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Everton Reserves' season in the FA Reserves Premier League (Northern Section)

Everton's Reserve side plays in the FA Barclays Premier Reserve League Northern Section but didn't do very well last season, finishing fourth out of five in their increasingly pointless Northern mini-group, with many of the second string players loaned out, ostensibly to save money!


Results & Fixtures  A record of Everton's reserve matches for the season
League Table  Current standings in the FA Premier Reserve League
Match Details  Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
Appearances  A table of reserve appearances for all senior players
Friendlies Results from reserve-level friendly matches
Everton Reserves play most of their matches at Finch Farm, with the bigger games in Stobart Stadium, Widnes. 
Kick-off: usually 7 pm on Tuesdays except where indicated.  

The FA Premier Reserve League (FAPRL) format has been messed around with yet again, with four clubs — Fulham, Spurs, Birmingham and Stoke withdrawing their teams and the Premier League Board approving a new Reserve League format for the 2010-11 season. Participating clubs are split into three regionalised groups as follows:

Southern Group Northern Group A Northern Group B
Arsenal Bolton Wanderers Blackburn Rovers
Aston Villa Manchester City Blackpool
Chelsea Manchester United Everton
West Bromwich Albion Newcastle United Liverpool
West Ham United Wigan Athletic Sunderland
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Each team plays home and away against the other teams in their group and once against all other teams (equally divided home and away). Teams in the Southern Group play a total of 20 matches and teams in the two Northern Groups play 19 matches each. The winners of the two Northern Groups will play off to determine the Northern League Winners. The Northern League Winners will then play off against the Southern Group Winners to determine the Barclays Premier Reserve League Play-Off Winners.

The Premier League Board has also given approval for clubs' training grounds to be used to stage fixtures.

Everton's games in the Liverpool Senior Cup are covered here also.  Some of the Reserves play in the FA Youth Cup too.

Date Opponen   Scorers Att Pos
FA Premier Reserve League, 2011-12
Tue 16 Aug West Brom (A)    2 - 2 McAleny, Yakubu 3rd
Mon 22 Aug Fulham (H)    0 - 2 4th
Tue 30 Aug Norwich City (A)    1 - 2 Lundstram 5th
Tue 13 Sep Aston Villa (H)    2 - 1 Barkley, Drenthe 1,225 4th
Mon 26 Sep Chelsea (H)    3 - 3 Vellios, Gueye, Garbutt 4th
Tue 18 Oct Sunderland (H)    2 - 0 Marrs (og), McAleny
Thr   3 Nov Manchester United (A)    0 - 2   4th
Mon  7 Nov Wigan Athletic (H)    1 - 2 Lundstram    5th 
Tue 22 Nov Newcastle United (A)    4 - 0 McAleny, Vellios 2, Forshaw    4th 
Thu 19 Jan Blackburn Rovers (A)  4 - 2 Vellos 3, Baxter  4th 
Tue 14 Feb Newcastle United (H)    6 - 3 Coleman, Gueye 2, Baxter, Barkley, Silva    3rd 
Tue 21 Feb Liverpool (A)    1 - 1 Vellios    3rd 
Tue 28 Feb Bolton Wanderers (H)    2 - 2 Gueye, Osman    3rd 
Tue   6 Mar Liverpool (H)    0 - 0    4th 
Thu 15 Mar Sunderland (A )    1 - 0 Baxter    4th 
Mon 19 Mar Wolves (H)    1 - 1 Lundstram    4th 
Thu 22 Mar Wigan Athletic (A)    1 - 1 Baxter    4th 
Tue 27 Mar Manchester United (H)    1 - 4 Long    4th 
Thu 12 Apr Swansea City (H)    1 - 1 Silva    4th 
Tue 17 Apr Bolton Wanderers (A)    1 - 0 Hope    4th 
Mon 23 Apr Blackburn Rovers (H)    2 - 0 Baxter, Hope    3rd 
Wed  2 May Arsenal (A)    2 - 0 Barkley, Baxter    3rd 

Liverpool Senior Cup, 2011-12
Tue 15 Nov St Helens Town (A)    2 - 1 Forrester, Thomas    QF 
Thu  3 May Bootle (A)    1 - 1 Hope [aet: 6 - 5 on penalties]    SF 
Wed 1 Aug Tranmere Rovers (A)    1 - 2 Vellios     F 

Everton Reserves Pre-Season and other Friendlies, 2011-12
Fri 15 Jul Freiburg (N)    0 - 1   F
Sat 16 Jul Dynamo Moscow (A)    2 - 0 McAleny 2   F
Tue 29 Jul Oxford United (A)    0 - 1   F
Sat 10 Feb Oldham Athletic (H)    0 - 1   F

(F) denotes Friendly fixture
(XI) denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the reserve team)
LSC denotes a tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup

 FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE (North Group B), 2011-12 

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts

The section below contains team details, scorers, and match reports for Everton Reserves/U-21 matches during the 2011-12 Season. 
 West Bromwhich Albion 2 - 2 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 1
Tuesday 16 August 2011

Everton: Davies; Browning, Yobo, Mustafi, Bidwell; Orenuga, Wallace, Baxter; Forshaw, McAleny, Yakubu.
Subs not used: Roberts, Duffy, Nsiala, Forrester, Higgins.  Scorers: McAleny, Yakubu

Nigerian wantaways Yakubu and Yobo both played a full 90-minutes in the behind closed doors encounter at the Baggies’ training ground. Everton started brightly with James Wallace and McAleny forcing early saves from Albion keeper Marton Fulop. But they fell behind on 38 minutes as James Hurst volleyed past Blues stopper Adam Davies from 12 yards out.

Yobo tested Fulop with a free-kick soon after, while Yakubu and Femi Orenuga went close. Berahino doubled Albion’s lead with a tap-in on 68 minutes, but the Blues halved the deficit within five minutes, as McAleny smartly headed home Jake Bidwell’s left-wing cross at the far post. Just two minutes later Yakubu slotted home neatly after fine work from Orenuga to earn Alan Stubbs’s side a deserved point.

  Everton 0 - 2 Fulham
Reserves/U-21 Match No 2
Monday 22 August 2011
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton:  Davies; Browning (56' Mustafi), Garbutt, Duffy, Yobo; Orenuga, Baxter, Wallace, Forshaw; Yakubu, Vellios (75' McAleny).
Subs not used: Robert? Bidwell? Nsiala?  Scorers: None

Two goals in five second half minutes condemned Everton Reserves to their first defeat of the season against Fulham at Finch Farm. Midfield pair Alexander Brister and Courtney Harris found the net in quick succession just after the break and proved the difference in an open game. Jose Baxter, Yakubu and Conor McAleny all went close to reducing the deficit but the Cottagers backline held firm, mostly thanks to some excellent goalkeeping from Marcus Bettinelli.

The Blues were able to select a far more experienced side than Fulham, with all but three of the starting 11 having had some sort of first team experience. In the opening exchanges Everton were slightly on top, so it came as a surprise that it was Fulham who created the first opportunity of the game. Joshua Pritchard surged through midfield and fed winger Alex Kacaniklic who screwed his shot wide of Adam Davies' left hand post on 14 minutes.

Midway through the first half Yakubu's persistence perhaps should have produced the opening goal of the game. The Nigerian striker harried defender Stephen Arthurworrey but after winning the ball he couldn't find the target with a right-footed effort. Just seven minutes before the break it was Arthurworrey who went closest to breaking the deadlock. The rangy centre half showed good close control before his shot skimmed the cross bar on the way over.

Soon after half time Fulham took the lead, some good wing play from Kacaniklic allowed him to get to the by-line and his pull back found Brister who left Davies with no chance with a well taken left footed strike. Within five minutes Kacaniklic and Brister were involved again as the visitors doubled their advantage. Fulham quickly worked the ball in-field to Harris who beat Davies with the aid of a hefty deflection.

The home side tried to hit back straight away as Baxter found some space down the left hand side but couldn't find the target. On 58 minutes Bettinelli then made an excellent to double save to keep it at 2-0. Firstly he dived to his left to deny Yakubu, before smothering substitute McAleny's follow up as he pounced from six yards out. In the final five minutes Yakubu shot over from the edge of the penalty area and it stayed 2-0.

