U23s return to winning ways at Chelsea

Friday, 25 August, 2017 32comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton U23s calked up their first win of the season, away to Chelsea. Goals came from Baningime and Niasse after a first-half own goal.

The hosts fielded Eden Hazard the their side at Aldershot's Recreation Ground tonight as he regains fitness.

However, it was the Blues of Everton who took the lead after 18 mins as Joseph Colley turned Liam Walsh's dangerous whipped cross into his own net!

Just before the hour mark Liam Walsh is the creator again as he teed up Baningime to drill the ball low to Bulka's right from the edge of box!

3 mins before the end, substitutes Gibson and Broadhead linked up well and Niasse slammed the ball into the roof of the net after his initial effort was parried by Bulka.

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Broadhead produced one of the best moments of the game. The winger wriggled away from two markers down the Chelsea right, cut inside and let fly with an effort from 25 yards that smacked against the post.

Everton U23s: Gray, Jones, Foulds, Baningime, Feeney, Connolly, Charsley, Evans (75' Gibson), Walsh, Sambou (79' Broadhead), Niasse (90' Donkor).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.


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Jay Wood
1 Posted 25/08/2017 at 20:52:05
To be fair Brent, whilst the second goal was completely against the run of play, since then, whilst they've had a lot of possession, they really haven't threatened.

I've been very impressed how resolute and calm under pressure the defence and midfield has played this second half.

Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 25/08/2017 at 20:55:18
First I've seen Broadhead. Impressive move.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 25/08/2017 at 20:59:03
Jay I actually thought all goals were against the run of play. Though what was almost a 4th was in that final spell where we did dominate. But all happy. Walsh my MotM.
Jay Wood
4 Posted 25/08/2017 at 20:59:41
Nice, wasn't it Mike?

Thumping curling shot off the post which would have made it 4-0.

Impressive, result and performance.

Funny ole game, football. We absolutely pounded them in this fixture last season and came away with just a 2-2 draw.

Under the cosh for most of tonight's game and we win 3-0.

Go figure...

Will Mabon
5 Posted 25/08/2017 at 21:00:02
Who the hell is this commentator? OK, so the scoreline is a little flattering maybe, but to mention it 10 times plus...

Chelsea lost - eat it.

Dennis Heaton
6 Posted 25/08/2017 at 21:16:56
I just watched Niasse score a good goal. I think that as we have paid £13.5 mil for him and as we are having trouble getting another striker. He should be kept as a squad player rather than selling him cheep. After a few selected games, he may improve; he could be kept or sold for a higher price.
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 25/08/2017 at 21:36:21
Jay, I came on ToffeeWeb late tonight so missed your link to the game, kicking myself, mind you made up we won, what was Beni Banginime's goal like and how did he play, also Liam Walsh, I know no matter how he played.

Good bad or indifferent he would be giving his all for the whole game. I know he was the captain but even if he wasn't he would be urging the team on and giving instructions to all of them.

Can't wait to see him in the first team, he will liven it up.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 25/08/2017 at 21:44:26
John he scored the last goal,in a 3-0 win.
Steven Jones
9 Posted 25/08/2017 at 22:15:59
Liam Walsh was head and shoulders above everyone. Only one on our side that looked as though he could go on and paly premiership or Championship.

he played lots of fist time passes under control, pressed and harried and kept shape well.

He was he difference on several occasions - had quite a few duels with Hazard .

They played hazard in the 10 whole and he had a good game ish - drive into our area 4-5 times and was well shepparded . Chelea had a number 9 that kept dropping and had little else but switching the play from side to side with no penetration apart from Hazard.
Beni and Liam kept the middle quiet, whilst linking well for our second - very well drilled shot from Beni .

Feeney was a rock and at just 18 man handled their number 9 and had him in his pocket - a very competitive defender and very confident - another for the conveyor belt of Central Defenders .

Loads of Everton there - (50/50) and you could hear when the goals went in!!

Tim O'Connell
10 Posted 25/08/2017 at 22:37:03
Nathan broadhead looked good when he came on in addition to Walsh
Jay Wood
11 Posted 25/08/2017 at 22:41:26
Opps! Dave mate, I posted the following on the other thread where folk were following the game, but now see Michael has set up this dedicated thread to the game with your posts.

Read and link to the following to see the goals.


