Morgan Feeney scored the game's only goal from Antony Evans's free-kick just before the hour mark to lift the Blues over the Magpies' development team and hand David Unsworth and his men their second trophy of the season.
Unsworth had called on Evertonians to come out in force to support his gifted young team and the players responded with a winning display, making history as the first team to land the Premier League 2 title and the Premier League Cup.
The Blues had wrapped up a second Premier League 2 title in three years a fortnight ago, with Josh Bowler the match-winner in a 1-0 win over closest rivals Brighton & Hove Albion on another joyous evening at the Grand Old Lady.
“All season this team has got better and better and better,” Unsworth told evertontv.
“All the credit goes to the players, they've stepped up, they've listened, they've performed, and they've won games.
“Individually and collectively as a team, they've been a pleasure to coach."
Everton U23s: Virginia, Astley, Galloway, Markelo, Feeney, Gibson, Bowler, Adeniran, Hornby, Sambou (69' Broadhead), Evans (72' Foulds).
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Denny, John.
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1 Posted 08/05/2019 at 01:07:22
2 Posted 08/05/2019 at 07:23:15
3 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:49:26
Great to see the u23's having such a great season though. Delighted whether they win or not.
4 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:03:13
5 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:06:51
6 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:13:53
No doubt there will be others who will have more up-to-date devices to keep you in the loop. I will post after I get back home if no-one hasn't already done so.
I would imagine like the last one, it will be on YouTube so you should be able to pick up something. Cheers mate, and come on you young Blues.
7 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:30:10
8 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:39:40
9 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:46:35
10 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:51:58
11 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:57:48
12 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:05:12
13 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:49:20
BTW Lewis Gibson is playing against his brother Liam, a starting FB for the barcodes.
14 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:57:34
15 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:58:26
16 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:02:26
Glad the boys are looking good.
17 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:09:19
18 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:18:12
19 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:53:31
20 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:55:16
21 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:55:34
Josh Bowler head and shoulders above everybody else on the park.
22 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:56:34
Also highest marks for Virginia -- a powerhouse who is ready to replace Stek in my opinion -- and Astley, who has preternatural presence at 17 and reminds me of Stones with his potential.
WELL DONE LADS.
23 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:57:16
24 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:00:33
Either of the CBs could be elevated to the first team squad now for experience.
Well done Unsy. again!!
25 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:03:56
Is that champagne those kids are popping???
26 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:09:30
27 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:11:05
28 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:17:05
29 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:19:07
30 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:22:46
You can guarantee if Liverpool U23s has done the double thered be features of whos going to make it next on all sites wholeness hailing their remarkable academy.
Congratulations to all involved, by the sounds of it a lot of them have really come on as players in the last 6 months.
My tips for the future at a decent level:
Virginia, Feeney, Gibson, Astley, Adenerin, Bowler, Hornby, Gordon.
If we get the transition between U23s and the first team right, we could have a very promising future.
31 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:25:22
This should, however, be the last we ever see of Galloway. The side's most experienced player was also its worst -- zero impact going forward and made two critical mistakes at the back when we were protecting that one-goal lead in the late minutes. Whatever we saw a few years ago is long gone. He will be too.
Peter, one guy who doesn't need to bulk up is Virginia. That kid is a physical specimen.
Re Hornby, we certainly saw today why he only scored four goals this season.
32 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:31:33
Enjoy your trip to Cumbria Geoff. It's forecast to stop raining in August mate, be lovely when it does.
EFC (U23) do the double this season. lets hope it's two more than that shower over the road.
33 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:40:07
34 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:45:31
35 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:47:30
This is a mighty performance from the magnificent Unsworth and his "men". Top stuff.
36 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:50:57
My pleasure, Andy. And my clients thought I was working today. Hah!
37 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:14:54
38 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:15:24
39 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:43:39
40 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:58:42
Gibson and Bowler look the standouts to me though interesting that the latter did not have much impact in first half of the season. Think Unsie has said he was not fit enough. Astley is very young which bodes well for him.
A few of them will definitely get chances in pre-season and Brands is on record as saying he wants to bring the age and wage budget of the squad down.
41 Posted 08/05/2019 at 23:03:10
Have to agree with Dave A too, while the result was right it wasn't the best game of football to be honest. First half we gave them far too much room, and they had 3 or 4 corners before we had one in their half, and often lived too dangerously throughout.
The ref must have been wearing 'Crocodile Shoes' because he seemed to give most decisions in favour of the Barcodes. It was nice to see Moshiri and Kenwright there to congratulate the lads at the end.
Would be good to see some of those lads step up in the future, but I believe Josh Bowler and Virginia are ready now to be included with the first team training, the others didn't impress as much as those two did.
42 Posted 09/05/2019 at 01:00:15
Shame how Galloway and Garbut turned out, along with a few others that didnt make that step up. Its a once in a generation type thing to expect so many youngsters to make the grade. Like Utd in the 90s... and maybe the Ajax team this season thats already being ripped apart as we speak, type and breath.
43 Posted 09/05/2019 at 01:45:50
Do you mean like Bernard, Peinaar, Arteta, D. Silva, Ball, Young, Collins, G. Best. Or those skinny drinks of water Cruyff, Vernon. Or maybe more like Lukaku, its really worked well for him.