 Norwich City 2 - 1 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 3
Tuesday 30 August 2011

Everton: Davies; Browning, Bidwell, Lundstram, Nsiala; Dier, Orenuga (64' Hope), Baxter; McAleny, Forshaw, Garbutt
Subs not used: Roberts, Forrester, Higgins, Thomas.  Scorers: Lundstram

The home side began the brighter and Wilbraham tested Davies from range before glancing a header wide. Tom Adeyemi was also denied by the Everton custodian and then visiting skipper Jose Baxter sent his side's first effort on goal way over. But another Baxter effort lead to the Toffees' goal. His effort was saved but found its way to Lundstram on the edge of the box and the England Under-17 man slotted home.

Norwich's Russ Martin called Davies into action after the break, with Conor McAleny replying for Everton. The Canaries cranked up the pressure and Wilbraham and George Francomb both had efforts cleared off the line. McAleny went close again but Brindley drew his side level with a shot which clipped Jake Bidwell and wrongfooted the unfortunate Davies.

It should have been 2-1 minutes later when Surman was felled by Adam Forshaw only to see Davies repel his spot kick. Everton's all teenage reserves side did well against more experienced opponents and looked good value for a point until Aaron Wilbraham struck in the 92nd minute.

 Everton 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Reserves/U-21 Match No 4
Tuesday 13 September 2011
Stobart Stadium, Widnes

Everton: Mucha; Browning, Garbutt, Mustafi, Nsiala, Barkley, Gueye (86' Bidwell), Baxter, Drenthe (63' Orenuga) Stracqualursi, McAleny (75' Forshaw).
Subs not used: Davies, Hope  Scorers: Barkley, Drenthe

David Moyes watched from one of the boxes as Alan Stubbs brought a very strong team to the Halton Stadium in Widnes including their two transfer deadline signings, Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe.  Everton opted for a 4-4-2 as they kicked off in front of a very healthy crowd.

Drenthe took a knock in the early stages forcing him to limp as Everton won a free kick for the foul against the Dutchman.  On 5 minutes Browning instigated their first attack playing the ball to Baxter who found McAleny. 3 minutes later Browning again found Gueye on the right in space who then played a nice one two with Stracqualursi.

Mucha was the first of the keepers called into action as Samir Carruthers hit an explosive shot which Mucha did well to keep out and 60 seconds later Mucha this time keept an effort from Cameron out to keep the game goalless as Villa looked the more dangerous.

Drenthe showed good attacking movement down the left after receiving Baxter’s pass he then tried his luck only for Lowry to block his effort and force a corner taken by Baxter. McAleny was the next to try his luck from outside the area as the ball fell into his path following another Baxter corner.

22 minutes and a lapse of concentration by Nsiala as he was beaten by the bounce of the ball which Robinson the Villa forward took and played in Burke with a touch who then rattled the bar from 22 yards and let the home side off the hook. Everton still hadn’t tested Siegrist in the Villa goal and Gueye reacted with a hurried shot that went well wide.

Everton then scored with a good move and finish. Gueye collected Browning’s pass who then delivered the ball from the right to Barkley who put into the corner of the goal from 20 yards which made the home side ooze with confidence and turn this contest around.

Stracqiulaursi was nearly in with a good ball from goal Barkley played over the top of the Villa defence but Siegrist was eager to get to the ball before Everton’s big number 9. Mustafi won a round of applause from the crowd for holding off Robinson with a very strong challenge and again the crowd showed their appreciation as Mucha claimed thew ball well. Drenthe hit a shot first time on the volley which hit the roof of the stand behind the goal and brought laughter and cheers for his effort.

Everton scored a goal on the break after Villa were awarded a free kick given away by Drenthe. As the visitors were waiting to take the kick,the ref had to have words with Mustafi for some pushing in the box with Carruthers. The ball came off the Everton wall and fell to Gueye who found Drenthe who showed pace and put the home side into a comfortable two-goal lead on 41 minutes. Gardner had the last throw of the dice for the visitors after forcing Garbutt into making an error but never troubled Mucha with his shot.

Into the second half, Drenthe was fouled on the edge of the box fand from the set piece Garbutt was released on the right by Baxter but his cross was then snuffed out by Lowry’s header. Conor McAleny was fortunate to escape a yellow card for a foul in the centre circle on his opposite number. Drenthe was becoming a regular victim of Villa's fouls.

Stracqualursi made a chance out of nothing with a snapshot which was harmless but full marks for his thinking. The Argentinian won a free kick on the edge of the ‘D’ which Drenthe hit and Siegrist reacted well to force the ball out.  On the hour a scene from the wild west broke out as McAleny was fouled by Gardner near to the touchline and all the players with the exception of the goalkeepers tried to restore order and break up the brawl. Once the situation was sorted, the yellow card was produced Gardner even though Straquaursi gestured to the match official not to book him.

Straqcullursi tried a spectacular shot with his back to goal but the ball rose over the cross bar. Drenthe went off to a great reception as Femi Orenuga took to the field on 62 minutes. Everton were now well and truly on top of this game, Stracqualursi headed a lovely ball to Gueye as Everton pushed but Siegrist was first to it.

Mucha, who had made some top saves, got himself injured depriving Robinson from sneaking a goal but was soon to his feet after receiving treatment. The visitors looked a shadow of themselves in the second period but came close to a goal only for Garbutt to be on the line and clear the ball away.

Adam Forshaw replaced Conor McAleny on 71 minutes and twice Orenuga created chances, the first was a pacy run and a delightful delivery from him was pinpointed for Gueye’s head but the Villa defender read it well and cleared.

Nsiala gave away a free kick with 10 minutes remaining and from a forceful Gardner free kick Mucha responded well with a fantastic stop but the ball kindly fell into Johnson’s path from close range to prod home and give Villa a lifeline. Villa now put Everton under a little pressure forcing Everton to concede corners but the home side held out.

Stracqualursi again was warmly applauded for taking the ball on his chest and releasing it first time from 35 yards out, although it never threatened the keeper the fans liked his initiative.  Bidwell replaced Gueye with only 2 minutes remaining.

 Chelsea 3 - 3 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 5
Monday 26 September 2011

Everton: Davies; Browning, Garbutt, Lundstram, Nsiala; Mustafi, Forshaw, Barkley; Vellios (87' Forrester), McAleny (82' Bidwell), Gueye.
Subs not used: Roberts, Hope, Orenuga.  Scorers: Vellios, Gueye, Garbutt

The visitors took the lead on eight minutes with Apostolos Vellios using his aerial presence to good effect. The Greek striker heading a cross past Chelsea goalkeeper Rhys Taylor for 1-0.

Everton were on top for much of the first half and had a number of opportunities to double their advantage. Conor McAleny smashed a shot into the side netting before Barkley was brilliantly denied by Taylor on the half hour mark. Seven minutes before the break Everton were made to pay for their missed opportunities when Billy Clifford's shot took a deflection and beat Adam Davies in the Blues goal.

On 55 minutes Everton went back in front via a set piece as Luke Garbutt delivered an inviting cross which Magaye Gueye cleverly diverted into the net. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Chelsea drew level for the second time in the afternoon. Substitute Ben Gordon crossed for Kane who headed in the equaliser.

That goal started a dramatic spell of action, and Everton soon restored their lead courtesy of another deflection. The visitors worked the ball out to the left hand side and Garbutt's effort came off Kane and went in. Everton looked to be heading for a second successive victory, but Chelsea showed yet more fighting spirit to snatch an equaliser two minutes into stoppage time. Kane was again the Chelsea hero making contact with the ball just ahead of Davies and scoring the sixth goal of the game - his second.

 Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
Reserves/U-21 Match No 6
Tuesday 18 October 2011
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Hahnemann; Touray, Bidwell, Mustafi, Browning; Gueye, Barkley, Wallace (75' Orenuga); Forshaw, Stracqualursi (45' Forrester), McFadden (46' McAleny).
Subs not used: Davies, Lundstram.  Scorers: Marrs (og), McAleny

In the behind-closed-doors fixture at Everton’s training ground, McFadden, who returned to the Blues as a free agent on Monday, partnered Denis Stracqualursi up front. There were also run-outs for the likes of Marcus Hahnemann, Ross Barkley and Magaye Gueye.

The best chance of the opening half came on 32 minutes. Ibou Touray sprayed the ball out to Gueye on the right-hand side. The Frenchman took a touch and then played in the onrushing Wallace but the youngster blazed over the bar from the right-hand edge of the six-yard box. Anton Forrester entered the fray in first-half stoppage time. The young striker replaced Stracqualursi, who had picked up a knock.

