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Everton U18s 1 - 2 Feyenoord U19s

by | 03/08/2014  Comments (7)  jump
Everton Under-18s ensured they could not progress to the knockout phase of the Durban Under-19 International Tournament after their second defeat in Group B, this time at the hands of Feyenoord.

Two costly mistakes cancelled out Delial Brewster's fine strike just before half-time. The result was especially harsh on the Everton lads who dominated the game from start to finish. Indeed, by the end of the game, the local support had audibly swung in the Blues' favour.

A bright start from the Toffees saw them hit their stride early on but with just eight minutes on the clock, Feyenoord went ahead after a ball across the box evaded everyone but the Dutch left winger who thumped past Mateusz Hewelt.

Unperturbed, Everton continued to impose their will on proceedings and after Kieran Dowell saw a shot saved, Brewster smashed the follow up against the post. A huge shout for handball in the box was turned down after 21 minutes as Everton continued to press, Liam Walsh driving straight at the goalkeeper.

Finally the deserved equaliser arrived, and in some style. Dowell fed Brewster down the left, just inside the Feyenoord half, and the young striker breezed past a defender before coolly slotting home.

The interval made no difference to Everton's dominance. Harry Charsley blazed over early on, while Brewster was only denied a second goal buy a superb reaction save from the Dutch keeper after he collected a Tom Davies knockdown, swivelled and arrowed a shot on goal.

However, on 63 minutes, Feyenoord went ahead, snatching possession 30 yards from goal, before firing home despite the best efforts of Hewelt.

Again the Blues pressed forward but Calum Dyson could only nod a close range header straight at the goalkeeper, while Callum Connolly saw an effort saved. Brewster had another well-struck attempt somehow blocked by the Feyenoord 'keeper, before he was played in behind the defence. His pace took him free of the defenders but his chip bounced agonisingly wide of the target.

The striker would have the final chance of the match but a last-minute header from a corner bounced the wrong side of the post as Everton, despite a fantastic performance, couldn't quite find the goal that would give them a tournament lifeline.

With defeat confirmed by the final whistle, all that's left is the chance to restore some pride against South Africa in the last group game on Tuesday.

Everton U18s: Hewelt; Birch, Brewster, Charsley, Connolly, Davies, Dowell, Dyson, Graham, Thorniley, Walsh,  


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David Chait
1 Posted 03/08/2014 at 21:29:42
Currently being shown on SuperSport ... Might watch a bit..
David Chait
2 Posted 03/08/2014 at 21:42:25
Surprised.. Brewster is a real unit... Tall and Very powerful.. Could technique with the shot that hit the post...could a bit quicker...
Walsh small guy.. Plays the Scholes role.. Good range of passing...
David Chait
3 Posted 03/08/2014 at 21:48:24
That point about Walsh driving at the keeper.. He unleashed with his right.. It rebounded back to him off the defender and he hit it clean and hard with his left again saved but the keeper... I.e. 2 footed.. Commentators are big fans but are worried his lack of pace might hamper him.
David Chait
4 Posted 03/08/2014 at 22:06:17
A bit of Lukaku about Brewster. Shows pace when he needs it. Ran on to the ball just inside the half, shrugged off a challenge and slotted under the keeper... Good finish.
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 04/08/2014 at 06:33:55
Thanks Michael and co-commentator David. In his interview, Delial Brewster said his main assets were pace and finishing. Seems he was right. He is currently working on his heading and weaker foot. For me, another asset is one you mentioned. His tremendous physique.

Dowell also sounds useful.

David Chait
6 Posted 04/08/2014 at 07:10:48
Walsh really is box to box.. he was almost always the first to get the ball from the back and find the pass to link the forward; even made a couple last ditch tackles.. then up the other end...
John Raftery
7 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:34:58
I saw Dowell play at Cefyn Druids recently. He is definitely one to watch. Only sixteen.

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