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Everton Under-18s, 2018-19

Lineups, scores and brief match details for Everton Academy Under-18s side from Finch Farm.

[FA Youth Cup, 2018-19]

Results & Fixtures  A record of Everton's Under-18 matches during the season
League Setup  An explanation of the new Under-18 Premier League setup
League Table  Everton's position in the North Group table
Match Details  Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
Appearances  A table of Under-18 appearances and goals
Friendlies Results from Under-18 friendly matches
Manager: Paul Tait

Everton Under-18s made a fantastic start to the 2018-19 season, winning 8 of their first 9 games in the U-18 Premier League, and scoring 10 goals in a U18 Premier League Cup game. But they flagged a little in mid-season, finishing 3rd in the U18 Premier League (North). Ellis Simms scored a remarkable 45 goals in just 29 games across all U-18 competitions.


U18 Premier League ― North Group All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Sat 11 Aug Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 3 - 2 Philips 2, Simms USM Finch Farm U18: 1
  Sat 18 Aug Derby County (A)   2 - 1 Simms 2  Moor Farm U18; 2
  Sat 25 Aug Middlesbrough (H)   2 - 1 Simms, Astley USM Finch Farm U18; 3
  Sat   8 Sep Blackburn Rovers (A)   6 - 0 Simms 4, Hunt, Adedoyin Brockhall Village U18; 4
  Sat 15 Sep Stoke City (H)   1 - 0 Phillips (pen) USM Finch Farm U18; 5
  Sat 22 Sep Manchester CIty (A)   3 - 0 Phillips 3 Etihad Campus U18; 6
  Sat 29 Sep Fulham (A)   2 - 1 Simms, Gordon (pen) Motspur Park PLC: D1
  Sat   6 Oct West Bromwich Albion (H)   3 - 3 Simms 2, Phillips USM Finch Farm U18; 7
  Tue  9 Oct Bolton Wanderers (H)   3 - 0 Adedoyin, Phillips, Simms Rivacre Park LaSC;1
  Sat 20 Oct Newcastle United (H)   7 - 1 Adedoyin 3, Simms 4 USM Finch Farm U18; 8
  Sat 27 Oct Derby County (H)   4 - 2 Phillips 2, Simms 2 USM Finch Farm U18; 9
  Thu  1 Nov Liverpool (A)   3 - 4 Adedoyin 2, Phillips Liverpool Academy U18;10
  Sat 10 Nov West Bromwhich Albion (H)   10-0 Astley, Simms 4, Dobbin 2, Adedoyin 2, Thompson USM Finch Farm PLC;D2
  Sat 24 Nov Sunderland (A)   4 - 0 Simms 2, Phillips 2 Academy of Light U18;11
  Sat  1 Dec Sunderland  (H)   4 - 1 Simms 2, Adedoyin, Gordon Goodison Park FAYC:3
  Tue  4 Dec Arsenal (A)   2 - 1 Phillips (pen), Simms London Colney PLC;D3
  Thu 10 Jan Stoke City (A)   2 - 2 Simms, Hunt bet365 Stadium FAYC:4
  Tue 15 Jan Rochdale (H)   2 - 3 Mampala, Gordon (pen) Finch Farm LaSC:2
  Sat 19 Jan Middlesbrough (A)   2 - 3 Simms, Gordon Rockliffe Park U18:12
  Sat 26 Jan Middlesbrough (A)   1 - 4 Simms (pen) Rockliffe Park PLC;16
  Sat  2 Feb Blackburn Rovers (H)   4 - 0 Richards, Adedoyin 2, Dobbin USM Finch Farm U18:13
  Tue  5 Feb Manchester United (H)   0 - 1   USM Finch Farm U18:14
  Tue 12 Feb Brighton & Hove Albion (H)   2 - 0 Collins, Simms Goodison Park FAYC:5
  Tue 19 Feb Widnes (A)   2 - 3 Hughes (pen), Stanley Halton Stadium LSC:QF
  Sat 23 Feb Stoke City (A)   2 - 4 Adedoyin 2 Clayton Wood U18:15
  Tue 26 Feb West Bromwich Albion (A)   3 - 4 Carroll, Adedoyin, Simms The Hawthorns FAYC:6
Sat  2 Mar Manchester City (H) 1 - 3 Simms Finch Farm U18:16
  Sat 16 Mar West Bromwich Albion (A)   3 - 1 Simms 3 Palm Training Ground U18:17
  Sat 23 Mar Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)   3 - 2 Simms 3 Hayward Training Ground U18:18
  Sat 30 Mar Liverpool (H)   0 - 1   Finch Farm U18:19
  Sat  6 Apr Newcastle United (A)   1 - 1 Simms Little Benton U18:20
  Sat 30 Apr Sunderland (H)   6 - 0 Simms 4, Carroll, Adedoyin Finch Farm U18:21
  Sat 27 Apr Manchester United (A)   5 - 4 Simms, Anderson, Cannon, Onyango 2 Carrington U18:22
U18s Pre-season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
  Wed 25 Jul Slavia Prague (N)   1 - 3 Phillips Prague CEE;B1
Fri 27 Jul Besiktas (N) 1 - 1 Simms Prague CEE;B2
  Sat 28 Jul Academia Sport Team (N)   4 - 0 Thompson 3, Phillips Prague CEE;B3
  Mon 30 Jul Sparta Prague (N)   0 - 1                           (Fifth-Place Playoff)  Prague CEE:6th

