U18s crash out of FA Youth Cup

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019 14comments  |  Jump to last
West Brom U18s 4 - 3 Everton U18s

Everton U18s crashed out at The Hawthorns after having taken a 2-goal lead over West Bromwich Albion in the quarterfinals of the FA Youth Cup..

There was an early goal for Everton after just 7 minutes: Bobby Carroll fired the away side in front. Everton doubled their lead after 20 mins when Korede Adedoyin's shot was deflected past Josh Griffiths and into the far corner. The home side pulled one back before the break.

West Brom continued their recovery, scoring an equalizer soon after the break. But there was an instant response from Everton as Ellis Simms rifled home a loose ball to put Everton back in front.

However, the Brommies really dug in and they were finally rewarded with not one but two goals in the space of three minutes. And things got worse for Everton when they had a man sent off as frustrations get the better of them: Mackenzie Hunt was dismissed for a bad tackle.

And so the young Blues, who had been having one of their better seasons, couldn't sustain a faltering campaign, making it 7 defeats in the last 9 games that have seen them drop out of four different cup competitions.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Richards, Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Adedoyin, Carroll, Simms, Hunt [R], Gordon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hughes, Quirk, Warren, Dobbin.  

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 26/02/2019 at 14:22:28
Nothing on the Official Website, no preview, no info on streaming. Just a big void of nothingness.

Everton that.

Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 26/02/2019 at 18:59:07
3 mins before kick-off and just one measly post on Twatter:

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 26/02/2019 at 19:11:45
7' | Early goal for Everton. Bobby Carroll fires the away side in front.
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 26/02/2019 at 19:26:23
20' | Everton double their lead. Korede Adedoyin's shot is deflected past Josh Griffiths and into the far corner.
Jay Wood

5 Posted 26/02/2019 at 19:34:01
Bugger Michael!

So busy I forgot we had a this 'double header' today.

No live stream links I'm guessing then, Michael?

So once again Everton quickly going 2-0 early in the game.

Don't let it slip like you nearly did at Stoke, boys...

Kevin Prytherch
9 Posted 26/02/2019 at 20:26:20
My phone is not liking this site today. The text box keeps disappearing then submitting half a comment!!

WBA twitter feed for updates, nothing on Everton’s.

Mike Oates
10 Posted 26/02/2019 at 20:45:20
Now 4-3 to WBA, 10 mins left...
John Dean
11 Posted 26/02/2019 at 20:47:14
WBA got it back to 2 -2 then Ellis Simms scored but WBA have added two more to lead 4-3 and now we're down to 10 men.
Kevin Prytherch
12 Posted 26/02/2019 at 20:47:51
Now 4-3 West Brom and Everton down to 10 men
Kevin Prytherch
13 Posted 26/02/2019 at 21:22:24

Just the U23s left for silverware this season (unless you count the SportPesa trophy...)

Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 26/02/2019 at 21:23:55
Massively disappointing result for the Young Blues. But they have not been right since the turn of the year.
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 27/02/2019 at 15:35:32
Paul Tait, the Everton U18s coach, said they will learn valuable lessons from this defeat.

Well, they haven't learned much from this season, they fell asleep versus Sunderland, Brighton and Stoke and let those teams back into the game but managed to win... but not this time.

Some good players in the squad, a lot of them will play in this cup next season, I hope they have learned something from this season, and that goes for the coach as well, unless Brands changes the whole coaching structure at Finch Farm.

Phill Thompson
16 Posted 27/02/2019 at 17:36:30
I think that's a harsh assessment Dave. At this age, form often fluctuates both within a match and match to match, scoring 6 goals one week, letting in 6 the next often occurs.

For me Tait and his coaches have done a decent job this season, the style of play compared to last season has been a big step up. He's utilised our attacking strengths, moved players around to see them in different positions, integrated the 1st year Scholars well and brought on 2nd years like Iversen, John and Simms to a level that's enabled them to play at U23s.

The u18s are a marked contrast to our U23s who concede very few goals, and score very few goals. And from the 7 2nd years starting last night, all of them have a decent chance of getting professional contracts.

I'm disappointed we didn't win last night, but not the end of the world.

Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 27/02/2019 at 18:59:40
Phill (16), you might be a bit harsh but fair enough, but to me the FA Youth Cup is the main object of the U18s' season, or should be. But, in the four games they have played, they have gone to sleep in each game. So my assessment, to be honest, is aimed at the coach more than the players.

I've said before, they look over-coached to me and can't seem to think for themselves. After 30 minutes in the Brighton tie, it was mostly one-way traffic with Brighton much the better team and the coach was unable to stop the attacking play of Brighton. Maybe he just hasn't got the players?

Simms does the job of scoring but doesn't work hard enough. Gordon, like Dowell, comes and goes in a game. I appreciate they are just out of school and don't like criticising for the sake of it, but there has been something missing from this team, in this competition. Let's see if they can make up for this loss by winning the league; they are still in contention. Let's see if Paul Tait can get a little bit more out of them.

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