U21s beat Liverpool 3-1 in mini-derby

by | 06/12/2015  9 Comments  [Jump to last]

Goals from Antony Evans and Callum Connolly gave Everton U21s a 2-0 lead at half-time in the local 'mini-derby' with their Liverpool counterparts.

Super wing play from Conor McAleny and his inch-perfect centre got Everton off the mark in the first half as Evans timed his run brilliantly and finished well to give the Blues a vital lead.

McAleny hit the post and then Sam Byrne sent the rebound wide as Everton took control after a difficult opening 15 mins. Callum Connolly's header from a corner wrapped up a dominant first half for the Blues at Langtree Park.

Evans was forced off injured in the second half after cynical fouls by the Reds, whose dirty work paid off when they got a goal back through Wilson.

Kieran Dowell produced a great finish, showing a cool head in the area, after brilliant play on the touchline from Tom Davies.

Everton U21s: Hewelt, Kenny (c), Connolly, Feeney, Holgate, Davies, Williams, Dowell (78' Walsh), McAleny, Evans (65' Charsley), Byrne (58' Dyson).
Subs not Used: Gray, Thorniley

Updates sourced from Liverpool Echo

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William Cartwright
1 Posted 06/12/2015 at 15:44:50
Sounds like a real game going on reading the minute-by-minute updates. What is the chance of McAleny breaking into the first team squad this season?

I assume he's in the U-21s as one of the over-age allowed, but he is older than the Fab Four we keep reading about.

I thought he was excellent in pre-season and have been surprised he has not yet made the transition.

Jon Withey
2 Posted 06/12/2015 at 16:50:46
Dowell scores again ! Good to see him regaining some form.

Well done lads.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 06/12/2015 at 17:03:00
McAleny is a weird one. We gave him a three-year deal at 23 but don't seem to allow him anywhere near the first team.

Reminds me of Stuart Barlow who I remember being described by TV commentators as a "promising youngster" when he came on as a sub aged 27.

Peter Gorman
4 Posted 06/12/2015 at 17:10:32
Yeah Kieran but Barlow looked like a schoolboy (and probably still does).

I have high hopes for Evans and Dowell both, let's see if they can keep it up.

John Dean
5 Posted 06/12/2015 at 17:52:07
We did well to hold on for the first 15 minutes when Liverpool's players looked a size bigger than ours; on average they were a year older than our players excluding the two over-23s (Enrique and McAleny).

But we gradually took control, showed much better ringcraft, knew how to create goal scoring chances and had the game's outstanding players.

Nearly all the Blues played well but Holgate was my MotM.

Keith Harrison
6 Posted 06/12/2015 at 18:40:31
Cynical fouls and dirty work Michael? They'll be calling us bitter Blues next, the devil-worshipping miscreants.

Great result boys, doubled with today's result in the Premier League. Unfortunately most of my home county of Cumbria is under water as an enormous bubble burst in the North East tonight, and high winds meant the liquid fallout was mostly on Carlisle.

Anthony Dwyer
7 Posted 07/12/2015 at 00:09:20
Davies was superb , this lad run the game and is only 17 .
Great performance, great result.
Peter Gorman
8 Posted 07/12/2015 at 00:36:22
Is that true Anthony? Glad to hear it. I only saw Davies in the second half of that 3-3 derby and, despite his goal, calling him raw would have been a bit of an understatement.

A lot of people seem to have high hopes for him; it can only be good news for us if it is true.

Anthony Dwyer
9 Posted 07/12/2015 at 00:56:10
Hi Peter, it was true on this particular occasion. I haven't seen a lot of him but in this game he was outstanding.

I've just read through something on NewsNow by Unsie where he's also raving over his performance. He says it's probably his best performance for the Blues and says he trained with England recently.

Fingers crossed.

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