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Everton Under-23s, 2017-18

Everton's second string struggled through numerous personnel changes from last season and failed to defend their Premier League 2 crown.

[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-23s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. No longer called 'The Reserves', they play in the FA Premier League 2 as one of 12 teams in Division 1.

Everton were also one of the Premier League clubs entering teams into the Checkatrade Trophy alongside the senior sides from Football League One and League Two. For official records, these matches are classed as first-team appearances.

· Results & Fixtures A record of Everton's Under-23 matches for the season
· League Table Current standings in Premier League 2
· Match Details Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
· Appearances A table of Under-23 appearances for all senior players
· Friendlies Results from Under-23 pres-season / friendly matches

Everton Under-23s will split their home matches between the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport and Goodison Park this season. A new mini-stadium at the club's Halewood training complex is still under construction.


Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Fri 11 Aug West Ham United (A) 0 - 0   Vicrtoria Ground PL2:1
  Tue 15 Aug Notts County (A)   1 - 2 Donkor Meadow Lane CT: G1
  Fri 18 Aug Leicester City (H)   0 - 1   Haig Avenue PL2:2
  Fri 25 Aug Chelsea (A)   3 - 0 Colley (og), Baningime, Niasse Aldershot PL2:3
  Sun 10 Sep Tottenham H (H)   4 - 1 Niasse 2, Lookman, Henen Goodison Park PL2:4
  Mon 18 Sep Derby County (A)   1 - 0 Charsley Pride Park PL2:5
  Mon 25 Sep Arsenal (H)   4 - 2 Donkor, Olowu (og), Evans, Henen Southport PL2:6
  Mon 9 Oct Portsmouth (A)   2 - 1 Broadhead, Lavery Westleigh Park PLC:F1
  Fri 13 Oct Manchester City (A)   3 - 0 Sambou, Garbutt, Henen City Academy Stadium PL2:7
  Tue 17 Oct Wolfsburg (H)   1 - 3 Mathis Southport PLIC:C1
  Fri 20 Oct Sunderland (H)   0 - 1   Finch Farm PL2:8
  Tue 24 Oct Lincoln City (A)   1 - 2 Adenrian Sincil Bank CT:G2
  Fri 27 Oct Swansea City (A)   2 - 1 Garbutt, Lavery Landor Training Centre PL2:9
  Tue 31 Oct Mansfield Town (A)   0 - 1   Field Mill CT:G3
  Sat 18 Nov Liverpool (A)   0 - 4   Prenton Park PL2:10
  Mon 27 Nov Manchester Utd (H)   0 - 0   Merseyrail Stadium PL2:11
  Fri  1 Dec Leicester City (H)   1 - 2 Feeney Merseyrail Stadium PLC:F2
  Tue  5 Dec Derby County (A)   0 - 0   Pride Park PLIC:C2
  Mon 11 Dec Leicester City (A)   1 - 2 Hornby Belvoir Park PL2:12
  Fri 15 Dec Dinamo Zagreb (H)   0 - 0   Southport PLIC:C3
  Mon 15 Jan Tottenham Hotspur (A)   2 - 1 Evans 2 Hotspur Way PL2:13
  Tue 23 Jan Portsmouth (H)   3 - 0 Broadhead, Sambou 2 Goodison Park PLC:F3
  Mon 29 Jan Chelsea (H)   2 - 1 Hornby, Sambou Merseyrail Stadium PL2:14
  Mon  5 Feb Arsenal (A)   0 - 4   Meadow Park PL2:15
  Fri  9 Feb Barnsley (H)   0 - 0   Merseyrail Stadium PLC:F4
  Mon 12 Feb Barnsley (A)   1 - 0 Evans Oakwell PLC:F5
Mon 19 Feb Derby County (H) 1 - 3 Lavery Goodison Park PL2:16
  Mon 26 Feb Leicester City (A)   1 - 2 Denny Holmes Park PLC:F6
  Mon  5 Mar Swansea City (H)   2 - 0 Evans, Ouzounidis Goodison Park PL2:17
  Sun 11 Mar Sunderland (A)   1 - 2 Henen Stadium of Light PL2:18
  Mon 26 Feb Brighton & H A (A)   0 - 3   AMEX Centre PLC:16
  Sun  1 Apr Manchester City (H)   3 - 4 Hornby, Ouzounidis, Lavery Goodison Park PL2:19
  Mon  9 Apr West Ham United (H)   0 - 4   Merseyrail Stadium PL2:20
  Mon 16 Apr Liverpool (H)   1 - 3 Sambou Merseyrail Stadium PL2:21
  Fri 20 Apr Manchester United (A)   2 - 2 Foulds, Garbutt Old Trafford PL2:22

U23 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Sat  8 Jul Flint Town United (A)  6 - 1 Duffus, Feeney, Mathis 2, Dyson 2    
  Wed 12 Jul Burscough (A)   P-P Postponed    
  Sat 15 Jul Accrington Stanley (A)   3 - 3 Henen, Bowler, Bramall    
  Sat 22 Jul Hull City U23s (N)   4 - 2 Broadhead, Grant, Henen, Donkor    
  Sat  5 Aug Bangor City (A)   2 - 0 Sambou, Garbutt    
  Tue  8 Aug Brentford (H)   3 - 4 Broadhead 2, Donkor Finch Farm  

(F) denotes Friendly fixture
(TF) denotes Friendly tournament fixture
(XI) denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
SCNI denotes SuperCupNI (formerly, the Milk Cup)
LSC denotes a tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup
LaSC denotes a tie in the Lancashire Senior Cup

FA Premier League 2, Division 1

Starting in 2016-17, the U21 Premier League (which itself replaced the old Reserves league that stretched back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888) was renamed Premier League 2 which operates on the same two-division format of 12 teams each but the age limit was raised to 23.

Each team can field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players in every match.

2017-18 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Chelsea Blackburn Rovers
Derby County Brighton & Hove Albion
Everton Fulham
Leicester City Middlesbrough
Manchester City Newcastle United
Manchester United Norwich City
Liverpool Swansea City
Reading Stoke City
Sunderland Watford
Southampton West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers

Clubs play each other once at home and once away, with the top team in Division 1 named as Champions. The bottom two teams in Division 1 get relegated to Division 2.

In Division 2, the league winners get automatic promotion to Division 1; teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th go into a promotion play-off. There is no relegation from Division 2.


Premier League International Cup

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup —  with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament.  In 2017-18, Everton will be entering an U23 side into the Premier League International Cup, in a tournament alongside Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Wolfsburg and Benfica that was won last season by Villarreal, who will be looking to retain their trophy in the forthcoming competition. This season, the number of teams participating in the International Cup has been increased from 16 to 24. 

The format of the International Cup, which will take place solely in England, will see 24 clubs - 12 from England and the other half from the continent - competing in six groups of four teams with each side playing each other once. There will be two representatives from Europe and two from England in every group, with the top club in each plus the two best placed runners-up advancing to the knockout stages of the competition. 