FA U18 PREMIER LEAGUE, Northern Group Table, 2018-19

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Derby County 22 17 2 3 63 27 36 51
2 Liverpool 22 16 3 3 59 32 27 51
3 Everton 22 14 2 6 65 34 31 44
4 Manchester United 22 12 7 3 60 39 21 43
5 Middlesbrough 22 11 2 9 52 48 4 35
6 Stoke City 22 10 2 10 42 39 3 32
7 Blackburn Rovers 22 9 3 10 48 49 -1 30
8 Manchester City 22 7 8 7 46 34 12 29
9 West Brom 22 4 6 12 44 62 -18 18
10 Wolves 22 4 2 18 22 47 -25 14
11 Newcastle United 22 3 5 14 17 62 -45 14
12 Sunderland 22 1 7 14 20 65 -45 10


FA U18 Premier League

The U18 Premier League replaced the Premier Academy League at the start of the 2012-13 season with the aim to enhance youth development and help transition players between the Academy and First Team.

The 2018-19 Under-18 Premier League is the sixth campaign of the top tier of the Under-18 Development League. A total of 24 teams are split regionally into north and south groups. Teams face their regional opponents both home and away before the top two face each other to determine the national champion. Chelsea were the defending champions from 2017-18.

Age requirement: Clubs are not allowed to field any outfield players outside of the U18 age category. However, the goalkeeper is permitted to come from the U19 age category.

The 12 clubs in the North Group of the 2018-19 U18 Premier League are:

Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City, West Bromwhich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers

The 12 clubs in the South Group of the 2018-19 U18 Premier League are:

Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur & West Ham United.

New Everton Scholars this season are:  Jack Barrett, Mackenzie Hunt, Rhys Hughes, Harry Tyrer, Ryan Astley, Bobby Carroll, Seb Quirk, Josh Hosie, Jonathan Anderson, Pedro Neves, and Max Thompson. Pedro Neves would leave the club to join Reading unannounced in February 2019, after not featuring beyond the pre-season friendlies.

Under-18 Premier League – Match Details, 2018-19

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-18 matches during the 2018-19 Season.

Everton 3 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

U18 Premier League North, Game #1
Saturday 11 August 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton's Under-18 Academy side ran out 3-2 winners over Wolverhampton Wanderers this morning.

Kieran Phillips grabbed two goals and Ellis Simms scored the other for the Blues in their victory at Finch Farm.

Everton U18s: Hansen, John, Warnock (Collins), Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen {c}, Hunt (Warren), Carroll, Simms, Phillips (Stanley), Hughes.
Subs not Used:
Tyrer, Zuk.

Derby County 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #2
Saturday 18 August 2018
Moor Farm

Everton U18s ran out 2-1 winners at Derby County today thanks to a brace from Ellis Simms. The win puts them top of the Northern Group with a 100% record after 2 games.

Everton started brightly and hit the front when Simms cut inside on his left foot to open the scoring with just five minutes played.

Derby then landed a sucker punch midway through the first half as from unheard Blues penalty appeals, the hosts broke to level the score.

Tait’s side again came out stronger after the break and got the winner their efforts deserved when Mackenzie Hunt’s pinpoint pass split the home defence and allowed Simms to smash home his second of the game.

Everton U18s: Hansen (49' Tyrer), John [Y], Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Hunt, Carroll [Y], Simms, Phillips (62' Warren), Hughes (62' Zuk).
Subs not Used: Warnock, Stanley.

Everton 2 - 1 Middlesbrough

U18 Premier League North, Game #3
Saturday 25 August 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s ran out 2-1 winners over Middlesbrough at Finch Farm today, strengthening their place at the top of the table after three straight wins.

Goals from Ellis Simms and Ryan Astley put the young Blues back in control after the went behind in the first half.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, John (52' Richards), Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen (89' Warren), Hunt [Y], Carroll, Simms, Phillips, Hughes (82' Zuk).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson.

Blackburn Rovers 0 - 6 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #4
Saturday 8 September 2018
Brockhall Village, Lancs

Everton Under-18s underlined their storming start to the season with a six-goal hammering of Blackburn Rovers, four goals coming from Ellis Simms, who also missed a penalty but has scored in every match so far!

The other goals were scored by Mackenzie Hunt and Korede Adedoyin. Their 4th win in as many games consolidates a perfect start to the season for Paul Tait's youngsters, who are the early leaders in the U18 Premier League (North).

Everton U-18s: Tyrer, John, Collins (86' Zuk), Jonathan Anderson, Richards, Warren, Hunt, Carroll [Y], Simms, Phillips (85' Warnock), Hughes (70' Adedoyin [Y]).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson.

Everton 1 - 0 Stoke City

U18 Premier League North, Game #5
Saturday 15 September 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s needed a penalty late in the second half to overcome Stoke City, tucked away by Kieran Phillips at Finch Farm today.

