U18s play Man Utd to a draw

Saturday, 30 September, 2017 3comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton Under-18s were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at USM Finch Farm today.

Korede Adedoyin had put the Blues ahead inside the opening minute of the second half, but the visitors restored parity on the hour.

Despite a gripping second half, the match was a somewhat tame affair before the break, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut openings.

Blues boss Paul Tait made a double substitution at the interval, bringing on both Ellis Simms and Adedoyin for Manasse Mampala and Anderson respectively. And the duo made the perfect impact by helping to fire Everton ahead inside 60 seconds.

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Simms collected Michael Collins's long ball forward before playing the ball out to Elliot Richards on the right. The full-back then crossed for Adedoyin, whose powerful header found the bottom corner of the net.

The end-to-end pace continued after Man Utd's equalizer with both sides going close to snatching all three points.

In the final moments of the game, Tait's side were denied all three points by the woodwork.

Everton U18s: Hansen, Richards, Moore, Collins, Ouzounidis, Denny, Duke-McKenna, Kerr (74' Iverson), Mampala (46' Simms), Gordon, Anderson (46' Adedoyin).
Subs not used: Johnson, Scully.

Read a longer match report at EvertonFC.com

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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 30/09/2017 at 20:25:57
1-1 was a fair result, end-to-end stuff and we had a chance to win it with the final attack when No 5 Con Ouzonidis had the goal in front of him and placed his header against the bar.

Anthony Gordon showed once again that he's the one with that extra touch of class, will hopefully develop into something special.

Our defence was pretty sound most of the time with Michael Collins looking very composed partnering Ouzonidis as the centre backs.

A good game to watch but at this stage I'm not seeing many others than those mentioned looking like they'll be offered professional contracts.

Charlie Lloyd
2 Posted 01/10/2017 at 00:40:18
Phil, thanks for the comments. I can't get to U18 games but appreciate your insight.
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 01/10/2017 at 19:34:37
Nor me mate, all thanks to MUFC TV, cos we are too crap to bother showing even our home U18 games. Even Derby County TV are better than us. Rant over, just that I enjoyed that game more than the crap served up today, would love to see more.

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