The Premier League International Cup permits three over-aged players in addition to an over-aged goalkeeper . Clubs entering this season’s Premier League International Cup:

Premier League 2 clubs: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Derby County, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Reading, Sunderland, Swansea City. 

Invited international clubs: Athletic Club, Benfica, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Feyenoord, Hertha Berlin, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Sparta Prague, Valencia, Villarreal, Wolfsburg. 

This season, Everton are in Group C with Derby County, Dinamo Zagreb, and Wolfsburg.

The Premier League Cup

As well as their involvement in the Premier League 2 and the Premier League International Cup in coming season, the U23 side will once again be competing in the Premier League Cup which will be changing its format for 2017-18. 

The competition will be in a ‘Champions League’ style with a group stage followed by a Round of 16 knockout for the teams that progress through the groups.   

The Checkatrade Trophy

16 invited Academy teams have been confirmed for the 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy, with newcomers Fulham, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur joining Everton and other Category One development sides playing against professionals senior sides from League One and League Two.

The full list of invited Under-21 sides is as follows:

Brighton and Hove Albion, Reading, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton, Stoke City, Fulham, Sunderland ,Leicester City, Swansea City, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, West Ham United.

The invited teams were selected based on their final league position at the end of the 2016-17 season. The first 16 were invited to take part, and then subsequent teams with Category One Academy status invited as required.

The selection criteria for invited teams is ‘six players from the starting 11 must be under the age of 21 as of 30th June 2017.'

The teams play initially in a group format; Everton are in Group G where they will play Notts County, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town each once, all away from home.

The Liverpool Senior Cup

Everton's games in the 2017-18 Liverpool Senior Cup are also expected to be covered here. Some of the Under-23s may play in the FA Youth Cup too.

FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2017-18

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 22 13 3 6 48 32 16 42
2 Liverpool 22 13 1 8 43 27 16 40
3 Leicester City 22 11 6 5 36 20 16 39
4 Swansea City 22 11 4 7 40 31 9 37
5 West Ham 22 9 4 9 30 32 -2 31
6 Manchester City 22 8 6 8 41 31 10 30
7 Everton 22 9 3 10 32 36 -4 30
8 Chelsea 22 8 5 9 34 35 -1 29
9 Tottenham 22 7 5 10 38 48 -10 26
10 Derby County 22 7 3 12 32 44 -12 24
11 Sunderland 22 6 4 12 19 39 -20 22
12 Manchester United 22 4 8 10 22 40 -18 19

Under-23 Match Details, 2017-18

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2017-18 Season.

West Ham United 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #1
Friday 11 August 2017
Victoria Ground, Dagenham

Everton's second string kicked off their 2017-18 season with a goalless draw against West Ham Under-23s at Dagenham & Redbridge's Victoria Ground this evening.

Jonjoe Kenny was in the side, almost certainly ruling him out of any involvement with the first team tomorrow, along with Luke Garbutt and new signing Josh Bowler.

Anton Donkor was named among the substituted with the more experienced Conor Grant and up-and-coming striker Nathan Broadhead.

Broadhead would find himself in the action sooner than expected when Calum Dyson was forced off with an injury in the first half.

And after a goalless first period, in which Bowler had seen a shot blocked, Broadhead himself had to be substituted, replaced by Grant with Sambou left as a lone striker up front.

The 21-year-old's presence added to Everton's ability to control the midfield and they were in the driving seat as the second half progressed.

However, Michail Antonio tested Louis Gray with a strong shot from outside the box that then 'keeper was equal to.

Kenny came closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock when he rattled a shot off the post before Morgan Feeney's header was saved and Sambou came within inches of connecting with a ball in front of goal.

Conor Coventry was sent off for the home side as the game moved into stoppage time.

Everton U23s: Gray, Kenny, Jones, Garbutt (76' Donkor), Connolly, Baningime, Charsley, Feeney, Bowler, Dyson (16' Broadhead (46' Grant)), Sambou.
Subs not used: Renshaw, Foulds.

Everton 0 - 1 Leicester City

Premier League 2; Game #2
Friday 18 August 2017
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton Under-23s suffered their first Premier League 2 defeat of the season, beaten 1-0 by Leicester City at Haig Avenue in Southport.

The young Blues struggled to impose themselves on the game before half-time but threw everything they had at rescuing something from the contest after the break.

One of the changes David Unsworth made was to bring on Jose Baxter as a second-half substitute, who has not played for Everton for 5 years, as a significant step in rebuilding the player's career.

Bassala Sambou came closest with a header that narrowly missed the target — but Leicester clung on, with goalscorer Knight capping a fine personal display with a brave block on substitute Jose Baxter's penalty-box drive in the game's final knockings.

Everton U23s: Gray; Kenny, Foulds, Baningime, Connolly; Gibson, Charsley, Walsh (62' Feeney), Sambou, Evans (55' Baxter), Donkor (55' Jones).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Bowler.

Chelsea 0 - 3 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 25 August 2017

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.

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.

Everton 4 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League 2; Game #4
Sunday 10 September 2017
Goodison Park

Everton U23s continued their Premier League 2 campaign with a fine 4-1 win against Spurs on Sunday.

The young Blues were ahead after just six minutes. Jonjoe Kenny played a neat one-two with Gethin Jones down the right and whipped over a cross that Niasse powerfully headed home to open the scoring.

A half of few chances saw neither goalkeeper seriously tested as the Toffees were resolute in their bid to hold off a Tottenham side looking for a way back into the game.

The visitors did, however, manage to level just minutes into the second half, as skipper Joe Pritchard saw a deflected strike beat Joel Robles and make it 1-1.

But Everton produced a dazzling six-minute spell that swept aside Spurs and confirmed all three points.

First Ademola Lookman took aim from 25 yards and arrowed a powerful effort into the top corner, before substitute David Henen teed up Niasse for his second.

The Senegalese striker then returned the favour as he slid a pass in for the young Belgian to pick his spot and beat Whiteman to make it four.

The Toffees were then happy to see the game out- although Niasse was denied a hat-trick late on — with the impressive Morgan Feeney marshalling a back four determined not to allow Spurs a glimmer of hope at a comeback.

Scorers: Niasse 2, Lookman, Henen

Everton U23s: Robles, Kenny, Foulds (46' Henen), Baningime, Feeney, Gibson, Jones, Charsley (85' Bowler), Niasse, Adenrian (45' Evans), Lookman.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Sambou.

Derby County 0 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #5
Monday 18 September 2017
Goodison Park

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.

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.

Everton 4 - 2 Arsenal

Premier League 2; Game #6
Monday 25 September 2017
Meseyrail Community Stadium

Everton U23s beat Arsenal 4-2 in Premier League 2 in a match full of incident at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport.

The Gunners scored early when Marcus McGuane fired a low shot past Joe Hilton in the Everton goal and the Blues tried to hit back but Harry Charsley shot into the side-netting and David Henen saw a low shot saved.

