U23s win at Derby thanks to Charsley strike

Monday, 18 September, 2017 50comments  |  Jump to most recent

A first-half goal by Harry Charsley gave David Unsworth's Everton Under-23s a 1-0 victory against Derby County at Pride Park this evening.

A young Toffees side had to work hard for the win against a far more experienced home team, who included no less than seven players with first-team experience in their starting line-up.

Everton moved the ball well in the opening period, with Dennis Adeniran particularly eye-catching in midfield with his strong running and accurate distribution.But Everton were restricted to long-range efforts during the early exchanges.

The Blues took the lead on 29 minutes when Harry Charsley found space inside the box before sliding home a typically neat finish.

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Everton had to survive some Derby pressure in the closing minutes of the first period but the lead was almost doubled on the stroke of half-time when Adeniran curled a lovely shot just wide of the target.

The home side showed more of an attacking threat in the second 45 minutes but Everton defended resolutely to keep 17-year old goalkeeper, Joe Hilton, largely untroubled.

Indeed, an Everton foray forward almost created a second goal when a low effort from Antony Evans skidded off the rain-saturated surface and narrowly past the upright.

This was a fine win for the Blues and just reward for the gritty determination they showed to hang onto the lead as Derby pressed for an equaliser late on.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones, Garbutt, Baningime, Feeney, Gibson, Evans, Charsley, Sambou (73' Donkor), Adeniran (73' Foulds), Henen (80' Markelo).
Subs not used: Hansen, Broadhead.

Match Report at EvertonFC.com

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Nitesh Kanchan
1 Posted 18/09/2017 at 10:37:01
Any links for today's U23 game?
Charlie Lloyd
2 Posted 18/09/2017 at 14:57:57
Anyone know the links to the match.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 18/09/2017 at 15:58:41
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 18/09/2017 at 16:00:52
And I wonder if this will embed:

Kevin Prytherch
5 Posted 18/09/2017 at 17:37:53
Has a squad been announced for this?

Anyone know if Lookman, Kenny and Niasse are likely to be involved?

Paul Doyle
6 Posted 18/09/2017 at 18:28:39
Of course, Koeman attending is a given!!
Brian Cleveland
7 Posted 18/09/2017 at 18:35:47
Yes Michael, it embedded fine, but did you really need to remind us?!

Oh it's changed! It was the league table!!

It also says that it can only be watched on YouTube, it can't be watched from other websites... so while the embed worked, there is no permission to watch it from the ToffeeWeb site.

Brian Cleveland
8 Posted 18/09/2017 at 18:51:12
I see neither Lookman nor Kenny are in tonight's team, so seems they might get a chance against Sunderland on Wednesday in the Cocoa Cup or whatever it's currently called...
Brian Cleveland
9 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:09:44
Link working for anyone? I've got nothing!
Michael Lynch
10 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:15:26
As usual, an email from Everton to a link that doesn't work. Our club is utterly fucking useless. You pay for your membership, but nothing ever works.


Charles Brewer
11 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:23:41
Nothing working. About standard for the club at the moment.
Charles Brewer
12 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:25:09
I suspect that Koeman doesn't want us to see what goalscoring looks like.
Charles Brewer
13 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:28:51
I've got it from the Derby County site. You have to sign up but then it works. How typical, Derby County more organized than Everton
Antony Matthews
14 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:29:51
No Niasse either. Intriguing...
Charles Brewer
15 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:31:38
1-0 to Everton, away. Not been able to type that for a while
Frank Wade
16 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:35:57
I have it working on a link the club sent me today as part of the membership package. Not sure if it works for non members.


Michael Lynch
17 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:40:26
Didn't work for me Frank, I've had to register with Derby. As Mr Ronald Koeman of Gladwys Street :-)
Michael Lynch
18 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:48:33
Ah working for me now on Everton website. Derby must have let them know that Mr Koeman was online.
Brian Cleveland
19 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:49:57
Well done to Derby, your link is working great, nice quality picture too.

Shame on you Everton, fluffed your lines once again on this one. When will you learn?

Stu Gore
20 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:50:03
Frank's link is working for me.
Charles Brewer
21 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:54:08
H/T The Derby site is advertising various apps; there has just been one to work our how much you drink and the message was "120 units less than last week", I think that works out at 52 pints! Bloody hell they must have a few problems in Derby!!
David Booth
22 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:55:44
All the links they sent to me take me to the ticket page.

The Everton website is the only consistent thing about our club - consistently useless.

Frank Wade
23 Posted 18/09/2017 at 19:59:16
David, did you get an email titled "See the Under-23s for free as part of your Official Membership" today. It has a link to the match as I posted above, but not sure if above link has my id embedded somewhere.

Half time at the moment. 1-0 to the blues through a Harry Charsley effort.

Michael Lynch
24 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:01:04
This is the link for members:


I found it didn't work on one of my browsers (Safari) but worked on Firefox.

Brian Cleveland
25 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:03:18
I hardly ever look at the official webshite these days, just don't like the layout, the lack of response to suggestions/complaints/reports/errors.

Does the club manage it in house or is it outsourced?

Back to the football, it's quite an unfamiliar looking team tonight with so many out on loan and a few more or less in the first team. It seems our U23 gets younger and younger, I guess many of these could play in a younger category?

Steve Barr
26 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:08:04
Just to prove the point I made in a couple of other earlier threads regarding Everton's amateur back office set up.

Couldn't get a link to the game on the official website. Just set up on the Derby website and am now watching the U23 game, from Washington DC! Typical!