McFadden was withdrawn at the interval for McAleny. Everton created the first chance of the second period, Gueye getting close to the byline but electing to shoot when a cross might have been the better option. Adam Forshaw then played in McAleny down the right. Forshaw wanted the return pass but McAleny went for goal and his effort flew harmlessly over the bar.

Wallace broke with the ball and fed Barkley, whose shot was deflected just over, before Femi Orenuga caem on for Wallace, with the game heading for a draw. But Everton finally made the breakthrough on 82 minutes when orshaw ran from deep and with the Sunderland defence backing off, he tried to play in Forrester, only for Marrs to stick out a leg and send the ball past Lewis King from eight yards.

Just over 60 seconds later it was 2-0. Barkley pressured David Meyler into a misplaced pass and McAleny took advantage, racing clear to slot past Lewis and make sure of the win for the Toffees.  There was still time for Hahnemann to make a superb one-handed save from Black Cats substitute Roarie Deacon as the American kept a clean sheet on his first appearance in an Everton shirt.

 Manchester United 2 - 0 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 7
Thursday 3 November 2011

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Bidwell, Lundstram, Nsiala; Mustafi, Forshaw, Barkley; Stracqualursi, McFadden (46' Long), Gueye.
Subs not used: Davies, Dier, Hope, Forrester.  Scorers: None

The Blues included Marcus Hahnemann, Ross Barkley, James McFadden, Gueye and Denis Stracqualursi in their side and Everton had by far the better of the second half but United goalkeeper Ben Amos saved well from Adam Forshaw and Magaye Gueye rattled the woodwork when clean through.

United were one up after just five minutes of a keenly contested game when Will Keane jinked into the penalty area before calmly finding the roof of the net and leaving Hahnemann motionless in the Blues goal.

The Red Devils controlled much of the first half and in the 21st minute Blues skipper Shkodran Mustafi slid to Everton's rescue. The ball dropped to Mame Biriam Diouf inside the penalty area but his rasping drive was brilliantly blocked by the German defender.

Six minutes later Hahnemann was called into action as the hosts worked the ball quickly from left to right. Larnell Cole found some space inside the penalty area but the former Reading custodian diverted his effort out for a corner.

Everton's only real opening of the first half time came in the 43rd minute follwing some good work from Barkley. The teenager weaved into the penalty area before finding Stracqualursi but his effort from close range was far too weak to trouble goalkeeper Ben Amos.

Soon after the restart Amos had to work a little harder to deny winger Forshaw. Forshaw surged into the penalty area, but Amos narrowed the angle and subsequently claimed the rebound ahead of Stracqualursi.

On 59 minutes Magaye Gueye had Everton's best chance to get back on level terms. The Frenchman surged through the heart of the Red Devils defence but hammered a left footed effort against the cross-bar with Amos well beaten.

As the game wore on Barkley's impact on the game increased, he hit a free kick straight at Amos before a tame effort from the edge of the area was easy for the United goalkeeper to keep out.

With eight minutes to play United sealed victory following some good work on their left hand side. Substitute Sean McGinty delivered a teasing cross and Jesse Lingard got a toe on it to divert the ball past Hahnemann.

 Everton 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic
Reserves/U-21 Match No 8
Monday 7 November 2011
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Touray, Lundstram, Nsiala; Mustafi, Long, Forshaw; Gueye, McFadden (60' Hope), Thomas (84' Higgins).
Subs not used: Davies, Forrester, Dier.  Scorers: Lundstram

Everton introduced a couple of U18’s players from the off by giving Ibou Touary a game at left back and Adam Thomas on the right hand side of midfield. The game got underway as First team manager watched from the balcony as grey skies hovered above. It was Adam Thomas who produced the first threat on goal after ten minutes when, after some good build-up play, a James McFadden cross found the head of Thomas but glanced away then; within 60 seconds Thomas drove a ball goalwards that missed the right hand post.

Wigan won a free kick on the edge of the ‘D’ after Everton conceded a foul and as 3 Wigan players stood over the ball it was first team star Hendry Thomas that directed his effort just narrowly wide of Hahnamann’s post. Wigan were playing the neater football with some very crisp passing, Hahnamann being alert and equal to the goalbound efforts. Forshaw made Nicholls in the Wigan goal work hard to save a long range effort as they were reduced to shots from distance while a very Wigan defence stood their ground.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes when Gueye gave away a free kick on the half-way line. The free kick was knocked into the path of Sammon as Hahnemann came racing from his line to block a shot that unkindly hit Mustafi to roll into the net and put the visitors in front. The game edged towards the break as Everton searched for an equaliser and Wigan were very quick to react on the counter and nearly doubled their lead but for some fine experienced goalkeeping by Hahnemann.

Only 3 minutes after the break, in Danny Redmond (ex-Everton youth player) scored a remarkable goal out of nothing from 25 yards that dropped into the top left hand corner, leaving Hahnemann helpless, and it doubled the visitors' lead leaving Everton with a lot to do. Chris Long the 16 year old academy starlet tried immediately with a shot that sent Nichols down to save at the foot of his post.

Hallam Hope replaced McFadden on the hour and his pace was noticeably evident as Lundstram sent a header wide of the post after good work by Thomas. Everton were not lying down and forced a number of free kicks and on 65 minutes after a long ball from a set piece, Lundstram was inside the box to lash the ball high past the stranded Nicholls to reduce the deficit.

Ten minutes from time, Everton had the Wigan defenders working overtime but just could not find a way through then a fine assist from Nsiala found Hope whose low shot was covered by Nicholls. In added time, as much as Everton tried, Wigan once again attacked the hosts on the break and won a free kick when shouts for a penalty were turned down.

From the free kick the ball fell to substitute Watson as Everton scrambled the ball away and Watson’s blast was heading for the goal and again Hahnemann made an outstanding save to his left. Long and Hope combined well at the death as Long went down in the box after a challenge but a decision was not in Everton’s favour.

 Newcastle United 0 - 4 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 9
Tuesday 22 November 2011

Everton: Davies; Browning. Bidwell, Lundstram, Nsiala; Mustafi, Forshaw, Barkley, Vellios, McAleny, Gueye.
Subs not used: Fitzgibbon, Hope, Dier, Thomas, Forrester.  Scorers: McAleny, Vellios 2, Forshaw.

A shot from 12 yards is blocked by Jake Bidwell. Another effort was dealt with easily by Adam Davies. The Newcastle keeper has to keep out Apostolos Vellios's shot from a narrow angle after Magaye Gueye had slipped the ball through to him inside the box.

The ball is played down the line and Conor McAleny surprised everyone with an audacious 30-yard lob which sailed into the net. The quality of the shot meant it was past the keeper before he could get back, and the visitors had the lead lead. A full-length save is needed to keep out goalscorer McAleny, this time his 25-yard shot needed fingertips to divert it around the post.

Vellios then made it 2-0 on 35 mins as he forced home Adam Forshaw's dangerous free-kick from almost on the line after it had been allowed to travel all the way across goal.  Bidwell did well to tee up Gueye for a shot which the keeper saved and the Blues go off two goals to the good.

On the hour, a superb point-blank reaction save was needed to deny Vellios when the Greek's downward header from Bidwell's cross looked a certain goal. Another fine save was needed to keep Newcastle in the match when Everton broke swiftly from a Magpies corner and Gueye fed McAleny, but a strong hand from the keeper pushed the ball away from the back of the net and onto the side netting.

Everton then killed the game off with a good move which resulted in McAleny having a shot, again well saved, but Vellios was on hand to score his second of the afternoon from the rebound. A few minutes later, Everton made it four as Forshaw rifled it home.

Tyias Browning's slide-rule pass found Gueye, who again forces a save with a stinging low shot as the Magpies were well and truely beaten.

 Blackburn Rovers 2 - 4 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 10
Monday 16 January 2012
Liegh Sports Village

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Touray, Forshaw, Dier; Hammar, Gueye (90' Long), Baxter; Vellios (81' Lundstram), McAleny (79' Hope), McFadden.
Subs not used: Davies, Thomas.  Scorers: Vellios 3, Baxter

Everton drew first blood going infront on 5 minutes after a corner from Adam Forshaw was met with a high leap from Vellios despite the efforts of their full back who could not stop it from crossing the line. Rovers chased for an equaliser but Hahnemann came to Everton’s rescue as he made a very important save they failed to put away the follow up.

Vellios had an effort ruled out for what seemed a push on the goalkepper and Adam Forshaw’s effort came off the crossbar as a defender cleared the danger with immediate effect. The Toffees were awarded a penalty 5 minutes from the interval as Vellios was brought down by their full back and victim Vellios sent Kean diving without a prayer as the visitors looked comfortable going into a 2-goal lead.