Just for you Dave. Check out the following link:


It's the whole game, so to see the goals fast forward to these times:

21mins - watch how canny Walsh is from the throw in, pushing the Chelsea defender away in the chest to give himself more room to receive the ball. He plays a sharp one-touch 1-2 with the thrower, Jones, takes a couple of touches before curling a delightful left footed pass in behind the Chelsea defence for Charsley. Charsley holds up the ball then plays it back to the advancing Walsh near the corner of the right side of their penalty, who now with his right foot whips a dangerous ball into their 6-yard area and the Chelsea defender can only turn it into his own net.

Next, fast forward to 1 hour 16 mins. From a bitty throw in down our left flank, close to their penalty area, Foulds feeds the ball to Liam. Walsh holds off the challenge from a Chelsea defender whilst taking 2-3 touches before rolling the ball across the edge of the penalty area to Banginime and from the 'D', Beni angles a first time daisy cutter back across the keeper into the left hand corner, helped a tad by Sambou jumping over the ball and possibly unsighting the keeper.

Finally, go to the 1 hour 46 minutes mark. It's worth it to see from where the 3rd goal starts. Gibson, on as sub, wins the ball well deep in his full back position and carries the ball deep into the Chelsea half before playing it inside to another sub Nathan Broadhead. He carries it to the edge of the Chelsea penalty area on the right, and lays it wide into the path of Niasse. He lets fly with a thunderous shot, well saved low down by the keeper, but Niasse is quicker to the rebound and from a tight angle wellies it into the roof of the net.

Watch until the end from here, the final 5 minutes, because you will also see Broadhead create a curl a beauty of the right post.

I was very impressed by how resolute and calm the defence played under the cosh for most of the match.

Fran Mitchell
12 Posted 25/08/2017 at 22:47:17
With the midfield crisis, any chance for Walsh to make a step up?

And Niasse may be crap, but has pace and a knack for getting goals, surely an option from the bench when we are Just kicking the ball long in Hope, until we sign a real striker If course.

Jay Wood
13 Posted 25/08/2017 at 23:00:41
Meant to also say whether it's me eyes or memory playing tricks, or both, but to me I reckon Liam has had a bit of a growth spurt.

He looks bigger, taller, stockier, than even from just last season.

He certainly wasn't getting knocked off the ball easily by some of the big units in the Chelsea side tonight.

Brian Wilkinson
14 Posted 26/08/2017 at 01:04:05
Fran, I have more chance of turning out for the first team at 54 than Ronnie giving Niasse a game, does not matter how many he scores, for whatever reason, Ronnie will not pick him.
Tim Greeley
15 Posted 26/08/2017 at 05:12:58
Agreed with Brian above. You don't get to be a $6 million a year anything by admitting you were wrong. Certainly not a Premier League manager. And I do not mean this as a compliment. Arrogance to the bitter end. Rock Hard Ron will play himself at striker before he plays Niasse. They're all this way though.
Chris Williams
16 Posted 26/08/2017 at 07:09:28
Thanks for the link Jay.

I didn't watch it all but thought Liam Walsh looked very good. It was th first time I'd seen him for any length of time. At one stage, towards the end of the first half their commentator paid him a compliment and then said he looked like the next kid off the block, the next one to break into the first team squad.

The way we're losing midfielders, Barry, Klaassen, Schneiderlin, Barkley and McCarthy to injury and maybe for good we could maybe do with an injection of something like what Walsh can offer.

Liam Reilly
17 Posted 26/08/2017 at 08:04:06
It's a pity Walsh has had so many niggling injuries, else he may have threatened the first team bench by now. Hopefully with the number of games expected this season there's an opportunity in there for him or he should be loaned out (as I've read on here before that there have been a number of enquiries).

How come Bowler can't get in that side?

Jon Withey
18 Posted 26/08/2017 at 08:48:55
We need better than Niasse so he might as well be sold - if he can't be sold it tells it's own story.

I expect he will go on loan somewhere with option to buy.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 26/08/2017 at 09:24:52
Jay (13)you may be right regarding Walsh putting on a bit of muscle, I was talking to an Everton fan in the stands at an U23 game the season before last, the fans son was on Everton's books, I asked him about Liam, he said he was dedicated to football, practiced at every opportunity, he always seemed determined to me to do the best with his career as he could.

Watch him take corners, free kicks, you know he has put many hours rehearsing these, Rooney is getting praise for getting in the referee's face, Liam, I think practices this as well.

I don't know the lad, never met him, but knew, absolutely knew he is going to make a very good footballer, never mind the injuries he has had, he should have at the very least been in the first team squad before now, what's stopping you Mr. Koeman, get him in there and Jonjoe Kenny as well, energy plus talent.

