Everton Under-18s were desperately unfortunate to emerge from their opening Premier League Champions Cup encounter with Real Madrid empty-handed, using all of the small 13-man squad available.
The young Blues were entered into the six-team tournament and pitted in a group alongside the Spanish giants and hosts Tottenham. West Ham, Liverpool and Benfica make up the participants.
Despite controlling the hour-long contest on Friday morning, it was a rare attempt from Madrid that provided the only goal in the second half. Everton looked strong and alert against the youth squad of the European champions and foraged the best opportunities.
Everton U18s (v Real Madrid): Hewelt; Yates, Birch, Thorniley, Edge (50' Mellen); Davies, Bainbridge, Holland; Brewster, Dyson (45' Broadhead), Newell.
Kicking off just two hours after the Blues' opener against Real Madrid, a tired and depleted squad of just 13 players faced a fully-fresh Spurs side.
And Kevin Sheedy's men showed signs of fatigue from their unfortunate 1-0 defeat to the Spaniards, finding themselves 4-0 down at the interval.
Nathan Broadhead pulled one back midway through the second half as he rose highest to nod home, but the Londoners would grab another in the closing stages.
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1 Posted 05/09/2014 at 14:58:01
2 Posted 05/09/2014 at 15:44:59
3 Posted 05/09/2014 at 15:54:27
Seems they were seriously depleted by injuries and international commitments, but I agree... ridiculous. However, they were no doubt committed to participate, and must have obviously struggled to make the numbers within the age limit.
How many of the 45 Under 21s listed elsewhere are in fact Under 18, I wonder?
4 Posted 05/09/2014 at 16:42:44
I think the idea is to push these lads on and it would be regressive to bring them back for U18 tournament.
The aim of the academy is solely to produce players for the first team and not to necessarily win tournaments.
5 Posted 05/09/2014 at 17:22:42
6 Posted 05/09/2014 at 18:59:12
It's a shame no matter what.............oh dear, just now read that Spurs beat our boys 5-1 and are now out of it..............poor lads, I really feel for them!
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