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Season 2014-15

EVERTON UNDER-21s, 2014-15

Everton Reserves were re-branded last season as Everton Under-21s and enter their second season in the FA Under-21 Premier League (National Group 1)

Everton's Under-21 side plays in the FA Under-21 Premier League National Group 1. It marks the beginning of a new era for the increasingly irrelevant Reserves, whose history strecthes back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888.  The Under-21s largely represent the end product of the much hyped Everton Academy at Finch Farm, with a slew of young players hopefully retained this season for the new competition, rather than being farmed out on loan before most of them are inevitably released by the club.


Results & Fixtures  A record of Everton's Under-21 matches for the season
League Table  Current standings in the FA Under-21 Premier League
Match Details  Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
Appearances  A table of Under-21 appearances for all senior players
Friendlies Results from Under-21 friendly matches
Everton Under-21s will no longer be playing their matches at Finch Farm, and have retruned to the renamd stadium in Southport.   

On 3 August 2012, it was formally announced that the Premier Reserve League will cease to exist, to be replaced by a new Professional Development League 1, to be commonly known as the U21 Premier Reserve League. A similar U18 league will also be created, and the system will be mapped across the Football League, additionally creating Professional Development Leagues 2 and 3. Teams are ranked according to the categorising of the club academy (a categorisation that will be re-assessed every three years). Everton are a Categroy A team.

The competition is not optional, and participation from all 20 Premier League clubs is therefore confirmed (although Wigan, QPR and Swansea will initially be in Professional Development League 2, sitting outside of the U21 Premier Reserve League. The new FA Premier Under-21 League format includes 17 Premier League sides and six Championship sides. Participating clubs are split into two  National Divisions, with teams allocated places in Division 1 or 2 based on their performance in the 2013-14 season, as follows:

DIvision 1 Division 2
Chelsea Aston Villa
Fulham Arsenal
Everton Newcastle United
Manchester City Blackburn Rovers
Leicester City Stoke City
Norwich City Middlesbrough
Manchester United Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool Watford
Sunderland West Bromwich Albion
Southampton Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur Reading
West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion

After a double round-robin group stage, clubs will be promoted and relegated between the three groups for the second half of the season, with the aim of ensuring competitive football and closely-matched games throughout. At the end of the season, a play-off style knock-out competition will take place between the winners of Groups 2 and 3 (Qualification Groups) and the three top teams in the Elite Group to determine the overall winner.

Matches must be played between Friday and Monday, demonstrating increased relevance, and games will be played at lower-league stadia rather than training grounds. In addition, each U21 team must play at least two games at the home stadium of the club, allowing young players to perform in venues and atmospheres to which they must become accustomed.

Discounted tickets will be available for all games to persuade families to watch the teams, hopefully attracting those that could otherwise not afford to visit Old Trafford or the Emirates on a match day. Finally, rules dictate that in the U21 league, three over-age outfield players and one over-age goalkeeper may be used, a stipulation that allows for injured players to make effective returns from a lay-off before first-team action.

2014-15 see the introduction of The Premier League International Cup, with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament. In addition to Everton, the other English clubs involved in the tournament are West Ham, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Manchester City, Norwich City, and Sunderland. All eight clubs have Category A youth academies. They are joined by Athletic Bilbao, Benfica, Borussia Monchengladbach, Glasgow Celtic, Schalke 04, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, and Villarreal.

Group-stage matches will be played until 31 January 2014 with clubs playing each team in their group once. All matches, including those between international teams, will be played in England.
Upon completion of the group stages the winners and runners-up from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, all to be played as single-leg ties in England.

Another new competition, the U21 Premier League Cup,is also covered here, while Everton's games in the Liverpool Senior Cup is now included with the Under-18s.  Some of the Under-21s may play in the FA Youth Cup too.

