Burnley 1 - 3 Everton
Everton U18s withstood a second-half push from Burnley in the CEE Cup final to seal the win with Tom Warren's second goal at the Ďolíček Stadium in Prague on Wednesday.
After a slow start, the Everton lads won both their last two games 6-0 and were in fine form against their Lancastrian neighbours Burnley, both sides having put paid to various Eastern European competitors to challenge for the trophy.
The GENERALI CEE Cup is an annual football tournament that brings some of the leading youth teams (Under-19s) from first leagues in, mainly Central & Eastern Europe to the Czech Republic, along with invited sides from some of the major world leagues.
The match kicked off at 6pm CET (5pm BST) and was streamed live on YouTube, with the video of the full match here;
Everton went ahead in the 17th minute through Tom Warren off a long-ball from the right wing. The score was doubled a minute later, a clinical finish from Simms off an excellent through-ball.
The Blues dominated the game without adding to the score well into the second half. Jordan Corke replaced Pawel Zuk on 65 mins. Everton became increasingly sloppy and it was no surprise when Burnley pulled a goal back with 20 minutes left.
Stung into an instant response, the Blues reacted well with Tom Warren driving home his second and Everton's third that would seal the win and a fine piece of gold-plated silverwarer fro the Everton Academy side, with Ellis Simms winning the Golden Boot.
1 Nico Defreitas-Hansen
5 Stephen Duke-McKenna
3 Michael Collins
11 Con Ouzounidis
10 Nathan Moore
17 Tom Warren
7 Sid Kerr
15 Thomas Scully
19 Pawel Zuk
6 Anthony Gordon
16 Ellis Simms
2 Joe Anderson
4 Jordan Corke
9 Barney McKeown
12 Joe Hilton (GK)
14 Elliot Richards
29 Shayne Lavery
18 Joshua Zirkzee
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1 Posted 26/07/2017 at 14:22:52
While I always retain an interest, in all the young sides, I can't claim to be familiar with all the player's names, looking down the list of the squad, there was only 4 or 5 rang a bell. One of them Zirkzee, because there was a lot of publicity about us getting him over many sides last week!
3 Posted 26/07/2017 at 14:24:58
4 Posted 26/07/2017 at 14:57:25
5 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:21:17
6 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:21:42
7 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:23:11
8 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:27:37
9 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:32:24
10 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:34:47
11 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:36:25
12 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:45:44
13 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:45:47
14 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:48:07
15 Posted 26/07/2017 at 17:51:30
Players numbers above. Anthony Gordon.
16 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:00:20
Good dominant performance so far.
17 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:05:05
Forget £50 mill for 'the Sig' fast track Sid Kerr.
Ellis Simms 3 & half matches so far & 6 goals.
Con Ouzounidis & Michael Collins look a very good, solid central defensive pairing.
I don't think these lads would have been coached by Kevin Sheedy. I think he would have had them this year if he had of stayed.
18 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:38:44
19 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:38:48
20 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:41:30
21 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:54:59
22 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:55:10
23 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:57:28
24 Posted 26/07/2017 at 18:57:56
25 Posted 26/07/2017 at 19:05:46
27 Posted 26/07/2017 at 20:02:38
28 Posted 26/07/2017 at 20:31:16
29 Posted 26/07/2017 at 20:54:47
30 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:26:40
Couple of mentions now of his being with Benfica. I've googled it different ways and... nothing. All I can find is the reports from last week, where we appeared to jump past Arsenal to sign him.
31 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:30:15
32 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:39:17
33 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:41:42
He looks a big lad, very broad, and dare I say it, built like a young Gullet. Not seen him play yet, hopefully, there's a bit more of Gullet in him?
34 Posted 26/07/2017 at 21:46:27
If anything, he can see that we have a team that will win trophies, an age group ahead defending the trophy, and a first team that will give him an opportunity, managed by a Dutch legend with lots of Dutch coaches, and a Dutch star in the first team. I'm sure he will sign!
35 Posted 26/07/2017 at 22:03:52
36 Posted 26/07/2017 at 22:49:31
37 Posted 26/07/2017 at 23:03:45
38 Posted 26/07/2017 at 23:06:52
39 Posted 26/07/2017 at 00:07:57
If he is now with Benfica, then I guess he's doing the sensible thing and exploring all his options before he commits himself to his next club, and his games for us were on the basis of a trial.
40 Posted 27/07/2017 at 06:15:41
41 Posted 27/07/2017 at 07:11:23
42 Posted 27/07/2017 at 10:12:48
You may be right about the photo but you are wrong about the rest.
Go to YouTube & watch the video of Everton v FC Academy Pandev. You will clearly see that Zirkzee IS PLAYING & is wearing number 18.
It can't be Kevin Read playing wearing number 18 as Zirkzee has long hair (Kevin hasn't) & I believe you have to be under 19 to play in the tournament.
Check it out!!!!!
43 Posted 27/07/2017 at 10:51:18
44 Posted 27/07/2017 at 12:39:08
I agree with Trevor that people have misidentified Kevin Reid (who does appear to have long hair) who was fulfilling his duties by accompanying the lads at this tournament, but certainly would not have played at any stage.
Joshua Zirkzee seems to be touring potential clubs and guesting / trialling. I presume we remain in the hunt but, until his signing is confirmed on the official site, I wouldn't assume he has joined us.
45 Posted 27/07/2017 at 12:46:53
Looks like Trevor may have been right, as Zirkzee did seem to be absent for the final although it could have been through illness rather than the Benfica story; we shall see in due course.
The mixing up of Kevin Reid and Zirkzee was not something that Trevor was ever guilty of in fact he's the one that resolved the confusion.
46 Posted 27/07/2017 at 14:51:48
Zirkzee was seen warming up on the touchline during the semi final but was not brought on as one of the subs.
Need I say more.
47 Posted 27/07/2017 at 14:54:53
48 Posted 27/07/2017 at 15:08:29
What I am chiefly saying is that it seems like Zirkzee wasn't involved in the final possibly due to illness, as the claim seems to be, but also possibly because he decided against sticking around for whatever reason.
I'm sure we'll find out one way or another what the truth is.
49 Posted 27/07/2017 at 15:19:24
50 Posted 27/07/2017 at 17:30:09
Zirkzee flew into 'John Lennon' & went straight to USM Finch Farm. After looking round & a bit of paperwork, he went to Goodison Park & ate at the Chippy opposite the ground.
He flew out with the squad later on in the day to Prague & played in the first match. After a good night's sleep the 'heavy English batter' played on his stomach & he felt unwell.
He was benched because of that. [Only rumours, of course!!!!!]
51 Posted 27/07/2017 at 17:34:24
52 Posted 27/07/2017 at 17:36:52
53 Posted 27/07/2017 at 18:18:17
Phill (#52) and Mark (#53) I think that is where the confusion lies. Seems that that is not actually Zirkzee but Academy Performance Analyst Kevin Reid:
54 Posted 27/07/2017 at 19:38:17
I actually looked up Kevin Reid when his name came up at the start of the tournament, wondering if it was the ex Man City / Wrexham coach, never saw a pic though.
55 Posted 28/07/2017 at 21:20:20
He left the squad before the final and turned up in Portugal. Rumour has it he was on trial with Benfica, turns out he was on holiday with family. As I pointed out earlier, Kevin Reid was in the photos and video of the final, not him.
What all this means, who knows, but let's hope his experience with us was a good one and ultimately he signs with us. Koeman's pedigree and history with Feyenoord can only help.
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