New signing Dennis Adeniran drove across goal Henen had a shot charged down before David Unsworth made two key changes at half time.

Bassala Sambou sent his fellow substitute Anton Donkor away down and he slotted the ball into the corner.

The celebrations were cut short when Gethin Jones had to be stretchered off with a suspected leg fracture but in his absence Everton turned the game on its head.

Luke Garbutt forced Joseph Olowu to head his corner past his own goalkeeper to make it 2-1m but Arsenal replied when Donkor fouled Dragomir and McGuane scored from the spot.

Undeterred, Antony Evans drove into the Gunners' area and squeeze an effort over the line and Henen wrapped things up with a fourth.

Scorers: Donkor (49'), Olowu (og:73'), Evans (82'), Henen (99')

Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones (67' Markelo), Feeney, Gibson, Garbutt, Evans, Baningime, Adeniran, Charsley (46'Sambou), Henen, Broadhead (46' Donkor).
Subs not Used:
Hansen, Foulds.

Manchester City 0 - 3 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #7
Friday 13 October 2017
City Academy Stadium

Everton gave the home side a good lesson in confident, skilful and dominant football at the City Academy Stadium to defeat Manchester City by the handsome score of 3-0.

Jose Baxter featured again and was looking lively with an early shot that screwed wide.

The fist goal came when Henen chased down a ball over the top from Evans and beat his man to fire in on the keeper who could only parry it for Sambou to score with an easy tap-in.

The game was effectively won with a superb goal from Luke Garbutt just 2 minutes later, his brilliant free kick curled around the City wall and just inside the post. The left back was suitably mobbed by his teammates.

David Henen picked up a great pass from Sambou, took it forward shaking off two defenders to round the substitute 'keeper and slot home to seal Everton's dominance against the team they pipped for the title by just 3 pts last season.

Everton needed some good saves from Louis Gray in goal to keep the clean sheet.

Everton U23s Gray, Garbutt, Foulds, Feeney (c), Markelo, Evans, Baningime, Adenrian (77' Donkor), Henen (69' Broadhead), Baxter (65' Charsley), Sambou.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Ozounidis.

Everton 0 - 1 Sunderland

Premier League 2; Game #8
Friday 20 October 2017
Finch Farm

Everton's Under-23s missed the chance to go top of the Premier League 2 table today as they were beaten by a single Black Cats goal.

The Blues shaded a first half that featured few genuine chances, Luke Garbutt driving a shot wide and Harry Charsley forcing a save from goalkeeper James Talbot.

And David Unsworth's men remained in the ascendency after half time, with David Henen shooting over and Jose Baxter missing the target before Bassala Sambou missed the best chance thus far from four yards out.

Shayne Lavery went close later in the second half but with five minutes to go, Luke Molyneux fired a solo effort past Joel Robles to score what would prove to be the winner.

Morgan Feeney had a couple of late headers that both missed the target as Everton searched for an equaliser that never came.

Everton U23s: Robles, Charsley, Garbutt, Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Adeniran (34' Donkor), Sambou (70' Lavery), Henen, Baxter (70' Broadhead).
Subs not used: Gray, Markelo.

Swansea City 1 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #9
Friday 27 October 2017
Landor Training Centre

Francis Jeffers got his first win as stand-in manager of Everton's Under-23 side thanks to Shayne Lavery's late winner.

The Blues were trailing at the Landor Training Centre to Jordon Garrick's heavily-deflected shot when Luke Garbutt struck from the penalty spot to level the game.

The contest looked to be heading to a 1-1 draw as Brandon Cooper was sent off for a foul on Jose Baxter and the Everton man was forced off with an injury that also reduced the visitors to 10 men as Jeffers had used all his substitutes.

But Fraser Hornby found Lavery with a cross and the forward finished emphatically in stoppage time to hand the Blues the points.

Scorers: Garbutt (74'), Lavery (91')

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Charsley, Garbutt, Adeniran, Feeney, Foulds, Evans, Baxter [Y], Sambou (72' Hornby), Broadhead (71' Lavery), Bowler (76' Donkor).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Markelo.

Liverpool 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #10
Saturday 18 November 2017
Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Everton's Under-23s were well beaten by local rivals Liverpool

The game turned out to be a massive disappointment for Blues fans as a strong side were trounced 4-0 in the end.

Everton U23s: Gray, Charsley, Garbutt (82' Gibson), Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Bowler (46' Hornby), Besic, Henen (75' Sambou), Walsh, Vlasic.
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Adenrian.

Everton 0 - 0 Manchester United

Premier League 2; Game #11
Monday 27 November 2017
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton Under-23s and Manchester United Under-23s played out a goalless draw in the Premier League 2 at Southport on Monday night.

After an opening six minutes that saw Bassala Sambou have three attempts on goal, the first of which was after just 30 seconds, it was a largely uninspiring contest with genuine openings very much at a premium.

Sambou was twice denied by smart saves, while his third early effort cleared the crossbar.

Everton U23s: Hewelt; Markelo, Garbutt, Walsh, Feeney [Y], Gibson, Bowler (57' Hornby) Adeniran, Sambou (73' Broadhead), Henen, Evans (82' Charsley).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Foulds.

Leicester City 2 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #12
Monday 11 December 2017
Belvoir Drive

Yannick Bolasie saw his first semi-competitive action since recovering from a serious knee when he came on as a second-half substitute for Everton's Under-23s this evening.

The Congolese winger has been sidelined over a year following two surgeries but is now taking the final steps towards his long-awaited return to the first team.

Bolasie came replaced Dennis Adeniran with an hour gone of the Premier League 2 match against Leicester City but he couldn't prevent David Unsworth's side from going down to a 2-1 defeat at Holmes Park.

Fraser Hornby put Everton ahead but two goals in the last 10 minutes gave the Foxes' second string victory.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Garbutt, Foulds, Jones, Feeney, Charsley, Gibson, Henen (76' Evans), Baningime, Hornby (71' Sambou), Adeniran (61' Bolasie).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Broadhead.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #13
Monday 15 January 2018
Enfield Training Centre

Everton Under-23s kicked off their New Year with a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday afternoon thanks to an Antony Evans brace.

After fixtures against Barnsley and Manchester City where postponed because of the January weather, the young Blues travelled to Enfield Training Centre to face Spurs, and started the contest brightly. Fraser Hornby was causing the home defence issues from the off - after only two minutes, Evans crossed for the forward but his shot flicked up off his boot as the ball skidded off the wet surface.

At the other end, Spurs had a chance of their own as Jaden Brown's cross found the head of Kazaiah Sterling, however the ball flew harmlessly wide of Mateusz Hewelt's left post. Afterwards, Everton started to control the game, Dennis Adeniran and Conor Grant – making his first appearance for the Toffees after a loan spell at Crewe - both finding space to pick passes throughout the half.