The young Blues started with real intent and went close through Phillips and Ellis Simms inside the opening 10 minutes. Everton continued to dominate with Simms seeing an effort blocked and Hunt's effort well saved after the winger had collected Bobby Carroll’s through ball. Goalkeeper Harry Tyrer remained untested in the opening 45 minutes.

In the second period, Simms once again force a save before Carroll and Joe Anderson both fired over. But 2 minutes from time, Carroll was fouled from behind and, captain Phillips coolly converted the spot kick.

Their 5th straight win in the U18 Premier League means they extend their lead at the top of the table with a fine 100% record.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, John, Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Warren (Zuk), Hunt (Adedoyin), Carroll, Simms, Phillips, Hughes (Iversen).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Richards.

Manchester City 0 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #6
Saturday 22 September 2018
City Football Academy, Manchester

Everton Under-18s strengthened their fantastic start to the season with a brilliant 3-0 win away to Manchester City.

Captain Kieran Phillips was the hero as he struck a hat-trick at the Etihad Campus this afternoon.

That leaves the young Blues with six wins from six in the Premier League North this season and they sit three points clear of Liverpool.

The hat-trick from Phillips means they have now scored 17 goals with only four conceded. Korede Adedoyin came on as a second-half sub but there is no record of who he replaced.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Warren, Hunt (26' Richards), Carroll, Simms, Phillips, Gordon.
(76' Adedoyin).
Subs not Used:
Barrett, Hughes, Iversen.

Everton 3 - 3 West Bromwich Albion

U18 Premier League North, Game #7
Saturday 6 October 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s lost their 100% record in the U18 Premier League after a six-goal thriller at Finch Farm.

Ellis Simms scored to put the U18s 1 up with 20 minutes played. After a mad end to the half, West Brom took a 2-1 lead into half-time, with the Blues missing a penalty. But captain Kieran Phillips stepped up after half-time to make it 2-2.

West Brom would take the lead again but Ellis Simms was there to equalize on 50 mins. But the Blues could not preserve their 100% record as there were to be no more goals.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Collins, Jonathan Anderson [Y], Astley, Warren (78' Hughes), Carroll, Iversen, Simms, Phillips (78' Adedoyin), Gordon [Y].
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson, Joe Anderson.

Everton 7 - 1 Newcastle United

U18 Premier League North, Game #8
Saturday 20 October 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s put seven goals past Newcastle United at Finch Farm this afternoon.

Paul Tait's youngsters are in a vibrant vein of form, extending their unbeaten record as they ride high atop the U18 Premier League (North).

Korede Adedoyin opened the scoring after just 3 mins.

Ellis Simms made it two around the half-hour before Cole responded straight away for the Magpies.

It was 3-1 to Everton after 35 minutes, Simms with his second.

And the Blues open the floodgates in the second half with two more each for Simms and Adedoyin in a fine 7-1 win.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Adedoyin, Carroll, Simms (76' Thompson), Phillips (77' Dobbin), Hunt (67' Hughes).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Quirk.

Everton 4 - 2 Derby County

U18 Premier League North, Game #9
Saturday 27 October 2018
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s beat Derby County U18s 4-2 at Finch Farm this morning, after twice coming from behind, with goals from Simms (2) and Phillips (2), one of those being a penalty.

An eventful first half saw Everton turn it around after twice going behind. Kieran Phillips with two, one from the penalty spot, and Ellis Simms with the third, and Everton's top scorer would seal the win with a second goal and Everton's 4th just 2 mins before full time.

The U18s have now won eight out of their last nine games, Simms has scored 16 goals and Phillips is also into double figures.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, McKeown [Y], Iversen, Adedoyin (85' Warnock), Carroll [Y] (61' Hughes), Simms, Phillips (c), Hunt [Y] (74' Quirk).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Thompson.

Liverpool 4 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #10
Thursday 1 November 2018
Liverpool Academy, Kirkby

Liverpool U18s scored the 4th of seven goals in the dying minutes to win this local top-of-the-table clash and inflict the first defeat of the season on Everton's U18s.

High scorer Ellis Simms wais absent for the Blues after playing for teh U21s/U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy game at Oldham on Tuesday. Ryan Astely was also missing.

The home side was ahead inside 2 mins, Duncan heading past Tyrer. Despite a dominant spell for the Reds, Everton hold on and get back into the game eventually through Adedoyin. And they came close to taking the lead when Phillips hits the post.

But 2 goals after the break seemingly put the game beyond the young Everton side. Yet this game still had three more goals in it: Adedoyin would score again for Everton, heading in Pawel Zuk's right-wing cross. And captain Kieran Phillips would tie the game again at 3-3 when he capitalized on a sloppy back-pass.

So all square until almost full-time when the Blues came up wanting on another set-piece and saw their unbeaten record torn asunder in the dying minutes as Liverpool made it 4-3, the final scoreline.

