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U18s win at Chelsea

by | 21/03/2015  Comments (4)  jump

Everton Under-18s recorded their second win of the end of season mini-league with a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea.

The victory at the Londonders' Cobham HQ follows last weekend's 4-0 demolition of Middlsebrough and means the young Blues have defeated the winners of the north and south sections in consecutive weeks.

James Graham's first half header and Harry Charsley's searing strike in the second half won it for the Blues. Chelsea had begun the game well and Everton had to be at their best to keep their clean sheet intact in the opening period.

It meant there was a platform for central defender Graham to head in Liam Walsh's free-kick in the opening half's final minute to give the visitors the lead.

Callum Connolly and Kieran Dowell could have extended the lead in the second half before Charsley's decisive intervention with 15 minutes left.

Everton U18s: Hewelt, Birch, Robinson, Graham, Bainbridge, Walsh, Donohue (Baningime 90), Connolly, Dyson, Dowell, Charsley (c).
Unused subs: O'Loughlin, Myers, Bramhall, Evans.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 21/03/2015 at 18:23:35
This is a great result for the young Blues as Chelsea have one of the best U18s in the country, hope the performance was as good as the result. Well done.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 21/03/2015 at 20:02:46
U18s looking good. Hope we see more young players progressing through next season.
Ant Dwyer
3 Posted 22/03/2015 at 00:05:19
With all the young talent at our club we should consider a massive clear out of over-the-hill, over-paid squad members and start to sit some of these youngsters on the bench and give them the odd 10 minutes here an there. Kone has mostly only had 10 mins, I'm sure Long, Dyson, Hope, Brewster, Henen could all share that small load.

Hibbert: 2 games in 2 years, again same situation, Browning fits the bill perfectly. Barry out, Besic in, options of blooding the likes of Ledson, Walsh and Lundstram as bench warmers. Distin unwanted so Galloway or anyone can fill that rolls. Alceraz, again anyone including tea lady can do his role. Pienaar, same sketch.

Blood the kids, save the wages and buy 2-3 big first team players ideally for in goal, centre back and someone for the three slots behind big Rom who has creativity. Big shake ups and options of bright young hungry blues as replacements. Seems a good idea to me.

Harold Matthews
4 Posted 22/03/2015 at 05:37:13
Good shout Ant but while Martinez continues to put Premier League experience before form and ability the youngsters have little chance of breaking through.

Yes, we do need 2 or 3 big mobile lads. In the middle as well as at the back. Kiev stood above us like giants. Unfortunately there are not many about, especialy in England. Paul Hayward was stating this a few days ago after United were linked to the huge brilliant Pogba. We don't seem to breed players like Vierra, Ya Ya Toure, Pogba, Matic, Wanyama, Fellaini etc. Big commanding players who are good in the air and are rarely out-muscled off the ball. Every week we watch our wee lads being trampled underfoot.

So, with Martinez in mind, these big lads will have to be poached from other Premier League clubs and they will not come cheap. Lads from abroad with no League experience will sit on the bench.

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