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Blues go down in mini-derby at Goodison

30/04/2015  Comments (8)  jump
Everton's Under-21s were beaten 3-1 as Liverpool came back from a goal down to win this evening's mini-derby.

Harry Charsley had put the Blues ahead with a close-range finish from Ryan Ledson's 24th-minute cross but Ryan Kent equalised just three minutes later.

Kent restored the reds' lead in the second half and Ojo made sure of the points for Liverpool from the penalty spot.

On-loan striker David Henen had to be withdrawn at half time with an ankle injury and left the stadium in a protective boot but manager David Unsworth said after the match that he hoped the Belgian would be able to play in one or both of the U21s' games against Sunderland and West Ham next week.

Henen has effectively been on a season-long trial with Everton's second string and the club will have to make a decision over whether to buy him on a permanent basis from Olympiacos this summer.

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones (Davies 62'), Galloway, Ledson (Connolly 75'), Distin, Browning, Kenny, Williams, Byrne, Charsley, Henen (Dyson 46').
Subs: Hunt, Robinson.  

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Sam Hoare
3 Posted 30/04/2015 at 20:46:54
Losing 3-1. Think the reserves are in serious danger of relegation.
Ant Dwyer
4 Posted 30/04/2015 at 22:40:22
ThatÂ’s worrying, Sam, not too up on our U21s. I thought we had some decent kids about. Hopefully our players out on loan are ready to kick on into the first team squad and the season isnÂ’t a complete loss.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 01/05/2015 at 09:39:29

I thought so too but, on thinking about it more, if our youngsters were that good at the minute, theyÂ’d be pushing for more first team action, so clearly they are not there yet.

Trevor Lynes
6 Posted 01/05/2015 at 14:49:24
Our current Under-21s are a pretty average bunch apart from the two who have come through: Stones and Garbutt. Unfortunately we only seem to produce defenders and I cannot see the rest come up to Premier League standard. I have said this all season and I truly hoped I would be proved wrong.

I am disappointed that our coaches have not been able to get at least two replacements for Osman and Pienaar as they should be the priority positions required. Either our scouts and/or coaches are not up to standard.

We seem to use ex-defenders as coaches, eg, Stubbs, Unsworth etc, and neither were top class defenders during their careers.

Scott Bosworth
8 Posted 01/05/2015 at 16:42:34
Eh, nothing to see here...Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones (Davies 62Â’), ... Distin,...wait, what?!?
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
9 Posted 01/05/2015 at 16:54:26
Ha... I didnÂ’t even notice him there.

Oh wait, I guess itÂ’s the "Under-21" bit youÂ’re flagging? I can see we probably need to post a disclaimer along with ever report on the former Reserves. It would read something like this:

The so-called Under-21s replaced Everton Reserves as the official title and competition name for EvertonÂ’s second string. The rebranding was to convey the developmental progression up from the old Academy levels, now called Under-19s. In recognition of the sideÂ’s time-honoured role as a runout opportunity for fringe squad players, recoveries from injury etc, the rules for Under-21 games allow up to three senior players who are over 21 to take part.

Hope this helps!

Paul Andrews
10 Posted 01/05/2015 at 17:17:26
Trevor Lynes,

Galloway will develop into a top class player. He stood out last night.

Harold Matthews
11 Posted 02/05/2015 at 09:07:44
Cheers, Paul. Yes, I believe Galloway once played against Andros Townsend and never gave him a kick of the ball. HeÂ’s obviously still learning and fellow left-footer Distin will pass on a few tips.

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