 EVERTON U-21s RESULTS AND FIXTURES, 2014-15        
Date Opponent Res Scorers Att Pos
Mon 18 Aug Leicester City (H)    3 - 2  Long, Hope, Browning. 2bd
Mon 25 Aug Fulham (A)     1 - 2 Galloway 5th
Sun 14 Sep Chelsea (H)    0 - 2      7th
Mon 22 Sep Southampton (A)    3 - 1  Grant, Long 2 4th
Mon 27 Oct Norwich City (H)    3 - 0  Long, Henen, Pennington 3rd
Fri  31 Oct Manchester City (A)  1 - 3  Hope 5th
Mon  1 Dec Sunderland (H)    3 - 2  Kone, Oviedo, McAleny. 4th
Mon 12 Jan Leicester City (A)  0 - 1  5th
Thu 15 Jan West Ham Utd (H)    2 - 0  McAleny, Conolly 4th
Mon 26 Jan Fulham (H)  3 - 3 Henen, Williams, Kenny 4th
Mon  9 Feb Southampton (H)    3 - 1  Henen, Kenny, Galloway 4th
Tue 17 Feb Manchester United (A)    0 - 0    3rd
Mon  2 Mar Tottenham Hotspur (A)    0 - 4    4th
Mon  9 Mar Liverpool (A)    1 - 2  Ledson 6th
Mon 16 Mar Manchester Utd (H)    1 - 2  Kenny (pen)  8th
Sun 12 Apr Manchester City (H)    1 - 2  Henen 11th 
Mon 20 Apr Norwich City (A)    1 - 1  Browning 10th
Thu 23 Apr Chelsea (A)    0 - 3    10th
Thu 30 Apr Liverpool (H)    1 - 3  Charsley 10th
Mon  4 May Sunderland (A)    0 - 1    10th
Fri   8 May West Ham United (A)    2 - 1  Long, Dowell 10th
Mon 18 May Tottenham Hotspur (H)    3 - 1  Long, Byrne, Kenny 10th

Under-21s International Cup, 2014-15:
Tue 25 Nov Glasgow Celtic (H)    1 - 1  Duffus    
Wed 11 Feb Villarreal (H)    1 - 2  Henen    
Fri  5 Mar Sunderland (H)    1 - 0  Distin    
Thu 16 Apr Leicester City (A)    2 - 2  Long, Charsley  (aet: 3 - 4 on penalties)      

FA Under-21 Premier League Cup, 2014-15:
Tue 16 Dec Huddersfield Town (A)  0 - 2 

Pre-Season and other Friendlies, 2014-15:
Sat 19 Jul Southport (A)    1 - 2  Duffus   F
Wed 23 Jul Wrexham (H)    4 - 1  Duffus, Dowell, Dyson, Pennington   F
Sat  26 Jul Rhyl (A)    1 - 0  Dowell   F
Sat   2 Aug Leeds United (H)    1 - 1  Byrne   F

(F) denotes Friendly fixture
(XI) denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
LSC denotes a tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup


Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United (C) 22 11 7 4 39 23 16 40
2 Liverpool 22 11 3 8 45 35 10 36
3 Chelsea 22 10 5 7 39 27 12 35
4 Sunderland 22 10 5 7 26 24 2 35
5 Manchester City 22 10 3 9 44 40 4 33
6 Leicester City 22 9 5 8 39 37 2 32
7 Norwich City 22 8 8 6 34 32 2 32
8 Southampton 22 9 4 9 32 34 -2 31
9 Tottenham 22 8 5 9 30 30 0 29
10 Everton 22 8 3 11 32 37 -5 27
11 Fulham (R) 22 6 4 12 27 45 -18 22
12 West Ham (R) 22 5 2 15 20 43 -23 17

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-21 matches during the 2014-15 Season. 
 Everton 3 - 2 Leicester City
Under-21 League Match No 1
Monday 18 August 2014
New Bucks Head

Everton U21s:  Stanek; Jones, Browning, Pennington, Galloway; Williams (66' Dowell), Ledson, Grant, Byrne (72' Green); Long, Hope (82' C Duffus).
Subs not used: Griffiths, McLaughlin.  Scorers: Long, Hope, Browning.

Everton's Under-21s were in action against Leicester City this evening in Southport and held out to win 3-2 going thanks to goals by Chris Long, Hallam Hope and Tyias Browning.

Long also had a penalty saved in the second half in a lively match that the Blues led 2-0 and 3-1 before the Foxes' U21s twice hit back to narrow the deficit through a Ledson own goal and Blythe's strike in the 51st minute.

The match again featured new signing Brendan Galloway who lined up at left back, a departure from his usual berth at centre half, and a slightly eccentric performance from goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek who could only slice Ledson's awkward backpass into his own net before getting into trouble dribbling in his own area and then hacking an opponent down trying to rescue the situation.

 Fulham 2 - 1 Everton
U-21 League Match No 2
Monday 25 August 2014

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Kenny, Ledson, Pennington, Galloway, Byrne (79' Green), Williams (52' Walsh), Long, Dowell, Hope.   
Subs not used:
Stanek, McLaughlin, C Duffus.  Scorers: Galloway.

New Under-21s acquisition Brendan Galloway scored his first goal in Everton colours but it ended up being mere consolation as David Unsworth's side lost 2-1 at Fulham. Goals by Marcelo Trotta and Tu-Na Bangna put the Cottagers' second-string into a 2-0 lead and while Galloway pulled one back with a second-half header and George Green hit the post late, the Blues couldn't salvage a draw.