Hornby in particular was being a handful – Matty Foulds expertly picked him out but his header was saved. The Spurs keeper then did even better to deny the Scottish youth international when he seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box.

On 32 minutes Everton thought they had taken the lead through striker Bassala Sambou, only for the linesman to judge the forward to be offside following a good run and shot from Nathan Broadhead.

Broadhead had another opportunity soon after as he met Nathangelo Markelo's cross and, having done the hard work in taking it down, was left frustrated to see his shot sail over the bar to leave the scores level at the break.

After the break, the momentum of play was similar to that of the first half, Spurs having the majority of possession but with the Toffees looking the more dangerous. David Unsworth changed things up on the hour mark, bringing Jose Baxter on for Sambou.

Yet it was Spurs who snatched the opening goal, the ball finding its way to Jack Roles, who slotted past Hewelt on 68 minutes.

However, the Spurs goal seemed to provoke Everton into a reaction, and just 12 minutes later they were in front. First, substitute Baxter slid an excellent ball through to Evans who poked the ball home for a deserved equaliser, then the young forward made space for himself on the right-hand side and unleashed a powerful left-footed shot into the bottom corner, ensuring Everton U23s started 2018 with a victory.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Foulds, Gibson, Markelo, Feeney, Broadhead (70' Dyson), Grant, Adeniran, Evans [Y], Sambou (62' Baxter), Hornby (79' Bowler).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Denny.

Everton 2 - 1 Chelsea

Premier League 2; Game #14
Monday 29 January 2018
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou combined for two goals as Everton's Under-23s beat Checkatrade Trophy semi-finalists Chelsea at the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport this evening.

The duo partnered each other again up front while Conor Grant returned to the side following the collapse of his proposed loan move to Plymouth.

Notable absentees from the side that beat Portsmouth last week were Luke Garbutt, who will be in the first-team squad on Wednesday, and Beni Baningime who might also be part of Sam Allardyce's thinking for the game against Leicester.

Everton took an early lead when the attacking partnership combined as Hornby converted Sambou's header on.

Chelsea equalised later in the first half through Redan, however, to leave things level at half-time.

Everton's strike duo combined to restore the home side's lead when Hornby turned provider for Sambou to make it 2-1.

Everton: Hewelt, Markelo (84' Bowler), Feeney, Gibson, Foulds [Y], Adeniran (51' Baxter), Grant, Evans [Y], Broadhead (56' Denny), Sambou, Hornby
Subs not Used: Hilton, Lavery.

Arsenal 4 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #15
Monday 5 February 2018
Meadow Park

Everton's Under-23s were well beaten by Arsenal but there was good news for Ramiro Funes Mori who came though 45 minutes of action.

The Argentine international defender has been in a long period of recovery following serious damage to his knee sustained while on International duty and saw his first serious action in almost 11 months.

Arsenal grabbed the lead following a heavily-deflected strike on 12 minutes... and never really looked like surrendering their advantage. Reiss Nelson scored the Gunners' second after 26 minutes.

In the first half, Funes Mori came close to embarrassing himself and Mateusz Hewelt with a shanked clearance that flew inches past the Everton keeper's left-hand post.

He was powerless to prevent the Arsenal protégés from emulating their senior stars in ratcheting up another embarrassing scoreline for the boys and Blue, and was replaced after half-time.

And after the break, Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored twice in side a quarter hour. The forward rifled a shot across Matuez Hewelt on 62 minutes, before applying the finishing touch to Emile Smith Rowe's right-wing cross.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Funes Mori (46' Denny), Fenney, Baxter, Grant, Evans, Henen (80' Lavery), Hornby, Sambou [Y] (71' Dyson).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.

Everton 1 - 3 Derby County

Premier League 2; Game #16
Monday 19 February 2018
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton's U23s were in Premier League 2 action against Derby County at Goodison Park this evening but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

The Blues were looking to bounce back after a 4-0 loss to Arsenal last week but were 1-0 down after just seven minutes when Luke Thomas capitalised on a missed kick from Michael Collins to race clear and slot home.

Lewis Gibson went close with a header off Conor Grant's free kick not long afterwards and Fraser Hornby headed off the post following excellent work by David Henen as the Blues responded to conceding the early goal.

Shane Lavery came off the bench to level matters with a header off Antony Evans' cross but Max Bird restored the visitors' lead and Louis Walker made it safe for Derby with a third.

David Unsworth's side was in 5th place in the PL2 table coming into the game and they were looking a long shot to defend their 2017 title despite having a game in hand on the leaders, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Everton U23s: Hewelt; Markelo (62' Lavery), Denny, Feeney, Gibson; Henen, Evans, Collins (46' Ouzounidis), Grant; Sambou (46' Baxter), Hornby.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler.

Everton 2 - 0 Swansea City

Premier League 2; Game #17
Monday 5 March 2018
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Davy Klaassen saw competitive action for the first time since December when he turned out in Everton's Under-23s 2-0 win over Swansea City at Goodison Park.

He was joined by Ramiro Funes Mori as he played 70 minutes before being replaced by Conor Grant. Funes Mori had been scheduled to play one more U23s game before being declared fully fit to return to the senior side after 10 months out with a serious knee injury.

Everton had the better of the first half against Swansea's U23s and took the lead in spectacular fashion when Antony Evans whipped home a free kick.

And, after weathering increased threat from the Swans in the second half, they extended their lead through young Australian Con Ouzounidis.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Funes Mori, Ouzounides, Baningime, Klaassen (70' Grant), Evans {c}, Bowler (86' Henen), Sambou (62' Denny), Hornby.
Subs: Hilton, Lavery.

Sunderland 2 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #18
Sunday 11 March 2018
Stadium of Light, Wearside

Everton fell to a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on Sunday in a game the young Blues largely dominated.

Two superb finishes by Sunderland midfielder Luke Molyneux proved the difference at the Stadium of Light, with David Henen hitting back for Everton when he wriggled free at the edge of the box and his precise shot found the bottom corner.

David Unsworth made four changes to the starting XI which beat Swansea at Goodison Park on Monday night, with 16-year-old centre-back, Ryan Astley, making his debut for the Under-23s. Michael Collins, Davind Henen and Alex Denny came in for Ramiro Funes Mori, Davy Klaassen, Beni Baningime and Con Ouzounidis.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo (59' Bramall), Collins (58' Lavery), Denny, Astley, Gibson, Evans, Hornby, Sambou, Henen, Bowler (78' Mapala).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Ouzounidis.

Everton 3 - 4 Manchester City

Premier League 2; Game #19
Sunday 1 April 2018
Goodison Park, Merseyside

The Blues led 2-0 at the break through Fraser Hornby and Con Ouzounidis, but a quickfire Manchester City treble put them in front midway through the second half.

Substitute Shayne Lavery equalised for the young Blues after City had been reduced to 10 men – but Phil Foden then grabbed his second goal of the game four minutes from time to give the Citizens all three points.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Ouzounidis, Markelo, Gibson, Foulds, Grant, Denny (57' Kiersey), Bowler, Baxter (71, Lavery), Henen, Hornby (49' Sambou).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bramall.

