Super sub Melkamu Frauendorf was the hero as Liverpool came from behind to earn their place in the FA Youth Cup final.

Fraudendorf had been on the pitch less than two minutes when he struck the winner late on to earn the Reds under-18s a 2-1 semi-final win at Ipswich Town on Wednesday.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's side had fallen behind in first-half stoppage time when goalkeeper Harvey Davies couldn't keep out an Edwin Agbaje header.

But they responded with a strong second-half showing in which the lively Mateusz Musialowski notched the equaliser with a deflected effort shortly past the hour.

Frauendorf - who, like fellow 17-year-old Musialowski, was signed last summer - had been previously limited to just 25 minutes of FA Youth Cup action due to injury and the form of others.

However, the attacking midfielder took his chance with a smart finish just moments after replacing the Pole, with Liverpool now travelling to either Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion in the final later this month. The Midlands duo face off at Villa Park on Friday.

Ipswich caused the Reds problems on occasion but, with skipper Jarell Quansah outstanding at centre-back and midfielder Tyler Morton and right-back Conor Bradley also impressing, Liverpool's greater class ultimately told.

The Reds were hesitant during the early stages as they grappled with Ipswich's formation, although Dom Corness fired a shot home goalkeeper Lewis Ridd grasped at the second attempt and James Balagizi saw an effort deflected over.

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Ipswich played their way back into the game with the Reds fortunate Nico Valentine completely missed his kick when the ball dropped invitingly for him inside the area.

At the other end, a fine set-up from Morton after a strong run down the left by the busy Corness saw Musialowski denied by Ridd from the edge of the area.

However, Ipswich went ahead on the stroke of half-time, Agbaje meeting a Liam Gibbs cross from the left with a header Reds goalkeeper Davies couldn't prevent crossing the line.

Liverpool responded strongly and should have levelled moments into the second half when Morton's header forward sent Max Woltman clear but the striker fired too high.

Bradley then slashed over after a brilliant run into the box from James Norris as the Reds ramped up the pressure, although Ipswich's threat on the break was evident with Valentine smashing too high.

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But the Reds drew level on 63 minutes. A deep free-kick from Morton caused confusion in the Ipswich area, Quansah headed the ball down to Musialowski and the Pole's shot from 18 yards deflected in off unlucky home defender Cameron Stewart.

And the game's decisive moment came with just nine minutes remaining.

Frauendorf, on for Musialowski, raced towards the Ipswich area down the inside left channel and fed Woltman. The striker then twisted to find space, before the ball dropped back at the feet of Frauendorf to fire a shot that was too strong for Ridd.

Woltman and Frauendorf both missed chances to seal the victory as the excellent Quansah helped the Liverpool defence see out the remainder of the game and set up a second final appearance in three seasons.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Davies; Bradley, Koumetio, Quansah, Norris; Stephenson, Morton, Corness; Balagizi, Woltman, Musialowski (Frauendorf 79). Subs: Mrozek, Jonas, Wilson, Chambers, Mabaya, Bajcetic.