U18s slam TEN goals past West Brom

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The Under-18s scored an astounding TEN goals to defeat West Brom in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.

Striker Ellis Simms bagged four goals as the young Blues ran riot in the Premier League Cup Group D clash, taking his goal tally to 21 in just 11 matches this season.

The triumph made it two wins from two for the Toffees in the competition, while Tait's side also sit top of the U18 Premier League (North) Table.

After Ryan Astley broke the deadlock against West Brom, Simms struck twice to put Everton 3-0 up at the break.

The second half saw the 17-year-old complete his hat-trick with a stunning 20-yard effort that arrowed into the top corner, before adding a fourth as Everton turned up the heat on the Baggies.

Korede Adedoyin hit a brace — he has now scored seven goals in his past four matches — while Lewis Dobbin and Max Thompson also got on the scoresheet, Dobbin getting his second in the final minute to make it 10-0.

West Brom had been the first team this season to take any points off the rip-roaring U18s, drawing 3-3 at Finch Farm exactly a month ago today.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, Astley (74' Thompson), Iversen (74' Quirk), Adedoyin, Carroll (62' Dobbin), Simms, Hughes, Hunt. Subs not Used: N/A


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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:01:47
That's 4 more goals for Ellis Simms. I think he now has 22 goals in 14 games this season!
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:40:43
The U18s won 10-0 (that's ten-nil) versus WBA U18's this morning, with another four goals from Simms, two each from Adedoyin and Dobbin, and one each from Astley and Thompson.

Markelo has been selected for the Holland U21 squad.

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 10/11/2018 at 18:59:57
A fantastic response to the last outing where they lost out with the worst of seven goals exchanged against the despicable red neighbours, their first defeat of the season.
Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 10/11/2018 at 20:11:35
Superb result and consistent for. There’s hopefully some 1st team potential in this team.

Ellis Simms, looks a natural finisher based on the videos and reports I’ve read.

Markelo, too also looks like a player in the making.

Good news for the club.

Simon Smith
5 Posted 10/11/2018 at 22:26:21
Wow, 10 at any level is some going.
Peter Gorman
6 Posted 11/11/2018 at 00:58:15
West Brom have a pretty decent academy and as the article states, their lads drew with ours earlier this season.

To knock 10 past them plus a clean sheet is very good indeed.

Michael Kenrick
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7 Posted 11/11/2018 at 01:15:43
I'm not finding too much information about this game. But it often takes them a while to put up a story at EvertonFC.com. Saturday night is party night, after all... EvertonTV usually post a video of the goals after a few days — that should be fun!

I think they are posted to YouTube as well as being available on the OS. I think I'll start adding links to them in these brief match reports.

John G Davies
8 Posted 11/11/2018 at 01:21:59
"against the despicable red neighbours"

Wonderfully descriptive Michael.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 11/11/2018 at 03:27:31
Is there a reason they didn't get 11? Paul Tait Out!
Paul Richards
10 Posted 11/11/2018 at 05:46:27
You devil, Kieran. Always asking for more!
Paul Ellam
11 Posted 11/11/2018 at 09:43:31
A lovely story to read. Get the boy Simms on a 10-year contract ASAP!

Imagine a team in a couple of years with players like Pickford, Kenny, Digne, Zouma, Keane, Mina, Davies, Bernard, Richarlison, Dowell and Simms in it?

We should be knocking on the top four door!

Phill Thompson
12 Posted 11/11/2018 at 21:46:58
A great result, but WBA are bottom of our section of the U18 league and apparently put out a young team, but 10 goals is 10 goals. I'll be worried about Simms if he's not getting U23s game time soon. He's a big lad and we need to see what he can do up a level, in the same way Anthony Gordon and Kyle John are playing up.
Simon Smith
13 Posted 11/11/2018 at 22:14:46
Michael that's a great idea, I look forward to it.
Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 12/11/2018 at 01:09:44
Phill, have you seen a teamsheet for this game anywhere? I can't seem to find one.

So far both clubs have pages up that just show the score and nowt else:

Everton 10 - 0 West Brom

Still, when they finally put up the video, it should be long enough to spot everyone among the goals!

Phill Thompson
15 Posted 12/11/2018 at 14:07:52
Michael, no I haven't found a team sheet from the usual sources; we are pretty hopeless as a club when it comes to informing fans of Academy / U23s stuff.

It'll be interesting to see if Schoolboy Lewis Dobbin made his first start or came off the bench. He's currently in the England U16 set up; if he's making his mark with his two goals, it will allow Simms to step up and Dobbin to play U18.

Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 12/11/2018 at 15:45:49
Thanks for looking, Phill.

Something that's got me thinking is the real paper teamsheet that you see snapped on Twatter occasionally before games. Presumably this — or at least one copy of it — constitutes the official record of the game, and is dispatched to the FA, the Premier League, or whoever is in charge, at some point after it's all done and dusted?

Maybe that's old-school... and, in this day and age, it's done electronically or, at a minimum, scanned in and sent as a pdf attachment to an email or something. It then presumably gets registered and filed in the bowels of the Stats department, the details entered in some massive database...

