An Under-19 side representing Everton headed Group A of the Otten Cup in Amsterdam at the weekend against some well-known clubs and got as far as the semi-finals.
Everton started off in fine style on Friday, beating Red Bull Brasil from Campinas 3-0 with goals from Tyler Onyango, Anthony Gordon, and Kyle John in the shortened 60-minute version of the game.
The second and third group matches were on Saturday: Everton first edging Anderlecht 2-1 after going behind in the first minute, goals from Ryan Astley and Anthony Gordon putting them on top of Group A.
But in the second match of the day, Internazionale took an early lead and, after Tom Cannon equalized, they then got the winner.
That set up a semi-final encounter on Sunday against PSV Eindhoven where the Blues found themselves outclassed, losing 2-0.
Everton were due to play Barcelona in the 3rd-place playoff but the Barcelona coach, Victor Valdés, refused to field a team as he feared the risk of injured players with minimal recovery time and Everton were given a bye to 3rd place.
Everton took 20 young players to the tournament:
1 Harry Tyrer
2 Kyle John
3 Jon Anderson
4 Ryan Astley
5 Joe Anderson
6 Rhys Hughes
7 Lewis Warrington
8 Tyler Onyango
9 Ellis Simms
10 Anthony Gordon
11 Lewis Dobbin
12 Jack Mackintyre
14 Tom Cannon
15 Seb Quirk
16 Josh Hosie
17 Rafa Garcia
18 Dylan Thompson
19 Max Thompson
20 Harry Lagan
21 Liam Higgins
Anthony Gordon was named the best attacker at the Otten Cup.
Starting line-up vs Red Bull Brasil:
Everton U19s: Tyrer, Astley, John, Jon Anderson, Joe Anderson, Gordon, Warrington, Quirk, Hughes, Simms, Onyango.
Everton U19s: Tyrer, John, Jon Anderson, Astley, Joe Anderson, Hughes, Warrington, Onyango, Simms, Gordon, Quirk.
Everton U19s: McIntyre, Joe Anderson, Warrington, Dobbin, Cannon, Hosie, Garcia, Dylan Thompson, Max Thompson, Lagan, Higgins.
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1 Posted 19/08/2019 at 06:34:27
2 Posted 19/08/2019 at 10:13:26
Names like Astley, Gordon, Simms, John and Joe Anderson are probably familiar to regular U18 & U23 followers. Kyle John was outstanding as an attacking full-back scoring a very good goal and should have had another. Gordon showed the pace and talent he had with a well-taken goal in a great move. Simms was back to bullying defenders off the ball and creating chances, but without the scoring ability he achieved last season. Astley and Joe Anderson were pretty sound as centre-backs.
The game offered a chance to see more of two players who'd played at U18 last season but not too much. Rhys Hughes is a Wales U17 player who has featured in the same squads as Ryan Astley from U15 upwards. (Josh Hosie, the back-up right-back has also been in those squads).
I thought Hughes looked very composed throughout and it was his brilliant defence-splitting pass which allowed Gordon to run through and score. Seb Quirk was impressive too, always involved in the game in midfield and linking well with John in a one-two to set up the 2nd goal. He's a well built guy, similar stature to Rhys Hughes.
It's an unusual age combination as we are unlikely to see combinations like, Onyango, Astley and Gordon in the same team just yet, maybe U23s later this season, but they played entertaining football. It's always difficult to judge the opposition at this age, and I only saw the one game, but I'm hoping we can realistically get 4 or 5 from this team pushing on.
3 Posted 19/08/2019 at 10:24:16
PSV goals were an unfortunate Seb Quirk headed own goal from a corner, and the other goal, though well-taken, came from Tryer our Goalkeeper mis-kicking straight to a PSV player who played in their goalscorer.
I didn't see enough to comment more, but do feel obliged to stick up for our young Blues. ;-)
4 Posted 19/08/2019 at 13:38:51
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