 Everton 0 - 2 Chelsea
U-21 League Match No 3
Sunday 15 September 2014
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Stanek; Jones, Galloway, Ledson (58' Dowell), Pennington; Browning, Grant, Walsh; Kone (80' C Duffus), Williams (46' Byrne), Oviedo. 
Subs not used: Griffiths, Long.  Scorers: None.

Everton's Under-21s lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea this afternoon but the match was positive with regard to returning duo Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.

Jeremie Boga scored a brace for the visitors but there was good news for Kone and Oviedo who completed 80 and 90 minutes respectively to take another step towards making their returns to first-team action.

 Southampton 1 - 3 Everton
U-21 League Match No 4
Monday 22 September 2014

Everton U21s:  Griffiths; Jones, Pennington, Galloway, Kenny; Ledson, Williams (75' Charsley), Grant, Byrne (61' Henen); C Duffus (85' Dyson), Long.
Subs not used: Stanek, Davies.  Scorers: Grant, Long 2.

Two goals from Chris Long sealed a handsome away win for Everton's U21 side over Southampton last evening.

The game was level after Seagar had cancelled out Conor Grant's emphatic first-half free kick when Long rattled the post.

The striker did find the net twice after that, though, his second laid on by debutant David Henen, to give David Unsworth's side victory.

 Everton 3 - 0 Norwich City
U-21 League Match No 5
Monday 27 October 2014
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Griffiths; Pennington, Garbutt, Ledson (82' Williams), Browning; Galloway, Kenny, Grant, Henen (66' Byrne); Long, Jones (78' Walsh).
Subs not used: Stanek, McLaughlin.  Scorers: Long, Henen, Penningtion.

Chris Long fired the Blues ahead in the first half with a quite brilliant curling strike from 20 yards before loanee David Henen scored his first goal in Everton Blue, tucking home a rebound.
Matthew Pennington added a late third.

 Manchester City 3 - 1 Everton
U-21 League Match No 6
Friday 31 October 2014

Everton U21s: Stanek, Connolly, Oviedo (60' Charsley), Ledson, Pennington, Galloway, Kenny, Grant, Hope, Long, Henen (46' Williams).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Walsh, Dyson.  Scorers: Hope.

Bryan Oviedo got another chance to build his fitness this evening when he played an hour of Everton's U21s' 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

The Costa Rican has made two appearances for the senior side this season after recovering from the double leg-break he suffered in January but has not been deemed fit enough to make a full-time return to the first team.

Oviedo was joined in the starting XI by Chris Long, Matthew Pennington and David Henen, the goalscorers against Norwich last time out, but it was recent loan returnee, Hallam Hope, who scored the Blues' consolation goal late on.

 Everton 3 - 2 Sunderland
U-21 League Match No 7
Monday 1 December 2014
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Robles, Jones, Galloway, Browning, Kenny, Ledson, Dowell, Grant (68' Williams), Kone (75' Long), McAleny, Oviedo. 
Subs not used: Griffiths, Walsh, C Duffus.  Scorers: Kone, Oviedo, McAleny.

Getting another run-out for the Blues' second string as he make his patient return from a long injury layoff, Kone put Everton ahead in the first half when he slammed home Gethin Jones's cut-back. Sunderland levelled when Liam Agnew's shot flew over Joel Robles before Oviedo struck a sweet half-volley from the angle to restore Everton's advantage. Carl Lawson turned in a low cross from just six yards out, though, to make it 2-2.

Kone managed 75 minutes before being replaced by Chris Long, good news for the Ivorian who, like Oviedo, is hoping to complete his comeback from serious injury by rejoining the first team full time. Conor McAleny scored a late goal to seal a dramatic 3-2 win for Everton.

 Leicester City 1 - 0 Everton
U-21 League Match No 8
Monday 12 January 2015

Everton U21s:  Hewelt, Jones, Kenny, Browning, Connolly, Ledson, Williams (72' Dowell), Grant, Long, Henen, Duffus (62' Kennedy).
Subs not used: Hunt, Junior, Langton.  Scorers: None.

A Chris Wood goal three minutes from time condemned Everton U21s to defeat after Matt Kennedy had hit the bar with a free kick. The Blues' second string had the better of the game and created the better chances, Courtney Duffus even putting the ball in the net in the first half, only to have it chalked off for offside. But after Kennedy had rattled the woodwork following a foul on David Henen, Wood struck.

Henen came close to a dramatic equaliser in the closing stages when he met Kennedy's cross but Johnny Maddison in the Foxes' goal made an excellent save to deny him.

