Young Blues beat Tranmere in the FA Youth Cup

Thursday 8 December 2016  9 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton's Under-18s took on Tranmere Rovers in the FA Youth Cup at Goodison Park this evening and progressed to the next round thanks to a goal in each half.

Fraser Hornby gave David Unsworth's men the lead when he converted a penalty shortly before half time and Morgan Feeney doubled the lead three minutes after the break with a close-range finish.

Tranmere pushed to find a way back into the contest as the second period wore on and they hit the post after Shane Lavery had gone close to putting the tie almost beyond doubt.

Everton also hit the woodwork in the closing stages and held out for a 2-0 win.

Everton U-18s: Pierce, Moore, Harrington, Baningime, Lees, Feeney, Bramall (79' Denny), Kiersey, Hornby, Evans, Lavery.
Subs not used: Hilton, Collins, Ball, Mampala.

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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 08/12/2016 at 04:45:36
Good luck – they're are future once Koeman leaves... haha.
John Dean
2 Posted 08/12/2016 at 22:49:21
This victory was earned by the three strikers, Fraser Hornby, Antony Evans and Shane Lavery who posed a constant danger to the Tranmere defence with the ball as well as refusing to allow Tranmere to play the ball out of defence easily (Koeman would have been delighted with their efforts).

Everton continually looked for the long through ball for the strikers to run onto and it was one such pass that was nipped past the Tranmere keeper by Hornby who was fouled in the process. Hornby converted the spot kick with a fan's favourite – blasted head height into the net.

Morgan Feeney was brilliant, snuffing out attacks with the minimum of fuss and always being in the right place.

Marc Sansum
3 Posted 09/12/2016 at 09:04:19
Hornby's been smashing them in – I think that's 15 in 15 for him.
Barry Pearce
4 Posted 09/12/2016 at 10:10:04
Well done, young 'uns.

Thanks for the info, John.

John Dean
5 Posted 09/12/2016 at 11:07:11
I was looking forward to watching Daniel Bramall again after seeing him destroy Man City a couple of weeks ago. But he was anonymous. Everton couldn't get the ball to him in space as he was double marked and he was less effective than he should have been when he was unable to use his speed.

He switched wings and that worked a bit better but Shane Lavery continued to produce more danger from the wing than Bramall. Natural wingers play on the edge and so they need a lot of patience and support when they have an off-day.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 09/12/2016 at 16:29:12
Thanks for your reports, John, glad to see Morgan Feeney had a good game at his own age group.

How did Baningime play? He should be standing out, he's in the last year at U18s, he looks very useful.

John Dean
7 Posted 09/12/2016 at 19:58:32
He played alongside Jack Kiersey and seemed to carry most of the responsibility for creative play whereas I've previously seen him as more of a ball winner. He was composed on the ball under pressure and has an eye for short forward passes but playing 4 forwards restricted Everton's ability to work the ball through midfield while retaining possession and their shape called for longer balls.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 09/12/2016 at 20:08:09
Marc (#3) "Hornby's been smashing them in – I think that's 15 in 15 for him."

Sounds a lot better than Hornby 0-0.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 10/12/2016 at 04:49:31
Collins and Ball on the bench – who says dreams don't come true?

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