U23s hang on for Premier League Cup win

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 11comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers U23s

Everton U23s withstood late resistance from Blackburn Rovers U23s to secure a 2-1 win in the quarter-final of the Premier League Cup at Goodison Park this evening.

An early penalty, coolly taken by Bassala Sambou, gave the Blues the lead before Josh Bowler tucked away a brilliant 20-yard strike later in the first half to seal the victory.

Blackburn were able to pull a goal back in the second half, and did threaten to potentially level the score throughout the closing stages of the game, but were unable to bag the equaliser.

Everton will now play Swansea in the semi-final on Saturday 4 May with a 12 noon kick-off at the Liberty Stadium. Before that encunter, Everton U23s have their final PL2 match of the season away to West Ham on April 29.

Everton U23s: Virginia, Astley, Foulds [Y], Markelo, Feeney [Y], Gibson, Bowler [Y] (89' Denny), Adeniran, Sambou, Broadhead (70' Hornby), Gordon [Y] (81' Mampala).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Ouzounidis.


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Minik Hansen
1 Posted 23/04/2019 at 21:55:40
Imagine another silverware for the u23's, what it'll attract. COYB.
Simon Smith
2 Posted 24/04/2019 at 01:31:38
I've not seen a lot of u23 games, but in the few I have seen I've liked the look of Adeniran and Gibson, I'd love to see a few of this group make the step up.
Fran Mitchell
3 Posted 24/04/2019 at 03:47:14
The names that seem most prominant from this group over the last year or so seem to be Gibson, Feeney, Adeniran, Bowler, and Gordon. Whilst Astely has got a bit of a mention too over the last few months, and good things about Virginia as a potential back up keeper also make things promising. If a few of these can be integrated with the first team squad, we could save a few bob and focus on just signing one or two top quality players for the first team.

Stekelenburg out - Virginia in
Jags out - Feeney and Gibson in
Baines out - Robinson in
Schneiderlin out - Williams in
McCarthey out - Adeniran in
Walcott out - Gordon and Bowler in

Will give us a bigger squad and much lower wage bill, and these players will give their all when their chance arrives, and if they prove not quite up to the standard we require, we sell at a decent price

Bobby Mallon
4 Posted 24/04/2019 at 05:31:43
What is it with all the Schneiderlin out remarks. If europa is what we get we will need Schniederlin plus he is a good player. He was not part of the Fulham defeat and I remember he has later ok the game time he has had. All this rubbish about he goes missing is blah
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 24/04/2019 at 07:13:07
Bobby, Schneiderlin was truly woeful last season. I’ve rarely disliked a player so much.

He’s definitely been better this season but hardly set the world alight. If we get into the Europa (still a very big if) then we will need a bigger squad but I don’t think it’s worth keeping older payers on large wages just for that.

Schneiderlin is reportedly on £100k a week and that is too much for a reserve player. If we could get £15m+ then that would be good business for a player who’ll hit 30 this summer. Better off giving his limited game time to the likes of Davies and Adeniran to help them progress.

David Ellis
6 Posted 24/04/2019 at 11:19:39
I thought SchNeiderlin did a job on Man Utd. I think we need that kind of quality in the squad and he'll likely be a starter if Gana is off.
Kevin Prytherch
7 Posted 24/04/2019 at 14:48:58
Fran - our of all them mentioned, I reckon only Robinson and Williams would be anywhere near ready.

Remember, those 2 won the U23 title 2 years ago and have had plenty of experience on loan since. The rest of graduates of the current team and could probably do with the same.

Expect the others to be in a similar position to Williams and Robinson in a couple of years.

Players you have missed out are:
Holgate - doing well for West Brom
Dowell - has been good in bursts for Sheff Utd
Connelly - seems to have excelled in midfield alongside Williams
Pennington - player of the year for Ipswich, could he do a job in reserve
Vlasic - on fire in Russia
Henri - similar, but in Turkey.

Brian Wilkinson
8 Posted 25/04/2019 at 01:30:58
Schneiderlin has not put a foot wrong this season; he came in when needed and has done a job every time.

I was very disappointed the last couple of seasons, but cannot fault the guy this season.

I still think, at 2-0 up against Newcastle, he should have come on to close the game down; he didn't... the rest is history.

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 25/04/2019 at 03:23:30
Brian @8,

Agree on Schneiderlin kinda like Keane seems to have benefited from the new manager. Problem is his wage at his age coupled with game time.

On the kids, be interesting to see how Joe Williams does as he was much discussed last summer pre injury. If they feel Lewis Gibson is a gem, that may accelerate the departure of Jags and Pennington. Beningime has sunk without a trace at Wigan.

Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 25/04/2019 at 17:04:34
Kieran (9), I think it is the case that Beni Banginime hasn’t
been played at Wigan because they have been involved in a relegation battle and Paul Cook, The Wigan manager, has preferred to play his more experienced players to get them out of trouble, although he told people close to him that he likes what he has seen of Beni’s style.
Gary Russell
11 Posted 25/04/2019 at 17:29:18
Schneiderlin has been an absolutely shocking buy. Anyone arguing his case has a short memory. Same for Walcott. But the real problem is who gave the green light on buying them in the first place. If we can believe what we read, Eriksen is on 75,000 a week at Spurs. The French dude and Theo are on a hundred grand plus, apparently. Shocking state of affairs. Offload with a few others and hope Brands is the man with the nous to stop these kinds of acquisitions ever happening again. Let's see where we are next April.

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