Just as the teams were ready for their half-time refreshments, Vellios added Everton’s third and made it his hat-trick with a spectacular finish to send the visitors in 3 up and leaving the Lancastrians with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Blackburn were quickly off the mark as Jordan Slew took his opportunity to despatch a ball under the body of Hahnemann and reduce the deficit. Rovers had the bit between their teeth as they looked desperate to repair their pride and Hahnemann was the busiest of the keepers as the home side were guilty of wasting chances as Everton’s Jose Baxter (recently back off his loan at Tranmere) put the away side further in front and give them a 3 goal cushion as his effort seemed to come off the woodwork and guarantee them the points.

Rovers showed the same attitude as they did at the start of the second half after conceding Baxter’s goal and a long throw caused problems in the Everton defence as Anderson did well to beat Hahnemann with a clever finish. Blackburn tried to apply much pressure but Everton’s rearguard held firm to take 3 well earned points back to Merseyside.

 Everton 6 - 3 Newcastle United
Reserves/U-21 Match No 11
Tuesday 14 February 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Touray, Forshaw, Duffy; Dier, Coleman (56' Kelly), Barkley (84' Heneghan); Vellios (58' Silva), Baxter, Gueye.
Subs not used: Davies, Lundstram.   Scorers: Coleman, Gueye 2, Baxter, Barkley, Silva.

Everton had trialist Sam Kelly from Norwich City on the bench.  Newcastle made the brighter start but it was Everton who managed to get off the mark as quickly as 4 minutes with their first attack, Gueye from the left found Baxter who turned and shot but the Keeper did well to save but unfortunately for him Coleman was able to tap in from short distance to put the home side in front.

A Gueye shot on the 15 minute mark did not trouble the Magpies Keeper  but on 22 minutes the game was level when Nzuzi made a galloping run to find Dan Taylor who beat Hahnemann with a deflection. It only took 3 minutes for the hosts to get back in front after good work from Vellios who fed Gueye on the left who wormed his way into the box to increase the lead with a shot off the post. Vellios had a chance to put Everton further ahead before half time but his effort was put wide. Then on 41 minutes the game was level again with goalscorer Taylor deceiving Duffy to score past Hahnemann.

Gueye was having an exceptional game with David Moyes watching from the balcony. He assisted Forshaw nine minutes into the second half but the shot was wasted and ran across the goalmouth. Everton retrieved possession in midfield as Gueye again causing problems then put the home side in front yet again and this was living up to a thrilling game.

Everton made two substitutions with Coleman being replaced by Kelly and Vellios replaced by Joao Silva. After only gracing the pitch for 1 minute, Silva nearly added to Everton’s tally only to be denied with a goal-line clearance. On the hour Hahnemann had to be alert to keep a 20-yard shot out as the Magpies pressed for an equaliser.

Newcastle drew level to make it 3-3 after a good build up involving three players then McGorrigan let fly as Keeper Hahnemann was well beaten with a drive from a good way out.  Newcastle conceded again 2 minutes after drawing level as Baxter won a tackle then shot but the ball came off defender Dummett and in.

The visitors had two efforts that were close but with 11 minutes remaining, Barkley produced a moment of magic which stemmed from a break as Newcastle had a corner and, on the counter, Everton broke, the ball fell into Barkley’s path who drew the keeperfrom his line then delivered an exquisite chip to make the game 5-3. To make matters worse, substitute Silva got rewarded after his earlier attempt was cleared off the line to make it number 6 with 4 minutes left. Silva shot and the keeper saved but failed to hold the ball which landed back at Silva’s feet and he put the game to bed.

 Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 12
Tuesday 21 February 2012
Liverpool Academy, Halewood

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Dier, Weir, Touray; Gueye, Barkley, Forshaw (81' Lundstram); Baxter, Vellios (62' Silva), Coleman.
Subs not used: Davies, Hope, Kelly.  Scorers: Vellios.

David Weir returned to Everton as coaching staff and reserve defender after departing troubled Glasgow Rangers and went straight in alongside Eric Dier at the heart of the defence. Magaye Gueye took 90 seconds to inflict the first assault of the early afternoon with a shot that failed to trouble Brad Jones who watched it go past the left hand post. Jones again was called upon to make a save which Gueye crossed and Baxter was able to let fly with a rasping shot but Jones was equal to it.

Hahnemann was never troubled at this stage as Liverpool seemed to step up a gear forcing a couple of corners but Everton’s shot stopper was able to deal with them with ease. 2 minutes later  Fernandez wriggled smartly into the box to send his left footed shot to Hahnemann’s right who went down comfortably to take. Forshaw, who was probably the Blues best player of the first half, defended well as Liverpool started to exert pressure by being at hand to clear the danger and conceding a corner.

5 minutes into the second half, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock with a lovely flicked header by Greek Vellios who was assisted with a fine run and cross from former Sligo Rovers starlet Seamus Coleman that left Jones helpless and give Everton the lead. Liverpool were pushing to even the score line but Everton’s defence were doing their job, Fernandez was hopeful for a penalty going down in the box but Mr Kavanagh the match official waved it away.

Everton were looking to increase their lead with Vellios, Gueye and Coleman linking well put they failed to convert.
Hahnemann had to come to Everton’s rescue as Weir was beaten in a tussle with Eccleston after good work from Sterling down the left flank. Liverpool got what they deserved on 70 minutes with a good attacking move and finish of quality. Eccleston helped his team mate with a cross to be admired that was precise for Sterling to blast beyond the despairing Hahnemann.

Again Eccleston continued to be a menace attacking Everton’s flank once more his cross this time was delivered to substitute Ngoo who could not match the service with a disappointing effort that went over the bar. The home side could have taken all 3 points at the death only for Ngog once more to fail to execute as Hahnemann was able to push away around the post.

 Everton 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers
Reserves/U-21 Match No 13
Tuesday 28 February 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Hahnemann; Browning, Touray, Junior, Weir; Dier, McFadden (68' Orenuga), Rodwell (65' Lundstram); Silva, Osman (46' McAleny), Gueye.
Subs not used: Davies, Hope,  Scorers: Gueye, Osman.

Everton surrendered a two-goal lead after Magaye Gueye and Leon Osman had put the Blues in a commanding position. Bolton fought back with goals on the hour and an equaliser 2 minutes from the time. 

Everton got off to a perfect start inside 4 minutes through Magaye Gueye. Silva pulled the ball across from the right after being assisted by McFadden to give the blues the lead. Osman and Rodwell were looking comfortable on their returns and it was McFadden who was very impressive with some amazing runs and almost got on the scoresheet only to se his shot blocked.

The new recruit, Junior was putting himself about lacking any fear for the man of his size then helped put Everton two up on 20 minutes when he put Osman through who chipped the visiting keeper. McFadden again came close to getting off the mark only to have his 25 yard free kick saved. At this stage, Bolton never really troubled Everton but towards the end if the first 45 minutes Hahnemann was called upon.

Junior and Silva combined nicely as Silva had an effort which took a deflection and narrowly went wide. Osman had two chances denied before the whistle and full back Tyias Browning also showed some steel to block an effort.

Bolton were quick to make three changes at the break and Osman was replaced with Conor McAleny.  Everton were building up some good play in midfield with Rodwell and McAleny shining, and were still by far the better team, Browning made a strong run to cross for Silva to knock down with a header into the path of Gueye to thump a volley which was blocked.

Bolton had finally found some consistency and were posing a threat but newly appointed coach David Weir was showing signs of experience with his defensive display. The Trotters won a free kick after Dave Weir was the guilty party but Bolton broke the net on the hour with a thunderous free kick which left Hahnemann helpless.

The home side reacted by trying to retrieve the 2 goal advantage, but Silva’s angled drive was denied. Everton replaced Rodwell and McFadden with Lundstram and Orenuga. With 18 minutes remaining, Silva was shown a straight red for what the referee adjudged to see as the use of an elbow but it looked a very harsh decision to send him off.

The recipient had to go off for treatment but couldn’t be replaced as Bolton had used all of their substitutes leaving the teams with ten men each. Unfortunately, the game changed and Bolton took a grip as a header went agonisingly wide. With time running out and Everton desperate to hold out for the points, the visitors' pressure paid off as a cut inside the box deceived Touray and beat Hahnemann to level the game and finish 2-2. Some great displays with Junior and McFadden also Gueye catching the eye but Eric Dier has certainly become a promising star in the making.