Everton U18s: Tryer, Zuk [Y], Warren, Joe Anderson, McKeown, Iversen, Hunt (85' Stanley), Carroll (90+1' Thompson), Adedoyin, Phillips, Hughes (80' Quirk).
Subs not Used: MacIntyre, Warnock.

Sunderland 0 - 4 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #11
Sunday 25 November 2018
Academy of Light, Sunderland

It was another three points for Everton's table-topping Under-18 side, with Ellis Simms and Kieran Phillips doubling up to put four in at Sunderland today.

After a competitive start to the game, a typical classy finish from Simms broke the deadlock in the northeast. The forward unleashed an unstoppable curling effort with the outside of his boot that nestled into the bottom corner of the Sunderland net.

The red-hot Simms got Everton’s second of the afternoon, too, finishing clinically after a pinpoint cutback form Bobby Carroll. He has now scored 23 goals in just 12 matches this season.

Not to be outdone, strike partner Phillips got in on the act soon after. After a wonderful team move, he finished from a tight angle to put the Blues three in front heading into half-time.

And the 18-year-old slotted home at the back post just after the break to complete the scoring.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, McKeown (63'Thompson), Iversen, Hughes, Carroll (63' Stanley), Simms (63' Quirk), Phillips {c}, Hunt.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warnock

Middlesbrough 3 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #12
Saturday 19 January 2019
Rockcliffe Park, Middlesbrough

A close match which Everton lead 2-1 at the break ended up as cruel defeat to a goal in added time, dropping the side down to 3rd in the U18 Premier League.

Boro got off to a flying start, when they went in front after just five minutes. The young Blues hit back through the prolific Simms, the striker hitting his 27th goal of the season to make it 1-1 on 20 minutes.

Paul Tait’s side went in front through Gordon 13 minutes later and looked set to secure a victory which would have seen them return to the top of the U18 Premier League (North) table.

But the home side won a penalty with a quarter of an hour left on the clock and Harry Tryer was sent off, before Gibson struck at the death to complete the comeback.

Lewis Warrington came on as a sub for Seb Quirk just after the hour mark, signalling his first appearance at this level in the Everton Academy.

Everton U18s: Tyrer [R:], Zuk (69' Richards), Warren, Anderson, McKeown, Iversen, Hunt, Quirk (63' Warrington), Simms, Hughes [Y], Gordon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Dobbin, Hosie.

Everton 4 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

U18 Premier League North, Game #13
Tuesday 5 February 2019
USM Finch Farm

Everton Under-18s returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

After a winless January, Paul Tait's side were eager to get back on track as they looked to keep pace with those sides at the top of the Under-18s Premier League (North) table.

And a brace from Korede Adedoyin helped them on their way against Rovers. The young Blues added further strikes via Elliott Richards and Lewis Dobbin.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Collins (69' Warren), Joe Anderson, Richards, Iversen (82' Quirk), Hunt, Carroll, Simms (72' Dobbin), Adedoyin, Hughes.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Stanley.

Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United

U18 Premier League North, Game #14
Tuesday 5 February 2019
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s lose to a late penalty against Manchester Utd after going down to 10 men midway through the first half.

Everton were reduced down to 10 men in the 25th minute after Josh Hosie was shown a straight red for a late tackle on Ramazani.

They held out manfully until 5 mins from the end when Michael Collins gave away a penalty that was duly converted.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Hosie [R:25'], Collins, Joe Anderson, Richards, Iversen, Hunt, Carroll (83' McKeown), Simms, Adedoyin (76' Quirk), Hughes (68' Warren).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Dobbin.

Stoke City 3 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #15
Saturday 23 February 2019

More changes to the line-up with Ellis Simms and Joe Anderson on the bench and an unexplained absence of familiar names (McKenzie Hunt, Bobby Carroll, Tom Warren, Michael Collins, Kieran Phillips) coming on the back of a loss in the Liverpool Senior Cup at Widnes on Tuesday, means hopes of getting to the Championship Playoff this season are becoming strained.

Stoke went into a 2-goal lead but two fine goals from Korede Adedoyin seemed to put the Young Blues back in with a chance. First, the forward showcased his blistering pace to outstrip the home team's centre-halves before slotting home. Then the 17-year-old cut inside down the right channel and finished expertly with his left foot to make it 2-2.

But more goals for the home team either side of half-time wrapped up the win, leaving Everton in 3rd place, only 1 point behind both Derby County and Liverpool, but having played an extra game.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warnock, Jonathan Anderson, McKeown, Quirk, Warrington [Y], Iversen (46' Hosie), Stanley [Y], Adedoyin (46' Thompson), Hughes (59' Simms).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Joe Anderson.

Everton 1 - 3 Manchester City

U18 Premier League North, Game #16
Saturday 2 March 2019
USM Finch Farm

Everton U18s suffered a 3-1 defeat against Man City at Finch Farm this afternoon. Ellis Simms scored the only goal of the game for the young Blues.

Their massive slump in form in the New Year continues following a stunning first half to the season when they only lost 1 game.

Ellis Simms got an equaliser after City had taken the lead through an early penalty but two further goals before the break put the Blues under the cosh and a serious injury to Bobby Carroll compounded their misery

There were no further goals in the second half as the U18s continue to drift off the pace after leading the U-18 Premier League for so long this season. Some early subs and plenty of possession but no breakthrough.