Everton 0 - 4 West Ham United

Premier League 2; Game #20
Monday 9 April 2018
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

An unusual line-up was hammered by four-goal star Marcus Browne, who saw his West Ham side triumph emphatically over Unsworth's Under-23s.

Fielding a few younger players, and with Shani Tarashaj making his first-ever appearance in an Everton shirt, they had no answer to the finishing of Marcus Browne. After making his surprise start, Tarashaj failed to impress and he was substituted for 17-year-old Manasse Mampala at half-time.

After last week's 4-3 reverse to Man City, that's 8 goals conceded to two games any remote thoughts of retaining the PL2 trophy. It's now six defeats in seven for Unsworth's young Blues, who were only able to name four substitutes, despite Boris Mathis returning early from his half-season loan at Northampton.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Bramall, Markelo [Y], Denny, Ouzounidis, Foulds, Tarashaj (46' Mampala), Grant (73' Simms), Lavery (46' Mathis), Bowler, Henen.
Subs not Used: Hilton.

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Premier League 2; Game #21
Monday 16 April 2018
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton Under-23s saw a really strong start evaporate following a dubious penalty award favouring the visitors in the first half.

David Unsworth's side played their final home match of the season in Premier League 2 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium and started the game well when Josh Bowler struck the post and Frasier Hornby forced a save from the keeper with a firm header.

The visitors scored two quick goals against the run of play midway through the first period, however. First when the referee awarded a frustratingly soft penalty against Hornby and Dominick Solanke converted from spot.

Shortly afterwards, Camacho was allowed to get down the right flank to the byline and cross where Blues skipper Lewis Gibson turned the ball past Mateusz Hewelt to score an unfortunate own goal.

Everton tried to respond following great work by Nathan Broadhead but when David Henen centred and the ball eventually fell to Bowler, the keeper blocked his shot with his chest.

Everton stuck at their task in what had become a more even contest in terms of possession and Henen had a great chance in the stroke of half time when he was put clean through but the Belgian delayed too long and ultimately had the chance closed down.

Ward in the Liverpool goal made another stop early in the second half to deny Bowler after the winger had moved into a more central role following the withdrawal of Conor Grant from midfield and the introduction of Danny Bramall.

Later in the half, after Solanke and Hornby had gone into the book following a set-to, Gibson had to clear off the line to deny the Liverpool striker a third goal for the reds.

Matters did get worse for Everton not long afterwards. Hewelt flapped badly at a deep cross from the right, an attempted clearance was skied back into his six-yard box where he once again missed his punch and the ball dropped over the line via the leg of visiting defender Phillips.

Bassala Sambou came off the bench to score a well-taken consolation goal.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Ouzounidis, Gibson {c}, Foulds, Bowler, Denny, Grant (46' Bramall), Henen [Y], Broadhead (61' Sambou), Hornby [Y].

Subs not Used: Hilton, Mampala, Tarashaj.

Manchester United 2 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #22
Friday 20 April 2018
Old Trafford, Manchester

Everton Under-23s rounded off their Premier League 2 campaign on Friday with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

The young Blues opened the scoring through Matty Foulds’s close-range effort, before the home side equalised. Luke Garbutt’s brilliant strike put the Blues in front again at the start of the second half but the Red Devils hit back to snatch a point.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Ouzounidis, Gibson, Bramall, Garbutt (62' Hornby), Bowler, Markelo, Foulds, Denny, Sambou (82' Mathis), Broadhead (76' Tarashaj).
Subs not Used: Hewelt.

Checkatrade Trophy, 2017-18

Notts County 2 - 1 Everton

Checkatrade Trophy, Group G; Game #1
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Meadow Lane, Nottingham

The Blues struggled in the first half, conceding two goals at the break, but Anton Donkor came in and reduced the deficit after 56 mins. However, it wasn't enough and the Everton start the first of their three group games with a loss.

Everton U23s: Gray, Connolly, Garbutt (46' Donkor), Jones, Charsley, Foulds, Grant, Baningime, Bowler (46' Evans), Feeney (56' Gibson), Sambou.
Subs: Renshaw, Denny, Bramall, Broadhead.

Lincoln City 2 - 1 Everton

Checkatrade Trophy, Group G; Game #2
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Sincil Bank

Everton U23s had Francis Jefers in charge for their Checkatrade Trophy clash against Lincoln City which the Imps won 2-1.

The former Blues striker was given the reins of the second string — which, per competition rules, was actually an Under-21 team — alongside Sean Lundon while David Unsworth and John Ebbrell prepared for the senior side's League Cup date with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt made his return to action following an ankle injury that has kept him out all season so far.

The Toffees got off to the worst possible start, falling behind to an early goal scored by Maguire-Drew. They fell further behind later in the half when Lincoln doubled their lead.

Everton gave themselves a lifeline, though, with a late goal in the second half that made it 2-1 but while they came close to levelling, they couldn't find a second goal.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Adreniran, Garbutt, Charsley, Foulds, Sambou (76' Lavery), Feeney, Evans (63' Bowler), Broadhead (83' Donkor), Markelo, Baxter.
Subs not used: Byrne, Mathis, Hilton.

Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Everton

Checkatrade Trophy, Group G; Game #3
Tuesday 31 October 2017
Field Mill

Everton U23s were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night following a 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town last night.

Everton suffered the loss of Josh Bowler midway through the first half after he failed to recover from a poor challenge in the 4rth minute that saw Mansfield's Calum Butcher yellow-carded. After trying to run the injury off, Bowler was eventually replaced by Fraser Hornby.

A solitary second-half goal from defender Zander Diamond settled the issue but the young Blues can have few complaints about the outcome.

Everton U23s: Gray, Adeniran, Garbutt, Charsley, Foulds, Bowler (28' Hornby), Sambou (59' Lavery), Evans, Broadhead (82' Donkor), Markelo, Ouzounidis.
Subs not used: Hilton, Byrne, Mathis, Denny.

Premier League Cup, 2017-18

Portsmouth 1 - 2 Everton

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #1
Monday 9 October 2017
Westleigh Park, Portsmouth

Shayne Lavery scored the winner as Everton's Under-23s got their Premier League Cup campaign off to a winning start.

Nathan Broadhead put the Blues ahead in the first half when he headed Luke Garbutt's left-wing cross home with 18 minutes left.

Theo Widdrington had Pompey's U23s level shortly afterwards from the penalty spot but when Antony Evans nodded another Garbutt cross back to Lavery, he rifled home to make it 2-1.

Everton U23s: Gray; Denny, Ouzounidis, Foulds; Markelo, Baningime (74' Evans), Baxter (c) (56' Lavery), Garbutt; Broadhead, Donkor (65' Byrne), Sambou.
Subs not used: Hilton, Henen.

