Dundalk 3 - 2 Everton XI

8 August  15 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton Under-23s celebrate winning the Liverpool Senior Cup at Prescot Cables.

Everton U23s are playing Dundalk at Oriel Park this evening.

It was the penultimate step in David Unsworth's pre-season preparations for his Academy charges, who won the Liverpool Senior Cup in their previous outing.

After some early attacks by Dundalk were fended off, Antony Evans came close to scoring with a good effort that hit the side netting. On 15 minutes, Callum Dyson coolly slotted the ball beneath the keeper to give Everton the lead.

Dundalk continued to attack undaunted and it was only some fine saves by Louis Gray in the Everton goal that kept them out. But he was finally beaten on 22 mins when Ciaran O'Connor equalized.

Things rapidly went south for the Blues after the break, with Dundalk scoring goals through Carlton Carlton Ubaezuono and O'Connor. But Everton pulled one back before the hour mark through Nathan Broadhead.

There were more chances for both sides but the scoreline remained unchanged.

Everton U23s: Gray, Charlsey, Feeney, Yarney, (46' Foulds), Yates, Broadhead, Holland, Walsh (45 Ledson), Henen, Dyson, Evans.
Subs not Used: Hunt


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Jim Bailey
1 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:43:51
Can't we field these as our starting eleven on Saturday?
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:24:21
Doubt it, Jim. They'll be shagged out from the ferry ride back. Plus they've got another game on Wednesday night, vs Oldham Athletic. I think that might be the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup, carried over from last season.

Trevor Lynes
3 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:09:10
Not impressive results against part timers.

I reckon we are in a pretty parlous state if we cannot beat sides like Dundalk. We used to field seven teams years ago and EFC 3rd team would beat teams like Rochdale, Southport and the like.

For all the money in football we still seem to be bringing through a lot of mediocre players. I played against EFC 'A', Liverpool 'A' and Man Utd 'A' during my under 21 days and they were virtually all full-time pros whilst we were part-timers. We never beat them!!

Shane Corcoran
4 Posted 08/08/2016 at 22:41:33
Times are tough if they're taking the ferry. I hope it wasn't the all-nighter.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:34:11
Seven teams, Trevor? Are you sure? Back in the day, I can only recall four:

1) Everton — Football League, Division One
2) Everton Reserves — Central League
3) Everton 'A' — Lancashire League, Division One
4) Everton 'B' — Lancashire League, Division Two

Who were the other three?

Conor Skelly
6 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:48:29
Dundalk just beat Bate Borisov 3 - 0 to qualify for the next round of Champions League qualifying games where they will take on Legia Warsaw. They're a good side.
Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:52:13
Champions League, you say?

We missed a trick there... could have Big Rom playing against them. He would have been made up!

Conor Skelly
8 Posted 08/08/2016 at 23:58:19
I can just see it now - Rom whispering away behind his hand to the Dundalk manager at full-time.
Gordon Crawford
9 Posted 09/08/2016 at 01:40:42
Dundalk are a full time outfit.
Miche�l Sheelan
10 Posted 09/08/2016 at 08:51:40
Type or paste your comment here. PLEASE capitalise initial letters of proper names and use proper grammar. No txt-speak; all-lowercase posts are likely to be deleted
Alan Maher
11 Posted 09/08/2016 at 09:14:09
Trevor 3, you may not think it's an impressive result, but you are showing a bit of naivety here. Further to what Conor 6 has stated, they are also half way through their season where they sit top of the league. Was a good workout for them against a side that would comfortably compete in the Championship.
Shane Corcoran
12 Posted 09/08/2016 at 10:33:57
I hate to shit on people's parades but I'm pretty sure the team Dundalk put out is a reserve one. In fact, one of them is a trialist.

They certainly didn't have their first choice striker McMillan who has five goals in four CL matches, their captain O'Donell or their first choice keeper.

Conor, maybe you could confirm. Here's the line-up:

Dundalk FC: Gabriel Sava; Anton Reilly (James Rice 90), Eric Whelan, Trialist, Shane Grimes; Darren Meenan (Cormac Boyle 46), Jake O'Connor (Deane Watters 89), George Poynton, Ciaran O'Connor; Ciaran Kilduff (Carlton Ubaezuono 46), Michael O'Connor (Garreth Craven 87).

Bruce Moxham
14 Posted 09/08/2016 at 11:53:31
Correct. Of that Dundalk team Meenan and Kilduff are squad players, the rest are nowhere near their first team. What was our line up?
Shane Corcoran
15 Posted 09/08/2016 at 12:44:04
Here's a report:


Ken Gray
16 Posted 09/08/2016 at 18:37:22
I'm from Dundalk!!

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