Everton U-18s: Tyrer, Zuk (46' McKeown), Collins, Joe Anderson, Richards, Iversen [Y], Adedoyin (54' Quirk), Carroll (38' Warren), Simms, Dobbin, Hughes.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Thompson.

West Bromwich Albion 1 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #17
Saturday 16 March 2019
Palm Training Ground, Walsall

Everton U18s travelled to West Brom 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.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 3 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #18
Saturday 23 March 2019
Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Wolverhampton

Ellis Simms grabbed his second hat-trick in the Black Country inside seven days as Everton Under-18s secured a 3-2 victory at Wolves in U18 Premier League (North).

Fresh from his treble in the young Blues' 3-1 success at West Brom last weekend, the striker was razor sharp in front of goal again at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground as Paul Tait's side moved up to third in the table while introducing two young players to this level: Tyler Onyango and Rafael Garcia.

Everton went behind on five minutes before Simms levelled the score midway through the first half. The Under-18s' top scorer then put the visitors in front just before the hour mark after being teed up by Kyle John, only for Wolves' Taylor Perry to make it 2-2 seconds later.

But Everton - and that man Simms - had the final say on 69 minutes as the forward fired home the winner to secure three points for the young Blues.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, John (62' Zuk), Collins, Joe Anderson, McKeown, Hughes, Adedoyin (81' Onyango), Quirk, Simms, Dobbin (90' Garcia), Hunt.
Subss not Used: Barrett, Hosie

Everton 0 - 1 Liverpool

U18 Premier League North, Game #19
Saturday 30 March 2019
Finch Farm, Merseyside

Everton U18s could not score against their local rivals and eventually paid the price at Finch Farm on Saturday.

The Blues squandered home advantage and some cracking chances to score that fell to goal machine Ellis Simm and Lewis Dobbin.

That was compounded by poor defending which allowed the Reds to secure the points and push Paul Tait's youngsters back down to 4th with 3 games to play this season.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Quirk, Collins, Joe Anderson [Y], McKeown, Hughes, Adedoyin, Carroll (79' Onyango), Simms, Dobbin (53' Richards), Hunt.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Zuk, Garcia.

Newcastle United 1 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #20
Saturday 6 April 2019
Littel Benton, Durham

Everton U-18s were headed for another defeat at Newcastle's training ground in Little Benton today when Ellis Simms popped up to save a point and restore some pride with a last-minute equalizer.

The Young Blues had gone behind at the worst time — just before the break, and didn't look like scoring despite putting in the effort against a resilient Magpies side.

That was until goal-hound Simms found the net yet again, and the Young Blues came home with a precious point.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Hosie (63' Carroll [Y]), Warren, Joe Anderson, McKeown, Hughes [Y], Adedoyin (63' Thompson), Quirk, Simms, Dobbin, Hunt (63' Zuk).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Jonathan Anderson.

Everton 6 - 0 Sunderland

U18 Premier League North, Game #21
Saturday 20 April 2019
Finch Farm, Merseyside

An exhibition of deadly finishing ability from Ellis Simms saw the prolific striker hit four goals in Everton Under-18s' 6-0 victory over Sunderland at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.

Simms has now scored a remarkable 31 goals in 20 U18 Premier League (North) matches this season. Bobby Carroll and Korede Adedoyin also got on the scoresheet as the young Blues produced a devastating display of attacking football against the Black Cats.

The comprehensive win lifts Everton up to 3rd in the table with just one match left to play. The Toffees will round off their league campaign at Manchester United on 27 April.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Quirk, Collins, Joe Anderson, McKeown (46' Richards), Hughes, Adedoyin, Carroll (66' Zuk), Simms, Hunt (73' Warnock), Cannon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warren.

Manchester United 4 - 5 Everton

U18 Premier League North, Game #22
Saturday 27 April 2019
Littel Benton, Durham

The young Blues have signed off for the season with a remarkable game, picking up all three points against the Red Devils, who they leapfrog to finish 3rd in U18 Premier League.

The prolific Ellis Simms hit his 32nd goal of a remarkable season, while 16-year-old Tyler Onyango bagged a brace for the young Blues. Joe Anderson and Tom Cannon also netted as Everton – the top scorers in the division with 65 goals in 22 matches – finished the campaign with a flourish.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Quirk, Warnock (64' Warren), Joe Anderson, McKeown, Hughes [Y], Adedoyin (85' Thompson), Onyango [Y], Simms, Carroll (c), Cannon (70' Zuk).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Garcia.

U18 Premier League Cup, 2017-18

Fulham 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #1
Saturday 29 September 2018
Motspur Park, New Malden

Timmy Abraham gave Fulham an early lead but Ellis Simms's header and Anthony Gordon's penalty completed a comeback for The Toffees.

Everton U18s: Tyrer; Zuk (73' Richards), Astley [Y], Warren, Collins; Adedoyin (73' Hughes), Joe Anderson, Iversen [Y], Gordon; Carroll [Y], Simms.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Quirk, McKeown.

