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 Mid-season Friendly (1); The Carlisle Grounds, Dublin; Tuesday 2 March 2004;7:30pm
Attendance: 3,526
Halftime: 0-0

Jeffers 2 (25', 45')
McFadden (78')
Chadwick (89')

Referee: Mr P McKeon

Match Summary

With Rooney, Gravesen and Linderoth encouraged to take a week off, this was an opportunity of Richard Wright and David Weir to stretch their legs. 

A capacity crowd of about 3500 or thereabouts turned out and observed a minute's silent in respect for Tommy Eglington, the great Everton and Irish winger who died recently.  [This was at the suggestion of Colm Kavanagh an excellent gesture.]

The game never really got out of first gear as it was a cold windy evening.  Bray are roughly equivalent to a lower 3rd Division type team who just started their pre-season training a few weeks ago.

Everton took control of the game from the start with Gemmill always trying to put the thru ball for Jeffers to run onto.

Not much happened until McFadden ran down the left wing and crossed the ball on the 25th minute and Jeffers got on the end of it to push it pass the keeper.  Just before half-time, Carsley danced his way thru their defence and set up Jeffers for his second goal of the night.

For the second half, Bray started brightly and Grogan had a shot saved by Wright.  Radzinski came on for Campbell and Watson came on for Unsworth.

McFadden saw plenty of the ball in the second half and many times lost the ball too!!!  I hope to God he learns to use his right foot.  Anyway, McFadden then waltzed by two players before shooting past their keeper for the goal of the game.  Oh and he used his right foot for the first time too!!!

I didn't see the fourth goal as I was walking to the pub but I saw it on TV this morning: Chadwick scored when he followed up on a Watson shot as it was spilled by the Bray keeper.

Ciaran McConville


Match Facts
Bray Wanderers (4-4-2)
_ shirts, _ shorts, _ socks
O'Connor (89' Rushe)
Tresson (83' O'Hanlon)
Gormley (73' Lawless)
O'Brien (65' Lawlor)
Grogan (89' Fitzpatrick)
Quinn (73' Ryan)

Subs not used:  Gifford,
Fitzpatrick, Rushe, Manley, Dunne

Yellow Cards: Farrell

Red Cards:
Everton (4-4-2)
Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
Unsworth (46' Watson)
Jeffers (73' Chadwick)
Campbell (46' Radzinski)

Subs not used: Martyn,

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:


(Injured:) Li Tie
(Vacation:) Rooney, Gravesen, Linderoth 
Match Reports


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With 5 seconds notice we find ourselves in Ireland, for a nice mid-season friendly.  First division Bray Wanderers are a part-time side.  The best bits:

  • 5' a bright start, Jeffers took the ball into the box, just the keeper to beat, put it straight at him.
  • 9' Bray's keeper again to the rescue, this time Carsley from in side the area forcing the save.
  • 20' McFadden from 25 yards out, shot on target, but did not trouble the keeper.
  • 24' 0-1 Jeffers with the break though, deep cross via McFadden, at the back post, Jeffers waiting unmarked to side foot home.
  • 45' 0-2 Jeffers  Carsley this time the provider of the cross, in from the left, Jeffers took his time from well inside the 18 yard area, hit it hard and low.

Half time: Bray Wanderers 0 - 2 Everton

  • 45' On: Watson & Radzinski; off: Unsworth & Campbell
  • 57' Steve Watson from the right finds Radzinski, he shoots first time, just past the far post.
  • 72' On: Chadwick; off: Jeffers
  • 76' 0-3 McFadden picks up the ball from midfield, runs at the defence, holds off 3 or 4 defenders, finds himself in the box, sees a gap, fires in low in at the bottom corner (best goal of the night)
  • 80' we have two chances in 60 seconds: Watson with another good ball this time from midfield, Radzinski again hits it first time, only to see it slip past the near post; then Scott Gemmill with a cross from the right, Chadwick had a free header but it floats over the upright.
  • 84' another Chadwick free header, this time from six-yards out, even closer than the first miss.
  • 87' 0-4 Chadwick McFadden crosses in from the left, finds Watson on the right, he lays the ball into the path of Chadwick, this time from close range could not fail to miss.


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