U23s win late in PL Cup

Sunday, 24 February, 2019 6comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 2 - 1 Sheffield United U23s

Everton U23s wrapped up the group stage of their Premier League Cup campaign with a dramatic late win against Sheffield Utd at Southport on Sunday afternoon.

Everton had already secured progress to the knockout phase but strike pair Bassala Sambou and Manasse Mampala struck in the closing stages to overturn a one-goal deficit and propel the Blues to another 3 points. They finish top of Group B on 14 points.

The opening goal came on the hour when United powered home a header from a corner on the right. Moments earlier, Sambou, on as a half-time replacement for fellow forward Fraser Hornby, saw his glancing header from an Everton corner well-saved.

Everton's equaliser arrived with 7 minutes to go. The hard-working Josh Bowler centred low from the left and Sambou nipped in front of his marker to turn the ball past the keeper.

Bowler was also the provider of the winning goal in added time when he skipped across the edge of the United box before sliding the ball to Mampala, who finished with aplomb.

Everton U23s : Hewelt, Bramall, Warren, Ouzounidis, Foulds, Galloway, Bowler, Denny, Hornby (46' Sambou), Kiersey, Mampala.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Broadhead, Adeniran, Markelo.


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Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
1 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:22:15
Sorry, folks, no advanced notice of this one, which seems to have been live-streamed on YouTube.

A routine game in some ways as they were already clear and set to top Group B. Next stage is the Round of 16 with the top two from each of the eight groups going into sudden death.

Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:32:54
Nothing to be sorry about, Michael, because without ToffeeWeb, I don't think many of us would know anything about the teams below the first team.

I'm sure I've heard Unsworth is leaving at the end of the season but I might have been dreaming because I heard it was Bristol City that he was going to?

Anthony Flack
3 Posted 24/02/2019 at 17:56:41
Maybe Hornby for the bench on Tuesday as he was taken off at half-time...

You never know!

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 24/02/2019 at 22:14:24
Anthony (3), doubt it very much, I like Fraser Hornby but he is nowhere ready for first team football yet, if by chance Silva includes him in the squad for the Cardiff game then he really and truly is clutching at straws, but stranger things have happened and if he plays I hope he scores a last minute winner.

Covering all my bets there Anthony.

Mike Hayes
5 Posted 24/02/2019 at 23:25:15
Dave Abrahams - the first team aren’t ready for the first team at least the U23s know how to win
Bobby Mallon
6 Posted 25/02/2019 at 18:15:29
Dave Abraham, how do you know until you play him. They said the same thing about Rashford and Kane. Our forwards are not playing well so give him a few games ffs.

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