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:13:28
The EFC link works fine.
Frank Wade
28 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:15:09
Steve, the match is free if you signed up to the Everton membership. Cost me £25, well worth it to watch these games plus an opportunity to buy tickets for games I can get to.
Steve Barr
29 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:19:42
Frank, is the 25 quid charge a new requirement?

I did try and log in using an old email and password that use to work for me?

Brian Cleveland
30 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:23:52
Is this ref the Derby coach or something? Giving them everything!

Steve, you don't need to pay to get this game. It's just the link wasn't available at the start of the game.

Frank Wade
31 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:35:34
Steve, Yes it's just this year. I signed up for International membership for the 25 quid as I live in Dublin and always got tickets from our local Irish Toffees fan club.

It's getting harder to get tickets, so this was another avenue and with the U23 matches thrown in, seemed reasonable. Link seems to be available to non-members, as Brian says above.

Steve Barr
32 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:37:33
Thanks guys, quite enjoying the local Derby commentary at the moment so I'll stick with their link for this one. Good quality link by the way.

To be honest I did have a soft spot for Derby back in the 70's when they had Kevin Hector up front with John O'Hare... and of course Colin Todd who was great at Derby. Unfortunately we didn't see the best of him with Gordon Lee playing him at full back!

Lev Vellene
33 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:39:25
Steve #29

just "free" for those who paid a fee for the annual membership at EFC, I'd think. I hate having missed it, those kids play like they could get into the first team by their efforts alone!

Too bad some of our regulars have forgotten what "effort" means...

Frank Wade
34 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:41:44
Steve, The official link is a link to the Rams TV, so we are watching with the same impartial commentary.

Anyone know who our keeper is?

Frank Wade
35 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:53:56
Keeper is Joe Hilton, 17-year-old signed from Man City last season.

Finished 1-0. Lucky enough to hang on.

Paul Thompson
36 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:56:02
I obviously watched the wrong (second) half there as that was a pretty tedious backs-to-the wall job. Solid defence though. The contrast to the last game where Lookman, Kenny and Niasse were played was significant.
John Dean
37 Posted 18/09/2017 at 20:58:52
Hilton's a big lad for his mum but he didn't seem keen to move off his line; I hoped he was going to come for at least two of those free kicks into our area.
Thought Evans had a splendid game.
Frank Wade
39 Posted 18/09/2017 at 21:02:19
Steve, no unfortunately Mateuz is injured at the moment. It was Joe Hilton on his debut. Very young but as John says he's a big lad all of 6ft 5in.
Steve Ferns
40 Posted 18/09/2017 at 21:03:25
Hewelt is injured.
Brian Wilkinson
42 Posted 18/09/2017 at 22:21:31
Looks like Niasse, Lookman and Kenny will be in the squad for Wednesday; none of them in tonight's squad.
Alan J Thompson
43 Posted 19/09/2017 at 06:47:12
If Wednesday is the reason some are missing then what is the reason for Robles's absence?
Brian Wilkinson
44 Posted 19/09/2017 at 15:42:36
Could be he prefers Stekelenburg on the bench,. I cannot see Ronnie not playing Pickford against his old club.
Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 19/09/2017 at 16:21:29
I was out so never saw the game. I'm interested in how Garbutt performed. If he is finally going to make it at Everton, he has to grab every opportunity. Did he play well?
Gary Edwards
46 Posted 19/09/2017 at 17:06:19
Unsie rotates his players with great regularity and they keep on winning (Leceister setback aside) system, system, system Koeman you dull, arrogant bell pay attention.

Good to see Harry Charsley on the scoresheet.

Matthew Williams
47 Posted 19/09/2017 at 18:42:10
It's time to swap the squads round!
Frank Wade
48 Posted 19/09/2017 at 19:25:44
Dave, I watched from about 40 mins. Like you I was very interested to see Luke Garbutt play. I would say average around 6/10. He was under a bit of pressure in the 2nd half and while he didn't make mistakes, he didn't dominate as I would expect at this level. I would say he is behind Antonee Robinson now.
Phill Thompson
49 Posted 19/09/2017 at 19:35:52
I liked the look of the new boy from Fulham, Dennis Adeniran. He played alongside Beni Baningime as defensive midfielders just in front of the back four and managed to get himself forward a lot with some powerful running. A good size on him too.
Frank Wade
50 Posted 19/09/2017 at 19:38:14
Dave's question about Garbutt got me thinking of last season's U23 side. At the weekend:

Joe Williams full game for Barnsley;
Liam Walsh subbed in from bench 4th min for Brum;
Tyias Browning unused sub for Sunderland,
Brendan Galloway not on bench; In Ipswich - Bolton game, we had both starting left backs Callum Connolly subbed out at 46 and Antonee Robinson played full game;
Matthew Pennington not in the Leeds squad;
Kieran Dowell subbed out on 62 mins for Nottm Forest.
Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 19/09/2017 at 20:57:47
Phill (#49), good point about the size of Dennis Adeniran, that's what is needed, big lads, with the necessary skill of course. When we lined up for the Spurs game they looked massive against the size of our team and it showed in the game, they bossed us physically and it looked like men versus boys throughout the match.

Mouriniho at United has made his team bigger physically and again matched with skill. Hopefully Dennis will turn his potential into a first-team regular in the next few years, along with the lad from Newcastle, Calvert-Lewin and a few others to start bossing the game physically; we look very lightweight at the moment.

Phill Thompson
52 Posted 19/09/2017 at 22:53:47
Dave, yes your "lad from Newcastle", Lewis Gibson is also a good size for a 17-year-old, and I'm sure he's got a lot more growing to do.

It's a harsh reality these days that Premier League defenders need to be a decent size to cope or have something special elsewhere like speed. Him and Morgan Feeney formed a good centre-back pairing last night; here's hoping they develop together.

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