25 September 2020 02:31
Liam Delap admitted he was "buzzing" after scoring a superb debut goal in Manchester City's 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Bournemouth. The 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory put the holders ahead in Thursday's third-round tie with a fine 18th-minute strike from just inside the box at the Etihad Stadium. With Sergio Aguero out injured and Gabriel Jesus rested, the youngster grabbed the chance to impress as City, bidding for fourth successive win in the competition and sixth in eight years, booked a fourth-round trip to Burnley. The Cherries frustrated City for long spells and manager Pep Guardiola eventually summoned big guns Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling from the bench. In the end it took a 75th-minute winner from Phil Foden, tucking home after Riyad Mahrez hit the post, for the hosts to secure victory.
"Hopefully it is not serious," said Guardiola, who claimed he now has only 13 fit senior players for this weekend's game against Leicester. Tindall would not be drawn on whether Delap should have been sent off for a challenge on goalkeeper Mark Travers which saw the City youngster booked late in the game. A LONG throw was his dad's biggest weapon during his Stoke days, but you won't see Man City prospect Liam Delap hurling the ball into a crowded penalty area. The 17-year-old centre forward, who scored on his Man City first-team debut in the Carabao Cup clash against Bournemouth, is the son of Rory Delap - who was famed for a throw-in that caused havoc in opposition defences. 8 Liam Delap, 17, has been promoted to Man City's first team Credit: Getty Images - Getty 8 His dad Rory Delap was famous for his long throw-ins Credit: AFP 8 Liam, on the set of Soccer AM in 2014 with his dad, was scolded in a junior game for a long-throw Credit: Twitter / @RoryJDelap 8 Delap Jr. was named in Man City's squad against Wolves Credit: Getty Images - Getty "I started in a similar position but I didn't have his pace or power and it took me a few more chances to put the ball in the back of the net!" Delap Sr. continued.
And Delap couldn't hide his excitement after the game, explaining how he opted for the first-time finish as he could see the goalkeeper rushing off his line. With Gabriel Jesus being City's only senior striker in the absence of Sergio Aguero, Guardiola had hinted at changes to key positions after the Premier League win at Wolves on Monday, where Delap had been on the bench. "I like to be aggressive and to give defenders a tough game for 90 minutes. LIAM DELAP had a dream Man City debut as the son of Stoke hero Rory scored in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth. 3 Rory Delap's son Liam had a dream debut for Man City Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3 England ace Phil Foden got the winner for City in the Carabao Cup clash Credit: Reuters City won all 10 matches against the Cherries during their five year stay in the top flight – scoring 30 goals in the process. ⚽ Liam Delap (aged 17 years, 229 days) is the youngest scorer for Man City since Rony Lopes, who scored against Watford in FA Cup third round (aged 17 years, 8 days) in January 2013 pic.twitter.com/ukIOMreIXf — Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 24, 2020 It was beginning to look like it might be heading for a penalty shoot-out when City finally edged back in front 15 minutes from time. Liam Delap scored a debut stunner but holders Manchester City needed a late Phil Foden winner to see off Championship Bournemouth 2-1 in the Carabao Cup. Delap, the 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory, put the holders ahead in style in their third-round tie at the Etihad Stadium but they were immediately pegged back by Sam Surridge. City brought big guns Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling off the bench in the latter stages and they eventually snatched victory on 75 minutes when Foden struck after Riyad Mahrez hit the post. Looking ahead to Sunday's clash with Leicester, City boss Guardiola made eight changes from the side which opened the campaign with victory at Wolves on Monday. They then took the lead on 18 minutes as Foden slid Delap through on goal with a fine through-ball. Bernabe's problem looked particularly serious and City boss Pep Guardiola dashed over to console the youngster as he was wheeled past the technical area on a stretcher.