There are suggestions on the PremierLeague.com website that this must have been happening for Academy games at least for the last two seasons — check the PL2 and U18 tabs that appear on some of their pages. I wonder if there is a way that Joe Public (ie, me) can gain access to this store of basic match information?

Michael Kenrick
17 Posted 12/11/2018 at 17:17:04
Okay, pasted the video now of the goalfest up top!!!
Phill Thompson
18 Posted 12/11/2018 at 18:08:23
Michael, the “Youth Hawk” site has been very good for teams and info for the past few years. They seemed slow getting going this season, but have some of our games and teams, but not WBA yet. They must get their sources from somewhere.


Phill Thompson
19 Posted 12/11/2018 at 18:10:49
Michael Kenrick
20 Posted 12/11/2018 at 19:56:47
Yea, they have been a great resource and seemed to reach a peak last season, but are dropping a lot of games this season.
Lawrence Green
21 Posted 12/11/2018 at 20:24:43
Michael, a website I use for Premier League games also has details of U23s and U18s plus others, it's usually updated pretty quickly for Premier games, however it doesn't appear to include cup matches for the junior sides.

World Football Net

Jay Wood

22 Posted 13/11/2018 at 14:06:45
The highlights of the goals are finally up on the club site.


Six of the goals came in the final 20 minutes.

Watch out in particular for Simms hat-trick goal on 71 minutes which made it 5-0. It's a beaut.

Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 13/11/2018 at 14:41:53
Great show. No indication in the highlights that West Brom gave up, either. Just overwhelmed defensively, and a goalkeeper way out of his depth.
James Flynn
24 Posted 13/11/2018 at 17:47:07
Simms's goal at the 71st minute. Wow. And looking casual with it.

Having see a lot of the highlights, it appears Tait has the lads playing some genuine flowing footy. Soon as they get the ball, it's straight into the attack.

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 15/11/2018 at 14:08:48
Jay (22), yes very good goal by Ellis Simms, have a look at the first one by Ryan Astley, never takes his eye off the ball as it is coming over and is the quickest to the ball, nodding it home.

Ryan Astley is another lad who qualifies for the FA Youth Cup team this season, left-back or centre-half, he has played for the Welsh youth international team and is one very highly rated young player at Finch Farm and Everton

Brian Murray
26 Posted 15/11/2018 at 14:28:15
I had a dream Simms was on the bench for the derby and came on to complete a resounding four-nil win — same as a very young lad called Colin Harvey did in 1964.

Now that is what you call an impressive fire drill. Never seen the kop empty so quickly after the third goal went in. Except for a few pockets of blues dancing and goading them, which was hilarious!!

Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 16/11/2018 at 09:30:18
Brian (26), the fourth goal was the best, Johnnie Morrissey in the Kop end where I was going berserk. You could do that those days; now you'd have to be like a Trappist Monk, although smiling very broadly inside.
Brian Murray
29 Posted 16/11/2018 at 11:35:13
Let's repeat it this time. It can happen with a bit more self-belief, eh, Dave!!
Phill Thompson
30 Posted 16/11/2018 at 12:47:40

Ryan Astley is right footed, I can't see him playing at left-back. He played on the right of a back three with Browning and Feeney for the U23s recently, none of them are left-footed, it's a weakness we currently have due to injuries of Gibson, Galloway and Foulds.

Michael Kenrick
31 Posted 16/11/2018 at 14:45:42
Thanks, Phill, I was wondering why those three had dropped off the radar.

There's a few other names that are no-shows so far this season:

At U-18: Josh Hosie, Pedro Neves

At U-23: Chris Renshaw, Nicholas Hansen, Danny Bramall

Michael Collins played a few games but has since dropped off too. I know Fraser Hornby is out as well, and Alex Denny has been out injured all season.

Any insights on these others?

Phill Thompson
32 Posted 16/11/2018 at 18:47:44
Michael, it's very difficult to find info from the Club on injured youngsters, so you're left with educated guesses on the fact that they are current non-shows, as you've surmised.

I'm happy to try some educated guesses, all be it someone could easily prove me wrong!

Josh Hosie is a right back and another of our past Wales U17s squad, along with Astley and Rhys Hughes. He featured pre-season but not since and I'm inclined to think that as a 1st year Scholar he didn't make sufficient impact. Kyle John established himself at right back, now Pawel Zuk is being tried there. There's a logic in that Zuk is in his final year, essentially his last chance to earn a contract, Hosie has next year when he may be more physically developed.

Similar for our young Brazilian Pedro Neves, featured pre-season, hasn't been able to break through yet but has next season. So my guess is they're both not injured.

Nicolas Hansen hasn't featured since pre-season and Hewelt, Virginia, Hilton have been the three U23s goalkeepers. But Hansen is also eligible for the U18s, and we've had a Schoolboy, Jack McIntyre, on the bench a couple of times at U18, so it suggests that Hansen hasn't been available possibly injured.

Chris Renshaw has been with us a few years, is 21 and I suspect has just fallen behind the other three goalkeepers in the pecking order, so probably not injured.

Danny Bramall struggled to establish himself in the U23s, maybe just not being selected.

One other name I would add is our U18 defender Elliott Richards who I don't think has appeared this season. I would rate him highly enough to say he should be playing or in the squad, so he's maybe injured too.

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