U23s complete the double thanks to Feeney's winner

Wednesday, 8 May, 2019 64comments  |  Jump to last
Everton FC
Everton's Under-23s won the Premier League Cup at Goodison Park this evening, edging Newcastle United 1-0 to complete the league and cup double.

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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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 08/05/2019 at 01:07:22
Get down there and enjoy the future...well done Everton...
Jim Gore
2 Posted 08/05/2019 at 07:23:15
Best of luck to our Young Blues. Is the game being televised anywhere ?
Michael Nisbet
3 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:49:26
How come it's at Goodison? I'd have thought the final would have to be a neutral venue?

Great to see the u23's having such a great season though. Delighted whether they win or not.

Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:03:13
Free admission, so somebody from TW please go and post updates here!!
Derek Knox
5 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:06:51
Michael, I thought that too, but I can only guess that the venue was chosen before they knew who the finalists would be. It's a long way for the Newcastle contingency, which I'm sure there will be, to travel for a Prem 2 match, but it is a 'Cup Final' after all said and done. For once it seems Everton have been lucky in a draw.
Derek Knox
6 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:13:53
Mike G, just setting out for the train journey now, I personally would love to give you updates, but my Tablet doesn't work in Goodison Park for some reason, so I won't be taking it with me.

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.

Brian Cleveland
7 Posted 08/05/2019 at 15:30:10
No TV coverage of this one? I'd have thought they'd have put it on the Youtube channel...
Stu Gore
8 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:39:40
Live coverage on the OS
Frank Wade
9 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:46:35
This is the link on the official site. Not sure I only have access to this as part of the membership or if it's available to all


Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:51:58
Here's the live link on YouTube, active now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwl8XCFtKA
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:57:48
And the siren is going off now!
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:05:12
Moshiri, Silva and Brands are there to cheer the lads on.
Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:49:20
To those of you not watching (AND WHY THE F**K AREN'T YOU WATCHING???), at halftime the boys are looking great, dominating Newcastle. It's still 0-0 only because of two blinders by the Newcastle keeper and two missed sitters by Fraser Hornby. Best player on the pitch by a mile is Josh Bowler, who is having himself a party down the right side. Looks ready for some first-team minutes. Virginia impressive also.

BTW Lewis Gibson is playing against his brother Liam, a starting FB for the barcodes.

Andy Crooks
14 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:57:34
Mike, can't find the game or I would.
Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 08/05/2019 at 19:58:26
Right here, Andy:


Geoff Trenner
16 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:02:26
Mike, i’m not watching because i’m a long way from home driving up north for a meeting in the morning. Just stopped for a coffee and comfort break at services on M6 in Cumbria. Very smart!

Glad the boys are looking good.

Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:09:19
I'll keep you posted, Geoff. Wave to my TW mate Keith Harrison up there as you drive past.
Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:18:12
1-0 Feeney header off free kick from Evans!
Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:53:31
Peter Gorman
20 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:55:16
Deserved win, very noice for the lads
Jay Wood

21 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:55:34
Not pretty, but job done. First team to win the PL2 and PL Cup double.

Josh Bowler head and shoulders above everybody else on the park.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:56:34
Congratulations to the lads and Rhino. Brilliant, captivating performance by Josh Bowler, who to my eyes is clearly a first-team player at 20 -- pace, touch, toughness and a relentless work rate. He drew the foul for Evans' free kick that produced Feeney's gamewinner.

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.


Stu Gore
23 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:57:16
How many chances did that number 9 miss? Looks like they had a good go. Bowler looks busy. COYB!
Dave Williams
24 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:00:33
Great achievement. Bowler and Adeniran superb and the whole back 5 very solid. Hornby looks a handful and Evans has something special.
Either of the CBs could be elevated to the first team squad now for experience.
Well done Unsy. again!!
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:03:56
Moshiri and Kenwright there to congratulate the boys.

Is that champagne those kids are popping???