Everton 10 - 0 West Brom

U18 Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #2
Saturday 6 November 2018
Finch Farm, Merseyside

The Under-18s scored an astounding TEN goals to defeat West Brom in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.

Striker Ellis Simms bagged four goals as the young Blues ran riot in the Premier League Cup Group D clash, taking his goal tally to 21 in just 11 matches this season.

After Ryan Astley broke the deadlock against West Brom, Simms struck twice to put Everton 3-0 up at the break.

The second half saw the 17-year-old complete his hat-trick with a stunning 20-yard effort that arrowed into the top corner, before adding a fourth as Everton turned up the heat on the Baggies.

Korede Adedoyin hit a brace — he has now scored seven goals in his past four matches — while Lewis Dobbin and Max Thompson also got on the scoresheet, Dobbin getting his second in the final minute to make it 10-0.

West Brom had been the first team this season to take any points off the rip-roaring U18s, drawing 3-3 at Finch Farm exactly a month ago today.

Everton U18s: Hilton, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, Astley (74' Thompson), Iversen (74' Quirk), Adedoyin, Carroll (62' Dobbin), Simms, Hughes, Hunt.
Subs not Used:

Arsenal 1 - 2 Everton

U18 Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #3
Tuesday 4 December 2018
London Colney

Arsenal had dominated the opening period, with midfielder Matt Smith scoring to give them the advantage heading into the break.

The young Blues remained a goal down with just 10 minutes to go against the Gunners but Kieran Phillips equalised from the spot after and Ellis Simms had been fouled, and then Simms rifled home in the 4th minute of added time to complete a thrilling turnaround.

Simms won the penalty that Phillips converted, before goalscorer turned provider for the last-gasp winner. Between them, the pair have now racked up 39 goals for the Toffees this season.

As U18s Premier League leaders, they are safely through to next stages of the Premier League Cup and the FA Youth Cup and now have a break from competitive action, with their next game away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 12.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Hunt [Y], Hughes, Simms, Phillips (c), Quirk.
Subs not Used:
Barrett, Warnock, Thompson, Neves, Hosie.

Middlesbrough 4 - 1 Everton

U18 Premier League Cup, Round of 16
Saturday 26 January 2019
Rockcliffe Park, Middlesbrough

Everton U18s suffered their second loss in a week at Rockliffe Park, crashing out of the U18 Premier League Cup 4-1 to Middlesbrough.

This was a knock-out quarter-final arranged between the winners of Group A and Group D.

Ellis Simms was on target again from the penalty spot but it was a long way short of what was needed to beat the hosts. Barney McKeown, on as one of two half-time subs, was sent off, reducing the visitors to 10 men as the Blues lost to Middlesbrough for the second time in just 8 days.

Everton U18s: Barrett, Zuk (46' Collins), Joe Anderson, Richards, Warren (46' McKeown [Y;R]), Iversen, Adedoyin [Y], Carroll, Simms, Hughes (67' Quirk), Hunt [Y].
Subs not Used: N/A

FA Youth Cup, 2018-19

Everton 4 - 1 Sunderland

FA Youth Cup, Round 3
Saturday 1 December 2018
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Everton took the lead through goal hound Ellis Simms in the first half, totally dominating the game.

Korede Adedoyin made it two for the Blues off a corner just before the break.

Everton were having it too easy after half-time and became really sloppy, a poor cross ball along Everton's penalty box was pounced upon and driven easily past Tyrer.

Anthony Gordon scored an absolutely beautiful curler into the far top corner to make it 3-1.

A fine header forward from defence by Astley was controlled well by Simms on the break and Everton's young goal machine slotted his 25th of the season to make it 4-1.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk, Warren, Astley, Joe Anderson, Iversen, Adedoyin (77' Hughes), Carroll (90' Quirk), Simms, Hunt, Gordon (85' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Warnock.

Stoke City 2 - 2 Everton [1-3 on Penalties]

FA Youth Cup, Round 4
Thursday 10 January 2019
bet365 Stadium, Stoke

The Young Blues prevailed in an exciting encounter at the bet365 stadium after the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.

Goal machine, Ellis Simms, led the line for Everton and he fired home the opener from Anthony Gordon's cross inside three minutes.

Mackenzie Hunt then doubled the lead for the visitors with a cracking effort from the edge of the box that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

However, as Stoke pushed in the second half, Ethon Varian halved their deficit with 19 minutes of the regulation 90 to go and he levelled matters at the death to force extra time, with Everton picking up an incredible eight yellow cards!

Three fantastic saved penalties by Harry Tyrer in the shootout ensured that Everton progressed to the 5th Round, with Hughes, Hunt and Astley converting their spot-kicks.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Zuk [Y:60'], Warren, Joe Anderson [Y:103'], Astley, Iversen [Y:58'] (104' Quirk [Y:107']), Adedoyin (81' McKeown), Carroll (45' Hughes [Y:75']), Simms [Y:90'], Hunt [Y:88'], Gordon [Y:45'] (100' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Barrett.

