Manchester City U23s 4 - 3 Everton U23s
Everton Under-23s aimed to take a huge step towards the Premier League 2 title if they could have secured victory at Manchester City on Sunday but it was not to be.
A win for David Unsworth's in-form team would have seen them move 6 points clear of second-placed Brighton & Hove Albion with just two matches left to play. The Toffees' goal difference is also six goals better than the south coast side's.
Bassala Sambou put Everton ahead from the spot when Anthony Gordon was hacked down in the first minute, but the Citizens came back into it with an equaliser from Youg from a corner that was headed past Virginia.
Then Bernabe capitalised as Virginia spilt a dangerous cross, drilling home the rebound to put the home side in front just before half-time. Everton went another goal behind on the hour mark but Bassala Sambou pulled one back within 10 mins, and then Fraser Hornby, on as a sub, incredibly levelled the game at 3-3, only for City to come back and score what would prove to be the winner.
Everton remain 3 points ahead of Brighton at the top of Premier League 2, with a superior goal difference; they therefore should need just 1 win from the last 2 games left to secure the trophy and the title again.
The City clash sets things up nicely with Everton now facing title rivals Brighton at Goodison Park on Monday 15 April in what must surely be a title decider for David Unsworth and his young charges.Everton U23s: Virginia, Astley (69' John), Galloway, Markelo (59' Hornby), Feeney, Gibson, Bowler [Y], Adeniran, Gordon [Y] (67' Foulds), Sambou, Broadhead.
Subs: Hilton, Mampala.
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1 Posted 07/04/2019 at 02:42:15
No mention of any EFC live streaming, although the coverage provided by Man City of their young stars usually puts Everton to shame, and last time the commentary, though slanted, seemed very fair.
If anyone finds live streams please post them here. Another possibility is that the Echo will send someone to report back "as it happens" but, with the second half of this game overlapping the first half of Everton vs Arsenal at Goodison Park in the Premier League... well, let's just say we know where the overwhelming majority of eyes will be focussed!
2 Posted 07/04/2019 at 13:17:04
Sambou scored a pen after two mins. so we are leading 1-0 .
3 Posted 07/04/2019 at 13:19:40
4 Posted 07/04/2019 at 13:20:28
5 Posted 07/04/2019 at 17:04:18
December before todays game,then four in one match,
Unsworth out !!!!!
6 Posted 07/04/2019 at 20:03:36
It was the worst game I've seen Astley play and it was no surprise when he was taken off although John, his replacement fared no better and his man escaped to cross for City's winner.
Apart from Bowler, the only other player to emerge with credit was Gibson who looks a strong, classy player.
7 Posted 07/04/2019 at 23:21:01
8 Posted 08/04/2019 at 16:17:31
In which case wed need to better their result in order to win the league.
So yes, in theory we only need 1 win (especially if beat Brighton) but its not straightforward at all now
Good to be in this position though
9 Posted 09/04/2019 at 17:07:26
10 Posted 09/04/2019 at 17:27:32
11 Posted 10/04/2019 at 11:12:32
12 Posted 11/04/2019 at 22:51:02
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13 Posted 12/04/2019 at 12:50:01
Lewis is the young player brought to Everton by David Unsworth who thought he was the best young player in the country at centre back, he will cost Everton a few million if he makes the progress he is capable of.
14 Posted 13/04/2019 at 14:13:43
Not 19 until July, and he has cemented himself into the team a good few years above his age level.
Mind you, the defending in the 4-3 loss to City was atrocious. What's well worth a look if you haven't seen it yet is our second goal. A thing of beauty involving around 7-8 players, moving the ball across the part from right to left before slicing the City defence open for a tap in. Watch all the goals here:
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