Brewster fires Everton to Dallas Cup triumph

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Delial Brewster scored twice as Everton Under-18s beat Fulham 2-1 to win the Dallas Cup this evening.

Brewster scored his fourth and fifth goals of the tournament, one in each half, as the young Blues held out despite the Londoners pulling a goal back later in the game through Elijah Adebayo.

Coached by ex-Everton players Kevin Sheedy and Phil Jevons, the U18s recovered from losing their opening group game against Tigres by beating Kyoto Sanga and Real Salt Lake to make the semi-finals and then beat hosts FC Dallas to set up today's final.

I love working with the lads," a proud Sheedy said after his side had won the trophy. "They give everything they have got and it would have been an injustice had we not won. I've seen all the teams in the tournament and we have been the best side.

We came over here with a small, inexperienced squad so the development the players will get from this will stand them in great stead.

I've had a lot of good nights in football - playing and coaching - but this is up there with them.

The whole trip, the whole competitionthe players have given everything they have got for the Blue shirt. I'm really proud of the players.

Everton U18s: Pierce, Yates, Lees, Yarney, Harrington, Baningime, Denny, Kiersey, Morris, Broadhead, Brewster,
Subs not used: Johnson, Virtanen, Corke, Moore, Mellen.


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Eric Holland
1 Posted 28/03/2016 at 00:16:57

On live here if you want to watch it

Stephen Sullivan
2 Posted 28/03/2016 at 00:38:39
Thanks Eric.

Nice link and tune in on 27 mins to see Everton score the opener.

Eric Holland
3 Posted 28/03/2016 at 00:57:20
Young blues winning 1-0 half time and looking in control.
Goal scored by Brewster.
Eric Holland
4 Posted 28/03/2016 at 00:59:40
U19s on live if you want to watch them! Half-time leading 1-0
Eric Holland
5 Posted 28/03/2016 at 02:00:31
A great win for the young blues in Dallas with 2 goals for the very impressive Brewster. Everton 2 Fulham 1
Jay Wood
6 Posted 28/03/2016 at 02:02:00
Thanks for the link Eric.

Very impressive from the U-19s. Dominated the 2nd half from what I saw.

Late scruffy goal by Fulham to undeservedly pull it back to 2-1 with 7 minutes to go but – unlike the seniors – our juniors were very cute in playing out the final minutes, taking it into the corner to eat up time. Same thing over throw ins.

A lot of tidy joined up football from front to back with everyone seemingly knowing their roles.

A trophy for the blues! Woo-hoo!

Eric Holland
7 Posted 28/03/2016 at 02:04:12
Thought Brewster was very impressive as where all the lads. Also one for the future looking strong and good on the ball Baningime, this lad will go far...
Tom Roberts
8 Posted 28/03/2016 at 02:51:54
Just reward for a great week's work and worthy winners of the Dallas Cup. A couple of chances to kill off the game a little earlier than we did but 5 games in 8 days is tough going.

Just like FC Dallas on Friday, the Fulham side used 5 or 6 subs. Everton stuck with the starting 11 throughout. Notable performers again, Delial Brewster with 2 great goals. He plays with a smile on his face but is very strong, aggressive and lightning quick.

Baningime was an absolute giant in midfield and put in a true Captain's performance. My MotM.

Seriously, these kids put the seniors to shame with their know-how and game management. Running down the clock at every opportunity. Dare I say it but this must come from the coaches. I hope you were watching, Roberto.

Joyous celebrations at the end from players and staff and the North Texas fans look forward to seeing EFC again soon. Safe travels, Champions!!

Dan Parker
9 Posted 28/03/2016 at 04:45:47
Excellent lads, well done. Showing the first team how it's done! COYB!!
Mark Andersson
10 Posted 28/03/2016 at 05:00:11
Brilliant! Well done – looks like we have winners in the ranks!!!
David Chait
11 Posted 28/03/2016 at 05:39:49
Well done lads! Whereas the U21s midfielders and backs seem to make the headlines, here it's all about the two lads up front!

Brewster has been scoring for fun for years. Remember him being head a shoulders bigger than the other boys but it all seems to much closer now, but he's still scoring...

Sure this will be their last year at this level and will head to U21s next season...

