U23s off to a winning start in Premier League 2

15 August  15 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton's Under-23 kicked off the new Premier League 2 era with a 2-0 win against Spurs at Broadhall Way in Stevenage tonight thanks to second-half goals by David Henen and Matty Foulds.

The match had been goalless heading into the final quarter of an hour, thanks in large part to a penalty save by Mateusz Hewelt in the first period, but Henen ran through and fired home.

Substitute Foulds then converted the second after Courtney Duffus's shot had been saved.

Everton: Hewelt, Jones {c}, Robinson, Walsh, Feeney, Galloway, Henen, Davies, Evans (C. Duffus 60'), Ledson (Charsley 62'), Dowell (Foulds 80').
Subs not used: Gray, Dyson  

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 15/08/2016 at 15:09:34
Any news of the squad, it will be very interesting to see who is playing at Spurs.
Liam Reilly
2 Posted 15/08/2016 at 15:58:19
I see on the OS that Unsworth hailed Liam Walsh as the difference in the Lancashire Cup last week:


Really have high hopes for this kid; he's got something special.

Brent Stephens
3 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:03:21
Liam #2 - one of my favourites (Walsh not Reilly! OK, I like you as well). A small lad but bags of guts.
Mike Oates
4 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:40:13
Very surprised that Walsh didn't even go with first team players in pre-season trips to Barnsley. MK Dons and Germany. He did go to Austria so obviously didn't impress Koeman.

Walsh did so well at Yeovil last year. Thought he'd come good this year but he is very small for a PL player

Peter Gorman
5 Posted 15/08/2016 at 21:35:49
Don't read too much into it Mike - Big Ron will soon learn
Anthony Dwyer
6 Posted 15/08/2016 at 22:08:27
No Luke Garbut ?
Dick Brady
7 Posted 15/08/2016 at 22:22:49
No Garbutt? First he doesn't get a first team squad number and now he can't get a game for the U23's? Is he injured? Possibly on his way out of Everton?
Anthony Dwyer
8 Posted 16/08/2016 at 01:03:47
It seems harsh doesn't it Dick, I like the lad, his left foot is a little wand.
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 16/08/2016 at 09:30:17
Peter (5) I think that Walsh will make himself known to the manager, very surprised that he hasn't been included in the first team squad, as for his size, don't worry about that, he has the heart of a lion, like Ball Collins etc.

I wish a few of the players in the first team had the bottle this lad has got, then there is his ability, tons of it.

William Cartwright
10 Posted 16/08/2016 at 15:12:57
Early days this season, but it seems there is a breakthrough for some young players to establish themselves. Who will it be this year? Following RK's recent comments, "If you're good enough age does not matter", it looks like Holgate and Davies this season. However, Walsh is being touted by many ToffeeWebbers with more knowledge than me and all for the same reasons – skiil allied to heart.

Do we think he will get a break into the first team this season, along with Dowell? I think Walsh sounds like the next big thing. I really hope so...

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 16/08/2016 at 15:19:29
Good result for the U23s against a very talented Spurs team.

Shame really that these youngsters weren't on the verge 2 years ago as if Moshiri really does plant to spend as some expect then the competition for places will be very tough and it may be harder for them to get the game time they need and deserve.

It was nice to see Holgate get his debut and I really hope Koeman finds time to play the likes of Davies and any other kids that excel for the youth teams.

Joe Duffin
12 Posted 16/08/2016 at 15:53:57
I seen Liam Walsh at SuperCupNI – he was tidy and aggressive and ended up being sent off, so he missed the final.

Out of all the players I had seen, the left back Robinson looks like a smashing player – he is electric quick, technically excellent and if he can bulk up a bit to become a bit more physically robust he will have a future.

It could be the reason Garbutt isn't being considered further?

Anyone else rate Robinson as highly as me?

Phill Thompson
13 Posted 16/08/2016 at 17:06:43
Joe, last preseason Robinson had a great pre season with the first team and looked surprisingly promising , think he was 18 then . Unfortunately he suffered an injury which wiped out last season. He does look very good and seems to be getting back to his best.

Too early to tell if he'll make it with us and in probably the most difficult position to break through in LB but the very fact he's starting at LB says something. Last season it was Connolly and Foulds who largely played there for U21s.

Joe Duffin
14 Posted 17/08/2016 at 00:05:52
Thanks Phil. Good to know.

It's hard for these kids with 1 in 20 given the chance. With any luck a good few will make it.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 18/08/2016 at 15:53:17
They play Reading tonight, but it is at Southports ground, why can't they arrange for these games to be at Goodison.

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