John Smith
20 Posted 26/08/2017 at 10:29:14
"John he scored the last goal,in a 3-0 win."

And the only Everton player to score two goals in a single game against Liverpool in many many years.

Barry Pearce
21 Posted 26/08/2017 at 10:39:24
Dave#19 Ditto.
Peter Gorman
22 Posted 26/08/2017 at 11:06:02
Thanks for link Jay. Have only seen the first few minutes and the commentators are absolutely insufferable.
Brent Stephens
23 Posted 26/08/2017 at 11:27:17
Jay #13 Yes, certainly think Liam has thickened out - in the best w
John Dean
24 Posted 26/08/2017 at 12:50:53
Tim 15. I don't think you can limit not changing their mind about a player to Koeman or Premier League managers. Nobody, fans included, admit they were wrong about a player. Of course, sometimes players "improve" to the point were they are then as good as everybody else thought they were in the first place . so its the players' fault really!

We all agree about how good Walsh is, though. He looks like he's added a lot of upper body muscle. He is totally committed on the pitch and, just like Tom Davies, sees opposition players as objects that just get in his way and so are fair game to get pushed around, whatever their size. He must get a first team game this season.

Benny Snow
25 Posted 26/08/2017 at 14:46:14
Good lad Niasse but not top six quality. He would do a good job for Brighton or Huddersfield. £8 mil plus £5.5mil performance add-ons. :)
Sean Patton
26 Posted 26/08/2017 at 16:30:58
I watched the game on YouTube last night and as others have said the myopic commentary made it all the more enjoyable.

Everything we created went through Walsh and Foulds was also impressive at the back, with Barry now gone Liam is the only true passer we have in the midfield and I think he could be useful against teams that sit deep hopefully he gets a chance because I'm sure he will take it.

Peter Gorman
27 Posted 26/08/2017 at 17:49:06
Hilarious stuff isn't it Sean - according to them it was little surprise Everton won the league last year with so many first-teamers playing for the U23s. First-teamers such as Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies they mean, who not only are well eligible to play PL2, they pretty much stopped once they broke into the first team.

And all this when Eden Hazard is on the pitch, I mean ffs.

Gary Edwards
28 Posted 26/08/2017 at 18:54:36
I wonder what Unsworth's rationale is for changing the line-ups, Walsh gets pulled early vs Leicester then selected as skipper vs. Chelsea. I'd be as glad as anyone on this site to see Liam Walsh progress to the 1st team given that I've been bleating on about him for the past 3 to 4 seasons but unless he's been on the special vitamins in the past week he's not got any bigger, height or otherwise.

Good to see Feeney get a start and play well. I hope we get the chance to see him and Gibson start together soon.

Surprised Jose Baxter was not in the XVI.

Phill Thompson
29 Posted 27/08/2017 at 22:37:19
Gary, Walsh was pulled early against Leicester because it was his first game back after a long injury layoff.
Nigel Gregson
30 Posted 28/08/2017 at 01:57:57
Now if only some players from this lot actually played in the senior game, we might have shown a bit more bottle.
Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 28/08/2017 at 12:18:18
Jay (#11), thanks for the link, I tried it a few times but it kept saying they were experiencing problems. Needless to say you, described the goals for me so you know your football, and that will do for me.

Thanks again.

Steve Jenkins
32 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:25:04
Cheers for the link Jay

It's always great to see what the youngsters are about.


I watched it last night - it doesn't start until about 1-40 in so you need to fast forward.

Walsh had a good game as others have said. With Barry gone and the number of games he may hopefully get a breakthrough in whatever the Carling Cup is called this year, and Koeman can then see what he's made of.

I was also impressed with the two boys that came on - Gibson and Broadhead.

Gibson looked to get stuck in and to me composed on the ball in his short cameo. He just had a look of a quality player and I believe he's only 17 atm?

Broadhead showed some lovely touches and set up the 3rd, he had that look of class about him and almost scored a Worldie hitting the post in the last minute.

I know he's highly rated by the Welsh Management and will probably get capped before he makes his first team appearance.

I very much doubt either will breakthrough this season, if at all, (you can never be 100% sure) and probably not the season after where they'll probably go on loan at a Championship club to pick up experience, but I'd hope could break through after that.

And with my Welsh hat on I was also impressed with Ampadu of Chelsea who looks a lovely composed player.

No sign of Bowler (big things tipped for), Donkor only got a minute (apparently he's been impressing in games), and anyone know what happened to Markelo and Mathis?

I haven't heard either play game yet for U18 or U23's.

Injured or still settling in perhaps?

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