U18s win narrowly at Fulham

Saturday, 29 September, 2018 6comments  |  Jump to last

Fulham's Under-18s were narrowly beaten 2-1 by a strong Everton team on Saturday morning at Motspur Park in the Premier League Cup.

Timmy Abraham had given Fulham an early lead but Ellis Simms's header and Anthony Gordon's penalty completed a comeback for The Toffees.

Everton U18s: Tyrer; Zuk (73' Richards), Astley, Warren, Collins; Adedoyin (73' Hughes), Anderson, Iverson, Gordon; Carroll, Simms.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Quirk, McKeown.

Detailed Report on the Fulham Website

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John Dean
1 Posted 29/09/2018 at 19:55:13
The report carried on Fulham's website of the u18 game (Dave 23) is very good (in comparison to our official website) and shows their intent to inform those of their fans who are interested in their second and youth teams.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 29/09/2018 at 22:00:07
Thanks for that, John; coverage of these games can be marginal at best. I'm seeing very little on Twatter.

There's a new name in there I don't recognize... Husus. — From a more reliable source, the second sub was Rhys Hughes. Puzzle solved!
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 30/09/2018 at 06:30:07
Did I read somewhere that Arsenal and City were interested in Astley and that he is equally at home at full back or midfield. Can anyone comment on the lad?
Mike Oates
4 Posted 30/09/2018 at 08:46:23
The 2018 coverage of the U23 and youth sides has been abysmal by the Everton website. They've actually gone backwards – I'm a member and in the £30 package: it says some U23 games shown live. Well, so far, one only, Derby away, and that was a signal from Derby County TV – nothing to do with Everton broadcasting.

The Derby broadcast was excellent, football related – not the usual Ian Snodin & Co reading out of bloody hundreds of tweets from Evertonians around the world asking for Snodin & Co to visit them for a lash-up.

I've written to state the facts but no reply as usual.

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 30/09/2018 at 21:03:04
Ryan Astley is still very young, but he was elevated from the U16s to the U18s for a handfull of games last season and caught David Unsworth's attention in the U23s. He played for them in the Checkatrade Trophy and the Premier League International Cup in the last couple of weeks, but was not selected for Premier League 2 games.

The squad profile seems younger for some of these other competitions, the side is strictly even called Under-21s and not Under-23s, so perhaps he's being eased in gently when the opportunities arise, as here he is back at U18 level.

He turns 17 on Thursday and I expect a big contract-signing announcement to put paid to those shite tabloid rumours of interest from other clubs. I wouldn't like to see him going anywhere else but it's happened before that agents have managed to gain the attention of young players with promises of riches beyond their wildest dreams...

[Remember Sean Docherty, who was snagged by Fulham at great fanfare some years back? Whatever happened to him?]

Anyway, really posting to support Mike Oates and his annoyance with the lousy coverage of these 'development' games. The updates on the main site are so sporadic, it's hard to track where or when they are playing next. Sometimes, the Echo will send someone who posts live updates but coverage on Twatter has become very limited too this season. And a new website that popped up a few years back, Youthawk, is full of blank holes this season. Maybe they are trying to cover too much?

Phill Thompson
6 Posted 01/10/2018 at 13:15:26
I agree with Mike and Michael, our coverage of U18 & U23s is pathetic. I've paid my £30 again hoping I'd get more games than last season but no. Leicester and Derby have been far better than us this season in showing games. Though the game at Bradford last week was shown but announced quite late. There's a game tonight v West Ham at Southport which may be shown, but.......

Ryan Astley is definitely a centre-back for us and Wales U19s, I think he may have played midfield for Wales U15 a few years ago, but going to be a classy centre-back one day. He's also England qualified so, if he lives up to expectations, I'd expect him to be promoted through the Welsh ranks in the next few years to secure his international future.

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