 Everton 2 - 0 West Ham United
U-21 League Match No 9
Thursday 15 January 2015
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Hewelt; Jones, Connolly, Junior, Browning; Kenny, Kennedy, Grant, C. Duffus, McAleny (60' Long)  Henen.
Subs not used: Hunt, Dowell, Ledson, Williams.  Scorers: McAleny, Connolly.

Goals by Conor McAleny and Callum Connolly helped Everton's Under-21s to a 2-0 win over the Hammers in Southport this evening. McAleny, returning to the side after recovering from injury, fired the Blues into the lead early in the second half after Connolly had rattled the crossbar in the first period.

And Connolly wrapped up the points a few minutes later from a Conor Grant corner. Matt Kennedy forced a good save from Spiegel in the West Ham goal and Substitute Chris Long went close as Everton continued to dominate but it finished 2-0.

 Everton 3 - 3 Fulham
U-21 League Match No 10
Monday 26 January 2015
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Jones, Kenny, Galloway, Connolly, Grant (46' Ledson), Junior (78' Dowell), Williams, Henen, Kennedy (65' Green), C Duffus.
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton.  Scorers: Henen, Williams, Kenny

The Blues were trailing 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Adam Taggart and Freddy Plumai but went into the break level thanks to a brilliant fightback towards the end of the first period.

David Henen struck a beauty from 20 yards out before Joe Williams equalised with a header on the stroke of half time.

After Courtney Duffus was denied by Magnus Norman and Matthew Kennedy volleyed just wide in the second half, the Londoners looked to be on course for victory when Buomesca Tue Na Bangna netted 13 minutes from time.

David Unsworth's men were unbowed, however, and they snatched a deserved equaliser to make it 3-3 four minutes later when skipper Jonjoe Kenny converted following a free kick.

 Everton 3 - 1 Southampton
U-21 League Match No 11
Monday 9 February 2015
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s:  Griffiths, Jones, Kenny, Connolly, Galloway, Ledson, Williams (83' Dyson), Junior, Dowell (66' Walsh), Duffus (75' Charsley), Henen.
Subs not used: Hewelt, Langton.   Scorers: Henen, Kenny, Galloway.

Everton Under-21s beat Southampton 3-1 in Southport thanks to a strong first half hour where they stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by David Henen, Jonjo Kenny and Brendan Galloway.

The Saints pulled a goal back with 19 minutes to go through Bevis Mugabi. The Blues' second string began the evening in sixth place in the U21s Premier League, four places behind Southampton, but with Roberto Martinez, Graeme Jones and Joe Royle watching on from the stands of the Merseyrail Stadium, Henen fired home early to give the home side the lead.

Kenny doubled the lead with a header in the 14th minute after Everton had seen two more efforts cleared off the line by Southampton before Galloway glanced home Ryan Ledson's cross to make it 3-0 with less than half an hour gone. Courtney Duffus would have a goal ruled out just before half time as well as David Unsworth's side remained in the ascendency.

 Manchester United 0 - 0 Everton
U-21 League Match No 12
Tuesday 17 February 2015
Carrington, Manchester

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Connolly, Kenny, Galloway, Ledson, Osman (70' Walsh), Dowell, Pienaar (70' Green), Henen, Kone (81' Charsley).
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton.  Scorers: None.

Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Arouna Kone were all in David Unsworth's starting XI. Both Osman and Pienaar were hoping to take another step on their respective roads to recovery from injury while Kone was presumably in need of minutes to keep himself match sharp having not started for the Blues since New Year's Day. The two midfielders completed 70 minutes before being withdrawn. Kone, meanwhile, was substituted in the 81st minute.

 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 Everton
U-21 League Match No 13
Monday 2 March 2015
Enfield Training Centre, London 

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Connolly (46' Langton), Ledson (46' Dyson), Kenny, Galloway, Lundstram, Junior, Dowell, Donohue (62' Green), Henen.
Subs not used: Hunt, Walsh  Scorers: None.

All the goals were scored before half-time as the Young Blues were punished by a clinical Spurs attack. Everton improved after the break but they had left themselves with much too work to do after a disappointing first-half performance.

 Liverpool 2 - 1 Everton
U-21 League Match No 14
Monday 9 March 2015
Deva Stadium, Chester

Everton U21s: Griffiths; Kenny, Connolly, Junior (83' Donohue), Browning; Galloway, Jones, Walsh; Henen, Ledson, Green (66' Dowell).
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton, Bainbridge.  Scorers: Ledson. 