 Everton 0 - 0 Liverpool
Reserves/U-21 Match No 14
Tuesday 6 March 2012
Goodison Park

Everton: Mucha;, Browning, Touray (75' McAleny), Rodwell, Duffy; Jagielka, McFadden, Barkley; Anichebe, Osman (60' Junior), Coleman.
Subs not used: Davies, Silva, Dier.  Scorers: None

For the second successive week, Alan Stubbs fielded a strong starting eleven including injury victims Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe, with Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman on the comeback trail both being involved with the first team at QPR last Saturday.

Many fans were in attendance, all congregated in the Upper Bullens road stand as Everton kicked off the first half attacking the Gwladys Strret end and it was the home side that made the first threat as McFadden fed Osman whose shot was blocked; then from the rebound Coleman drove the ball outside of the left hand post.

It was the visitors who took an opportunity only four minutes later when Raheem Sterling took off down the left cut inside the box to curl his effort past the left hand post. The opening stages had the makings of an exciting game as Liverpool started to press and Jagielka showed his Premier League experience to time a tackle and deny Kriztiak Adorjan.

On the quarter of an hour mark, Seamus Coleman will have been disappointed that he never did better with his effort after Osman had played him through and really it should have been 1-0. Mucha was called upon after racing from his line to prevent Eccleston from converting Sterling’s pass after Liverpool had broke on the counter from an Everton corner.

Everton’s defence was looking uncomfortable as Liverpool attacked with Sterling being the main threat and again Mucha was able to receive a much deserved round of applause for the save from Sterling; at this stage of the contest Liverpool should possibly have been in front. Nearing the end of the first period Osman got into the Liverpool penalty area but applied one touch too many as Everton failed to test Jones.

Mucha’s hat trick of first half saves was complete when he thwarted Jesus Fernandez after full back for the blues Touray was turned inside out Anichebe had an appeal for a penalty turned down near the end of the period and looked frustrated not to get the decision. Sterling must have been thinking it wasn’t his day watching his effort come off Mucha’s left hand post again taking advantage of the counter attack for the last piece of action before both teams retired for the interval.

The early stages of the second half failed to offer anything of any notable worth. Osman wriggled inside the box making himself available to head just over from a Coleman cross. Eccleston came close for the Reds after breaking away quickly following Everton pressure turning his marker Browning inside out to narrowly miss the target.

Osman for the second week was probably Everton’s liveliest outfield player and was substituted on the hour, replaced by Junior the recent recruit. A promising Liverpool move found Sterling in space who could only hit the side netting.
Defending for the blues was a concern as Fernandez eventually found Conor Coady who hammered the ball low to be met again by a two handed punch from Mucha.

In the latter stages of the game, Everton could only manage to force long range shots from distance from Junior and Barkley  as Liverpool will be wondering why they never got the maximum points from this mini derby but Mucha will delighted with his efforts.

 Sunderland 0 - 1 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 15
Thursday 15 March 2012

Everton:   Davies; Browning, Weir, Touray, Junior; Dier, Kelly (33' Grant), Barkley; Baxter, McAleny (90+2' Forrester), Vellios (80' Higgins). 
Subs not used:  Roberts, Pennington.   Scorers: Baxter

A 66th minute close range effort from Jose Baxter sealed the points for Everton last night and inflicting a first defeat on the Black Cats since Liverpool beat them in late November to extend Everton’s unbeaten run to 7 games. At Eppleton Welfare Colliery messrs Stubbs and Bertschin fielded young sides as Everton were hoping to improve on their last outing in the Mini Derby 9 days before.

Assistant coach Davie Weir made his second appearance for the Toffees playing alongside Eric Dier in defence. Jose Baxter was looking lively in the early stages of the game with Wilson in the Sunderland goal being called upon.From a Barkley corner Wilson made a key save from Baxter with a thumping shot that Wilson had to show his athleticism to push the ball away.

The blues had the luck on their side as the home side were getting forward but the final ball was always a let down for them. Adam Davies the Everton keeper was also called upon and also had to be on his toes to block a shot from Noble after Armstrong had found an opening past the Everton defence but the young rookie held his nerve.

Not long after that, the blues avoided a scare as the home side broke and again Noble was the menace as he hit the side netting after receiving the through ball, Jordan Cook also had an effort that went close. Then first 30 minutes of the half were pretty even and not much to choose between the sides. Everton were quite content on keeping possession and breaking as to when they could with Baxter being the most impressive.

Everton restarted the second half with a lot more about them also going close on two occasions inside the first ten minutes. Vellios had a shot that just went narrowly wide of Wilson’s post and McAleny found his way inside the Sunderland box then tested Wilson who bravely stopped a close range effort to prevent his side from going behind, Everton were really looking lively at this point.

Still at 0-0 and with 24 minutes left on the clock it was captain for the evening Jose Baxter that found the breakthrough from close range to jab the ball past the helpless Wilson and put Alan Stubbs’s team ahead. Everton once in front composed themselves demonstrating a spirit not to throw away their lead although the home side did step it up and also introducing changes in order to level the game.

Everton certainly frustrated the opposition as they missed a number of chances with Cook again going close for the home side as he almost scored in the first half was cruelly denied to see his shot saved once again by Davies.

 Everton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Reserves/U-21 Match No 16
Monday 19 March 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Davies; Browning, Touray, Lundstram, Dier; Duffy, Grant (67' Thomas), Baxter; Vellios (46' Hope), McAleny, Orenuga (77' Forrester).
Subs not used: Fitzgibbon, Pennington.  Scorers: Lundstram.

John Lundstram returned from suspension to give the blues a lead with Jake Kempton equalising for the visitors at Finch Farm played behind closed doors. Both coaches decided to settle for youthful sides with Everton looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 8 games, their last outing being at Sunderland last Thursday.

Both keepers were called upon early on in the opening moment as Everton’s Davies firstly denied Ismail’s attempt with McCarey being on his toes to produce a double stop from Vellios and Orenuga who was trying to cash in from the rebound.  Again both teams showed signs of trying to snatch a lead as Dier headed over a corner fron Conor Grant then at the other end with Ebanks-Landell going close in similar fashion.

It was the blues who got their noses in front just after the half hour when Orenuga crossed for Vellios who forced McCarey to push away his shot with the onrushing Lundstram hitting the rebound past the stranded keeper despite full back Kostrna’s late effort to keep it out.  Ismail and Gorman looked very dangerous for the visitors but Everton held their nerve to end the first half a goal to the good.

England’s young lion Halam Hope was the only change at the break replacing Vellios who had picked up a yellow card just before half time. Everton’s start to the second half was encouraging with Hope nearly doubling the blues lead inside three minutes only for McCarey to save with his feet.

Ismail who was in the thick of the action was responsible for helping his team mates draw level 12 minutes after the restart. A combination of one touch football with Price then a shot blocked from Gorman’s effort left Kempton with an easy task of thumping the ball into the net.

A goal in favour of the visitors stood them in good stead as they were at this point the more effective team as Everton were not able to get behind the Wolves defence and had to setle for shooting from distance without troubling McCarey.Baxter came close for the blues towards the end of the game as did McAleny who was denied with a good save from McCarey once more with both teams sharing the points.

 Wigan Athletic 1 - 1 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 17
Thursday 22 March 2012
Robin Park Arena, Wigan

Everton:   Davies; Browning, Touray; Junior, Dier, Weir; Grant (82' Hope), Baxter; Vellios, McAleny, Lundstram.
Subs not used:  Fitzgibbon, Pennington, Thomas, Orenuga.  Scorers: Baxter.

Alan Stubbs and his team were facing their third game in seven days as they made the short journey to the Robin Park Arena. Stubbs fielded a youthful side as Everton were looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 9 games. In bright warm sunshine and played on an awful pitch, Everton went ahead in minutes with a move that stemmed from the left, Vellios held up the ball and found Baxter who curled his effort from 20 yards that was accurately placed to give the blues the lead.

Just two minutes after the goal, Baxter played a ball over the top of the Wigan defence into the path of Lundstram but the threat was cleared. Lundstram also saw his shot hit the post shortly after that. Junior, who was playing in front of the back four and behind the midfield, was in impressive form.  Davies in goal for Everton was a spectator for most of the first half which was down to the centre backs Dier and Weir who coped with anything that Wigan were threatening to throw at visitors.