Anyway, well done to the lads, Unsworth and all the staff and good on Brands and Moshiri for turning up too...btw, who presented the Cup?
On cups but off topic; How tacky or what? The P.L. are going to have, one set of cups and medals at the rs game and one set at the City game. How many have they got? A cupboard full? Which is the real one, which the copy, or do they have a new one every season?
44 Posted 09/05/2019 at 02:30:57
45 Posted 09/05/2019 at 03:22:52
46 Posted 09/05/2019 at 04:28:11
47 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:45:44
I said it not as a criticism (some are still teenagers) but only to caution against calling to 'throw them into the first team'. I also had a hearty chortle at how far you reached back for some examples of skinny wizards. Players as small as Bernard and D Silva are rare, but you'd be surprised how strong they are compared to the youngsters. Neither I suspect would make a decent centre-half.
48 Posted 09/05/2019 at 12:49:24
Maybe we will see a few of these pre-season.
49 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:12:15
As Dave and Derek have mentioned, it wasnt a classic. We were quite uninspiring, passing the ball round slowly and often sideways, before playing a longish ball to the forwards (not exactly launching it, but not far off).
There has been much praise for Bowler, I found him to be rather McFaddenesque, skilful but frustrating, but I accept I am out of step with the opinions of others on here whose thoughts I respect. He came into the game more in the second half, as space opened up.
Adeniran was the best outfield player to me, if Mike is correct about him lacking speed the pace of the game may have suited him.
Virginia looked very confident.
The lads played well as a team, there was a good spirit about them. Both teams looked whacked at the end, many congratulations to the boys for bringing trophies to the club.
50 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:12:50
51 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:58:15
Agreed, it wasn't much of a spectacle and the boys are better than that.
Funny you describe Bowler as rather 'McFaddenesque' because midway through the second half the memory of 'the Scottish Rooney' popped into my head when Bowler went off on one of his runs. There was something in his gait, his build, that triggered the memory, but I didn't think of the association as a derogatory one to the lad. I thought he was head and shoulders above everyone else on the park and when I have had the chance to watch him, he makes things happen. He works tirelessly for the team and doesn't neglect his defensive duties, which is what he will need if he is going to catch Silva's eye, the way the Portuguese sets up his teams.
Conversely, I read a lot of people talk up Adeniran and he seldom impresses me. Again last night, I thought he and Markelo never really stamped their authority on the game or take control of the midfield.
Opinions, eh? Always fascinating to compare how others see players.
52 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:19:11
53 Posted 09/05/2019 at 18:26:26
I do enjoy listening to, and reading about, other peoples opinions of players. As Jay says, its fascinating. I get it right occasionally, but the first time I saw Seamus, in a reserve derby, I confidently predicted he would not make a Premier League footballer as long as I had a hole in my ear. And I defended Jack Rodwell for a long time, despite that famous warning about him needing to be a bit more Kirkdale, a bit less Birkdale.
Ive been sticking up for DCL - I hope its not the kiss of death for the lad.
54 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:06:27
55 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:16:56
56 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:39:53
Portuguese-English translator, eh? Sowing the seed of an idea on how to convince me Brazilian missus about the idea of moving back to Liverpool.
Got as much chance as seeing a piranha fly, sadly.
57 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:05:04
Mrs. Wood, give Liverpool a chance, it hasnt half changed since Jay left, maybe thats one of the reasons, its lovely now, I think you would like it a lot, come on holiday for a month and see for yourself, you will not want to go home. You will not need a reference to live here, Jay might need five or six !!!
58 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:22:12
Actually, our return there in September 2017 - my first visit in nearly 20 odd years - was an eye-opener. I think I wrote on here at the time how great the city was looking these days. Senhora Wood was mightily impressed.
And finally...Dang! So you were talking up Virginia as a goalie, not me. You gave me a glimmer of hope there for a moment, Dave...I thought I was still in with a chance of wearing the Everton colours for the first time, aged 63 and counting!
59 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:47:18
60 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:11:32
I'm in good nick for me age - no fatty William Foulke! (or indeed Big Nev by the time he was squeezing into a Bradford shirt in the latter days of his career) - but I think I'd have to concede that even Jordan Pickford would be quicker off his line to claim more high balls than I could manage.
As for our trip, we had about a week in Liverpool with family and old mates and took in another 5-6 must-visit locations to all points of the compass (must-visit to see other family and friends) during the remainder of our time.
Naturally, in Liverpool those we visited were mostly of the Blue hue, but it was striking - especially to the missus - that out and about, in shops, pubs, restaurants and the like - chatting with total strangers, the overwhelming majority were Evertonians.
Many parents still raising their kids proper, then!
61 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:31:15
Any chance you go persuade your wife that it is imperative that you return to Liverpool in the Autumn? We could have the best ever ToffeeWeb get together. I reckon, John senior and Derek could set it up. Go for it, Jay, life is too short not to!!!
62 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:41:07
Any volunteers, or nominations..???!!!
63 Posted 09/05/2019 at 23:34:47
Agree about Liverpool though, weve got our share of nutters, but making strangers feel at home, were not bad at that at all.
64 Posted 10/05/2019 at 00:15:35
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