Here's the post-match reaction from The Gaffer, a Player and a Partisan!
14th July 2018
Merthyr Town FC 4 - 2 COLFC
"Yesterday was a great experience for the players with fans turning out in numbers to support them for such a long trip! I was really pleased with the performance as with only few numbers from the first team mixed with young lads from the reserves playing against a really good Merthyr team who play 2 tiers higher! The lads worked hard and gave a good account of themselves especially the lads from the reserves and would like to thank James for hard work he put in putting the team together and managing it so well on the day! It was a great day out an would to thank all the fans who travelled to support us, it just shows how special this club is!"
"Delighted to get my first goals of pre season in a very competitive game. Great experience for some of the reserves lads and a fantastic day all round. I suppose it’s no surprise really but unbelievable travelling support by the COL faithful who always travel in numbers. On to the next one."
"Great day at Merthyr and a very welcoming bunch!
I thought the lads gave a good account of themselves considering the mix of reserves and first team players against a team who compete at two levels above them with Forbes leading the line well. A couple of their goals were unstoppable, the free kick especially."
7th July 2018
COLFC Under 19s 0 v 4 COLFC First Team
"Great day for City of Liverpool with the first team playing the U19. The game started with a high tempo, both teams getting the ball down to playing at every opportunity. With some great play from both sides.
As the game developed Kevin and Joe where outstanding in the center of the pitch dictating play. All the players put a shift in and where made to work hard by the academy lads. Great for Tom P to get off the mark and Cairns to find the net again. The goal keeper Patrick who stepped in last minute was outstanding for a 16 year old, well done.
It was great to see the academy lads who were eager to impress. We already have a few academy players with us and I can only see that number increasing.
Well done to all players involved."
"Another good pre season run out for the lads against a very talented U19s side who didn’t shy away in any part of the game (couple tasty tackles as well).
All about gettin the fitness up ready for the new season which we are all really looking forward to. #UTP“
"It was an organised and professional display from the Purps against a talented and energetic crop of lads from the youth team. Danny Dalton was imperious at the back whilst Jack Hazlehurst was lively all game, as usual.
It looks like quite a squad we’ve got assembled for 2018/19."
5th July 2018
Vauxhall Motors 1 v 3 COLFC
"Like to thank Vauxhalls for the fixture - the facilities are excellent. Very happy with the performance from all the players.
All players completed 45 minutes or more and standards remained at the same level from last season. Great to have some of the academy players involved. Les looked as though he had never been away.
Great to see Cairns get off the mark but him and Forbes had some great play which is excellent to see. There is a fantastic atmosphere in the squad and every player is looking forward to playing the next game and getting the season started."
"Good to be back playin with the lads. New signings looked good aswell, so lookin forward to gettin the season started now"
"Liked the look of Cairns tonight bagged 2 on his debut and Pirlo in the middle 2nd half looked a baller UTPs"