Dier made the first chance for Everton 5 minutes into the second period when he played a long ball over the top of Wigan’s defenders for Vellios on route to goal then hastily snatched at it and sent it skywards. The game was lacking some excitement and was a very dull encounter as Wigan made a double substitution as they tried to force Davies into action without him being troubled for the first 63 minutes.
Touray set up Baxter with a cross from the left who tried his luck again from range.

Junior was in the right place to deny Angoy a goal for the home side by stabbing the ball off the line, the substitute Dawson was teasing Touray as Wigan gathered some momentum and were having their best spell of the game, Bingham the other sub saw his effort narrowly miss the post with an ambitious shot.  McAleny burst from the half way line on a daring run and was clattered by McCormack as the two squared up to each other as the match official Mr Graham issued a deserved yellow card.

From the free kick Vellios had a shot blocked which then came out to Dier who failed to hit the target. McAleny this time produced a fine pass to Baxter who hit a powerful shot which sent Hare dpwn to his left to make a two handed parried block. As the game was edging to it’s closing stages Davies advanced from his line to unfortunately bring down Tim Chow and from the spot kick Dawson beat Davies to make the result even.

 Everton 1 - 4 Manchester United
Reserves/U-21 Match No 18
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Davies; Browning, Touray, Dier, Lundstram; Weir, Junior, Grant (60' Long); Barkley, Silva, Hope (60' Orengua).
Subs not used: Roberts, Forrester, Pennington.  Scorers: Long.

Ross Barkley was skippering the Blues at Finch Farm. The visitors went ahead after just 76 seconds when Will Keane slotted in Jesse Lingard's pass. That goal looked offside but United's second five minutes later certainly wasn't as Davide Petrucci sidefooted home from the edge of the box.It was an uphill battle for Alan Stubbs' side from that point on, with United happy to retain possession.

In fact, the Blues' only real first half chance was a 36th minute David Weir effort which was headed off the line by goalscorer Keane.United pressed home their advantage in the second period as Jesse Lingard smashed home a third on 65 minutes, with Petrucci grabbing his second and his side's fourth after a slick move four minutes later.

With 15 minutes left Barkley was thwarted by visiting custodian Ben Amos as he sought a consolation, but substitute Chris Long did restore some pride with a clinical last minute strike following Francisco Junior's run and pass.

 Everton 1 - 1 Swansea City
Reserves/U-21 Match No 19
Thursday 12 April 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton: Davies; Browning, Touray (51' Pennington), Lundstram, Duffy; Dier, Junior (72' Hope), Barkley; Vellios (Long 86), Silva, Baxter.
Subs not used: Grant, Orenuga  Scorers: Silva.

Stubbs included a few members of the team that took part in the Dallas Cup last week. The first 15 minutes lacked excitement only for a very close effort from Swansea, a volley hammered wide. Everton were slow picking up their pace and their best chance fell to Vellios who failed to connect to a Lundstram cross after a neat headed flick on from Silva.  Everton were looking a better prospect and on half time Junior showed his qualities with a thumping 25 yard drive that was only a whisker away from the right hand post.

In the second half, Vellios saw his effort cleared by Swansea as the visitors came very close to breaking into the lead when they hit the bar then, within 60 seconds, Everton were in front with a fine move, Barkley and Baxter combining well with Browning supporting down the right, crossed to Silva who met with a header which deceived Moreira with a slight deflection.

Barkley had two good opportunities to increase Everton’s lead further then unfortunately for Everton they paid the price as on 75 minutes the Swans levelled  with a delightful 18-yard effort that went into the bottom corner. Baxter played substitute Hallam Hope through and he could have won the game  at the end only for some heroic goalkeeping.

 Bolton Wanderers 0 - 1 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 20
Tuesday 17 April 2012

Everton: Davies; Browning, Dier, Duffy, Weir, Lundstram; Grant (74' Orenuga) Barkley; Vellios (72' Hope), Baxter, Silva (67' Long).
Subs not used: Fitzgibbon, Pennington.  Scorers: Hope.

The first half was very uneventful although Everton did have the ball in the net midway through the first half as the keeper failed to hold a Baxter free kick and Vellios put home then to be denied by the assistant’s flag. Vellios was denied with a great save only seconds into the second half.

The second half was more of a lively nature as Bolton showed more bite as Everton seemed to ride their luck. The hosts were attacking down both flanks but the service was let down with the forwards failing to capitalise on their assistance. But on the counter, Hope punished Bolton late on which came too late for Bolton to respond.

 Everton 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
Reserves/U-21 Match No 21
Monday 23 April 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton:  Davies; Coleman, Dier, Duffy, Weir; Lundstram, Orenuga (80' Long), Barkley; Silva (61' Hope), Baxter, Grant (67' Pennington).
Subs not used: Roberts, Forrester.  Scorers: Baxter, Hope.

A late change to the line up saw Tyias Browning and Apostolos Vellios withdrawn and replaced by Seamus Coleman and Conor Grant. Blackburn looked the threatening side while Everton’s goal threats were minimal apart from a blocked attempt from Conor Grant.

Everton started brighter in the second half. Silva was in a good position to score but failed to connect to a cross.
Baxter forced a good save but a miss from Baxter moments later looked to be Everton’s best chance as he managed to send his effort high over the bar from 8 yards out.

Jose Baxter was shining in his role and finally got Everton’s first attempt on goal just before the hour mark. Everton made changes bringing on Pennington who went to the right back position and Coleman going into the right hand midfield berth.

Finally Everton made a breakthrough with 23 minutes remaining when Baxter put the home side ahead. A shot was let fly from distance which somehow went under the keeper's body and across the line off the post. John Lundstram was caught in possession but Blackburn could not beat Davies in the Everton goal.

The a goal from substitute Hope sealed the game. A delightful Barkley assist left Hope to dink the onrushing keeper and give the blues a last home win of the campaign. 

 Arsenal 0 - 2 Everton
Reserves/U-21 Match No 22
Wednesday 3 May 2012

Everton: Davies; Browning, Duffy, Dier, Touray; Baxter (86' Hope), Forshaw (70' Orenuga), Barkley, Junior, Lundstram; Vellios.
Subs not used: Roberts? Grant, Pennington.  Scorers: Barkley, Baxter (pen).

Shane Duffy, Jose Baxter, Ross Barkley, Francisco Junior and Apostolos Vellios will all feature for the Blues, while midfielder Adam Forshaw is set to make a first outing since breaking his jaw on loan at Brentford in March.

The familiar teenage trio of Tyias Browning, Eric Dier and Ibou Touray will join Duffy in front of stopper Adam Davies, with John Lundstram the player to complete Everton's midfield alongside Baxter, Barkley, Junior and Forshaw.

Everton started to press their illustrious hosts from the start, and it required a great save from the Arsenal keeper to Vellios after just 7 mins off a great cutback by Browning advancing down the right. It was then Davies's turn at the other end to palm away a shot.

On 18 mins, Baxter and Barkley combined well, allowing Barkley to run through and draw first blood for the Blues with a fine strike. Everton were then given a penalty a few minutes later and it was 2 - 0 as Baxter slotted home from the spot. Baxter tried to score from all of 45 yards out before the break, his effort flying just over.

Arsenal tried their best to recover in the second half, but with no success. There was some afters when Baxter went in a little hard on defender Angha, who was later booked for dragging Baxter back. Baxter was replaced by Hope near the end.

Everton take all three points and secure 3rd place in the FA Premier Reserve League (North Section)

  St Helens Town 1 - 2 Everton
Liverpool Senior Cup 2011-12, Round 3
Tuesday 15 November 2011
Edge Green Street, St Helens

Everton: Davies; Browning, Touray, Heneghan, Bidwell; Molyneux, Higgins, Grant (78' Jones); Long (78' Forshaw), Forrester (86' Waring), Thomas.
Subs not used: Fitzgibbon, Nsiala. Scorers:  Forrester, Thomas

Everton got the first half underway kicking down the slope and got off the mark as early as the 9th minute as some nice build up play outside the box lead to Ryan Higgins assisting Forrester with a neat pass who drove home with a right foot shot that went in off the left hand post. St Helens were seeking to get behind Everton’s defence with some long high balls but Ben Heneghan was equal to meet them at every opportunity.

On 25 minutes Saints drew level with a cross from the right and an unmarked Andy Olsen was able to head past Davies in the Everton goal and left flatfooted to level things up. But within 60 seconds Everton got their noses back in front with a lovely goal from the left hand side and again Higgins had a hand in the goal, but it was Adam Thomas who despatched the ball from an angle with a sweet left foot shot.