The first half was a closely contested affair, with Brannagan hitting the bar for the reds and Henen heading straight at he keeper shortly before the break. 0-0 at half time. Russell Griffiths was the busier of the two 'keepers, parrying a shot in the 55th minute and then watching Jack Dunn fire inches wide before a brief flare-up was sparked by Jordan Williams's late tackle on Francisco Junior.

Everton took the lead with 21 minutes to go when Ryan Ledson fired a beauty, first time, into the top corner. But the home side were level just four minutes later when Dan Cleary took advantage of poor defending to head home from close range. As the game entered the last 10 minutes, Ledson's shot was blocked and Dowell forced a save by Vigouroux on the follow-up as the Blues pressed.

And the Liverpool 'keeper had to make an excellent stop to deny Henen from winning it in the dying minutes as the Belgian got in behind the Liverpool defence. It was the home side who won it in the third minute of stoppage time, however, when Harry Wilson broke the Blues' hearts when he fired past Griffiths.

 Everton 1 - 2 Manchester United
U-21 League Match No 15
Monday 16 March 2015
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Kenny, Galloway, Walsh (55' Dowell), Distin, Browning, Junior, Ledson, Henen, Green (86' Donohue), Jones.
Subs not used: Hunt, Lundstram, Connolly.  Scorers: Kenny (pen).

After the away side took a two-goal lead before the break, David Unsworth's side totally dominated proceedings in the second half, and pulled one back when JonJoe Kenny converted a late penalty but the Blues were otherwise unable to find a way through a stubborn Manchester United defence. The result leaves the young Toffees seven points off the summit of the league table, having played a game less than current pace-setters Manchester United.

The visitors rarely threatened in the second half, with goalkeeper Griffiths not called upon to make any notable saves and the Blues did manage to break through with five minutes remaining. Andy Kellett was adjudged to have handled in the area, and skipper JonJoe Kenny sent Lindegaard the wrong way from the spot to give the Blues a consolation goal.

 Everton 1 - 2 Manchester City
U-21 League Match No 16
Sunday 12 April 2015
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Connolly (89' Walsh), Robinson, Ledson, Browning, Galloway, Kenny, Davies, Dyson (83' Charsley), Dowell (65' Donohue), Henen.
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton.  Scorers: Henen.

David Henen opened the scoring shortly before the break but this was cancelled out immediately by Jorge Intima. And the Young Blues' first domestic action in over a month ended in disappointment following George Glendon's winner for the visitors just three minutes from the end.

The result leaves Everton occupying 11th place in the table, though David Unsworth's side have games in hand over most teams in the league.

 Norwich City 1 - 1 Everton
U-21 League Match No 17
Monday 20 April 2015
Carrow Road, Norwich

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Kenny, Robinson, Browning, Galloway, Ledson (46' Dyson), Dowell (60' Charsley), Walsh, Davies, Connolly, Henen.
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton, Byrne.  Scorers: Browning.

The hosts took an early lead when Carlton Morris's deflected shot found the bottom corner with 10 minutes gone. Morris almost doubled Norwich's advantage shortly before half time but Russell Griffiths denied him with a save and Liam Walsh stopped the follow-up on the goal line to keep it 1-0 going into half time.

Elliott Bennett hammered a shot off the post just before the hour mark before Calum Dyson fired wide and David Henen forced a save from Matthews as the Blues searched for an equaliser. They made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time when Walsh's corner found the head of Tyias Browning and he scored. Henen sliced a late shot wide as Everton tried to find a winner but it ended all square.

 Chelsea 3 - 0 Everton
U-21 League Match No 18
Thursday 23 April 2015

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Browning, Galloway, Robinson, Walsh, Kenny, Davies (68' Byrne), Henen, Dyson (83' Dowell), Connolly (55' Charsley).
Subs not used: Hunt, Ledson.   Scorers: None.

David Unsworth's side were trailing 1-0 to Jordan Houghton's first-half goal heading into the closing stages when substitute Tammy Abraham scored twice in the last eight minutes to wrap up the win for the Londoners.

 Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool
U-21 League Match No 19
Thursday 30 April 2015
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones (62' Davies), Galloway, Ledson (75' Connolly), Distin, Browning, Kenny, Williams, Byrne, Charsley, Henen (46' Dyson).
Subs not used: Hunt, Robinson.   Scorers: Charsley.

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.

 Sunderland 1 - 0 Everton
U-21 League Match No 20
Monday 4 May 2015

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Kenny, Robinson, Ledson, Browning, Galloway, Jones, Williams, Dyson, Charsley, Byrne (38' Green).
Subs not used: Hunt, Connolly, Langton, Bainbridge.  Scorers: None.