Everton 1 - 2 Leicester City

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #2
Tuesday 1 December 2017
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton Under 23s' Premier League Cup hopes suffered a blow after the Toffees conceded either side of skipper Morgan Feeney's 55th-minute goal to go down to a 2-1 defeat by Leicester City.

The Blues got off to the worst possible start at Southport when striker Fraser Hornby inadvertently diverted a corner into his own net.

John Ebbrell's side steadily worked their way back into the contest and were playing the more progressive football of the two teams when Feeney headed home Matty Foulds' free-kick to equalise.

The Foxes, however, summoned an immediate response, with express striker Josh Eppiah thrashing high into the net from inside the box to put his team back in front.

Everton U23s: Renshaw, Markelo (70' Evans), Foulds, Walsh, Feeney, Gibson, Bowler (46' Sambou), Adeniran (46' Donkor), Hornby, Broadhead, Charsley.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Lavery.

Everton 3 - 0 Portsmouth

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #3
Tuesday 23 January 2018
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Seamus Coleman took to the field for the first time since last March when he played almost an hour for Everton Under-23s against Portsmouth this evening.

The fullback made his long-awaited return in this Premier League Cup Group F fixture following nine months of patient rehabilitation following the dreadful double leg fracture he sustained on international duty for Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Wales. He was joined in the starting XI by Luke Garbutt who is being assessed for his suitability as cover for the injured Leighton Baines at left-back.

Everton dominated the first half hour in a windswept Goodison Park and went close through Antony Evans who flashed a shot wide and the Blues saw another effort deflected behind. Their best chance in that spell fell to Nathan Broadhead but he snatched at the chance in front of goal and ended up scooping it over. The forward made amends shortly afterwards, however, when he was picked out in oceans of space in the box by Fraser Hornby and slotted home.

The same duo combined a few minutes later but Boradhead's header off the striker's cross was comfortably saved by the Pompey 'keeper. Sambou doubled the Blues' lead with a terrific effort from distance early in the second half and both Broadhead and Evans forced good saves from the 'keeper as Everton pressed for more. They did add to their lead when Sambou claimed his second to make it 3-0.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Coleman (60' Markelo), Gibson, Feeney, Garbutt, Baningime, Adeniran, Evans, Sambou (Dyson), Hornby, Broadhead (Baxter).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Foulds.

Everton 0 - 0 Barnsley

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #4
Friday 9 February 2018
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U23s could only draw 0-0 with Barnsley this evening in the Premier League Cup action at the Merseyrail Community St adium in Southport.

The tie was originally slated for 3 January but fell foul of the inclement weather and kicked off at 7pm this evening.

The young Blues, who have played only three games in the competition so far, could closed the gap on Group F leaders Leicester City with a win, but have dropped two vital points.

David Unsworth's side had numerous chances to break the deadlock as Bassala Sambou, Josh Bowler, Fraser Hornby, Shayne Lavery and Nathangelo Markelo all went close. But the hosts could not find the back of the net on a frustrating night, with the sides meeting again for the reverse fixture in the competition in Yorkshire on Monday afternoon.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Collins (71' Baxter), Denny, Feeney (C), Gibson, Evans, Grant, Hornby, Sambou (55' Lavery), Bowler (71' Henen).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Ouzonidis.

Barnsley 0 - 1 Everton

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #5
Monday 12 February 2018
Oakwell, Barnsley

Antony Evans scored the only goal as Everton's U23s beat Barnsley at Oakwell with Ramiro Funes Mori in the line-up.

Evans scored the winner with 17 minutes to go after Bassala Sambou had hit the woodwork with a penalty earlier in the half.

Funes Mori played 74 minutes alongside Mason Holgate as his comeback from a serious knee injury continues.

The win puts the Blues' U23 team into the knockout phase of the Premier League Cup.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Denny, Holgate (60' Feeney), Funes Mori (74' Collins), Evans, Grant (62' Baxter), Hornby, Sambou, Henen.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Lavery.

Leicester City 2 - 1 Everton

Premier League Cup, Group F; Game #6
Monday 26 February 2018
Holmes Park, Leicester

Everton Under-23s had the chance to top Group F if they managed to beat Leicester City this evening but lost 2-1 amid late drama at Holmes Park.

Rising teenage starlet Anthony Gordon looked to have created the winner for Alex Denny but two goals at end, the second scored from the penalty spot, gave the Foxes victory.

David Unsworth's side had already qualified for the the knockout stages, sitting 2nd on 10 points after wins over Portsmouth and Barnsley, but lost to the Foxes for the second time in the competition.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Garbutt (62' Sambou), Baningime (62' Gordon), Ouzounidis, Gibson, Evans, Denny, Lavery (62' Bramall), Baxter, Grant.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Astley.

Brighton & Hove Albion 3 - 0 Everton

Premier League Cup, Round of 16; Game #7
Saturday 17 March 2018
AMEX Elite Performance Centre, Brighton

Everton U23s are out of the Premier League Cup after a 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

After an even start to the game - played on a bitterly cold and blustery day on the South Coast - Blues skipper Antony Evans had the first shot on goal of the game but his effort was well saved by Brighton keeper Rob Sanchez.

Shayne Lavery then went close to putting the Blues in front. David Henen did brilliantly to work some space down the left flank and found Lavery with a low cross but the Northern Irishman couldn't find the finish.

It was Brighton who were to draw first blood, however. George Cox broke clear down the left and his low cross was turned home by Czech Republic international Jiri Skalak on 27 minutes.

Eight minutes later the Seagulls made it 2-0. After Lavery charged down a free-kick from 25 yards out, the ball was fed back into the box where Aaron Connolly was waiting to apply the finish from close range.

The young Blues had it all to do and in a bid to turn the tide, boss Unsworth made a double substitution at half-time — Bassala Sambou and Jose Baxter coming on for Lavery and Fraser Hornby.

The Toffees started the second-half brimming with attacking intent. Bowler first went close with a stinging effort before the dangerous David Henen almost found Jose Baxter with wicked delivery from out wide, but his ball was just cut out by the Seagulls' Jordan Davies.

An experienced Brighton side eventually began to get a foothold in the game however and — as the Blues pushed forward — Swedish youth international striker Viktor Gyokeres sealed victory when he fired home with three minutes to go.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo (65' Bramall), Denny, Grant, Ouzounidis, Gibson, Bowler, Evans, Hornby (46' Sambou), Lavery (46' Baxter), Henen.
Subs not Used: Hansen, Astley.

Premier League International Cup, 2017-18

Everton 1 - 3 Woflsburg

Premier League International Cup, Group C; Game #1
Tuesday 17 October 2017
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

Everton U23s lost 3-1 to Wolfsburg in the opening fixture of their Premier League International Cup campaign at Southport.

This was the fist of the group games, which will see David Unsworth's men also face Derby County and Dinamo Zagreb, and it marked the return to action of James McCarthy.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since July but he came through the first 45 minutes against Wolfsburg before making way at half-time.