5 minutes from the break a combined move with Higgins and Long deserved a goal but Cowderoy the Saints keeper made a great save and keep the deficit to 1 goal, then only the post prevented Everton from going in at the break with a 2 goal margin as Forrester danced around two players to see his effort rebound off the post.

The second half’s early stages were quite dull as chances for both teams were limited. On 55 minutes Long, spurned an Everton chance as his effort went high over the cross bar. 60 minutes and Forrester was played through from Bidwell’s pass as Saint’s defence raised hands looking for an offside but the flag stayed down but as it looked as Everton would increase the lead Cowderoy stood his ground to deny Forrester the goal with a very brave save. Forrester had a chance again on 65 minutes only to have it blocked but Everton sustained the pressure.

The last ten minutes Saints put Everton and Davies under pressure searching for a deserved equaliser but the chances were not clear cut as a header sailed over Davies’s bar but they could not find that vital touch to level the game. Everton made some late changes but held on and book their place in the semi final.


 Bootle 1 - 1 Everton [aet: 5 - 6 on penalties]
Liverpool Senior Cup 2011-12, Semi-Final
Thursday 3 May 2012
Des Vans Stadium, Aintree

Everton:  Taudal; Higgins, Johns, Pennington, Hammar; Molyneux, Orenuga (53' Green), Jones (110' Waring); Hope, Forrester (85' Long), Grant.
Subs not used: Springthorpe, Shannon, Adelson.   Scorers: Hope.  [Penalties: Molyneux, Grant, Hope, Waring, Green, Pennington]

With Everton Reserves having travelled to London yesterday to complete their Reserves League season, the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup was contested mainly by Everton's Under-18s.

The first chance of the game fell to Bootle but the shot was into the side-netting. Then, Forrester's shot was met with an excellent save, and Hallam Hope put one over the bar.

A nice one-two between Jones and Hope, Jones shoots and the keeper makes a top save. Hope then spurned another chance and it was Bootle's turn to threaten, before they scored the first goal of the game, Miley putting Bootle ahead following a goal-mouth scramble on 38 mins.

At the start of the second half, Bootle went close again through Kilroy. On 53 minutes, Kevin Sheedy decided to switch out Femi Orenuga and bring on the young star in the making, George Green. And the substitution works wonders, with Green getting forward with fantastic pace to set up Hallam Hope for the equaliser.

Going into the final stages, Everton looked far more dangerous, with Green always looking good on the ball. Anton Forrester rounded the keeper with an open goal beckoning but put his shot over the bar!!! Forrester was then subbed off for Chris Long, with extra time looming. A final free-kick for Everton in 5 mins of added time but nothing came of it.

Green almost scored after skinning the Bootle right back, then Higgins went close. At the other end, Taudal's hands were stinging from O'Connor's drive, and the Blues survived a goalmouth scramble on half-time.

With just 10 mins of extra time left, Kevin Sheedy made his final change, Gethin Jones off for George Waring, who scored the winner at Fulham last season to secure the National U-18s title. But Everton could not find the wining goal and it went to penalties, scored in succession by Molyneux, Grant, Hope, Waring, Green, and finally Pennington, whose strike went unanswered as Wilkinson missed for the home side, and Everton went through 6-5 on penalties.

The winners will take on Tranmere at Prenton Park is a delayed final game during pre-season in July or August 2012.

 Tranmere Rovers 2 - 1 Everton
Liverpool Senior Cup Final 2011-12
Wednesday 1 August 2012
Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Everton: Mucha; Coleman, Duffy (C), Bidwell, Garbutt; Junior (72' Hope), Kelly (45' Lundstram) Barkley, Rodwell; Vellios, McAleny.
Subs used:
Taudal, Browning, Forrester. Scorers:  Vellios

A mixture of Academy, reserve and senior players turned out against Tranmere Rovers in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Prenton Park this evening and were beaten by a late goal by Andy Robinson. 

Even the presence of a string of players with Premier League experience in Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, Jack Rodwell, Ross Barkley and Apostolos Vellios could not help the Toffees second-string produce much of note as they lost last season's delayed Liverpool Senior Cup Final to Tranmere Rovers in injury time.

A healthy crowd watched Ronnie Moore’s side largely out-muscle their younger opponents, who will hopefully at least have benefited from a rigorous workout against a solid and occasionally exciting League One outfit. At least the locals got some entertainment value too – with three penalties in normal time and a last-gasp winner to keep them engaged into the night at Prenton Park.

Typically of how things were to pan out, Tranmere created the first opportunity, when French trialist Jonathan Tehoue flashed a first time volley from six yards over the bar after good work from ex-Everton Academy player James Wallace.

The scare seemed to spark a sluggish Everton side into life, as they began to keep hold of the ball better and almost score after a slick passing move involving Francisco Junior and Coleman which saw Conor McAleny’s shot saved by 6 ft - 9 in Jason Mooney in the Rovers’ goal. In reply, Andy Robinson curled a shot only narrowly over Jan Mucha’s cross bar from 15 yards. Neither side were creating many opportunities as a scrappy tempo developed but Everton’s extra class eked out a decisive opening.

First Ross Barkley’s nicely weighted through-ball to saw McAleny’s shot blocked by Mark McChrystal, then from a corner the visitors edged in front. As Tranmere’s defenders switched off Garbutt’s inswinging corner was volleyed home easily by Apostolos Vellios from around the penalty spot.

Ronnie Moore’s side dusted themselves off and responded brightly, with lively new boy Abdulai Bell-Baggie working his way through on goal only to be denied by a timely sliding block from Jake Bidwell. As half time approached, McAleny and Barkley linked up smartly, to allow the later a chance to unleash a venomous effort that flew just outside Mooney’s post.

The Toffees should really have created more in the first half given the number of their players with Premier League experience, and although Barkley looked to join the attack from his right wing berth as much as possible, Mooney was not troubled enough. Indeed it was Rovers right back Danny Holmes who had the last chance of the opening half with a deflected shot.

The second half started in similar fashion, as Rovers were awarded a penalty when Jean Louis Akpa Akpro was impeded. Fortunately Mucha made a fine diving save to force Andy Robinson’s spot kick around the post. Then from the corner Tehoue’s athletic volley thundered over the bar. And 10 minutes later Robinson’s clever cross found Akpro unmarked in the area but his header was directed wastefully wide.

Urged on by their frustrated bench, Everton responded, and Conor McAleny won a penalty after shimmying into the area and being upended by Danny Holmes. Unfortunately his effort was too close to Mooney who saved smartly.

More spot-kicks seemed to be on the cards with the dead-lock drifting into extra-time, but then Moore’s men struck decisively. Akpro, who had shown impressive movement all night, caught Everton’s defence too far upfield and set Robinson free with only Mucha to beat. That he did confidently, allowing Rovers to smile for the cameras with the cup as those in blue got ready to face the wrath of Alan Stubbs.



Player Apps (Sub)
Tyias Browning
21 (0)
Jose Baxter
14 (0)
Ross Barkley
14 (0)
Ibou Touray
13 (0)
Adam Davies
13 (0)
Eric Dier
13 (0)
Johnny Lundstram
12 (3)
Adam Forshaw
12 (1)
Apostolos Vellios
12 (0)
Magaye Gueye
10 (0)
Conor McAleny
9 (4)
Shane Duffy
8 (0)
Shkodran Mustafi
7 (1)
Marcus Hahnemann
7 (0)
David Weir
7 (0)
Francisco Junior
6 (1)
Aristote Nsiala
6 (1)
James McFadden
6 (0)
Femi Orenuga
5 (6)
Jake Bidwell
5 (3)
Joao Silva
5 (2)
Conor Grant
5 (1)
Seamus Coleman
4 (0)
Luke Garbutt
4 (0)
Denis Straqualursi
3 (0)
James Wallace
3 (0)
Leon Osman
2 (0)
Aiyegbeni Yakubu
2 (0)
Jan Mucha
2 (0)
Joseph Yobo
2 (0)
Jack Rodwell
2 (0)
Hallam Hope
1 (9)
Chris Long
1 (6)
Sam Kelly
1 (1)
Adam Thomas
1 (1)
Royston Drenthe
1 (0)
Phil Jagielka
1 (0)
Victor Anichebe
1 (0)
Johan Hammar
1 (0)
Anton Forrester
0 (4)
Ryan Higgins
0 (2)
Matthew Pennington
0 (2)
Conor Roberts
0 (1)
Ben Heneghan
0 (1)
Own Goal
0 (0)

