U23s draw 1 - 1 with Chelsea in Southport

Monday 31 October 2016  7 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton U23s drew 1 - 1 with Chelsea in Premier League 2 at Southport's Merseyrail Community Stadium this evening.

Mateusz Hewelt and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who were both on the bench at Goodison Park for the visit of West Ham United yesterday, featured among David Unsworth's charges looking to bounce back after losing to local rivals Liverpool last time.

They went behind inside the first 5 minutes to Dujon Sterling's goal but Harry Charsley's first-half strike, scored on 41 minutes, earned a point for the Young Blues.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Kenny, Robinson, Connolly, Feeney, Walsh (59' Foulds), Davies, Dowell [Y] (70' C Duffus), Calvert-Lewin (76' Dyson), Charsley, Henen.
Subs not Used: Gray, Yarney.


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Gary Edwards
1 Posted 31/10/2016 at 11:57:44
Thanks for the heads-up, I'll be there. This will be a really good test for the U23's, it'll be interesting.
Peter Gorman
2 Posted 31/10/2016 at 22:25:25
Decent result and Harry Charsley continues to go about his business nice and effectively. Hope Walsh isn't badly injured.
Gary Edwards
3 Posted 01/11/2016 at 09:46:39
The pitch at Haig Avenue was looking as good as I've ever seen it and appropriately eerie at times with fog seeping into the corners, so much so that it was difficult to see the build-up play for Charsley's goal.

Familiar Chelsea names - Kurt Zouma & Marco Van Ginkel.

We appeared to play a 4-3-3 with Davies playing the holding midfield role, Charsley was so busy it was difficult to determine if he was holding or attacking mid, he was everywhere.

We mixed the style of play regularly though enjoyed more success with the tiki taka stuff than the more direct approach. Chelsea's defence generally easily dealt our attempts to play more direct, generally because they were physically stronger than Dowell, Calvert-Lewin and Henen.

First time that I've seen Calvert-Lewin. He's a fine specimen, though needs to be a lot more industrious. Unsie urged him to work harder on several occasions.

Dowell had a poor match. Lost possession countless times, no energy, contributed little.

Robinson impressed at left-back, strong, good pace, carried the ball well, hard in the tackle.

I'm a big fan of Liam Walsh who always impresses me with his vision, movement and energy. However there were a couple of occasions where he was forced off the ball too easily and / or Chelsea's mid sped past him / away from him... almost Osman~esque. I wondered if he was 100% fit / carrying a knock. Sad to see him go off, hope he's well and see him back soon.

MotM for me was Charsley. He was immense first half, everywhere and fully deserved his goal. He tired later in the game (when Walsh went off) but after his earlier exertions understandable.

Duffus and Dyson, though big strapping lads offered little when they came on. Dyson not looking particularly mobile.

Generally enjoyable game to watch and the draw was a fair result.

Chelsea players that impressed me – Dujon Sterling and Trevoh Chalobah (spellings as per the teamsheet).

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 01/11/2016 at 12:48:31
Thanks for your report, Gary. Charsley is getting among the goals, he is very energetic as you say and still only a young lad, very promising. l also hope Walsh isn't seriously injured, did it look bad?
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 01/11/2016 at 13:03:29
Has the elephant not in the team lost his U-23s locker as well?
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 01/11/2016 at 13:39:02
According to the OS, Charsley and Walsh clashed which caused the latter's injury.

Hope it's not too bad, as Walsh is a real talent.

Gary Edwards
7 Posted 01/11/2016 at 21:52:29
Dave & Liam,

Walsh and Charsley were tussling with a Chelsea player and seemed to get tangled up with one another, Walsh stayed down and after receiving treatment on the pitch was helped off. Left leg / foot.

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