Everton were ahead at that point thanks to Boris Mathis's opener and a brilliant stop by Louis Gray at the other end to deny Julian Justvan.

Everton U23s: Gray, Markelo, Foulds, Ouzounidis, Garbutt, Adeniran, McCarthy (46' Bowler), Denny (66' Donkor), Charsley, Broadhead, Mathis (57' Lavery).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Byrne.

Derby County 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League International Cup, Group C; Game #2
Tuesday 5 December 2017
Pride Park, Derby

David Unsworth watched on from the stands as Everton Under-23s played out a goalless draw against Derby County in their penultimate Premier League International Cup group fixture on Tuesday night.

Having returned to the setup after a spell in charge as caretaker manager of the Everton first team, the boss of the young Blues was at Pride Park, with his assistant John Ebbrell and coach Franny Jeffers in the dugout as the U23s took on a Derby side they had beaten 1-0 in Premier League 2 back in September.

Everton dominated the play with Henen, Sambou and Evans posing a threat but they could not break the deadlock.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Evans, Garbutt, Markelo, Gibson, Foulds, Bowler (46' Donkor), Walsh, Sambou (81' Mathis), Adeniran, Henen.
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Iversen, Mampala.

Everton 0 - 0 Dinamo Zagreb

Premier League International Cup, Group C; Game #3
Friday 15 December 2017
Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport

James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie both managed 45 minutes for the Under-23s this evening as they drew 0-0 with Dynamo Zagreb in Southport.

The pair took their respective next steps in their recovery from injury in the Blues' last match of the Premier League International Cup.

Everton U23s: Hilton, Jones, Feeney, Gibson, Garbutt; McCarthy (46' Foulds), Charsley, Adeniran, Henen (52' Mathis), Hornby, Bolasie (46' Evans).
Subs not Used: Renshaw, Lavery, Broadhead, Bowler.

Liverpool Senior Cup, 2017-18

TBC - Everton U23


Under-23 Appearances, 2017-18

Player League Apps (Sub) League
Cup Apps
 Bassala Sambou 15 (5)  3 8 (3) 2
 Lewis Gibson 15 (2)  0 8 (1) 0
 Morgan Feeney 15 (1)  0 6 (1) 1
 Anthony Evans 14 (2)  4 8 (4) 1
 Matthew Foulds 14 (1)  1 7 (1) 0
 David Henen 13 (2)  4 4 (1) 0
 Nathan Markelo 12 (2)  0 10 (1) 0
 Mateusz Hewelt 11 (0)  0 6 (0) 0
 Beni Baningime 11 (0)  1 4 (0) 0
 Josh Bowler 10 (3)  0 6 (2) 0
 Harry Charsley 10 (2)  1 6 (0) 0
 Luke Garbutt 10 (0)  3 9 (0) 0
 Dennis Adeniran 10 (0)  0 7 (0) 1
 Fraser Hornby 9 (4)  3 6 (1) 0
 Conor Grant 7 (2)  0 5 (0) 0
 Nathan Broadhead 6 (5)  0 6 (0) 2
 Alex Denny 6 (3)  0 6 (0) 1
 Gethin Jones 6 (1)  0 2 (0) 0
 Jose Baxter 5 (4)  0 3 (4) 0
 Conor Ouzounidis 5 (1)  2 5 (0) 0
 Louis Gray 5 (0)  0 4 (0) 0
 Liam Walsh 4 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Joe Hilton 4 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Callum Connolly 3 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jonjoe Kenny 3 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Daniel Bramall 2 (2)  0 0 (2) 0
 Michael Collins 2 (0)  0 1 (1) 0
 Ramiro Funes Mori 2 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Oumar Niasse 2 (0)  3 0 (0) 0
 Joel Robles 2 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Anton Donkor 1 (7)  1 1 (6) 1
 Shayne Lavery 1 (6)  3 2 (5) 1
 Calum Dyson 1 (2)  0 0 (1) 0
 Shani Tarashaj 1 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Davy Klaassen 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Muhamed Besic 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Nikola Vlasic 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ademola Lookman 1 (0)  1 0 (0) 0
 Ryan Astely 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Boris Mathis 0 (2)  0 1 (2) 1
 Manasse Mampala 0 (2)  0 0 (0) 0
 Yannick Bolasie 0 (1)  0 1 (0) 0
 James McCarthy 0 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Seamus Coleman 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Mason Holgate 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Chris Renshaw 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Sam Byrne 0 (0)  0 0 (1) 0
 Anthony Gordon 0 (0)  0 0 (1) 0
 Jordan Pickford 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tom Davies 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Kieran Dowell 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Dominic Calvert-Lewin 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Brendan Galloway 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Antonee Robinson 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Stephen Duke-McKenna 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Nicholas Hansen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Einar Iversen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Matthew Pennington 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tyias Browning 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Joe Williams 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Henry Onyekuru 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Steven Kinsella 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

2017-18 Friendlies

Flint Town United 1 - 6 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Saturday 8 July 2017

Boris Mathis bagged two goals as Everton Under-23s cruised to a comfortable 6-1 pre-season victory at Flint Town United on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old French forward signed for the young Blues only earlier in the week, and took no time to get on the scoresheet, with Courtney Duffus, Morgan Feeney and Calum Dyson (2) also on target against the Welsh Alliance team currently managed by former Everton coach, Andy Holden.

Josh Bowler also made his first appearance in a royal blue jersey following his move from Queens Park Rangers on Friday, and it was the winger who was tripped inside the box in the 15th minute to give Everton a penalty. Conor Grant struck the spot-kick well but Nicky Bulmer in the Flint goal made a fine save.

The Blues took the lead in the 36th minute though, when Duffus produced an excellent half-volleyed finish from a pull-back by Antony Evans.
Boss David Unsworth made nine changes at half-time and the substitutes quickly put the outcome of the game to bed.

On the hour, Feeney was in the right place at the right time to plant a firm header past Bulmer, and then two minutes later Mathis rounded off an excellent Everton move by sliding in at the far post to poke the ball into the net.

Everton were very much in the ascendency in the north Wales sunshine and only smart saves by Bulmer to deny Dyson and Mathis prevented further goals. However, the keeper was helpless in the 78th minute when David Henen raced clear before slipping the ball into Dyson’s path for a simple tap-in.

The fifth goal was similar – Henen breaking away down the left and squaring the ball for Dyson to convert again. The Flint consolation came in the 88th minute. After the Blues’ fifth goal, the home side kicked off and, from the halfway line. Phil Doran fired a superb left-foot shot over a stranded Louis Gray and into the Everton net.

Mathis completed the scoring in stoppage- time with a neat finish. Another plus note on a very satisfying afternoon for Unsworth was the second-half appearance of Sam Byrne for his first taste of action since suffering a broken leg last year.