  Reserves Players from this season (2009-10) who moved on in the summer of 2010 include:

Lukas Jutkiewicz Unwanted young hitman goes to Coventry City (26 Jul)
Carlo Nash Veteran 'keeper back from Oz tour to join Stoke City (10 Jul)
John Ruddy Spent last season at Motherwell; joined Norwich City (1 Jul)
Dan Gosling Finds contract loophole; leaves as free agent (30 Jun)
Cody Arnoux American unknown released after one-year contract (30 Jun)
Anton Peterlin US medical student released after one-year contract (30 Jun)
Philippe Senderos Swiss defender on loan from Arsenal joined Fulham (8 Jun)
James McCarten Loaned to Accrington in March; Released (June)
Lewis Codling Joined Aberystwyth after being relased (___)
Moses Barnett Arsenal reject from 2007 finally released (__ )
Zac Thompson Joined Leeds Unites after being released

 FRIENDLIES, 2009-10
 Freiburg 1 - 0 Everton
Lev Yashin Cup, Preliminaries
Friday 15 July 2011

Everton:   Davies; Browning, Mustafi (Garbutt), Duffy, Bidwell; Forshaw, Abdullayev, Lundstram, Baxter; Vellios (Hope), Silva (McAleny).
Subs: Taudall, Nsiala, Barrow, Forrester.  Scorers: None

Everton will play off against host club Dynamo Moscow for third and fourth place in the Lev Yashin Cup tomorrow following a 1-0 defeat to Freiberg in their opening match. Erich Sautner’s solitary strike was enough for the Germans to claim victory and a place in the final against Serbians OFK Beograd, who upset Dynamo 3-1 in the day’s other game.

There wasn’t much between the teams on the night as the players banked some valuable pre-season game time in balmy conditions and on an awkward artificial surface in the Russian capital.  The Blues were the more assured side in a quiet opening period with them keeping the ball slightly better than their German opponents. 

Jose Baxter had been given the captain’s armband and, playing in central midfield, he responded by looking to get on the ball at every opportunity and pull the strings. He was also taking charge of dead-ball situations and his superb set-piece delivery created the first chance of the game. Shkodran Mustafi was the beneficiary, but after he’d transferred the pace on the cross into his glancing header, the Freiberg keeper somehow contorted his frame to thwart him with his legs.

Within five minutes, however, it was the Germans who were in front. Sautner’s brutally dispatched long-range strike came out of nowhere and gave Freiberg a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Another perfectly-executed Baxter set-piece evaded a posse of Blues arriving just too late to add a finishing touch, while Sautner’s crisp take and shot was another reminder of his ability.

Half-time came and went and soon the substitutions flowed as Freiberg shuffled their pack and Luke Garbutt arrived in a bid to give Everton fresh attacking impetus down the left. Conor McAleny and Hallam Hope soon joined him and the latter was almost immediately shouting for a penalty after his stealthy run was snuffed out by a defender. The referee wasn’t interested, however, and the next the job he performed was to blow the final whistle and leave both sets of players to contemplate their next game.

 Dynamo Moscow 0 - 2 Everton
Lev Yashin Cup, Third Place Play-Off
Saturday 16 July 2011
Rodina Stadium, Moscow  

Everton: Davies (46' Taudal); Browning, Nsiala, Mustafi Duffy, Garbutt; Barrow, Baxter, Forshaw; Abdullayev (46' Vellios), McAleny, Silva.
Subs not used: Bidwell, Forrester, Lundstram, Hope.  Scorers: McAleny 2

The Blues started well and they should have been ahead as early as the sixth minute as Joao Silva exploited some ponderous defending to run clear of the Dynamo defence. The striker waited for the keeper to commit himself and dinked a cute finish over him, but the Russian glovesman flailed an arm and the tiniest of touches took the ball onto the outside of the post and to safety.

That proved a sign of things to come as the Blues continued to threaten. Baxter was at the heart of most of their good work and McAleny’s zesty movement gave him plenty of opportunities to scythe open the Dynamo defence with razor-sharp throughballs.Three times the pair combined, only for the keeper or a last-ditch clearance to intervene. The Dynamo defenders’ faces were as red as some of the sunburnt spectators as they continued to toil in the 32 degree heat.

Adam Forshaw fed Silva but, after he had befuddled the full-back with a stepover, his rasping effort was neither cross nor shot and missed at the far stick. Araz Abdullayev was also enjoying a better game, showing flashes of skill and plenty of pace. And with half an hour gone, and Silva poised to convert the Azerbaijani’s excellent cross, Pavel Yevseev cynically pulled down the Portuguese and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. For once, however, Baxter’s precision deserted him and his shot thudded against the bar.

Dynamo had barely had a sniff but soon Adam Davies had to produce his very best to keep the large electronic scoreboard overlooking the pitch blank. Alexander Iljin’s free-kick was weak and wayward but a deflection off the wall sent it arrowing towards the corner and Davies had to rapidly change direction and tip it round the post for a save as good as you will see. Had the Muscovites sneaked a lead it would have been tantamount to grand larceny and half-time arrived with the Blues wondering why they weren’t two or three to the good.

The second period gave the beleaguered Dynamo defence some respite but that proved only momentary, however, as Everton continued. Baxter sprayed a 25 yarder narrowly past the junction of post and bar, while McAleny’s waspish presence frightened the life out of the hosts.

But with Moscow on the ropes the referee decided to throw them a lifeline in the shape of a red card – Nsiala the unfortunate victim of the official’s terrible judgement. The unfortunate Nsiala, booked harshly for an ‘elbow’ while cleanly winning a header, had earlier, and almost inconceivably, been carded for backchat.

It didn’t alter the immediate pattern of play though as half-time substitute Vellios astutely released McAleny. This time the striker made no mistake, planting an inch-perfect sidefoot lob over the stricken keeper’s head. And if that was good the Academy graduate immediately trumped it as he skinned a couple of defenders and rifled a 20-yarder home. That was game, set and match effectively but there was still time for 16-year-old Academy inductee Mateus Taudal to show his promise with two accomplished stops.

  Oxford United 1 - 0 Everton

Reserves Pre-Season Friendly #3
Friday 29 July 2011
Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Everton: Davies; Browning, Garbutt; Forshaw, Duffy (c), Mustafi, Orenuga; Barkley (69' Lundstram), Vellios (46' Silva), McAleny (65' Bidwell), Gueye (70' Hope).
Subs not used: Roberts, Nsiala, Forrester.   Scorers: None

Not much to report during a stalemeate first half, McAleny hit the post and Vellios headed just over for the Blues.

Silva came on for Vellios at half-time.  Soon after the break, a glorious chance for Ross Barkley, his clever chip over the keeper and with the gola gapping it went wide of the post.

Everton went behind with 14 minutes of the second half player, when Constable fired in an unstoppable shot to put the hosts into the lead.  Bidwell then came on for McAleny, then Lundstram came on for Barkely and Hope for Gueye around 70 mins. 

  Everton 0 - 1 Oldham Athletic
Reserves Friendly #4
Saturday 11 February 2012
Finch Farm, Knowsley

Everton::   Davies; Browning (Pennington), Touray, Heneghan, Dier; Forshaw, Lundstram, Junior (Grant); Baxter (Higgins), João Silva (Hope), Kelly (Thomas).
Subs not used: Roberts.  Scorers: None

Due to recent postponed fixtures on the account of bad weather, Paul Dickov, the manager of Oldham Athletic brought his first team to Finch Farm to play Everton Reserves.

Everton included two trialists, a Portuguese lad (Francisco Junior) who has just been at Manchester City, and someone from Norwich City who was referred to as 'Sam' (Sam Kelly?).

Much travelled Shefki Kuqi got the only goal in the first half for the visitors but only for the frame of the goal he could have got more. The game ended up with a 1-0 win to Oldham but a very pleasing perfromance from the Everton second string. 

"We could have won by more, but it was great for him to get a goal," said Kuqi's strike partner Robbie Simpson.

"He is smiling now, so hopefully that is a weight off his shoulders and he can get back to the scoring form he showed when he first came here."

In the Everton side on the day were Portugal under-21 international forward Joao Silva, England under-21 midfielder Ross Barkley and Jose Baxter, who spent the first half of this season on loan at Tranmere, scoring against Athletic in the Wirral side's 1-0 home win. .