Playing without the injured David Henen, the Blues had a penalty appeal for handball waved away in the first half but fell behind with 63 minutes gone.

Substitute George Green went close and then fired a free kick into the wall as Everton tried to draw level but they couldn't make the breakthrough.

The defeat means that David Unsworth's side have two games, against West Ham and Tottenham, in which to accumulate enough points to move back above Fulham and avoid relegation from the U21s Premier League.

 West Ham United 1 - 2 Everton
U-21 League Match No 21
Friday 8 May 2015
Rush Green, London

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Kenny (c), Robinson, Ledson, Browning, Galloway, Williams (91' Langton), Connolly, Long (70' Bainbridge), Dowell (70' Dyson), Charsley.
Subs not used: Hunt, Green.  Scorers: Long, Dowell.

Chris Long, recalled from his loan spell with Brentford to help the cause, opened the scoring in the first half before Kieran Dowell's deflected free kick early in the second half doubled the advantage.

Djair Parfitt-Williams pulled a goal back for the home side mid-way through the second period but the Blues held on.

David Unsworth's side needed to win and hope that Fulham didn't beat Spurs to ensure they stayed in the U21s Premier League.

 Everton 3 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
U-21 League Match No 22
Monday Monday 18 May 2015
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Kenny (81' Charsley), Robinson, Browning, Connolly, Jones, Ledson (63' Walsh), Williams, Byrne, Long, Dowell (67' Evans) .
Subs not used: Hunt, Langton.  Scorers: Long, Byrne, Kenny.

Chris Long opened the scoring for David Unsworth's side after 12 minutes when he converted from Sam Byrne's pass. The former Manchester United academy striker then turned scorer to double the lead with 26 minutes gone as he was released by an excellent Ryan Ledson ball.

Jonjoe Kenny then made it three just before half time from another Ledson pass. Ward pulled back a late consolation for the visitors as reward for their pressure in the second half.

Everton 1 - 1 Glasgow Celtic
Under-21s International Cup, Game #1
TuesdayTuesday 25 November 2014
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Griffiths; Jones, Kenny (c), Pennington, Galloway; Walsh, Williams, McAleny (46' Henen); Long (65' Duffus), Grant, Kone (46' Dowell).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Connolly.  Scorers: Duffus.

Everton's Academy began their participation in the new U21s Premier League International Cup tournament with a 1-1 draw with Celtic this evening thanks to Courtney Duffus's late equaliser. Arouna Kone played the first 45 minutes for the Blues but they fell behind to Filip Twardzik's goal after 27 minutes.

Everton pressed for an equaliser in the second half, with Duffus and Conor McAleny returning to action after a loan spell and injury respectively and it was the former who converted Gethin Jones's cross with 10 minutes to go.

Everton 1 - 2  Villarreal
Under-21s International Cup, Game #2
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Connolly (72' Charsley), Galloway, Distin, Kenny, Jones, Ledson (76' Walsh), Junior, Dowell (60' Green), Duffus, Henen.
Subs not used: Hunt,  Langton, Dyson, Davies.  Scorer: Henen.

While the senior side played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Everton Under-21s faced Villarreal in their second Premier League International Cup match at Goodison Park but went down 2-1. Sylvain Distin was named in the line-up after not travelling with the first-team to London.

Everton fell behind very early, with Alfonso Pedraza scoring in only the 3rd minute but David Henen levelled things up with a header in the second half. Francisco Sol restored the visitors' lead, though with 20 minutes to go and that's the way it remained.

Everton 1 - 0 Sunderland
Under-21s International Cup, Game #3
FFriday 5 March 2015
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Browning, Galloway, Distin, Jones, Kenny, Junior, Lundstram (46' Ledson), Osman, Green (71' Connolly), Henen (82' Donohue).
Subs not used: Hunt, Dowell, Walsh, Langton.  Scorers: Distin.

Sylvain Distin scored the only goal late in the first half to send the Blues through as runners up in their group.  Leon Osman and Distin were the two most senior players in a line-up that included Tyias Browning, John Lundstram, George Green and David Henen.

The Blues needed a win this evening to stay in the competition. It was 0-0 with 33 minutes gone, Henen going the closest to opening the scoring but he fired inches wide, before Distin broke the deadlock with a header from a free kick six minutes before half time.

Leicester City 2 - 2 Everton  (aet: 3 - 4 on penalties)
Under-21s International Cup Quarterfinal
Thursday 16 April 2015

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Kenny, Robinson, Browning, Galloway, Ledson, Walsh, Dowell, Davies (66' Connolly), Henen (83' Charsley), Long (62' Dyson).
Subs not used: Hunt, Donohue, Langton, Byrne.  Scorers: Long, Charsley.

