U23s beat Flint Town in friendly

Saturday 8 July 2017  19 Comments  [Jump to last]
David Unsworth's Under-23s enjoyed a comfortable afternoon in Flint, winning 6-1 in their first pre-season friendly with new signing Boris Mathis on the scoresheet.

Recent arrivals Mathis, Nathangelo Markelo, Josh Bowler and Anton Donkor all played, with the French striker bagging a brace.

Courtney Duffus, Morgan Feeney and Calum Dyson (2) also scored.

Everton U23s: Renshaw, Bramall, Garbutt, Denny, Foulds, Markelo, Charsley, Grant, Evans, Duffus, Bowler.
Subs: Gray, Robinson, Feeney, Byrne, Beningime, Henen, Donkor, Mathis, Dyson, Broadhead.  

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Brian Cleveland
1 Posted 08/07/2017 at 19:40:19
Who needs Lukaku anyway?
Iain Love
2 Posted 08/07/2017 at 19:48:52
Can you pad these out a bit, it's always good to hear about the young guns.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 08/07/2017 at 22:17:38
There were no reports anywhere I could find earlier on

But now, full description of the game at the Everton Website: Mathis Hits Double In Under-23s' Pre-Season Win

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 09/07/2017 at 00:52:39
Interesting line-up. Morgan Feeney was pictured with the first team training the other day. Garbutt now aged what 24? Doesn't bode well for him. No mention of Jose Baxter. Dowell & Kenny not involved maybe on break after the U20 World Cup.
Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 09/07/2017 at 07:01:47
Yea, I think Dowell, Kenny, and Connolly, (plus Calvert-Lewin and Lookman) will be given more time off for their U20 World Cup heroics. Plus Walsh must still be out with that injury he picked up late in the season.

Others missing: Sambou, Hewelt, Williams, Jones, Rodriguez, Pennington...

Nigel Munford
6 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:26:08
Michael, good job. We put out a second string then as it could have been a cricket score with all of those first choicers to come back in.
Sam Hoare
7 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:39:35
Gonna be tough to get into that U23 team! Forward line options alone now include Duffus, Dyson, Sambou, Evans, Dowell, Mathis, Bowler, Byrne and Henen. Charsley sometimes plays winger too and i'm sure i've forgot others.

Presumably some will leave on loan and one or two (Dowell and Sambou?) may get to feature for first team

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 09/07/2017 at 08:40:00
And Donkor!
Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 09/07/2017 at 09:34:58
And a previous U23 favourite, Niasse!
Ray Roche
10 Posted 09/07/2017 at 09:39:21
Lookman and, I think, Dowell were pictured at Finch Farm when pre-season training started last week.
Jon Withey
11 Posted 09/07/2017 at 10:38:26
I assume some of the U-23s will be in the pre-season first team games.
Chris James
12 Posted 09/07/2017 at 13:12:11
Pennington, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin are training with the first team now though, no?

After their summer exploits, I'd love to see Dowell and Kenny given a proper run with the big boys pre-season too. You'd think with Seamus out Kenny has to be getting a chance from the bench at least?

Re Garbutt, I agree it doesn't look great which is a shame as I thought he looked a viable successor to Baines the last time he was given a proper run.

Kevin Moorcroft
13 Posted 09/07/2017 at 16:30:38
Waynes interview, quote: "I've kept it quiet for all these year but the Everton pyjamas have always been worn by the kids."

Welcome home, mate – you're back were you belong. Gem of a quote – especially on Sky... Give them fuckers something to talk about.

Bill Griffiths
14 Posted 09/07/2017 at 20:37:58
It was a good performance by the lads, especially in the second half even taking into account the level of football which Flint play.

I forgot to take a pen with me which meant I couldn't make a note of the players names so I apologise for not being able to recall all of them.

Despite Flints physical and somewhat strong dubious tackling, Everton were deservedly up 1-0 at half time having been in control for nearly all the half and also having failed to score from the penalty spot. The players who impressed me most were as follows.

The right back No 2 (can't remember his name). He looked quite young and not very big but he played really well and more than held his own against much bigger stronger opponents.

Luke Garbutt had a very good game and looked more like the Luke Garbutt of old, hope he's coming back to the form he originally showed.

No 5 (again didn't get his name).He also played very well and played the whole game.

No 6 think it was Matty Foulds and he also played really well.

Josh Bowler looked impressive and won the penalty we missed. is exceptionally quick and quite tricky.

The rest played well enough without being anything special. I was disappointed with Harry Charsley as I expected more from him.

Everton made a raft of changes at half time and a few more during the half. Right from the restart we were a lot more faster and direct and could easily have scored more than the 6 goals that we did. All the replacements who came on played well and contributed to the dominant performance. Donkeor and Mathis look as if they could be really great signings and Baningime looks to have great potential.

However to my surprise the best player on the field by a mile was David Henen. After watching the Checkatrade Trophy game against Blackpool and having seen him a few times previously I posted I doubted very much whether he would make it as a premiership footballer.

After watching the second half for a while I asked the chap next to me who is the lad playing No 15 and he said it's Henen.

Bill Griffiths
15 Posted 09/07/2017 at 20:46:02
Oops.... to continue.

I don't know if he has grown and bulked up since seeing him previously or if it was because I am used to seeing players from more of a distance rather than standing right next to the pitch.

However he looked much bigger and stronger but with a lot of pace. He also seemed to show a lot more desire and aggression. He really drove the lads on. If he continues to play like this I think he could well make it into the first team. I big "if" I guess.

Anyway despite the standard of the opposition it was a really good performance.

Gary Edwards
16 Posted 10/07/2017 at 10:18:37
Nice one Bill. I enjoy watching the U23s @ Southport for the same reason, they're right in front of you. Shame to read that Harry Charsley didn't show good form, for me he was one of the standout performers last season. Looks a strong side though great to see Donkor back.
Phill Thompson
17 Posted 10/07/2017 at 18:03:51
Thanks for the match report, Bill, it's much appreciated.

From the line ups and the changes made, I am assuming that the right back was young Danny Bramhall, just moved up from the U18s and more of a midfielder or winger type so interesting that we played him at right-backand he did well.

The centre-back who played the full match appears to have been Alex Denny, usually a midfielder not a centre-back and a 2nd year Scholar with the U18s.

Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 11/07/2017 at 04:44:33
Phill (#17); Interesting if some are being tried in different positions. It is not something you hear a lot of these days but two of Everton's greatest fullbacks started out in quite different positions; Tommy Wright – an old-fashioned inside forward (midfield for those not of a certain age) and Ray Wilson – left winger.
Bill Griffiths
19 Posted 11/07/2017 at 05:30:38
Phil, thanks for providing the names I missed. With regard to playing out if position I didn't mention that Sam Byrne came on in 2nd half at right back; I thought he was a centre forward

Nathan Broadhead came on at half-time in midfield; I thought he was a centre-forward too.

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