Willie Manu on a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old Tonga international rejected the offer of a new deal from Hull and becomes the first signing for Nathan Brown, who takes over as head coach at St Helens from November.

Manu, currently with the Exiles squad preparing for Saturday's game against England at Langtree Park, has been a model of consistency since joining Hull from Castleford six years ago and has missed only three matches in the last three seasons.

On the move: Willie Manu has signed for St Helens

On the move: Willie Manu has signed for St Helens

'Willie is one of the best back-row forwards in rugby league and will introduce a new dimension to our game,' said St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus.

'He is a devastating runner with a phenomenal workrate and is one of the league's top tackle-bust makers.

'He is also a great defender too and we look forward to welcoming him next season.'
Manu, who played for Wests Tigers, South Sydney and St George Illawarra before coming to Super League, was briefly a member of England coach Steve McNamara's training squad in 2010 after qualifying through residency.

He was Hull's player of the year in 2011 but, after rejecting their final offer, was given permission to talk to other clubs, who included Catalan Dragons.

McManus added: 'I would like thank Hull FC for allowing us permission to speak to Willie and express my appreciation for the way the club has conducted itself during the negotiations.'

Manu could be joined at Langtree Park by his current Hull team-mate Jordan Turner, the 23-year-old former Salford centre who is also out of contract at the KC Stadium at the end of the year.

St Helens new stadium secures club future says chief Eamonn McManus

St Helens chief says new stadium will secure club's future

St Helens' new 30million stadium will guarantee a rosy future for the Stobart Super League club says chairman Eamonn McManus.

The 18,000-capacity Langtree Park replaces the century-old 17,500-capacity Knowsley Road, which had become a millstone around the club's neck by the time it was demolished last year to make way for housing.

McManus, a retired investment banker and lifelong Saints fan who has personally driven the move for a new ground, thinks the club is now in a position to become self-sufficient through its pristine spectator and corporate facilities.

New: Langtree Park will safeguard the future of St Helens

New: Langtree Park will safeguard the future of St Helens

'It's not just a great stadium, it's guaranteed the life for St Helens – its traditions and its values – for generations to come,' said McManus, who today conducted a guided stadium tour for the media.

'At Knowsley Road we generated nothing, there was literally nothing. The expense of running it was much greater than the revenue.

'It's been a sea change. We've already got bookings for the next six months.'

McManus used his connections in the banking industry to ensure the stadium development has not left the club in debt.

'It is 100% owned by the club, with no bank debts, which is quite an achievement,' he said.

'The stadium is high quality in every regard and quite unique in its design. It's got the feel of a substantial stadium but will also maintain an intimate but passionate rugby league atmosphere.

'I financially invested in the club 12 years ago on the back of architectural plans for a new stadium, which I thought would take two or three years to ensue.

Old: The old ground, Knowsley Road, had become a burden

Old: The old ground, Knowsley Road, had become a burden

'Now it's all done and dusted, it's something you can look back and feel genuinely proud of. I feel 10 feet tall when I come into this place.'

St Helens will have sole use of Langtree Park, which has already been named as a World Cup venue in 2013, but McManus is hoping it can be put to further use.

'If there is a better rugby league stadium, can someone please point it out to me,' he said. 'It certainly lends itself to Challenge Cup semi-finals and more.

'We'll give it a year to bed down before we look at the possibility of staging pop concerts and boxing matches.'

Saints were tenants at the Stobart Stadium, home of the Widnes Vikings, for 2011 and coach Royce Simmons is delighted to have some home comforts.

'The hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you walk around and see the pictures of the old players,” he told a news conference at the stadium.

None: Knowsley Road generated no income

None: Knowsley Road generated no income

'You know you've come to a rugby league ground. You're not sharing a ground and I think that's why it's so special.'

The club listened to the views of fans in providing standing areas for 7,000 spectators, in addition to 11,000 seats.

Langtree Park will host its first Super League match on Friday week but before then St Helens kick off the new season at London Broncos on Saturday.

Last year's Grand Final runners-up will definitely be without England centre Michael Shenton, who is still recovering from a dislocated elbow, and forward Tony Puletua and have a major doubt over full-back Paul Wellens, the new captain who is striving to overcome an Achilles injury.

'Tony and Michael won't come into contention for this week,' said Simmons.

'They're both going pretty positively and I think will be back in rounds two or three.

'We're going to monitor Wello a bit more before we make a decision but we won't take any risks. All three of them are too important to be rushed back. They will all be given the time to get 100% fit.'