Chris Long put the Blues ahead in just the 10th minute with his first goal since returning from a loan spell at Brentford but the hosts drew level 11 minutes later through Panayiotou.

Everton lost both Long and his strike parter David Henen to injury but almost won it in regulation time when Liam Walsh hit the bar with a free kick and saw another direct set-piece effort tipped over the bar in the closing stages.

Leicester turned the tie on its head in extra time when Panayiotou grabbed his second four minutes into extra time but Henen's replacement, Harry Charsley, equalised a few minutes later.

There were no further goals so the game moved to penalties where Ledson, Dowell and Walsh scored as Everton were handed an advantage when goalkeeper Russell Griffiths saved at 3-2 but successive misses by skipper Jonjoe Kenny and Tyias Browning allowed Leicester to win it with the final spot-kick.

 Huddersfield Town 2 - 0 Everton
U21s Premier League Cup
Tuesday 16 December 2014
John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield

Everton U21s: Griffiths, Jones, Kenny, Ledson, Browning, Galloway, Williams, Grant (59' C Duffus), Long, McAleny, Dowell (71' Connolly).
Subs not used: Hewelt, Walsh, Henen.  Scorers: None.

Everton Under-21s were knocked out of the Under-21 Premier League Cup after a 2-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

David Unsworth's side started confidently and created an opening within the first minute as Kieran Dowell was released down the left. The midfielder did well to beat his man before crossing for Conor McAleny, who could only divert his effort narrowly over from the edge of the penalty area. McAleny then turned provider, bursting down the left himself before seeing his cross intercepted at the vital moment with Chris Long ready to pounce.

The strike duo were in the thick of the action again moments before half-time. McAleny's toe-poked effort was well saved at full-stretch by Lloyd Allinson and the rebound fell to the feet of Long, who, after taking a touch to set himself, fired over the crossbar. But it was the hosts who broke the deadlock soon after the interval as captain Boyle's inswinging free-kick from the right evaded everybody and nestled into the bottom corner. Everton looked for an instance response and it nearly came as Huddersfield’s defence failed to deal with Gethin Jones's cross. McAleny reacted quickest but his close-range shot struck Joe Wilkinson and the danger was eventually cleared.

The young Terriers notched a second from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining when Tyias Browning was adjudged to have fouled Sondre Tronstad inside the area. Holmes stepped up from 12-yards to fire low and hard into the bottom left corner to send the visiting Blues out.   



Apps (Sub)
Apps (subs)
 Jonjoe Kenny 20 (0)  4 5 (0)  0
 Ryan Ledson 19 (1)  1 3 (1)  0
 Brendan Galloway 19 (0)  2 5 (0)  0
 Gethin Jones 18 (0)  0 4 (0)  0
 Tyias Browning 15 (0)  2 3 (0)  0
 David Henen 14 (1)  4 3 (1)  1
 Callum  Connolly 13 (1)  1 1 (3)  0
 Russell Griffiths 13 (0)  0 4 (0)  0
 Joe Williams 11 (3)  1 2 (0)  0
 Kieran Dowell 9 (7)  1 3 (1)  0
 Conor Grant 9 (0)  1 2 (0)  0
 Chris Long 8 (2)  6 3 (0)  1
 Samuel Byrne 6 (3)  1 0 (0)  0
 Matthew Pennington 6 (0)  1 1 (0)  0
 Francisco Junior 6 (0)  0 2 (0)  0
 Antonee Robinson 6 (0)  0 1 (0)  0
 Liam Walsh 5 (6)  0 2 (1)  0
 Courtney Duffus 5 (2)  0 1 (2)  1
 Mateusz Hewelt 5 (0)  0 1 (0)  0
 Harry Charsley 3 (8)  1 0 (2)  1
 Calum Dyson 3 (6)  0 0 (1)  0
 Tom Davies 3 (1)  0 1 (0)  0
 Bryan Oviedo 3 (0)  1 0 (0)  0
 Arrouna Kone 3 (0)  0 1 (0)  0
 Jindrich Stanek 3 (0)  0 0 (0)  0
 Hallum Hope 3 (0)  2 0 (0)  0
 George Green 2 (6)  0 1 (1)  0
 Matthew Kennedy 2 (1)  0 0 (0)  0
 Sylvain Distin 2 (0)  0 2 (0)  1
 Conor McAleny 2 (0)  2 2 (0)  0
 Michael Donohue 1 (3)  0 0 (1)  0
 Joel Robles 1 (0)  0 0 (0)  0
 Leon Osman 1 (0)  0 1 (0)  0
 Steven Pienaar 1 (0)  0 0 (0)  0
 Luke Garbutt 1 (0)  0 0 (0)  0
 John Lundstram 1 (0)  0 1 (0)  0
 Curtis Langton 0 (2)  0 0 (0)  0
 Jack Bainbridge 0 (1)  0 0 (0)  0
 Anthony Evans 0 (1)  0 0 (0)  0
 Ben McLaughlin 0 (0)  0 0 (0)  0

