Everton U18s will play their 5th-round FA Youth Cup tie with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday 12 February at Goodison Park; kick-off at 7pm.
Paul Tait's team reached the last 16 of the competition with a dramatic penalty shootout victory at Stoke City in the 4th Round but have slipped off the top of the U18 Premier League (North) and been dumped out of the U18 Premier League Cup, thanks to back-to-back losses at Middlesbrough.
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1 Posted 30/01/2019 at 16:20:28
I had great hopes that the present U18s would have a great chance of winning this trophy, but they don't seem to be taking the competition as seriously.
They did years ago, and looking at the teams already knocked out, Chelsea and Man.Unt for two as examples, neither do a lot of other clubs.
Maybe in this game they will compete for 90 minutes and show the ability they have got and go on and win this cup.
It seems to me that the Academy is primarily to bring through players to the first team and the kudos and money that brings to the club, which is fair enough. But one time it was a huge honour to claim this trophy... maybe I'm just behind the times.
2 Posted 01/02/2019 at 23:29:09
Although the game has moved on with far less opportunity nowadays for young players to break through, it still gives them a chance to show they are winners. Let's hope Simms and company can rise to the occasion.
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