Everton 2 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

FA Youth Cup, Round 5
Tuesday 12 February 2019
Goodison Park, Merseyside

Based on the latest showings at Under-18 level, it looked like a strong line-up announced by Paul Tait. And they quickly surged into an impressive 2-goal lead after just 12 minutes with excellent goals for Michael Collins and Ellis Simms.

More chances were created and could have been taken but the boys on blue looked to relax a little, letting Brighton come into it more but without threatening Harry Tryer in the Everton goal.

The Blues defended well without really stepping it up in the second half, and will now face West Brom in the 6th Round.

Everton U-18s: Tryer, Richards, Collins (90' Warren), Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Adedoyin (70' Quirk), Carroll, Simms, Hunt, Gordon [Y:40'] (50' Hughes).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Dobbin.

West Bromwich Albion 4 - 3 Everton

FA Youth Cup, Round 6
Tuesday 26 February 2019
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Everton U18s crashed out at The Hawthorns after having taken a 2-goal lead over West Bromwich Albion in the quarterfinals of the FA Youth Cup..

There was an early goal for Everton after just 7 minutes: Bobby Carroll fired the away side in front. Everton doubled their lead after 20 mins when Korede Adedoyin's shot was deflected past Josh Griffiths and into the far corner. The home side pulled one back before the break.

West Brom continued their recovery, scoring an equalizer soon after the break. But there was an instant response from Everton as Ellis Simms rifled home a loose ball to put Everton back in front.

However, the Brommies really dug in and they were finally rewarded with not one but two goals in the space of three minutes. And things got worse for Everton when they had a man sent off as frustrations get the better of them: Mackenzie Hunt was dismissed for a bad tackle.

And so the young Blues, who had been having one of their better seasons, couldn't sustain a faltering campaign, making it 7 defeats in the last 9 games that have seen them drop out of four different cup competitions.

Everton U18s: Tyrer, Richards (86' Quirk), Collins, Joe Anderson, Astley, Iversen, Adedoyin (84' Dobbin), Carroll (90' Hughes), Simms, Hunt [R], Gordon.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warren.

Liverpool Senior Cup, 2018-19

Widnes 3 - 2 Everton

Lverpool Senior Cup, Round 1
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Everton U18s did not get very far in this season's Liverpool Senior Cup, losing in the quarterfinal at Widnes on Tuesday night.

The Blues fell behind to three goals from a vastly more experienced Evostick League side, while Paul Tait fielded some new names at this level: Rafa Garcia and sub Tyler Onyango, alongside inexperienced youngsters, Josh Hosie, Max Thompson and Lewis Warrington.

Rhys Hughes pulled one back from the spot for the Blues after Rafa Garcia was fouled in the penalty area before Kameron Stanley netted with 6 minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish to a thrilling tie for the home side.

Everton U18s: Barrett, Zuk, McKeown, Collins (67' Jonathan Anderson), Warnock, Quirk, Warren, Hughes, Thompson (58' Warrington), Garcia (78' Onyango), Stanley.
Subs not Used: Tryer, Hosie.

Lancashire Senior Cup, 2018-19

Everton 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

Lancashire Senior Cup, Round 1
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Rivacre Park, Ellesmere Port

Everton fielded a mix of U18s and U23s at the home of Vauxhall Motors FC that are probably all Under-19 to match their opponents.

Everton had had a number of chances before Korede Adedoyin got his head to a finely delivered free-kick from Jack Kiersey, powering it home for the opening goal 5 mins before the break.

Everton made it two through Kieran Phillips, as he is played through one-on-one with the Bolton 'keeper and places the ball underneath him.

At the death, a fine ball crossed in by Adedoyin was converted by Ellis Simms to make it 3-0.

Everton U18s: Hilton; Zuk, Collins (76' Warren), Gibson (73' Joe Anderson), Astley; Iverson, Adedoyin [Y:55'], Carroll, Phillips (61' Simms), Kiersey [Y:73'], Mampala.
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Hughes.


Everton 2 - 3 Rochdale

Lancashire Senior Cup, Quarter-Final
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Finch Farm, Merseyside

Everton U18s lost their Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-final 2-3 against Rochdale at USM Finch Farm on Tuesday.

Everton scored first when Manasse Mampala struck with an accomplished first-time finish on 43 minutes. And Mampala's strike partner Anthony Gordon converted a penalty with 11 minutes remaining.

But Rochdale scored three times in the intervening period — levelling on the stroke of half-time before netting twice inside three second-half minutes — and Everton were unable to conjure up an equaliser following Gordon's effort.

Anthony Gordon got 90 minutes and looked sharp. Alex Denny came through half a game without any problems after his injury and Elliot Richards came back following his time out and also got 90 minutes.

Mampala would have put Everton two in front were it not for a fabulous one-handed stop from the Rochdale goalkeeper on loan from Fulham. At the other end, Hewelt kept alive the Everton's hopes when he saved a penalty with 5 minutes remaining.

