The former Manchester City man was on the scoresheet four times, as Barry Lewtas’ U18s ran out 6-5 winners against Middlesborough on Saturday. This victory sees the young Reds move just one point behind Merseyside rivals Everton at the top of the table.
Lewtas’ side got off to a flying start as Duncan put the Reds in front after 3 minutes. However, this lead didn’t last for long when Boro’s Steven Walker equalised from the penalty spot. Liverpool were then behind for the first time after Walker made it 2-1 to the hosts.
Duncan was involved among the goals once again when he set up former England U16 captain Elijah Dixon-Bonner to cancel out Walker’s brace. Duncan then put the Reds back in front on the 27-minute mark. Boro equalised once again through Isaac Fletcher for the scores to be 3-3 at the break.
Liverpool didn’t start the second half in the best fashion when Boro got back in front after Walker completed his hat-trick after another penalty to make it 4-3. Duncan then scored his hat-trick to make it 4-4. This was short lived though as Fletcher scored his second to make it 5-4 to Boro.
Duncan couldn’t stay away from the goals in this 11 goal thriller, as he helped level the scoring when he scored his 16th goal in all competitions. More drama unfolded in stoppage time when Duncan once again was involved as he set up his strike partner, Paul Glatzel, to score a last minute winner and snatch the game for the Reds.
4 goals and 2 assists from Bobby Duncan saw him grab his 16th goal in all competitions and showed why he was such a bargain for the Reds in the summer at just £230,000. This Duncan masterclass sees the U18s sit second, one point behind Everton in the U18 Premier League.
— Bobby Duncan (@bobbyduncan999) December 1, 2018
Duncan’s good form for Lewtas’ side this season has seen him become a major figure among the U18s. His form also can’t see him far from Neil Critchley’s U23s team. According to the Times, the 17-year-old is also going to be offered a new deal to steer away interest from Germany.