U18s win away with Simms hat-trick

Saturday, 16 March, 2019 12comments  |  Jump to last
West Bromwich Albion U23s 1 - 3 Everton U23s

Everton U18s travelled to West Brom's training ground today for their 4th encounter this season with the Baggies.

A second-half hat-trick from Ellis Simms suggest he is back in full goal-scoring form, the young Blues registering a fine win in retribution for the 4-3 defeat that knocked them out of the FA Youth Cup last month.

A late consolation for the hosts rounded out the scoring, but Ellis Simms was the star, his hat-trick ensuring Everton came away with the points.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Quirk, Hunt, Joe Anderson, McKeown, Iversen, Adedoyin (78' Zuk), Carroll, Simms [Y], Hughes, Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Jonathan Anderson, Warrington, Hosie.  

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 16/03/2019 at 18:02:20
Just done the maths: that's an incredible 33 goals for Ellis Simms so far this season. Pity they seem now too far behind Derby County, who are hoping to pip Liverpool for the Playoff final against the side finishing top of U18 Premier League South.
David Pearl
2 Posted 16/03/2019 at 20:26:51
Is Joe Anderson really playing for our Under-18s? Lots of goals for Simms this season, perhaps he will make the step up to Under-23s next season. I wonder if any of the Walsh batch will come through? It's going to be increasingly harder breaking into the first-team squad for these young players.
Simon Smith
3 Posted 19/03/2019 at 13:13:02
I know it's a big jump up to the first team squad but, with the level Tosun is at, wouldn't it be worth giving Simms a few minutes off the bench and see if he can do it at the top level!
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 19/03/2019 at 13:52:18
Simon (3), it's far too early for Simms to play in the first team, IMO, the lad hasn't proved he can do it at U23s level. Plenty of time for him to learn and progress, but he definitely knows where the net is.
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 19/03/2019 at 13:57:08
Yeah Dave, he struggled a bit in the U23s so not ready for the first team. My fear is he's too big, too strong and too fast at that level. Those kind of players struggle when suddenly they can't rely on those attributes at the highest level.

If they've got sublime technique, like Rooney, then that still carries. It's the ones who rely on strength and size that struggle. Which is why I think it's Anthony Gordon who is most likely. Though Morgan Feeney might be were the smart money goes.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 19/03/2019 at 14:04:47
Steve (5), yes, Feeney might be the one to break through and stay there. I worry that Anthony Gordon might be another Kieran Dowell, acres of skill but low on fight and determination, also goes missing for long spells of the game.
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 23/03/2019 at 12:17:41
And the lad has carried on scoring in today’s game at Wolves, currently 1-1, Simms equalised an early Wolves goal.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 23/03/2019 at 12:55:43
Simms then put us in the lead to make it1-2, Wolves have equalised since.
Phill Thompson
9 Posted 23/03/2019 at 13:42:48
Haha, may as well keep the title up this week too “ u18s win away with Simms hat trick”
2-3 against Wolves today with, yep, another Simms hat trick.
Phil Greenough
10 Posted 23/03/2019 at 13:57:20
Thanks for the reports, lads. Pity the official EFC website couldn't be arsed to.
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 29/03/2019 at 19:55:19
Phil (10), going on from your post Phil, The U18’s are playing Liverpool U18’s at Finch Farm in a game that could decide who finishes higher in the league, but there is no mention on the Everton website that the match is being shown on the site, hopefully they will put it on.
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 29/03/2019 at 19:58:20
Sorry forgot to say the above game starts at 11.00am tomorrow.

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