U18s triumph over Stoke on penalties in the FA Youth Cup

Thursday, 10 January, 2019 33comments  |  Jump to last

The Young Blues prevailed in an exciting encounter at the bet365 stadium after the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.

Goal machine, Ellis Simms, led the line for Everton and he fired home the opener from Anthony Gordon's cross inside three minutes.

Mackenzie Hunt then doubled the lead for the visitors with a cracking effort from the edge of the box that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

However, as Stoke pushed in the second half, Ethon Varian halved their deficit with 19 minutes of the regulation 90 to go and he levelled matters at the death to force extra time, with Everton picking up an incredible eight yellow cards!

Three fantastic saved penalties by Harry Tyrer in the shootout ensured that Everton progressed to the 5th Round, with Hughes, Hunt and Astley converting their spot-kicks.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk [Y:60'], Warren, Joe Anderson [Y:103'], Astley, Iversen [Y:58'] (104' Quirk [Y:107']), Adedoyin (81' McKeown), Carroll (45' Hughes [Y:75']), Simms [Y:90'], Hunt [Y:88'], Gordon [Y:45'] (100' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Barrett.


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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 09/01/2019 at 10:58:09
Despite the academy sides doing well in the league in recent years it's been a long time since we've gone far in the more prestigious FA Youth Cup. I would like to see these kids get to the final or more. Get that winning feeling.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 10/01/2019 at 17:31:13
Is this game being shown on the club's website?
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:14:10
Everton 1-0 up, goal machine Ellis Simms.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:20:25
2-0 to the good guys. Makensie Hunt with a great strike.
Jay Wood

5 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:21:07
Now 2-0. Hunt with a screamer. Can't find any live stream.

Anyone..? Sam..?

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:28:03
Sadly not Jay, just following on the echo
Jay Wood

7 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:33:27
Likewise, Sam, although you might like to look at the 'Stoke Sentinel' live feed. It has a tad more detailed description than the Echo.


Dermot Byrne
8 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:44:23
If we think we may end up mid table (pray it is better), is it a season to let Ellis Simms have a run out? Other "big" clubs seem to have that confidence in great young talent.

Is he that good? No idea myself but stats v good.

Jay Wood

9 Posted 10/01/2019 at 19:55:47
From the text commentary only, the local Stoke reporter said 'Everton look very dangerous every time they get on the ball' when we went 2-0 up in 15 minutes, with the Stoke defenders screaming at their own players to push up more.

Since then, Stoke have settled down a bit, but still 'Stoke just haven’t been able to test Everton keeper Harry Tyrer enough.'

Sounds a good mix then of taking our chances when they come, and being solid in defence.

A good cup run is on!

Mike Oates
10 Posted 10/01/2019 at 20:20:43
Dermot #8
Simms has played a few games for U23's . He was given a starting place in the recent game vs Bayern Munich in some European format. It was shown live on the Everton website. He is an 18 yr old lad, who struggled, physically in the above game and didn't get many touches at all. Their defenders were too quick and strong for him and he's a number of years away from any 1st team chance.
Jay Wood

11 Posted 10/01/2019 at 20:47:06
Hanging on a bit now in the last 10 minutes - 2-1 with Stoke pressing hard.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 10/01/2019 at 20:53:38
Jay (11) thanks for the reports, hope we cling to another win in this competition, we went off the boil versus Sunderland in the last round before finishing them off.
Jay Wood

13 Posted 10/01/2019 at 20:55:42
Bugger! An equaliser, in the final seconds of added time... extra time it is, then penalties if still level.
Jay Wood

14 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:00:43
I think all the subs have been used by both teams, but another factor is we have 6 yellow cards to Stoke's 0. Dunno who is still on the park on a yellow, so it could get trickier with a mistimed tackle for the wrong player in Blue.
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:07:02
I mentioned after the last round that we (I don't know about other clubs) seem to take this competition seriously as we used to in the past, and the performance was a bit relaxed, no real attitude about the players to finish the team off when we had them on the ropes.

