Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Monday Scores, Updated Standings and Schedule

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo celebrates after scoring during the English FA Cup third-round replay soccer match between Liverpool and Exeter at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super/Associated Press

Liverpool battled to a much-needed win in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Monday after a disappointing campaign, defeating Middlesbrough 3-2 on their travels and claiming only their sixth victory of the season after a Sheyi Ojo hat-trick.   

Chelsea continued their climb up the under-21 league as they comfortably beat Reading 3-1 away.

Pacesetters Sunderland beat Everton 3-2 in a battle of two of the top four sides in Division 1, as the Black Cats regained the lead at the top from an effervescent Manchester United side who have been in fine fettle.

Here's a full look at Monday night's results and an update on the latest standings and fixtures:

Premier League U21 Monday's Results
Swansea City U212-1Derby County U21
Brighton and Hove Albion U211-1Aston Villa U21
Leicester City U212-1Southampton U21
Middlesbrough U212-3Liverpool U21
West Ham United U211-1Blackburn Rovers U21
Reading U211-3Chelsea U21
Sunderland U213-2Everton U21
Source: PremierLeague.com
Premier League Under-21 Tables
Division 1CLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Sunderland U2118122433141938
2Man Utd U2116121336132337
3Man City U21168352820827
4Everton U21156542521423
5Reading U21196582833-523
6Chelsea U21146442721622
7Spurs U21175663435-121
8Liverpool U21176382128-721
9Leicester U21165382037-1718
10Southampton U21174582434-1017
11Middlesbrough U21153482425-113
12Norwich U211633101938-1912
Division 2CLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Derby U2119113540241636
2Aston Villa U21189542222032
3Arsenal U211594230161431
4Stoke U21199282221129
5West Brom U21176832015526
6West Ham U21197573030026
7Swansea U21167272318523
8Fulham U21176562122-123
9Blackburn U21156362122-121
10Newcastle U21174582331-817
11Wolves U211825111829-1111
12Brighton U211817101232-2010
Source: PremierLeague.com
Forthcoming Premier League U21 Fixtures
DateTime (GMT)Match
Mar. 87 p.m.West Brom U21 vs. Wolves U21
Mar. 117 p.m.Derby U21 vs. West Brom U21
Mar. 117 p.m.Newcastle U21 vs. West Ham U21
Mar. 117 p.m.Spurs U21 vs. Norwich U21
Mar. 117.05 p.m.Chelsea U21 vs. Leicester U21
Mar. 121 p.m.Manchester City U21 vs. Sunderland U21
Mar. 132 p.m.Liverpool U21 vs. Manchester United U21
Source: PremierLeague.com

Monday Recap 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool takes the ball forward during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Liverpool and Exeter City at Anfield on January 20, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Im
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Prodigious 18-year-old Ojo was the hero of the hour for Liverpool as his hat-trick bagged the Reds the points in a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough.

Austrian talent Arnel Jakupovic gave Boro the lead after 18 minutes, but Ojo equalised as the game raced to half-time.

The exciting Liverpool attacker then gave his team the lead nine minutes after the restart, but it seemed the hosts had earned a point after Jakupovic converted from the penalty spot.

However, Ojo stepped up three minutes from time to slot away a penalty for the visitors to steal the victory and give himself a memorable treble that will have first-team coach Jurgen Klopp excited. 

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly between MK Dons and a Chelsea XI at Stadium mk on August 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea climbed to sixth in the Division 1 table after collecting maximum points against Reading on Monday night. 

The Blues have struggled at times this season, much like their full senior side, but they have lost the habit of losing in recent weeks.

The visitors opened the scoring after only four minutes as the prolific Tammy Abraham netted. However, the Royals were back on terms three minutes later as midfielder Tarique Fosu made sure of his finish.

Chelsea once again wrestled the lead midway through the half as Jacob Maddox doubled the Blues' goal count on his debut for the under-21s.

The club's official Twitter account highlighted the player's milestone:

Reece Mitchell wrapped up the points for his side shortly after the hour, claiming Chelsea's third after a flowing move to seal a 3-1 win.

It was a good night for Sunderland as they swept past a dangerous Everton team, winning 3-2 on Monday.

The Black Cats scored twice in two minutes midway through the first half as Ola Toivonen and Thomas Beading gave the hosts control.

A Thomas Robson own goal gave the Toffees hope on the stroke of half-time, but Toivonen seemed to believe his second goal of the match had made sure his side attained the points.

Kieran Dowell made it a nervous last few minutes for Sunderland when he struck back late in the contest, but the Black Cats claimed the win, leapfrogging United at the top of the table.

Leicester City grabbed a vital win against fellow Division 1 relegation candidates Southampton, beating the Saints 2-1 at home. Admiral Muskwe and Joe Dodoo were the goalscoring heroes for the Foxes, who are now five points clear of the bottom two.

In Monday's Division 2 encounters, leaders Derby were defeated 2-1 away to Swansea, but second-placed Aston Villa couldn't fully capitalise as they drew 1-1 at Brighton. A battle of the second tier's mid-table sides also ended in a draw as West Ham and Blackburn played out a 1-1 scoreline.

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