Everton U18s: Hewelt, ... Denny, Gordon, Richards, ... Simms, Mampala. [Incomplete]


Under-18 Appearances, 2018-19

Player Lg Apps (Sub) Lg Goals Cup Apps (Sub) Cup Goals
 Ellis Simms 20 (1)  32 9 (1) 13
 Harry Tyrer 20 (1)  0 6 (1) 0
 Joe Anderson 19 (0)  1 9 (1) 0
 Rhys Hughes 18 (3)  0 4 (5) 1
 Bobby Carroll 18 (1)  1 9 (0) 1
 Mackenzie Hunt 18 (0)  1 7 (0) 1
 Einar Iversen 14 (1)  0 10 (0) 0
 Korede Adedoyin 13 (4)  11 9 (0) 5
 Michael Collins 12 (1)  0 5 (1) 1
 Kieran Phillips 12 (0)  13 2 (0) 2
 Barney McKeown 11 (2)  0 1 (3) 0
 Pawel Zuk 10 (9)  0 8 (0) 0
 Tom Warren 10 (7)  0 7 (2) 0
 Seb Quirk 8 (6)  0 2 (6) 0
 Ryan Astley 7 (0)  1 9 (0) 1
 Kyle John 6 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Lewis Dobbin 5 (2)  1 0 (4) 2
 Elliot Richards 4 (5)  1 4 (1) 0
 Ethan Warnock 3 (3)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jonathan Anderson 3 (0)  0 0 (1) 0
 Josh Hosie 2 (1)  0 0 (0) 0
 Anthony Gordon 2 (0)  0 6 (0) 3
 Nicolas Hansen 2 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tom Cannon 2 (0)  1 0 (0) 0
 Kameron Stanley 1 (3)  0 1 (0) 1
 Tyler Onyango 1 (2)  2 0 (1) 0
 Lewis Warrington 1 (1)  0 0 (1) 0
 Max Thompson 0 (6)  0 1 (1) 1
 Rafael Garcia 0 (1)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jack Barrett 0 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Joe Hilton 0 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Manassé Mampala 0 (0)  0 2 (0) 1
 Lewis Gibson 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Jack Kiersey 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Alex Denny 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Mateusz Hewelt 0 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Pedro Neves 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jack McIntyre 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

Everton Under-18 Squad Page at

2018-19 Friendlies

CEE Cup, 2018

Everton won the competition last year, beating Burnley in the final. Everton's squad for this year's U19 CEE Cup, held in Prague, consisted of:

1 Harry Tyrer                    12 Jack Barrett
2 Joe Anderson                 13 —
3 Jonathan Anderson       14 Bernard McKeown
4 Ryan Astley                    15 Pedro Neves
5 Bobby Carroll                16 Kieran Phillips
6 Michael Collins              17 Elliott Richards
7 Josh Hosie                      18 Ellis Simms
8 Rhys Hughes                  19 Max Thompson
9 Mackenzie Hunt             20 Ethan Warnock
10 Einar Iversen                21 Tom Warren
11 Kyle John                      22 Pavel Zuk

Slavia Prague 3 - 1 Everton

Group B, Game #1
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Everton went behind in horrific fashion when Astley played a hospital backpass to Tryer who tried to stop it going in inside the post but ended up colliding heavily with the upright and injuring himself.  A farcical moment! 

A great first-time ball from Warren was controlled superbly by Phillips, who made space for himself and struck a beautiful shot over the goalkeeper and into the top corner for the equalizer after 34 minutes.

Match Highlights available on YouTube. The whole game (bar the first 15 minutes) is also available on YouTube.

Everton U19s: Tryer, John, Astley, Collins, Joe Anderson, Warren, Iversen, Carroll, Hunt, Phillips, Hughes.

Besiktas 1 - 1 Everton

Group B, Game #2
Friday 27 July 2018

Everton took the lead after 25 mins Simms finishing emphatically after some great work by Hunt to rescue a long ball forward from Warnock.  

Besiktas equalized after the break when Kyle John misjudged a cross and lost his man who fired home.

The full match is available on YouTube.

Everton U19s:  Barrett; John, Astley, Collins, Warnock; Zuk, Warren, Carroll; Hunt, Simms, Hughes.

Academia Sport Team 0 - 4 Everton

Group B, Game #3
Saturday 28 July 2018

The first goal came inside 4 minutes, a nice cross from Neves finished at the far post by Thompson. 

Thompson got a second with a difficult header under pressure off a cross from  Hughes after good work down the Everton left.

A great piece of improvisation saw Neves hit the bar.

A fantastic dribble by Neves fed Kieran Phillips who slotted home the third with fine precision just after the break.

In extra time, Ellis Simms won a corner that was swung in deep to Astley who headed it back for Thompson to get his hat-trick with almost the final play of the game.

The full match is available on YouTube.

Everton U19s:  Tryer; Hosie, McKeown, Anderson, Anderson; Zuk, Warren, Thompson; Neves, Phillips, Hughes.

Sparta Prague 1 - 0 Everton

5th Place Playoff
Monday 30 July 2018

Everton lost the 5th-place playoff, ending up in 6th place for the tournament.

The full match is available on YouTube.

Everton U19s:  Barrett; John, Astley, Anderson, Anderson, Carroll, Hughes, Thompson, Neves, Simms, Hunt.


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