  Players from this season who had moved on by the end of 2014-15 include:

  •  Curtis Langton  Chris Long  Hallum Hope
     George Green  Matthew Kennedy  John Lundstram
     Ben McLaughlin   Shane Duffy  

 UNDER-21s FRIENDLIES, 2014-15
 Southport 2 - 1 Everton XI
Under-21s Pre-Season Friendly #1
Saturday 19 July 2014
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton:   Hewelt; McLaughlin, Jones (46' Connolly), Pennington (46' Langton), Kenny; Ledson (46' Walsh), Williams, Grant; Dowell (46' Green), Hope (46' C Duffus), Byrne (46' Dyson).
Subs not used: Burgess, Davies.  Scorers: Duffus

An Everton XI made up of players from the Under-21 squad, plus a raft of subs played at Southport today. The starting line-up included new arrival Sam Byrne, and a number of the up-and-coming youngsters looking to impress Roberto Martinez.

The Blues made six changes for the second half, including George Green coming on, with Sam Byrne coming off. Everton equalized when a long ball from Liam Walsh was collected by Courtney Duffus who poked it through the Southport keeper's legs. Southport regained the lead when Richard Brodie powered a header past Hewelt and into the net in the 60th minute.

After going behind a second time, the young Blues showed plenty of spirit as they attempted to restore parity. Joe Williams fired over from 25 yards on 65 minutes and the lively George Green had three attempts, each of which was off target.And at the other end, just before the final whistle, Hewelt made an excellent diving save to push away another good header from Brodie.

 Wrexham 1 - 4  Everton XI 
Under-21s Pre-Season Friendly #2
Wednesday 23 July 2014
The Rock, Cefn Druids 

Everton: Stanek; Kenny, Jones (62' McLaughlin), Ledson (62' Walsh), Pennington; Langton, Williams, Grant; C Duffus (40' Dowell), Green (67' Charsley), Byrne (67' Dyson).
Subs not used: Griffiths.  Scorers: Duffus, Dowell, Dyson, Pennington.

Everton's U21s were in action at The Rock in Cefn Druids this evening, playing Wrexham in a friendly, with newcomer Sam Byrne in the starting XI alongside more established Academy graduates like Ryan Ledson, Jonjoe Kenny and Matthew Pennington.

The Blues fell behind when Rushton volleyed past Jindrich Stanek but Courtney Duffus quickly levelled in the 33rd minute. Everton took the lead in the second half through Duffus's replacement, Kieran Dowell and then ran away with the match as Callum Dyson and Pennington added more goals to make it 4-1.

 Rhyl 0 - 1 Everton XI
Under-21s Pre-Season Friendly #3
Saturday 26 July 2014
The Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl 

Everton: Griffiths; Kenny (72' Grant), McLaughlin (46' Jones), Langton, Pennington; Green (71' Charsley), Dowell, Williams (71' Dyson); Walsh, Grant (61' Ledson), C Duffus (61' Byrne).
Subs not used: Burgess  Scorers: Dowell

An Everton XI plus subs drawn mostly from the ranks of the Under-21s who did not travel to Thailand with the first-team squad were in Wales for their third pre-season friendly at Rhyl.

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 1 - 1 Leeds United 
Under-21s Pre-Season Friendly #4
Saturday 2 August 2014
Finch Farm 

Everton: Stanek; Jones, McLaughlin, Pennington, Galloway; Ledson, Lundstram; Williams (46' Grant), Byrne (46' Green), Kennedy, C Duffus (60' Byrne).
Subs not used:Scorers: Byrne

Everton U21s are playing another warm-up friendly, this time at Thorp Arch in Leeds. New acquisition Brendan Galloway makes his first appearance in an Everton shirt, slotting into the Blues defense.

The game kicked off at 2 pm on Saturday and Everton U21s took the lead through another recent signing, Sam Byrne, who smashed home a nice half-volley to set the Blues on their way.

Conor Grant and George Green came on for Everton at half-time, Williams and Byrne going off. But the Blues allowed Leeds to equalize soon after.

Byrne came back on in place of Duffus after 69 mins and there was a close escape on the Leeds line that could have seen Everton retake the lead but it ended all-square at one each.


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