Peter Gorman
26 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:09:30
just Schloer, Mike
Peter Gorman
27 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:11:05
Some talented lads in that bunch and Unsy has them working brilliantly as a team. They will need to bulk up if they want first team football, with the exception of Bowler. Some great technique displayed by the lad as Newcastle went chasing an equaliser.
Brent Stephens
28 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:17:05
Excellent. Enjoyed that. Josh Bowler played very well - he might make it. And Astley? Adeniran? Feeney and Gibson?
Geoff Trenner
29 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:19:07
Thanks Mike. At hotel, beer in hand ready to watch it now!
Kevin Prytherch
30 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:22:46
Strange that this news doesn’t make sky sports news or bbc sport.

You can guarantee if Liverpool U23’s has done the double there’d be features of who’s 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 U23’s and the first team right, we could have a very promising future.

Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:25:22
All except perhaps Adeniran, Brent. He's amazingly relaxed on the ball, always makes the right decisions, but I don't know if he has the pace or quickness for the Prem (remember Adam Forshaw?). Will definitely be a #10 for somebody, however.

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.

Keith Harrison
32 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:31:33
Hi Mike. Quick post mate, Bowler was absolute class, as he has been in any U23 games I have watched. Sell Lookman now, get this kid in, and replace Walcott with Onyekuru, and we can terrorise any defences.

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.

Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:40:07
Great to hear from ya, Keith. You know what I think of Lookman, not ready to sell him yet, but there is plenty of room for Bowler's quality in there somewhere!
Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:45:31
Not a great game to watch, I was terrified Newcastle were going to get an equaliser, I couldn’t have stayed for another thirty minutes of that, very tedious, made up they won, like Gibson, very composed, his brother gave the free kick away which we scored the winner from, Bowler was the main danger throughout, Evans with some good touches, Astley, only seventeen looks promising, but the team as a whole had a funny shape about it and some of the passing was very poor, but we won the double so hopefully some of these players will come through to the first team, so well done lads enjoy your night. Not a bad crowd either with some from Newcastle there.
Andy Crooks
35 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:47:30
Thank you, Mike Gaynes. I would say that your contribution to this thread has been as good as anything I have read on this site. Well done.
This is a mighty performance from the magnificent Unsworth and his "men". Top stuff.
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 08/05/2019 at 21:50:57
Wish I'd been there with ya, Dave!

My pleasure, Andy. And my clients thought I was working today. Hah!

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:14:54
Well I think it is great, me watching at Goodison, Mike cheering them on from the USA, Andy getting excited in Belfast, not a bad club are we with support like that.
Joe McMahon
38 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:15:24
Kevin @30, to be fair there has been some important champions League matches happening. I'm not a fan of the biased BBC or Sky, but let's be realistic, these are global match es.
Kevin Prytherch
39 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:43:39
Joe - wouldn’t expect headline news, just a mention.
Sam Hoare
40 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:58:42
It’s a shame in a way that this team is just that, a team, well coached and very cohesive, rather than a collection of Rooney-ish or Barkley-ish individuals.

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.

Derek Knox
41 Posted 08/05/2019 at 23:03:10
Just got back off the train to Chester, I have to agree with those that said Josh Bowler was the best man on the pitch tonight.

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.

David Pearl
42 Posted 09/05/2019 at 01:00:15
Moshiri and Kenwright being there says a lot. I think Silva has already hinted at Virginia making the step up next season. Quite an achievement from Unsy.

Shame how Galloway and Garbut turned out, along with a few others that didn’t make that step up. It’s a once in a generation type thing to expect so many youngsters to make the grade. Like Utd in the 90’s... and maybe the Ajax team this season that’s already being ripped apart as we speak, type and breath.

Derek Thomas
43 Posted 09/05/2019 at 01:45:50
Pete Gorman @ 27; Whats with this 'Bulk Up'? I know The Prem is a bit of a hard school, buts its still only Football, not American Football.
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?

Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 09/05/2019 at 02:30:57
Derek #43, the game commentary was off by the time the Cup was presented. Bill accepted it, then handed it to Captain Virginia.
Terry White
45 Posted 09/05/2019 at 03:22:52
Derek (#43) I believe Virginia has been training with the first team since he signed for us.
Matt Traynor
46 Posted 09/05/2019 at 04:28:11
Derek (#43), re the replica cups and medals, they've been doing this a while after the infamous "Helicopter Sunday" in Scotland of a few years ago. They need to present something to the winners immediately after the match. The "real" PL trophy will be at the Amex in Falmer.
Peter Gorman
47 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:45:44
Morning Derek - I meant bulk up indeed as put on a bit of muscle. They are still practically kids so I have no doubt they will, but Gibson and Feeney looks way too slight to cope with your average adult at Premier League footballer. They are used to playing against their peers but there are some absolute brutes out there.

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.

Jon Withey
48 Posted 09/05/2019 at 12:49:24
Congratulations - winning the league and the cup shows consistency and wins when needed.

Maybe we will see a few of these pre-season.

Peter Mills
49 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:12:15
I made it to the match, sorry I couldn’t report during the game as I have been having issues logging-in, which Lyndon has now very helpfully resolved.

As Dave and Derek have mentioned, it wasn’t 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.

Simon Smith
50 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:12:50
Fantastic achievement, let's hope a few make the grade and become stars at the club.
Jay Wood

51 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:58:15
Peter @ 49.

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.

Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:19:11
Peter (49), I think Bowler created Everton’s best moments and chances but your description of him as frustrating does sum him up considering the many times he squanders the ball and especially in the last five minutes when Newcastle were pressing for a goal, we got a few breakaways and Bowler completely wasted the opportunities by not looking up and noticing better placed players, mind you it was a cup final and he had done a lot of running up and down the pitch.
Peter Mills
53 Posted 09/05/2019 at 18:26:26
The thing that impressed me about Adeniran is that he always seemed to be in space, and passed accurately.

I do enjoy listening to, and reading about, other people’s opinions of players. As Jay says, it’s 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.

I’ve been sticking up for DCL - I hope it’s not the kiss of death for the lad.

Dave Abrahams
54 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:06:27
Terry ( 45),one of the reasons Virginia has been training with the first team, since he signed is he speaks very good English and he is used as an interprature for the Brazilian and Portuguese players (good opportunity for Jay Wood if he ever came back to Liverpool) but he looks like he has the making of a good goalkeeper as well to be honest.
Bobby Mallon
55 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:16:56
My missus is an Arsenal fan and she’s shady at the shite being thrown at the boys on instagram
Jay Wood

56 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:39:53
Dave @ 54. Is that me or Virginia you reckon has the makings of a good 'keeper..?

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.

Dave Abrahams
57 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:05:04
Jay (56), Virginia as the goalie, you as the interpreter ( spelt it right this time).

Mrs. Wood, give Liverpool a chance, it hasn’t half changed since Jay left, maybe that’s one of the reasons, it’s 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 !!!

Jay Wood

58 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:22:12
Do you sell real estate for a living by chance, Dave? You've got the gift of the gab if you do! Bit of a low blow, mind, associating my leaving the city of Liverpool as the starting point of its regeneration!

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!

Dave Abrahams
59 Posted 09/05/2019 at 20:47:18
Jay (58), Jay sixty three is not old for a goalie, thought you were younger than that, don’t know why, didn’t know you where here only a couple of years ago. Was it just back to Liverpool or a few places in England and Europe ?
Jay Wood

60 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:11:32
It's not old if you reverse the numbers six and three, Dave!

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!

Andy Crooks
61 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:31:15
Jay, I think Tubby Johnson played in goal at the weight of twenty stone and age of 58. I think he was in the same side as Wally Brand(ball of fire).
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!!!
Jay Wood

62 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:41:07
Andy, I think I could only make that if there was a 'must attend' funeral!

Any volunteers, or nominations..???!!!

Dave Abrahams
63 Posted 09/05/2019 at 23:34:47
Jay (60), No you’d be off your line quicker than Jordan, he is naturally glued to the line.

Agree about Liverpool though, we’ve got our share of nutters, but making strangers feel at home, we’re not bad at that at all.

Andy Crooks
64 Posted 10/05/2019 at 00:15:35
Jay, I have always thought that you were a great admirer of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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