Brian Porter
12 Posted 28/03/2016 at 05:49:26
Well done and many congratulations lads!
Sam Hoare
13 Posted 28/03/2016 at 07:58:05
Well done lads! The academy seem to be doing a great job and I hope we will begin to see more players integrated over the next few years.
Kevin Elliott
14 Posted 28/03/2016 at 08:02:19
Well done boys..
Great news to wake up to this morning.
Paul Thompson
15 Posted 28/03/2016 at 08:47:50
Goals and Sheedy here:


Second Brewster goal a gem.

Sue Brown
16 Posted 28/03/2016 at 09:02:22
Excellent news, well done lads! Brewster has played well all tournament and what a great 2nd goal last night. Let's hope the seniors are watching how it's done.
Barry Pearce
17 Posted 28/03/2016 at 10:30:38
Well done lads, fantastic result.

Young Brewster was flagged up ages ago, as being potentially a great all-round forward. Pace strength, and a good finisher.

Let's hope the likes of him, Anthony Evans, Courtney Duffus, and Nathan Broadhead can take the next step up, along with some of the other exciting talent in the Under-21s. COYB.

Jon Withey
18 Posted 28/03/2016 at 10:39:16
Headline news surely deserved?

Really great to see this competitive edge at any level – well done, lads.

Tony Hill
19 Posted 28/03/2016 at 11:04:02
Fantastic all round and really important I think to see an Everton team doing so well. It can't do us any harm in building profile in the US.

Broadhead's header leading to the first goal was excellent and Brewster very sharp.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 28/03/2016 at 11:19:04
Really well done. I thought it was great the way they all soaked Sheedy at the end. Also made up for Sheedy, after the battle he has faced, and is there a better thing in life than camaraderie? Great stuff!
Phill Thompson
21 Posted 28/03/2016 at 12:00:49
Brewster must have been the player of the tournament. His work rate last night was fantastic, tracking back, heading out of defence and chasing down every long ball hit up front. The size of the pitch and stadium was made for him, none of this windy open pitch he gets at Finch Farm and other U18 grounds. Plenty of space to run onto long balls.

He actually should have had a hat-trick, pulling one wide when put through with just goalie to beat, and should have had a penalty when brought down, but got a yellow card instead for diving!

But it wasn't a one-man show, the whole team were impressive with their work rate, closing down and pressing, and showing their discipline to hold their positions. Pushing Brewster for our Man of the Tournament was Beni Baningime, he was the rock in front of the back four, breaking down attacks, moving the ball forward and as the Captain he lead by example.

It would be harsh to single out more individuals in a great team effort but, at 15, Alex Denny is a big lad, plenty of energy and great skill in midfield. With his physique and position, he'll inevitably get compared to Ross Barkley if he continues to develop, so I'll be the first to say it. :-).

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 28/03/2016 at 12:07:56
Phill (13) thanks for the report, made up for all the lads and the coach Kevin Sheedy, pleased about Beni Baningime, a young French lad who was injured early in the season, but did well in that team. I hope he gets a new contract with the club. I would also like to know how he got to Everton in the first place.
Peter Gorman
23 Posted 28/03/2016 at 12:22:30
Dave - From the OS; Beni Baningime joined Everton's Academy at the age of nine and signed scholarship forms in July 2015. Born in Kinshasa, Congo, the central midfielder is also eligible to represent England.

Well done to the lads, the youth again proving to be a credit to the club.

Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 28/03/2016 at 12:51:35
I know you have a different opinion than me regarding the plans for Finch Farm, Peter, but that's why I think it's going to be a great thing.

A kid comes from France, at nine years of age, to become a footballer. He will be living on site, and training every day of his life. The club will also educate him, but the main aim will be to make him a great footballer.

The more you practice, the better you should become, and if a kid can retain his love for the game, then we should see some great talent come through in the long term.

Ian Burns
25 Posted 28/03/2016 at 13:04:06
Great news – well done to all concerned – good start to the day. Thanks for the report Phill Thompson, appreciated.
Phill Thompson
27 Posted 28/03/2016 at 13:49:39
Great credit too to Kevin Sheedy and Phil Jevons. Brewster was always up front but behind him they adapted so well, changed patterns, everybody knew their job. At one time in first half we had Broadhead, Kiersey and Morris really pressing them and closing them down around their penalty box.

