Everton Under-18s stormed to a 3-0 victory at Wolves on Saturday. Lewis Dobbin's second-half double secured a comprehensive victory in the Midlands after Bobby Carroll's 17th-minute strike gave Everton a strong platform on which to build.
Everton continued to carve out opportunities. A nice piece of play on the edge of the box by Carroll opened up some space, his pass found Lewis Warrington, who saw his effort palmed round the post.
However, after a solid early spell, it was Wolves who had the best the chance of the opening stages. A nice one-two split the Everton defence, where Jack Barrett was called into action for the first time to deny them from close range.
That scare seemed to spring the Blues into life as Carroll opened the scoring. Sebastian Quirk weaved his way through the home defence and the striker latched onto his pin-point cross to slide the ball home.
As the half wore on, Wolves tried to find a route back into the contest. However, it was the away side who nearly doubled their lead. A goal-line clearance denied Quirk before Joshua Hosie latched onto Rhys Hughes's inch-perfect delivery, only for the right-back's shot to find the side-netting.
After a strong end to the first half, Everton started the second on the back foot. Some fabulous defending, though, was nearly met with rich reward on the counter, as Carroll threaded through Warrington, only for the midfielder's shot to be palmed away. Ryan Astley was excellent at the back and integral to Everton's ability to hit Wolves on the counter.
Everton's expert counter-attacking football was rewarded when Carroll threaded a perfectly-weighted through ball to set Dobbin away for the striker to calmly place past an onrushing keeper.
With just 10 minutes remaining, Dobbin's second put Everton out of sight. Quirk found time and space on the break and his pass found the forward, who placed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to seal a hard-fought victory.
Everton U18s: Barrett, Hosie, Jon Anderson (82' Lowey), Hagan, Astley, Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Dobbin (82' Cannon), Carroll, Warrington (84' McAllister).
Subs not Used: McLachlan, Higgins.
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1 Posted 19/10/2019 at 18:10:55
Seems as if the Under-18s are doing surprisingly well after several of their better players moved up to the Under-23s. I was expecting them to struggle this season as they revamp.
2 Posted 20/10/2019 at 09:09:56
3 Posted 20/10/2019 at 21:28:47
It sounds like Astley had a good game back in his best position of centre back. It's a dilemma in that I don't think he's a natural full back but Gibson and Feeney have sewn up the CB positions at U23s level. He's too good for the u18s, hopefully Feeney or Gibson will get loans in January and open up a position.
4 Posted 22/10/2019 at 11:11:10
Why can't Everton screen these matches in full on the website? They don't need to put commentary on, although I'm sure there'd be someone in the media department who'd love to do it. As for the co-commentator, we've plenty of hard-up ex players who'd love the gig and it hardly needs to be a big name for this level. surely the whole production would be peanuts to us.
If Everton really do want to be big time, then we need to start acting big time. We could start by rapidly expanding our Media output, screening these games, relaunching that Everton TV show. More interviews with players. More in-house productions. Smaller clubs than us do a lot more and a lot better.
Anyway, back to Everton U18s. I think this could be the year we get our hands back on the FA Youth Cup. Man City and Liverpool look like tough teams to catch in the league, so perhaps the Cup is our best chance. However, Fulham and Chelsea look good in the Southern section and we obviously have to play them as well in the Cup.
5 Posted 22/10/2019 at 20:23:11
6 Posted 22/10/2019 at 20:37:43
7 Posted 26/10/2019 at 14:00:26
Dobbin wasn't included in the team, might have been kept back for the Chelsea U23 game which was postponed.
The Fulham game was in PL cup, a prelimary round of four clubs, Everton are top after two games.
8 Posted 26/10/2019 at 15:00:39
9 Posted 27/10/2019 at 09:12:03
Young lads all playing together and fighting together to earn the win, pride in themselves and for the club with none of them on anywhere near big wages.
Contrast that with the senior players, no pride, no sense of putting in an honest performance, only there for the money and with thousands of honest genuine supporters giving up time, money and absolutely wonderful support, getting drenched into the bargain to watch what? selfish, lazy not interested - - - - â€˜s, put your own noun's in.
10 Posted 27/10/2019 at 09:17:35
11 Posted 27/10/2019 at 12:25:16
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