Everton took the lead after 26 mins when George Green tried to work an opening in the box but was tackled; however, Kieran Dowell was on hand to rifle his shot past the keeper.
The Blues boys had another couple of opportunities to build on their lead before half-time but the score it remained 0-1. Gethin Jones replaced McLaughlin after the break.
The first chance of the second period fell to Rhyl, their striker shooting high but Griffiths was at full stretch to tip it away. There was a nice flowing move from Everton with Grant feeding Williams, who in turn found Jones but when he picked out Green, the shot was tame. Conor Grant and Courtney Duffus, were replaced by Ryan Ledson and Sam Byrne, just after the hour.
George Green put in some nice work, tracking his man & putting in two tackles to stop the cross helping Everton clear their lines and attack once more as Rhyl kept pushing for the equalizer.
The final changes saw Harry Charsley and Calum Dyson replace Joe Williams — who had been excellent — and George Green. Conor Grant also came back on in place of Jonjoe Kenny, playing at left-back.
Another good move saw Kieran Dowell waltz through the Rhyl defence and play in Grant, but his shoot was narrowly wide of the target. George Green then returned to the field, on for Dowell, whose goal had won this game. A deflected strike from Ledson fizzed over the bar as time ticked away.
Everton U21s: Griffiths; Kenny (72' Grant), McLaughlin (46' Jones), Langton, Pennington; Green (71' Charsley), Dowell, Williams (71' Dyson); Walsh, Grant (61' Ledson), C Duffus (61' Byrne).
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1 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:26:27
2 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:45:39
3 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:51:14
I don't know but the Dowell remarks caught my attention because it was in response to his thoughts on Ledson, McAleny, Green, Garbutt, etc all of whom are older. Cahill just said Dowell is the best of the lot. With that being said, Cahill also thought Beckford should be our starting Number Nine... but it's interesting nonetheless.
4 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:30:00
5 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:54:04
I have never saw a player so good so young...
6 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:59:17
7 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:11:59
8 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:45:17
9 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:48:35
10 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:53:55
Either way I reckon we could use a few more goalscorers.
11 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:19:57
Mind you, if he has to go through the Board he would fail the task miserably. It would make a good film... oh, hang on a minute!
12 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:17:46
Kieran Dowell, Liam Walsh, Michael Donahue, Delial Brewster, Callum Connolly and others are all very highly regarded and have a great chance.
13 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:41:47
14 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:55:05
He said his favourite player was Barkley and his main assets were pace and finishing. He is now working on his heading and weaker foot.
15 Posted 27/07/2014 at 04:40:07
Best thing about your idea is the fact the billionaires will reward Brewsters spending by giving him more untold riches. Kind of like the set up John Hall and Freddie Fletcher had with Kevin Keegan-- maybe that's where they got the idea!
16 Posted 27/07/2014 at 09:54:14
Courtney Duffus looks to have great promise as a forward. Fast, strong, good technique not sure how clinical is he is but he's scored or looked dangerous whenever I've seen him.
It's hopefully serendipitous that the right manager has arrived at the same time a great crop of youngsters are about to emerge.
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