Everton U23s: Renshaw (46' Gray), Bramall (67' Byrne), Garbutt (46' Robinson), Denny, Foulds (46' Feeney), Markelo (46' Broadhead), Charsley (46' Donkor), Grant (46' Baningime), Evans (46' Dyson), Duffus (46' Mathis), Bowler (46' Henen).
Subs: (All Used)

Accrington Stanley 3 - 3 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 15 July 2017

David Unsworth took his Under-23 side to Accrington Stanley this afternoon. The U-23s led with goals from David Henen and new signing, Josh Bowler just before the break but fell behind and needed Bramall's shot to level the scores.

The home side — including their new signing from Dunfermline, Ben Richards-Everton! — took the lead from the penalty shot after Renshaw pulled down their trialist and Billy Kee fired home. But the Blues turned things around before half-time, with goals form David Henen and Josh Bowler.

A slick move down the left saw Antonee Robinson's cross slotted home first time by Henen. The second Everton goal again came down the left 2 mins later and the new signing from QPR, Josh Bowler, calmly slotted the ball home from inside the area after a Donkor effort.

Alex Denny came on for the second half, replacing Morgan Feeney at centre-back. Unsworth then made a slew of changes just after the hour mark, using all the remaining eight substitutes. And in the confusion as the changes tried to settle, the Blues conceded a second goal, nodded in at the back post off a free-kick.

That was soon followed by another goal for the home side, Clark's free kick causing chaos. It looked like an own goal in the end, perhaps in off Denny. But substitute Danny Bramall then converted a cross from the left to level the scores again at 3-3, and that's how it finished. Some fine entertainment for the crowd of 1,073.

Everton U-23s: Renshaw, Jones (62' Bramall), Robinson (62' Garbutt), Baningime (62' Broadhead), Feeney (46' Denny), Foulds, Bowler (62' Markelo), Grant (62' Mathis), Sambou (62' Charsley), Henen (62' Evans), Donkor (62' Dyson).
Subs: (All Used)

Everton U23s 4 - 2 Hull City U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #3
Saturday 22 July 2017
La Manga

Everton Under-23s rounded off their pre-season training camp in Spain with a 4-2 win over Hull City on Saturday morning.

The Young Blues had been in the La Manga region since Sunday evening as they looked to reach peak fitness after early summer games against Flint and Accrington Stanley.

And courtesy of goals from Nathan Broadhead, Conor Grant, David Henen and Anton Donkor, a deserved victory showcased they were looking in great shape ahead of their Premier League 2 title defence.

In sweltering conditions that offered no clouds or breeze for shelter from the glaring sun, David Unsworth's side sustained an electric tempo from the first whistle to the last.

The opening chance came as early as the second minute as Calum Dyson played a precise reverse pass to put Antony Evans through on goal, but the keeper was out fast and able to block his shot.

Evans, impressive throughout his 50-minute outing, then turned architect as the Blues went 1-0 up. Receiving the ball on halfway, his cutting pass brought Broadhead in off the right and the Wales youth international slotted low into the far corner.

A deserved lead after a fast start of intent pressing and intricate play. Midfielder Grant then saw a shot saved before another deflected wide, but he would have the ball in the net on 13 minutes.

A short corner was eventually floated in and after Hull were unable to clear it out of the box, the ball dropped to Grant to drill home.

Dyson and Broadhead were then involved once more to help tee up Evans but again the goalkeeper was alert. A further save denied Harry Charsley, while Dyson headed narrowly over from an Evans cross.

Shortly before the interval, Evans was brought down inside the box but the referee waved play on. In truth, the Blues could have been ahead by far more than just the two goals after 45 minutes.

The second half started with the same veracity and Evans spurned a chance from close range, before he expertly found Gethin Jones surging forward on the right. The full-back's cross was an inch too high for Dyson.

Charsley then found the net with a calm finish but was adjudged to have been offside, but it wouldn't be long before a third goal was given. Donkor passed to Henen outside of the box and the Belgian's low drive had too much pace on it for the Tigers' stopper to keep out.

Bassala Sambou then headed against the post from a Luke Garbutt cross, before Grant seized possession and played a neat through pass to the Germany-born striker but his shot found the wrong side of the net.

Hull, who did not give Mateusz Hewelt a single save to make, were gifted a goal with 23 minutes left to play after a mix-up at the back.

Josh Bowler showed his threat by winning a free-kick. Grant's delivery went towards Sambou and Morgan Feeney at that back post but neither could convert.

The Tigers then saw a long-range drive hit the angle of crossbar and post before Hewelt was unable to hold on to a low cross and the loose ball was struck into the back of the net.

Moments before the end, the on-loan Donkor intercepted a pass, charged forward with the ball at speed and scored with a powerful drive.

A well-earned victory in tough conditions. The Young Blues will head home in 24 hours before looking to continue their unbeaten summer run with upcoming friendlies against Bangor City and Brentford.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Jones (64' Bramall), Denny, Foulds (64' Feeney), Garbutt (64' Robinson), Baningime (61' Markelo), Grant (76' Byrne), Broadhead (55' Bowler), Evans (50' Henen), Charsley (55' Donkor), Dyson (50' Sambou).
Subs: (All Used)

Bangor City 0 -2 Everton U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #4
Saturday 5 August 2017
Bangor University Stadium

David Unsworth's young Blues beat Bangor City 2-0 thanks to goals by Bassala Sambou and Luke Garbutt.

A team featuring several summer signings, including Josh Bowler and Lewis Gibson, along with Swansea City target Callum Connolly controlled the game against the Welsh club.

Highly-rated Bowler, signed for £4.25M from QPR, had a lively game, going close to scoring on a number of ocassions.

It was striker Sambou who scored first, though, just before half time, with Garbutt adding the second via the penalty spot midway through the second period.

Nathan Broadhead should have made it three near the end but missed the target.

Everton U23s: Gray, Jones, Garbutt, Baningime, Connolly, Gibson, Bowler, Charsley, Sambou, Evans, Dyson.
Subs: Renshaw, Foulds, Feeney, Grant, Broadhead, Markelo, Donkor.

Everton U23s 3 - 4 Brentford U23s

Pre-season friendly; Game #5
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Finch Farm

Everton U23s lost their final pre-season friendly by the odd goal in seven to a strong Brentford B side at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday.

Jack Kiersey's square pass on 21 minutes allowed Nathan Broadhead to score from 12 yards out and level for the Blues to cancel out Theo Archibald's opener for the Bees.

Pawel Zuk went close for Everton shortly before half time as did Sam Byrne early in the second half but Michael Forss then put Brentford back into the lead and Zain Westbrooke extended it via a free-kick from the edge of the box.

On loan winger Anton Donkor made it 2-3 before Danny Bramall set up Broadhead for his second to restored parity again at 3-3.

It was the visitors who finished the stronger, however, as Herson Alves struck the winner.


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Everton U23s: Renshaw; Bramall, Connolly (46' Feeney), Gibson, Garbutt (46' Foulds); Bowler (46' Byrne), Kiersey (46' Denny), Markelo, Zuk (46' Donkor); Broadhead,  Evans.