Kiersey showed great energy and supplied the passes which lead to both our goals. Then in the last 10 mins as we tired (5 games in 8 days!) we defended further back, bit dangerous but ensured we didn't give ball away , just hoofed it upfield.

The other nice thing we do is teach them to be two-footed. Harrington played left back, usually midfield, and used both feet well, and up front we had the wide players cutting in and hitting a shot with their "opposite" foot – Broadhead cut in from the left and struck a right footer just over (his two goals this tournament were the same, cut in from left, curl shot with right) and Liam Morris on the right did similar, cut inside from right, struck a good shot with his left resulting in a good save. It's a good trait we have developed, Kieran Dowell 's goals cutting in from right, curl with left perhaps the most prominent.

John Dean
28 Posted 28/03/2016 at 14:42:21
The boys were great ambassadors for the club last night and they should feel very happy and proud today. They all seemed to play well and, rightly Brewster captured all the headlines; Beni Baningime has considerable influence on how well that team plays.

Interesting that Sheedy seemed to stick with his first-choice starting line-up throughout the competition even turning down the option to expend some playing to introduce more defensive-minded substitutes in the final. He didn't subscribe to the view of giving a game and playing experience to all. He wanted to win.

Phill Thompson
29 Posted 28/03/2016 at 15:18:59
John, yeah I think he only used 11 outfielders in his starting line up. It startled me to hear they could use 6 subs – we only took 16 players! <:P>It looked like he knew his starting line up early on, had to put Harrington from midfield to centre-back for the 2nd game because of Yarney being suspended for a red card, allowing Denny to come into midfield.

Next game, Yarney back, but Mellen was suspended so Harrington moved to left back, Denny kept playing well and he keeps the same team for rest of tournament.

Same start of the season, a great run achieved with a settled side then disruptions. Same with Under21s, they suffer from the disruptions of loans and in particular 1st teamers playing to get fit, we rarely look better with them in!

Alan Bodell
30 Posted 28/03/2016 at 15:30:45
Great to hear all this, haven't seen too much of these lads but this along with our U-21s, who have me purring.

Watch out for Tom Davies, he has a style very similar to my favourite ever, ever player – Alan Ball... and yes, I'm old enough to have seen the great man play many times.

Phil Roberts
31 Posted 28/03/2016 at 15:47:07
What was also pleasing was hearing the interviews.

Great to see local lads doing well.

Guy Rogers
32 Posted 28/03/2016 at 18:00:53
Great win, lads.


Paul Ellam
33 Posted 28/03/2016 at 18:38:15
Sell Lukaku
Promote Brewster
Spend the money on other squad players
Jason Murray
34 Posted 28/03/2016 at 18:50:09
Fantastic stuff! Hopefully the increasingly regular success of our youth teams will transmit to the first team before too long!
John Dean
35 Posted 28/03/2016 at 20:14:36
Journalists often say a player reacted quickest when in reality it was just a fortunate bounce and being in the right place. When you watch Brewster's first goal, you can see he does react well before both Fulham defenders.
Paul Thompson
36 Posted 28/03/2016 at 20:43:31
Brewster isn't ready for first team football quite yet, but in my view he's either better or a better prospect than those nominally ahead of him in the U21s (Henen, Rodriguez and Duffus).

Those who watched the full games have highlighted the contribution of the defensive Baningame, the lad originally from the Congo but apparantly been on our books since he was 9.

John Dean
37 Posted 28/03/2016 at 21:39:01
Have to agree with you, Paul. I have watched Rodriguez a few times now and, while I've looked for positives, it's hard to see what Roberto saw that prompted him to spend money to get him from South America. The loan spell with Brentford may be his litmus test.

Henen has shown little sign he can perform at the top level and isn't scoring for Fleetwood when he does play.

McAleny is well ahead of both. Duffus does have pace and power and unsettles defenders but doesn't have the ball skills and composure of Brewster.

Peter Cummings
38 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:13:43
Made up for Kev Sheedy one of our greats and a credit to the club, both he and the lads done the club really proud and deserve all our congratulations on a fine win, let's hope the 'big team' can follow suit.

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