Everton U18s 3 - 1 Newcastle United U18sEverton Under-18s completed a well-deserved 3-1 victory over Newcastle United after going behind in the U18 Premier League clash at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.
The young Blues turned it around in the second half when Lewis Dobbin's double and Tom Cannon's wonder goal completed a terrific comeback to move the Toffees back up to third in U18 Premier League (North) table.
After a tightly-contested 15 minutes, a rare mistake from Jack McIntyre in the Blues' goal gave the visitors the chance to open the scoring.
Everton fought back Dobbin ghosting through the Magpies' defence to see his effort bounce back off the bar, before Liam Higgins's fierce strike drifted over. Cannon coming agonisingly close to latching onto Higgins's teasing pass.
In the second half, Sean McAllister rose high but saw his header drift wide, before Sebastian Quirk drove his effort against the bar. After a heavy spell of Blues pressure, the equaliser came - Dobbin in the right place at the right time to take advantage of slack Newcastle defending to slide the ball in.
The momentum was with the hosts as the young Blues pressed for another and it nearly came when McAllister almost directed the ball home after a free-flowing counter-attacking move. The next goal came soon enough, Cannon arrowing the ball into the top right-hand corner, leaving the Magpies' keeper helpless in the away goal.
The young Blues were relentless and, with 15 minutes remaining, Dobbin doubled his tally. The England youth international latched onto Rhys Hughes's pin-point through-ball to stroke the ball in off the post to round off a hard-fought victory.
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1 Posted 15/12/2019 at 09:00:00
I think once Brands has fully got emerged in the whole set up at Finch Farm, if given the chance, there will be lots of changes to how the Acadamy will be run.
2 Posted 15/12/2019 at 09:28:38
3 Posted 15/12/2019 at 12:35:28
At U23 level, they have played a defensive game mostly, not attractive to watch, winning trophies seems to be the name of the game there, thats not the remit there, bringing players through to the first team should be the main approach, and the fact is not many are coming through, even the ones bought for decent fees. The whole Acadamy definitely needs sorting out in my opinion, other fans might have a different perspective to mine.
4 Posted 15/12/2019 at 17:22:19
I also thought that, when it comes to lack of progress into the first team, the buck should be stopping with the first team manager.
5 Posted 16/12/2019 at 01:11:58
The regular U18s team this season has been the youngest we've fielded for many years with a whole host of 16-year-olds and Schoolboys getting their chance. Every so often at this age, they'll be inconsistent and get a spanking, I can live with that.
When I read the match report of how they played and, not for the first time this season, they come from behind to win a game it gladdens my heart. And our two goal scorers are both 16-year-olds, at the same age Simms was struggling to get into the U18s and improved immensely in his second year.
Same for Rhys Hughes, last season he couldn't break into the U18 midfield of Iversen, Carroll and Hunt, this season he's captain and looks a decent player.
My point is a simple one: this a young team who are third in their league, plenty of time for them to develop. Our Academy doesn't become suddenly bad if we lose a game or two. I would love to see Brands do what Pep has done at Man City, getting all their Academy teams from a young age playing the same style as the first team, but we can't do that until we have a stable manager and stable style of play.
6 Posted 16/12/2019 at 08:53:48
In the U23s I think Evans should have been close to moving up to the first team, he blows hot and cold, maybe it is the player and he doesnt realise how good he can be and doesnt push himself enough, he is very different to Gibson who is impatient to play in the first team,but being a centre back he might have to be more patient in that important position. Unfortunately I dont think he has that patience and we could lose him in the near future although we will be well compensated having paid close to £1M for his transfer from Newcastle.
7 Posted 16/12/2019 at 16:36:19
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