Maybe the coach (I don't know who he is) can motivate them going into extra time.

Jay Wood

16 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:20:38
We're breaking records here!

Now up to EIGHT yellow cards for Everton, with just the one for Stoke. 2-2 at half-time of extra-time still...

Jay Wood

17 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:22:44
Close! Simms chasing a long ball that the keeper came out 40 yards to clear, otherwise he was in...
Jay Wood

18 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:25:06
Into the last 10 minutes, Stoke tiring and losing possession, Everton getting back on top...
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:29:51
Jay (16) Eight yellow cards? Where did they get these players from, sounds like they came from Borstal.
Jay Wood

20 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:30:56
Five minutes to go, and not the brightest thing to do by Simms. Already on a yellow card, called offside... and he wellies the ball away after the whistle has gone. Ref has a stern word. Lucky not to walk. Needed for the penalties, surely, if it comes to it.
Jay Wood

21 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:37:37
A succession of free kicks and corners for Everton at the death, but penalties it is. The Stoke keeper was struggling with cramp in extra time (bit of a rarity for a keeper!). Let's hope that inhibits him in the shoot-out...
Jay Wood

22 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:45:30
Stoke 1-0 Everton
Stoke 1-1 Everton - Simms
Stoke 1-1 Everton - SAVED!!!
Stoke 1-2 Everton - Hunt
Stoke 1-2 Everton - SAVED AGAIN!!!
Stoke 1-3 Everton - Astley
Stoke 1-3 Everton - SAVED AGAIN!!!

WE'RE THROUGH!!!!!!!!!!

Andrew Keatley
23 Posted 10/01/2019 at 21:47:28
Tyrer saves the day – and three penalties. Impressive – especially after seemingly dropping the cross for the last-minute equaliser. Shows decent character, that.
Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 10/01/2019 at 22:05:49
Glad we got through. Thanks for your input, Jay.
Paul Birmingham
25 Posted 10/01/2019 at 22:23:30
Good boost for the U18s and EFC.
Jay Harris
26 Posted 10/01/2019 at 23:02:19
Thanks for that feedback, Jay.

It's always good to know how the kids are doing. The club did use Facebook to televise the U23s at one time but I guess nobody can be bothered with the younger players.

Steve Ferns
27 Posted 10/01/2019 at 23:10:40
Top reporting, Jay.
Sam Hoare
28 Posted 10/01/2019 at 23:40:05
Good stuff by the kids. Love to see them go all the way.
Alan J Thompson
29 Posted 11/01/2019 at 09:40:31
By Jove, certainly sounds exciting.
Steve Croston
30 Posted 11/01/2019 at 12:06:29
Not often you hear "by jove" Alan Thompson. I like it 😁... A good game by all accounts, hope we can bring the trophy home.
Alan McGuffog
31 Posted 11/01/2019 at 15:46:29
Presumably the club will be issuing a video... something like "Miracle in the Lotteries"... Maybe Bill could produce a stage play? Onward Evertonians.
John Dean
32 Posted 11/01/2019 at 16:43:08
We're at home in the next round v Man Utd or Brighton. Man Utd beat Chelsea in the last round – Chelsea have won the competition for the last 5 years so I guess some of their players must be knocking on by now.
Jay Wood

33 Posted 12/01/2019 at 12:12:26
It's been a couple of days in coming, but the club site has finally put up highlights of the game.


Blistering pace by Anthony Gordon in setting up Simms for the first goal. Sweet strike by Hunt for the second.

The 'keeper Harry Tyrer was unfortunate for the two Stoke goals, but immense in the penalty shoot-out – three great saves.

He has an interesting technique on penalties that may aid him. He stands a stride behind his goal line, then moves forward as the penalty taker strikes the ball and is not only a couple of strides forward of his goal line to cut down the angle more, but also guessing which way the ball is going. Impressive.

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